I’ve been busy, busy, busy this month, how about you? As autumn rolls in (love this season!), I’ve been working on some new assignments for Redbook, Marie Claire Australia, The Nest, and Kiwi (I feel like I’m forgetting something, but my brain is fried), along with my regular work for American Baby, Glamour.com and WomansDay.com. Oh, be sure to check out my newest article in Real Simple this month (the November issue)–the Winter Washing Guide (when and how to wash your fave winter clothing staples). In addition, my second novel is moving along beautifully–nearing the finish and so thrilled with this story (if I do say so myself!). More on that as soon as I can share!

Whew–I think I need a nap.

But, I’ve found time for fun, too. For example, my boys and I made these cookies this week. And, let me start by saying this post should come with a disclaimer: Do not make this recipe unless you are fully aware that by doing so, you will not be able to stop yourself from nibbling. Now that you’ve been warned …  I’ve been on the search for the perfect maple cookies for years, and finally, last week, made these. Amazing. Delicious. Satisfying. There are no limit to the adjectives I’d use to describe these beauties. And, my kids think they’re pretty swell too. Want the recipe?

I've been cutting hair forever, which isn't any indication of my skill, which frankly, isn't so great. Here's how it all started: I picked up a pair of clippers back in junior high and somehow took on the role of the family barber. I gave my brothers bowl cuts (shudder), cut my dad's hair (and made a zillion mistakes), even trimmed my mom's bangs and gave my sister some pretty stylin' do's! And, these days, I'm still cutting hair for my boys (my theory: why take them to a barber shop when they'll just scream and I'll probably do a better job at home, anyway?). But lately my haircuts haven't been so hot. Take Russell's haircut last week--when the above happened. He turned and giggled at exactly the wrong moment. Oh well. He doesn't seem to mind. And, here's a picture of Carson being