Danielle was born and raised on Long Island, NY. She married a handsome country boy from Idaho and together they moved out to Colorado for a new adventure. Ten years later, they have 3 children, ages 6, 4 and 16 months. Though she sometimes misses the beaches and the Italian bakeries back east, her daily view of snowcapped mountains and the piercing blue sky remind her that she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. She reads cookbooks for fun and loves getting creative in the kitchen. A musician at heart, she can't walk by a grand piano without sitting down and playing for as long as those around her will let her. Her favorite thing to do with her little ones is snuggle under a quilt with them and read through a fresh stack of library books. She hopes her life will reflect the things she values most- her faith, family and friends (both the flesh ones and the TV show).

Holiday Hair (in Under 5 Minutes)

So, you have RSVP'd for a few holiday parties and even bought a couple of cute outfits. But you have NO IDEA what to do with your hair! Colorado Springs Moms Blog contributor Danielle...

4 Tips on How to Not Lose your Mind this Holiday Season

It was the day after Christmas, and her home looked like Chuck-E-Cheese. There were games and toys with flashing lights, crumbled popcorn in the carpet, and shreds of wrapping paper strewn about the living...

Words with Kids: 5 Social Skills Your Kids Need YOU To Model

Learning to listen is not an easy task. I still find it challenging at times, and I can't just blame it on my enneagram type. I'm not talking about powering through Transformers tangent #84 for the day when it's wine o'clock and the kids should be in bed. What I'm talking about is really listening to the things they're saying to you. I'm talking about not asking the question until you're ready to receive the answer.

Mom Retreat: What It Is and Why YOU Need One

Dear Mama... You need a retreat.  "What is a mom retreat?" you may ask. Let's start with what a mom retreat is NOT. It's not a weekend trip with your best gals. It's not a getaway...

The Longest Pause: My Son’s First Breath-Holding Spell

I'd love to say we found some kind of magical formula that helps him snap out of this, but we haven't. Occasionally we'll find that blowing one strong burst of air into his mouth helps, but it doesn't always. His pediatrician assures us he's totally healthy and will eventually outgrow this terrifying but harmless habit. But in the meantime, I wonder how I will set the same firm limits for him on a day to day basis as I have for my other two children? How do you parent well when you're terrified of your child getting angry?
Easy Summer Meals

6 Super Fast and Easy Summer Meals (No Oven Required!)

Picture this: It's Summer. You don't have central A/C. It's 5pm, and you have no idea what to make for dinner. It feels like a thousand degrees in your kitchen. You've been contemplating how feasible...

Pressure Points: How To Make Friends with the One-Pot Wonder

You put on your bulkiest oven mitt. Armed for a possible alien encounter, you turn the knob to release the pressure. Steam gushes from the top and you cover your head to protect yourself from any possible debris. You then you hear a friendly chiming sound. You twist open the lid, and to your amazement, you have the most beautiful looking pot roast you have ever seen. Julia Child would scratch her head in amazement at the sight of it.

This Matters: Embrace the Mundane

In almost twelve years, we’ve weathered some seasons. Good ones, great ones, and some tough ones, too. We’re still here. He walks in, I can tell he’s tired, but he lifts up his miniature princess and kisses her cheek. Our oldest grabs his leg and he tousles his hair in response, while locking eyes with the baby and smiling. He leans over and kisses me, lightly but lovingly, and falls back into a chair. I still find rooms better when he’s in them.