Category: Free Time

What I’m into (belated February edition)

So we are 10 days into February, but I never did write this month's "what I'm into" post, so here we go. I just finally started using Instagram. I am lvanderkam if you want to join me over there. In other social media news, I did a FB Live chat yesterday (I am Facebook.com/lauravanderkamauthor over there). I am reading The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George. I h… read more »

The Little Book of Hygge, toddlers, and relaxation

The Danish concept of "hygge" is having a moment. Much like the Norwegian "koselig," it is an elevated vision of coziness, which is key to enjoying winter in a place where it's basically dark 20 hours a day right now. People light candles. They drink warm drinks. They curl up under blankets with good books. All this is celebrated in The Little Book of Hygge, ne… read more »

Napa nostalgia and secrets of people with all the time in the world

I am writing this from the Napa valley in California, where I came to do a time management workshop. One of the great parts of my job is that I get to travel to various lovely places where people do corporate retreats, but then since it's not my actual corporate retreat, I am "off" once I'm done. I seldom stay long, but it's like a lot of mini-vacations bedecking m… read more »

How we did on the holiday fun list

New Year's Day is rapidly approaching, which means it's time to look back on my 2016 holiday fun list. This is the list I make annually of activities that make the season feel festive. So how did we do? Very well, for the most part! Here's how it all sorted out. The literary Advent calendar. The kids opened all 23 books. I'll admit that we lost a bit of steam in the m… read more »

The rhythm of holiday break

We have a houseful of cousins right now, and the kids are in heaven. The adults are doing a lot of crowd management, but we are getting into a rhythm that makes the days doable. For instance, yesterday, we got everyone to the Franklin Institute in the morning. We came home for lunch (and my toddler fell asleep in the car as usual). We fed the kids, then I went for a r… read more »