Category Archives: Marriage

False Sense of Control

The Mid Nina Badzin

I’m up on The Mid with a piece about how I used to obsess over decisions like what stroller to get, what to pick out for crib bedding, and other very obviously unimportant matters. Was it all really about strollers or crib bedding? Of course not. Those obsessions were an exercise in a false sense of CONTROL….

Does Marriage Mean the End of Certain Friendships?

Ask Nina a Question

Hello friendship advice seekers, advice givers, and those who just like to read about the topic. I’m back for April with a really good question from a married woman who works from home and misses the chance to have close guy friends (or at least one). Does marriage mean the end of certain types of friendships?…

The Good Men Project


I’m honored to have a post on The Good Men Project today! It’s about Bryan and an aspect of our marriage that I have discussed before. Hint: It involves the fact that we rarely travel and how we make the best of the time we can steal for ourselves anyway. It’s my first time at The Good…

Modern Loss

Modern Loss

Today I’m honored and humbled to have a piece up on Modern Loss. Created at the end of 2013 by the talented journalists Gabi Birkner and Rebecca Soeffer, Modern Loss earned a great deal of press from the get-go from the New York Times, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and elsewhere for the innovative way Birkner, Soeffer,…

Do Listen Read: Late December

Do listen read

Thanks to my friend Rivki Silver for helping me brainstorm a new name for my “Friday Finds” since I never posted them on Fridays. COOK Make it Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook: I love Ina Garten’s books! I won her latest at my book club’s holiday party. I haven’t tried anything yet, but I definitely will….

What Lights You Up?

What's Lights You Up For Hanukkah 2014 photo by Nina Badzin

What lights you up? I love that question so much. It’s just right for this season if you want to put some deeper thought into Hanukkah. (Probably works for all the winter holidays, really.) It’s taken me a long time to get to this mindset for Hanukkah to tell you the truth. When it was a time…

An Improvement to My Marriage

14 years of marraige

Tomorrow Bryan and I will celebrate 14 years of marriage. I was 23 on that day in early December, 2000, when I walked down the aisle to meet Bryan (27 at the time) waiting under the chuppah. Sometimes when I see pictures from our wedding day I think, “Whoa, we’re lucky that worked out. We were…

Friday Finds: Texts With Bryan

some texts with bryan

#1. THE PERFECT COFFEE TUMBLER I had a recent text exchange with my husband, Bryan, that was so typical “Bryan” it felt worth sharing. Bryan is often a central voice on my blog, even if it is behind the scenes. He thinks through every decision very carefully, which is why when I’m uncertain about a…