So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes this… Continue reading Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow
Last weekend my mom came for a visit. And since my energy is not up to par these days, she did some fun back-to-school things with the girls. Including making Back-To-School Cookies. What? You’ve never heard of Back-To-School Cookies? Well, I hadn’t either. Until my girls dreamed up this idea as a great excuse to… Continue reading Back-To-School Cookies
Parenting While Disabled. There’s a loaded topic. I’m icing my left knee as I type this, having recently reentered the land where I can’t trust my body. Meaning that self-care is my top priority. This land doesn’t mesh well with caring for small children. In the United States, there’s growing awareness of the challenges of parenting… Continue reading Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt
Hope you’ve been filling up your families’ summer tanks with memories that will last a lifetime. I also hope some of those memories involve the outdoors. With that in mind, do please check out this guest post I wrote on my friend and fellow blogger Liz Ellsworth’s site Everyday Ecologist. The guest post is titled… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!
Maybe you’re a first-time parent of a less-than-one-year-old. Maybe your kiddo is going through a sleep cycle shift. The switch to summer vacation and longer daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere can leave even veteran parents wondering how to get your kid to go to sleep. And as seasoned parents know, you will find yourself… Continue reading How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep
Ever since becoming a parent, I’ve been on a quest for beverage containers that won’t leak. First it was a leakproof sippy cup. Then it was leakproof not-quite-sippy cups for the preschool set. Next it was leakproof water bottles for school, hikes, and family outings. Why is the quest for a leakproof sippy cup or… Continue reading From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers
Has your family done thank you notes for teachers yet? With the school year drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to say thanks. Why bother? Believe me, nothing means more to teachers than handwritten thank-you notes, whether from students or their parents. It doesn’t have to be long, or fancy; so long as… Continue reading Thank You Notes for Teachers
Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. What you need All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a tablespoon or two of water, and… Continue reading Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables
So you want to teach your kid to ride a bike. Maybe you’ve even heard of the “one day” method, and been suspicious – as I was, when I first stumbled across references to it online. Perhaps you’re wondering, as I did: does it work? Can you really teach your kid to ride a bike… Continue reading Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?
Hey there, peeps! How goes your spring? You may have noticed I’ve been kinda quiet of late. It’s not on purpose – but life has been filled with my own form of spring cleaning. My mother has held many jobs in her life, both as a working professional and a professional volunteer. Yet at her… Continue reading It’s Spring Cleaning Time: A Shout-Out From The Trenches
How do you know you need to find the best highchair ever? Maybe you’re a first-time parent. Maybe your second or third child is ready to try solids, but a slightly-older sibling is still hogging the highchair. Or maybe you’re realizing that your former mealtime solution no longer works. Whatever the case, you realize you… Continue reading From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks
Do you always feel overburdened? As if you’ve got too much on your plate, because responsibility for the entire world somehow landed on your shoulders? Would you like to free up a few brain cells for something else? If so, then it’s high time you turn over some of that responsibility to your kiddos. Experts… Continue reading Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks
OK – I can hear some of you groaning from here: “Roasted eggplant? You’ve got to be kidding me – my kid won’t eat that!” So don’t call it “roasted eggplant.” Call it roasted dinosaur eggs, or roasted purple plant, or whatever it takes to get you and yours to give this dish a try.… Continue reading Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant
It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which is where most of you live, dear readers. Are you hibernating? Or are you out hunting for some comfort food? I recently stumbled across a collection of super-simple slow cooker recipes gathered for the New Year. As I scanned the pictures and titles, I could feel myself getting… Continue reading Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter
If you’re a mama who’s continued to hold down a high-powered position post-parenthood, without dropping balls on the job or at home too often, my hat is off to you. Parenthood has a way of thrusting a whole new level of being responsible onto unsuspecting grownups (holy cow, did they just let us walk out… Continue reading On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything
Are your kids going nuts, now that Christmas is over and school vacation lasts another week? Are they not ready to let go of their favorite holiday? Either way, making Christmas pizza for lunch or dinner might help. If your kids are like mine, they could do Christmas 365 days a year. But when Kimmie… Continue reading Recipe: Christmas Pizza
Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’ concerts,… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December
As in, “everything but the kitchen sink soup.” In other words, this is another super-flexible recipe that can help clear out your fridge and eat up your leftovers. I first started making soups like this when I was a student, short on funds and time and looking for comfort food. As a mom, I still… Continue reading Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup
So it’s days from Halloween last week, and I’m dashing out to bulk up our candy supplies for trick-or-treating. Just one problem, though: I had a hard time finding the Halloween candy, thanks to all the Christmas displays already out in full force. Funny, I had the same problem when finishing back-to-school shopping – in… Continue reading Do you need NO November?
Most of the time, when I think of “hacks,” I think of the make-your-life-easier tips and tricks to which this website is devoted. But when I see all the winter squashes and fresh pumpkins that are now front-and-center in the produce displays at supermarkets and farmer’s markets, the last thing I want to think about… Continue reading Winter Squash Made Easy