Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait

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Essie is the one who put the "yummy" in my Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait recipe. With fresh berries at their peak, you've got to give this recipe a try.

Share this: I’ll admit it. The name Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait is a blatant attempt to follow my long-standing rule of giving foods appealing names. A recent scientific study at Stanford confirmed my practice: People are more likely to try strange foods with appealing names. But like other recipe names I’ve bestowed, it’s also based… Continue reading Yummy Summer Breakfast Parfait




My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2

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When Kimmie checked into sleep-away camp yesterday, her gear included lots of my family camping splurges. Which is why her luggage took up a fraction as much space as the other kids'.

Share this:I have to admit, I was pretty proud when I dropped Kimmie off at her first sleep-away camp adventure yesterday. She’s there for all of two nights, and her luggage reflected this fact. Thanks to the family camping splurges we invested in last summer, she was one of the best-outfitted kids there. And also… Continue reading My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2




Family Camping Splurges: My Top Ten Picks, Part 1

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If you and your family like to camp, these family camping splurges will make your adventures oh-so-much-nicer.

Share this:As longtime readers know, I’m not a fan of having stuff one doesn’t need. But if you camp often enough, these family camping splurges are worth considering. And many of them have uses beyond family camping trips. I added these things to our family camping checklist after three back-to-back camping trips last summer. While… Continue reading Family Camping Splurges: My Top Ten Picks, Part 1




Loving the Environment for Kids: 5 Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring

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Share this:(NOTE: I first wrote “Loving the Environment for Kids: My Top Five Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring” as a guest post for The Everyday Ecologist in June 2016. Since it’s no longer available on that website, I’m republishing it here with a few updates while I’m traveling. Enjoy! – Flossie) What do your kids… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: 5 Tips for Raising Eco-Friendly Offspring




Permethrin Clothing Treatment: A DIY Guide

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Share this:Tick season is going to be especially bad this year. More ticks = more tick bites = greater risk of contracting Lyme Disease or another tick-borne illness. And as I noted in my last post, permethrin clothing treatment is your best bet to keep ticks away. Of course, you can buy clothing commercially treated… Continue reading Permethrin Clothing Treatment: A DIY Guide




How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?

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Share this:Summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere. Are you ready to protect your kids from tick bites? In the United States at least, fears of Lyme Disease from tick bites have recently eclipsed warnings about mosquito-borne Zika. Local and national news outlets have been covering the Lyme threat for several months. They’re… Continue reading How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?




Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

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Share this:Does your family have a Tasting Garden yet? If not, and you have a little chunk of ground (or even a large pot and a sunny spot), you need one. Our Tasting Garden is the girls’ favorite spot in the front yard, and Essie especially loves to sample its goodies and share them with… Continue reading Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden




10 Tricks to Save on Summer Camp

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Share this:Do your summer plans already have you reeling from sticker shock? Mine do. However, there ARE ways to save on summer camp. I’ve already put several to use in recent weeks, so decided these tips were too good to keep to myself. 10 Tricks to Save on Summer Camp With only weeks left to… Continue reading 10 Tricks to Save on Summer Camp




Why You Won’t See My Kids’ Faces Here

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my kids minus their faces

Share this:Some of you may have been wondering why, for a parenting blog, photos of my children are noticeably absent. I’ve been wanting to write for awhile now about why you won’t see my kids’ faces here, but honestly, I’ve been afraid to do so. However, this absence has been weighing especially heavy on my heart since… Continue reading Why You Won’t See My Kids’ Faces Here




Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges

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Share this:Have you fallen in love with melamine sponges yet? Those things also known as Magic Erasers truly do work magic, if you’ve never tried them. They’re also a great way to get your kids into the cleaning act. If this cleaning powerhouse is new to you, here are my Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges… Continue reading Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges




Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs

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Share this:Those of you celebrating Easter in the weeks to come (or at least taking part in Easter egg hunts) may find yourselves inundated with hard-boiled eggs soon. Deviled eggs are a definite kid-pleaser, in my house at least. And this recipe makes the YUMMIEST deviled eggs I have ever eaten. Moreover, deviled eggs are a… Continue reading Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs




How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent

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Share this:I’m now just over two months into my bullet journaling experiment. For those of you who’ve thought about bullet journaling – either to become more efficient and organized, or to help you juggle your competing to-do’s – yes, it’s made a huge difference in those areas. But I’m also surprised to discover another upside: Bullet journaling has… Continue reading How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent




THE Best Baby Shower Gift

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Share this:So you’re a parent of older kids, whose new-baby days are long since a mental blur. Or the “fun aunt/uncle”-to-be who’s never been a parent. Or you’ve been invited to the shower for a friend’s soon-to-arrive grandbaby. You want to honor the pending arrival with THE BEST baby shower gift ever. Now, if only… Continue reading THE Best Baby Shower Gift




Organize Your Garage: Top Hacks for Keeping It Clean

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It's easy to organize your garage when it's empty!

Share this:Perhaps you’ve read my previous post on things you could toss from your garage (or other favorite personal dumping-ground) NOW. And you’re ready to make the most of your newfound space, so it stays neat for more than two seconds. So it’s time for a post on my favorite hacks to organize your garage. While these… Continue reading Organize Your Garage: Top Hacks for Keeping It Clean




Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW

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10 things to purge from your garage NOW

Share this:Spring is nearly here, as my children keep reminding me. Time for some spring cleaning. Or making good on those New Year’s resolutions to clear out the clutter. Either way, here are ten things to purge from your garage NOW. If you don’t have a “garage,” substitute “attic” or “basement” or “junk closet” – wherever you stuff… Continue reading Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW




Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)

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Share this:It’s a fact of life. As the crowded image above suggests, baby gear takes up a LOT of space. So how do you manage a baby in a SMALL space? We were facing this prospect when I was pregnant with Kimmie, and my husband and I were still living in his bachelor pad. We… Continue reading Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)




Fast & Easy French Toast

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Share this:French Toast is one of those things I’ve always known how to make. Don’t ask me how; I just have. It never occurred to me that anyone would need a recipe for French toast until a month ago. That’s when my husband, the more skilled chef in our household, got the uncharacteristic urge to make some.… Continue reading Fast & Easy French Toast




When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?

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Share this:When’s the right time to teach your kid to budget? I vaguely recall my parents mentioning budgeting before college, which is when I became responsible for handing over a check each month at the bursar’s office. Nothing drives home the importance of budgeting like making sure your earnings will cover next month’s tuition payment. We’ve all heard of –… Continue reading When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?




Laundry Hacks I Love: 15 Laundry-Room Must-Haves

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Share this:Or laundry-routine must-haves, if your laundry “room” is the nearest laundromat. These laundry hacks have saved my clothes more than once over the years. They’ve also helped keep the girls’ fave outfits in the rotation, especially after major mealtime mishaps. Far as I’m concerned, keeping things organized around a home with small children starts in… Continue reading Laundry Hacks I Love: 15 Laundry-Room Must-Haves




Will BuJo Bring Back My Mojo?

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Share this:The ultimate parenting hack, if I could pull it off, would be figuring out how to bring back my mojo. That sense of bigger-picture control over my life that I vaguely recall feeling before Kimmie was born. In other words, the Ability To Get Things Done that I had before becoming a parent. Memo to… Continue reading Will BuJo Bring Back My Mojo?