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Tidying up’s a snap: Alexa is like a virtual Mary Poppins

Amazon’s voice-activated assistant — by way of the Echo and Echo Dot — helps this family stay on task.

 

R.I.P. Toys R Us: A fond farewell from the kid in all of us

The toy store chain is closing or selling all of its U.S. stores — more than 700 of them — in 2018.

 

Housework — and hope — springs eternal

This mom loves the idea of fresh eggs but doesn’t need the extra work a backyard chicken coop brings.

 

Cuddle up with the latest comfort trend: a weighted blanket

Proponents of the 15-pound blankets say they promote a sense of well-being and combat insomnia.

Are you a poor speller? You might have a learning disability

Jennifer Bardsley has a hard time spelling words correctly. And it’s not her fault.

Goodbye, old house: Changes in neighborhood sign of the times

Construction is at a high and housing prices are up, but what are we losing?

That box of Thin Mints you bought keeps Girl Scouting alive

That Girl Scout at the grocery store isn’t just selling cookies, she’s part of a sisterhood of women.

Making chores fun: Clean up the kitchen in five easy steps

“Zone cleaning” is to do one step at a time, which means that chores aren’t overwhelming.

Mixer vs. maker: War for counter space is like Game of Thrones

Is there a correlation between weight gain and the small appliances we keep on our kitchen counters?

Susan Wise Bauer speaks about her new book “Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education” to parents, staff and kids during a talk at Edmonds Heights K-12. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Susan Wise Bauer shares what parents can learn from history

The education advocate wrote the definitive book on homeschooling from the classical perspective.

Susan Wise Bauer speaks about her new book “Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education” to parents, staff and kids during a talk at Edmonds Heights K-12. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A school guide for kids who color outside of the lines

In her new book, homeschool advocate Susan Wise Bauer empowers parents to put children first.

No matter what you wear, school meetings are never comfortable

Jennifer Bardsley planned her whole outfit, right down to her underwear, to try to stay comfy.

From Jasper to Banff: A Canadian adventure in an RV

Jennifer Bardsley plans to take her family on two-week roadtrip through Canada in a tent trailer.

Living the suite life: A story of luck, love and legends

Jennifer Bardsley got a much better deal than she bargained for when booking a hotel room.

Pneumonia is the pits, but modern medicine helps

Before she got pneumonia, Jenny Bardsley thought it only happened to elderly people.

Greet routine with a smile: Another ordinary extraordinary day

Some of the best days are the ones we don’t notice because we take them for granted.

She deserves it: Give Mom the gift of TLC this Christmas

If someone you loved was sick, would you make them wait in a cold car on a rainy night for two hours? Would you send… Continue reading

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

This author is throwing a virtual party for book lovers

Jennifer Bardsley is hosting a Facebook get-together for young-adult book authors and readers.

The future is now: The sweet life of a modern housewife

When Walt Disney imagined Tomorrow Land, he probably pictured Jennifer Bardsley in her living room.