I Brake for Moms

Last year’s Christmas disaster won’t soon be forgotten

You won’t catch this mom hosting Christmas dinner. I’m feeling particularly bah-humbug about Christmas this year. Last year we hosted 17 guests for Christmas dinner… Continue reading

Stress busters for tough times

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us they serve up a double helping of… Continue reading

Camping means different things to different families

“Let’s go camping,” seems like a simple sentence, but it has a huge range of meanings depending on who you ask. A friend told me… Continue reading

The ‘Little House’ books still inspire

Dress me in petticoats because I’m a huge “Little House on the Prairie” fan. That’s why I’m so excited that “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing up… Continue reading

Meat you can feel good about buying. And eating.

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March with… Continue reading

My Plate on My Budget: The fish challenge

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March… Continue reading

Germs an easier fight than image of moms on TV

Now that 2012 is officially cooked, I’m feeling pretty good about honoring the New Year’s resolution I made last year: use a meat thermometer. Score… Continue reading

A beautiful book about overcoming dyslexia

When I was a brand new teacher, I once had a third grade student tell me to “hold the book steady, Teacher, because the letters… Continue reading

Too chicken for backyard farming

I feel guilty as soon as my husband sees the computer screen. He doesn’t even have to say anything. The look on his face says… Continue reading

Blogger meet-up with chickens

I have seriously had chickens on the brain recently. That’s why this post is something to cluck about. Brian from The Real Housewife of Snohomish… Continue reading

A trip full of (mostly) pleasant surprises

Picture it, the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, an hour before tea. My daughter and I are sitting on the front lawn admiring the pretty… Continue reading

MyPlate on My Budget, nearing the finish line

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I’m asking this March… Continue reading

This year, the kids get floss for Easter

Easter without the gore. That was my plan the first time I explained the basic tenets of Christianity to my son. He was 3 years… Continue reading

What it takes to party like a mom

You’d never know it by our jeans and clogs, but when moms party, things can get pretty wild. After all, some of us were sorority… Continue reading

Romance on hold ‘til kids are asleep

In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up Thursday, I thought I would offer some empathy to all of you moms and dads who didn’t book… Continue reading

Financial trouble often is beyond one’s control

On Feb. 11, The Herald published a letter to the editor from Carla White of Lake Forest Park that moved me deeply. It was titled… Continue reading

Ski lessons bring out inner cranky child in mom

Learning to ski turns back the clock Every Saturday my husband gets a third child: ME. That’s because I’ve been learning to ski this winter,… Continue reading

This apple definitely did not keep the doctor away

Do you want to know six words that will make a rainy afternoon more exciting? Try hearing your daughter say, “There’s an apple up my… Continue reading

Can a family eat thrifty AND healthy? Let’s find out

Admittedly, I’m obsessed. It all started a few weeks ago when I was at Trader Joe’s. I was just there to pick up “a few… Continue reading

The challenge of eating by the USDA guidelines

Prepping for the MyPlate on My Budget Experiment means figuring out what the USDA wants me to eat Can I follow the USDA thrifty food… Continue reading