I Brake for Moms

L.M. Montgomery messed with my head

If you are a kindred spirit then this post will make absolute sense to you. If you don’t know what I mean by “kindred spirit”,… Continue reading

Who needs toys when there’s TP?

When it comes to entertainment value, toilet paper can give you a lot of mileage. We used to live next to a family with teenagers.… Continue reading

Eggs from happy hens worth the cost

Those of you familiar with my column might remember that I am too chicken for backyard farming, but in love with the romantic notion of… Continue reading

Eating well on a budget is one tough recipe

Get dinner on the table. If that’s your job at home, then you understand the enormity of the task. It’s relentless; it’s messy; and it… Continue reading

A fun book for pranksters

It only took the first paragraph of reading “PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School” by Seattle author Kim Baker, before… Continue reading

Coaches give their time, and so much more

Spring is here, the Snack Shack is open and my butt is frozen on the bleachers. Little League is in full swing. It seems fitting… Continue reading

Shopping with kids isn’t for the weak

I’m not stupid. I try to do my grocery shopping without kids whenever possible. Sometimes it just isn’t. I don’t want to sound like a… Continue reading

My favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

Baking chocolate chip cookies is a real hassle at my house because I can’t eat gluten but the rest of my family can. Finding a… Continue reading

Who wants to eat princesses, anyway?

“Hey, Mom,” my daughter says right as I’m ladling soup into bowls. “Whatcha doin’?” “Making dinner,” I say, and I holler for her brother to… Continue reading

MyPlate on My Budget: Good food costs money

Last March I fed my family on $144.80 a week as part of the MyPlate on My Budget experiment. Could I follow the USDA thrifty… Continue reading

3-year-old fashion critic is a mom’s dream come true

My daughter has been making critical commentary on my wardrobe ever since she learned how to talk. She’s like the pint-sized fashion police. Yes, I… Continue reading

A meal plan for car camping

This past week my family spent four days car camping in Olympic National Park. At some points it was cold, and very often it was… Continue reading

Summer livin’ is easy, except at bedtime

This summer, here’s something to think about the next time it’s 10 p.m. and your kids are running around like banshees: You are not alone.… Continue reading

Gravy boats make pouring milk easier for kids

A big part of parenting a preschooler is teaching them to become more independent. That always sounds great in theory but when I see my… Continue reading

Envelope wallet helps manage money

One of my goals for 2013 is to teach my daughter about money and the difference between needs versus wants. Specifically, I want my preschooler… Continue reading

Even faith in infomercials is rewarded eventually

I have a sincere love of infomercials. Go ahead and mock me; I’m used to it. Those steam-heated hot rollers I bought in high school… Continue reading

Stamp books encourage good behavior

I’m a big believer in behavior modification through token economies. I find that it’s really easy to catch my kids being bad, but it’s much… Continue reading

Recess Music from your local library

This summer my family listened to a free advanced review copy of Gratitude Attitude, the newest title in Recess Music’s “Best Foot Forward” series. We… Continue reading

Packing for vacation is part of the adventure

When Mom packs your family up for vacation this summer, please give her a round of applause. Making sure you have clean socks isn’t as… Continue reading

A passport to good behavior

Are you going on a family vacation this summer? Sometimes the thought of traveling with small children can scare the starch out of you, but… Continue reading