Jennifer Bardsley

Caption: The 12 week Edmonds Community Police Academy was a free opportunity for private citizens to learn about law enforcement.

An inside look at how law enforcement works

A pregnant mother. A man who rescues abused horses and donkeys. A…

 

After two years of wellness, Covid finally hit this family, but thanks to vaccinations, the symptoms were mild. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Jennifer Bardsley’s fighting COVID-19 with vaccines and TLC

But even with vaccinations, the disease is scary for people like her with less than robust immune systems.

 

From the comfort of the couch, Merlin the poodle offers tips and tricks for honoring Dad on Father’s Day. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Family dog has lessons to teach about adoring Dad on Father’s Day

I treat every day like it’s Father’s Day, and I think your humans should, too. The pack would be lost without you. Love, your dog.

 

Can you identify the hottest new products for infants and toddlers? Pictured is a NoseFrida and Hatch. (Courtesy Jennifer Bardsley)

Test yourself with this parenting pop quiz on trendy baby gear

Today’s pop quiz is on key vocabulary words that new parents know. But don’t worry, at least it’s multiple choice.

Can you identify the hottest new products for infants and toddlers? Pictured is a NoseFrida and Hatch. (Courtesy Jennifer Bardsley)
Caption: One of the first things you learn as a parent is that your child has their own plans for what their room should look like. (Jenny Bardsley)

No matter what you do, your child will redecorate their room

From toddlers to teenagers, kids invariably put their personal stamp on their spaces.

Caption: One of the first things you learn as a parent is that your child has their own plans for what their room should look like. (Jenny Bardsley)
Caption: It took a Mother’s Day gift to Washhpodd and 10 hours of labor to bring her car back to pre-kid condition.

The trusty Mom-mobile deserves a fresh start

Hard work by the crew at the auto detailer makes her a rarity: a mom with a clean car.

Caption: It took a Mother’s Day gift to Washhpodd and 10 hours of labor to bring her car back to pre-kid condition.
Caption: Incorporating frozen vegetables into your menu plan is a fast and cost-effective way to save money on rising food costs.

The secrets of cheap meals: frozen veggies and slow cookers

They not only stretch your food budget, but also timesaving godsends for busy parents. Here are three recipes to try.

Caption: Incorporating frozen vegetables into your menu plan is a fast and cost-effective way to save money on rising food costs.
Caption: Originally published in The Weekly Herald, “I Brake for Moms” has been running for ten years.

Ten years of columns later, a celebration of place, journalism

Jennifer Bardsley reflects on writing 520 installments of “I Brake for Moms.”

Caption: Originally published in The Weekly Herald, “I Brake for Moms” has been running for ten years.
Caption: A young Jennifer Bardsley with her grandmother on one of many "Grandma Days."

Grandmothers deserve to be honored on Mother’s Day, too

Columnist Jennifer Bardsley’s grandma left a lasting imprint on her heart.

Caption: A young Jennifer Bardsley with her grandmother on one of many "Grandma Days."
Caption: After trying many solutions, liquid bait proved to be the ultimate weapon in a war against ants.

Her kitchen is a killing field for invading ants

With the bugs marching across the floor, it’s time to bring out the big pesticidal guns.

Caption: After trying many solutions, liquid bait proved to be the ultimate weapon in a war against ants.
Caption: Faced with an uptick in crime, an Edmonds neighborhood works together to keep residents safe.

Absolutely nothing gets past the neighborhood watch

Crime has increased in her corner of suburban Edmonds. The best protection? Neighbors.

Caption: Faced with an uptick in crime, an Edmonds neighborhood works together to keep residents safe.
Caption: Spring weather makes it tricky to know when it’s time to put patio furniture to use.

Patio furniture brings back a stream of summer memories

‘Tis the season for bringing out the outdoor chairs and tables — only to be rained in 30 minutes later.

Caption: Spring weather makes it tricky to know when it’s time to put patio furniture to use.
Break out of a cooking rut but thematically planning your menu according to cuisine. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Eat around the world from the comfort of your home

Trying recipes from different cuisines breaks the author out of a home-cooking rut.

Break out of a cooking rut but thematically planning your menu according to cuisine. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Caption: Hitting 10,000 steps a day has become more challenging since the pandemic began.

The past two years have been hard on step counts

Working from home and attending virtual meetings mean going for a walk takes concerted effort.

Caption: Hitting 10,000 steps a day has become more challenging since the pandemic began.
Caption: Each visit to a bridal shop marks a different milestone on life's journey.

Bridal shop visits are full of memories — with more to come

Bridal shops aren’t only for brides. They are places where women of all ages gather to celebrate each other.

Caption: Each visit to a bridal shop marks a different milestone on life's journey.
When nerve pain made long sleeves unbearable, a shawl came to the rescue. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Surviving the aches and pains of middle age

What it’s like to be 43 going on 90, and need a granny shawl to keep warm.

When nerve pain made long sleeves unbearable, a shawl came to the rescue. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Caption: The holy grail of kitchen appliances is one that most Americans don’t know about yet.

Can this pricey small appliance from Germany change your life?

Ronco’s Kitchen Magician has nothing on this gadget — especially its $1,500 price tag.

Caption: The holy grail of kitchen appliances is one that most Americans don’t know about yet.
Caption: Merlin, the nearly-toothless poodle, enjoying a quiet afternoon in Edmonds.

Should you brush your dog’s teeth? A cautionary tale

Seven years and several hefty vet bills later, Merlin the poodle is down to just one tooth. So yes, you should brush your pooch’s choppers.

Caption: Merlin, the nearly-toothless poodle, enjoying a quiet afternoon in Edmonds.
Caption: It might not be a necessary appliance, but tiny Crockpots are so darn cute.

Tiny Crockpot is a big help for cook — at least for now

You can make yummy things like spinach-artichoke dip in it. Plus, it’s so darn cute.

Caption: It might not be a necessary appliance, but tiny Crockpots are so darn cute.
Caption: Food delivery services offer tempting—but pricey—answers to that age-old question: “What’s for dinner?” (Picture of a Hungryroot box.)

6 meal delivery services that offer convenience for a price

When something throws your daily routine out of whack, meal kits can be a godsend.

Caption: Food delivery services offer tempting—but pricey—answers to that age-old question: “What’s for dinner?” (Picture of a Hungryroot box.)