Jennifer Bardsley

Can an air fryer replicate rotisserie chicken? Seventy minutes at 375 degrees comes pretty darn close. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Be careful with those carrots — she’s on an air-frying rampage

After mastering a variety of vegetables, this mom was ready to pop a 4-pound bird into her new air fryer.

 

When battling a summer cold, a quick trip to the drugstore and a painless test to rule out Covid helps provide peace of mind. (Jennifer Bardsley)

When you get a cold even though you’re still wearing a mask

She stocked up on over-the-counter medicine at Walgreens after getting a drive-thru COVID-19 test.

 

What advice would you offer a younger version of yourself? Parenting columnist Jennifer Bardsley wishes she could give her younger self a few tips. (Family photo)

Dear 26-Year-Old Me: A letter to my younger self

Seventeen years ago, Jennifer Bardsley was a new mother. She reflects on that time in this column.

 

Homemade swamp coolers are an internet sensation, but were no match for Washington's heatwave in June. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Do-it-yourself hacks to beat the heat — do they actually work?

After the June heatwave, she’s taking stock of which heat prevention tricks worked and which were a waste of time.

Homemade swamp coolers are an internet sensation, but were no match for Washington's heatwave in June. (Jennifer Bardsley)
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Two years ago, Fourth of July festivities in Edmonds inspired Jennifer Bardsley’s new novel.

Small-town tale of sweet romance ignited on the Fourth of July

Edmonds author Jennifer Bardsley’s new novel, “Sweet Bliss,” inspired by “An Edmonds Kind of Fourth.”

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Two years ago, Fourth of July festivities in Edmonds inspired Jennifer Bardsley’s new novel.
Caption: Sunset views from Semiahmoo Resort will make you feel like you’re officially on vacation.

Glorious beach getaway is only a couple of hours away

Semiahmoo Resort near the U.S.-Canada border proves to be an idea mother-daughter destination.

Caption: Sunset views from Semiahmoo Resort will make you feel like you’re officially on vacation.
When in came to wearing babies, this mom had strong skills — over a decade ago. (Jennifer Bardsley)

All strapped in: Help, I’m trapped in the baby backpack!

A newer model of the Ergobaby backback was a challenge for this aunt, even though one from 2005 was a snap.

When in came to wearing babies, this mom had strong skills — over a decade ago. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Smart watches, like this Samsung Galaxy Watch3, have valuable safety features that can help you as you age. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Embracing new technology that gives security and independence

It’s important to adapt to wearing a smart watch, for example, while your brain is healthy enough to figure it out.

Smart watches, like this Samsung Galaxy Watch3, have valuable safety features that can help you as you age. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Kids and laundry go together like a washer and dryer. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Some practical tips — not pipe dreams — for a laundry room makeover

If you get frustrated about home design, just remind yourself that old-but-clean is better than new-and-unkempt.

Kids and laundry go together like a washer and dryer. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Delicious food from local delivery service Turmeric ’N More complemented this Girl Scout book club. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Girl Scouts makes the world bigger even during a difficult year

A local troop of sixth graders read “A Place at the Table” by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan.

Delicious food from local delivery service Turmeric ’N More complemented this Girl Scout book club. (Jennifer Bardsley)
What to do when a baby toy is haunted? The answer will surprise you. (Jennifer Bardsley)

New parents? Protect yourself against possessed baby toys

A battery-operated ball for babies talks — unprompted — like it should be in the movie “Ghostbusters.”

What to do when a baby toy is haunted? The answer will surprise you. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Are co-working office spaces the solution to working from home? A Herald columnist gave it a try. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Innovative shared office spaces change how we work from home

A full-time writer checked out Workhorse HQ in Edmonds, which offers a “hot desk” membership.

Are co-working office spaces the solution to working from home? A Herald columnist gave it a try. (Jennifer Bardsley)
It’s been nine years since “I Brake for Moms” debuted and much has changed. (Photo by Jennifer Bardsley)

Nine years later, the ‘I Brake for Moms’ journey continues

In her debut column in 2012, Jennifer Bardsley reflected on driving with little kids. Today, it’s the kids doing the driving.

It’s been nine years since “I Brake for Moms” debuted and much has changed. (Photo by Jennifer Bardsley)
Here are practical tips for easing the mental load that parents — and especially mothers — carry. (Jennifer Bardsley)

How to call your mind back home after it has wandered away

Here are some tips for easing the mental load that parents — and especially mothers — carry.

Here are practical tips for easing the mental load that parents — and especially mothers — carry. (Jennifer Bardsley)
A booking error at Suncadia Inn is fixed by help from Mother Nature. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Mother Nature provides room with a view when reservation didn’t

A weekend holiday at Suncadia Resort shares sentiments made in E.M. Forster’s “A Room with a View.”

A booking error at Suncadia Inn is fixed by help from Mother Nature. (Jennifer Bardsley)
When Transient Global Amnesia strikes, the past three months become hard to remember. (Jennifer Bardsley)

The Friday I forgot is one to remember

A sudden — thankfully, temporary — episode of memory loss gave me an opportunity to reflect.

When Transient Global Amnesia strikes, the past three months become hard to remember. (Jennifer Bardsley)
A pile of shoes by the front door can be annoying, but it is also evidence of loved ones living together under one roof. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Remembering to cherish the things a mom takes for granted

Here’s to the noise, the mess and the laughter that fills life between now and when the kids are grown.

A pile of shoes by the front door can be annoying, but it is also evidence of loved ones living together under one roof. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Cursed bathrooms, noisy drains and the complexities of pandemic living make this family’s shower schedule complicated. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Hop into spring with a refreshing shower — if you plan it right

Coordination is required to avoid disrupting hubby’s work meetings and son’s schoolwork.

Cursed bathrooms, noisy drains and the complexities of pandemic living make this family’s shower schedule complicated. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Pizza, cake, crepes and ice cream — a day trip to Kingston is sweet bliss. (Jennifer Bardsley)

A delicious spring getaway is a lot closer than you think

Taking the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, even if it’s just for ice cream, can be a memorable trip.

Pizza, cake, crepes and ice cream — a day trip to Kingston is sweet bliss. (Jennifer Bardsley)
You’ll never guess who planted these potatoes. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Their backyard crop of potatoes has a squirrely backstory

They planted a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes 10 years ago — yet spuds have been growing steadily ever since.

You’ll never guess who planted these potatoes. (Jennifer Bardsley)