Jennifer Bardsley

A sugar addict realizes willpower is no match for candy corn

She told her family she’d never buy the Halloween treats again. But she couldn’t help herself.

 

From toddler to teenager, time with your growing child flies

Her son is only 14, and yet this mother already knows she better not take his presence for granted.

 

Women go ‘glamping’ to help change lives at Girl Scout camp

Glamp, the annual fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Western Washington, raised $304,133 for camperships.

 

One of Farmer Girl’s favorite sayings is ‘Ask farmers, not Google’

The third-generation dairy farmer near Ferndale is the founder of the popular Facebook page Farmer Girl.

Have a food allergy? MyPlate’s recommendations aren’t for you

The USDA’s guidelines don’t account for potential allergens like dairy, bread and eggs.

If your goal is weight loss, check out Choose MyPlate menus

The MyPlate on My Budget challenge kept this family on a thrifty budget and at healthy weights.

What happens when MyPlate sets the menu? A starch overload

The USDA Food Plan considers potatoes, corn and frozen juice concentrate as produce.

Grocery shopping with MyPlate’s Thrifty Meal Plan in mind

The goal: Spend no more than $158.30 at Fred Meyer on a week’s worth of food for a family of four.

She’s retaking the month-long MyPlate on My Budget challenge

Can Jennifer Bardsley stick to the feds’ recommended grocery budget and nutritional requirements?

Ear piercing is a rite of passage — but when’s the right time?

This mom turned to the Edmonds Moms Facebook group for advice on getting her daughter’s ears pierced.

A family weekend at Larrabee State Park, the state’s first park

Just 6 miles south of Bellingham along Chuckanut Drive, the park has two lakes and plenty of hiking.

They’re prepared for ‘the Big One’ with back yard emergency kit

Recent earthquakes in Western Washington reminded this family of four to prepare for the worst.

Venture to Mercer Island for a great summer picnic spot

If not for islanders’ xenophobia in 1968, Luther Burbank would have been a state park on Lake Washington.

Pop-up tent trailer lets family ‘upgrade’ their camping trips

This summer they’ll travel in comfort to Larrabee, Alta Lake and Brooks Memorial state parks.

Spirits flare on Independence Day in a war over chairs

You can set up chairs at An Edmonds Kind of Fourth parade the night before. But it’s not so simple.

Keep your kitchen cool this summer with Instant Pot meals

This stay-at-home mom loves the “The Healthy Meal Prep Instant Pot Cookbook” by Carrie Forrest.

This former teacher defends the scheduled summer vacation

The parenting trend for an “unscheduled summer” gives kids the opportunity to be bored for 10 weeks.

Do you have an air purifier? Prepare for a smoky summer now

This mom spent the family’s vacation budget on air purifiers, HEPA filters and tower fans.

Our children aren’t the only ones who are growing up

Her 14-year-old son’s high school orientation was an evening of reckoning for this mom.

My grandfather helped liberate Europe from tyranny on D-Day

He won the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his heroism. It was up to my grandma to tell his story.