Jennifer Bardsley

Heavy drinking during pandemic sends kids a bad message

Parents drinking to excess may be teaching their children that when the going gets tough, it’s time to hit the bottle.

40 years later, our kids will have quite the story to tell

“When I was your age, I wasn’t allowed to go to school. It was a canceled because of a pandemic.”

Stay-at-home order means dogs are victims of bad haircuts, too

She watched a groomer give a poodle a new ‘do on YouTube before trying out the clippers herself.

There’s no place like home — and all its worn-out furnishings

What makes a home a home isn’t the latest decor trends, but whether it’s lived in.

A cheap, easy ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ sheet-pan meal

Pick your protein, starch and veggies, cut them into 1-inch chunks and bake in the oven. Dinner’s served.

With a bidet, TP shortages no longer scare the crap out of us

This family ordered their new toilet just in time. Now bidets are either sold out or on back-order.

How to keep your kids busy while you’re working from home

Here are five high-interest activities for kids that will give you 20 minutes of quiet time.

June Cleaver’s 5 lessons for life during the pandemic

The “Leave It to Beaver” mom set an example for keeping things on an even keel in dystopian times.

Of fear and illness: In the wake of COVID-19, kindness matters

We have a great opportunity to be a source of strength and support for one another.

Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower

Classes combine weights, cardio, stretching and mindfulness into a simple-to-follow hour of exercise.

The four things not to talk about at the family dinner table

All she wants is to get through one supper — just one — without mentioning bodily functions.

Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County

A Seattle-based company that recycles plastic film, batteries and lightbulbs now offers its services here.

Generation after generation of Girl Scouts make a difference

Leadership, service, friendship and merriment are some of the many reasons that it’s wonderful to be a Girl Scout.

Teaching your children how to cook is scary but rewarding

This mom’s 10-year-old daughter made a beef stew in the Instant Pot — with careful supervision.

Why we need sex-ed in public schools starting in kindergarten

All children, starting at a young age, deserve to be taught that they have ownership of their bodies.

Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever

The recent bout of snowy weather made her family feel all of the emotions. Here’s a day-by-day recap.

How to organize your housekeeping schedule with to-do lists

You don’t have to shell out $49.99 to purchase one of the many mommy-blogger planners out there.

Guess what, kiddo? You’re going back into a booster seat

Washington’s car seat law has changed in 2020 to keep children under 4-feet-9 or 13 years old in a booster.

Does following old wives’ tales support your immune system?

Maybe that daily spoonful of elderberry syrup is helping this mom ward off the flu. Or maybe not.

Those priceless family Christmas traditions are too pricey

Santa photos, personalized cards and matching family pajamas are making the holiday extra expensive.