Jennifer Bardsley

Life lessons from Grandma are pandemic essentials

Life lessons from Grandma are pandemic essentials

As we wait out the coronavirus outbreak, you may just find yourself turning into a grandmother.

Life lessons from Grandma are pandemic essentials
Pandemic reminds us of all of that Mother’s Day gone awry

Pandemic reminds us of all of that Mother’s Day gone awry

This mom will never forget when her kids, 9 and 4, fought over who would make her breakfast in bed.

Pandemic reminds us of all of that Mother’s Day gone awry
Heavy drinking during pandemic sends kids a bad message

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.

Heavy drinking during pandemic sends kids a bad message
40 years later, our kids will have quite the story to tell

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.”

40 years later, our kids will have quite the story to tell
Stay-at-home order means dogs are victims of bad haircuts, too

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.

Stay-at-home order means dogs are victims of bad haircuts, too
There’s no place like home — and all its worn-out furnishings

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.

There’s no place like home — and all its worn-out furnishings
A cheap, easy ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ sheet-pan meal

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.

A cheap, easy ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ sheet-pan meal
With a bidet, TP shortages no longer scare the crap out of us

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.

With a bidet, TP shortages no longer scare the crap out of us
How to keep your kids busy while you’re working from home

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.

How to keep your kids busy while you’re working from home
June Cleaver’s 5 lessons for life during the pandemic

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.

June Cleaver’s 5 lessons for life during the pandemic
Of fear and illness: In the wake of COVID-19, kindness matters

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.

Of fear and illness: In the wake of COVID-19, kindness matters
Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower

Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower

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

Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower
The four things not to talk about at the family dinner table

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.

The four things not to talk about at the family dinner table
Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County

Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County

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

Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County
Generation after generation of Girl Scouts make a difference

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.

Generation after generation of Girl Scouts make a difference
Teaching your children how to cook is scary but rewarding

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.

Teaching your children how to cook is scary but rewarding
Why we need sex-ed in public schools starting in kindergarten

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.

Why we need sex-ed in public schools starting in kindergarten
Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever

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.

Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever
How to organize your housekeeping schedule with to-do lists

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.

How to organize your housekeeping schedule with to-do lists
Guess what, kiddo? You’re going back into a booster seat

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.

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