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A mother’s plea for vaccination: Please let my kids stay in school
This former teacher says schools should be safe places from polio, diphtheria, mumps, rubella — and, yes, coronavirus.
Are you vaccinated and ready to dine out? Not so fast
Here are six things to consider — all due to labor shortages — before you visit your favorite restaurant.
Back to school with worry, hope — for parents and students
With the new school year here, she’s never seen her kids so excited to wake up at 5:45 a.m.
No wagons: Some fair memories are best left in the past
They took the train from Edmonds to Puyallup for the Washington State Fair. It wasn’t such a good idea.
Hot household was just one fuse away from total meltdown
Lost electricity during the heatwave and wildfires turned their whir of multiple fans and air filters into heated silence.
So you want to be a writer? Here are Jennifer Bardsley’s tips
Tip No. 1: Don’t start your writing project unless you can describe it in two succinct sentences.
Last year was one for the books — family albums, to be exact
She’s got a backlog of photo albums to finish for 2015-2019, but she’s glad she skipped ahead to 2020.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New parents? Protect yourself against possessed baby toys
A battery-operated ball for babies talks — unprompted — like it should be in the movie “Ghostbusters.”
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.
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.