Jennifer Bardsley

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
Does following old wives’ tales support your immune system?

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.

Does following old wives’ tales support your immune system?
Those priceless family Christmas traditions are too pricey

Those priceless family Christmas traditions are too pricey

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

Those priceless family Christmas traditions are too pricey
The best teachers give life to any subject — even dead languages

The best teachers give life to any subject — even dead languages

She doesn’t remember much Latin, but she does remember Mr. Stansell, one of her favorite teachers.

The best teachers give life to any subject — even dead languages
Online grocery shopping gives you more time to buy ice cream

Online grocery shopping gives you more time to buy ice cream

It’s also pretty easy — assuming your computer doesn’t crash, the world doesn’t explode, etc.

Online grocery shopping gives you more time to buy ice cream
Water aerobics is heart-pumping good time for every generation

Water aerobics is heart-pumping good time for every generation

Not only is it a gentle workout on your knees, but it’s also fun to do the rocking horse to ’80s music.

Water aerobics is heart-pumping good time for every generation
Ditch the wrapping paper this Christmas to save some green

Ditch the wrapping paper this Christmas to save some green

Brown paper packages tied up with string are cheap and recyclable — one of her favorite things.

Ditch the wrapping paper this Christmas to save some green
What parents of teenagers can learn from arborists

What parents of teenagers can learn from arborists

If we want teens to grow up strong, then they need deep roots in a family that loves them.

What parents of teenagers can learn from arborists
Today’s lesson: How to roast chicken without poisoning the family

Today’s lesson: How to roast chicken without poisoning the family

Step 1: Wash your hands. Step 2: Don’t touch anything. Step 3: Wash your hands again.

Today’s lesson: How to roast chicken without poisoning the family
Vodka, vinegar and other cleaning hacks to make your house shine

Vodka, vinegar and other cleaning hacks to make your house shine

A bottle of cheap booze and a microfiber cloth work wonders, especially if you’re sensitive to fragrances.

Vodka, vinegar and other cleaning hacks to make your house shine
The horror that is Halloween when you live in a cul-de-sac

The horror that is Halloween when you live in a cul-de-sac

She did all she could to turn their house into the one trick-or-treaters would gossip about.

The horror that is Halloween when you live in a cul-de-sac