Jennifer Bardsley

This mom learned it’s never too late to take dance lessons

Yes, it’s probably too late for sequins. But she loves lacing up her jazz shoes each Monday for class.

A sugar addict realizes willpower is no match for candy corn

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.

A sugar addict realizes willpower is no match for candy corn
From toddler to teenager, time with your growing child flies

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.

From toddler to teenager, time with your growing child flies
Women go ‘glamping’ to help change lives at Girl Scout camp

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.

Women go ‘glamping’ to help change lives at Girl Scout camp
One of Farmer Girl’s favorite sayings is ‘Ask farmers, not Google’

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.

One of Farmer Girl’s favorite sayings is ‘Ask farmers, not Google’
Have a food allergy? MyPlate’s recommendations aren’t for you

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.

Have a food allergy? MyPlate’s recommendations aren’t for you
If your goal is weight loss, check out Choose MyPlate menus

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.

If your goal is weight loss, check out Choose MyPlate menus
What happens when MyPlate sets the menu? A starch overload

What happens when MyPlate sets the menu? A starch overload

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

What happens when MyPlate sets the menu? A starch overload
Grocery shopping with MyPlate’s Thrifty Meal Plan in mind

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.

Grocery shopping with MyPlate’s Thrifty Meal Plan in mind
She’s retaking the month-long MyPlate on My Budget challenge

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

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

She’s retaking the month-long MyPlate on My Budget challenge
Ear piercing is a rite of passage — but when’s the right time?

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.

Ear piercing is a rite of passage — but when’s the right time?
A family weekend at Larrabee State Park, the state’s first park

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.

A family weekend at Larrabee State Park, the state’s first park
They’re prepared for ‘the Big One’ with back yard emergency kit

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.

They’re prepared for ‘the Big One’ with back yard emergency kit
Venture to Mercer Island for a great summer picnic spot

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.

Venture to Mercer Island for a great summer picnic spot
Pop-up tent trailer lets family ‘upgrade’ their camping trips

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.

Pop-up tent trailer lets family ‘upgrade’ their camping trips
Spirits flare on Independence Day in a war over chairs

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.

Spirits flare on Independence Day in a war over chairs
Keep your kitchen cool this summer with Instant Pot meals

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.

Keep your kitchen cool this summer with Instant Pot meals
This former teacher defends the scheduled summer vacation

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.

This former teacher defends the scheduled summer vacation
Do you have an air purifier? Prepare for a smoky summer now

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.

Do you have an air purifier? Prepare for a smoky summer now
Our children aren’t the only ones who are growing up

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.

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