I Brake for Moms

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.

 

Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower

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

 

Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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