I Brake for Moms

How learning to say her own name inspired her latest book

A character in Jennifer Bardsley’s new novel speaks with a lisp — as she did when she was a child.

 

Give your Valentine the gift of relaxation at the naked spa

The Olympus Spa in Lynnwood is for women only. Sorry guys, this Valentine’s Day treat isn’t for you.

 

A subscriber’s plea: Support journalism before it’s too late

We are raising a generation that places their faith in social media instead of vetted journalists.

 

A family game of Monopoly is equal parts joy and frustration

Toys R Us is dead, but don’t worry — America’s favorite board game is alive and well.

This mom’s favorite family meals to cook in the Instant Pot

Did you get a pressure cooker for Christmas? Here are two recipes to try that busy families love.

What’s a mom to do? Photos in camera’s gallery have snowballed

The last photo album she finished was in 2015. Soon it will be 2019, and she’ll be four years behind.

Family-friendly Disney cruise makes fantasy become reality

The Bardsley family spent a week on the Disney Fantasy cruising around the Caribbean.

Pledging myself to family fun aboard a Disney cruise ship

She hasn’t even boarded the boat yet, but she can already tell it won’t be like any other vacation.

This mom’s looking forward to a Christmas that is just ‘enough’

Have you heard of the Swedish principle “lagom”? Loosely translated, it means “just the right amount.”

Parenting teenagers requires the courage of a lion tamer

Danger lurks around every corner, especially on social media. Gun violence, drug use, depression …

Put down those needles! Struggles of a recovering yarn addict

She gave up knitting and crocheting 13 years ago due to tendinitis and carpel tunnel. It hurts.

Edmonds bakery and cafe a cozy neighborhood gathering place

The Red Twig Bakery & Cafe makes this columnist’s (unofficial) list of Snohomish County hall-of-famers.

Keepsakes: Family heirlooms’ sentimental value endures forever

Sure, they collect dust. But those old clocks and china cabinets keep our ancestors’ memory alive.

How I went from being stay-at-home mom to published author

Between dance class and gymnastics, there are always a few moments to bang out 500 words.

A Girl Scout says goodbye to her decades-old sleeping bag

After 33 years and five different camps, it’s time for her to upgrade to a new sleeper from REI.

Weak immunity system? Vicks product is flu season must-have

If taking a steamy shower and running a humidifier when you’re sick doesn’t help, then try this.

How many children does it take to pick a backpack off the floor?

It reads like a joke, but it isn’t. Kids at every age love to ignore putting away their bags.

When it’s time to groom the dog, everyone has strong opinions

A household was divided after the family’s poodle got a new do: They either loved it or hated it.

When good intentions fall through, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent

This school year she wanted to be Ms. Perfect Mom; instead she was becoming Ms. Oops-I-Did-It-Again.

The giant map of Scandinavia greets visitors at the new Nordic Museum in Ballard. (Photo by Jennifer Bardsley)

Nordic Museum reconnects her with Swedish heritage

Millions of Swedish immigrants assimilated quickly in the U.S. It’s time to rediscover Nordic values.

The giant map of Scandinavia greets visitors at the new Nordic Museum in Ballard. (Photo by Jennifer Bardsley)