I Brake for Moms

Newfangled cooker isn’t for those with tried and true methods

Columnist Jennifer Bardsley recently succumbed to peer pressure and purchased an Instant Pot.

Glamping: This mom’s new fav way to do family vacations

After spending the summer searching for the perfect tent trailer, I finally found a used Coachman Clipper light enough to pull behind our Subaru Outback… Continue reading

Time passes, memory fades and Alzheimer’s wounds the heart

Ihope you can join me on Sept. 30 at Boxcar Park in Everett for Snohomish County’s 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The goal is to… Continue reading

RIP swimsuit: This mom’s shapewear suit has lost its superpowers

Bathing suit drama? Not in my beach bag. My one-piece from Mod Cloth was blue with gold stars and infused with superpowers. It had so… Continue reading

Fishing for the perfect tent trailer yields whale of a reward

I began this summer with a mission to find a used tent trailer and become a happy camper. I even chopped down a pine tree… Continue reading

Soak up the summer sun because it won’t last forever

This summer the pressure to have fun is intense. It took so long for school to get out, thanks to some pathetic excuses for snow… Continue reading

Glacier-carved peaks are calling: Go somewhere west of worry

“See America first.” That’s not a controversial political campaign, but one of the early advertising slogans for Glacier National Park in Montana. Phrases like “The… Continue reading

Letter from a poodle to his boy while he’s away at summer camp

Dear Boy, I have a bone to pick with you. Once again you’ve left me at home while you cavorted off to summer camp. Last… Continue reading

Washington’s real estate market for pop up campers is hot

I’ve finally talked my husband into buying a pop up tent trailer for camping. No more sleeping on the ground for me! We could buy… Continue reading

New parents with crying baby are sleepless in Snohomish County

Summer nights mean open windows, and open windows mean noise. Sometimes when my family eats a late dinner out on our patio, we hear our… Continue reading

This mommy blogger still sweated Canadian border stop

When I took my kids for a weekend trip to Canada while my husband was backpacking in the Cascades, I planned on having fun, but… Continue reading

A Canadian family adventure with Olympic-sized wins

To kick off summer, I took my son and daughter on a Memorial Day weekend getaway in Canada while my husband was backpacking in the… Continue reading

The crappy side of fatherhood — literally

Fathers matter all the time, and especially in the middle of the night when the baby monitor wails. My husband, like so many excellent dads… Continue reading

Some problems are too big for kids to solve on their own

Sometimes I struggle with knowing when to intervene in my children’s lives, and when to step away and allow them to solve their own problems.… Continue reading

Riding the bus: A summer to learn, a lifetime of ride skills

I got my first job when I was 16 years old, as an intern at the San Diego Zoo’s education department. As jobs went, it… Continue reading

Family chore chart pays kids to get to work

Should kids be paid to do chores? In the real world, adults get jobs, are docked when they don’t perform according to standard and must… Continue reading

7 Mother’s Day gifts guaranteed to take up space in the garage

This Mother’s Day, give Mom what she really wants, a fancy kitchen gadget she will probably only use a few times. She doesn’t have room… Continue reading

Old china: It holds memories, but not yours

If a woman dies and nobody wants to inherit her china, is it still worth $100 a place setting? Stroll through your local thrift store… Continue reading