I Brake for Moms

Intestinal bug is more than a mom can stomach

I haven’t seen my children in two days. That’s because I spent all of yesterday with my cheek on the bathroom floor. Today I’ve graduated… Continue reading

How to create a writing corner for your child

When I was a K-4 teacher, one of my constant questions for parents was “Have you set up a writing corner for your child?” A… Continue reading

Snohomish mom creates an app for keepsake artwork

Admit it. Those paintings your child brought home from preschool? Two of them are up on the fridge. The other 10 have mysteriously disappeared. It’s… Continue reading

Comedy night: laughs were good, and so was the cause

This past weekend my husband and I enjoyed a rare night out together when we went to the 6th annual Edmonds Comedy Night down at… Continue reading

MyPlate on My Budget: Grow money on trees

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question Rose McAvoy and I… Continue reading

Growing a winter vegetable garden in the Pacific Northwest

This morning our thermometer says it’s 32 degrees outside. Everywhere there is frost, and it is cold, cold, COLD! So today seemed the perfect day… Continue reading

We’re not Seattle, and that’s just fine

“I’m from Seattle.” Have you ever found yourself saying that to somebody while you’re on vacation, even though it’s not true? You know that if… Continue reading

A fun math game for preschoolers

Here’s a fun math game for preschoolers called “Make Me Dinner.” This game is deceptively simple. It works on loads of math skills through pretend… Continue reading

A child’s hunger shows up in school

I often get free books to review for my blog. Some of them are awful and some of them are good. “A Dream So Big,… Continue reading

Mother’s Day gifts that matter

Mother’s Day is coming up! If you’re a mom to young children, that doesn’t mean you get the day off. But at least you get… Continue reading

Free showings of ‘Race to Nowhere’

There are going to be free showings of the documentary “Race to Nowhere” at Edmonds-Woodway High School Theater this weekend. “Race to Nowhere” is a… Continue reading

A car’s best safety feature? Kids

When I was little, I used to think that my generation of Atari and Nintendo players would grow up to be the best drivers ever.… Continue reading

L.M. Montgomery messed with my head

If you are a kindred spirit then this post will make absolute sense to you. If you don’t know what I mean by “kindred spirit”,… Continue reading

Who needs toys when there’s TP?

When it comes to entertainment value, toilet paper can give you a lot of mileage. We used to live next to a family with teenagers.… Continue reading

Eggs from happy hens worth the cost

Those of you familiar with my column might remember that I am too chicken for backyard farming, but in love with the romantic notion of… Continue reading

Eating well on a budget is one tough recipe

Get dinner on the table. If that’s your job at home, then you understand the enormity of the task. It’s relentless; it’s messy; and it… Continue reading

A fun book for pranksters

It only took the first paragraph of reading “PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School” by Seattle author Kim Baker, before… Continue reading

Coaches give their time, and so much more

Spring is here, the Snack Shack is open and my butt is frozen on the bleachers. Little League is in full swing. It seems fitting… Continue reading

Shopping with kids isn’t for the weak

I’m not stupid. I try to do my grocery shopping without kids whenever possible. Sometimes it just isn’t. I don’t want to sound like a… Continue reading

My favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

Baking chocolate chip cookies is a real hassle at my house because I can’t eat gluten but the rest of my family can. Finding a… Continue reading