I Brake for Moms

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?
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
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
My grandfather helped liberate Europe from tyranny on D-Day

My grandfather helped liberate Europe from tyranny on D-Day

He won the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his heroism. It was up to my grandma to tell his story.

My grandfather helped liberate Europe from tyranny on D-Day
Let’s Make Art: At-home painting lessons for the whole family

Let’s Make Art: At-home painting lessons for the whole family

A subscription watercolor kit with online tutorials turns into affordable Mommy and Me art classes.

Let’s Make Art: At-home painting lessons for the whole family
How an IKEA couch held up for this family of four — plus a dog

How an IKEA couch held up for this family of four — plus a dog

After five years, the cushions have become saggy and lumpy. But the slipcovers mean it can be cleaned.

How an IKEA couch held up for this family of four — plus a dog
The mysterious case of the garage door with a mind of its own

The mysterious case of the garage door with a mind of its own

“It’s a good thing I have a guard dog with me,” she told their miniature poodle.

The mysterious case of the garage door with a mind of its own
Your Mother’s Day Report Card

Your Mother’s Day Report Card

Sharpen your pencils, and get ready to grade yourself. Your Mother’s Day report card is waiting.

Your Mother’s Day Report Card
Child, whatever you do, please don’t practice the recorder

Child, whatever you do, please don’t practice the recorder

Do you remember the lyrics to “Hot Cross Buns”? If not, you will soon.

Child, whatever you do, please don’t practice the recorder
Lighthouse parenting: Guide and help them get their bearings

Lighthouse parenting: Guide and help them get their bearings

This style of parenting has two main principles: give unconditional love and let children fail.

Lighthouse parenting: Guide and help them get their bearings
Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp

Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp

Jennifer Bardsley was one of 20 writers to speak at this year’s Teen Author Boot Camp in Provo, Utah.

Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp
Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp

Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp

Jennifer Bardsley was one of 20 writers to speak at this year’s Teen Author Boot Camp in Provo, Utah.

Does your teenager love to write? Send her to boot camp
This Edmonds traveler prefers flying out of Paine Field

This Edmonds traveler prefers flying out of Paine Field

It took her just 10 minutes to get through airport security at Snohomish County’s new terminal.

This Edmonds traveler prefers flying out of Paine Field
Parents deserve time-outs too — especially during the teen years

Parents deserve time-outs too — especially during the teen years

Here’s an exhausting metaphor for you: Raising a teenager is like running 97 marathons in a row.

Parents deserve time-outs too — especially during the teen years