The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tremendous disruption and uncertainty in our lives and the lives of our children. We all have BIG feelings right now, and the best course of action is to try to take it one day at...
This past week, I have received messages from friends all around the country wondering how we’re handling the outbreak of coronavirus in the Pacific Northwest. Outbreak? Handling it? First off, much of this appears to be very much out...
I grew up with my nose in a book. I was never without a book and reading was a lifeline for me through some challenging times. I dreamt of becoming Belle so I could have my very own library...
It was a different era when our parents turned 40. It was full of the color black and over-the-hill jokes. But I've noticed something has shifted in our generation as we approach the older ages. New cliches have arose;...
We want our aging parents to have a comfortable life which may some day lead us to move our elderly parents into our home. Even if we already have a family and kids of our own. Living with aging...
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10 Family Costume Ideas

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My family rarely dresses up in family costumes. The closest we've ever gotten is when my boys wanted to be Harry Potter and his owl, Hedwig. So, I did my take on Dolores Umbridge. I thought the cat brooch...
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The Badge of Busy

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Fall is here! With kids back in school we think we will have so much time, but in reality our world become much more busy. Sure the kids are gone all day, but enter in the EXTRA-CURRICULAR activities! Yup,...
Most of us have heard of The Big One, the doomsday term given to a long-overdue earthquake expected to hit the Pacific Northwest some time in the next 50 years. Those with school-age kids are likely familiar with earthquake...
We don’t live near an outdoor community pool (and swimming inside feels offensive to the season), we’ve become familiar with the local park’s splash pad. My kids enjoy having the option of playing in the water or playing on...
I was recently contacted by Laundry Care to try out their laundry service. I was a little reluctant because I'm pretty particular about my laundry and feel like it's something I should do myself. I had to ask myself...

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Pandemic Prepper

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In 2009, my husband and I put together emergency “bug out bags” which included flashlights, N95 masks and MRE’s. We created the...
Schoolwork in Quarantine

Parenting in Crisis