How Prepared Are You?

photo source My sister was without power for six days in the wake of Irene recently. While they were all fine and healthy, it was hard to go that long without a basic utility. Thankfully, they had warning in order to prepare — and at least picked up a camping stove before the storm hit. […]

Energize Me!

photo source Coffee, soda, vitamin supplements. Those used to be the things that I relied on to have the energy to get through the day. Today, believe it or not, I’ve cut down on coffee and I’ve cut out soda completely. Yes, yes, I did. The Daily Vanilla Coke girl gave up her habit. And […]

Teaching Your Kids to Drive Before They Are Old Enough

My boys are aged 14, 10, 9, and 7. None of them is of driving age. But, just as I anticipate a significant increase in my grocery bill and household milk consumption over the next ten years, so do I also realize that my blood pressure and patience may be put to the test as […]

Be Prepared for Emergencies

photo source You’ve no doubt seen the devastation that has rippled its way through Japan. In other parts of the world, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding have wreaked havoc on the inhabitants there. Natural disasters are an unfortunate part of life. And springtime brings that to mind. I remember when we lived in Kansas the […]

Eat Your Veggies!

I’m finding myself hard pressed to get my kids to eat cooked veggies these days, especially as we explore new worlds and weird vegetables. Find yourself in the same situation? Well, I guess we both need to read my recent article in Calgary’s Child Magazine about how to get your kids to eat more fruits […]

Considering Those with Food Allergies

Photo Source: Euro Magic Once upon a time, salty, peanuts were a fun snack at our house. However, a recent allergy test for FishChick2 has banned the noble peanut from our home. I had suspected a peanut allergy in her, and now it’s been confirmed. Peanuts, many tree nuts, and egg whites have been distinguished […]

How to Make a Deluxe Baby Gate

Baby gates have been an integral part of everyday life in FishHouse for quite some time. To keep our littlest one corralled and out of trouble, we have them at the head and foot of our stairwell as well as one on the way into the kitchen. There’s only so much help unloading the dishwasher […]

A Travel Toilet Seat – Don’t Leave Home Without It!

My first child was a boy. And then I had another boy. And another. And another. Four boys in seven years provided lots of excitement in my early years of parenting. Especially during potty training. Actually, I didn’t mind the potty training so much. In many respects, I looked at it as my husband’s responsibility. […]