TGIF: Take a Family Field Trip

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Red Sauce with Meats (URS: Pasta)

Thank God that Marco Polo had the foresight to bring some noodles back to Europe when he travelled the Silk Road. The Italians took those noodles and have done some wonderful things with them. Not that Asian noodles aren’t great. They are. But, pasta. Doesn’t that sound lovely? I really can’t go wrong cooking pasta […]

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Coming Up on URS

Tomorrow: share your favorite Pasta recipe on your blog and bring the link back here. March 12 – Saint Patrick’s Day Menu ItemsMarch 19 – Hot and Spicy DishesMarch 26 – Freezer-friendly Recipes

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The Phone Call You Dread

The phone rings. You answer. A surreptitious, male voice asks, “Did you want them long or extra long?” “Long.” “Thin or ultra thin?” “Ultra.” “OK, but I can’t find the ones with wings.” If you’ve ever wondered how to spare your husband the inevitable phone call from the feminine products aisle, check out my recent […]

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Three Great Read Aloud Handbooks

Are you looking for some good books to read with your children? Are you getting a little worn out from reading Good Night Moon twelve times a day? Eager to expand their literary horizons as well as yours? It is easy to fall into the same old, same old reading habits with young children. My […]

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Try It, You’ll Like It! Pop Pals

A few months ago I heard about this new product called Pop Pals. They were billed as holders for ice pops to prevent children from having cold hands. I confess I was a little skeptical about their usefulness. Cold hands has never been a problem for my children. Drips and messes are. And trying to […]

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Supersize Your Suppertime!

If you have kids, you know that behavior tends to plummet with their blood sugar. Though it is not an excuse for grouchiness, hunger can certainly contribute to a lack of self-control – yours and the kids. How about when you’re stuck in the grocery check stand line at 6:00 pm, and your baby is […]

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Laugh and Learn (and Win)

I remember all too well what a know-it-all I was when my first child was born. I had purchased a number of pregnancy and baby books. And somehow I figured that I knew everything that there was to know about caring for a newborn. So much so that I didn’t watch the videos that the […]

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