Texting with Story

I have to admit, when Lesley told me that she was getting a cell phone for Story’s birthday, I had my reservations. The world is a scary place online these days, and even though all of our girls have access to electronics, they have not yet had access to a platform that could post their thoughts to the whole world. I know Lesley is no fool and would never give Story that kind of access even with a smartphone in hand. Still, she’s one step closer to that world, and it’s scary. (more…)

Sweet Potato Dream Muffins with Maple Butter

This weekend, I found myself with a surplus of potatoes. My parents were leaving for a three-week trip and were offloading their perishable items. I was one of the last to visit their house that weekend and ended up with at least five pounds of potatoes. Added to the ones I already had at home, I had roughly seven pounds of potatoes and one pound of sweet potatoes. What was a girl to do? Cook, of course. (more…)

A Golden Weekend for a Golden Birthday

Ali conveniently brought up the concept of “golden birthdays” on the year of Story’s. Story is turning nine on October 9, her golden birthday. Of course, Ali being Ali elaborated and told Story that this should be a grand birthday, a celebration to top all previous celebrations. And Story being Story took her sweet time figuring out just what that celebration would be. I have to say, I think it turned out to be truly golden.

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Introducing our new adventure

Lesley and I are both very busy women. We are both single moms, hardworking breadwinners, housekeepers, pet owners, and prioritize time for family and friends. Some days it is hard to fit in everything that needs to be done. How we find ourselves in any conversations about wild schemes that will take up even more of our time, I don’t know. Still, we always do. I blame Lesley, of course. After all, if it weren’t for her, NHN wouldn’t be. This weekend, we introduced yet another adventure into our lives. Welcome, Terrari and the Fairy. (more…)

At What Age Is a Cell Phone Appropriate?

My daughter’s ninth birthday is in a couple of weeks, and for the last several months, one present request has played over and over: a cell phone. “Mom, at least half my class has an iPhone already. If I’m too young for a phone, why do they get to have one?” It has been a difficult decision to make. My first instinct is to say, No way! Story already lives on her computer — not to mention tablet and mp3 player. She certainly doesn’t need yet another device. Add in the social pressures of Twitter, Facebook, and all the other apps kids use to abuse one another, and the kid isn’t going to get a phone until they have gone the way of the dodo. Even so, I have decided to get her a cell phone, and I’ll tell you why. (more…)