Three Steps to Keep Your Furnace Healthy

There are two big-ticket home repairs that I know I will need to face someday, but for now, I dread them. One is replacing the roof, and the other is buying and installing a new furnace. While there isn’t a lot that you can do to prevent needing a new roof one day, there are several things that you can do to ensure your furnace stays healthy and has a long life. (more…)

Don’t Freak if You Leak: 4 Tips to Deal with This Awkward Breastfeeding Situation

By Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best
Few things on this planet are more embarrassing than realizing your nipples have just leaked breastmilk all over your shirt, in public, where everyone can see it. The bad news is, if you’re a new mom, you’ll very likely experience leakage at some point. The good news? Here are four great tips you can use to prevent and deal with it when this situation inevitably arises. (more…)

I Still Love the Dog Despite …

So I may be cheating a bit in that this post isn’t about my kid. But you guys, I really need to vent. Story’s dog – term used loosely – is going to give me an aneurysm. The Little Shit, as she is not at all affectionately called when Story is gone, or Kahlea, as she is called when Story is home, is so vexing her cuteness cannot make up for it. Let me give you a few examples.

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Paella and Rice Pudding

I love paella. I’ve had several different versions, and each was as tasty as the last. However, I’ve always been too intimidated to try making it. It’s a controversial dish, for sure, with everyone seeming to have his or her own “authentic” recipe. But more than that, I’m not the greatest cook, and there is a lot that goes into any paella recipe. For me, that reads as “there are a lot of opportunities to screw up.” I don’t know if I suddenly had a burst of self-confidence or just too much coffee, but I decided to make paella for our NHN family dinner this month. I’m happy — nay, ecstatic — to say that it was not only edible but pretty darn good. We had rice pudding for dessert — yum. And a dance party topped off the fabulous evening.

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