Fried Green Tomatoes

I am a bad gardener. It’s true. But I’ve never found that to be a good reason to give up on the dream of having homegrown food, so I begin the fated adventure over again each year in hopes of a better return. This year, I succeeded! It wasn’t the success of a seasoned gardener. I lost a few plants to overcrowding and for some reason couldn’t get cilantro to grow. I did, however, enjoy my favorite arugula salad with my own arugula, and there was a solid week that I packed salads for lunch with my own green leaf lettuce. (more…)

Learning About Loss

The last few weeks, I have felt like I haven’t had a whole lot to report. The girls and I have been easily continuing through our dance of everyday normalcy. Riley attended her first field trip, Maddie recorded a stellar rock rendition of Itsy Bitsy Spider, and we had a fun-filled sleepover with Story at the lake house. It’s all been good and very steady. This week, however, we experienced a first together. Our first loss of a family pet. (more…)

The First Sleepover

This past weekend, Story had her first sleepover. I know, crazy, right? She even said, “I am seven years old! How can this be my first sleepover ever?!” To better understand, let me define sleepover: staying the night with a nonrelative and without Mom, with the full intention of doing nothing but having fun. Mind you, Story has plenty of experience sleeping at others’ houses, both with and without me. But this was different. She was going to stay the whole night with Ali, Riley, and Maddie — without me. (Yes, I’m still categorizing this as a sleepover even though Story refers to Riley and Maddie as her stepsisters.)

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‘Tis the Season for Birthdays

Even though September marks the ending of summer and beginning of fall, a transition I don’t handle well, it is also birthday month for our family. The month starts with my mom’s birthday, followed by Riley’s, and then ends with mine. It’s a lot of celebrating, a lot of cake, and a lot of fun. Here’s how our celebrations unfolded this year:

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9 Tips for Introducing Your Child to Your Puppy

By Anny Brown of Modernmom.good4y.com

Can’t decide on how to introduce your kid and puppy to each other?

This has always been a daunting task for parents. The young pet and the child are at a certain age when they don’t understand right from wrong. You may still have to dry a carpet quickly once the former pees on it or clean up after the latter. However, I know that you also want to acquaint them now so they can be best buddies later in life.

If it helps, here are a few reminders before you start presenting your kid to the puppy and vice versa. (more…)