Puppy Snuggles!

I am a snuggle person. Just ask my poor mom, who had to endure my snuggles until I left for college. Story used to be a snuggle person too. But now she’s “grown up” and doesn’t care to snuggle much anymore. This has been quite distressing for me. I mean, isn’t that why I had a kid in the first place — snuggles? Okay, maybe not, but it was definitely a bonus. So what’s a mom to do when her only child no longer wants to snuggle?

Get a puppy!

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Pad Thai

It is difficult for me to pass over pad thai to order something different if it is on the menu. I love how each restaurant creates a slightly different flavor but one that always pleases. It never occurred to me that I could make it at home. Maybe that was a good thing; it certainly isn’t the healthiest of dishes. But as my turn for NHN dinner drew near, I had the craving and finally put two and two together. I would create a pad thai masterpiece!

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Never Mess with a Mother Bird

Kids are embarrassing. We all know that. They wreak havoc in grocery stores and tell strangers our secrets, but they are not the sole source of our embarrassment. Sometimes we can handle that all on our own. In fact, I’m very good at that. Until this last week, I have been proud of the fact that I have never been YouTube-worthy. I fear I may have ruined that. (more…)

6 Tricks to Get Sleepy Kids Out of Bed

Last Wednesday, Riley made the big transition to kindergarten. Truth be told, it was a big transition for everybody. With the new school has come a new routine for all of us — an earlier routine that requires us to be out of the house half an hour sooner than we are used to. That may not sound like a lot of time, but with the summer daylight still affecting our nighttime sleep routine, it’s been a drag. A literal drag of small children out from under the covers each morning. A not-happy, not-so-quiet drag. (more…)