July 5th, 2008

Super Snacks

This post is where our discussions about nutrition and finances come together. In the summertime, we tend live on snacks more often than big meals. Nothing beats “snack dinner” at the lake on a hot summer evening. No kitchen clean up when we get home!

What snacks do you buy or make that are easy, nutritious, and inexpensive? I’ll start us off by sharing a few of my favorites:


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June 25th, 2008

Gas and Groceries

I give up. I keep spending more and more money on food, but my family just keeps eating the stuff. Between higher food prices and the expense of gas to drive 40 minutes to the larger stores where I know there are (slightly) lower prices, I feel like I can’t win.

Are you feeling the pinch this summer? What kinds of things are you doing to feed your family

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June 19th, 2008

Sugar Highs and Lows

Some of you have been kind enough to ask me for a Diet Coke update, and the news is good. I am coke-free and feeling good. I don’t even think I miss it very much. Well, okay there was that one painful time when I ate a handful of Doritos and the thought, no the need for DC flashed through my brain. But it was a passing pain. I am

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June 16th, 2008

Summer Eats

Dani writes:

A while back you did a “your turn” for quick recipes. There were a lot of good recipes that came from that, and I’m wondering if you would consider hosting a “your turn” for recipes to cook on those sultry hot summer days when you can’t stand to stand over a hot stove, and can’t bear the thought of firing up a grill and enduring 100 degree heat

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June 9th, 2008

Kicking the Can

Do you drink Diet Coke? I do. Tons, actually. And I have decided that I do not like this about myself.

I first started drinking Diet Coke in college. It was an “acquired taste” one of my girlfriends told me, and I aimed to acquire it. That didn’t take long. Soon I was drinking several cans a day. I decided to give it up for Lent that first year

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June 6th, 2008

Sharing Bedrooms, Keeping Privacy

Dawn writes:

Since you have so many wonderfully smart and creative readers, I have a question that perhaps they can help me with. We are expecting baby #5 in the fall and will need to re-arrange where the existing children will be sleeping in order to accommodate the new baby.

We currently have four boys who, when the baby arrives, will be 9,7,4 and 18 months. We have decided to

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May 22nd, 2008

Safe Surfing

Do your kids go online? I like to have bookmarked pages of “approved” sites for my older kids to visit when they have computer time and I thought we could share some good ones today. Where do your kids like to click?

Also, I don’t dare let my kids Google, even with a filtered search. Can anyone recommend a “clean” and kid-focused search engine or collection of links?

UPDATE: shutting

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May 14th, 2008

I won’t name names

But I will beg you — beg you — to tell me how to stop a toddler-baby from putting his hands into his diaper when long pants don’t stop him, onesies don’t stop him, and scolding, removing, and distracting don’t stop him either.

Something’s got to work here. Duct tape? Hypnosis? What?

[tags]babies, toddlers, diapering, parenting dilemma[/tags]