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Our A/C Free Challenge: How Our Blistering Month Concluded

  (Image credit Elasticomputerfarm)   Our A/C Free Challenge: How Our Blistering Month Concluded… It all started with opening an electric bill for a galactic $423.74 last August. FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE FREAKING DOLLARS (and don’t forget 74 cents!) to cool our home for ONE MONTH? So – mostly based on spite – we decided […]

Too Much Zucchini & No One Willing To Take It? Meet My Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins…

(image credit: Meaghan O’Malley)   Too Much Zucchini & No One Willing To Take It? Meet My Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins… AAAAAAAAGH! Or, What I Found On My Doorstep This Morning… *shudder* I like to think I’m fairly tough. I can clean up a sick kid with vomit still stuck to my shirt. I can […]

Teaching Kids To Love Reading

Teaching Kids To Love Reading. I was the kid who got in trouble for hiding under my blanket with a flashlight and reading until a ridiculous hour. So I was shocked when our kiddos did not take to reading as enthusiastically as I did. Our eight-year-old Zoe, for instance… I took her to our cool […]

Teach Your Kids Survival Skills – 5 Fun “Let’s Pretend” Games

Teach Your Kids Survival Skills – 5 Fun “Let’s Pretend” Games. My Zoe- who’s 8- and my teenager Zachie love to go camping. They love the mountains, the beach, they’re both strong swimmers, so I kind of slacked off on survival skills. What happens if they get lost? What if we end up displaced because […]

Hot Weather Helpers – The Best Body Care Products For 100 Degrees

Hot Weather Helpers – The Best Body Care Products For 100 Degrees “Lady Anti-Monkey Butt?” My best girlie Caryn stared at me like I’d just slapped a dirty diaper in her outstretched palm. “Trust me,” I promised, “you’ll thank me for this.” I know there are blissful little spots where summer temperatures never move above […]

Your complete guide to splash pads along the Wasatch Front

Your complete guide to splash pads along the Wasatch Front There’s something liberating to me about splash pads: you don’t have to strip the kids all the way down, drag out the towels and glue your eyes to the pool to make certain your offspring doesn’t drown. Splash pads are gaining popularity because for merchants, […]

Spicy Summer Reads

Spicy Summer Reads… There’s something about summer that always sends me to the spicy side of the bookstore. I’m sitting by the pool, I’m reading something about Loki and some lucky girl in Asgard and… Wait. That would be my personal dreamy summer read. Maybe yours leans towards something with hot guys and a big, […]