Wednesday mornings with Chris Erskine

The irony is not lost on me. Ask 100 people to describe me, and I bet 99 of them wouldn’t use the word patient. That’s why it’s fairly humorous that I get annoyed with my kids’ need for instant gratification. There was a time when we had to wait nearly a week to see if... Read more »

Out of my comfort zone: a mom's story

It likely begins of the day we return home from the hospital. The day we sit down on our couch with a newborn and wonder “what do I do now?” It’s up to me to keep this baby safe and teach it strength, independence, and compassion. How the hell do I do that? I’ll admit... Read more »

9 simple ways to make EVERY day Earth Day

Earth Day is sort of like high school English class: after twelve years of grammar lessons, we still don’t know when to use lay/lie or how to properly use a comma. The first recognized Earth Day occurred in 1970… 48 years later we’re still trying to understand how to best preserve our environment. It’s become... Read more »
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Drive-thru or made McYourWay: how a fast breakfast favorite stacks up

Mornings are hectic enough without trying to squeeze in breakfast too, right? But…you have the lingering voice in your head reminding you that it’s the most important meal of the day (it is). So, a stop at the drive-thru seems like the ideal choice for something quick to get you back to your day. You... Read more »

4 cookbooks every kitchen needs

Pinterest is great for searching and saving recipes. It’s also great for falling into a time-suck rabbit hole trying to re-find said recipes. Two hours later you’re even hungrier and have nothing to show for it. Yet, because Pinterest and Google are convenient- I rarely buy cookbooks anymore… …it has to be pretty damn special,... Read more »

Is this safe to eat? When you'll be safe and when you'll be sorry

It’s not that anyone ever wants to waste food, it’s just that sometimes we aren’t really sure if it’s still safe, or if we’ll end up sick from eating it. So we err on the side of caution and throw it away… along with our hard-earned dollars. Put your mind at ease, and save money... Read more »
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A key missing requirement for gun ownership: because a mom can figure out what the government can't

I’m sick of government’s empty promises to make our schools safer. “Thoughts and Prayers” aren’t solving the problem either. While I don’t advocate for gun rights and I don’t have them in my home, I did grow up with them in the house. But this isn’t about the right to own a gun. This isn’t... Read more »

Playing a Travel Sport? 4 Things Your Young Athlete Should Do

There’s no doubt that travel sports are a huge commitment…not just for the athlete but the entire family. A commitment in both money and time. Missed school…missed work…hours at practices….hours on the road….not to mention tournament fees, team fees, gear, uniforms, and still all the laundry that goes with it. Coaches have expectations for competition... Read more »

7 Time-Saving Tips for Meal Planning

It’s not that cooking dinner is necessarily difficult, it can just become tedious…especially if one person is responsible for the majority of it. Evening’s are hectic enough and trying to get dinner on the table before heading out for sports & activities can be a challenge. On the flip side, I’m not willing to spend... Read more »
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5 Unique Travel Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

Although it seems like millennials are continually posting from all corners of the world, for most of us, traveling comes after much planning, saving, and researching. I know I’m fortunate to have traveled the around the world. While I’ve had my share of luxurious, over-the-top vacations, I’ve also had incredible experiences backpacking through Europe on... Read more »