Archive for July 2017

Meatless Monday: Spiralized Zucchini with Cheese

Meatless Monday: Spiralized Zucchini with Cheese
Spiralized zucchini and squash is big these days.  It can be challenging to do yourself and I humbly recommend that most grocery stores offer already spiralized veggies. I call them noodles and I’m not sure if I fool the kids but then I pile cheese on top and nobody complains. Spiralized Zucchini with Cheese 1... Read more »

Outdaughtered is the new Jon and Kate Plus 8

Outdaughtered is the new Jon and Kate Plus 8
Did you used to watch Jon and Kate Plus 8? If yes, you need to see Outdaughtered on TLC. Many years ago when my kids were babies, I loved to watch the young “normal” parents as they navigated eight children.  I admired Kate’s organization and watched in awe as she constantly yelled at her husband.... Read more »

What I am reading: The Vacationers

What I am reading: The Vacationers
Emma Straub’s The Vacationers is a smart, complex and charming summer read.  Family and friends travel to stay in a house in Mallorca, Spain for two weeks to celebrate anniversaries and graduations and escape New York City. The drama begins on a family vacation where jealousy, emotional relationships and secrets are revealed.  Marriages, friendships, infidelity and... Read more »
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Pros and cons of the first three days of overnight camp

Pros and cons of the first three days of overnight camp
I never used to understand how parents could send their children away for four or eight weeks to overnight camp over the summer.  Yet, a lot changed this year and last Sunday I found myself waving to my calm son on a bus headed to Northern Wisconsin. Generally a worrier, I’m surprised at the contentment... Read more »

How to survive jet lag

How to survive jet lag
Traveling is wonderful, but jet lag can be difficult and frustrating.  It has been awhile since I’ve suffered the effects of jet lag and the first time my children have experienced it. Hawaii is five hours behind Chicago and I didn’t realize how much it would change our sleep schedule.  The first morning I woke... Read more »

Is LASIK eye surgery worth it?

Is LASIK eye surgery worth it?
LASIK eye surgery is something I’ve considered for over twenty years.  Initially, I didn’t know if it was effective or if I could handle the cringe worthy procedure, but now I feel ready. According to lasik.com, “LASIK is short for laser-assisted-in-situ-keratomileusis…and relies on a specialized, FDA-approved tool called an excimer laser. It is an outpatient... Read more »
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