Happy News for the Royal Family Despite Illness

 What wonderful news out of England, that Duchess Kate is now pregnant. She is early in her pregnancy, and is unfortunately experiencing a very severe case of a common early pregnancy symptom. Most of us are familiar with morning sickness, and many of us have experienced it at some point during our pregnancies. However, only about one percent of women will experience morning sickness as severely as Duchess Kate is now experiencing it. The scientific name for excessive morning sickness is hyperemesis gravidarum, or excessive vomiting during pregnancy. In case you are wondering what qualifies as excessive vomiting (after all, vomiting … Continue reading

Bringing Back The Family Dinner

Is dinner usually a rushed affair in your house? Do you find yourself getting take out more than is good for your wallet or your health? If so, it’s time to learn to menu plan. Dinner is such an important meal, it’s usually the only one the whole family is together for so it should be minimal fuss so you can focus on your family. Meal planning may take a little time but it will make it easier to get a meal on the table while working around your family’s schedule and any food allergies. Planning also means less trips … Continue reading

Cleaning Up After a Sick Child

It was a lovely Saturday, or it would have been if I hadn’t woken up to a three year old throwing up on me. Poor little thing. Ivy spend the night last night and got sick in both of our beds. I don’t think my washer has run this much in one day since Hailey was little. Cleaning up vomit is never fun but if you don’t get to it immediately it will stain. So if you have a sick kid, as soon as you get them cleaned up throw the bedding in the tub, especially if it’s the middle … Continue reading

Fathers & Food

Most of us have some memories of our mothers making and serving delicious foods, some every day, some just on the holidays. I grew up a very hungry person, well able to consume large pizzas in a single sitting. So I have compassion for hungry children. My wife was in an exciting, entertaining, and not a fun car accident, and while she recovers, I get to cook most of the household foods. There are some downsides to that. While I like quality, tasty foods, I get so hungry that don’t care, as long as it is healthy enough, rather than … Continue reading

Gluten-Free Food Review: Granola Bars by Bakery on Main

It is always a bit of a gamble when you try a food that is new to you. Will it taste good? Will you like it? Or, will it be a waste of money? If you just learned that you have a gluten-allergy, then you are in for a “food adventure” for a while. Here is my review of the gluten-free Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars made by Bakery on Main. It is pretty difficult to find a granola bar that doesn’t include wheat, or some other ingredient that has gluten in it. This is unfortunate, because granola bars are … Continue reading

Mother’s Day in Review

Another Mother’s Day another dis by the Dyson fairy. Surprisingly, I am not at all disappointed by the snub. In fact, of the six Mother’s Days I have had the honor of celebrating with my daughter, this may have been the best ever. The day started out with a series of hugs, kisses, and this gem: Six-year-old: Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy! Me: Thank you, honey! Six-year-old: You’re the best Mommy in the whole world. Me: Thank you. I wouldn’t be celebrating Mother’s Day if it weren’t for you. Six-year-old: Yup. Me: I wouldn’t even be a mommy if it weren’t … Continue reading

Liquid Laundry Detergent

I never use powder laundry detergent. While some people prefer powder over liquid laundry detergent because it typically lasts longer and costs less, I have never been a big fan. Interestingly, I recently learned that Wisk laundry detergent is considered by many as being the first-ever liquid laundry detergent marketed to the general public. Launched in 1956, Wisk was embraced by homemakers the world over. The detergent was popular from the get-go, but in 1974 sales went through the roof when the company launched it’s new ad campaign, which featured the highly successful “Ring Around the Collar” TV commercials and … Continue reading

Joint-Friendly Exercise

I fell in a hole this week while I was walking the dogs. We were at a local park, exploring all sorts of new sights and smells… and I just stepped where I shouldn’t have. My ankle turned and I was on my hands and knees in the wet grass and mud before I had a chance to think! At least it was early enough in the day that there was only one other walker out. (My ego survived the fall better than my ankle and knee.) My little slip up was a good reminder to be kind to my … Continue reading

The Dear Abby from a Distraught Widower

Yesterday Jade sent me an email with this enticing subject line: “Speak now or forever hold your peace.” At first I thought she was sending me some info about people wanting to get married who wouldn’t be able to for very much longer for one reason or another. Maybe because a popular marriage destination was closing or something. (Not that I know of anything like that happening anywhere. That’s just the conclusion I jumped to.) But, oh no, it was nothing innocuous like that. It was a link to Yahoo! News and a Dear Abby column posted there on Sunday … Continue reading

Dad Dupes Mom and Names Kid After Republican Ticket

Can you say doghouse? If you’re Mark Ciptak then you’re not only familiar with its pronunciation but you’re also used to its smell by now. The Tennessee resident and father of a newborn daughter is making headlines for secretly naming his baby girl Sarah McCain Palin after the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin. Ciptak, who works for the American Red Cross, told news reporters that he named his third child after John McCain and Sarah Palin to “to get the word out” about the campaign. “I took one for the cause,” Ciptak told local … Continue reading