Ode to why I’m a better mom because of the bouncy seat: I’m fun, I have hands, I don’t stink, I cook, I have friends, and I eat food.
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Dinner on the table
Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.
This past Thursday, when Alec had his Dad’s Night Out, I decided to really roll the dice and take both toddlers (age one and two) out to a restaurant by myself. It was pretty fun. I tried to call it our Big Adventure, but Holden said we shouldn’t call it a ‘venture. So I asked, […]
A couple months back, my family kicked off weekly dinner dates for one-on-one kid-parent combinations. Every Tuesday night, a pair of us has a night out together while the rest of us eat at home. Because we are five busy people with two parents and three children, I geeked out to make a formal six-week rotation and plugged it into […]
The whole “Making Dinner Every Single Night” grind has got us talking. Whitney and I plan, complain, shop, cook, and cajole, but the whole family just needs to do it again the next day. I’m so happy to share that our friends behind Cool Mom Picks have gone after this challenge with some inspiring results on […]
I’ve been eating SO clean since the new year started; I really deserve a medal of some kind. Not only have I reduced my pizza, wine, and sugar consumption, I have done so while my kitchen is under construction, so you’ll understand if I need to brag about my healthy habits. One of my favorite […]
I like the satisfaction of preparing a meal; trying new recipes and cookbooks; and eating healthfully. So, why would I rather hide out on my computer seeing what’s going on with Facebook instead of actually cooking according to my meal plan most nights? I am frickin’ beat down from all the complaints. This is a real photo of delicious […]
When our kids were younger, Heather was a little bit obsessed with putting them to bed at each other’s houses in order to allow us to have nighttime plans with each other. We pulled this off quite a bit when we were rookie moms. With five kids between us now, it’s not really worth the […]
Is there anything more wonderful than a freshly cooked meal delivered to your door when you’re hungry? I treasured each and every meal brought to me by loving friends when I was home bonding with a newborn. Now that I have three children (under my belt? out from my belt area?), I still believe that […]
I learned a few important things since I last reported on bribing my preschooler with dinosaur toys to get him to try new foods: It is not really a “bribe” it is an “incentive” (I don’t understand why, see definition of bribe.) Maybe my choice of prize was too weak My strong-willed child is immune to […]
Today’s challenge, your thirtieth, is to discover a family-friendly pub in your area and test it out. Yes, we tried this a few times. Sure, baby Julian made a frat boy of himself and booted the first time. Nobody cared! You don’t have to compromise on ambiance every time you go out for dinner […]
Professionals recommend bribery Inspired by an NPR/Freakonomics story about bribery in which an economist gives each of his four children the opportunity to earn “a lot of money” for eating fresh fish in Hawaii every day during their vacation, I decided to try to bribe my preschooler with trinkets to try new-to-him foods. After all, […]
Inspired by the recent warmer weather, I present an activity that is both easier and more social than having a picnic dinner with your baby: Let your pizza guy do all the heavy lifting. I like to order from my local pizza place, Lanesplitters, and ask them to deliver to my nearest kiddie playground. I […]