Good Eats with Kids: A New Food Blog (Plus a Meal Plan)

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Ben and I have been cooking together since he was just a wee babe. It is something we have always enjoyed doing together, and while he is not always open to trying healthy foods, he has a terrific sense of flavors and how they should work together to taste delicious! We have been working on launching a food blog for...quite some time. It just hasn't been the right time. Work has been busy. His interest in the blog, frankly, has been hit or miss. My photography is not great. So we've waited, … [Continue reading...]

My Daughter, a Big Kid Bed, and a Flashlight Friend #Review

My Daughter, a Big Kid Bed, and a Flashlight Friend The Laine List

My daughter has a lot of…personality. She’s a little bit of loose cannon, little bit of headstrong, and a whole lot of sweet all rolled into one. I wouldn’t trade any part of her personality for anything, but it is for the first two reasons why we have, until recently, kept her in her crib. Well, that and her habit of getting up at 4:30 in the morning, which I use as some of my only quiet work time. Giving her free reign to get up and roam rather than turning over and going back to sleep … [Continue reading...]

4 Tips for Quick and Healthy Weeknight Cooking

4 Tips for Quick and Healthy Weeknight Cooking The Laine List

In the Fall and Winter my family thrives on soups, sandwiches, and quesadillas. It’s easy, healthy, and my kids love them. (As do I!) While I do make a fair amount of crock pot meals, this is really our go-to way to eat dinner on the weeknights. Some of you may think this is boring – and it can be. Following these four tips will get you to preparing a quick and healthy meal every night. Plan ahead, and plan for leftovers! I know, it sounds pretty basic, but a lot of people have a hard time … [Continue reading...]

5 Things I’ve Learned About Being Overworked

5 Things I've Learned About Being Overworked

Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having no money. Fear of having an unhappy family. It is followed by an intense frenzy of too much work. Trying to turn around jobs as fast as possible. Trying to win new clients. Trying to keep a spotless house. Trying to take your kid to … [Continue reading...]

Summer Dreams Fall Away

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Summer is over. The weather is starting to change, and we are getting back into the groove of school. Soon we will be jumping in leaves. Making snow angels. Starting our little seedlings. Before we know it, summer will be here again. This summer, our days went too quickly. Work took over mornings. Attention spans did their usual wandering act. Kids age differences kept their interests on either side of the spectrum. The heat of the afternoon called for nothing more than lounging and sprinkler … [Continue reading...]