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Let’s all wear foot jewelry this summer!

Let’s all wear foot jewelry this summer!

I’ve never worn foot jewelry in my entire life.  Putting jewelry on my feet seems about as strange to me as putting a tie or some makeup on my feet.  Or maybe a small wig on my toes for a beach side puppet show. But I love to try new things.  I don’t care what it is — jumping out of an airplane (check!) or putting on an anklet (almost check!), new experiences are good for the soul.  I believe…

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Who you calling a fat pig?

Who you calling a fat pig?

Look, I know my pig is fat.  I get it.  When we first adopted Hogan from a shelter, he was not this fat.  He wasn’t exactly a swimsuit model, but there certainly wasn’t as much of Hogan to love as there is now. Hogan’s weight problem all happened during his first year with us.  I didn’t realize how crafty pigs were and somehow Hogan got on the back porch, tipped over a garbage can full of birdseed and ate it….

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The one place you need to visit before having kids…

The one place you need to visit before having kids…

Paris?  Rome?  The Mall of America?  No, those places will still be there for you when the kids are in college and you have plenty of time to wander around posting way too many pictures on Facebook. The only place you need to visit before having kids is inside yourself. You need to get to know YOU before bringing any other yous into the world.  People always talk about how hard it is to have children — the sleepless nights,…

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Finally, the kids are asleep!

Finally, the kids are asleep!

I love it when the days get longer and it stays light really late, but it also makes it almost impossible to get my kids to fall asleep at night.  My goal in the summer is to have fun with my kids all day, then they go to sleep and Bill and I get to watch something on Netflix.  But sometimes it’s 9:30 or 10:00 by the time we coax the last of the monsters to get off the trampoline…

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Finding a bathing suit that doesn’t make me want to blind myself

Finding a bathing suit that doesn’t make me want to blind myself

I was going to write a whole post about where to find organic bathing suits.  The idea about buying an organic bathing suit was something I’d never even thought about until a couple of days ago.  Sure, organic food.  Absolutely.  Organic clothes.  Makes sense.  But an organic bathing suit?  Do people even make organic bathing suits?  And if so, what are they made out of?  Hemp?  I bet that looks nice when it gets wet. I found a comprehensive guide…

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How to have a goat birthday party

How to have a goat birthday party

When I was a kid I used to celebrate my dog’s birthday with a party.  I’d bake a cake and put dog bones in it, then I’d invite the neighborhood dogs over (with their owners) and celebrate.  I don’t ever remember a dog party that didn’t end abruptly in some horrible dog fight over the cake and bones, but still, the spirit of dog fun was always in the air and no one was ever sent to the hospital. And…

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How to survive head lice – a handy guide

How to survive head lice – a handy guide

My kids have just gotten head lice for the second time in their lives.  The first time was a few years ago and I’m still in therapy over that one.  This bout of head lice caught me completely by surprise.  I thought we’d never get it again.  I assumed it was like surviving a plane crash.  I mean, what are the odds it would ever happen again? But since we’re now two-time lice survivors, I thought I’d share some basic…

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What I carry in my summer tote arsenal

What I carry in my summer tote arsenal

Summer vacation is right around the corner.  Emerson and August are already out of school and Buck has 13 days left.  Which means I’m about to officially take on the full time job of “Mommy Activities Director” for the next three months.  I will be questioned about the location of swim goggles.  I will make ice cream that will taste not nearly as good as the kind you buy in the store.  And I will make a daily ritual of…

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