Sick at Christmas: A Guide to a Good Enough Holiday


We all know Christmas is tricky. We put pressure on ourselves and our loved ones to somehow make this one day of the year perfect, and we feel like failures if it isn’t. And it happens every year, so we think we should learn from our mistakes and do it better next year. But it […]

On December 26, 2010, in 1, Family, Health and Wellness, by juliejulie

Me as a 7 Year-Old Fashionista: Do These Shorts Make Me Look Fat?


My sister found this picture and posted it on Facebook. I remember this day. It was Ida Paterson Elementary School’s annual field trip to the Oregon Coast. I’m pretty sure I was in 2nd grade. I loved these shorts. I also loved Robbie, the cute blond boy on my left. I do not think he […]

On November 8, 2010, in Family, Fashion, by juliejulie

Family Fitness Fun: We’re Going to the Y-M-C-A!


I signed up the whole family for a YMCA membership the other day. Call it a preemptive post- Halloween fallout maneuver, if you must. I call it a practical rally for physical and mental sanity. The gray rain is starting to get me down already, and despite our best efforts, our family tends to sit around […]

On October 30, 2010, in Family, Fitness Adventures, by juliejulie

Is Your Baby too Chubby? Try Baby Spanx!


I’ve been researching and writing about all the snarky, mean fat people stuff all week at Cafe Mom’s “The Stir” blog, in response to the Marie Claire fiasco. So, when Roxanne posted this funny Saturday Night Live spoof on Spanx, it made me laugh. Enjoy!

On October 30, 2010, in Family, Humor, by juliejulie

September 11th: 2751 Moments, 24 Hours without Twitter


On Friday, Cathleen Rittereiser, one of my Facebook friends, posted a note on her page saying she was taking a day off from social media on September 11th, to observe 2751 moments of silence , as a way to honor the people killed during the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11, 2001. “By defining a ‘moment’ […]

On September 12, 2010, in Family, Love and Marriage, by juliejulie

The one about the Hobo and the Klondike Bar


On Saturday mornings I’ve been forcing the kids off the screens and outside for family exercise. They pretend they hate it at first, but once we settle into the walk or hike, it’s not so bad, especially if they can con us into incorporating ice cream into the trip, somehow. Yesterday we walked down the […]

On August 23, 2010, in Family, Humor, by juliejulie

The Wisdom of Kermit – Who said that every wish would be heard and answered?


Have you been half asleep And have you heard voices? I’ve heard them calling my name. Are these the sweet sounds that called The young sailors, I think they’re one and the same. I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it, There’s something that I’m supposed to be Someday we’ll find it The Rainbow […]

On August 13, 2010, in Family, Love and Marriage, Middle-aged Angst, by juliejulie

My Enchanted Life: Out of the Forest and into the Light


There was a middle aged woman who had too much to do.  She had three children and a limited budget for cute shoes. “We’re bored, we’re bored!” said the children each day. “Stop whining!” she snapped and sent them away. She woke up on Wednesday and had an idea: “Get in the car!” she yelled, […]

On August 12, 2010, in Family, Travel, by juliejulie

A Perfect Run with My Daughter


My 13 year old girl is the perfect combination of confident and spunky, with just a tad of  insecurity thrown in to keep her interesting. A natural athlete and a perfectionist since day one, she worries about trying new sports because “I don’t know how. I’ve never played, and everyone will be better.” So I […]

On August 9, 2010, in Family, Running, by juliejulie

Attack the Blueberry Cake!


My in-laws out in McKenzie Valley, Oregon have two huge blueberry “trees” in their yard. Some of them ended up in this delicious coffee cake I made this morning. They were victims of a savage attack: My brother-in-law is leaving for a one year, world wide tour, including a walk across the 600 mile Camino […]

On August 6, 2010, in Family, Food, by juliejulie
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