When I was a Girl Scout, my parents let me go to camps over the summer. Lots of camps. There was day camp and teddy bear camp, dance camp and biking camp and more. And camping was fun: We earned badges, made s'mores, sang dirty songs, made new friends and slept in very nice tents.
But if someone would ask me…
Every New Year, thousands of people (if not more) make the resolution to get fit. They sign up for gym memberships, buy workout DVD’s, and order the latest and greatest gadget from a slick infomercial on TV. And usually about this time of year, several weeks in, a large majority of these same people let the…Continue
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Today I headed out to Jetty Island with Isabel to meet up with a mommy play group. Jetty Island is a long strip of land in the bay off the coast of Everett, WA. I've heard from a few co-workers that it was a great place to bring your kids but I never made the journey before. For one, it would have been just Izzy and I and it's not as fun without other kids to join in. Since The North shore mommy play group planned to met there it was the perfect opportunity to check it out.…Continue
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For a man, fatherhood can be one of the most blissful events in his life. That small bundle of joy that comes into his life not only brings with it great pleasures, but also adds a whole new dimension. While mothers are initially given all the special attention, the joy and the sacrifice of a father mostly goes unnoticed. So, to pay homage to all the men who are fathers or father figures, here is a Father’s Day gift guide flush of…
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On Friday, I handed two cellophane bags to my kids and we took a walk. They each began collecting small items from nature. Jellybean was way less selective than Buddy. She also listened better to the instruction: "Don't dump your bag until I get a picture!" …
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No. Not that kind of swinging. We’re talking about the most beautiful (and clever) porch swings ever designed. Actually, these are the first improvement in porch swings since they were first developed in Ancient Greece some 2400 years ago.Continue
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I wrote this piece for www.theexaminer.com, as am a featured columnist, so it's specific to Los Angeles but most places offer same as below.
As a parent of 9-year-old twin girls, I spend a great deal of time looking for ways to entertain them…Continue
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Last week I called the instructor at the local Ropes Course. We were set to attend with our homeschool group in a few days, and I realized that although it may be interesting to watch the older kids climb, zip and whirl, it'd be more fun if my two oldest could participate fully.
The answer I got: The harnesses can be fit on very young children. It's more about their personal will and interest.
So, we woke early a few days later, tossed our picnic in the car, and drove as…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on August 10, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments
Yes, like parseltongue (from Mr. H. Potter). My oldest and I seem to be gifted with parsel ped. Infliction or gift of the foot, otherwise known as the ability to tread so lightly that you almost step on snakes (and sometimes lizards) during the heat of snake season. Which is definitely upon us now.…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on June 21, 2011 at 5:49pm — No Comments
Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist.
Finally at ten o'clock the…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on June 6, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments
It is that time again when the Concert in the Park season begins. In our town, they are held every Sunday afternoon during the summer months. This is a time when we see all the families from this community come together to listen to some great music; everything from from Reggae to Top 40 Hits to Classical and Country. As the children play on the playground, we spread out our blankets and open our picnic baskets to enjoy a little wine and nosh, as we sit…Continue
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This weekend we bundled up to do something that was rustic even by Vermont standards. Uber-outdoorsy. Not my usual cup of tea. In fact, my father-in-law was so suprised to see my step out of the mini-van that he exclaimed, "You're coming, too?" Of course I'm coming. It's not every day I get to take pictures of Jax's first time ice…
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I was born and raised in San Diego, California. (Yes, pictures like this one and that one are from that bee-u-ti-ful city.) But, in addition to my dear and loving family and friends there, it’s the ocean that holds my heart. San
Diego’s ocean simply beckons one to interact. And not…
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