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Another apology regarding peanuts

I received some complaints about my last post where I discussed peanut allergies.  Mostly people felt that I was being insensitive about the kid with the peanut allergy, while others just thought I was ignorant.  I know in my attempt to write something humorous, I’m sure I came off as both.  And in all honesty, I can be ignorant and insensitive.  I’m actually really good at both qualities.  I consider them to be in my “skill set.” The whole point…

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My apology to the kid with the peanut allergy

My kids eat a ton of nuts — almonds, peanuts, cashews, even walnuts when they are covered in some candy substance and drained of all nutritional value.  Some days their school lunches look a science project on the various things you can do with nuts.  You can put them in a bar!  You can slather them in a sandwich!  You can use them as a dipping sauce with Thai food!  So when Augs and Em started at their new homeschool…

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A storm reminds me what to be thankful for…

This week in Northern California we had a big storm — floods, power outages and two days of cancelled school.  It wasn’t THAT bad, really, although I’m sure the news media made it seem as if entire neighborhoods were being washed into the Pacific Ocean, cows and old people were clinging to pieces of driftwood while others decided to hunt homeless people for sport. Before the storm hit on Wednesday night, I was mainly just worried about Hogan and the…

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My return to style talk

I’ve decided to write a book on mom fashion. I’m almost finished, actually, and I’m in that place where I’m really the only one that has looked at the material and now I’m wondering if it’s insane or not. So I thought I’d ask you. I’m breaking my fashion book into styles and these are the styles I’ve decided to focus on – Euro Chic – How to dress like a rich European woman — great for moms that have…

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I visit Disney World on a Rascal

This week my Dad and step mom are treating the kids and me to a grand Disney World vacation.  It’s been great fun and one of the things we were looking forward to was “Mickey’s Christmas Party.”  The park closes at 4:00, they kick out the riffraff and those that have purchased special wristbands can stay at Disney and drink hot cocoa and watch Elsa turn the castle into ice…. The only problem was that my dad just can’t walk…

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Five dangerous things I let my kids do

Most of the things I’m going to mention were not considered dangerous when I was a child.  Or when my parents were children.  Or when my grandparents were children.  Or when cave people were cave children. But in the age of the helicopter parent, the things I let my children do are considered positively criminal.  And while I’m glad that some old school things are gone — like drinking Tang and playing inside of a dry cleaning bag — I…

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Black Friday — a review

Since we’re continuing  our theme of taking a break from nature while in Florida, I knew we just had to experience Black Friday.  I’ve never actually shopped on the day after Thanksgiving and the kids and I were really hoping that all the legendary stories were true — customers trampling other customers, bodies lying in the aisles, employees cowering behind cash registers with tasters at the ready… And do you know what we saw when we got to Toys r…

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Taking a break from nature…

I love where I live in Northern California.  I really do.  There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t find myself staring awestruck at something beautiful in nature — the fog rolling in from the Pacific, an incredible sunset or a deer bounding across our yard.  And I love the people there too.  I’ve never met a group of people more aware of their own impact on the environment.  It seems like before every action they take, they…

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