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Getting Started with Backyard Chickens + Our Upcycled Chicken Coop

I am not going to lie, I think chickens are kind of gross. But after touring some outdoor classrooms in elementary schools, I was hooked on the idea of buying backyard chickens to create "unplugged, hands on" education in our own backyard. As with most of my ideas, the conversation with my husband, Mr. B., went something like ...

Why my toddler doesn't drink milk.

Why our Toddler Doesn't Drink Milk

My 19 month old son doesn't drink milk. I promise it is not my lack of effort or a willfull act of neglect. Weaning off breastmilk and on to a different milk after he turned 1 was something I very clearly overanalyzed. When I took my son in for his 9-month check-up with his pediatrician, in ...

Why I Choose to 'Lean In' to Motherhood

This November will mark my second annual performance review. Despite the fact that I plan to shower the boss with gifts and cake—inevitably the outcome will involve some combination of screaming, general unpleasantries, and loving bouts of affection. Thus is the life when you enter your career as a Mother. Motherhood is not a job, ...

Are you Feeding Your Kids too Many Healthy Snacks.

Is it possible? You might be feeding your kids too many healthy snacks. Snacks in America have become the big kids pacifier. Every year for lent I give up the same thing. Snacking. I have never come close to making it the whole 40 days. Although I can’t quite seem to give it up, I ...

Why I Got Rid of The Toys

This Spring I shared with the world why I got rid of my wardrobe. But long before I tackled my closet, I decided to get rid of the toys. I vowed there would be no more stepping on Legos in the middle of the night and tripping over blocks. Too many toys are a safety hazard ...

How to end food throwing at meal time: a 3 step plan

How to get kids to stop throwing food and playing at mealtime.

We all know that accidents happen. However, food throwing and playing at mealtime doesn't need to happen. When an 8-month-old starts feeding crackers to the dog and finger painting all over the table with yogurt, it’s kind of cute. When a 2-year-old does it, it is just plain frustrating—maybe borderline annoying. At what point does a ...