Author Archive | Laura

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Sleep-Away Camp: Yay or Nay?

It’s March! How did the first two months of the year fly by already? Many parents are thinking of or already completely stressing about summer plans and summer care for their school-aged kids. For some parents those plans may involve deciding if this summer is the summer to send a kid to sleep-away camp. I longed to go […]

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Rethink Thanksgiving

The title of an email that popped in my box this week was “Rethink Thanksgiving.” The eventual subject of the email turned out to be a using a non-brining method to cook your turkey and new twists on other classic Thanksgiving recipes like making a pumpkin tart instead of pie. I was expecting a whole […]

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Hey, fellow mom! If you don’t take care of you, no one else will. I’m talking not just about your physical health, but I’m also talking about your mental health. How do you take care of your mental health? That’s between you and your health care provider, of course. Taking care of mental health looks […]

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Resale Round Up: Fall 2016

The fall resale event season is upon us. These events allow area families to consign items and receive a percentage of the sale price. The atmosphere at all of them is like a great big garage sale. The resale events are also usually much better organized than garage sales, so it’s very easy to shop for […]

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3 Fall Day Trips

Gone are the weeks and weekends of summer that lend themselves to longer travel destinations. Here now are weekends sandwiched between the weeks of school and preschool. Today I highlight three fall day trip destinations that are within easy driving times of Madison. You could easily make any of the trips into an overnight destination […]

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Sometimes Moms Need Hugs, Too

I stopped working when my son was 10 ½ months old in the spring of 2010. However, I had resisted finding a real support network of moms until February 2012. I attended story times all over the area during that time (I live within easy driving distance of 7 local libraries). I took my kid to […]

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Making the Switch: Non-Stick Cookware to Stainless Steel Cookware

Ease of clean up. Ease of use. Those are the selling points of non-stick cookware. Non-stick cookware is, however, coated with Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The most well-known formulation of PTFE is Teflon created by the DuPont Company in 1938. (Like the post-it note adhesive created by a 3M scientist, PTFE was an accidental discovery. If you like science reading, head over […]

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Go, See, Play: UW-Madison Geology Museum

On a lazy January Friday afternoon, my son and I made our most recent visit to the free UW- Madison Geology Museum. Turns out it had been so long since we’d been there, that he had forgotten about it. Since he was 3 1/2 or 4, his favorite book has been Fossils, Rocks, and Minerals. My son’s taken this book to […]

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