Monday, June 13, 2016

On being five & not wanting to die: Playing through the serious questions

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Alrik recently turned five years old. Maybe this engendered a sense of impending mortality, because he's been talking daily about how he doesn't want to die, and doesn't want me to die, and doesn't want family members or pets to die, or really anybody.

I think there are two types of people in this world: those who fear death constantly, and those who kind of push it out of their minds to think about occasionally but not obsess. I am one of the former group. Apparently so is my son, despite my efforts not to pass along the useless anxiety.

I didn't realize it would start so young.

Alrik, being young, though, came up with a great idea: I'm a scientist, or so he tells me, and I can make a potion to keep us from dying. I'm not sure if that makes me more a witch than a scientist, but I'll take either unearned title.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Best solutions for thigh rub under summer skirts, shorts, & swimsuits

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Perhaps strangely for being a parenting blog, one of my most enduring and popular posts is the one I wrote bemoaning "chub rub" or inner thigh chafing in skirts. Apparently we are not alone, sisters (and/or brethren), in having our thighs touch!

If you're irritated by your bare thighs rubbing together and producing a rash while you walk, be irritated no more. Do not mourn your lack of the elusive thigh gap: Just figure out the best thing to wear to stop the rub. Here is my best roundup of (now) tried-and-tested ideas for preventing and treating the dreaded thigh chafe.

Best thigh-rub solutions for SKIRTS and DRESSES, knee-length or longer:

My current favorite under-skirt solution (I'm wearing it while writing this post!) is cheap and comfy and available in a large range of sizes. Good on all counts, right?


They're Danskin Now Women's Bike Shorts from Walmart. I'd resisted bike shorts because I was imagining sweaty, shiny spandex horrors (no offense, biking folks — that's just not what I want encasing my nethers every day), but these are cotton jersey so they're breathable. They're just compressing enough to feel smoothing, but they don't press on my folds or make me feel like I'm being sausage-rolled. The cuffs are just tight enough not to roll up, and the length is great to prevent all thigh rash.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Last days to get my parenting ebooks on sale!



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A gentle reminder that the deep discount on my three parenting ebooks is coming to a close. The countdown is on!

Right now they're at these prices:


On May 16, they'll revert to their list prices, so save now while you can!

I'll include a summary and reviews below so you can learn what people think of them!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Homeschooling in the everyday

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Here are more of our unschooling adventures,
as chronicled in instamoments.

For ideas for everyday learning,
be sure to check out
What Will We Learn Today?,
my homeschool ideabook,
on sale this week only!







Taking flight at the @imaginechildrensmuseum! #imaginechildrensmuseum #childrensmuseum #4yearsold #4years

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My lil' kicker. ⚽ #soccerstar #soccerclass #lilkickers #arenasports #soccer #4years

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A whole book of #pokemon at the #library! Woot! #bookworm #booklove #librarylove #books #unschooling #homeschooling #homeschool #8years

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Here's where to find the card game!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Get my parenting ebooks for only 99 cents each — hurry!



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I've enrolled all my parenting ebooks into a special promotion at Amazon called Kindle Countdown Deals. Starting today, each one is available starting at only $0.99 for a limited time. You can see the time left on the countdown timer. For the next week, each will gradually rise back to list price, so grab them at a discounted price while you can!

Here's where to find them:

Run, run, run, and get the discounted prices! Unless you want to learn more about each of them first — in which case, read on.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring days at the beach

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Our springy adventures!

#springhassprung!

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Daring the sea. #waves #tide #pugetsound #4yearsold #4years #naturekids #barbaricyawp

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Guess who's SO BIG he has to walk everywhere now! #16months

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