Category Archives: Shortcuts

Treasure family dinners


Growing up, it was a rite of passage.  If someone could survive an “Elliott family dinner,” the person was okay in our book. What happened at these dinners?  We shared stories.  We made fun of each other, even berated each … Continue reading

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A “get your kids to eat veggies” idea


Okay, I’ll be the first to admit from the get-go that this idea is laborious and geared toward home cooks.  But I seriously think I came up with a great idea while driving home and salivating over the August issue … Continue reading

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Parenthood law #35: If you never learned how to S-P-E-L-L, you will now


Perhaps in this day and age of spell check, you don’t really need to know how to spell to write.  It is a required skill, however, to communicate in code around your kids. Here’s an example of how spelling can … Continue reading

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The scoop on “Deceptively Delicious”


I’m willing to do just about anything to get my kids to eat the foods they need.  I have made up songs and dances about eating.  We get Eliza to eat by telling her the food will make her “BIG … Continue reading

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The first of the month to-do list


The beginning of each new month marks a time when I like to recommit myself to organization.  I am happy to report that I am already finished with my “first of the month” tasks.  They are: 1.  Feed the dog … Continue reading

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Top 7 things that make my life easier right now


We all know we get by with a little help from our friends.  I thrive off of getting good tips and guidance from other moms.  And when I stumble upon something that works great for me, I love to share … Continue reading

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When traveling, in the words of Lone Starr: “Take only what you need to survive.”


Spaceballs is a fantastic movie, a true classic.  There’s a part where Lone Star tells Princess Vespa to pack lightly for their walk through the desert.  They discover she has brought … LONE STARR: What’s this?  I said take only … Continue reading

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Dinner dilemmas and solutions


If you want to be cured of perfectionism, become a parent.  I can’t tell you how much I am struggling to rid myself of this terrible disease, especially in the area of meals. Before having kids, I definitely looked down … Continue reading

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Toddler chores: it’s not child labor


A lot of my parenting attitude comes from thinking that whether I do it now or later, I have to teach my children, well, almost everything.  So I think I’m a bit ambitious with things I think Eliza should be … Continue reading

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TIPS: Homemade baby food can be a cinch


Yes, it’s convenient to buy baby food for when you’re on-the-go or when you just don’t have time to make some fresh food.  But if you do a little planning and you cook big batches at once, you can feed … Continue reading

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