Ice Block Awesomeness

Ice Block Awesomeness. I’m mildly ashamed that I picked this  up from Ice Block Day at our local zoo–they freeze toys and food into ice blocks for the animals to play with during the hottest days of summer.  Look–if it works for an otter, it works for my kids, okay?                                  Photo credit: Crumb Bums             Use […]

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5 Great Water Games For Kids

5 Great Water Games For Kids. It’s been 2 months since Mr. Thermometer cracked 80, and the backyard hose will be constantly running until the first freeze of Fall.  My MacLeanie in particular loved water with a furious passion.  So, when the allure of our cheesy above-ground pool (my sister Jenne calls it the “White […]

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Yummy Summer Veggies That Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Yummy Summer Veggies That Your Kids Will Actually Eat. This is a perfect time to spring new veggies on your kids… Summer always has the most beautiful vegetables and fruits, and when you can drag your offspring to the Farmer’s Market or a community garden, they’re more likely to eat something they’ve selected.  Zachie, Zoe and […]

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Summer Sublime: Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Summer Sublime: Pesto Grilled Shrimp. Man, I love Costco. I’ll go in for cheap bulk toilet tissue and paper towels and stagger out with 6 year’s worth of shrimp.   “What are you going to do with all that shrimp?” my sister Jenne eyed my mountain of frozen crustaceans.   “I didn’t get that far,” […]

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Your Complete Guide To Splash Pads Along The Wasatch Front

Your Complete Guide To Splash Pads Along The Wasatch Front. There’s something liberating to me about splash pads: you don’t have to strip the kids all the way down, drag out the towels and glue your eyes to the pool to make certain your offspring doesn’t drown. Splash pads are gaining popularity because for merchants, […]

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Summer Reading Programs Along The Wasatch Front

Summer Reading Programs Along The Wasatch Front. Every parent’s heard of the dreaded “Summer Drop,” where apparently our offspring will lose 3,006 IQ points because we’re not mentally stimulating them even when school is out. While I’m pretty weak on some of the directives, I absolutely believe regular reading is a must. Sooo…I will force […]

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Re-Thinking Dessert: Watermelon “Cake”

Re-Thinking Dessert: Watermelon “Cake” There’s everything to love about watermelon.  A simple summer treat.  A frosty beverage with vodka. And now: the prettiest dessert you’ll see this year.  Wish I’d had this in time for our neighborhood Fourth of July party!   I love the supreme Gluten-Free nature of this cake, too. Watermelon “Cake”     Ingredients: […]

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“Mad Scientist” Experiments For Kids

“Mad Scientist” Experiments For Kids. School’s almost out and the summer’s the perfect time to try some of those fun, but messy science experiments with my kids. I can just hose the whole mess away if things take a turn for the worse (which is always what happens at Chez Collard.) I still can’t pry […]

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Low-Calorie Lusciousness–Spaghetti with Spinach & Garlic

Low-Calorie Lusciousness–Spaghetti with Spinach & Garlic. I’ve been on a low-carb diet for so long that I actually teared up when the waiter brought a basket of bread to the table today. I’m not lying.  I’m weeping over a basket of slightly stale sourdough slices and rock-hard butter.  I need a carbohydrate fix or it’s […]

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5 Local Celebrations For May 5th- Cinco De Mayo Utah Style

5 Local Celebrations For May 5th- Cinco De Mayo Utah Style. Perhaps you get a strange hankering for tequila, or you just like wearing one of those gigantic mariachi band hats…whatever gets you excited for May 5th- Cinco De Mayo- is a good thing! Here’s five excellent ways to celebrate this oh, so very festive […]

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