5 Things You Should Never Tell Your Child

5 Things You Should Never Tell Your Child. I think most of us already know how important it is to hold our tongue with our little people.  It really only takes a dip or two into our own childhoods to remember that hard words from parents–the center of our worlds and the source of our identity–to […]

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5 Books That Will Change Your Life: For Autism Families

  5 Books That Will Change Your Life: For Autism Families. You may or may not be surprised to know that our twin sons Zachary and MacLean are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. They were born neurotypical and hit every milestone ahead of time until around 2 1/2, when they disappeared into those little heads […]

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Your comprehensive list of EVERY Easter egg hunt along the Wasatch Front

Your exhaustively comprehensive list of EVERY Easter egg hunt along the Wasatch Front. Look at my fingers! Look at them! I’ve typed my hands into pitiful little stumps typing this heifer up, but you will find an Easter Egg hunt delightfully close to you — no matter where you live along the Wasatch Front. Handy-Dandy Egg […]

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30 Kid-Tested (And Kid-Approved) Jokes

Now that my Zoe’s six, she is the Queen of Truly Terrible Puns- she can barely get the joke out before dissolving into hysterical laughter.  If your little people are still open to the fun of the dorky joke, try these on for size…  Silly Puns 1. Why did the chicken cross the playground?   […]

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5 Tricks To Make Your Produce Taste Better & Last Longer

5 Tricks To Make Your Produce Taste Better & Last Longer. Well, no wonder produce is so blasted expensive!  Simply between getting it out of the store and into my fridge has been enough to make some of these nervous nellies expire right in the grocery bag.  Spend the extra $ for organic, and you […]

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Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce

Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce – A meal so amazing you’d leg-wrestle your grandma for the last bite. As hardcore Scots, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a certain level of ferocity.  Our friend Ian from the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band marches down the street and gives a concert […]

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The 5 Gifts Your Kid’s Teacher Really Wants

The 5 Gifts Your Kid’s Teacher Really Wants. So, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week next week at my Zoe’s school, so I’ve been looking around for some gift ideas that they’d really appreciate. (Editor’s note: If I had to teach 24 kindergartners with as much enthusiasm and grace as these two…well…it would not be with enthusiasm […]

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Two-Bite Breakfast: Bacon & Egg Cups

  (photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elisharene/) I’m getting big into muffin-tin and mason jar cooking because it’s just weird enough for my kids to dig cooking with me, and they’re containable.  (Editor’s note: if you have boys cooking with you, you know exactly what I mean.)  Here’s a nice little breakfast that took us less than 15 minutes […]

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Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. There’s nothing more wonderful than finding a “skinny” recipe that doesn’t taste like a “skinny” recipe. Ready for banana chocolate-chip nirvana? I present to you: Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Ingredients 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups mashed bananas […]

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Chocolate Lovers! Chocolate Lasagna! You Heard Me…

Chocolate Lovers! Chocolate Lasagna! You Heard Me…there IS such a thing! I’ll be honest. I’m not a big chocolate person, which is probably the only reason I can still fit through a doorway. But at Chez Collard, a new chocolate dessert is greeted with the same anticipation as…like Christmas or winning the lottery. But knowing […]

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