Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

My (independent) future voters

Be still, my heart.

This morning, my 12-year-old son asked, with no prompting, if he could go vote with me today.

Need inspiration for your pumpkin-carving?

Every year our school has a "Pumpkin Night" event, sponsored by the Girl Scouts, where students and families are asked to tap their imaginations to create unique pumpkin designs.

Awash in plastic

I am not a coffee drinker.

Never liked the bitter taste, despite my deep affection for its cousin, chocolate.

But I am addicted to iced tea, and for years, I happily plunked down $1 for 16 ounces of Lipton’s “Pure Leaf” tea in a bottle.

Sometimes, comfort is all that matters

We are now the proud owners of a recliner.

A gen-u-ine La-Z-Boy, dark brown microfiber.

Yep.

This is our new normal. Along with blood glucose screenings, heart monitors and endless trips to the clinic.

Our family had a life-changing moment a month or so ago, when my husband was hospitalized after a heart attack and assorted complications.

Is your car seat safe? It only takes 15 minutes to find out

A 15-minute checkup once a year can help parents avoid critical mistakes that threaten their child’s safety in a car seat, according to a new study.

Safe Kids WorldWide and the General Motors Foundation analyzed data from more than 100,000 car seat inspections and found that 73 percent are not installed properly.

Building a back-to-school routine

We’ve all settled into the new school year, but it wasn’t an easy transition.

The kids had no trouble. I have a teeny problem with change, especially the back-to-school kind.

Recession, changing gender roles prompt more dads to stay home

Stay-at-home dads were not the norm in Israel when Karen Kramer had her first child in 2001.

But she was nervous about being a new mom, and her husband, Amit, was a natural with babies. So the couple decided she would continue working full time as a college instructor and researcher while he took on most of the child care.

A summer Olympic tradition

Like billions of viewers around the globe, we tuned in Friday to watch the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With Mary Poppins, Voldemort, James Bond and Queen Elizabeth.

How to host a (hot) block party - and a cool recipe for super bubbles

(The column below originally appeared in The News-Gazette on July 17. I've included the super-bubble recipe at the end, courtesy of our friend and neighbor, Amy Plankell.)

I’ve always wanted to host a block party, so what better time to do it than a 100-degree summer evening?

This Fourth of July, be grateful for choices - and community

Fourth of July preparations are in full swing at our house as we get ready for a block party and the annual parades.