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Doing Pinterest Right

Doing Pinterest Right - Twizzlers in a bento box

I think I follow too many food boards on Pinterest. But at least I have my daughter’s lunch packed for the first day of school.

Thanks for the inspiration, Kelby!

Emmy Recap In Award-Winning GIFs*

Emmy Recap In Award-Winning GIFs*

1 day ago

[*I may have presented those awards to myself. Anyway…] The 2014 Emmy Awards finally got underway last night after 17 hours of red carpet shows, each more vapid than the last. It’s pretty simple: I just want to see what everyone is wearing. Maybe hear about their next project. Anything more than that gets awkward fast.    Everything that Amy Poehler did was perfection. I know that she has kids and a life and everything, but I think it’s her duty to get[...]

Olive Oil Popcorn Follow-Up: Blind Taste Test

Olive Oil Popcorn Follow-Up: Blind Taste Test

2 days ago

  While I did write a sponsored post for Pompeian Olive Oil recently, this video was done on my own and was not sponsored in any way.[...]

How Free Play Changes Kids’ Brains

How Free Play Changes Kids’ Brains

5 days ago

[The following post is sponsored by Playworld Systems.] I really loved writing about the benefits of free play last month. Playworld Systems makes the kind of playground equipment that helps free play thrive, letting kids take risks and figuring things out for themselves. When they pointed me in the direction of this NPR piece on how free play actually changes kids’ brains, I jumped at the chance to write about it. Play Actually Changes The Brain A Canadian neuroscientist explained in the NPR[...]

And The Grossest Spoiled Food Item You’ve Ever Found In Your House Or Car is…

And The Grossest Spoiled Food Item You’ve Ever Found In Your House Or Car is…

6 days ago

Yesterday I was tidying up the house a bit in anticipation of the kids coming home today from sleep away camp. Jake’s been gone for almost two weeks, Fiona for almost six. Basically I didn’t want them to know how slovenly I’d been while they were gone. I came across Jake’s NY Yankees lunchbox in the front hallway. It was still zipped shut. Crap. Before opening it I tried to remember what I had packed him for his last day of band camp, three[...]

Keyless Home Entry With The Touch Of A Finger

Keyless Home Entry With The Touch Of A Finger

1 week ago

[The following post is sponsored by Kevo] When I was a child I was promised a lot of things for the future. Rocket cars were at the top of the list, and that hasn’t happened yet. We do have robots, but all they really do is vacuum our floors. That’s a far cry from a robot maid. And as far as I know, we’ve made basically no progress towards teleporters and replicators (that 3D printer that makes pizza just isn’t the[...]

FitBit Update: Bracelets and Wristbands

FitBit Update: Bracelets and Wristbands

1 week ago

*** UPDATE: FitBit responded (first on Twitter, which might have gotten my case moved up), and they are sending me a new wristband. *** I’ve been using my FitBit since June. I really like it. But a few weeks ago, a teeny tiny little tear appeared in the back opening of the wristband, where you put the FitBit device. Up until that point I’d been treating the wristband and FitBit reasonably carefully. I take it off to shower, and every four or five[...]

Today I Set Aside My Running Ego

Today I Set Aside My Running Ego

1 week ago

The first time I attempted a half marathon, in 2011, my only concern was finishing. I thought there was about an equal chance that either the balloon ladies would catch me and put me on the bus, or I would have a heart attack before the finish line (or shortly after). I had no plan for getting to the finish line. I hadn’t prepared much – when I’d signed up for the race the summer before, I’d failed to realize that[...]

I tried The Latest Facebook Challenge; I Lasted Ten Minutes

I tried The Latest Facebook Challenge; I Lasted Ten Minutes

1 week ago

Last week I read about a guy who did an experiment: For two days, he liked everything on Facebook. Stuff that was completely opposite of what he believed in, stuff that he most definitely did not like, stuff that he felt really bad about liking. It didn’t take long at all until his feed was filled with crap that he hated. His friends’ posts were barely getting through. It was all ads and websites. But even worse, his friends’ feeds were[...]

Creamy Hershey’s Syrup Dessert Dip Recipe

Creamy Hershey’s Syrup Dessert Dip Recipe

1 week ago

[The following post is sponsored by Hershey] My family uses a lot of Hershey’s Syrup, especially in summer. My son Jake and I both love chocolate milk, and I’ve been incorporating it into my exercise recovery. With the right balance of carbs to protein, chocolate milk helps me recover after my longer runs (and man, do I need help recovering!!!). BUT, I like my milk extra cold, so how thrilled was I to find this idea for making chocolate milk ice cubes[...]

Windows Phone’s New Driving Mode

Windows Phone’s New Driving Mode

1 week ago

I don’t text while driving. Period. I can’t believe that I even have to mention that. If you text while driving, you’re a horrible person. Stop it. Of course, the one time I really really needed to text something to someone right away, I pulled over to the side of the road…and hit a bicyclist. (He was fine. I was rattled.) But that’s a story for another day… I recently started using a new feature on my phone that came with the[...]