Toddler Transition

By: Jessica Aldred  “No!”, “Get Down!”, “Don’t eat that!”, “Stop touching that”…Yes folks, we officially have a fully mobile, chattering, defiant, yet still incredibly cute toddler! The days of tossing him the high chair with some veggie sticks while I made dinner are over. The 5 point harness is now strapping him in just long … More Toddler Transition

Slow Down Summer!

By: Jessica Aldred I’m sure I’m not alone in saying this, but where is summer 2015 going?! It seems like school just ended last week and here we are approaching the mid-point of summer vacation already. My older kids are certainly enjoying their time at camp and the nice weather, but I feel like I … More Slow Down Summer!

Chasing Frogs

By: Jessica Aldred Today I walked barefoot through the mud. I dropped small rocks in big puddles. I watched a wide-eyed little boy study a caterpillar and startle at the sight of a frog jumping. I watched a toddler experience nature, get filthy and squeal with delight. Despite an entirely too busy life, I took … More Chasing Frogs

Tipping Turmoil

By: Jessica Aldred  Having never really worked in the food service industry, I always find myself facing an inner tipping debate whenever we eat out. Is it 15%, 18%, 20%? Is it based on good service or a given? This was more so complicated when we added children to the equation. While eating out happens … More Tipping Turmoil

Picky Eaters

By: Jessica Aldred  Pizza, chicken nuggets (not tenders), cheese, noodles (with cheese) and the occasional hot dog (all slathered in ketchup)- These are the core of my child’s daily menu. I can get him to eat a few other things, but these are the rinse and repeat items on my ‘kids’ menu. When I first … More Picky Eaters