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Scavenger Hunts and Cupcakes

I’m a total sucker, perhaps. I get a lot of emails through the ‘contact us’ link on the blog, and they’re all more or less the same. “I came across your blog and really love the content. [Ah yes, the unnamed 'content.'] I’m an aspiring [writer/blogger/editor/cat fancier/pedophile] and was wondering if you would be interested…

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Egg?

You’re not going to believe this. We won that thing!  If you’ve read our last post, you know exactly what I’m talking about. We had a bit of an Easter egg decorating fiasco, in which my desire for my son to win a competition at his school ultimately lead to misery, ruination, and karmically-accursed eggs. Well,…

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The Best Laid Plans of Eggs and Men

It all started idyllically enough. I picked the boys up from school, I briefed them on the great fun we’d be having, we went for a stroll along a country lane bordered by vineyards and olive groves. Late afternoon sun slanted. Lizards scuttled across sunlit stone walls. We picked blossoms and interestingly-shaped leaves, laughed, chatted. What…

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Two Down, 18 to Go

DisaPPOINted! I’m not one to throttle you with condemnation or pontificate from my personal soapbox, but a couple of weeks ago I threw down a gauntlet. Perhaps when you reach nearly 6,000 followers (and really, truly, thank you, everyone) you begin to harbor delusions of grandeur. Perhaps you begin to believe that people will follow…

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Homemade Play Dough Revisited

We spent the morning hiking, picnicking, and doing a bit of rock climbing, but since our youngest still requires a mid-afternoon nap there’s often a bit of drag time in the gap between nap and dinner, one too short to really get out to do something but too long to just chuck them at their…