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Unplugged: Life after Pacifier

  Her beloved plug is gone. I pulled it from her pursed lips three days after I published “To Plug or Not to Plug.”  That post ignited a debate amongst readers on what age a child should quit using pacifiers. Readers’ shared stories of their children who required therapy from prolonged pacifier (and/or thumb sucking) use, and the costly orthodontic repairs. Her comforting soother morphed…

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Love Post-its to your Kids & Valentine Bunting

Three inanimate objects that melt my heart at Valentine’s are: decorative paper, ribbon, and love quotes. I know, where are the diamonds? The dark chocolate? The Champagne? Friend, please know I would never snub these, but the latter bring me as much joy. We all have our idiosyncrasies. After my Valentine card making post last week, I kept cutting and…

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Simple Valentine Card Making

After a ten year absence from Valentine’s in America, I had forgotten how over the top this nation celebrates. H♥LY CUPID! The word ‘bonkers’ springs to mind.  The local grocery stores have been outfitted in red hearts and roses since January 2nd.  We welcomed in the new year and then almost overnight St. Nicholas’ crackers, cookies, candies, chocolates, and marshmallows metamorphosized into red and pink…

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To Plug or not to Plug

The plug. It is the bane of my existence and her most coveted reward. Old habits are hard to break, and ridding Ouisie of her beloved pacifier is tangible proof. Neither negotiating, bartering, nor pleading have convinced her to pull the plug from her pursed lips. The plug is her must-have bedtime accessory. The plug has provided us peaceful…

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Recipe: Curried Persimmon, Tomato and Kale

  How often do you go to the Farmers’ Market, or grocery store, and pass produce with names you cannot pronounce? You have not a clue if it’s ripe, nevermind how best to prepare it.  And rather than enquire, you turn back to your grocery list and stick with the norm. I do it all the time. Recently…

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Awkward

At 3.5 years young, Ouisie has a limited filter. Whatever springs to mind, or is on the tip of her tongue freely flows from her lips.  If you have any shade of pink or purple hair, be prepared for Ouisie to squeal, point, and beg me to dye her hair. If you have a dog, she will want to know its name,…

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Please pass the P’s & Q’s

After four months in Los Angeles, we feel more acclimated to the concrete surfaces, artificial turf, urban gridlock, and drought-resistant perennials. In this starstruck metropolis, city parks and playgrounds provide a natural setting for us to meet fellow Angelenos.  To date, Ouisie has made 16 17 best friends. In the raw, a playground is common ground for children of varying ages, races,…

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The Things We Carry

Moving. Down the street, or across the world– it is exhausting. On Monday we arrived in Los Angeles, California. We are officially resident Angeleños. To say the City of Angels is a contrasting setting to our last seven years in the tranquil Hampshire countryside is an understatement. I am not going to lie to you, we are in culture shock.…

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Recipe: Grandma’s Meatloaf

While Chef does most of the cooking at home,  I, too, enjoy my time over the open flame. But where he effortlessly pairs and seasons any dish, my repertoire is limited to familiar flavours and memorised recipes including, Grandma’s meatloaf. Wait. Before you scoff at meatloaf, take note of this 3rd generation loaf. Like you, I  have been served many a…

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