Making the Most of

Posted January 21, 2008 by Lela Davidson

Use these tips to get maximum value from your real estate browsing time. Learn how to avoid common mistakes when scoping out potential homes online. Lela is a veteran re-locater and avid searcher on

RIAA website hacked with XKCD

Posted January 19, 2008 by Will Chen

Here's the "hacked" page, and here's a screenshot when that RIAA page gets taken down. OK, it's more of a case sloppy coding than an actual hack. But the XCKD commentary was pitch perfect.

Baby’s First Birthday Doesn’t Have to be Lavish

Posted January 19, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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There’s no need to feel guilty if you decide to forgo the pomp and dismiss the circumstance. Chances are, your birthday boy or girl will be none the wiser. In fact, the more exciting and lavish your party is, the better the chances are that the little partygoer won’t enjoy it much at all.

The One-Armed Chef: Tomato Butter Sauce

Posted January 17, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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A recipe for a home-cooked, delicious dinner you can make for your family while simultaneously holding your cranky toddler and entertaining your other children.

Skimming on the Milk: A False Economy?

Posted January 17, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

Milk prices are skyrocketing lately, meaning that your weekly trip to the dairy case is hitting the pocketbook harder than ever. And if you're concerned about hormones and antibiotics in the milk supply from factory farmed dairy cows, your price for natural, local, or organic milk will be even higher. With all of this to consider, it's very tempting to skip the milk altogether, and save the money.

Thriving in Relocation Limbo: Do’s and Don’ts for Happiness In Between Moves

Posted January 16, 2008 by Lela Davidson

Got a move coming up? Or not? Were you supposed to find out six months ago? And then it was after the holidays, and then it was late January, and then... Welcome to Relocation Limbo. Enjoy the terrain with these tips.

Review of Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World

Posted January 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I don’t consider us to be a big family. Others will disagree. I do admit, however, that I could use some help from those that have been in the large-family trenches and have come out with all their limbs intact. That’s what Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World aims to do. I have found that not only does author Meagan Francis do this with humor and compassion, but the book is relevant for families of any size!

The Childbirth Resort: Hospital and Birth Center Differences

Posted January 14, 2008 by Julie Rains

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What’s the advantage of giving birth at a freestanding birth center rather than a community hospital? For me, it was a hot tub, Gatorade, and SWAT-team avoidance.

Establishing a Babysitting Co-op -- Part II

Posted January 13, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

In Part II of my post about starting a babysitting coop, I look at how to set the ground rules to keep your organization running smoothly. We'll take a look at the rules from a real-life coop, and also get some pointers on how to get the group off to a good start.

Three Easy Ways to Save Money by Eating at Home

Posted January 10, 2008 by Lela Davidson

Eating at home is easier than you think. With a little planning and a few strategies, you can save money, avoid the drive-through, and possibly even drop a few fudge-induced holiday pounds.