How Do You Prioritize?

29 Sep

Baby Von SzabaHow do you prioritize between outside needs and internal inspiration?

Well, to start with, you need to get back to the basics of the word need.

For instance for the past three years, on top of my monetary and motherly contributions to my family, I felt I needed to blog 2-3 times a week, all for a possible audience of future books.

The one problem with that?
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Origins of “Ole!”

23 Aug

RondaBullRingOleWhat does the word “Ole!” make you think of?

Rejoicing, dancing, bullfights, Spain?

But before it was Spanish, it was a religious chant from another country altogether.

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Free Seattle: Northacres Splash Park

4 Aug

Northachres Spray Park SeattleWho doesn’t love a spray park on a hot, summer day? Seattle has several options, but Northacres is one of our favorites.
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Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets

2 Jun

VashonFarmersMarketSeattlites loves farmers’ markets almost as much as we hate umbrellas.

You’ll find a local market in practically every neighborhood, as you’ll see from the list below (which conveniently includes days and times).

If I forgot one of your faves, please let me know. I’ll be sure to add it.

So get out there. Wander. Sample. Be neighborly. Explore.

Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets

Perks:

  • Free
  • Mingle with your neighbors
  • Sample amazing produce
  • Support local craftspeople and farmers

What to Do:

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Maternity Leave

14 Apr

Pregnant 38 WeeksThis baby is officially due Wednesdayif I haven’t had it already. You see, you’re reading this today, but I’m writing it a week early… just in case.

I wanted to let you to know that I’m going away for a little while, at least digitally.

You’ll still see the occasional updates from me on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, of course, but the blog is going to
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Being a Big Sister

10 Apr

Hawaii Hylland ThreeAny parent-to-be can’t help but worry (at least a little) about the great unknown of transitioning from one child to two.

In addition to logistics like sleeping arrangements, meltdown management, and nap juggling, there are the uncertainties of adding another person into the family dynamic.

As one parent explained it, you’re not just adding one child, you’re adding three relationships (mom-kid, dad-kid, and kid-kid). Mind you, that’s in addition to shaking up the three relationships you’ve already established…

But even with all that uncertainty hanging in the ether, my heart sings with the promise of two magical little words:
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Dragonbreath Chili

7 Apr

Screenshot from WoW, © Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

So, how many of you gamers out there got the reference?

Despite these glorious glimpses of sun, we’re not through Seattle’s rainy season yet, and as long as grey clouds loom, you’ll find this dish in our fridge or freezer.

It’s a staple: easy, filling, and damn good, too, if I do say so myself. Give it a try.

* No humans, tauren, undead, or elves were harmed in the making of this chili.

Dragonbreath Chili
Another Ryan Hylland Creation

 

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