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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Today vs Someday

3 Apr

Time Flies Birdcage ClockWho doesn’t occasionally get bogged down by today vs someday, practical vs ideal, reality vs dream?

It’s easy to let your left brain win out in those stacked matches.

But Effie Waller Smith splashed cold water on my face with the following poetic revelation.

May it inspire you to make a choice today—tiny or grand—on the side of the someday, the ideal, the dream:

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Free Seattle: Tulip Festival

31 Mar

Tulip FestivalYou know that saying, “Stop and smell the roses”?

Well, in Seattle it’s more like, “Stop and see the tulips.”

Because Seattle is crazy about spring. We are outdoors people, and being cooped up inside for four months is quite enough, thank you very much.

That’s why in April, we blissfully exit our rain caves to pilgrimage north to the sunshine technicolor of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

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“You Can’t Eat Beauty.”

27 Mar
© Carbon-Fibre Media, Flickr Creative Commons

© Carbon-Fibre Media, Flickr Creative Commons

This is Lupita Nyong’o.

You may know her as the Oscar winner from 12 Years a Slave.

But it was her speech on beauty that many of us found more Oscar-worthy—especially us moms already battling the pretty princess phenomenon with our little girls.

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