From the category archives:

Tricky

Etiquette, eating out and other forays to the dark side

In case you want to listen…

October 7, 2014

Here’s the link for the radio broadcast I mentioned yesterday. We covered a lot more than Halloween and candy: modern food culture, crazy ingredients, education vs. restriction, skinny doesn’t mean healthy, “it’s just one night” (not), helicopter parenting, the nanny state. Good times. And a great discussion. Worth a listen even if you don’t live in Rochester. […]

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I’m alive. And on the radio. Discussing candy.

October 6, 2014

Wow. Four months. When I abruptly stopped blogging mid-June, I knew I’d be on hiatus a little bit. We’d decided to move. I had a big writing project in the works. We’d started tossing around the idea of homeschooling. So I knew blogging would take a backseat temporarily. I was thinking a month, max. Then […]

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Countdown to summer road trips

June 4, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Tess is done with school this Friday. Some of you are already on break. Others still have a few weeks to go. But one thing is clear: We’ve all got summer on the brain. And where there’s summer, there’s vacationing and road-tripping and wondering […]

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Have you ever listened to yourself talk?

March 25, 2014

The day after the Super Bowl, I was in a class at the gym, surrounded by fit, healthy women of all shapes and ages. This class kicks our butts every week. It challenges us, makes us feel strong. It’s exhilarating. Except, that day, this happened: As we were gathering equipment and then warming up, the instructor […]

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Kids aren’t the problem. Parents are.

March 11, 2014

Nearly every week I read an essay or blog post in which the writer, a parent, declares her outrage over no birthday cupcakes in school or no chips at soccer games or (fill-in-the-food-affront-of-the-day). “Let kids be kids!” the argument goes. “It’s just one cupcake… one party… one day a week.” Someone slaps on a link-bait headline, […]

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Birthday party sanity (and yes, that includes cake)

January 15, 2014

Tess turned 10 last month. That means I’ve been hosting and attending kids’ birthday parties for a decade. What a wild ride that’s been. Cakes so electrifyingly bright they could make your hair curl. Drinks worthy of a WTF. Goodie bags that instead should be called sugar bags or gimme bags or keep-Oriental-Trading-in-business bags. And of course pizza, pizza, pizza! But I’ve also seen parties […]

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Real Food Road Test 2013: The Round-up

July 21, 2013

While doing the Harry Potter thing at Universal Orlando two weeks ago, we spotted a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream kiosk. Score! Real ice cream amid the hyperprocessed powder-based soft serve that dominates the park. Except it turned out the Ben & Jerry’s was soft serve, too. I had no idea there was such a thing, but I was hopeful the […]

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Real Food Road Test:
The Spoonfed Guide to Vacation Food, 2013 Edition

June 27, 2013

Last summer, we drove 1,250 miles through six states over eight days, and I microblogged the trip, posting daily Facebook updates with tips and observations about eating well on the road. (I then compiled all those FB updates in this post.) As I wrote before we left, we had no idea where we were going (road-tripping old school!), but I […]

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Thoughts on being rude

February 1, 2013

I knew this post was risky. I knew not everyone would agree with how I chose to handle a drink situation at a recent birthday party my daughter attended. I even was prepared to be called things like “preachy,” “condescending” and “judgmental.” I was prepared for that response because, even though I’m none of those things, that comes with […]

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Birthday party mutiny: The case of the pink drink

January 29, 2013

People often ask how I handle other kids’ birthday parties. That’s changed over the years. When Tess was a toddler, I’d surreptitiously scrape off the frosting, give her water over juice, and call it a day. As she got older, we’d talk before the party about making good choices, listening to her body, eating something only if it […]

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