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Camping Survival Guide

This piece originally appeared on Scary Mommy.    It’s that time of year again. My husband can’t resist the urge to build fires and look online at expensive camping gadgets. I want to point out the irony that he’s shopping online in an effort to camp, which is ostensibly about unplugging and simplicity, but I […]

Only God Can Fudge Me

Does her tattoo have the word fudge in it?  I inched closer.    Fudge me.  It said something about… … fudge me.    That can’t be right.  Can it?    We stood in a foot of water at the edge of a lake. This was my first group-camping trip. Friends had invited us, and we knew […]

Every Mother’s Guide to Piranha Fishing in the Amazon

Step 1: Erase all preconceived notions of piranha. Yes, their teeth are sharp. Yes, they enjoy their meaty snacks. But the species of piranha discussed here are not the type to be obtained by dipping cow entrails into the water and then flinging a dozen fish to shore. These piranha are much more elusive. Shy, […]

My 1st Draft Is Shittier Than Your 1st Draft

Why do I always refer to first drafts as shitty? (Because I am a potty mouth.) Because when your goal is to get a certain number of words on the page, to get the basic gist of the story down in an efficient manner, it’s not going to be pretty. I sometimes refer to this as vomiting words onto the page.

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

A smiling reader turns the page. Somebody said that once. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first. But it’s true. If you’re making your reader smile, they’re likely to stick with you.

Work Schedule of a Digital Nomad Family

There’s no such thing as a typical day for my family of four when we’re living abroad. Especially when we’re on the move. Think you might be interested in the digital nomad family lifestyle?

Home Exchange Like a Pro

My husband and I have used HomeExchange for a few years now. It’s a platform where homeowners pay an annual membership to create a profile of their home and share it with likeminded homeowners around the world. It allows us to connect with people across the globe and arrange a home (and sometimes vehicle) exchange. Someone […]

3 Reasons to Take Your Kids to Happy Hour

  If going out to dinner as a family means fast food, Chuck E. Cheese or any establishment with the word “Hut,” “Buffet” or “Corral” in the name, it’s time you find a good happy hour. By the age of 5, your kid might be ready. Ask yourself the following: Could your child’s behavior ever […]