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Shrimp Week: Liz's Famous Shrimp and Vegetable Spaghetti

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This is my friend Liz. As friends go, Liz is pretty amaz­ing. She pos­sesses a lot of the quin­tes­sen­tial great friend qual­i­ties like being a patient lis­tener, sym­pa­thetic and she never judges. How­ever, what I love most about Liz is that she lives her life on the bright side–She is a con­stant force of grate­ful­ness and hap­pi­ness. I’ve actu­ally never met any one like her until my hus­band and I bought our tiny beach cot­tage.
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Netflix & SPC: Adventure Vegetable or Fruit Spring Rolls

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When you have small chil­dren you basi­cally sell every­thing as an adven­ture. Head­ing to the mall? “We’re going on a shop­ping adven­ture and I won­der what we’ll find?” are the kinds of things you find your­self say­ing. How­ever, sum­mer is one of those times of year when you can find your­self on some legit­i­mate adven­tures. It truly is the time of year when you can plan adventures—both big and small—that will leave some last­ing mem­o­ries. Read more

Shrimp Week: Easy Shrimp Tacos

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When Laura and I worked at a fash­ion mag­a­zine together we prided our­selves on report­ing on trends before they hit the main­stream. If a com­pet­ing mag­a­zine got to a story before us, we'd kick our­selves (with some very fancy shoes). And if we felt like we were late to a some­thing? Bet­ter to let it pass you by than cover it once it was past its best before date. This post? I would have laughed it out of my office! Tacos? Oh, my God, tacos were the hottest thing exactly two years ago and now you're talk­ing about it? Read more

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Did you play team sports as a kid? Grow­ing up in a small town, team sports were huge for me. Those of you who know me now can feel free to laugh at that image. But it's true. Of course sports are a great way to stay healthy and learn about team­work, but for kids they're also just fun. They're some­thing lib­er­at­ing about being one part of a greater whole. My kids are just get­ting to the age when they'll be ready for team sports. An early attempt at soc­cer with Esme when she was four was hilar­i­ous if not totally suc­cess­ful. But I think they're just about ready. Watch­ing The World Cup this sum­mer has given both my kids the fever for soc­cer. Read more

Netflix & SPC: August Adventures Craft

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To say that I’m not an outdoors-y type is an under­state­ment. It’s not that I don’t love the out­doors, because I do. I just need it in doses, you know? I love a cot­tage week­end. I like to pad­dle around in a canoe. I’m crazy for a bon­fire on the beach. But I’m not ever going to be a camper (maybe just a glam­per). I don’t even really love eat­ing on a patio. There, I’ve said it. But I live with some big nature lovers and I def­i­nitely want to raise kids who want to get out and have adven­tures, big and small.

This along with Julian’s recent inter­est in sci­ence gave me the idea for this project. It’s not really a craft but it’s a really easy and fun way to talk about sci­ence and adven­ture with your kids. It’s a com­pass you make with noth­ing more than a leaf, a sewing nee­dle, a fridge mag­net and a bowl of water. In these high tech days it’s pretty fun to show your kids how to nav­i­gate with­out the gps in my smart­phone! Even though I under­stood the prin­ci­ples of this com­pass I was a bit ner­vous doing it. Would it work? Would the kids be impressed? And it totally did. The lit­tle nee­dle did exactly what it was meant to do and twirled around to point north! Which led to a dis­cus­sion about what you deduce from know­ing which way is north (like, all the other direc­tions), how you could also use shad­ows to under­stand direc­tion and time of day. Turns out nature and sci­ence are pretty cool. Read more