Tips for Flying


Recently our family flew to Washington (post here about our trip). Flying with a child brings a whole new element to what can already be an exhausting feat. However Marilyn is an excellent traveler, she handles the chaos of getting to the airport, the airport and all its obstacles, the flight, exiting the airport, getting a car, etc. beautifully and she always has. Her first flight was at 4 months and she didn’t shed a tear even though it was 5+ hours, both ways. She has taken a total of 5 trips in her 3 1/2 years of life and not one of them would I complain about. I like to think that a lot of her traveling ease is because Robert and I come prepared, PREPARED. Our recipe is snacks, entertainment, not the digital kind, and punctuality. That last one my husband takes to a whole different level. Being green was an interesting factor in our latest flight. Most of the snacks I would usually reach for are things that she loves but never has, like bunny crackers, animal crackers, fruit snacks…all items in a plastic bag. This time around I had to get creative and this is how we did it. Continue reading

Skip the Plastic, Please!

Ordering online has become such a source of conflict for me since starting my resolutions for 2017. Buying items online detracts support from my local community businesses. It takes planes, trains, and automobiles to deliver, which requires extra fossil fuels and energy costs. But perhaps the most tangible argument against ordering online is the excessive packaging.  Continue reading

Hanky Panky Review


Everyone knows about my undergarment dilemma, I think I have repeated myself far too many times. Well I have been researching away, sometimes at inappropriate times, like sitting in front of a gentlemen at a infuriatingly boring city council meeting, yes he noticed with a blush and a wink. Duh Lily, nothing on your phone is private! I am a picky pants, which may be why this is SUCH an issue for me. I need my garments to be feminine and pretty, I am an absolute stickler that everything in your life should be useful yet beautiful and this department is no different. Even your ever embarrassing granny panties should be beautiful! So on my search to find some responsible and beautiful lingerie I struggled. Many of the lines I came across while I am sure were comfortable they resembled what Missy would call “crunchy granola” with a splash of Tevas and socks, do you know what I mean? Continue reading

Proud to Be a Californian

IMG_6325Our family recently spent a week visiting my sister and her family in North Western Washington State. They live in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island off the Puget Sound. They have a beautiful home, a beautiful family and they are surrounded by beautiful nature, but I came back feeling so happy that I was still a Californian. The first time I went to visit her I was ready to pack my bags and buy a huge lot where I could plant my “Martha Stewart Inspired Garden”. However this challenge to lessen my carbon footprint has got me considering my surroundings in a whole new way. Continue reading

Electrolyte Replacement Drink

It’s three in the morning… maybe. Not sure, because even as I write, I realize daylight savings came to town and that (supposedly energy-saving) bitch doesn’t automatically change my clocks. Anyway, it’s a wee hour to’ sho’, and I’ve set up camp on the floor of by little one’s room.

Baby has the urpies. ‘Urpies’ is Ahern-speak for vomiting. Continue reading

Zombie Chompers

A coworker told me that she had three patients she had taken care three patients whose ages were 113, 114, and 115. She had asked them the secret to their long lives. One said she attributed her long life to eating pork every day… okay, fine. Another said it was faith in God. The other was a glass of wine every day.

I think you can guess which one I’m going with. Cheers!

I wonder how much plastic a 115 year old person would generate in their lifetime?

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