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There’s a new burger in town

We cook dinner at home a lot—a lot more now that we have a child, and a lot earlier in the evening than we used to— but our family still loves to go out to restaurants. No potential toddler drama is going to stop that from happening. (Side note: big believer over here in incorporating the kid into the family activities instead of rearranging our lives around the whims of a toddler. Selfish? I prefer to think that...

Everybody! Field trip.

Cooper’s Caterpillar class went on their spring field trip last month to one of our favorite places in Lawrence: PetWorld. Oh my goodness does this boy love that place. So many things to see- hamsters and fish and bunnies and giant tortoises and even a Chinese water dragon! We’ve gone to PetWorld many times on Saturdays for Storytime Live!, where a staff member reads a story about an animal to the kids...

Safe stairs.

If you know us even a little, you know that since we bought our 138-year-old house back in 1999, we’ve been living in a permanent state of home renovation. Seriously, it never ends. The house was divided into two apartments at one point; one upstairs, one downstairs. We rented the upstairs apartment to Tierney and then Pat, and then we kicked our friends out and took over the space. In order to convert the...

Shamrock shuffle.

Yesterday, Cooper completed his first 5K! The Shamrock Shuffle is just one of the bazillion events that make up the annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade extravaganza. If you thought it was *just* a parade, you would be wrong. The entire production takes place throughout most of the year with a variety of fundraising events that benefit local children’s charities and culminates on March 17 with a...

Local Love: Philsquare

I haven’t posted anything here in awhile. Partly because I’ve been busy feeding and changing a baby and trying to keep up with mountains of laundry (maternity leave is hard work, people), but also because my blog was hacked. Yep, hacked. I logged in last week and the dashboard looked weird. I didn’t know what else to do, so I googled “WordPress dashboard looks weird.” Apparently,...

Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.

My husband is an excellent handyman, carpenter, do-it-yourselfer— whatever you want to call someone who can do almost anything better than the so-called professionals. We’ve owned our home for twelve years, and we’ve had at least one home project going at any given time. Usually more than one. We’ve done everything from small projects like painting and laying wood laminate flooring to massive...

Fun with Tweetups.

The Lawrence social media community had another great tweetup tonight! If you’ve never heard of or been to a tweetup, it’s basically a social gathering of Twitter users— a way for people who talk to each other online to get together offline and socialize in person. The first tweetup I went to was in the summer of 2009, after I’d been using Twitter for a few months. I kept telling my friend...

Thoughts on Halloween Costume Shopping.

We love Halloween at my house. And not just the holiday itself— what we really love is any excuse to dress in costumes. We can turn any holiday or event into one that’s more fun with a costume. Since we get so excited about costumes, you might think that we’d be excited about not one, but TWO Halloween “superstores” in downtown Lawrence, but we’re not. At all. First of all, I’m...

Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s

Thanks to @free on Facebook, I found out about Dave’s Day at Famous Dave’s. The barbecue joint recently opened a restaurant in Lawrence, all the way over on the west side of town. Dave’s Day was Sunday, and anyone named David, Dave or Davy got a free entree. Free food? I’m all about free stuff, even if it wasn’t technically for me. And even if it meant driving all the way across town....

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