Children’s Book Giveaway: Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue. November 30, 2010
Okay, little known fact about me: I love miniatures.  Ships in a bottle, dollhouses, to-scale movie sets…you name it, I love it.  When I lived in France, a friend and I spent the better part of a day getting lost in →MORE...

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Momma got mammaries. November 29, 2010
My breasts pre-pregnancy were tiny.  Some women have freckles with more cleavage, honestly.  If you don’t believe me, think about this: my knockers were so small that Victoria’s Secret stopped carrying bras that size.  Seriously. I found out that little gem →MORE...

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Ready for turkey. November 29, 2010

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Letter to my sweetness: 16 months. November 22, 2010
Dear Charlotte, This month has been a bit busy.  I almost feel a little silly saying that because I’m pretty certain that it is common knowledge that the word BUSY is actually the definition of the word TODDLER, but obviously not →MORE...

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Attack of the sniffles. November 19, 2010
My home has been hit by some sort of flu.  BLEH.  Anybody have any awesome home-remedies for sore throats or stuffed noses up their sleeve?

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Yet another afternoon walk, but this time with loud clack-clack-clack-clack-clacking. November 17, 2010
My daughter’s favorite toy is, without a doubt, her wooden alligator pull-toy.  She brings it everywhere - riding on the seat beside her in the car, squeezed between us in the carrier, placed strategically at the garden’s edge, and clack-clack-clack-clack-clacking down →MORE...

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No free rides around here. November 17, 2010
After the monkey’s done hauling useless bricks around in that ancient, rotting wheelbarrow, I think I’ll put her to work trimming trees.  She should be old enough to handle the chainsaw by now, don’t you think?

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Children’s Book Giveaway: a few well-loved board books. November 16, 2010
I spent all day yesterday wondering which book to talk about today and finally I decided that I’d let Charlotte do the heavy lifting.  Left to pick out which books she’d like to read together, of course, she almost always goes →MORE...

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A post about very small penises. November 15, 2010
NOTE: This is a reminder.  I welcome debate and I welcome new perspectives on this website, always.  I do not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES welcome personal attacks.  Readers here have made many a good point in the comments below and I do →MORE...

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On the trail. November 15, 2010

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Our lazy day. November 11, 2010
Today is a much-needed lazy day in the Christensen home.  Breakfast today is avocado mixed with quinoa and some radishes on the side.  We are spending the morning gardening.  This means that I will pull weeds and my child will pull →MORE...

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Bookish. November 09, 2010
The past few days have been very busy for us, so instead of a book review this week, how about a photograph of my daughter being ridiculously adorable and giving her beloved naptime book a hug?  I promise to bring two →MORE...

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At least now I know what she thinks of me. November 08, 2010
A few weekends ago, we visited the Los Angeles Arboretum and Charlotte’s favorite part was, predictably, the children’s garden.  Or rather, three large stone animals that were situated near the entrance to the children’s garden. After we showed her that she →MORE...

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A man and his heart. November 07, 2010
...and with that, my uterus exploded.

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Yesterday. November 05, 2010
Most of the time, I am an excellent mother. Excellent. But sometimes, I’m not. Sometimes I promise my daughter that I’ll take her to see the goats at the zoo…and after ten minutes of listening to her excitedly baaaa in the →MORE...

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Reading. November 04, 2010
I will never tire of peeking around the corner and catching her “reading” to herself.  It is the sweetest sight in the world.

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How to hike with a toddler. November 03, 2010
Step one: strap toddler to your back.  For some magical reason, toddlers strapped to the back weigh at least twelve pounds less than toddlers strapped to the front.  Also, there should be no orbs of milky deliciousness attached to your back.  →MORE...

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Groceries. November 02, 2010

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Finn Throws a Fit! November 02, 2010
“Today, Finn is cranky.  Anything could happen.” Finn Throws a Fit!, written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, is a book that I cannot imagine our bookshelves without.  It makes me smile every time we read it – →MORE...

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She was running so fast. November 01, 2010
And she fell. And her head was bumped.And her chin was scraped.And her hands were scratched.And her knees bled.And her legs were bruised. And I don’t know who cried hardest: she or I.

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