My embarrassing trip to the chiropractor in Norway

If you’ve known me for any reasonable amount of time, you’re aware that embarrassing things often happen to me. Some of them I’ve blogged about, like the Cub Cakes...more

New on Netflix: Dinosaurs + Trucks = DinoTrux

Looking for something different to watch with the kiddos this weekend? Netflix has a new original series for that combines dinosaurs and trucks, a concept that I’m surprised I haven’t seen before. It premiers today and features Ty Rux, a Tyrannosaurus Rex combined with an excavator, and his bestie named Revvit, who is of the Reptool species ....more

Ferguson One Year Later: What’s truly changed?

What were you doing this time last year? In Ferguson, Missouri a 279-pound, 18-year-old college student lay dead in the street. His black body had been shot at least six times and his death became a reawakening to what many black Americans have been saying for generations ....more

Back to School With The Help of My Norwegian Madea

The first day of school is just around the corner for many of us, and while some parents are thrilled to be rid of their kids, many of us are nervous and scared. Some of you remember dropping off your little one on the first day of school, only to walk away with red eyes and feeling slightly traumatized. I remember when Logan started kindergarten, I rubbed the back of a sobbing mom and was happy I didn’t feel as shellshocked ....more

Wordless Wednesday: Hate spiders? Don’t look at this…

In Broadus, Montana. ...more

Top 5 Things I Missed About Europe

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve been an expat in Norway and I gotta say, so far so good! I haven’t burned down the house with our fire-hazard corner of transformers and extension cords, my kids aren’t starving in protest to the different food and I haven’t gotten lost. I’ve been to Europe and Scandinavia a decent amount of times, and there’s a few cultural differences that I always forget about until I return ....more

Visiting Yellowstone National Park in less than a day

When it was clear Hubby and I were going on what felt like a once-in-a-lifetime road trip, I checked our route for any “must-see” spots from Portland to Chicago and Yellowstone National Park was incredibly close. Since I’ve always wanted to go and saw this as my chance, I laid it on thick with the hubby: “Yellowstone is one of those things that if I’m on my deathbed and I’d never seen it, I’d say, ‘I wish I had gone to Yellowstone.’” His response: Blink. Blink ....more

Coming to a screen near you: Netflix’s drug cartels, Reading Rainbow and a Spanish dramedy

Have you guys noticed more dragons on your Netflix? Us too. And soon there’s going to be more drug cartels, Reading Rainbows and smart girls.I’m writing this as a member of Netflix’s Stream Team and even if I wasn’t, I’d still be a fan of its original series. They’re better than most of what’s on TV and don’t take the time commitment of a movie. (Unless you binge-watch, which admit it, always ends up happening despite your best efforts.)...more

Coming to a screen near you: Netflix’s drug cartels, Reading Rainbow and a Spanish dramedy

Have you guys noticed more dragons on your Netflix? Us too. And soon there’s going to be more drug cartels, Reading Rainbows and smart girls ....more

Road triiiiiip! Our adventure from Portland to Chicago

I’m feeling like I’ve got a little transcontinental whiplash. It was only weeks ago that I moved to Norway, and now I’m back in the U.S. I returned largely to help my husband wrap up our lives in Portland, then we decided to take a cross country roadtrip to our beloved Chicago to visit family and friends. Plus, we’re finally and sadly getting rid of our Audi TT ....more