6 Months Back

I can’t believe it, but we’ve been back for 6 months. In a lot of ways it seems like we just left. In other ways it seems like we’ve been here forever. Life is filled with the mundane right now. The boys need to go to school. The laundry needs to washed, folded, and put … More 6 Months Back

Healthy Carrot Soup

Quite a few years ago (so long ago it hurts to remember) I lived in Berkeley where everyone does yoga, experiments with veganism, and takes quick jaunts up to Napa for a bottle of wine that will go with dinner.  My coworkers and I were constantly sharing recipes back and forth. One that I still … More Healthy Carrot Soup

Kick Ass Women Award

Guys! I’ve been nominated for a Kick Ass Women Award by SynDolly.  The award serves to acknowledge the work of small-time, non-professional women bloggers like myself. “It’s about supporting women who make us smile, laugh, cry, think, feel.” I am incredibly flattered and I find myself in good company. My 4 co-finalists are: Becoming She … More Kick Ass Women Award

Banana Bread

My childhood is filled with memories of my mom making banana bread. I can still smell it baking when I remember going home after school. Mom made it so often not just because we loved it, but mostly because my brother and I would eat 4 of the 7 bananas in the bunch and leave … More Banana Bread

How to Make the Most of Visiting Grandparents who Love Spoiling Children

This article appears at A Fine Parent, the online parenting blogazine. ************** You know what they say about too much of a good thing? Yeah, that’s kind of what visiting grandparents is like for us. Every summer and winter holiday we go to the Midwest for a long visit with both sets of grandparents. My … More How to Make the Most of Visiting Grandparents who Love Spoiling Children

Save the Ta-Tas!

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but taking care of your health should just happen in October.  According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation there will be 246,660 new cases of breast cancer this year and 45,540 deaths due to breast cancer. The earlier you can catch breast cancer the easier it is to cure … More Save the Ta-Tas!

Pumpkin Bars

It’s October and, if you look on the shelves and in Starbucks, you will see that pumpkin and pumpkin spice season is upon us. I’m not as excited as some about pumpkin, but I do love me a good pumpkin bar.  I have a recipe that Mrs. Mabel Forsyth contributed to the Floyd County Cowbelle’s … More Pumpkin Bars

Journaling the Journey: Writing Makes Everything Better

Something I do as an Organization Development professional and a Life Coach is journaling. Not so much that I become a navel-gazing moron, but I write down enough so I can sort things out in my head. All OD pros do it. We’re taught to journal as part of the training. It becomes second nature … More Journaling the Journey: Writing Makes Everything Better

Hiking to be Swiss

Life has been moving at breakneck speed lately.  So much faster than when we lived in Switzerland.  So fast that I feel like I’m dropping my Swiss-life intentions behind me as I’m rocketed along. But I do try to keep all those life intentions clutched in my hands and tucked inside my head. One of … More Hiking to be Swiss

Culture Shock

We are officially back in DC. Actually we have been here for 2 weeks, but it doesn’t feel that long. My Mom and I drove across the country from the family farm in Iowa and pulled into the driveway at 7pm on the second day of driving. The first day of driving was filled with … More Culture Shock

How to Raise a Good Sport – especially when you have a competitive child.

This article was just published at AFineParent.com. I am thrilled to be a contributor to this web magazine and share my parenting experiences with all of you. How to Raise a Good Sport by Malinda Carlson. (This article is part of the Positive Parenting FAQ series. Get free article updates here.) Good game, high-5; Good … More How to Raise a Good Sport – especially when you have a competitive child.

“I Live Here.”

Basel gets its share of tourists. Not too many, but we get them. They are easy to spot as they come blinking into the sunshine from the inside of the dark train station, checking maps, and looking around with puzzled expressions. Usually I mind my own business. I keep my head down and go about … More “I Live Here.”

Strawberry Muffins

My boys love strawberries. Nothing delights them more than when strawberry season is in full swing and we can go berry picking.  For several days now the youngest has been asking for strawberry muffins. He’s gotten tired of the usual blueberry, my slam bang cinnamon muffins “aren’t spring muffins, Mommy,” and the chocolate chip variety … More Strawberry Muffins

The Swiss Family Carlson Seeks the Future in Delphi

Everyone has heard of the Oracle of Delphi; the mysterious omniscient woman who sat on a three-legged stool above the smoking and rotting ruins of a dead snake and spouted cryptic fortunes and prophesies that came to her from Apollo.  The fame and promise of all-knowing-ness has prompted others to adopt her name for their … More The Swiss Family Carlson Seeks the Future in Delphi

The Swiss Family Carlson Shop and Eat Their Way Through Athens

Our last few months here are all about leaping at opportunities that living in Europe affords us. Getting to Greece with minimal fuss for a full 7 days over the kids’ ample spring break definitely qualified as an opportunity. So we leaped at it. Athens reeks of history. As you walk down the street you … More The Swiss Family Carlson Shop and Eat Their Way Through Athens