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.

I’d already been through … Read 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. And they always make me smile, like when … Read 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. … Read 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.)

Narcos is a new original series on the Columbian drug war.

Narcos is a new original

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