My areas of expertise include Travel, Parenting, and Humor.
The Best Places to Visit for Dinosaur Lovers of Any Age
Plan an entire trip around your (or your little ones’) favorite types of dinosaurs. Here’s where to go to spot your most beloved species.
"Corn Fed" Writer Melanie LaForce On Anxiety, Writing, And Coming Of Age In The Midwest
In Corn-Fed: Cul-De-Sacs, Keg Stands, and Coming of Age in the Midwest, writer Melanie LaForce discusses growing up in the Midwest with a combination of humor and heart. The book begins when LaForce is a young girl struggling with anxiety at school and camp, and follows her through college, gaining a PhD, and into adulthood. LaForce writes in a frank and funny style about topics ranging from her love of secular Christmas to front porches, and Gen Xers will identify with references to things l...
Before Bingeing On Hallmark Holiday Movies, Please Agree to These Terms
Satire piece about Hallmark movies.
Caitlin Kunkel Wants to Turn You On—Equitably
In February of 2018, Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer published a satirical erotica piece on the humor site McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. It was a series of vignettes that begin as common erotica scenarios but then turn into more feminist tales, like this one: “He calls me into his office and closes the door…to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.”
The piece went viral and an editor contacted the writers about turning it into a book...
11 Unique Playgrounds Around the World
Add these amazing playgrounds to your family’s travel bucket list.
The Life-Changing Magic of Organizing Your Organizational Supplies
Raid the Container Store again? Us too. Here, humor writer Julie Vick imagines the absurd ways she would repurpose the boxes, bins, and everything else she buys.
(This piece also appeared in the July 2018 print issue)
William Carlos Williams Poems For Introverts
Humorous re-imaginings of William Carlos Williams poems.
Why I gave up trying to create the perfect Halloween costume
An essay reflecting on the author's Halloween costumes as a kid and finding costumes for her own kids.
5 Family-Friendly (and Surprisingly Affordable) Colorado Resort Towns
Colorado mountain resort towns offer great escapes for skiers and snowboarders, but allow me to let you in on a local secret: visiting these idyllic places outside of ski season can be much more affordable — and much less crowded.
Tech + Nature Meet in DIY Stop-Motion Movies
Summer is a great time to enjoy a picnic in the park or attend an outdoor concert, but electronic devices can get in the way of fully appreciating the moment. Instead of constantly reminding your loved one to “step away from the screen,” you can encourage them to use their devices to interact with the world by creating stop-motion movies.
Stop-motion movies involve taking a series of pictures of slightly changing scenes that are combined to make a movie. Films like “The Nightmare Before Chris...
What Your Toddler's Behavior Reveals to You About Their Future
Humor piece showing toddlers' futures.
Family Ski Weekend: Denver to Winter Park
Living in Colorado, our family enjoys spending weekend ski vacations, but driving to the ski resorts can mean battling traffic, weather and pretty precarious winter roads at times. So I was excited to discover The *Winter Park Express ski train from Denver to Winter Park Resort. My husband and I recently tried out the 2-hour ride with our 3YO and 6YO. Since we live outside of Denver and the train leaves early Saturday morning, we decided to spend a night in the city before boarding the train....
What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting a Tax Refund
Satirical article on not expecting a tax refund.
Best Backpack Diaper Bags
A good diaper bag is something parents can use for several years, so it’s important to find one that is both comfortable and fits your style.
Backpack diaper bags are a great option for carrying baby equipment. Shoulder bags can weigh heavily on one shoulder and be hard to balance when you are bending over to pick up things, but backpack bags allow you to carry a lot of supplies comfortably. They can also be great for having two hands free when you are chasing an active toddler.
UPPAbaby VISTA Stroller Review
Deciding on the right stroller can be a daunting task – there are tons of them on the market and you really have to think about how you will use it. The UPPAbaby VISTA is an attractive option because it is so adaptable. It can be used from the time your baby is born through the birth of a second kid, thanks to its many different configurations.
UPPABaby is known for making high quality baby products, and they pride themselves on providing excellent customer service. Their warranty program str...