Color Me Healthy, Kiddo

Dear Mr. Dad: It seems like every meal in my house is a battle. I try to make healthy, tasty foods and my kids do nothing but complain about it. It seems like all they want to eat is white rice and plain pasta. Why won’t they eat anything else, and what can I do to get them to expand their preferences?

A: Ah, yes, the white food group. I remember it well. Besides rice and pasta, my two oldest kids were flexible enough to include French fries (or, sometimes, a baked potato with sour cream), cheese pizza, fish sticks, and salt. Lots of salt. For a while, I was worried that their limited diet would stunt their growth, but they’re both 5’ 7,” and incredibly healthy. When I think about it, they did eat non-white foods too: peas and carrots were okay (as long as they weren’t touching on the plate), tomatoes (cleverly disguised as pasta sauce), vitamins (in milk), lots of fruit, and even some protein (often fish sticks or chicken nuggets). I’m sure your children’s culinary repertoire is broader than you think. That said, I know I could have done a better job.
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Let the Ink Flow, Digital Scrapbooking

I admit it: I’ve never really gotten the whole scrapbooking thing. Could be that I don’t have the time–or that I’m too lazy to do it. But it’s one of the most popular activities in the world–and digital scrapbooking has made it even bigger. All you have to do is look at the exploding popularity of Pinterest to see what I’m talking about. In this guest post–which taught me a lot–Norul Amin, has some great tips to get you started.


Preserving precious memories lets one relive them long after the people are gone or grown up. One of the issues with scrapbooks is how to pass it on, and what to do with it once a group has demised or moved on. Digitizing a scrapbook comes as a solution. It lets one post it on the web as a record of history, and honors those who put that time and effort in. It allows printing it out to have a copy on hand.

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