• How (Not) To Install a Carseat

    Meg Larsen May 29, 2020

    A couple of weeks ago, Brad and I faced one of the inevitable rights of passage that all expecting parents must face: the installation of the car seat. I’m not sure whether it was movies, web articles, or popular lore that instilled me with the message that installing car seats is difficult, but regardless of the source, it was a message I had heard many times and had confidently chosen…

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  • Motivation: Struggling to Follow Through and Focusing on the Essentials

    Meg Larsen May 16, 2020

    I’ve been on a roll the past couple of days when it comes to home maintenance. This evening, while tidying up the house from the day’s activities of projects, chores, and eating, I caught myself thinking, “Gosh, I wish I were always this motivated to keep the house clean.” We all struggle with this right? We love the feeling of a clean and tidy home, but somehow, despite our best…

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  • Wanderlust: Reflections on Los Angeles

    Meg Larsen May 11, 2020

     Maybe it’s being stuck at home for two months now, but lately, I’ve been feeling the wanderlust itch. I go through these seasons in my life where I just need to “go.” It doesn’t really matter where or for what purpose, but I need to go, somewhere.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial means and a deep-seated sense of practicality, I often end up not actually going anywhere or…

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  • Review: Bringing Up Bébé

    Meg Larsen May 10, 2020

    Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman (2012) provides a practical, comprehensive approach to parenting based on French parenting techniques designed to address some of the most common struggles faced by American parents. Part guidebook, part memoir, Druckerman entices readers with a self-deprecating and whimsical tone that encourages rather than intimidates.    Review: I have to begin this review by confessing that this is the only parenting book I have…

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  • Our Covid Virtual Baby Shower

    Meg Larsen May 7, 2020

    Rivers of tissue Flow betwixt cardboard mountains. A toast to you, Baby.  –A Virtual Shower Haiku Pregnancy is a beautifully weird experience regardless of the circumstances of the pregnancy, but being pregnant in the middle of a global pandemic has been a particularly interesting and at times rather odd experience.  I feel extremely lucky that the worst I can say is there have been some frustrating inconveniences such as not…

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  • Why I Love (Baking) Sourdough

    Meg Larsen May 5, 2020

    “The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.”  M.F.K. Fisher I started baking sourdough almost a year and a half ago as a winter break project.  I am what you might call a hobby collector. I don’t usually stick with any one thing for very long, but instead, dive passionately into learning a new skill for…

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  • Welcome to Magpie!

    Meg Larsen May 4, 2020

    I’m staring down an open road, waiting to take the next step. Hemmed in by the vastness of the open space, my breath catches as the heat chokes my feeble grasp for air.  To understand what Magpie Momma is, you have to understand where it comes from:  I like to have a plan. Most of my life has been a series of calculated next steps. Of course there have been…

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