Gretchen, Senior Writer

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Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.
boardgames

My Favorite Two-Player Board Games for Couples

One of our family hobbies is playing board games. But sometimes, it’s fun to play games with just me and my husband. It’s a meaningful way to spend time together doing something we both...
keto

Cutting Carbs: My Best Tips for Getting on the Keto Train

If you’ve been anywhere on the internet in the past couple of years, you’ve most likely heard of the keto diet. Often portrayed as the eat-nothing-but-butter-and-bacon diet, it’s extremely popular with everyone from your...
beauty

The Beauty is Found in the Breaking

Have you ever seen a boulder opal? They are found only in Australia, and form in the cracks, hollows and fissures of ironstone. The brownish, dark color of the ironstone contrasts the full opalescence...
co-parenting life

That Co-Parenting Life: Feeling a Bit Like a Spectator

I lead two different lives. So does my son.  I have a life with my son and a life without my son. And my son has a life at my house and a life at...
oil-based skincare

All Oiled Up: My New Oil-Based Skincare Routine

I’ve always had very sensitive skin that is prone to irritation and dryness. Living in Colorado's extremely dry climate doesn't help! Facial cleansing products often left my skin red and inflamed, feeling tight and...
blinds

Keeping Our Kids Safe Around Window Blinds

There are a lot of things around our homes that can pose a danger to our precious babes. We cover our electrical outlets and install cabinet locks. We switch from harsh cleaners to less...

Fitting “Me” into the Margins of Motherhood

The purpose of the margins on a printed document is to make the important stuff stand out. It draws our attention to paramount information on the page. If the margins are too jumbled, too...

Words With Kids: A Mom’s Guide to Kids’ Slang

Once, I saw a bumper sticker on a minivan while I was in the school drop off lane. It simply said, “I used to be cool.” Oh, mama... I feel the exact same way...

Why I Have Tattoos: One Mom’s Story

We all have a story. My story is written on my body. And I’m not talking about the wrinkles earned in my four decades, my increasing number of gray hairs, or even my zebra...

Book Review: The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans

Middle school years can be complicated years. At least for me as a mom. And I’ve only just begun! Thankfully, a friend recommended a great book that has helped me as I begin to...