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May 11, 2017
by Maralee

Everything My Kids Know About Rape Culture they Learned from Maroon 5 (how to teach kids to thoughtfully engage with media)

People regularly ask me how to start conversations about healthy sexuality with their kids. I know it can seem daunting, but sometimes it’s as easy as just engaging with the culture around you. Some of us grew up in homes … Continue reading

An Unexpected Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial

December 19, 2016 by Maralee | 1 Comment

Well, I’m here to eat crow in the most delightful way possible.

A couple days ago I posted a link to a tutorial on how to fold a napkin into a Christmas tree. . . because you know, the holidays aren’t stressful enough without having to fold our napkins into pretty shapes. Yeah, this is not how I am wired. I was going to complain about the perfectionistic tendencies the holiday season tends to bring out, but then decided that there are women who genuinely love this stuff and I wanted to be supportive of them. So I was all, “Ladies, you do you.” and felt good about it.

And then my seven year-old son saw the video.


He said to me, “That looks like origami. I like origami.” He then watched the video a couple times, napkin in hand, and mastered the technique. There are now 15 of these Christmas tree napkins waiting for our family dinner party tomorrow evening.

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