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Thank you, Best of Madison voters, for choosing By the Seat of Our Pants as the Bronze Winner in the BEST Local Blog category for 2016!  We’re excited to bring you more of what you love in the coming months, so keep coming back!

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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

By: , March 10th, 2017. Posted in: Happiness, Health, Money, Musings, Parenting, Travel

A final farewell from By The Seat of Our Pants.

Dearest Readers,

You may have noticed I haven’t been very active on the blog over the last year.  In fact, the last time I posted anything at all was last August. …

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10 Ways to Maximize Success (and FUN) at Half Pint Resale

By: , August 19th, 2016. Posted in: Money, Parenting

Consignment Sale Shopping Tips

I’ve never been crazy about shopping, so I wasn’t exactly a “bargain shopper” before having kids.  I didn’t do garage sales, estate sales, or consignment sales.  Digging through racks and …

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Family Update and New Photos

By: , August 11th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness

Thank you for hanging in there with us through the blog hiatus!

It’s been three months since my last post (wow – time flies), and I’ve not shared any explanation with our readers.  It’s about time I fix that.

The short explanation …

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Broken Baby Tooth

By: , May 18th, 2016. Posted in: Health, Parenting

Today I got my first taste of child injury decision making. I'd be cool if we wait a while until the next time.

This afternoon, while working in my home office, I heard a loud ‘thud’ upstairs followed by the unmistakable sound of my three-year-old son crying.  He was definitely hurt, but the …

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Spicy Roasted Mixed Nuts

By: , May 8th, 2016. Posted in: Recipes

Beware of overindulging on these flavorful snacks.

While following the Whole 30 plan, my snack of choice was mixed nuts.  Because I was eating them daily, they became a bit boring and I really wanted a snack …

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Why I’ll Never Stop Taking (Way Too Many) Pictures Of My Kids

By: , April 13th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

An unexpected and profound lesson about how we remember our kids.

A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of a nice long chat with a friend who has two grown children.  It had been three years since the last time …

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best tuna salad

The Best Tuna Salad On The Planet

By: , March 30th, 2016. Posted in: Recipes

I've been making tuna salad this way for years. It must be the best, because the title says so.

Okay, before I continue, I’ll acknowledge that using ‘the best‘ as a description for something is almost always subjective.  When I jokingly told Jason I would be titling this post ‘The Best Tuna Salad …

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First Year Report Card – How Did We Do?

By: , March 28th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness

We launched this blog one year ago today on March 28th, 2015. Happy Birthday, By The Seat Of Our Pants!

When we launched By The Seat Of Our Pants (one year ago today), I was eight and half months pregnant with our second child, still working a desk …

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About Us History – Year 1

By: , March 28th, 2016. Posted in: History

Who we are, and why we started this blog.

This was our “About Us” page from launch until our first blogiversary.

Jason:  Most people are familiar with the idea of flipping properties.  The concept is that there’s a house …

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Cholula Ranch Deviled Eggs

By: , March 25th, 2016. Posted in: Recipes

If you've been feeling overwhelmed by all of your spare hard-cooked eggs, this recipe is the solution.

Hard cooked eggs have become a staple in our house since starting the Whole 30 at the beginning of February.  When you combine that fact with …

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