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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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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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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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These little devils pack a flavorful punch.

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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Basic Mayonnaise, from the Whole 30 book.  So creamy and delicious.

Basic Paleo Mayo

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

This is the same recipe from the Whole 30 book (with our notes).

Since the first day of our Whole 30, I’ve made so many batches of this very basic paleo mayo from The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total …

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The 5 Things In My Toddler’s Easter Basket

By: , March 21st, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

A basket of springtime fun for your little one!

  • Sidewalk Chalk – Easter baskets are a great opportunity to replenish your supplies for outdoor play.  Things like sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and bouncing balls are fun for all ages.  As …

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    The 5 Things In My Baby’s First Easter Basket

    By: , March 14th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

    A few fun ideas for baby's first Easter basket.

  • Fuzzy Stuffed Bunny – My two criteria for selecting a stuffed friend for my infant daughter are safety and softness.  I selected this soft white rabbit for LG because it’s …

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    To The Mom Who Worries She’s Not Doing Enough

    By: , March 10th, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Parenting

    Sometimes the expectations of parenthood can mess with our heads.

    Dear Friend,

    I know you sometimes feel inadequate as a mom.

    I’m talking about the days you wake up feeling as if you never slept.

    The days you absolutely do …

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    Tales Of The Shrinking Belly: Chapter Four ~ The Whole 30 ~ Days 21 – 30 (Results)

    By: , March 2nd, 2016. Posted in: Happiness, Health

    My success on the Whole 30 isn't just about the number on the scale.

    I’ve rocked my very first Whole 30, and I feel amazing!

    When I woke up this morning (Day 31), I was excited to weigh-in because I already knew my weight would …

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