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It’s what‘s

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Toothpaste Batik 24

Back to School 26

Because I said so............... 5

Toothpaste batik.............24

A message from MOM

Minty-fresh twist on the

Community Impact Award Recipient..............28

traditional art of batik

Spotlight on Rascal Rodeo

Back to (cooking) school.................................26

Roadside tips....................29

Recipes kids should know

breaks down


Cover MOM: Lisa Weiss...........................10 This mom gets real


What to do when your car

Science-themed gear guide

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Cover MOM


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Because I said so!

Don’t do for others what they can do for themselves. If you’ve spent time around self-help circles, you’ve probably come across the phrase “Don’t do for others what they can do for themselves.” Like so many things in life, I have a new appreciation for this sentiment now that I am a mom— especially as my kids grow older and gain more independence.

in order to let them do for themselves I have to accept that it will never be done my way and will likely take twice as long. But if I take a deep breath and summon extra powers of patience, they can do for themselves.

By definition, the mother-child relationship is one of dependency. Your newborn baby literally can’t live without your total devotion and care. Then moment by moment, year by year, the relationship slowly, but steadily, shifts. While our kids need us for so much, ultimately our job is to allow them to grow to the point where they don’t need us at all (sniff, sniff) and are ready to launch into adulthood on their own. For a control freak like me with codependent tendencies, that can be a challenging transition. So I try to remind myself, “Don’t do for others (my kids) what they can do for themselves.” Sometimes it’s small things like my current crusade not to answer questions they can answer themselves. “Mom, what time is it?” asks my son endlessly while standing in the kitchen surrounded by no less than three time-telling devices: microwave, oven, coffee pot—okay, the time on the coffee pot never seems to be right, but you get my drift. Other transitions feel more significant like potty training, tying shoelaces, doing their own laundry, packing their lunches or even (gulp) learning to drive. Whatever the task,

Back to school is a great time to reevaluate what new responsibilities your child can take on. Remember that our success as moms ultimately involves us working ourselves out of a job—except for the unconditional love part; that stuff’s forever. Why? Because I said so!

Angela Hibbard MOM Magazine Editor-in-Chief 5

[ Momism #67: Do


your homework.


Lunch box love notes At the beginning of the new school year it’s easy to feel ambitious about our ability to get the kids up early, eat breakfast, pack healthy lunches, check homework and get everyone out the door on time every morning (bonus if both socks match). But let’s be honest, as the year progresses we’re lucky if a comb passes over their hair once a week. So if you’ve got grand ideas about slipping a loving note into your child’s lunch box every day, or even once in awhile (we recommend the once-in-awhile approach), you need to be armed with some tools to make it easy.

It's okay to make mistakes

You can conquer the world!

that's why pencils have erasers!

You've got it in you!

Stick with it!

You can learn

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Cut out these lunch box notes and add your own personal message on the back.

Tips! Stock up.

Keep notecards, Post itŽ notes, or scratch paper on hand in the kitchen so you can quickly scribble a message as you’re packing all those healthy lunches. Heck, you can even jot down a little note on a paper napkin as you slip it into their lunchbox.

Get inspired. Raid your books or the internet for quotes, riddles and poems that will put a smile on your child's face during their school day.

Print it. The internet is full of free printable lunch notes like these.

Interact. Ask a question that your child can answer after school.

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Cover MOM

Q Photos by Kim Fetrow Photography and It's a Keeper Photography

The camera was turned around on photographer and Cover MOM, Lisa Weiss. She shares about turning her hobby into a profession, being of service and capturing those little smiles without having to "Say cheese."


Lisa Weiss Gets

Q& A


Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours.

I was friends with my husband, Josh’s, sister for years. He was just my friend’s brother. He lived in Idaho, and I lived in Wisconsin. One time I went to visit and we just clicked. One and a half years later, we were married. We’ve been married for 18 years. I had both of my children by the time I was 20 years old, and when Mackenzie was born two weeks early, she weighed less than five pounds and was born with holes in her heart—an atrial septal defect (ASD) and a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Before you have a sick child, it’s not something you think will ever happen to you. Then it does. I think this is important to share because I hope someone else can learn from what we went through. At first, it doesn’t feel like it’s real. Through the pain of adversity, you receive the gift of compassion. Mackenzie had three operations in her short life. At seven months old, she underwent her first operation. When she was three years old, she was diagnosed with a new heart defect—SA nodal dysfunction—

when the upper chamber (atrium) of the heart works minimally. When she was four years old, she had to have a pacemaker to help the atrium, but pacemakers don’t last forever so at 11 years-old, she had to have the pacemaker replaced and there were complications. She’s thriving now and just turned 15! There are a lot of challenges that come with congenital heart disease. Eating, gaining weight, learning to walk—these require therapy when, during those early formative months, your child is undergoing surgery that takes away from “normal” timelines. It’s not something I would wish upon anyone else, but it gives you a level of compassion. I know that, sometimes, just stopping by to see someone who is waiting by their loved one’s bedside in the hospital and giving them a cup of coffee can make an extraordinary difference. Having a sibling go through this makes an impact as well. My son is very compassionate and soft-hearted. I have the most amazing church family and I feel like they are the best people in the world. Their prayers definitely get you

Who is MOM?

Community/hometown: Currently

living in Richland WA, from Cato, WI.

Family: Husband, Joshua, journeyman pipefitter and children: Quinten, age 17 and Mackenzie, age 15. Profession: Photographer. 11

Hawaii! We went as a family for my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was spectacular. We snorkeled, zip-lined, tried the shark tank (just my husband and I for this one), learned to surf (and I learned how sharp coral reefs can be) and enjoyed visiting with family from the mainland and Hawaii. Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments?

When Kenzie was jealous of another kid at school, she realized it, and she made an effort to compliment that person. When you realize that your children learned the right way to treat people, that’s invaluable. When we see the core values that we tried to instill in our children surface in challenging situations—particularly while they are teenagers—that’s incredible. We see this with both of our children regularly as they navigate the path to becoming adults. Quentin plays the trumpet and he has a gift. He’s like me, though, he gets nervous. But also like me, he sets that aside and works through it to share his gift with others. Now tell us about one of your most humbling mom moments?

Aren’t there a lot of moments? I always want to do the best for my kids and have them grow into good human beings. That makes a lot of days humbling. I think every parent feels this way as we look back on the day and think of all of the ways we could have said something differently or done something better. Then, you take those things and try to improve on them. In the end, I give them to God and know that he has them in the palm of His hand. 12

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5,6

…place to hide and find some peace & quiet: Watching the sunrise on the river.

…way to get out of making dinner: Have a hectic day.

Tea or Coffee?

Hot or Cold?

Morning or Night?

Math or English?


Morning Summer or Winter?




Hugs or Kisses?


Sweet or Savory?


fly or drive?


Gold or Silver?

White Gold

for MOM

What is the most fun you’ve had with your family lately?

…words to live by:

Quick questions

My family is a tight unit. We try to spend quality time together as much as possible and take little adventures.

MOM’s favorite…

through the bumpy roads—they uplift you. With God in us and on our side, there is nothing we can’t get through.

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Q& A No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full time job. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home.

I’ve been a photographer over 14 years, and I photograph the Cover MOMs for MOM Magazine now in addition to my private clients. Most people are self-conscious when you’re photographing them and, when I can show them their beauty both inner and outer from the photographs we capture, that’s rewarding. My husband and I had the privilege of going on a missionary trip to the Philippines with a small group from our church last fall and I am also blessed to be one of the piano players that they use for services. To me, this isn’t really volunteering, it’s part of me and it’s a privilege. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve.

I don’t know if motherhood is what anyone expects but it’s definitely one of the hardest and most wonderfully fulfilling jobs.

We like to be involved with the kids’ lives, too, so we chaperone field trips for the kids’ programs and, when they were younger, we used to help out at school. How did you get started in photography?

After I had Mackenzie I tried to take both of my children to the studio for photos, but taking two children is tricky! That sparked my interest in photography and a professional photographer I knew took the time to mentor me. I’ve learned a lot over the years and there are always ups and downs. I started as a hobbyist photographer but it wasn’t long until I turned this passion into a formal business—It’s a Keeper Photography. I still have amazing mentors. Every time I’ve wanted to quit, whether it’s a struggle with a client, juggling family and business or anything else, there’s always someone there to bounce an idea off. And I have my family encouraging me to continue. 14

What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom?

Nothing goes as planned and you have to learn to improvise. On a photo shoot, things almost never go as planned, so you improvise. What photography advice would you share with other moms?

We all want to capture beautiful photos of our babies, but our little nuggets don’t always feel like cooperating. If you’re wanting to head out to take some pictures on your own, I certainly haven’t been above bribery to make your session something to look forward to. Looking for good natural light in your home, like a large window, is a great way to get beautiful pictures without using a flash. When heading outside, look for a shaded area at the edge of the sunshine. Using silly phrases like “tooty booty” or anything ending in “E” besides “cheese,” helps get

those natural smiles. If you’ve decided to leave this up to a professional, the best advice I can give is to leave the smiling up to them, even if your kid isn’t fond of pictures. Your photographer will ask for help if needed but, many times, we have little tricks to break them out of their funk. I know it’s natural to get after your kids when they’re misbehaving, but it will only make getting them to genuinely smile that much harder. If you’ve hired a professional, chances are they’ve handled this kind of situation, and worse, a million times. Whether you choose to take your own pictures or hire someone, you’ll only regret the pictures you didn’t take.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. How did your upbringing shape the mother you are today?

I was born in Cato, Wisconsin. I grew up in the Midwest, and my mom taught us hospitality. I can feed and support a crowd and I can care for those who come into my home. And I’m happy to do it. I also learned the value of hard work. Learning that at an early age has served me well throughout my life. 15

What is one thing you never had that you want for your kids?

Listen to mom.

I didn’t get my high school diploma—I got a GED. I never had senior pictures. I do want to note that I got my GED through tutoring classes at night while I had two young children, and my husband was working out of town. It can be done!

Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most?

I want my children to have their high school diploma and they are well on their way to achieving that. And, I’m looking forward to taking their senior pictures! What are three words your best friend would use to describe you?

Loyal. Loving. Christian. What are three words your kids would use to describe you?

Sweet. Nice. Funny.


I don’t know if motherhood is what anyone expects but it’s definitely one of the hardest and most wonderfully fulfilling jobs. One thing is pretty certain, if you said “My kid will never.........” before you had kids, there’s a good chance they’ll do just that! What advice would you give your younger mom self—what do you wish you knew then that you know now?

Don’t cave to the pressure of criticism, which is easily given from the spectator view and not the one giving it their all in the arena. Do what you feel is best for your babies. After all, God gave them to you. 17

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gear guide

Inspire young minds with these science-themed school supplies.


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Beakers, test-tubes, magnets and more. Your preschooler is sure to be inspired by this mini backpack.

Give back

Those long school supply lists can be a burden for families, so remember those in need. Many schools and districts collect surplus supplies for those who need a helping hand. Some retailers also allow you to purchase supplies to be donated to local schools. Explore give-back programs in your community or start one of your own.



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Your science-loving middle-schooler can feel smug returning to school in one of these witty tees.


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The school year will measure up with this buildable ruler from Lego™.

Unpack bright ideas with this pencil case.

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The medium is the message with these fun pencil sets.

Team up.

You don’t have to do this alone. Get together with friends to buy items in bulk (at a cheaper price), then split the supplies. Or tap into social media groups to swap extra items with other moms— you might have unused notebooks from last year while they have unopened boxes of crayons to trade.

Shop local.

Online shopping is a busy mom’s best friend. How else can you manage a 2 a.m. feeding while ticking items off of your back-to-school list? But it can be isolating, so don’t forget about your neighborhood retailers when buying your back-to-school supplies this year. Supporting local businesses helps your local economy, builds your community and gets you out of the house!


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School work is more fun with these cerebral erasers.

[ Momism #45: Listen

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Check out some tech-inspired children’s books at your local library.

Don’t break the bank.



Venn it’s time for lunch, this lunchbox will do the trick.





While it’s fun to splurge on one or two choice items like the ones featured here, save your wallet by purchasing bulk items for the remaining supplies: pencils, erasers, notebooks, etc. And before you do any shopping, be sure to take an inventory of what you already have. You might be surprised to find unused or barely used paints, pencils, folders and other supplies left over from last year. Thrift stores and garage sales can also be great places to find unique supplies like backpacks, pencil pouches and more.


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Toothpaste batik Supplies: Scrap paper Embroidery hoop Pencil


Hand lotion White fabric or muslin Squeeze bottle Paint brush

Sharpie pen

Permanent tempera or acrylic paint

White toothpaste

Colored Sharpies


Select your embroidery hoop size and trace your circle. Then kids can begin drawing their ideas on to scrap paper. Tape your picture to a piece of cardboard or hard surface and trace with a black Sharpie marker. Make sure there is something under your art in case the Sharpie bleeds through.


Then, tape a piece of white fabric over the drawing. The Sharpie lines should be visible through the fabric. Doing it this way, means there are no pencil lines on the fabric.


Mix toothpaste and aloe hand lotion together in squeeze bottles. The ratio is 1-to-1. It doesn't have to be exact, you just don’t want it runny. I found the lotion and toothpaste at Dollar Tree and used glue bottles for squeeze bottles. You can use glue instead of the toothpaste-lotion mix, but it is less precise and the glue lines can seep together making it blobby looking. Right before use, shake your bottle, then trace over your lines beginning at the top so you don’t smudge your work.

What is batik?

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It takes about 24 hours to dry and will feel rubbery when dry.

Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.

Toothpaste batik instructions courtesy of Lori Paul, owner of Maxtivity Arts and Crafts Creative Space. Learn more about her creative classes and workshops at


Paint directly onto your fabric. Tempera paint is best because it drys soft while acrylic dries hard. Try your favorite brand, but remember: DO NOT USE WASHABLE PAINT! You can paint right over the toothpaste/lotion lines.


Let the paint dry. To remove the toothpaste mix, run the fabric under warm water and rub gently. If you used glue instead of the toothpaste mix, soak in warm water for about an hour.


Add additional details as desired with Sharpie markers. Insert into the embroidery hoops, hang and enjoy. Adapted from There's a dragon in my art room

Your kids will love this minty-fresh twist on the . traditional art of batik

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Back to (cooking)



INGREDIENTS 1/2 CUP (65 g) all-purpose flour

1 large egg 3/4 CUP (60 g) panko

breadcrumbs or regular breadcrumbs

1 TEASPOON fine sea salt 1/2 TEASPOON ground black pepper

4 pieces thin-cut boneless,

skinless chicken breast or cutlets

2 TABLESPOONS canola or vegetable oil, plus more if needed

NOTE: You can substitute the

chicken with a white fish, such as cod, tilapia, or sole. The cooking time is about the same.



Put the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs in 3 separate shallow bowls.

2 Whisk the egg until it is a uniform yellow color with no streaks of egg white or yolk.

3 Add the salt and pepper to the bread-

crumbs and stir until mixed thoroughly.

4 Place each piece of chicken in the flour and turn to coat in a thin layer of flour.

5 Dip and flip each flour-coated piece of chicken in the egg mixture so that it is completely covered with egg.

6 Place each egg-coated piece of chicken in the breadcrumb mixture and turn to completely coat in breadcrumbs.

7 Heat a cast-iron skillet or any heavy-

bottomed pan over medium-high heat.

8 Add the oil and heat until a drop of egg

sizzles when added to the pan. If you are using a large pan, you might need to use extra oil.

9 Add the chicken and cook, flipping once, until golden brown all over, 2 to 3 minutes per side. If you use thicker pieces of chicken, you will need to cook it for longer. Add extra oil to the pan between batches as needed.

10 Remove the chicken from the pan and let it sit in a paper towel to remove excess oil.


Making cookies and treats with your kids is fun, but teaching them recipes they can use to actually feed themselves, is giving them an important life skill. That’s what sisters, Esme and Calista Washburn, did in their new cookbook, 20 Recipes Kids Should Know. With tips, techniques and recipes written by kids and for kids, this cookbook will give your children the basics they need to be proficient in the kitchen.

“When I was little, my babysitter used to make breaded chicken for my older sisters and me. As I got older, I started making this dish myself, substituting panko for the breadcrumbs. I really love how crisp and airy the chicken crust is with panko. I like serving them with lemon slices and my sisters like dipping them in ketchup.” ~ Esme

Esme, age 12 and Calista, age 17, pictured here cooking together.

“Our family has always had one favorite dinner ritual— Sunday night pizza. We used to order pizza, but then realized it’s even more delicious and so much fun to make it at home where everyone can customize an individual pie with different toppings. Yum!” ~ Esme






2 (1/4-ounce / 7 g) packages


active-dry yeast

1 1/2 CUPS plus 2 tablespoons (385

ml) warm water

4 CUPS (520 g) all-purpose flour 3 TABLESPOONS extra-virgin


olive oil

1 TABLESPOON coarse sea or

kosher salt

2 TEASPOONS sugar 2 TABLESPOONS cornmeal for

dusting (optional)


FOR THE TOPPINGS 3/4 to 1 1/4 CUPS (180 to 295 ml)

Tomato Sauce or Pesto

15 OUNCES (425 g) mozzarella cheese, preferably fresh


extra- virgin olive oil

1 1/2 CUPS (85 g) grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese (optional)

Coarse sea salt or kosher salt to taste Fresh basil leaves, for serving (optional)



Preheat the oven to its highest setting, usually 550oF (285oC). Place a pizza stone or baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and let it heat up for 5 minutes.


Using the dough hook, mix the ingredients on low for 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 1 to 2 minutes. Form the dough into a ball. You can also knead the dough by hand; see step 5 in the recipe for Back to Basics Bread (page 45) for kneading instructions.

Dust a pizza peel or large cutting board with cornmeal or flour. Using your fingers and knuckles, gently stretch a ball of dough into an 8- to 10-inch (20 to 25 cm) circle and place on the prepared pizza peel.


Put the dough in a clean medium bowl that’s been lightly oiled with vegetable or canola oil. Cover the bowl with a clean, damp tea towel (or plastic wrap). This prevents the dough from getting a hard crust while it rises. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce or pesto evenly on the dough using the back of a spoon. Tear 2 1⁄2 ounces (70 grams) of mozzarella into small (roughly 1-inch / 2.5 cm) pieces and scatter over the tomato sauce. Add toppings, if desired. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt to taste.


With the help of an adult, slide the dough onto the pizza stone in the oven. Bake until the crust is lightly brown and the cheese is bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes.


Remove the pizza from the oven and cool for 1 minute. Top with Parmigiano- Reggiano and basil, if using, and serve whole or cut into quarters.

In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, or in a large bowl, combine the yeast and warm water then add the flour, olive oil, salt, and sugar.

Divide the dough into six equal portions and shape each portion into a round ball. Place the balls of dough on a lightly floured work surface, cover with the damp tea towel, and let sit for 15 minutes.

Excerpts from 20 Recipes Kids Should Know (Prestel, 2019), recipes and text by Esme Washburn, Photographs by Calista Washburn. 27

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WHERE ABILITIES ARE GREATER THAN DISABILITIES Rascal Rodeo helps those with physical and developmental disabilities discover unknown abilities in a unique, safe and modified rodeo environment, giving them the opportunity to be the stars of the show. Thanks to generous sponsors, Rascal Rodeo events are free of charge, for people with special needs of all ages throughout the Pacific Northwest. At a Rascal Rodeo, special needs cowboys and cowgirls are shown that they are loved, cared for, accepted and can do things many say they cannot do. Mothers of special needs children (of all ages) are used to them being told, “No” and being segregated from other people. Rascal Rodeo events make the special needs children feel as loved and welcomed as possible. Parents and care-givers are often in shock and tears because they can't believe what their child was able to accomplish when given the opportunity. “When I did the Tri-Cities first ‘exceptional rodeo’ as my high school senior project in 2001, I did it so that special needs people in my community could have a place to be cowboys and cowgirls. It wasn’t until 2010 that I made it an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Soon after, I realized it wasn’t just an opportunity for participants to be cowboys and cowgirls, it was an opportunity for them to discover unknown abilities and for families, community members, media and others to understand that people with disabilities have more abilities than not!” ~ Ann-Erica Whitemarsh, President & Founder

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what to do

when your car breaks


Of course, routine maintenance is the best way to avoid having your car break down. But at some point, despite your best efforts, you’ll likely have car trouble on the road. Here are some tips for keeping you and your family safe: Never get out of the vehicle to make a repair or examine the damage on the spot. Get the vehicle to a safe place before getting out.

If you can’t drive the car, it may still be safer to stay in the car and wait for help or use a cell phone to summon help. Standing outside the vehicle in the flow of traffic, under most circumstances, is a bad idea. Know your location. Note the nearest exit, mile marker, cross street or landmark. You may need this information when calling assistance. Carry flares or triangles to mark your location once you get to the side of the road. Marking your vehicle’s location to give other drivers advance warning of your location can be critical. Remember to turn on your hazard lights. In the case of a blowout or a flat tire, move the vehicle to a safer place before attempting a repair—even if it means destroying the wheel getting there. The cost of a tire, rim or wheel is minor compared to a fatal injury.

Keep these items in your car at all times, in case of emergency. 1

Vehicle Manual


Roadside service contact information


Drinking water and preserved food


Jumper cables


Flares, warning triangles or reflectors


Reflective clothing like a simple runner’s vest




Toolkit including a lug wrench for changing a tire


First aid kit

Roadside tragedies remind us of the importance of having wide shoulders or safe places immediately available for motorists to use when they need them. When safe places are not readily available, motorists should move their vehicles to the nearest safe pull-off area. Sources consulted: ODOT, AAA 29

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