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Some Muffin Top Bravado

on March 03, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
You know what? I freaking love my muffin top. And I don’t mean that in some passive-aggressive defeatist way because dieting doesn’t work for me. The truth is, I have never cared much about my weight because my weight has simply never been much of an issue. I had kids. …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

World Acadian Congress talk set for Bangor library

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 02, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
Penobscot County Genealogical Society will host Dona Saucier presenting “Congres Mondial Acadien 2014 — World Acadian Congress 2014” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. Seventeen days featuring more than 120 family reunions, 200 community events and numerous heritage projects …

The Pleather Predator

on March 01, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
It is hard to imagine that there was a point in time that I thought having one child was tough work. Two children are tough work. Two children means no sleep, no hot meal or beverages, lightening fast morning ablutions, and having to learn how to do nearly everything with …

Childfree Meetup

on Feb. 28, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
One of the common downsides of being childfree is that many of your friends become parents. Now friends becoming parents is not a downside in and of itself – unless you are one of the few childfree people who genuinely dislike kids. Which we are not. No, the downside it …

Arsenic Hour

on Feb. 24, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
There is a horrifying time of day when polite manners and family rules are shoved under the couch cushions to suffocate to death under grouchy jumping toddler feet. Children turn into wild heathens and run screaming like lost hellhounds looking for scraps of Cheddar Bunnies and final slurps of Sippy …

Arrival of great-nephew prompts genealogist to review documents

on Feb. 23, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Tall, medium build,blue eyes, dark brown hair, born May 9, 1878, in New Jersey. Worked as a “tile paster” for Old Bridge Enamel Brick & Tile Co. Submitted his World War I Draft Registration Card in Sayreville, N.J., on Sept. 12, 1918, shortly before the Great War came to an …

Mom Envy

on Feb. 21, 2014, at 8:12 p.m.
I have a snarky and super freaky-smart cousin who lives in Alabama. She has a sweet but chaotic brood of three children plus one husband. Every time I chat or text or Facebook with her I laugh and relate along to whatever hilarious accounts of life she has to share …

Pillow Forts and Melt Downs

on Feb. 20, 2014, at 11:02 p.m.
This has been a truly tough winter for my oldest son. He has suffered the oppression of being stuck with Mom (eye roll) everyday including a rough three-day holiday power outage. The poor kid had more play dates cancelled due to stupidly cold sub-zero temperatures. His favorite cat, Stella died. …

Introducing we’re {not} having a baby! Central Maine

on Feb. 19, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
This blog is the brainchild of Amy & Lance Blackstone, a childfree couple, married since 1995 and living in Bangor since 2003. Together, we offer musings {sometimes sociological, sometimes snarky, always entertaining} on the childfree life.

Welcome to Housewife Plus!

on Feb. 19, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
Housewife Plus features stories from my perspective about the everyday experiences my family has while working and living in rural Maine. My husband is a wooden boat builder and I am a writer and artist. Together we practice gentle living and natural parenting with our two young sons.
 Erin Hamlin (USA) waves to the crowd after receiving her bronze medal during the medal ceremony for the women's singles luge during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Medals Plaza.

Luge medalist may have connection to Hannibal Hamlin from Maine

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 16, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
Three cheers for Erin Hamlin, the first American woman to ever win an Olympic medal in the luge event. For sure, I will be sending her a message to ask what her dad knows about his Hamlin line. As in, does he need any help in figuring out his relationship …

February offers a bounty of Maine genealogy programs, events

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 09, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
February may be the shortest month, but it offers a variety of programs to aid your genealogical research. At the request of the Brewer Historical Society, I’ll be giving a brand-new talk this week on “Legends of Mount Hope Cemetery.” Join us at the Machias Savings Bank on Wilson Street …

Housewife Plus is MOVING!

on Feb. 08, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
I am very pleased to announce that Housewife Plus has been accepted into the blogging community of my local newspaper, The Bangor Daily News. My voice will join the 100+ other Maine bloggers who cover a rich and diverse range of topics. I have the option of keeping my WordPress …

Short and Sweet: Loosening My Grip

on Feb. 04, 2014, at 10:21 p.m.
My four year-old son is fast asleep. He is trying to make the night hurry up and go so that morning will come. Tomorrow is his first day of Pre-K and never has there been a more excited child than he. For all of his lucky four years he has …

When Did Buying Groceries Become “Me” Time?

on Feb. 03, 2014, at 10:51 p.m.
I know a lot of SAHM’s. Some of them home school their children. Some of them drink wine all day. Some of them consider mani-pedi’s  a competitive sport. The one thing they all have in common is that they take at least some time to be alone sans children in …

Orono Historical Society hopes to honor Civil War soldiers by restoring statue

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 02, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
Of the 70,000 Mainers who served in Maine Units during the Civil War, some 250 were from Orono, according to the Orono Historical Society. These men fought in major battles including those at Antietam, at Bull Run, at Gettysburg, at Chancellorsville, at The Wilderness, at Manassas and at Vicksburg. Thirty-nine …

Wholesome Sometimes Blows

on Jan. 31, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.
I have a file in my office that is crammed with art and science activity ideas and instructions. In my 47 different Pinterest boards are even more kid experiments and educational mess making schemes. All of these projects share a wholesome bent to their central lessons. I tuck these things …

The Velveteen Rabbit Has Got Nothing On You

on Jan. 27, 2014, at 9:30 p.m.
My son’s first real love in life is Mr. G; a rank smelling piece of terry cloth that once had a fluffy giraffe head attached to a small Linus style blanket. My boy has dragged Mr. G through mud, dirt, ocean tides, sand, food, blood, spit, dog hair, bath time, hospital trips, …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Recent probate records in Maine counties now online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Jan. 26, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
After going online to check out digitized probate records of Maine counties, you may observe that the listings are fairly recent. And they are. But be hopeful that information available may expand with older records over time. Volunteers are working to help with earlier records in some counties. The website …

UNspoil this boy

on Jan. 25, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
There is a funny picture of a wall decal for sale that is floating around Pinterest. It says boy: (noun) noise with dirt on it. Who ever made it, I would guess, has had the great pleasure and frustration of raising a son. My four year-old is a whirling dervish …
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