Keeping It Simple

Today the fabulous Twin Cities Mom Blog launched and I’m so completely thrilled to be a contributing writer! If you are local to the area – this will be an amazing resource filled with not only information on great happenings around the area, but also full of just personal and ‘real mom’ type stories that I hope you can relate to. And if you don’t live in the Twin Cities – well there are sister sites all over the country.


My first article went live today – and it’s about keeping it simple with your kids. How what we think is important about a vacation, an event, an activity, or a family project – you know the BIG that we want our kids to remember – usually isn’t what they remember the most.


We spent a long weekend at a lake resort when I was about 10. I vaguely remember swimming in the pool, taking a few boat rides around the lake and staying in a very cool hotel room – but what I remember the most about the weekend was a a sandwich I ate. I don’t remember the location of the resort – the town, state or name of the lake, but damn that sandwich was incredible. All because my mom, in her typical quest to save money, decided we would eat a picnic lunch of simple sandwich fixings from the grocery store rather than eating in the expensive resort restaurant. She bought a loaf a bread, some lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, but instead of mayo she bought Kraft Sandwich Spread. If you’ve never had sandwich spread – it’s like the perfect mix of mayo and thousand island dressing all wrapped up in white trash perfection. I had never heard of it before, nor tasted anything so delightful before. And at that moment when I bit into that turkey and cheese on Wonder with the sandwich spread – well the rest of that weekend became a blur.


Still today when we reminisce as a family about moments we’ve shared, I still sometimes say “Gosh, do you all remember when we tried sandwich spread that one time when we took some lake vacation?” And my whole family gets a little quiet as they look off into the distance and remember how good those sandwiches tasted.


Now I wonder why I’ve never eaten it since? Tomorrow I must buy some sandwich spread.


But my point is – don’t stress about not being able to take a fancy lake vacation – just take your kids on a picnic in your backyard with a special treat that they’ve never tried before.

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My name is Tracy Morrison and I live in sunny Minnesota. I'm neither British nor a nun - I'm just a Midwesterner with a headache. This is mainly a humor and lifestyle blog that documents the lighter side of parenting. I am an ex-corporate ladder climber turned freelance writer, social media manager, world traveler, and marathon runner. I would love for you to contact me at

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  1. says

    Sandwich spreads are da bomb (why yes, I pretend to be 13 some days).
    My kids had the best time in the bush while we were vacationing in Australia. Nothing fancy. Just a trail and lots of interesting nature. Throw them a patch of grass, and par-tay!
    Congratulations on the Twin Cities Mom Blog gig!
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  2. says

    I always remember the food on vacations or big adventures. My daughter’s clearest, most favorite memory from our trip to Ireland were the donkeys she met outside of a tiny little restaurant we visited.
    It really is all about the simple things. And the food.
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  3. says

    I wish my kids were that open to saving money and having sandwiches on vacation. They still complain about the time I spread out a towel on the floor of our room at the Marriott – for a carpet picnic – of “hotel homemade” peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. You’d like I fed them canned sardines!
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  4. samm says

    I’m off to put sandwish spread on my shopping list. I love the stuff. 🙂 It has been a favorite since I was a child. It’s great on fish too!

  5. says

    I’ve never had a sandwich spread but it seems very tasty… thought not particularly New Years resolution diet friendly.

    You’re right a lot of my childhood memories are of really simple things like that!
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