Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lylah's over at Larger Families!

Sorry for the dearth of posts over here at Write. Edit. Repeat.! I've been working on a few other projects, the first of which launched this week.

Meagan Francis, a freelance writer and mother of four boys, is the founder of Larger Families, a multi-blogger site dedicated to sharing stories, inspiration, and ideas for people with many children. I'm excited to be part of her team!

An excerpt from my first post:

The kids already outnumbered the adults, we figured, how much harder could it be?

Um... pretty hard, some days. But incredibly rewarding.

Now, four years after the wedding, our house and our hands are full with five kids and we're juggling life -- careers, parenting, housework, homework, and everything else that's part and parcel of raising a big bunch of little people. With a toddler and a teenager and everything in between, each day brings a new story, a new challenge. ... [More]

Take a moment to check out the other writers on the site!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Come to Your Own Rescue on the Road

We do a fair amount of road-tripping in our family. That, plus a husband who likes to tinker with cars, means that our AAA membership can sometimes get quite a workout. This all-in-one gadget from the Herrington Catalog (handout photo) has everything you need to keep safe on the road, from a strong air-compressor to re-inflate a flat to a heavy-duty battery to jump start your car.

September 30, 2007

Need a jump-start? Never fear

By Lylah M. Alphonse, Globe Staff

Come to your own rescue on the road with the portable Roadside Assistant. It has a built-in air compressor that can inflate a tire in minutes, a sealed 18-amp-hour battery and heavy-duty copper cables to jump-start your car, an emergency light, a 400-watt AC power inverter, and dual 12-volt DC sockets for powering your cellphone or laptop.

It's all packed into a compact, easy-to-carry case (19 1/2 inches-by-8 1/2 inches-by-11 inches) that weighs about 20 pounds. Recharge the battery by plugging it into any AC wall socket, or use the included DC charger cord and your car's lighter socket while you're driving. Not going far? It's also great for camping. It costs $149.95 through the Herrington Catalog (866-558-7467, [More]