Being a parent is tough work. There’s no guidebook, no specific right or wrong way, no day off from being Mom or Dad. It’s not until you’re in the thick of an all-night vomiting session that’s destined to infect you just as soon as you’ve finally showered and put the kid(s) back down, or you’re slogging through one of those dreadful days when your patience is nonexistent and it’s still too early to pass the time with television, that you realize how badly you need a friend—someone with a little perspective, the rare soul who fully understands the everyday rigors of raising little ones but has a preternatural tendency to accentuate the brightest moments of that process. Local blogger Nici Holt Cline provides that virtual elixir via Dig This Chick with daily rumination on family life in Missoula. It’s optimistic, conscientious, earnest and full of stunning photography. For many parents, it’s exactly what they need to help survive another day.
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