THE Best Baby Shower Gift

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Share this:So you’re a parent of older kids, whose new-baby days are long since a mental blur. Or the “fun aunt/uncle”-to-be who’s never been a parent. Or you’ve been invited to the shower for a friend’s soon-to-arrive grandbaby. You want to honor the pending arrival with THE BEST baby shower gift ever. Now, if only… Continue reading THE Best Baby Shower Gift




Organize Your Garage: Top Hacks for Keeping It Clean

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It's easy to organize your garage when it's empty!

Share this:Perhaps you’ve read my previous post on things you could toss from your garage (or other favorite personal dumping-ground) NOW. And you’re ready to make the most of your newfound space, so it stays neat for more than two seconds. So it’s time for a post on my favorite hacks to organize your garage. While these… Continue reading Organize Your Garage: Top Hacks for Keeping It Clean




Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW

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10 things to purge from your garage NOW

Share this:Spring is nearly here, as my children keep reminding me. Time for some spring cleaning. Or making good on those New Year’s resolutions to clear out the clutter. Either way, here are ten things to purge from your garage NOW. If you don’t have a “garage,” substitute “attic” or “basement” or “junk closet” – wherever you stuff… Continue reading Ten Things to Purge From Your Garage NOW




Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)

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Share this:It’s a fact of life. As the crowded image above suggests, baby gear takes up a LOT of space. So how do you manage a baby in a SMALL space? We were facing this prospect when I was pregnant with Kimmie, and my husband and I were still living in his bachelor pad. We… Continue reading Baby in a Small Space: Five Hacks to Save Room (and Money!)




Fast & Easy French Toast

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Share this:French Toast is one of those things I’ve always known how to make. Don’t ask me how; I just have. It never occurred to me that anyone would need a recipe for French toast until a month ago. That’s when my husband, the more skilled chef in our household, got the uncharacteristic urge to make some.… Continue reading Fast & Easy French Toast




When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?

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Share this:When’s the right time to teach your kid to budget? I vaguely recall my parents mentioning budgeting before college, which is when I became responsible for handing over a check each month at the bursar’s office. Nothing drives home the importance of budgeting like making sure your earnings will cover next month’s tuition payment. We’ve all heard of –… Continue reading When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?




Laundry Hacks I Love: 15 Laundry-Room Must-Haves

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Share this:Or laundry-routine must-haves, if your laundry “room” is the nearest laundromat. These laundry hacks have saved my clothes more than once over the years. They’ve also helped keep the girls’ fave outfits in the rotation, especially after major mealtime mishaps. Far as I’m concerned, keeping things organized around a home with small children starts in… Continue reading Laundry Hacks I Love: 15 Laundry-Room Must-Haves




Will BuJo Bring Back My Mojo?

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Share this:The ultimate parenting hack, if I could pull it off, would be figuring out how to bring back my mojo. That sense of bigger-picture control over my life that I vaguely recall feeling before Kimmie was born. In other words, the Ability To Get Things Done that I had before becoming a parent. Memo to… Continue reading Will BuJo Bring Back My Mojo?




Recipe: Cheesy Toasts

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Share this:As I sit down to write this post, it’s a cold and dreary January in our corner of the northern hemisphere. We’re barely back from our latest visit with family, and I haven’t even had time to unpack, let alone get to the supermarket. So I’m snacking on cheesy toasts. Correction: WAS snacking on – I… Continue reading Recipe: Cheesy Toasts




Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals

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Kimmie made a Happy New Year card for her homeroom teacher, Mr. Hellag.

Share this:Happy New Year! I’m in the middle of several weeks of enjoying holiday and vacation time with my family. Hence, in lieu of a longer post, I thought I’d share seven-year-old Kimmie’s resolutions and goals for the new year. Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions Kimmie actually volunteered some personal new year resolutions to my mother… Continue reading Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals




Bucket-Filling For Your Kids

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Do Unto Otters

Share this:Do your kiddos practice bucket-filling on a daily basis? Have you even taught them about bucket-filling yet? You probably have, and just don’t realize it. But in this season of celebrating miracles and light and goodness, many of us are focusing in our families on bucket-filling anyway. Even if we don’t do so in the… Continue reading Bucket-Filling For Your Kids




Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece

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Share this:I admit, I’m addicted to home-decor magazines. I’m a sucker when I find myself waiting in doctor’s offices or checkout lines; next thing I know, I’m reading them cover to cover. I usually find their ideas for things like room makeovers and holiday centerpiece creations drool-worthy. But drool-worthy is one thing; realistic to replicate,… Continue reading Super-Simple Holiday Centerpiece




Paper Clip Angels: Sweet, Easy Holiday Craft for Kids

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assorted paper clip angels

Share this:I first saw paper clip angels a few years ago at our church’s holiday bazaar and thought, “Oh, how sweet!” There must be a gazillion versions of paper clip angels on Pinterest, but every time I do this craft, it’s new to everyone who sees it. The girls made these last year for Christmas… Continue reading Paper Clip Angels: Sweet, Easy Holiday Craft for Kids




Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List

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Share this:Looking for some super gift ideas for your little ones this holiday season? Try some Smart Games. What are Smart Games? Smart Games is a company founded in Belgium that makes a super selection of games to grow your kid’s brain. The games are designed to help kids develop problem-solving skills and other basic brain functions… Continue reading Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List




Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel

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Share this:Do you have responsible kids on the road? Maybe you’re thinking, Hah, I can’t even get my kids to be responsible for their own stuff at home, let alone when we’re traveling. (I hear ya; it’s an ongoing struggle.) But take heart. Being away from home is a great time to mold responsible kids.… Continue reading Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel




Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)

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Share this:The holidays are coming. Are you ready for holiday travel? In other words, do you have the best travel carseat ever? I love to start New Year purging before the holidays even hit. Winter is a great time for moving out the old to make way for the new, whether it’s holiday gifts or a… Continue reading Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)




Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad

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Share this:Do your kids love tacos as much as mine do? Does your family need some new ideas for school lunches, now that we’re several months into the school year? If so, here’s the recipe for one of my kiddos’ new lunchbox faves: Take-Along Taco Salad. As soon as Essie saw this recipe in the… Continue reading Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad




Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy

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Share this:Overheard at bedtime the other night, a half-hour after lights-off, as I’m trying to get Kimmie tucked in: Kimmie: “I’ve got to have a talk with Huckle’s teacher.” Huckle, a stuffed-animal incarnation of the Richard Scarry character, is Kimmie’s bedtime buddy. Oh, crud I think to myself – did she overhear me saying something along… Continue reading Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy




How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

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Share this:When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make… Continue reading How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)




Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage

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Share this:Have big-kid nightmares got your household missing more sleep than you’ve missed since you had a newborn around? That’s how our house has been feeling lately, since Kimmie went back to school. For example, take last night. It’s around 9pm. My husband and I had just wrapped up our nightly planning meeting and settled… Continue reading Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage