How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?

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Share this:Summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere. Are you ready to protect your kids from tick bites? In the United States at least, fears of Lyme Disease from tick bites have recently eclipsed warnings about mosquito-borne Zika. Local and national news outlets have been covering the Lyme threat for several months. They’re… Continue reading How to Protect Your Kids From Tick Bites: What Works Best?




Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden

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Share this:Does your family have a Tasting Garden yet? If not, and you have a little chunk of ground (or even a large pot and a sunny spot), you need one. Our Tasting Garden is the girls’ favorite spot in the front yard, and Essie especially loves to sample its goodies and share them with… Continue reading Why Your Kids Will Love A Tasting Garden




10 Tricks to Save on Summer Camp

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Share this:Do your summer plans already have you reeling from sticker shock? Mine do. However, there ARE ways to save on summer camp. I’ve already put several to use in recent weeks, so decided these tips were too good to keep to myself. 10 Tricks to Save on Summer Camp With only weeks left to… Continue reading 10 Tricks to Save on Summer Camp




Why You Won’t See My Kids’ Faces Here

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my kids minus their faces

Share this:Some of you may have been wondering why, for a parenting blog, photos of my children are noticeably absent. I’ve been wanting to write for awhile now about why you won’t see my kids’ faces here, but honestly, I’ve been afraid to do so. However, this absence has been weighing especially heavy on my heart since… Continue reading Why You Won’t See My Kids’ Faces Here




Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges

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Share this:Have you fallen in love with melamine sponges yet? Those things also known as Magic Erasers truly do work magic, if you’ve never tried them. They’re also a great way to get your kids into the cleaning act. If this cleaning powerhouse is new to you, here are my Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges… Continue reading Top 10 Cleaning Hacks with Melamine Sponges




Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs

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Share this:Those of you celebrating Easter in the weeks to come (or at least taking part in Easter egg hunts) may find yourselves inundated with hard-boiled eggs soon. Deviled eggs are a definite kid-pleaser, in my house at least. And this recipe makes the YUMMIEST deviled eggs I have ever eaten. Moreover, deviled eggs are a… Continue reading Recipe: Dijon Deviled Eggs




How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent

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Share this:I’m now just over two months into my bullet journaling experiment. For those of you who’ve thought about bullet journaling – either to become more efficient and organized, or to help you juggle your competing to-do’s – yes, it’s made a huge difference in those areas. But I’m also surprised to discover another upside: Bullet journaling has… Continue reading How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent




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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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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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