Permethrin Clothing Treatment: A DIY Guide

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Share this: Tick season is going to be especially bad this year. More ticks = more tick bites = greater risk of contracting Lyme Disease or another tick-borne illness. And as I noted in my last post, permethrin clothing treatment is your best bet to keep ticks away. Of course, you can buy clothing commercially… Continue reading Permethrin Clothing Treatment: A DIY Guide




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




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




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




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




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




Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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Share this:Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December




Finding Your Kids’ Reset Button: My Top Ten Hacks

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Share this:It’s one of those days (hours, minutes), and you’re at the end of the rope. You just wish your kid had come with an on/off switch, circuit breaker, or some other way to turn her off. Then you could power her down, reboot her, and start all over with a clean slate. Or maybe… Continue reading Finding Your Kids’ Reset Button: My Top Ten Hacks




My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: Our Immersion Blender

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Share this:Do you like smoothies, shakes, etc. but don’t have the storage space for a full-sized blender? (Or, alternately, do you detest taking apart all the pieces afterward to wash them by hand?) Do you wish you could make your own baby food from scratch, but don’t have the time? (Or, do you already do… Continue reading My New Favorite Kitchen Tool: Our Immersion Blender




CSA and You: Save Money, Eat Better, and Get Your Kids to Love Veggies

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Share this:The days are short, the outside temps are frigid, and what you’re going to eat this summer is probably the last thing on your mind. But ‘tis the season for CSA registration; if you haven’t already joined one for the upcoming growing season, now’s the time to act. The CSA bandwagon is one worth… Continue reading CSA and You: Save Money, Eat Better, and Get Your Kids to Love Veggies




It’s Black Friday: Are You Saving Money?

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Share this: Happy Black Friday, to those of you who celebrate such a day.  I am not a big shop-til-you-drop Black Friday gal myself. I find it more family-budget-friendly to score deals on Christmas gifts year-round, and I’m not big on fighting my way through crowded stores and parking lots in the month of December.… Continue reading It’s Black Friday: Are You Saving Money?




Want Something Done? Try Counting

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Share this:My husband is a math teacher. He lives, breathes, and eats numbers. Thus it’s not too surprising that numbers are floating through the atmosphere in our house on a pretty regular basis, or that Kimmie and Essie have been a bit ahead of the curve in learning to count. But early in our parenting… Continue reading Want Something Done? Try Counting




My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

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Share this:There are two items in my kitchen that make my life oh-so-much easier. These kitchen gadgets take a lot of extra time and work out of food prep. In the process, they make it easier for me to cook healthy meals from scratch, AND help me save money by cutting my own produce (instead… Continue reading My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets




Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified

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Share this:First off, my apologies to those of you who will read this post and say “duh!” You’re probably at least ten steps ahead of me already on hacking mommyhood and otherwise simplifying your parental existence.   When I stop and think about what I’m about to tell you, part of me thinks, How banal! How… Continue reading Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified




Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack

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Share this:My kids’ fave munchies for hot summer days? Hands-down, frozen grapes. I first came across this idea a couple of years before I actually tried it, and I only wish I’d tried it sooner. My hesitation is simple to explain: I assumed the grapes would freeze into little rocks that I’d then have to… Continue reading Why Frozen Grapes are THE Best Summer Snack




Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag

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My eating-out bag is only about 8 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, but that's big enough to hold sippy cups, a Tiny Diner placemat, a can of wipes, and several bibs.

Share this:My kiddos and I seem to have at least one meal per week away from home. Usually it’s the weekly Wednesday night church dinner, before the kids’ choir rehearsal. Sometimes it’s lunch at Daddy’s office, or a picnic after preschool lets out. Prepping for these outings used to eat up half the morning, until… Continue reading Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag




The “Mommy Potty,” and Other Thoughts on Toilet-Training On-The-Go

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Share this:Chances are, if you’ve got a kiddo who’s toilet-training, you’ve found yourself far away from a potty seat or child-sized toilet at least once on this adventure. (Unless you never set foot outside of the house, of course.) My husband devised a simple but elegant solution to this dilemma when Kimmie was on the… Continue reading The “Mommy Potty,” and Other Thoughts on Toilet-Training On-The-Go