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




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!)




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




Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter

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Share this:It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which is where most of you live, dear readers. Are you hibernating? Or are you out hunting for some comfort food? I recently stumbled across a collection of super-simple slow cooker recipes gathered for the New Year. As I scanned the pictures and titles, I could feel myself… Continue reading Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter




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




Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup

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Share this:As in, “everything but the kitchen sink soup.” In other words, this is another super-flexible recipe that can help clear out your fridge and eat up your leftovers. I first started making soups like this when I was a student, short on funds and time and looking for comfort food. As a mom, I… Continue reading Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup




Do you need NO November?

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Share this:So it’s days from Halloween last week, and I’m dashing out to bulk up our candy supplies for trick-or-treating. Just one problem, though: I had a hard time finding the Halloween candy, thanks to all the Christmas displays already out in full force. Funny, I had the same problem when finishing back-to-school shopping –… Continue reading Do you need NO November?




Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches

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Share this:Maybe this is your first fall making school lunches for your kiddo. Maybe you’re looking to revamp the routine. Maybe you’re realizing that the beloved PB&J’s of your childhood won’t work for your own child’s peanut allergy, or your school’s ban on peanuts. Whatever the cause, you find yourself in need of some back-to-school-lunch… Continue reading Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches




Recipe: Anytime Strata

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Share this:Spring’s pending arrival got you feeling domestic?  Have some time to devote to cooking prep this weekend? Here’s a tasty one-dish meal that was a huge hit with girls and dear husband alike. When I think of strata and its cousin, baked French toast, I usually think of breakfast and brunch foods. But when… Continue reading Recipe: Anytime Strata




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




Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season

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Share this:Even though the first week of December was rainy and dreary in our neck of the woods, the girls and I have had a super start to our month. Part of the credit goes to the fact that I’ve made some very conscious decisions to simplify our lives, both for the holiday season and… Continue reading Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season




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?




Do You Have Your S#!t Together?

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Share this:Last weekend, a two-car accident left three people seriously injured and one woman dead. The woman was a friend of my family’s, and my mother’s entire church community is reeling with the news that she is gone and her husband has more broken bones than he can count. So am I, quite frankly. Dinah… Continue reading Do You Have Your S#!t Together?




DIY Halloween Costumes: Bumbling Bee

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Share this: The summer when she was two, Kimmie became obsessed with bees.  My in-laws brought her a book about bees when they came to visit, and that was it: Kimmie announced then and there, in early August, that she was going to be a bee for Halloween that year.  From then until October 31st,… Continue reading DIY Halloween Costumes: Bumbling Bee




DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug

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Share this:What could be cuter than a little ladybug?  A little ladybug that you made yourself! This DIY costume takes 1-2 hours to make, depending on how you do it. You’ll need black pants, a red long-sleeved shirt or onesie, and black felt, fabric, or duct tape, plus scissors and a pencil or pen.  A… Continue reading DIY Halloween Costumes: Cute Little Ladybug




Save Money on Holiday Shopping Online

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Share this: My apologies to any readers outside the United States, since this hack is apparently only open to U.S. residents. But for those of you who fit that bill, have you discovered Ebates yet? It’s my favorite new way to save when shopping online. I tend to shop for holiday gifts year-round; this minimizes… Continue reading Save Money on Holiday Shopping Online




DIY Halloween Costumes: Easy-Peasy Jack-o-Lantern

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All you need to make a jack-o-lantern Halloween costume is an orange long-sleeve Tshirt, some black pants, black felt or tape, and scissors; the green ribbon collar and hand-crocheted hat are optional.

Share this:When I was a kid, my mother always made Halloween costumes for my brother and me. Elaborate affairs that took weeks at the sewing machine. We’re talking E.T., Rick the Raccoon from Shirt Tales, a witch with a gorgeous fringed cape, an incredible Dutch doll with a hand-knotted yarn wig. This is the same… Continue reading DIY Halloween Costumes: Easy-Peasy Jack-o-Lantern




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




Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit

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Share this:You probably have your own toiletry kit that you keep packed for travel (if not, I strongly recommend one that hangs, so you can hang it up high, out of kiddos’ reach) – but do you also have a separate one for your littlest travelers? Keeping one packed, and reviewing its contents before each… Continue reading Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit