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Looking Ahead to February (2016)

This year, I've made it my goal to plan a little bit more in advance for my posts, so that you have ideas in advance of holidays and seasons and so that I'm not running around like crazy trying to pull something together at the last minute.  Because as much as I hate to admit it, I was doing too much of that last year, and I don't really like it.  I really prefer to plan ahead. That being said, I've set aside time at the end of each month as a business day to work on my plan for…

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{FREE!} Printable Snow Day Bucket List (2016)

Well, we just couldn't stay in the clear of snow this winter.  I guess since we had such nice weather so far this season we were bound to get a good one, and we sure are getting a doozy of a snowstorm.  And of course we just happen to be lucky enough to land in what is expected to be the 20+ inches of snow zone.  I say that with sarcasm, because I haven't liked snow since the blizzard of 1996 when we got about 3 feet of snow. Well regardless of my love (or lack thereof) of snow, I…

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5 Valuable Resources for Tweens (and Their Parents!)

Going into last week, I had no idea what I was in for. I thought I was entering a growth opportunity for myself, but instead I found many more resources to help grow my daughters into the young women God intends them to be. For two hours a day, I entered into the world of the "tween." Since Rapunzel turned eight, I've been slowly seeking out resources that would help her grow as a Christian, but it's been difficult to find Christian music, tv, and books that compare to what Disney and Nickelodeon have to offer for that age group.…

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Summer Rules: Aiming for a Meaningful Summer

Do you make your kids work of over summer break? I do. But it's not what you think. I'm not breaking any child labor laws--don't worry. :) What I'm talking about is not making my kids earn an extra buck here and there (although they do like to do that at Grandma's house!). Instead, it's about teaching them the value of hard work, avoiding summer learning loss, and teaching them that it's not okay to be lazy. I usually have to go round after them doing everything again as they're not as thorough as I like to be, for example…

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DIY Raised Garden Bed: Part 2

A few weeks ago, we took the plunge to start up our summer garden again. We booked a lawn care specialist from to come and take a look at what could be done to get the grass looking a little happier. Prince Charming built another planter box for us, and we took an entire morning to loosen the ground, spread soil, and plant our seeds. You can see how badly the garden looked before and after in the gallery shown below. It definitely looks so much better! This year, we planted sweet corn, carrots, watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, sunflowers, geraniums,…

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