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My dad’s nickname is Rocket Man. For most of his life, he’s never been caught in a chair. He is¬†always moving, always working, always doing something.

A few years ago my sister started calling me Rocket Girl. I didn’t know what she was talking about at first. I rarely leave my chair!

After reflection I realized that, yes, I tend to do a lot of things. I’ve always been somewhat of an overachiever. I mean, six kids? homeschool? two blogs? cookbook? Yeah. #overachiever

But, when my hip started hurting me all the time and when I started to get heart palpitations frequently, I realized that I needed to start taking better care of myself. Yep, that was 40.

Oh sure, I could get by. I could get by just fine, thank you very much. But, I didn’t feel good. I was no longer at my best always pushing, pushing, pushing. [Continue reading…]

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The Weekly Ramble

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

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Get this: the kitchen got clean every day!

Okay, not exactly true. Our linoleum is looking pretty sad and is hard to get clean, let alone keep it that way. BUT, the rest was looking pretty snazzy. After watching some of the videos from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, I started thinking about what I could do with our housekeeping practices to make things better.

Turns out there were two keys to success:

  1. Emptying the dishwasher as soon as it was done.
  2. My doing it without worrying about “whose job” it was.

I’d fallen into this habit of spending time and energy finding the kid who was responsible for the job instead of just doing it. I know, the kids should do it. But honestly, the clean kitchen and not chasing after someone has been worth what little effort I put into it. [Continue reading…]

How to Save Money on Food Costs When Life is Crazy

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We all gotta eat. No matter how busy we are. But our business can put the pounds on our bodies and make our wallets shrink. Follow these tips for saving money on food when life is crazy.

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Answering Your Child’s Questions about Special Needs

Answering Your Child's Quesitons about Special Needs | LifeasMOM.com

At some point, our children will ask the question, “Why is that person different from me?” Life as MOM contributor Deanna shares about answering your child’s questions about special needs.

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What do you do when you feel like a loser?

What do you do when you feel like a loser?

Do you ever get disappointed with yourself and how you handle your life as mom? How do you escape the funk?

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How We Are Preparing Our Homeschooled Kid for College

How We Are Preparing Our Homeschooled Kid for College

As we near the end of our first 13 years of homeschooling, we get ready to launch one child into college. Here’s what we’ve done to prepare.

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How to Be a Better Homemaker

How to Be a Better Homemaker

Homemaking is for everyone who eats, sleeps, and relaxes in his or her home. It’s an art, and one that we can always improve in.

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This week: a 5k, my need for parenting instruction, strawberry picking, and large, religious, homeschooling families.

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