The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. As I type, this is basically what we are doing: resting and relaxing. We drove up to Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for the weekend. It’s a whirlwind trip, just brief visits with friends and the grandparents. But, it’s been so good. I’ve unplugged for the […]

Britax Frontier 90 Review & A Giveaway

Britax Frontier 90 Review & A Giveaway

This giveaway is sponsored by Britax: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: erinmorrison805@ I’ve been installing car seats and latching and unlatching kids into their seats for the last 17 years. Holy smokes! We’re not quite at the end of it. California State Law requires “children to ride in the back seat in […]

You Can Get Out of Debt

You Can Get Out of Debt

Photo credit: Daniel Oines by license As a college freshman, I was able to get a credit card in about five minutes. How ironic that ten years earlier, my mom, a college instructor with a Master’s Degree, couldn’t get one because she didn’t have a full-time job. What a switch that a bank was willing to […]

Year-Round Home School & Our Summer Session

Year-Round School and Our Summer Session - Homeschool doesn

Homeschool doesn’t have to fit a traditional schedule. We’re schooling year-round with a summer session. We’ve just completed our 12th year of homeschooling. That is pretty remarkable to me. I’m pleased to say the experiment is working. Yet, a successful homeschool doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of worry, wasting of money, and freaking […]

Make Family Travel Fun, Easy, & Affordable

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Taking kids on vacations and road trips is not a walk in the park. In fact, sometimes a walk in the park isn’t really that easy, either. But, hitting the trail with your peeps is worth it. Somewhere between my honeymoon — when we talked about visiting France every year — and when the sixth […]

Getting Ready for the Week Ahead

Getting Ready for the Week Ahead - Planning for the week ahead, rather than letting it happen to you, can help you make the most of all the great things in your life.

Planning for the week ahead, rather than letting it happen to you, can help you make the most of all the great things in your life. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not […]

The Weekly Ramble

FishKids June 2014

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. I love this picture. Wow. How did we get here? For the last few years, FishBoy17 has towered over the others so they were no longer the “stair step” kids they had once been. But, FishBoys 13 and 12 have had growth spurts, so it looks […]

Zone Defense: Cleaning & Organizing Bathrooms

Zone Defense: Cleaning & Organizing Bathrooms

This month the Zone Defense assignment is pretty straightforward: Clean and organize the bathrooms. We’ve covered this territory before. Check out these past posts: Cleaning and Decluttering the Bathrooms Kids Can Clean the Bathroom (FREE printable for Clean Bathroom Bingo) 5 Tips for Keeping the Bathroom Clean I suppose this depends on the home, huh? […]