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Back to School Grade Level Printables

Commemorate your children’s back to school with signs declaring what grade they’re in. We started school a few weeks ago. And as often happens, not all my plans came together in time for the first day of school. Good apples are pretty hard to come by in August, so I didn’t get our traditional apple […]

Learning about Energy Savings and The Lorax

Energy usage and the environment as a whole are issues we can all be mindful of. Here’s how our family is learning more about them. photo source A few weeks ago I signed up for an energy saving program with San Diego Gas and Electric. The deal is that every so often, they’ll send me […]

Helping Your Child Have a (Socially) Successful School Year

A new school year! New pencils, new shoes, new classroom, and… new friends? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh shares some great ideas to help you help your child have a successful social experience at school this year. photo source Friends are a wonderful part of life. This is as true as an adult as it […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Scroll through summer photographs and relive summer vacation as a family. I’m not sure what happened. I must have blinked. And now summer vacation is over. O-V-E-R. We started school last week. We got a rolling start, cooking frogs, the slow immersion method. And we survived. Next week will be harder, but not as hard […]

The One in Which I Ramble a Lot and Show How We Created a Fun Play Space for Our Kids

My kids have no shortage of toys, books, and games. In fact, we have an entire single car garage, aptly dubbed The Toy Garage in which we store the aforementioned toys, books, and games. Each child has a stash of his own personal items in his bedroom, either in bins under the bed or in […]

12 Ways to Save Money on Christmas (& a FREE download)

Christmas can be a great time with friends and family. Let’s plan ahead to stay under budget, too. Be sure to download the free Christmas coupons to get you started. Earlier this week I posted a boatload of Christmas ideas and giveaways in honor of “Christmas in July“. I’m a Christmas Geek and love to […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway from Blue Orange Games

Win one of five great games from Blue Orange Games. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: establishedways@, stephjem95@, Traci527@, cadmomdo@, beckybecks02@ For me one of the big highlights of the holidays are the cold winter nights when we hunker down together to play games. (And yes, Virginia, it does get cold here.) […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway: Desserts in Jars

Win a copy of Shaina Olmanson’s Desserts in Jars. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners:┬ásekeil5@, krissajeldy@, erinb1@, robjohnsonofwichita@, dfoster@ Part of the beauty and sweetness of holiday celebrations is the baking. From cakes to pies to cookies to elegant desserts, the sweets are a delicious way to celebrate with friends and family. […]