Be Prepared: Day Trip Checklist

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I hate reinventing the wheel. So, I like to make lists. You know this already. I make the list once and then keep it for future reference. This applies to daily chores, grocery lists, vacations, camping, and, especially day-trips. Getting ready for a trip of any kind takes so long, why do I want to […]

Family Fun: Hidden Pictures

I have fond memories of looking through old picture books with my mom. She would ask me to find a certain type of animal, or a man on a bike, or a lady with a hat. We would spend hours looking through books, her asking questions while I carefully examined the book. It probably led […]

TGIF: Movie Night


One of our favorite ways to relax on a Friday night is to watch a fun movie together. Since we don’t watch tv except for 2 hours of qubo each week — and the occasional sporting event that FishPapa and the boys can’t miss — turning on the set to watch a movie is a […]

Pinatas: A Birthday Tradition


If you have ever watched a rerun of The Love Boat, you’ll be familiar with the character named Julie The Cruise Director. My husband has jokingly referred to me as “Julie” on more than one occasion. I love to plan big shindigs and entertainments. (I’m way better at the planning part than the execution, but […]

Preschool Play: Story Stretchers


Since my mother is a college professor, a specialist in Early Childhood Education, a former kindergarten teacher, and a Child Psychology major, you can bet that my growing up years were filled with all sorts of “developmentally appropriate” activities. (And yet, I still turned out kinda wierd. Anyway….) One of the great things about having […]

Birthday Traditions

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Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie […]

TGIF: Create Great Art!


Friday nights are a great time to do something relaxing and creative with the family. Sometimes you might choose to veg in front of a movie, but a planned craft or art project can be really fun as well. If you are a mom of young children and haven’t seen the Little Hands series of […]

Birthdays on the Cheap

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Wondering how to economize and simplify at birthday time? Here’s how we did it. Someday you won’t always hear me talking about our new frugal lifestyle. But, until we are debt-free, we are following Dave Ramsey’s advice to “Live like no one else, so that later, you can live like no one else.” And so […]