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Frugal Father’s Day Traditions (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam: With Father’s Day right around the corner, many of us are scrambling to find that perfectgift to show Dad just how extra special he is in our lives. Yet often, Dad’s desire is just to spend relaxing and meaningful time with the […]

3 Things You Need for a Great Family Picnic

With longer days and better weather, summertime is ideal for a picnic with the family. It doesn’t need to be complicated, but there are several things that you can do in advance to set yourself up for success and make things easier. When something is easy to do, we do it more often. And frequent […]

Fun & Frugal Bedtime Tents for Children (Frugal Friday)

The following is a guest post from Tammy – When it comes to kids’ playthings, I love stuff that encourages creativity. Multi-purpose and frugal is an added bonus! My four children (ages 7 and under) love making tents. (And with our rainy Seattle weather, there’s a lot of indoor playtime!) I went to our local GoodWill store […]

Kids, Chores, and MyJobChart.com

As my family has grown in size and age over the years, one of the challenges has been to make sure that I’m teaching my children responsibility as well as keeping them accountable to those tasks they’ve been assigned. And, boy, it’s a tough job. With my younger ones, the Morning High Five works really […]

6 Top Salads for Summertime (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I am a salad girl. I’d much rather eat a good salad than almost anything else. Yeah, I’m weird like that. Here are six of my top salads for summer. Tossed Salad with Peperoncinis and Feta Buffalo Chicken Salad Cilantro Couscous Salad Spring Greens with Pepitas and Cilantro Lime Dressing Pesto and Feta Pasta Salad […]

More Ideas for Summer Fun

Yesterday the kids and I headed to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and I brought along our Summer Planning binder. I handed each of my writing kids a summer “to do” list to fill out since I wanted their input on what to do this summer. I took notes for the girls while the boys sat at […]

Be Prepared for Carsickness

Summer vacations are just around the corner. And with them come the summer road trip. And while your destination and your luggage are important things to plan for, so is the inevitable bout of carsickness. Yes, you hate to think about it. But, when your child hollers, “Mom, I feel sick!” from the backseat as […]

Gear Up For Summer

Summer vacation started on Friday. What this means at our house is that we shift to a more relaxed mode of living. The kids still have some schoolwork (math and reading) and daily chores each day, but overall, they are free to play, read, draw, and otherwise explore their options and let creative boredom be […]