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Tie-Dye TShirts: Tips for Success

See that little guy on the left, the one who’s not sure if he’s smiling? Well, the other day we were driving down the road and he said, “Could we paint tshirts today?” It was one of those moments when I could have said, “Not today.” But, I took a moment to think about it. […]

California on a Budget: Have a Fun and Frugal Day at the Fair

I’m not the only Southern California resident working hard at living on a budget. There are a whole lot of us striving to enjoy the Golden State without running in hock. Today’s guest post is from Rachael of Mommy Topics. Rachael shares some great frugal tips for enjoying the San Diego County fair specifically and […]

To Be More Joyful: Get Outside

Wanting to be a more joyful mom? Looking for some relief from that “postal” feeling you have from time to time? Hoping that your children remember your smile more than your crabby, naggy disposition? You and me both, Sister. Motherhood is a challenging job, no doubt. But the rewards can be amazing. If we know […]

Enjoy Summer with a Shady Nook

Many of my childhood summers were spent at an old farmhouse in the midwest. In the side yard was a cluster of shade trees where my mom had the wisdom to hang a hammock. I loved retreating to that cool, quiet spot to read a book. Our backyard here in San Diego has very little shade […]

Planning Vacations for a Range of Ages

As you may know, our six kids are ranged in age from one to thirteen. We represent almost every developmental stage of childhood. Makes for some complex parenting. One thing we’ve struggled with over time is provide activities and to plan vacations that can suit the whole crew. Today, over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing […]

Freezer Smoothies, Summer Recipes & An Ultimate Recipe Swap

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Hot? Sweaty? Ready to cool off? Well, today’s the day to share your favorite summer recipes on Ultimate Recipe Swap. Summer favorites usually lend themselves to being quick to prepare without heating up the kitchen. Often they are on the cooler side, like salads and chilled sandwiches. But BBQ, grilled meats, or even an easy […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Gone to the Dogs

Summer days can slip by before you know it. Make the most of it by planning a few enrichment activities to enjoy with your children through out the next few weeks and months. After all, all of life is learning. And summer learning can be the most enjoyable, especially since the pressure’s off. Photo Source: […]

Summer’s Here! Plan to Have Fun

Ready to have a great time this summer with your kids? While spontaneous adventure is great, a little planning will ensure that you don’t spend the next three months playing video games. Make a summer to-do list We’ve done this for several summers now, thanks to some friends who passed on their family tradition to […]