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Thankfulness is Something to Practice

When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.” Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.) Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt […]

Planning for a Simpler Season – 60 Days & Counting

Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

Enjoy a Blustery Day with Pooh (A Rainy Day Survival Kit)

I’ll always remember when the oldest FishBoy was about four. We had been reading the Winnie the Pooh books for awhile. Along came a rainy, stormy day, and he said, “What a blustery day it is!” Yes, indeed. Winnie the Pooh has been a wonderful part of my children’s early years. He’s influenced our playtime […]

Vacation: A Favorite Fall Tradition

It may seem odd to take a vacation in the fall of the year. I think most people are probably hunkering down for a busy season. Many kids have schedules with school and extra activities that don’t allow them to leave home for long. Since we homeschool, we can take our education on the road. […]

Make Home a Little Cozier for Fall

Fall hit us full in the face this week. We’d been sporting tshirts and shorts, leaving the windows open 24/7, even going to the pool twice a week. Then Hurricane Hillary signaled a change of seasons for us. Now, we may go back to sweating bullets in a week or two, but our family is […]

Favorite Fall Tips for Saving Money

Fall finally arrived in San Diego. We’ve had two back-to-back rainy days, I smell wood smoke from the neighbor’s chimneys, and I no longer leave the windows open 24/7. The chill is in the air! While it may not be the true fall that folks in other locales experience, it is a cozy moment of […]

Create a Family Bucket List for Fall

photo source: Katie Balla I’ve created a family “bucket list” with my kids each summer for as long as I can remember. But, it wasn’t until I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw this very cute graphic that it dawned on me that we could make bucket lists for every season! {smacks head} Why didn’t […]

FREE Christmas Planning Book

Today is September 25th. That means that Christmas is exactly three months away. It’s gonna fly by. Fly by. I’m so busy juggling today that I could blink and miss the whole thing. I don’t want to get sideswiped by the holidays. I want to enjoy them. I’m not knitting up a storm or anything. […]