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Christmas To Do – Make a List and Check it Twice

Holiday Planning To Do List

There is so much to do at the holidays. And unless you have a list and check it twice, you may find yourself scrambling in the final hour. Scrambling does not promote peace and harmony. And while Christmas is, indeed, five months away, sometimes it serves us well to plan ahead. The lazier days of […]

Jesus is Why

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A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he […]

Summer Survival Kit – Crafts and Activities

Summer Survival

Earlier this week I introduced you to our Summer Survival Kit. This is a great “bag of tricks” to keep on hand for rainy days, too hot days, days when kids are just not easily pleased, or just a day when you all want a change of pace. Build one of your own for the […]

Our (Little) Garden

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Many moons ago we lived in the country on two acres on the Central Coast of California. I won’t get too nostalgic except to say that we had quite the large vegetable garden each summer. And, truth be told, while I don’t miss gravel roads, well water, and septic tanks, I do miss that garden. […]

How to Save Money During the Summer

Water Table

Are you ready for the big weekend? My guess is that the next couple days will be pretty full of barbecues, swim parties, and a few fireworks. Personally, I’m hoping for some yummy cupcakes. I’m on this cupcake kick these days and am starting to try my hand at making them deliciously decadent — and […]

Tie-Dye TShirts: Tips for Success

Tie Dye

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

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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

FishBaby River

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 […]