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Embracing the Mess? Not a Chance!

I must confess, I don’t have the tidiest house on the block. I wish. There just aren’t enough hours in my day. But, over the years, I’ve learned that enlisting the aid of my children is my only hope for survival. I’ve come up with a few tricks to helping my kids keep their rooms […]

Household Notebook: Getting My Game On

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Dishes, laundry, errands, grocery shopping. There are lots of plays in this game of motherhood. Some days the action on the court goes well. You know that “she-shoots, she-scores,” kind of day when you feel like you’re an all star mom or at least on the starting string. And other days? Well, you wonder why […]

Meal Planning: Taking Some Shortcuts This Week

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I was talking with someone last week and the question came up how many people I cooked for on a regular basis. When I said 9, the other said, “Wow. We had a company dinner last week and there were 10 of us total. That’s a full table!” To be honest, I hadn’t really thought […]

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How Do You Store Your Legos, You Maniacs?

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My youngest brother, Jace, is about fourteen years my junior. I’m the oldest; he’s the youngest. Interestingly, FishBoy12 is closer in age to him than I am. Jace was the original Lego Maniac, if there ever was one. His childhood infatuation with Legos is the main reason that I held off ever letting my children […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

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Is it gone already? Where did it go? My 42 days of summer vacation are spent before I even got warmed up. And I had such big plans! How did I spend it? — I cleaned the schoolroom from top to bottom. My dreams to do the whole house fell by the way-side. I’m so […]

Time for MOM: Life Beyond the Laptop

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Hey there! Didja miss me? In case you didn’t even notice I was gone, I took a few days off this week. I shut down the computer around 10 pm on Saturday and didn’t touch it again until Thursday morning. I wasn’t sure that I could hold myself back from the beauties of the world […]

The Battery Box – It Works for Me!

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Years ago a friend showed me a practice that her parents had handed down to her. It was a small rubbermaid box filled to the brim with batteries. I was shocked. It had never occured to me to stock up on batteries and to keep them in one centralized location. (This was obviously before my […]