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Gift Idea: One Cool Bag

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you got something special lined up for the sweet moms in your life? My husband groaned when he remembered that the FishMama Trifecta begins this weekend. I reassured him that Disneyland could cover all three. But, if a trip to Disneyland doesn’t suit your purposes, try this one on […]

Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

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Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.

Be of Good Courage

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Ever have one of those days when your child will not listen to reason?

Do you wonder if he will realize that you love him with all your heart and that you really do want his best, even if that means not giving him what he wants?

Ever feel like you are at your wit’s end as a mother?

Frugal Friday: Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part One

Mother’s Day is about two weeks away. (Husbands, wake up!)

Whether you are celebrating your own mother or another special mother in your life (wife, sister, friend, mother-in-law), it is in the best interests of your wallet — and your reputation — to plan ahead. When we plan our gift-giving in advance we are less likely to overspend or spend Sunday morning in a Hallmark store.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Magazines for Under Six Bucks

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For years my mother-in-law regularly gave me magazine subscriptions as gifts. Not only was it a great gift in itself to have some good reads, but it was also a monthly reminder of her care for me. Excuse the cliche, but a well-chosen magazine subscription really is a gift that keeps on giving. And you […]

Mother’s Day Gift: A Tea Party

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Looking for a fun, yet economical Mother’s Day (or Any Day) gift? This tea party basket is sure to please. And it’s so easy! Such a great do-it-yourself kind of gift. Line a box or basket with a cloth napkin and fill with a pair of matching mugs, a box of tea, and some delicious cookies, like […]

Are the Big Rocks as Big as They Should Be?

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You’ve probably heard the illustration multiple times. The college professor, lecturer, motivational speaker, or philosopher is standing in front of a large group with a big jar, a pitcher of water, and rocks of varying sizes. The rocks and water certainly appear to be too numerous or bulky to fit inside the jar. He then proceeds to demonstrate how all these items can fit inside the big jar if the larger rocks are placed inside first.

Loving Motherhood in an “I’m Bored Society”

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Our very modern world is full of all sorts of gadgets and distractions. Children of the television age, we can become programmed for needing something new and flashy every 60 seconds or so. And every mom has heard the whining refrain, “I’m bored.” And yet, as a mom, a few months ago, I found myself thinking the same thing.

Yet, how could I be bored when there’s so much to do? Upon further discussion with my sweet husband, we determined that it wasn’t boredom that plagued me.