Organizing Books & Other Kid Stuff (Zone Defense)

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids.Organizing kids books was one of my Zone Defense accomplishments this month. I’m […]

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July’s Good Cheap Eats

Need some good cheap eats? I gotcha covered. Summer is flying by in a flash. July is already over? How did that happen? Over on Good Cheap Eats, we’ve been chatting about how to eat what you got and save money. July is Pantry Challenge month. This time round I did the challenge for two […]

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Using the Produce Box Eggplant

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Eggplant is slaying me this year. One can only make so much Ratatouille. Even if the movie was a great one. I’ve stashed the freezer with a huge batch of ratatouille. Here are some of my general stand-bys: Roasted Vegetable Soup with Fresh Oregano Vegetable Bolognese with Eggplant, Peppers, and Zucchini

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Summer Fun: Make “Perfume”

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Let your children create their own “perfume” from fresh flowers this summer. Life as MOM contributor Janel will show you how her girls do it. All Photos: Janel Piersma When we first arrived back in California for our summer of house-sitting, we stayed at the home of some dear friends in the charming little town […]

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6 Tactics for Family Fitness

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Family fitness may be one of the most valuable activities you can add to your family life. Guest writer Sarah Clachar shares tips to making it a regular part of your family’s day: Family fitness benefits go well beyond a trimmer body. Its strong glue has helped hold our family together. And it’s shepherded us through […]

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Booking It – July Update


Reading books, real books, is a wonderful way to explore your world and connect with other people. Booking It is an online book club to help you do that. Let’s talk about what we read in July! For Booking It in 2013, I’ve invited my friends Carrie and Anne to co-host with me. I think it will be fun […]

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Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #17: Salad’s On

Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List #17 | Life as MOM

Take the week off meal planning! This super easy, kid-friendly, menu plan will help you do it. And so it begins: the dog days of summer. Things have adequately heated up. The kids are ravenous. All. the. time. And it seems like you just cleaned up lunch and it’s time to make supper. This week’s […]

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Want to be a Happier Mom?

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A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song. — Proverbs 15:15, The Message I realized early on in parenting, that despite my overachiever tendencies — or maybe because of them, I could take this motherhood thing to such lengths that I found myself frustrated and impatient. I would […]

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