Summer Fun: Reading Hour

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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.Summer reading is a great habit for both kids and adults to […]

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Planning for the 4th of July

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Looking to plan a party or a 4th of July event? Want to find some great fourth of July recipes? Simply want to learn the names of all fifty states? I gotcha covered. If you want to experience a blast from my past, then click on the video above. It’s the song that we sang […]

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June’s Good Cheap Eats

Need some good cheap eats? I gotcha covered. I have no idea how it happened. But, July is here. Say what? It’s been a whirlwind of a summer so far. We’ve made two road trips, done the beach a few times, and worked at doing more cooperative kitchen work. That means kids are cooking, papas […]

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The Week in Review


Last weekend we celebrated my dad’s 70th birthday. It was a lovely day at the park with lots of good food and plenty of faces I hadn’t seen in 20 years! It was really fun. We got to see Janel and Brett, visiting from Virginia. The cousins got to play together for the first time […]

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A Giveaway from Lisa Leonard Designs (CLOSED)

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Enter to win a $50 gift card from Lisa Leonard Designs. Congrats to the winners: egholtrop@, stephany.stanley@, issy221@ Two years ago my sister moved away to the other side of the world. Ok, it wasn’t that far. She moved to Virginia. But, it might as well have been the other side of the world, since I travel to […]

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Car Maintenance and Emergency Preparedness (Zone Defense)

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Check out these easy organizing tips for emergency preparedness — both big and small — that you might encounter when on the road. This month’s Zone Defense assignment entailed getting your travel and transportation “stuff” in order. And this month we’ve done a lot of that. We made two road trips totalling 630 miles, had […]

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DIY Do It Yourself Projects Can Save You Money (Frugal Friday)

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DIY, do it yourself projects, can be a great way to save money and add value to your life. I was a DIY kind of girl back in the 80s and 90s. It might have started with a touch of Wannabemarthaism, but eventually it became just plain good sense. If I made something myself, I […]

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Using the Produce Box Peaches


Got peaches? Make some good cheap eats with this seasonal fruit from the produce box. I am drowning in peaches. This happened last summer, too. The produce box provides dozens of peaches every week. And since no one likes them cooked, we’re stuck with what to do with them. Today I tossed about 7 peaches […]

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