Homemade Finger Paint

Fun Activities for Toddlers | Life as MOM

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.Mix up a batch of cheap and easy homemade finger paint and […]

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Booking It – May 2013

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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 May! 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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Summer Bundle O’ Fun, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Grab five great books for summer fun for only $7.40. Are you itching for summer like I am? If you’re in need of inspiration for summer activities for the kids or for you, consider buying this week’s Bundle of the Week. Each weekly bundle is priced at $7.40. This week’s bundle includes my book, The Summer […]

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Suffering and Beauty

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The last month or so has been hard. Oklahoma. Boston. Texas. Gavin. Zach. There were more instances of individuals sharing their stories with me than normal. My days have been peppered with stories of folks hurting and in pain, both publicly and in private. Life is so full of pain and sadness. I catch mere glimpses of […]

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The Week in Review

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This weekend I am at a blogging conference in the boonies (read: no wifi and wildlife in abundance). Travel for work is something I rarely do. I like home. I like suburbia. About once a year, I bust out of my comfort zone and go “talk shop” with folks. I typically return home with new […]

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MyGarage & a Giveaway from Napa Filters (CLOSED)


The following content is sponsored by Napa Filters. Congrats to the winners: my4boysand1@, melissabieniek@, happyhomelivin@, robjonsonofwichita@ Last week I was out running errands when the van didn’t fire up quite like normal. I didn’t think much about it until the next day when it stalled. In traffic. Three times. In two miles. I made it to my dentist appointment […]

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for the Crystal Mickey Giveaway (CLOSED)

crystal mickey adventure kit

There’s a new explorer in town and he’s on the quest for the Crystal Mickey. Congrats to the winner: llaw406@ Indiana Jones Birthday Cake This week Mickey Mouse Clubhouse released their latest DVD: Quest for the Crystal Mickey. While my boys are mostly too old for the target age, I jumped at the chance to review […]

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Entertaining on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

Entertaining on a budget

I love to have people over. It’s a great excuse to get the house really clean. It’s fun for me to cook for other people and test new recipes on them. And when I can do it on a budget, well, that’s pretty sweet. Earlier this week I shared about how to spend less on […]

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