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

crystal mickey adventure kit

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.There’s a new explorer in town and he’s on the quest for […]

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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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DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun Journal

summer fun journal printable

Record memories of the summer with this free printable summer fun journal. For years I’ve wanted to give my kids a journal/scrapbook experience over the summer. I had the idea that every day we could record the stuff we did and that at the end of the summer, we’d have a memory book to look […]

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Kitchen Chores for Kids

kitchen chores for kids

Participating in kitchen clean-up is good for kids and for parents. Here’s how it works at our house. I remember when my eldest child was just five years old. We gave him the job of busboy. I bought a small plastic dishpan. After each meal, he would load it up with the dishes and take […]

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Choosing A Summer Dress To Fit You Perfectly

Rectangle Collage

The weather is warming up, and summer is right around the corner. Now, with upcoming graduations and weddings to attend, is the perfect time to find a dress that fits you perfectly! Life as MOM contributor Rena shows you how. Here are three typical body types and three cute dresses that are available for purchase […]

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Plan a Staycation & Save Money

fishfam summer

Plan a staycation to save the money and hassle involved in going out of town. Play the tourist in your own town. Last year we had the opportunity to have a hotel staycation, just a 20 minute drive from our house. We joined the best of both worlds: convenience and familiarity of being in our […]

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Summer Gear: Sunscreen

girl at the pool

I’ve partnered with Neutrogena and the Motherhood to present this info about sunscreen. The season has begun! We’ve been to the pool and the beach a few times already. I did a clothing check yesterday so that my kids neither look like ragamuffins nor lose their drawers when diving into the pool. My poor 9-year-old […]

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Visiting and Vacationing in San Diego

the train

Whether you live in San Diego or are just visiting, it’s a great place to play the tourist. Even better when you can do it on a budget. We moved to San Diego almost five years ago. Before stepping off the plane from Kansas City, I’d only been here three times in my memory — […]

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