Get Out: Where’s the Water?

playing at the beach

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.Find the water nearby and go splash. Or at least look at […]

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Save Money with Swagbucks (Frugal Friday)


Earn prizes and save money with Swagbucks. About five years ago, I heard about this search engine called Swagbucks. I signed up with a fair amount of skepticism. But, it turned out to be the real deal. You earn points be referring friends (that’s you!), searching the web, watching videos, filling out surveys, and a […]

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Get Out: Climb a Tree

Climb a tree

Tree climbing is an activity almost as old as the sun. It provides a great view and plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Whether it’s an ornate treehouse in the backyard or a small tree at the park, sitting aloft in its branches is a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and […]

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Banana Pecan Coffeecake

Banana Coffeecake with Pecanas

Bananas and pecans add flavor, sweetness, and crunch to your standard crumb-topped coffeecake. We go through a lot of bananas around here. I enjoy Monkey Salad fairly often as it’s one of my favorite healthy sweet treats. FishBoy15 works out on a regular basis and bananas are a great post-workout snack for him. The rest […]

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Get Out: Play Hopscotch

snail hopscotch

Hopscotch will get you exercise and get you OUT. Gramma Ruthie was a school teacher. In her later years of teaching, she put together a hopscotch booklet for her students and gifted it to them at the end of the year with a package of sidewalk chalk. She gave us a copy. I’ve searched high […]

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Balancing School and Home

5 ways to manage home and homeschool

Life, as you can imagine, is pretty crazy around here. Six kids, homeschool, recipe testing, hockey games, housework…. there is no way I can do it all. I’m over at Simple Homeschool today sharing the tricks I use to managing school and home. I’m still a work in progress, but there are a few things […]

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Display Your Child’s Bouquet with a Mini DIY Flower Vase

Making Vase

Picking dandelions and buttercups is spring pastime that children — young and old — enjoy. Let your kids make their own vases for their bouquets with this simple craft from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Photo Source: Janel When I was a little girl, I loved picking dandelions. Now that I live in Virginia, I […]

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Get Out: Letterbox


Letterbox with your family. It’s a fun and adventuresome way to get outdoors. When we first started hiking, our kids weren’t so sure it sounded particularly exciting. They were 5, 4, and 1 at the time, so they were all pretty small. There are lots of clever ideas for getting children more interested in wandering through […]

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