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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. photo credit: Kristina B As you know I am a huge […]

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Homespun Patriotism for the Fourth of July

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You don’t need to jump hoops for the 4th of July. We’re not. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps keep this show on the road. So […]

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My Goals, Revisited Mid-Year

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2014 is having a half-birthday. Has it shown you all you want from it so far? 2014 is officially half over. We’ve spent half the year. There are six months left. Are you where you want to be? Think back to January. Remember when we had such good intentions to get our lives ship-shape, to […]

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You Can Now Pre-Order Good Cheap Eats

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Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinner and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less is my concentrated effort to help you make the most of your grocery money. You don’t have to choose between real good food and a low grocery bill. You can have both! I received a package from the Harvard Common Press last week. What […]

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Zone Defense Check-In: Kid Stuff

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Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we are organizing the kid stuff in the house so we can a) enjoy the summer with our kids and b) get their help! Oh, I had big dreams a month ago. Didn’t I? If you’ll remember when I introduced this month’s Zone Defense challenge, […]

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June Booking It: Reviews of The Monuments Men, Dear Mr. Knightley, & Anatole

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Booking It is an online book club where we share the good reads we’ve found in the previous month. We’ve found that over the years we’ve discovered some great new books thanks to this monthly book share. Carrie and Anne are my fellow bookworms and help round out the selections. This post does include affiliate links. If you make […]

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Summer Meal Planning Tips and Tricks

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Is meal planning a challenge during the summer? Here are some solutions to hot weather, busy days, tired cooks, and a lack of cooking mojo. Summer is in full swing. Weird schedules abound. Whether it’s camps, vacations, or trips to the pool, lake, or beach, routine is hard to come by. But, you gotta eat! […]

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God is Not Surprised

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This post was originally published on June 8, 2013. I needed the reminder. Maybe you do, too. It’s been a refining season for me of late. Whether it’s fears or a lengthy to-do list, I feel like God has my toes in the fire a little bit. I know it’s good, but man, sometimes I […]

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