How to Use Up Those Gift Cards You’ve Been Stashing (Frugal Friday)

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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. The other day a friend and I were chatting; she mentioned […]

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How to Make a Lego Money Holder

how to build a lego money holder

Create a fun Lego money holder for gifting cash for birthdays, graduation, and Christmas. It is amazingly simple. 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 support this […]

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30 Summer Activities to Promote Kindergarten Readiness

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Do you have a child heading off to Kindergarten this fall? Life as MOM contributor Jessie Leigh has some fantastic and fun tips for encouraging kindergarten readiness this summer. This fall, I will send my third child off to kindergarten. This is not my first time down this road, obviously, but I still learn new […]

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Enjoy 50 Books with Kids

Enjoy 50 Books with Kids - a reading guide for parents and young children, complete with activities, crafts, and recipes.

We’re big book readers at our house. One of my biggest hopes and dreams for my children has been that they would know the love of reading. Now that five out of six know how to read and enjoy doing so independently, I am a thrilled mama. Summertime is when we step up our reading-for-fun […]

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9 Ways to Have a Great Week


A new week is a fresh start and a chance to enjoy all the good in your life. The new week is here. For some of us, it means summer vacations and a variety of different activities. For others, it’s business as usual. Either way, it’s good to have a great one. There are plenty of […]

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Gambling on Jesus

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Take some risks this week. Gamble on Jesus. His ways are spot on. The world admires risk takers. You know, people who drive fast, live loose, and otherwise push the limits. There’s this admiration for the guy in the leather jacket, that rebel without a cause, that James Dean kind of dude. Or at least […]

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The Weekly Ramble

USS Midway

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This week is a blur. FishBoy11 tested for yellow belt on Sunday. I overslept on Monday. On Tuesday, we visited the USS Midway for a field trip. Wednesday I went to yoga. Thursday we did running club, library, post office, and lunch with the FishPapa. On Friday […]

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Fly a Little Higher: Zach’s Story

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Learn Zach’s story and be inspired to fly a little higher and really live. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: sheryl0620@, jjcasillas1988@, Corynchar@ Cancer is one of my worst nightmares. It doesn’t matter if it’s me, my husband, or one of my kids — that fear haunts me often. It’s a cruel disease that leaves […]

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