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Hyatt Place is Family Friendly

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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.Looking for summertime accommodations on the road? Give Hyatt Place a try. […]

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Things I Know About Our Homeschool

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Curious about homeschooling? This is where I am today, 42-year old me with six kids, a writing career, and a homeschool. 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 […]

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Get Your Meal Plan On

Get Your Meal Plan On - Grab a free meal plan or learn to make one of your own.

Pesto and Tomato French Bread Pizza I’ve spent the afternoon tinkering with the next This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less. I’m super excited about it. I’ll be testing it out this week to make sure I thought of everything. If you haven’t tried one of these plans yet, I highly recommend that you do. […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. FishPapa and I just got back from a 36-hour trip to Ontario, CA. Not, Ontario, Canada, but Ontario, California. We took our two teenagers, FishBoy13 and FishBoy17 to the Great Homeschool Convention. I’ll be sharing more on Monday, but I’ll say now that it was great. […]

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

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The other day a friend and I were chatting; she mentioned that they had a ton of gift cards that they’ve yet to use, some five or ten years old. I gave her the pep talk that she needed to use them on their upcoming trip cross-country. Vacation is a great time to save money […]

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How to Make a Lego Money Holder

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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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