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TGIF: Happy Fourth of July!

Thanks to everyone who shared their celebratory plans for Independence Day! You can go here and here for some last minute inspiration. Have a wonderful day today! May the bugs be few, the BBQ tender, and the fireworks exceptional. As you head out for all the fun doings that the Fourth of July holds, don’t […]

Preschool Play: Library Day

Books are a mom’s best friend. If you can start early to read to your kids, you will open a world of entertaining and educational opportunities. One thing that my little ones and I have always loved is a Regular Library Day. Choose a day and time of the week that works into your family’s […]

TGIF: Read!

My husband and I are both voracious readers. He prefers nonfiction, while I’ll take a good novel anyday. Sometimes, our interests overlap which is fun for discussion. And sometimes one of us will give the other’s favorite a go. Like when he started to read Pride and Prejudice this past winter. He didn’t get very […]

TGIF: Hanging Out with Friends

Tonight we’re going to have friends over which is always a great way for us to unwind and start the weekend. We are blessed to count MoneySavingMom and MoneySavingMister as our pals. So they are going to head over in a few hours with their kiddos. FishPapa and I are pretty social birds; talk, talk, […]

Be Prepared: Day Trip Checklist

I hate reinventing the wheel. So, I like to make lists. You know this already. I make the list once and then keep it for future reference. This applies to daily chores, grocery lists, vacations, camping, and, especially day-trips. Getting ready for a trip of any kind takes so long, why do I want to […]

Family Fun: Hidden Pictures

I have fond memories of looking through old picture books with my mom. She would ask me to find a certain type of animal, or a man on a bike, or a lady with a hat. We would spend hours looking through books, her asking questions while I carefully examined the book. It probably led […]

TGIF: Movie Night

Movies

One of our favorite ways to relax on a Friday night is to watch a fun movie together. Since we don’t watch tv except for 2 hours of qubo each week — and the occasional sporting event that FishPapa and the boys can’t miss — turning on the set to watch a movie is a […]

Pinatas: A Birthday Tradition

If you have ever watched a rerun of The Love Boat, you’ll be familiar with the character named Julie The Cruise Director. My husband has jokingly referred to me as “Julie” on more than one occasion. I love to plan big shindigs and entertainments. (I’m way better at the planning part than the execution, but […]