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Turn Up Your Soundtrack

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The music of a movie is what makes us brave, gives us hope, and helps us take that next step. Don’t tell me you aren’t ready to climb five million stairs when you hear the theme song from Rocky. Admit it. It just gives you courage to do an impossible thing.

The music — what you hear while the action is going on — can change your interpretation of the scene. It changes how you feel about what’s going on.

Maybe the music playing in this scene of your life is a bit ominous, maybe it’s a bit sad, maybe it’s just too quiet.

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The Weekly Ramble

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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 weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This morning the […]

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Juices for Kids: Q&A

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Why juice? Isn’t juicing messy? What do you do with the pulp? Your Juice Questions Answered – Today I thought I’d address a handful of questions and comments that I’ve received about making juices for kids. These are my “off-the-cuff” answers to some pretty common questions.

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9 Things I’ve Learned about Money

9 Things I've Learned about Money

When I was a child, I used to think that having many possessions was a sign of wealth or affluence. In some ways, I guess it is. It’s costly to maintain, though.

I just spent a couple hours thinning my daughters’ wardrobes — for the second time in two months. While it’s lovely that FishChick5 has six pairs of pink pants, she really doesn’t need them all. Most of them are hand-me-downs and gifts, but still. SIX pairs? What are we — the Pink Ladies?!

We kept three and are donating the other three — along with a few other items. We thinned the herd, as my husband calls it. I suppose in many respects, it’s a good problem to have — as long as I don’t hoard those clothes instead of sharing them with someone else who could put them to good use.

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Improve Your Family’s Diet

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A few years ago, on an initial visit to a new GP, my husband was told that he had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He’d had some blood work done prior to the visit, but this was the first time he’d met this doctor. Within 15 minutes of meeting him, the doctor was writing a prescription for blood pressure meds. For my 47-year old husband.

FishPapa — who wasn’t all that crunchy or health-foody (That’s my job. And my made up word.) — said, “Well, don’t you think I could try some diet changes, first?”

The doctor was stunned. Literally stunned. “Well, sure. Most people are hesitant to do that. They just want a pill.”

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Zone Defense: Organizing the Living Spaces

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Oh, I am SUCH a slacker. Not only have some of our main living/storage areas gotten really, really bad, but I also failed to post this Zone Defense assignment earlier in the month. Just like the junk that I don’t feel like I have time to put away, this post languished in drafts.

You know this program is all about the blind leading the blind, right?

Everyone who thinks that she’s a horrid housekeeper will get a reality check today. You are not alone! We do a fairly decent job of pick-up several times a day, but my kids (and I) are pretty good at stashing things so that on the outside things LOOK neat and tidy, but inside lurks a mess.

If you’re just tuning in, this is my monthly Zone Defense assignment. I am not one of those spic-and-span housekeepers. There are just not enough hours in the day. While we clean on a daily basis, clutter piles up. It multiplies like fruit flies on a hot summer day.

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Helping Kids Help Each Other

Helping Kids Help Each Other

I think there are times that I should cheer Carter on. Yelling for him to run FASTER and encouraging him to reach his full, running potential. He has a gift, and he should use it!

And I love when I get one-on-one time with Addison where I can step slowly alongside her, relishing the extra time to notice little details along our walk. She shouldn’t be rushed to match Carter’s slow speed all the times.

But then there are times that we should all meet somewhere in the middle and walk as a family- creating a speed of family unity- where we’re all watching out for each other.

The world doesn’t need faster runners of more brilliantly gifted people. The world needs more hand holders, encouragers, teachers. I hope to model this for my children- one walk at a time.

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9 Things to Do with Your Kids Just for Fun

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Enjoy time and experiences with your kids for no good reason. Just have fun! I confess. I’m a pretty serious mom. I like quiet. I get anxious if I haven’t fulfilled my work obligations. I get a little twitchy when the house is a wreck. As if the all-seeing eye is looking down on us […]

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