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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

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Scroll through summer photographs and relive summer vacation as a family. I’m not sure what happened. I must have blinked. And now summer vacation is over. O-V-E-R. We started school last week. We got a rolling start, cooking frogs, the slow immersion method. And we survived. Next week will be harder, but not as hard […]

The One in Which I Ramble a Lot and Show How We Created a Fun Play Space for Our Kids

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My kids have no shortage of toys, books, and games. In fact, we have an entire single car garage, aptly dubbed The Toy Garage in which we store the aforementioned toys, books, and games. Each child has a stash of his own personal items in his bedroom, either in bins under the bed or in […]

12 Ways to Save Money on Christmas (& a FREE download)

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Christmas can be a great time with friends and family. Let’s plan ahead to stay under budget, too. Be sure to download the free Christmas coupons to get you started. Earlier this week I posted a boatload of Christmas ideas and giveaways in honor of “Christmas in July“. I’m a Christmas Geek and love to […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway from Blue Orange Games

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Win one of five great games from Blue Orange Games. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: establishedways@, stephjem95@, Traci527@, cadmomdo@, beckybecks02@ For me one of the big highlights of the holidays are the cold winter nights when we hunker down together to play games. (And yes, Virginia, it does get cold here.) […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway: Desserts in Jars

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Win a copy of Shaina Olmanson’s Desserts in Jars. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: sekeil5@, krissajeldy@, erinb1@, robjohnsonofwichita@, dfoster@ Part of the beauty and sweetness of holiday celebrations is the baking. From cakes to pies to cookies to elegant desserts, the sweets are a delicious way to celebrate with friends and family. […]

Christmas in July – Around the Web

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Great minds think alike, as they say. A bunch of my favorite bloggers are also thinking ahead to the holidays right now.  Craft Along with Simple Kids – Kara is hosting a fun crafting bee where folks can share the projects that they’re working on for gift giving. Monthly “meetings” will offer a place to work on […]

A Christmas in July Giveaway from See’s Candy

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This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: KristyBartlett@ Smell that? THAT is the smell of Christmas morning! What?! You don’t have that tradition. Well, you should. Every year for at least the last 40, my dad has opened a box of See’s Candy Nuts and Chews to pass around while we opened presents. […]

A Giveaway from Lilla Rose and the Modest Mom

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Win gift certificates to Lilla Rose and the Modest Mom. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: stephfishr@, lowilmac@, martinacres08@ The holiday season is rife with fun and feasting. And there just might be an occasion for getting all gussied up. While I’m no fashionista, I do feel better about our outings and […]