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9 Ways to Get a Jump on the Day

9 Ways to Get a Jump on the Day - Find yourself feeling scattered and disordered? Consider a daily morning routine to help you put order into the day and give you a major sense of accomplishment.

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.Find yourself feeling scattered and disordered? Consider a daily morning routine to […]

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Leaning Godwards

windmill sky

Years ago, we memorized “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as a family. So cute to hear my kids lisp those words. Part of a mostly “praise song” tradition, I found the memorizing of hymns to be fascinating, especially so when I learned old, albeit archaic vocabulary and sentence structure. As a language student, I […]

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The Weekly Ramble

Chopped for Kids

The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This was probably one of the best meals of the week: Guinness Beef Stew, made in the slow cooker. Easy and delicious and I felt like a miracle worker that dinner was already taken care of by 9am. Make it on Monday if corned beef isn’t […]

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FREE Grammar Apps for Kids

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The following content is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education. This post contains affiliate links.  When I was a new mom, my “cellular phone” was the size of a large flashlight, and all it did was make phone calls. I wore a watch. I had an egg timer by my stove. I did most of my shopping […]

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Help Your Family Eat Less Added Sugar

Fruit and Nut Bites

Want to improve your family’s diet? Consider providing naturally-sweetened and unsweetened treats instead of those that are laden with sugar and corn syrup and other junk. One of the things that the FishKids love about a visit to Trader Joe’s is the chance to hunt for the stuffed animal and earn a treat. In case you […]

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Zone Defense: Getting a Laundry Game Plan in Action

Zone Defense: Getting a Laundry Game Plan in Action

Time to tackle clutter and disorganization and maybe too much stuff. This month we head to the laundry room to score big. We do a lot of laundry at our house. I think that I’ve counted at least ten regular loads, but probably closer to fourteen in any given week. With six active kids, you can imagine […]

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Zone Defense Check-In: The Kitchen

kitchen coffee cupboard

On Zone Defense in February, we set the kitchen to rights. Okay, team, it’s time for the monthly Zone Defense check-in, only 12 days late. Sorry about that ! If you showed up for practice last month, you know that February’s play was to tackle, er, that is, reorganize and dejunk the kitchen. The kitchen, sometimes known […]

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Planning Ideas for a European Vacation

Paris eiffel tower

Our family just got back from a 3-day road trip. While we had a fabulous time out of Dodge, we are tired and happy to be home. Our kids are pretty good travelers, packing their stuff and loading the car in pretty short order. We love the idea of traveling with our big family. As […]

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