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Just Keep Calm

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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. So far this holiday season I haven’t freaked out. It’s still […]

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The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble, where I blog like it’s 2004. Our trip to Santa Barbara earlier in the week couldn’t have been better. We had practically perfect weather — during the day. Nights and mornings I froze my tail off, so you hardy-wintry folk know that there was a slight nip in the air. While we […]

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Cute Place Cards for Christmas

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Remember the easy, peasy gingerbread and Christmas tree gift tags I shared with you awhile ago? Afterward I realized how cute they would be to use as place cards for your holiday dinner. How fun! The base is similar to the base that I used for the flower place cards back at Easter time. If […]

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Saving Money on LEGO (Frugal Friday)

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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 site. So thanks! photo credit: Sharon Lepellerre I kept the enemy at bay for a long time. I […]

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Capturing the Magic of the Season

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The following content is sponsored by Hallmark: Our Christmas tree, the real one, not the cheap, fake tabletop one I bought, is sitting in the front yard, right now, dripping wet. It’s a family tradition, passed down from my dad. The tree can’t come inside until it’s washed. Washed, people. My husband humored me in […]

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12 Days of Christmas

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This year, I’ve been trying to be more thankful, instead of expectant, when it comes to Christmas. I want to be the person I want to be all year long. It’s a way for me to battle the gimmes, the blahs, and the ghosts of Christmases Past. This year, starting on Christmas Day, I’ll be […]

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DIY Christmas Gift Canvas Tablecloth

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Our Great Gifts series continues with this tutorial on how to make this personalized tablecloth for from guest poster Kelly. I love making Christmas gifts, especially gifts I customize for the receiver. One of my favorite gifts to make is a custom-made tablecloth, using only a painter’s canvas drop cloth and some Sharpie markers. I […]

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How to Avoid the Grass-is-Greener Syndrome During the Holidays

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During the holiday season, it’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others. Get some encouragement from Life as MOM contributor Prerna to pause and soak in the simplicity of the season. Yes, 2014. I know! When did this year speed past us?! But here we are at the end of another fulfilling year and […]

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