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All-Natural Home Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

All-Natural Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

Life as MOM contributor Janel offers tips and tricks to deodorizing a home the all-natural way. This past summer, my family was “homeless.” We house-sat for various friends and acquaintances for 8 weeks in California and then spent a few weeks visiting family and driving across the country back to Virginia. Meanwhile, all of our […]

Interview Your Student for Back-to-School

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Record back-to-school memories with a student interview. Life as MOM contributor Janel explains her family’s back-to-school tradition. Grab the free printable and interview your own student. After nearly three months spent traveling throughout the country and staying at 18 different homes and hotels, my family is finally getting settled again. Although my girls enjoyed some […]

Cleaning and Decluttering the Bathrooms (Zone Defense)

I hope you haven’t forgotten Zone Defense! This year, we’re going through our homes, zone-by-zone, tackling different areas of home life. This post originally appeared on August 28, 2012. It’s back as a reminder to get to the bathroom and make it spiffy. Life as MOM contributor, Janel, offers some tips to get you going on […]

Summer Fun: Make “Perfume”

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Let your children create their own “perfume” from fresh flowers this summer. Life as MOM contributor Janel will show you how her girls do it. All Photos: Janel Piersma When we first arrived back in California for our summer of house-sitting, we stayed at the home of some dear friends in the charming little town […]

Summer Fun: DIY Fairy Wings

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Let your child’s imagination take flight with these simple DIY Fairy Wings from Life as MOM contributor Janel. photo: Janel Piersma Our family has been in transition for the last couple of months. We moved out of our rental home in Virginia, stayed with some friends for a few weeks, and are now living a […]

Homemade Finger Paint

DIY Finger Paint for LAM

Mix up a batch of cheap and easy homemade finger paint and let your kids get creative with this simple craft from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Photo Source: Janel When my eldest was about three, we got a set of Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paints. You know, the clear kind that change color when […]

Display Your Child’s Bouquet with a Mini DIY Flower Vase

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Picking dandelions and buttercups is spring pastime that children — young and old — enjoy. Let your kids make their own vases for their bouquets with this simple craft from Life as MOM contributor Janel. Photo Source: Janel When I was a little girl, I loved picking dandelions. Now that I live in Virginia, I […]

DIY on a Dime: Satin Flower Hair Clips

Satin Flower Hairclips

 Today Janel shares a fun tutorial for hair clips that can serve as Easter basket filler or coordinate with your girl’s Easter dress.  We don’t go crazy with gifts at Easter at our house. Typically, I fill Easter baskets with small gifts for each of the girls and hide them somewhere in the house. My […]