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Month: July 2017

Helping Kids Appreciate Veggies: Whole30 With Kids

Helping Kids Appreciate Veggies: Whole30 With Kids

“Mom, I want more bread!”  This was the refrain of my toddler today at lunch.  He said this at least 8 or 9 times in the 30 minutes we sat together at the kitchen table.  Clearly, the carrots, cucumbers, and chicken on his plate just weren’t cutting it.  He wanted bread with butter, stat. “Another bite of cucumber, and you can have more bread,” I said at least a dozen times.  Then he would eat a teeny-tiny piece of cucumber…

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How to Reduce Cleaning Time But Make a Bigger Impact

How to Reduce Cleaning Time But Make a Bigger Impact

Let’s be honest.  Have you ever taken a moment to look around at all the housework piling up around you and wondered where the heck to start cleaning?  Of course you have.  So have I.  Well, as I was loading the dishwasher and putting clothes in the dryer today (for the first of several times) I realized that I have learned something very valuable over the years. No, it’s not to hire a maid.  Or wave a magic wand.  Both…

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How to Make Whole30 Survivable: Recipes, Ideas, and Shopping Tips

How to Make Whole30 Survivable: Recipes, Ideas, and Shopping Tips

I wrote a few days ago about why we decided to do a Whole30 and a little about the results from our first one.  Today I am sharing about the specifics of Whole30, along with some recipes and shopping tips. (This post contains affiliate links.  I am linking to Amazon the exact products I purchased for Whole30 and will purchase again.  If you decide to click and purchase, I receive a small commission which helps keep this blog alive and…

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How Whole30 Got Me Out of a Funk (and Led to New Family Photos)

How Whole30 Got Me Out of a Funk (and Led to New Family Photos)

My husband has wanted family photos for a very long time.  Honestly, I have too.  It’s been 4 years and 2 kids since our last family photo.  As a scrapbooker, a good family photo is a must.  So why has it been so long since we got a photo?  Well, mostly because I haven’t felt all that great over the last few years.  I haven’t been sick or anything.  But I haven’t slept all night through in years.  My energy…

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DIY Bug Repellent- How I Made It, and How It Works

DIY Bug Repellent- How I Made It, and How It Works

Bug Repellent has always been one of those things I hated using.  When I became a mom, I hated using it on my kids.  I mean, you can taste the harsh chemicals when you spray it, right?  That stuff can’t be all that good for you.  The can of Off sat on my shelf, reserved for the rain forest/West Nile virus type of situations. The good news is that I finally got around to trying some DIY Bug Spray, and…

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How To Declutter Kids Artwork Without Throwing It Away: Greeting Cards

How To Declutter Kids Artwork Without Throwing It Away: Greeting Cards

If you have kids, you probably also have kids artwork.  Piles and piles of kids artwork.  My 2-year-old can produce masterpieces unbelievably quickly.  He’s also aware anytime I try to discard any of them.  Sound familiar?  Well, I’m on a mission to use that artwork in ways other then wallpapering the fridge. This post is the first in a series of ideas for using up all that artwork.  I’m starting with my personal favorite- greeting cards. If you’re not a…

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My Top 5 Board Games for Ages 7-11 (and Their Families)

My Top 5 Board Games for Ages 7-11 (and Their Families)

Somewhere around the time that my oldest reached age 7, my husband and I overdosed on Candyland.  It was a horrible experience.  The shakes, night terrors, knee-jerk reactions to anything brightly colored or gingerbread-man-shaped…  awful, I tell you.  And, we still had a 5-year-old that liked the game.  It was a scene straight from every parent’s worst board games nightmare. How did we recover?  Well, my friends, first we had a bonfire.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  I may have dreamed…

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