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9 Ways to Clean with Toddlers So You Can Get More Done

9 Ways to Clean with Toddlers So You Can Get More Done

It’s 4pm.  There is nothing clean in the entire house.  In fact, it’s a billion times worse then it was at 8am, because everyone is tired, cranky, and still making messes.  Toys are dumped out in every room, and several drawers  have been “helpfully” emptied in the kitchen.  The table is buried under a mountain of ungraded homework and homeschool books, and dinner isn’t started. This has been my story more then once.  Every now and then, by the time…

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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 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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All About Food Dyes Part 3- Practical Tips for Shopping

All About Food Dyes Part 3- Practical Tips for Shopping

This post about food dyes contains affiliate links.  If you click one of them and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission.  See my full disclosures here. Hi again! If you’re still reading, then you’re at least considering going dye-free, right? Either that, or you’re just really curious.  Works for me either way, I’m glad you’re here! I will be honest. The first time you go to the grocery store to shop dye-free, it will feel completely overwhelming….

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All About Food Dyes Part 2: How to Eliminate Dyes from Your Diet

All About Food Dyes Part 2: How to Eliminate Dyes from Your Diet

This post about food dyes contains affiliate links.  If you click one of them and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission.  However, you can be confident that I will only recommend those products I truly believe in.  See my full disclosures here. In part 1 of this series, I shared some of the research I have done about food dyes and the effects they can have on our health.  I also shared our story and why we…

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All About Food Dyes Part 1: Why We No Longer Consume Food Dyes

All About Food Dyes Part 1: Why We No Longer Consume Food Dyes

Our family’s journey to eliminating food dyes in our home began when one of our children suddenly started displaying ADHD-like symptoms, frequent headaches and stomachaches, and angry, violent outbursts.  It was early 2016, and we had just returned from living in Europe for 2-1/2 years.  Within a few months, we were suddenly dealing with issues we had never experienced before, and wondering what happened to our lovable, affable (though admittedly strong-willed) child. Through a series of conversations with a friend…

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How I Clothe 4 Kids for Under $200 Per Year

How I Clothe 4 Kids for Under $200 Per Year

Kids are expensive! Everyone who has one knows that the expenses are frequent and consistent.  There are ways to reduce those costs, and one of the ways I save the most is on kids clothing. I tend to plan my kids wardrobes from the start of school through the following summer, as I’m sure most of you do too.  The start of school seems the natural time to refresh things, update their sizes, and make sure they’re prepared for winter….

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Our New Plan for Summer Chores {and How It’s Working]

Our New Plan for Summer Chores {and How It’s Working]

Chores.  When it comes to my kids, I have a love/hate relationship with chores.  I recognize the value in teaching my kids to work hard, to pull their own weight and contribute to the family.  I appreciate the extra help around the house.  But lately it seems that I am spending more time organizing chore charts and reminding my kiddos to look at them then it’s worth. This summer, I decided to rethink chores altogether. When I decided it was…

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