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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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All About Food Dyes Follow-up: Cosmetics, Toiletries, and Cleaning Supplies

All About Food Dyes Follow-up: Cosmetics, Toiletries, and Cleaning Supplies

Hi there!  My recent series on Food Dyes and our family’s journey has been pretty popular.  In fact, I’ve gotten lots of comments and questions about some of the specifics of our families journey.  So, I’m going to try to answer some of them in this post (and perhaps another follow-up post soon. If you have questions, please feel free to ask!). This post contains some affiliate links to products I mention.  If you click on the links and order,…

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A Busy Mom’s Review of Spot Shot Carpet Cleaner

A Busy Mom’s Review of Spot Shot Carpet Cleaner

My search for a carpet cleaner that really works has been long.  And frustrating.  I have made my own, using several different recipes.  I have purchased several different brands.  Nothing. Until I found my new best friend (if friends came in aerosol cans).  Meet Spot Shot Carpet Cleaner.     Before I jump into the review, I have a confession to make.  I caused this particular stain, by spilling coffee after tripping on a toy.  Several weeks ago.   Ahem….

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My Top 10 Money-Saving Amazon Products for Moms

My Top 10 Money-Saving Amazon Products for Moms

Have you ever wondered if Amazon is really cheaper then other stores?  We all love the convenience, but would our dollars be better spent actually running to the store?  Well, the answer is… maybe.  I have found that Amazon is a great resource for many things, including reviews.  But did you know that Amazon’s prices change?  Yep!  Sometimes they change daily.  They also change based on your zip code (if you live in a higher cost of living area, you’ll…

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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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