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10 More Things to Buy at IKEA for under $50

10 More Things to Buy at IKEA for under $50

So, this funny conversation happened at my house the other day.  We were sitting on the back deck, eating fajitas, and I had just written my first post about things to buy at IKEA. As a fun conversation starter, I asked my family to guess which 10 items I had recommended. A hilarious conversation then ensued, where every member of the family was shocked and horrified that I had forgotten to include their favorite items.  They asked me to reveal…

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Giving Birth 3 Ways: My Home Birth Story

Giving Birth 3 Ways: My Home Birth Story

I remember the first time I was pregnant.  I was 24, and while the idea of having an infant wasn’t worrying to me, the idea of labor and delivery was fairly terrifying.  The unknown was definitely looming large! When I finally went into labor, I remember being out in my neighborhood, walking the blocks because I didn’t know what else to do. Anyone relate?  If you’re expecting your first baby, I’m willing to bet you know exactly what I am…

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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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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 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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5 of the Best Board Games for Older Kids and Teens

5 of the Best Board Games for Older Kids and Teens

This post contains affiliate links.  For more information on this, please read my disclosures. Family time is definitely a priority in our house.  One of our key family time strategies has always been board games.  They’re (nearly) free, you can play in summer or winter, and friends can be easily added to the fun when they are over. When we had toddlers, the options were obvious (Candyland, anyone?).  As the kids get older though, we’ve had to adapt, change, and…

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