Getting Organized: Kids’ Closets

Getting Organized: Kids’ Closets

| January 30, 2013 | 22 Comments

The messiest places in my house are, without a doubt, the kids’ rooms. From school papers spilling off of the desk to clothing falling out of the drawers, I know that if I don’t keep on top of them, they’ll let their bedrooms spiral into unkempt conditions very quickly! One thing that I’ve found, however, […]

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Saving Money on Kids’ Haircuts

Saving Money on Kids’ Haircuts

| January 29, 2013 | 19 Comments

How much do you pay for kids’ haircuts? My son, who used to be happy with my home-haircuts, has recently informed me that he would like to have his hair cut by a professional. Since he is a pre-teen and has his own sense of style, I agreed that that would be fine… then had […]

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Recess: Is It Really Necessary?

Recess: Is It Really Necessary?

| January 28, 2013 | 28 Comments

When I was a kid, we had recess before school, at some point in the mid-morning, and again after lunch. Do you remember those days of playing four-square and kickball on the blacktop? I sure do! Many elementary schools across the nation are cutting out recess, however. In my town, the goal is to let […]

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Exotic Pets for Kids

Exotic Pets for Kids

| January 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

Do you have pets? The majority of households have a dog or a cat (or both), and many kids have pets like hamsters, gerbils or fish. One of my kids’ friends has two snakes for pets! We have two cats, and I love watching the kids interact with them. One kitty in particular tends to […]

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Ice Skating: Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun

Ice Skating: Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun

| January 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are the ponds and lakes frozen over where you are? One of the wintertime pleasures of those living in cold climates is ice skating! I have fond memories of skating on a local pond when I was younger. Of course, those of us living in warmer areas can still go skating at ice rinks, but […]

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Kids and Funerals: Things to Think About

Kids and Funerals: Things to Think About

| January 25, 2013 | 33 Comments

We recently had a death in the family: My husband’s aunt passed away after many years of illness. This was the first family death that our children have been aware of, and they had some questions. As we live far from family, only my husband flew up for the funeral, but it did lead to […]

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Food

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders in 1862. Today it is celebrated not only in Mexico but in the US as well. We LOVE mexican food (as a matter of fact tacos are on our weekly family menu) and we can’t wait to have our fiesta tonight! Here are some […]

Delicious Dinners Using Spring Vegetables

Delicious Dinners Using Spring Vegetables

Now that the weather is warming up, most of us don’t want to spend exorbitant amounts of time in the kitchen. The sun is shining longer into the evening, the kids are involved in spring sports, and let’s face it: The last thing we want on busy weeknights is to spend a lot of time […]

Shopping

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

Wow, June already; we’re almost halfway through the year! June brings Father’s Day, camp outs, the official start of summer, and some great sales on items that you want and need. Just like last month, June is a good time to buy mattresses; stores deeply discount last year’s stock. We were able to buy new […]

Things To Buy On Sale In May

Things To Buy On Sale In May

May is here, and between Mothers’ Day, graduations and the unofficial start of summer, you might be busy buying gifts and seasonal items this month. As with each month, May often offers special deals and bargains when it comes to shopping. Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your purchases for […]