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How to have the Best Mother’s Day Ever

How to have the Best Mother’s Day Ever

You moms are killing it out there. You’re doing it. You are rocking the packed lunches, and the homework, and the reading to your kids and the being to school on time. I know these things, because the pick up line was very quiet when I dropped off my kids 15 minutes late this morning. You are doing amazing things, and I want you to feel amazing on Mother’s Day too. (more…)

8 Ways to Help Your Child Read More this Summer

8 Ways to Help Your Child Read More this Summer

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Summer is a fantastic time to help your child read more and become a confident reader. However, it’s easy to let the days fill up with swimming, sports, or day camps, and to let reading fall by the wayside. Smart parents use summer as a time for their children to read as much as possible because they know that reading keeps their mind active while they’re not in school, and that children need lots of time to practice reading to become proficient readers. I believe that summer reading can be magical for you and your child, especially if you try a few of the ideas in this post. (more…)

Healthy Snacks for Busy Moms

Healthy Snacks for Busy Moms

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No time to eat healthy? I’ve got you covered with these healthy snacks.

Do you make food for everyone else, then end up eating the bottom of the kids’ macaroni and cheese because you’re too starving not to? I’ve got you covered, because I have so been there. If I’m not careful, my hunger can take over, and a food fest can begin. For me, having lots of healthy snacks on hand keeps me from succumbing to crazy food cravings. (more…)

7 ways to use the library to turn your kids into readers

7 ways to use the library to turn your kids into readers

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Last week, my sister Tammy shared some of her favorite spring books. Today, my sister Rhonda is sharing her best tips for using the library to foster a love a reading in her children. Her practical, honest tips will make you want to change the way you visit the library!

3 sisters
Rhonda is the spunky one of the 3 of us. She’s creative, energetic, smart and has great style.

Okay, without further ado, here’s Rhonda:


I take an Ikea bag to the library with my kids.  And we fill it every time.  I hobble out of the library with what feels like (and might actually be) 100 lbs. of library books hoisted over my left shoulder and toddler on my right hip. Oh, and my three older kids are also in tow, with their own smaller bags, filled with books, hoisted over their shoulders as we all march out the library door.

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How to start a journaling habit that will make you happier

How to start a journaling habit that will make you happier

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One habit that has made me happier this year is to start a tiny journal where I record gratitude, a favorite memory, and a prayer or intention.  For years I felt only guilt about not keeping up with a journal. This tiny journal has WORKED for me, and has brought me surprising benefits as well. Keeping it small and extremely focused has helped me be successful. I explain all about how this works for me in the video below. If you don’t want to watch the video, keep reading… (more…)

4 cleaning products I can’t live without

4 cleaning products I can’t live without

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Currently, my home is on the market, so I’ve needed to keep my house as clean and beautiful as possible for every showing. I’m always looking for things that make my life easier. I like to clean quickly and efficiently. I want the job to be done well, but I only want to spend a couple minutes doing it.  So whether you’re getting a house ready to show, or are just ready to tackle some spring cleaning, these are the cleaning products I can’t live without! (more…)

10 Spring Gardening Books for Toddlers

10 Spring Gardening Books for Toddlers

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Today’s post is all about books to enjoy with your toddler this spring. It’s brought to you today by my youngest sister, Tammy. She’s a brilliant museum consultant, and a mom to 2 little boys. She loves to knit and bake and wears fantastic scarves. As a self-proclaimed children’s book specialist, Tammy has made books a huge part of her children’s lives and will share her expertise with us today.

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Small Steps Take You Great Places

Small Steps Take You Great Places

Just start.

When a task is overwhelming, or a dream seems too big, just start. This applies to massive laundry piles, business goals, or whatever seems too lofty to ever be able to accomplish. (more…)

5 Things I learned from staging my home in less than a week

5 Things I learned from staging my home in less than a week

You guys! It has been crazy over here. We just moved here! (A month ago!)  And now we have a for sale sign in our yard! It’s totally unexpected, but God has been so good to us. We know everything will work out amazingly well.

Anyway, for the last few weeks I’ve been hyper-focused on getting our house ready to list.

Here’s a little timeline of how that went down:

Monday, April 3: I met with a realtor, to THINK about listing our home. I mostly wanted an idea of what kind of changes to my house would make the most difference in this area to potential buyers. She mostly recommended home staging, with no DIY or updating needed. I still didn’t want to admit that we might have to leave our town, but I thought it would be good to be prepared. (more…)

How Decision Fatigue Contributes to a Disorganized Day

How Decision Fatigue Contributes to a Disorganized Day

I just moved to a new town and I’m one week into my new life here in my new-to-me house and neighborhood with new grocery stores and people and… you got the idea. The biggest transition for me though has been going from full-time teaching to full-time “momming.” I love teaching and I love momming and I’ve done both full-time before. I have a little experience with this transition, but I still feel a little bit like a fish out of water.

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