Quick Tip: Storing Summer Gear Together for Easy Access

Although summer is an easier season than winter in many ways, I find that we still have a lot of gear – sunscreen, hats, water bottles, bathing suits, towels, bubbles, chalk and so on. Rather than keeping these items in their "proper" places – i.e., bathing suits with the clothes, towels in the linen closet,…

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Making Summer Memories at Home

My monthly column is up at Simple Mom, and I'm sharing three ideas for making the most of a low-key summer at home: For many people, summertime is a busy season of lessons, camps, activities and outings. If that works for your family, great! But if it leaves you stressed and frazzled, there’s nothing wrong…

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Decorating with Books

An easy way to decorate simply and inexpensively is to incorporate the things you love and use already as part of your home decor. An obvious example of this is using books to add interest and color to a room. I love using books to decorate because they're useful as well as beautiful. Here are…

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Question of the Day: How Many Open Windows?

No, not that kind of window...application windows on your computer. I've read a few tweets and posts this week from people who are overwhelmed by the 267 windows or tabs that they usually keep open at once, and so today I want to know... How many windows do you have open on your computer right…

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Minimizing the Stress When Traveling with Children

As you know, we live in the boonies, which means we drive anywhere from 2-4 hours to visit family and friends -- or go on family field trips -- at least once a month. In many ways, I think this is a blessing for our children, because they think nothing of spending that much time…

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Question of the Day: Share Your Best Tips for Traveling with Children

Last week, I got an email from Andrea, who will be traveling to the U.S. from South America and then around the States in a Winnebago this summer....with four children under seven. She is looking for tips to help her get organized to make the trip go as smoothly as possible! I'd have to agree…

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Quick Tip: A New Approach to Rotating Seasonal Wardrobes

With each child we've added to our family, I've noticed that rotating seasonal wardrobes has become more and more of a headache. For the past two years, I've been looking for a system to help me simplify the process, and I think I finally found it this year. In the past, rotating their seasonal clothing…

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Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get the Clutter Out
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Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get the Clutter Out

Today we continue our unique take on spring cleaning with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship’s Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get the Junk Out. This week I've over at Kitchen Stewardship sharing my story of eliminating clutter and the benefits of decluttering. Go ahead over to read that and then come back and read my tips for getting…

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Question of the Day: Do You Eat Breakfast?

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and yum, it happens to be my favorite meal), but so often moms get caught up in trying to get everyone ready and out the door to school or various activities, and we end up skipping it. Although I rarely leave the…

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Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get Pesticides Out

Today we continue our unique take on spring cleaning with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship’s Spring Cleaning Carnival: Get the Junk Out. This week’s topic is eliminating pesticides. Head on over to Kitchen Stewardship, where Laura from Heavenly Homemakers is chatting about organic gardening and why she avoids pesticides in her own garden. Keeping my garden…

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