Weekend Reading: June 14, 2014

Who needs baby toys when your big sisters have toys like THIS?! We're heading to Florida for two weeks tomorrow. Actually, we planned to leave Monday,  but we decided to just rip off the bandaid and hop in the car tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. for the 18-hour drive! Thankfully, because we're staying with my…

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Preparing for a Road Trip with 4 Kids & a Dog

We're getting ready for our second 18-hour trip to southern Florida, leaving on Sunday at 4 a.m., and it seemed like a good time to repost this. This time, our big girls are already in Florida with my parents, so we'll be making the drive down with 2 kids, a baby and a dog and…

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Earth Day Repurposing: 101 Ways to Reuse Your Trash

The following post is from Katie of Kitchen Stewardship: If you visited my house, you might wonder why I have an old sock hanging on top of my toilet scrub brush in the bathroom. Of course, after reading this, you won't have to ask.... I've been collecting all the crazy ways I reuse items that…

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Chores & Allowance Revisited {Plus a Printable Time Card for Kids!}

I've shared our philosophy about chores and allowance in the past, but I thought I would revisit the topic now that I'm the mom of three -- soon to be four! -- elementary-age kids and not a whole slew of preschoolers. For us, chores and allowance offer opportunities to teach the girls about responsibility, team…

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Baby Necessities {A Little Bit of Minimalism, A Little Bit of Fun}

While I was on maternity leave, I made lists of the things I wanted to share with you about life with a newborn, and I'm excited to do that now through this series: Notes from the Newborn Daze. Because I know not all of our readers are at this stage or interested in reading baby…

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Earn Points & Discover New Collector Cars with Hot Wheels Race Rewards

While we've always had Hot Wheels in the house, even with four little girls, I see more of them in our future as we welcome the first baby boy to our family! It's a little too early for us to take advantage of this fun rewards program from Hot Wheels and Walmart, but if Hot…

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A Baggie Here, a Baggie There (& How to Store Toys that Drive You Nuts!)

The following post is from Katie of Kitchen Stewardship: Sometimes the easiest things are still worth mentioning. I was watching my husband peel the biggest plastic bag you ever did see off a new mattress today and thinking about my modest little pile of “plastic bags to reuse so I don't have to throw them…

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Day 17 & 18: Kids' Toys {Spring Cleaning Made Easy}

This month we're spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean -- one mini task at a time -- without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean. If you're just joining us, you can jump…

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Keep the Girls' Room Clean {Family Boot Camp}

Our family is working to build better habits, and I'm sharing them with you each week through the Family Boot Camp series. This week my focus is on cleaning up the upstairs each day, especially after quiet time. Daily quiet time is an important part of our routine, but one aspect we've struggled with is…

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Simplifying for Fall: Toys and School Supplies {Day 3}

Today's Day 3 of the Simplify for Fall Challenge, and we're tackling toys and school supplies! Today is a fairly light day for me, so I'll mostly be playing catch up on the things I didn't finish yesterday and Monday. It's not because our toys are never an issue but because I couldn't handle the…

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