Stop being late to everything

Don’t want to be lazy and disrespectful? Show up on time!


I grew up in a family that believed if you weren’t five minutes early, you were late. I also grew up in a family with seven kids. My mom was very good at getting all of us kids out the door in a timely manner, without a minimum of fussing and yelling. My personality was much the same as a…

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Win "A Sense of the Resurrection"

We’re giving away “A Sense of the Resurrection”


I’m so excited about this week’s post, even if it is a few days late! I wanted it to line up with our giveaway! Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially AWESOME free stuff?!? I know, right?A couple of weeks ago I talked about how we are doing “A Sense of the Resurrection” this year to help my children understand the…

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Making your house into a home

How We Make our House(s) Feel Like Home


Since getting married way back in 2003, my husband and I have lived a lot of places. He was a newspaper reporter, so we moved from tiny papers to larger papers, until he finally got out of the business four years ago. But during that time, we moved. A LOT. In some towns and cities, we had to move several…

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Join us as we celebrate a "Sense of the Resurrection" this year!

Getting Ready for Easter with “A Sense of the Resurrection”


Now that the weather has turned and it’s feeling more like spring at my house, my mind turns to Easter. We honestly don’t do a whole lot of huge stuff for Easter; it’s a busy time of the year with school testing, spring colds (ugh!) and practice for the Easter presentation at church. A lot of times, the meaning of…

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Children can (and should) do chores beginning at a young age. You're teaching them many life skills. Click through to read, and download a free printable of age appropriate chores.

Why (and When) Children Should Do Chores (with Free Printable)


I’ve written quite a bit about chores and clutter, and even about getting my children to clean their rooms andĀ help out with dinner, both making and cleaning up afterward. I think that getting them to help out around the house not only gives them skills for later on in life, but it helps to connect them with the family. Children…

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Raising siblings as friends doesn't have to be difficult.

Friends Come and Go, But Siblings are Forever


I love my siblings more than you. Not more than you love your siblings (maybe?) but I love my siblings more than I love my friends. Sorry, not sorry. Let me tell you a bit about my siblings. I’m the second of seven children. My older sister is 18 months older than me, and I have a sister 18 months…

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Writing an eBook

I’m writing an eBook!


Guys, I have had a blast writing on the blog for the past almost five months. (What?!?! Has it been that long?!?) I have learned so much and gotten so far in my blogging and social media knowledge. I mean, there is so much I know that I didn’t even know was a thing prior to October 2016. I’ve written…

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Sharing Photos of Your Children Safely Online

How to Safely Share Photos of Your Children Online


If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you’ll notice that I don’t share any photos of my family here. It’s a conscience decision I’ve made to protect my children’s privacy. I’ll use stock photos of other children (who have given permission to have their photos available for use). Everyone has their own comfort level of sharing when it comes…

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I read romance novels...that doesn't make me a bad person!

Why I Read Romance Novels


My husband laughs when I bring home romance novels from the library with the word “Rogue”, “Rake” or “Duke” in the title. (Bonus points if it has all three!) He always wonders where the men’s shirts went, or what happened to all the buttons. After all, surely not every man in Victorian England went around half naked! This post contains…

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A timeline of the changes going on your your preteen son's life and body

Preteen Boys – Surviving This Weird Time in Their Life


So I now have a preteen boy living in my home. He’s been here awhile (11 years) but I’ve finally accepted the fact that he’s now a preteen. I’ve also accepted the fact that I know practically nothing about them. I was the second of seven siblings, three of whom were boys. The oldest boy, however, was born when I…

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