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How to Eat Dinner with Your Kids Without Losing Your Cool

Last week, we all gathered around the supper table to eat a delicious meal of roast chicken, baked potatoes and garden vegetables that we grew ourselves. The girls were so cute in their dresses and pinafores, and the boys had washed up from doing the barn chores… Whatever. That’s what happened in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy. In our house,…

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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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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 and 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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Clutter in your house can affect your mood. It leads to stress and makes people see your family in a certain way!

Clutter is a Bummer

So I read (ok, skimmed) this interesting article on Facebook the other day…actually, I only read the title. And I’ve now formed an entire philosophy based on that article title. Does that make me a bad person? No, just normal, right? The article was called “The Link Between Clutter and Depression” and the tagline said “It’s been proven – Clutter…

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My kids couldn't clean their room because they didn't know how. Do your know how to actually clean their room? Grab your free printable to help them out!

Don’t Assume Your Kids Know How To Clean Their Room – Mine Didn’t

I don’t know about your family, but if it’s anything like mine (please tell me it is!) then your kids have a totally different idea than you of what clean really means. Just a peek into their bathroom and bedroom will tell you that! I have no idea why I had this thought, but I did. (It’s probably because I’m…

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Why you Can't Control Your Clutter - It's time to start!

Why You Can’t Control Your Clutter

Clutter. More than 90% of people have at least a little bit of clutter in their homes. It may be a drawer or two in the kitchen, or under the bathroom sinks. It may be in your kids rooms, or it may even be taking over your entire house. Clutter can silently be stealing your time, money and peace. Time…

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Having a Meal or Menu plan can save your sanity right around 5pm. We've got a FREE downloadable printable to help you meal plan like a pro!

Make A Meal Plan Once A Week – Use A Free Printable

I used to think meal planning was a hassle; sitting down and having to think of seven meals, all at once? Who has time for that? But then I had an epiphany. I think it was one day at about 4:45 pm while staring into my mostly empty pantry, wondering what I was going to make for dinner. Maybe this…

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Why You Need A Planner for Your Life

Merry Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful week celebrating the birth of our Savior and spending time with family and friends! We totally relaxed on Christmas Day because we have a VERY big week ahead with Second Christmas (with all of my siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, 23 of us in all!) and my brother’s wedding. With all of…

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How To Set Up a Simple Family Command Center

Keeping track of a large family can be tough sometimes. Between school activities, after-school sports and clubs, volunteer time and family time, it can be difficult to remember what happens when. At this point in our lives, it isn’t as difficult for us as it has been before, and as I’m sure it will be again in the future at…

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Six Simple Things To Do To Be More Productive

Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and wondered what you had gotten accomplished? You know you made dinner, and maybe a load of laundry or two, but what else? I’ve been there, and it’s not fun. It feels kind of like a wasted day. Or maybe you meant to call the doctor’s office and insurance company,…

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