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Fall means pumpkin spice, pumpkin bread and…Christmas?!?

Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer; never mind that my kids have been back in school for three weeks. But now that September is officially here, I can really switch the button in my brain to Fall, and move on to all the things I love about my favorite season. Fall leaves….Ok, Ok, I live in Florida, where…

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Giving your child a cell phone doesn’t have to be a scary thing

  I distinctly remember my first cell phone. It was NOT a flip phone, but it was a very basic phone. When it was off, the lock screen was a panda that waved, so my sisters and I called it the panda phone. Why did my sisters call it that, too? Because we SHARED our first cell phone! Yep, no…

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Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Summer Road Tripping with Older Kids

Happy summer, guys! I haven’t been around as much this month (ok, hardly at all!) because we’ve been prepping to go out of town, been out of town, then recovering from being out of town. Honestly, getting back into a groove after a trip is HARD! This year, our June trip was a mission trip for our whole family, through…

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summer reading list

Summer Reading List for Older Kids

When I was growing up, I read all the time. We lived a half mile from the library, so my sisters and I rode our bikes there all the time; we were homeschooled, so we could go during the day. I read All. The. Books. Books about Anne-with-an-E, Narnia (my favorite was A Horse and His Boy!), about Teseracts, and…

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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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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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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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Some days are harder than others when you're dealing with your children. You won't like them some days, and that's OK!

Loving Your Children When You Don’t Particularly Like Them

This month, we’re talking about love, because it’s the Month of Love, otherwise known as February. We don’t, as a family, go all out for Valentine’s Day. I think my husband and I don’t because we were only married for one Valentine’s Day before I got pregnant with our first child. By the time our third Valentine’s Day rolled around,…

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