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Motherhood is Like a Cruise

Motherhood is Like a Cruise

Hubby and I were watching a “behind the scenes” type show about the cruise ship industry. They were talking about the tons of food that is prepared and consumed on each cruise, how much fuel is burned each day, and how many crewmembers working ten hour shifts for seven days in a row it takes to make the cruisers’ vacations magical. As the credits rolled, hubs said, “Can you imagine doing all that work every … Read entire article »

Filed under: Homemaking, Mommyhood

Organizing Winter Gear

Organizing Winter Gear

I have a guest post up this week over on my dear friend Nancy’s blog, There is Grace. It’s a step by step guide on how I tackled the Polar Gear Vortex that was my front entryway last winter.  If you’re already dreading the bundling, unbundling, and searching for lost gloves that this season brings, go check out this fun and easy DIY winter organization project! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Guest Blogger, Homemaking, Mommyhood

Try Technology Tickets to Trim TV Time

Try Technology Tickets to Trim TV Time

First, I just want to say that part of the reason I love blogging is because I get to come up with goofy post titles. *grin* We started using technology tickets last school year to help keep track of how much “screen time” our kids were getting.  Today, I’m sharing how to make and use a technology ticket system over at my friend Rhonda’s Blog, Bramell, Party of Five. If you need to tame the technology … Read entire article »

Filed under: Guest Blogger, Homemaking, Mommyhood

Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

I recently had the opportunity to hear the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, speak.  On why he incorporated giving into his company, he said, “Giving feels really good. That in itself is a reason to do it.” This year I am featuring a series of posts about Gifts that Feel Good.   On Saturday morning I woke up to the smell of bacon and the sound of children laughing.  It made me immediately happy.  Petit Jean … Read entire article »

Filed under: Homemaking, Mommyhood, Not the Dishes, Product Reviews

Making Bad Things Good

Making Bad Things Good

As a mother, it’s my job to make bad things good for my kids.  Whether that’s pointing out the silver lining or life lesson in a tough situation, comforting them after a bad dream with some snuggles, fixing a broken toy, or healing up injuries and illness with some first aid or TLC. But, that’s not what this post is about.  It’s about sweet potatoes. And packing lunch. And chips. You see, my kids think that sweet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Frugal Fawn, Grocery Shopping, Homemaking, Mommyhood, Product Reviews

Back to School Prep

Back to School Prep

Today makes the start of the 7 day countdown til school starts!  I get just as excited about back to school as the kids do – I fully embrace the return to a set schedule and an increase in brain-expanding activities for everyone.  But, there’s much to be done before the big day comes.  I thought I would share my back-to-school to-do list here. Purchase and pack up school supplies – I live in Wal-Mart country, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Homemaking, Mommyhood