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Archive for July 2014

18 Non-Toy Gifts for Toddlers

Toddlers are so much fun! For them, life is an adventure and they just get excited about everything they do and see! Toddlers don’t need toys to have fun. They play and learn with everything around them. Sticks, rocks, kitchen gadgets, it really doesn’t matter. Having very few actual toys means their imagination has room to work.…

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18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Expectant Parents

My 18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children post has been such a huge hit! Evidence that most of us are tired of the overabundance of toys! But, as one kind reader pointed out, that list is geared more toward school-age children, and we have other ages that need some attention. So, here you have it: 18 Clutter-Free Gifts for…

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DIY Air Freshening Spray

I know so many of us enjoy a clean fresh scent- especially after the house have been onced-over and is sparkling clean. It’s like having dessert after a meal: It’s a reward, if you will, for our cleaning efforts. But most, if not all, store-bought air fresheners contain toxic chemicals. Candles aren’t any better, any scented…

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Large Family Survival: Love, Logic, and Wine

  Ok, this picture is tongue in cheek. I don’t rely on alcohol to get through these years of parenting, doesn’t mean I’m not tempted at times… Here are the things I do do to be the best mom I can be: We are minimalists. Shortly after having a baby along came baby stuff. Lots and lots of baby…

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My Simple and Healthy Medicine Cabinet

Have you ever wanted to know what my medicine cabinet looks like? I try to keep it as minimal as possible. Simplicity means I can get to what I need quickly and everything is always easy to find. I purposely keep a very limited amount of man made items and over the years, it’s been very…

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18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children

All of us that have children have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight. It’s especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children, or grandparents want to give gifts. Gifts…

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Steak Fajita Kabobs

Summer is my husband’s time to cook. Well, sort of. I still do most of the prep work, but once meat and veggies are chopped and marinating, I leave the rest up to him. He enjoys being a grill master… and I enjoy letting him! This meal is super delicious, all the kids love it…

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Simple Desserts: Raspberry Fool

This dessert is so quick and easy and it disappears just as quickly! The raspberries highlight each bite of creamy goodness. Anything with fruit is a hit around here, but this one is particularly popular and so refreshing on hot summer days!   Raspberry Fool Ingredients: 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 cup yogurt, plain…

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Decluttering Tips and Tricks

  Start small. Looking at your entire house, or even one entire room can be overwhelming. So start small. Take one counter or one drawer. Give yourself a time limit. No one has all day to work on decluttering. But minutes add up! If you have 10, 20 or 30 minutes, pick a project you think will…

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