10 Insanely Awesome Ways to Connect with your Kids

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. My son and I recently started visiting colleges.  Yes, colleges!  How did this happen?  Didn't I just bring him home from the hospital in one of those cozy hospital blankets and little hat? After getting one child to 18 (still have two to go) I can't say I got everything right!  No one does!  But  I can tell … [Read more...]

5 Ways for Mom to Relieve Stress

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The holiday are among us and even if we really love them, often stress can accompany them. It could be financial, dealing with extended family members or just the hustle and bustle. As moms we will will often experience stressful times in our family life and in parenting. No matter how much you enjoy being a mom there are going to be stressful days with it! Sometimes stress can even come … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Encourage Learning in the Home

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Learning and knowledge are wonderful things, however our kids don’t always see it that way. Many times they have a negative outlook on learning because the only thing they can think of when hearing that word is school work. It doesn’t have to be that way.  There are several things we can do to make our homes a home where learning takes place naturally.    We want to give our kids a love of … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Back to School

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Summer time goes way too fast!  Very soon we will be preparing for back to school!  Now back to school for us is back to school at home because we homeschool but even with that we have to get our minds and bodies back to "doing school" and it takes some preparation!  For many families back to school will mean sending their kids to a different building every day with a new teacher for the year!  I … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Family this Summer

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We love summer!  It is just such a fun season to enjoy as a family!  There are picnics, swimming, vacations, and just sitting on the porch eating ice cream.  Days seem to last longer (although they really don’t) and you just feel more relaxed as a family without the hustle and bustle.  The summer heat can be tough on our family and there are things we can do to keep our family healthy during the … [Read more...]

20 Words of Wisdom for my Daughter

20 WORDS OF WISDOM

If I could go back in time and warn that young girl (aka, me) what would I tell her? We all have regrets and things we would do differently and now that I'm in my early 40's I understand more and more about what is important and what isn't.  I also have learned to be happy in the skin I'm in and what true friendship is!  The biggest thing I have learned is I will never be able to make everyone … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Do to Savor Time with Your Children!

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Time is flying!  As a mom of three teenagers now I can tell you, your parenting journey really does go way too fast. I keep asking myself, “How do I stop time”, Is it really summer already?  Is it true my little baby boy is turning 18 this year and will leave our home for college next spring?  Say it isn’t so! It is so funny, when you are a mom in your early 20’s and you have these … [Read more...]

5 Amazing Gifts for the High School Graduate

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It is that time of year again when the high school seniors in our lives become graduates!  Teenagers are not always the easiest to shop for but there are some things that I think would make wonderful gifts for our graduates that they can use in their years at college or whatever adventure that awaits them!  My oldest child (son) will be a graduate next year so it is nice for me to be brainstorming … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Fire Up Your Kids to do Chores

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It is not easy to get our children to do chores, especially with a good attitude.  However, chores are important, not only for character growth but for teaching them about how to become responsible adults! Here are 10 ways to fire up your kids to do chores! 1.  Make Them – I know this should just be a given but really, so many parents don’t.  They either get worn down with the complaining or … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Help Your Family Through Trials

6 ways to get through trials

There are times life can hit us in unexpected ways!  We can be going on with life just fine and in one moment or one day we can find ourselves in the middle of a difficult journey!  Life is made up of all kinds of experiences.  We will often have joyful events, unexpected surprises, love, and much more but with life also comes heartache, trials, and grief!  That is the cost of liven in a fallen … [Read more...]