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6 steps to a saner christmas

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Happy Holidays or Holiday Heachache?

The holidays can be a huge headache for a lot of people.

It is a shame if we don’t get to enjoy the spirit of the season because we are so stressed out. I wanted to share some steps to having a saner, more relaxed Christmas/holiday season.

First of all, we are going to talk about some things to limit to restore some

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Teaching little ones what Christmas is really about

teaching litte ones abt christmas

As we go into the holiday season, we want our children to not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and the “gimmes”. We can put out nativity sets, we can color pictures of Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus, but are they *really* getting it?

I love what one of my favorite bloggers does. Instead of putting presents under the tree in the weeks leading up

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Ahh, the American dream, and a cure

The American dream

Has your American dream turned into a nightmare?

A house, a car, or even 2 or 3 cars!

A riding mower.

Stainless steel appliances.

Flat screen TV, Wii gaming system.

Swimming pool, designer landscaping.

Four wheelers, dirt bikes.

Guns, paintball, airsoft.

Boat, jetskis.

Dinner out several times a week.

Karate, baseball.

Cheerleading, softball.

PTA, homework.

Checkups, sick days.

Vacations in high gear.

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6 steps to define your priorities this holiday season

define priorities holiday

As we head full swing into the holiday season, with all its hustle and bustle, it is easy to get caught up and lost in our list of things to do, our events and activities to go to. We may get so busy just going, that we don’t even realize that we are not enjoying ourselves.

In America, especially, there is huge cultural pressure to do so much. I

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Rainbow Loom, all the rage among 7-12 year olds

Rainbow loom for kids

Doing my research again, for my grandkids, and I came across the Rainbow Loom. Now if you look on the wrist of my grandkids at any given time, chances are you will find a bracelet or hair band or rubber band. So when I heard about the Rainbow Loom, I knew I had found a goldmine for a perfect Christmas present. And for a price under $20!

The

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10 fun and easy Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids

thanksgiving activities for littles

Looking for something to keep the little ones busy while you prepare for Thanksgiving this week? Or maybe want to spend some quality time crafting with them while cooking your turkey?

I have gathered just a few of the THOUSANDS of Thanksgiving craft ideas out there.

Grateful Paper Plate turkey

 

Grateful turkey with patterning

 

 

Paper plate turkey wreath

 

Gumdrop turkey

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Help your children discover their gifts

help your children discover their gifts

In America, it seems, parents can’t wait to sign their 4 year olds up for soccer, or their 5 year olds up for cheerleading. Or, depending on the talents and desires of the parent, they may be taking tennis or golf. Maybe they join the swim team.

Don’t get me wrong, none of these things are wrong in and of themselves. Let’s just be careful that we are not

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Do American parents have it backwards?

girls climbing trees

The days of summer are quickly coming upon us and I am reminded of catching fireflies and running through the neighborhood playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark as a kid.

My kids are now ages 20-31, and I know they have many of the same memories, running in the woods, playing with the neighbor kids, riding their bikes to the corner store to get ice cream.

I hope my

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Homemaking bundle e-book sale

For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!

More than anything, our goal for this sale was for it to be, well… ultimate! We firmly believe that you will not find a more comprehensive

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Making the most of time spent in the car

Making the most of time in the car

After coming across a conversation on Facebook by one of my sister bloggers, Christine Wolf, talking about how exhausting all the driving kids around can be, I thought I would write a post with some tips to make the most of the car time. By the other comments on the thread, it was obvious that she was not alone in her sentiments.

So how can you make the

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