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Fall Crafts for Kids

Fall Crafts for Kids

Hello, all my virtual friends! If you live in a climate where you get to watch the trees turn beautiful colors in the fall, this craft is just for you! My youngest son loves doing crafts with me, so last week, we went shopping at Value Village to pick up some cheap glassware that could serve as candleholders. We then collected a variety of leaves and pressed them in our family’s humungous dictionary for a week, then coated them in Mod…

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Parental Maintenance – are YOU Taking Care of Yourself?

Parental Maintenance – are YOU Taking Care of Yourself?

What is parental maintenance? In a nutshell, t’s making sure that you’re taking care of your own needs. All parents have been there. Whether it’s sleepless babies, illness, high-maintenance kids, or kids with disabilities, we all end up sleep-deprived, exhausted, and overwhelmed at some point in our parenting lives. I’m sure you’ve all heard that you can’t take care of anyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Let me give you a little background about my own experiences…

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Tornado Warnings – Why you MUST Take Them Seriously, and How to Prepare for Them

Tornado Warnings – Why you MUST Take Them Seriously, and How to Prepare for Them

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Having lived through 2 tornados as of yesterday, and losing 2/3rds of the roof on one house, and everything in the back yard during another tornado, I’ve learned to take the warnings seriously. People laugh at me, but I literally watched as the tornado touched down, and made its way straight to my house, hurling our sheds, trampoline, and our huge Costco play structure through the air, over the fence into the neighbor’s yard in…

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Why I Hate Getting a New Phone – a Laugh for Your Day!

Why I Hate Getting a New Phone – a Laugh for Your Day!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’ve had a great, indestructible Ulefone Armor2 phone for about a year now. In the last few months, while I was talking to someone on the phone, it does all kinds of fun things, such as put the call on hold, mute, dial into my voicemail, dial other people in my address book, and hang up on the caller. While initially entertaining, it became a useless indestructible phone. Since I had purchased the phone on…

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House for Rent: No Single Moms Allowed

House for Rent: No Single Moms Allowed

  Last February we moved into a rental house. I specifically asked at the time whether this was a long-term rental, and whether the house would be re-appropriated for other use. I was told no, the house was just an income property. On June 12th I got a notice telling me we had to be out by July 31st (which is illegal) so that the owner’s child could move in. Instant panic. I must have applied for about 20 houses,…

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Vegetarian Italian Wedding Soup

Vegetarian Italian Wedding Soup

This is one of our favourite winter staples. I always do at least a double batch, but separate the batch into two pots right after the pasta goes in, but before adding the neatballs. That way, you can add them for the required cooking time after the soup has been re-heated, so they don’t go mushy and fall apart after defrosting the soup. 1 pkg vegetarian meatballs (we like the PC brand) or 1 batch home made vegetarian meatballs 3…

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Cookin' from Whatcha Got on a Busy Schedule

Cookin' from Whatcha Got on a Busy Schedule

Our family is ridiculously busy, and some nights it’s hard for me to figure out how to feed the kids before, or even after, their activities. With two kids with autism in the house, we have more than the average load of activities and appointments after school, making it hard to find healthy meals that are quick, easy, and not too messy. Here are some of the ways I keep up. Plan Meals Ahead of Time I’ve developed a two-week…

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Must-have Kitchen Gadgets

Must-have Kitchen Gadgets

I don’t have the largest kitchen in the world, so cupboard space is at a premium; but I have some must-have kitchen gadgets that I absolutely refuse to do without. Herb Mincer This is a rolling herb mincer. You can also get other types of herb grinders, but this little guy takes up very little space in my kitchen, cost around $12, and does the job even with rosemary and thyme. I buy fresh herbs, mince the whole bunch, then…

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Spending Money to Save Money

Spending Money to Save Money

  With the new year in sight, and resolutions being made all around about anything and everything, I thought that this year I’d offer up a resolution that can be easy to achieve, and actually save you some money. There are a LOT of things you can do in your home to save money, but here I’ll stick to the low-cost changes. 1 – Light bulbs in a nutshell: An incandescent bulb can last about 1,000 hours, compact fluorescents (CFL)…

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Relationships, Kids, and Fluff 'n Stuff

Relationships, Kids, and Fluff 'n Stuff

Being a twice-divorced Catholic with four kids, I’ve had plenty of time to take pause and reflect on the world around me, and it’s left me wondering – does anyone truly think about anything or anyone anymore before they act? I’ve always believed that you could make a marriage work if only both parties are willing to WORK at it. The same goes for parenting. Yet we have higher divorce statistics than ever, and more parents fighting to the detriment…

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