How To Teach Little Kids To Pray

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My husband - bless his kind, patient soul - puts our boys to bed most every night. We've been having an "interesting" time having our youngest (4) say his prayers. For a while, Todd said a very brief prayer which they'd repeat verbatim. Somewhere along the line, Todd decided to prod the boys for some spontaneous, unscripted prayer time.  Simple enough, right? Just pray to God. Go ahead, ... Keep Reading

Can We Please Stop Saying THIS To Each Other?

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Tonight at the pool two sweet neighbors were chatting with me about our first day of homeschool. I relayed the day's successes and stresses, answered a few curious questions about how many hours a day we ACTUALLY do school (that seems to be a popular inquiry from the onlookers) and then - It came. I saw the look. Saw the shaking of the head, the brief imagining of the possibility... Well, I ... Keep Reading

I Promise – Your Kids Can Clean Their Own Playroom

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  Yes, your kids can clean their own playroom! The day I happened upon this amazing discovery it was six months ago, and I was at my sister's house. We had come by to drop something off, and it was eerily quiet downstairs. "Where are the kids?" I asked. "Oh, they're upstairs cleaning their playroom," she said casually. "They have been up there all day and they're taking ... Keep Reading

20 Of My Best Tips For Treating Asthma In Children

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Thank you to CVS for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you have a little one who suffers from asthma or breathing issues? If you are in need of some new tips and tricks for dealing with asthma in your kids, this post is for you! My husband and I often say that managing our son's asthma is one of the most stressful parts of our job being parents. Especially when you are ... Keep Reading

Moms: How Are You Going To Feed YOU This School Year?

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I’m a teacher nerd at heart, so this “back to school” season gives me an extra rush of adrenaline. Many of you out there, my kindred spirits, know exactly what I’m talking about. The rainbow of Sharpies at Target, the crisp new books and ALL THOSE COOL LUNCHBOXES!!! Reign me in, someone!! While I am pumped for the school year, I am also a little apprehensive. Perhaps you can relate? ... Keep Reading

An Open Letter To The Woman Who Fears The Worst Will Happen

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An open letter to the woman who fears the worst will happen ~ I know you. I know what it's like. But you need to hear what I'm about to tell you. Two weeks ago, we started a Sunday like every Sunday. Smoothing the church clothes, pulling out snacks, sipping the coffee. In one split second, it would not be a Sunday like every other Sunday. In 99.9% of all homes, it wouldn't matter that ... Keep Reading

Our Afternoon Homeschool Extra-Curriculars (Frugal!)

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Last year was my very first one homeschooling. As I explained in my "Homeschooling Exposed" post :)  overall the year was a success. HOWEVER, the one thing I wanted most to change was the afternoons. I wanted to incorporate more fun, special elective activities into our afternoons. Instead of just hoping this will happen or throwing it in here or there, I have made a detailed plan for this ... Keep Reading

The 10-Item Mama Medical Kit I Never Leave Home Without (And I’m Giving One Away!)

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Thank you to CVS for sponsoring this post and hosting this giveaway. All opinions below are 100% mine. The last time I posted, I was telling you about my son's severe allergic reaction and visit to the ICU. I've been meaning to share my "Mama Medical Kit" with you all, and now is as good of a time as any. Because it saved my son's life. I bring this medical kit everywhere, and use it ... Keep Reading

How To Waste Your Motherhood (Thoughts After The Scariest Day Of My Life)

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So I wrote this post. And twelve hours later, I was in an ambulance with our son Sam en route to the Pediatric ICU. I shared a little on my Facebook page about our visit, but the basic gist is that it was caused by an accidental ingestion of one of his allergens. After watching Sam get three epi-pens and two steroid shots that were NOT working, I left the ER room and called my mom. I honestly ... Keep Reading

Guide For A Homeschooling Mom’s Teacher Workday

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If you are a homeschool mom, do you have “teacher workdays?” Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to spend one?   I did not have a "teacher workday" as a homeschool mom until mid-way through last year. I had been homeschooling for about six months when I was chatting with my neighbor, who teaches at the local elementary school. She was explaining that she’d be out of ... Keep Reading

The 8 Scenarios When You Should Consider Homeschool

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Have you ever thought you'd like to homeschool? Ever feel like you're crazy for wanting to? What if your child begins school this year, and you face some unexpected changes? Here are a few scenarios where I think homeschooling would be an excellent option to consider. Personally, I am always a little embarrassed when I tell people I homeschool. I know I need to get over that, and I'm often ... Keep Reading

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Childbirth

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Pregnant and wondering what to expect? Are you curious what surprises may await you? LOL. Here are a few of the things I WISH someone would have told me before giving birth. Important note #1: To the .01% of my readers who are men (my dad, my husband...yeah, that's probably about it...) In case you missed it so far, this is a post about BIRTH. So perhaps this is a good time to find that little ... Keep Reading