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Should I Have Another Baby?
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Should I Have Another Baby?

In every family, there are pros and cons to child-bearing, no matter how big or small your family is. I've always believed that the only consideration should be love: Are you willing to unselfishly love a new addition? If you are, then everything else can be problem-solved. … Continue reading
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Lenten Sacrifice Ideas for the Whole Family
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Lenten Sacrifice Ideas for the Whole Family

What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits. … Continue reading
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Using Car Time Wisely
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Using Car Time Wisely

Some days it seems like I spend more time in my car (shuttling kids around) than out of it, so I need to do what I can with the time & place I have.  My point is, I've learned the importance of using car time wisely. … Continue reading
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Zombies, Run! Board Game: The Rundown
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Zombies, Run! Board Game: The Rundown

My favorite thing about the game was playing as a team with my kids to complete certain objectives. This means everyone is involved all of the time, instead of always waiting for a turn. … Continue reading
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Mom Hack for the Kitchen Table
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Mom Hack for the Kitchen Table

Keeping any surface in our house clean for any length of time is a challenge. It's like the newly cleaned counters and table tops scream:
"Look! There's a space to put your junk here! Oh, the floor? Sure, throw some things on the floor, but put something sticky on me too!!" … Continue reading
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Large Family Dentist: 3 Must Haves
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Large Family Dentist: 3 Must Haves

While good dental hygiene is important to me, I mainly take the kids so someone else can shame them into brushing their teeth. I enjoy when my kids have to hear the same lecture I've given a million times from their snarky hygienist. … Continue reading
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New Year’s Resolutions or Not-So-New Excuses?
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New Year’s Resolutions or Not-So-New Excuses?

Identify Your New Year's Resolutions (a.k.a. Goals) What would you like to make a top priority in your life? What has stopped you from achieving this goal in the past? What steps can you make to set yourself up for success? It's not too late to make a plan! … Continue reading
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Tips from a Single Dad for Single Parents
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Tips from a Single Dad for Single Parents

Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids. … Continue reading
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Best Toys you can DIY with your Kids
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Best Toys you can DIY with your Kids

DIY projects are healthy, creative exercises for your children which will teach them to cherish work more than the thing itself. … Continue reading
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Christmas Decorations: I Just Can’t
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Christmas Decorations: I Just Can’t

The youngest seems to spend half his free time sneaking ornaments onto the tree, and the other half taking them off again.  … Continue reading
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Celebrating With ALS, Despite ALS
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Celebrating With ALS, Despite ALS

Despite ALS, there are some things that we can keep doing and celebrating together. I used to cry every year when setting up Christmas decorations, thinking it was going to be my husband's last one. He continues to celebrate Christmas with us. … Continue reading
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Giving and Receiving Gifts without Turning into The Grinch
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Giving and Receiving Gifts without Turning into The Grinch

Look, kid...  Wear matching socks without holes and undies without streaks if you want grandma to get you something different next year... now go say THANK YOU. … Continue reading
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Saving Electronic Change with Acorns Investments
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Saving Electronic Change with Acorns Investments

Even at $5 increments, I had a lot of satisfaction watching the lines on my graphs move up like Superman! … Continue reading
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Being Thankful when not Everything Is Awesome
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Being Thankful when not Everything Is Awesome

The trials of motherhood have taught me patience, problem solving skills, relationship skills, the power of creativity, and how to scarf hidden treats before the scent of chocolate can escape the packaging and lure others to my location. … Continue reading
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Forget the Calming Bath Soaps; Get Rose’s Razors Instead!
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Forget the Calming Bath Soaps; Get Rose’s Razors Instead!

My friends and family thought with so many kids, I needed to relax. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to take a luxurious bubble bath. … Continue reading
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 Child Fears: Coping with Fears in Different Stages
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 Child Fears: Coping with Fears in Different Stages

Nothing says "I like you, but I'm scared to tell you" like pulling a girl's hair or calling a boy names.  This is just how they are dealing with those fears. … Continue reading
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Tips to Avoid (my) Parenting Fails
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Tips to Avoid (my) Parenting Fails

My parenting fails have included the usual mishaps, but my largest parenting fails have mostly indicated that it's tricky to keep track of so many kids. In the fall, five or six years ago, we went on a family picnic.  It was a nice area with trees and room to let the kids run around.  There was even a little river at the bottom of a twenty foot cliff.  Alarm bells, right? River... cliff... kids... … Continue reading
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Love Fashion, but Hate Shopping
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Love Fashion, but Hate Shopping

I like my fashion like I like my kids' homework: Quick and Easy! It feels good to know I'm dressed like an adult with some fashion sense.  It makes me look and feel like I have my sh*t together.  The thing is, I don't have time or patience to shop, and I can't tell if something is fashionable if it's simply hanging on a rack. … Continue reading
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Long Term Saving for a Teen’s Immediate Needs
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Long Term Saving for a Teen’s Immediate Needs

As a teenager-to-twenty something with familial support, a "nest egg" isn't as important as transportation. … Continue reading
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Campaign for Comments Drawing: Comment on Mom-of-Seven to Win
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Campaign for Comments Drawing: Comment on Mom-of-Seven to Win

The Drawing has expired, but Comments are always welcome... ok, they're begged for, so feel free to keep those comments coming! … Continue reading
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