The Wrath of Kindergarten Germs

Have you ever felt like your family was being taken over by germs? That's exactly how I've felt the last few months, and I'm so ready to be rid of all these Kindergarten germs. My 6 year old, Ellie, has been sick the whole school year. She came down with a cold a few days after she started Kindergarten, and the non-stop cycle has continued for months. Colds, pink eye, Hand Foot and Mouth (both strains), stomach viruses...you name it, she's had it. Of course many of the germs have passed through the family, and we have all had a rough Winter. With constantly sick kids, battling my own … [Read more...]

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How We Manage Toy Organization in a Small Home

Last month I shared my goals to tackle the massive amount of toy clutter we were left with after a new assortment entered our home for the holidays. We live in a smaller home, so we're limited on space to begin with. Add the fact that our home was built in the 20s, and we're left with even less storage space. Yep, our closets are tiny, and most of them were built into the bedrooms years later taking away even more space from the bedrooms. How can I stay on top of the toy clutter without going insane in our small space? Organize! I am the worst at organization, but I know organization is … [Read more...]

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10 Reasons to Ditch Your Clothes Dryer

I grew up helping my mom and grandma hang their clothes on the line. When I grew tall enough to hang clothes myself one of my Saturday morning chores was to hang the freshly washed laundry on the line before heading to the barn to feed our farm animals. It was just part of life for our family. I've continued the tradition, so to speak, by hanging clothes in the Summer months, but I never considered completely ditching my clothes dryer...until I had no choice. 5 months ago my dryer finally bit the dust. Ben has repaired it many times over the years, but there was no saving it one last time. … [Read more...]

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How I Used Birthday Express to Plan a Party for Less Than $125

I received free products from Birthday Express to facilitate this post. Affiliate links are included. The little one just turned 2, and because she is obsessed with mermaids, I wanted to throw her a mermaid themed birthday pool party. We don't have a lot of extra spending money right now, but I was able to set aside a $125 budget for the party and food. I also knew a majority of the kids attending would be boys. I didn't want them to feel left out, but I didn't want to compromise the "girl theme" just to include them either. I was able to put together a party for 23 guests for less than … [Read more...]

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LazePad iPad Stand Review

Ever use your iPad cover to prop up your device in bed? When I do that, the cover’s seams starts to fall apart and the iPad slips down. Really annoying. But there’s a new item to make it easy to use your iPad while lying down and sitting comfortably. The LazePad, provided for review, is an iPad stand that allows you to use your iPad while lying in bed, thus the name. I was skeptical when asked to review it, but it turned out to be incredibly useful and is now the only iPad case I use at home. Its lightweight, triangular design has two functional sides: on one, there is a track to slide the … [Read more...]

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