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Why do we sweat the small stuff?

In the grand scheme of things, my life is incredible. Absolutely, positively amazing. In fact, in the grand scheme of things, I should never complain about anything, ever, because I really am, truly, truly blessed. (I’m not even being sarcastic here – this is the truth). But every once in a while, my “human” side […]

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Teacher appreciation: We (heart) our teachers!

  This is our first year in our public school system (my oldest is in first grade at a local elementary school). And I know it’s our first year into a long, educational journey (excepting for the kindergarten years), but we have just been so happy with my son’s first grade experience. I think it’s […]

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Family historian

Who’s the memory keeper in your family? Who’s the historian in your family? The one self-appointed person who tries to organize and keep all of the photos, the mementos, the home videos? In my family, that person is me. It’s a role I chose, and one I’m happy to occupy. There’s something fulfilling for me […]

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Dear kids, I’m not your friend

  Dear kids, I hope this post finds you well. Since you’re only seven and five, and aren’t actually allowed on the Internet to read blogs like this one, I’ll have to print this out and read it to you later. I’ve noticed a trend lately, and I wanted to take the time to address […]

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Christmas cookie baking day

Today’s the day! The day we spend all afternoon in the kitchen in the name of baking dozens of too bright Christmas cookie to share far and wide! A little flour here, a little icing there, sprinkles in places that probably shouldn’t be named, but overall, I’d say it was an edible success. Check out […]

chicken meatballs

Chicken meatballs recipe

It’s been rainy and dreary all week here in Upstate S.C. Last night just screamed for spaghetti and meatballs at our house. I’m always on the lookout for ways I can help my family eat better, without compromising on taste. And since we were in a “comfort food” kind of mood, I came up with […]

Paper-Bag Turkey bursting with popcorn

Paper-Bag Turkey with Popcorn

I went to my youngest’s Thanksgiving party at his preschool today. One of the moms, Katie B., brought in such cute snacks! She said she found them on Martha Stewart.com.  I had to take a picture and then give you the link on how to make this – this is great for Thanksgiving school parties. […]

Baked Tortilla Chips

Baked Tortilla Chips Recipe

I wanted to have some crunchy tortilla chips to go alongside the chicken chili we were having for dinner tonight. I didn’t have a bag of chips on hand, plus I wanted to see if I could make my own, in a healthier way.   I usually have some corn tortillas on hand (we love […]

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How faith kept me going

Psalm 112:7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. I’m not a sentimental person – I’m not a big birthday or anniversary person and I don’t remember things like where my husband and I had our first date or where our first kiss was. When I found […]

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How to make drawer dividers – cheap!

I’m a big fan of the Baby Bump App. Not only does it provide daily and weekly information on a baby’s development, it also has a forum with all kinds of online communities. I mainly lurk but like to visit the groups created for individuals expecting twins and those in their third trimester. When we […]

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Nursery for twin boys

When I found out I was pregnant with identical twin boys, I looked online to find nursery set ups – and was really disappointed. I couldn’t find too much of anything! We originally had planned on a larger room in our house serving as a nursery – but, because of the way our house is […]

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Expectant mother parking – an unexpected perk

I swore I would never use the expectant mother parking spaces if I ever got pregnant.  My pre-pregnancy mindset was: “If I was pregnant, I’d probably want the extra exercise and would rather park far away.” Boy am I eating my words. This morning I had a doctor’s appointment and actually circled around twice before […]