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12 Summer Stains – and How to Treat them

Summer stains
It's summer!I've always liked the idea of summer, and all things hot.In our family, summer is the season of rolling in the grass and plowing through the sand. The season of smiles and messy food and vibrant colors. When it comes to our clothes, though, those last two don't always mesh well together. Things get sloppy real quick, and we find ourselves changing and washing and switching up all the outfits fairly often.

How we Save Money by Acting like Children

Save money by acting like a child
Friends and family often ask us how we can afford to travel so much. I usually give them the simple explanation that, in most regards, I'm cheap! I scrimp on many things in order to have money for adventures.There's more to it than that, though.

How I Do It All

Of all the questions that readers email in, this is the one that gets me rambling every single time."How do you do it all?"The short answer is that I don't. The long answer, honestly, is that I get other people to do stuff for me.And I've...

This is Motherhood

Motherhood
I'm traveling thirteen days in May. It all starts this week when I head to Orlando for our sponsor, Similac, to speak on a panel about supporting mothers. It's a casual Q & A session (the only public speaking I agree to anymore because I have four kids and anything more involved than that is logistically painful). In any case, I like to put some thought into these things so I've been pondering the idea of supporting moms. And I've decided that with motherhood, as with most things, the real key to support is understanding.

Mom on a Birthday Mission

Mom on a Birthday Mission
Last week was Some Boy's 6th birthday, and I had a BIG job on my hands. It was a crazy few days, so I wound up being tasked with getting the food, cleaning the house and getting a whole party ready between the time I dropped him off for kindergarten and the time I picked him up.

Putting the “Personal” back in PC

Every Mother's Day, I get myself something to help increase productivity in our home. An over-the-top vacuum, a speedy hair dryer, an Instant Pot. I have friends who view this as a sacrifice but for me, this is like buying leisure time! If I can use technology to do more of the menial day-to-day tasks, I'm freeing myself up for a manicure or a massage or time spent eating delicious bon bons on my couch. It's my time, you guys, I do what I want!

33 Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers from the Grocery Store

non-candy easter
It's mere days before Easter, and you're completely unprepared, and the bunny needs a little help. Don't panic! I've been there. I'll never forget the day I found myself at a local grocery store the night before Easter, clutching a crying baby, watching my husband entertain our two toddlers outside, and trying to figure out if I could pull together a spring-worthy celebration without just shoving a bunch of M&Ms into these brightly-colored plastic containers.

3 Must-Have Products for Crawling Babies

Crawling baby
Bam is officially five months old, and rapidly becoming mobile! He rolls around like a dang bowling ball, and he's starting to do the infamous inchworm. How is my last baby already making his was towards a crawl? I'm not ready for this! The period in-between laying quietly and actively toddling is very fun, a little bit weird, and full of unceasing movement.

A Bright, Happy Waldorf Easter

Our last Easter idea post was such a hit, I thought I'd go ahead and share a few Waldorf Easter suggestions as well.We've been looking into some alternative elementary school options for our oldest son's 1st grade year, and one of the places we...

Pure Playtime and Simple Snacks

Nate and I try to get the boys out-and-about as much as we can. There are so many magical places to explore in this world!One of the downsides of being away from home so frequently, though, is that we start to slack off on...