When You’re the Only Parents Setting Boundaries

My son was 4 yrs old and he was invited to a birthday party. We got out of the car and walked into the lovely home of the hostess. I ...

Celebrating 4th of July as Americans Living Abroad

One thing I feel strongly about is celebrating our American holidays abroad. I do this mostly for my children, I want them to have memories and traditions that connect them ...

Summer Fun: Ice Cream in a Bag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladToGo #CollectiveBias For me, it’s not summer until you’ve had some homemade ice ...

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The Day the Missionaries Went on Vacation

I remember our first summer vacation we took as missionaries. By the way, going back to your home country on furlough is never a vacation, just in case you consider those vacations. They are definitely not. Just thought I’d clarify that minor point.  We enjoy our furlough time, seeing old friends and family but it […]

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5 Things My Kids Do Every Day in the Summer

These are the four things my kids do every day, well mostly every day in the summer. One of the things I loved about homeschooling our children is they learned to appreciate routine. They now (for the most part) want it and know it doesn’t stifle them but helps them. The weekend after they got […]

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DIY Laundry Room Art

This post was sponsored by OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about OxiClean™ all opinions are my own. Okay here’s my mom confession for the week–I don’t really like doing laundry. Well, I don’t mind sticking the dirty laundry in the washer… that makes me […]

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Father’s Day Gift: Popcorn Kit & Recipes

Here I am again putting together some last minute Father’s Day gifts for my husband. My son is currently outside cutting some wood with his saw to make something for his dad. Not sure what it is but I’m sure it will be special!   We worked all afternoon on our Handprint Tie. I can’t […]

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Summer Bash Soccer Party

Summer is here! What better reason to have a party! We are celebrating with a Summer Bash Soccer Party! I contemplated including my kid’s friends in our gathering, but our life is a bit chaotic right now. After much deliberation and going back and forth with myself, I was okay with a small celebration. Sometimes […]

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Books To Help You Talk to Young Kids About Sex

The sex conversations are too important to pass off to someone else! I share HERE on how to have a conversations with your preschooler about their sexuality. Let’s take the opportunity to establish ourselves as the primary source of information about sex.  Let’s take the challenge and open up healthy and age appropriate conversations with […]

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How to Talk to Your Preschooler About Sex

When your 4 year old comes to you with his big brown eyes and says with much excitement, “How did I get here?” Don’t panic! Most likely he’s not asking you to give him the full fledge talk about sexual intimacy and reproduction. But our kids start  asking because they are curious. At this age, […]

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3 Encouraging Things Our Kids Need To Hear

  Our kids may already know we love them but I assure you that they also need to hear it. We all need to hear that we are loved.  Even our teens who act like they could careless what you think, the truth is they do care. Our kids need to know that even though […]

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Since When Does a Child Deserve to be Mauled to Death

I usually don’t write about this kind of stuff on my blog, but I’m in complete shock to read all of the criticism and judgment the Cincinnati Zoo has received. I just can’t believe people are “boycotting” the zoo for choosing the life of a child in a situation like this. I can’t imagine how hard […]

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Our Flexible Summer Schedule

As I perused Pinterest and blogs trying to find ideas and activities for our summer I discovered lots of summer schedules. These schedules had exact times and activities for each day (all day) that some amazing blogger moms put together. Wow, I was impressed! How I wish I was that kind of organized mom, but […]

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25 Ways to Show You Love Him

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SienteGlade #CollectiveBias In our culture family is important. The “familia” is of utter importance. My parents made great sacrifices for us kids because of the strong family values and culture they grew up with–passion and boldness. Because our […]

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Beggars Shouldn’t Be Choosers: Stop Giving Crap to the Poor

This phrase, “Beggars shouldn’t be choosers.” is a common one that I’ve heard all my life. For that matter, I’ve not only believed it but I’ve also quoted it throughout my adult years.  I recently looked up the definition to see what kind of explanation I would get and this is what The American Heritage […]

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Simple Way to Talk to Your Preschooler About Porn

In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to talk to our preschooler about pornography or wonder if they’ve ever been exposed to it. Unfortunately, in this day in age where we have access to all sorts of images on the internet, standing in the grocery store line, out on billboards, in commercials…  We’ve been on […]

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Teacher Gift: You’re the Beary Best!

I don’t know about you but our school year is coming to an end! Hooray! Hurrah! Around this time of the year I’m usually ready to be done with school morning routines, home work assignments, special snacks, meetings… And well you get the gist we are all ready for the summer. Usually in the midst […]

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8 Ways to Connect at Your Family Meals

I think we would all agree that our lives are busy. Then you add in to the mix, children, who have soccer practice, music lessons and play dates and next thing you know you’re ready to pull out your hair trying to juggle everyone’s schedule.  So what happens when between after school and bedtime is […]

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It’s Still Me But Stronger, Braver, Wiser…

It’s Still Me But Stronger, Braver, Wiser… I’m sitting here pondering what our life used to look like before kids. You know that time that seems so long ago when it was just you and me. Thirteen years ago today, I stood under a beautiful flowered arch and committed to give my all to you. Remember […]

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8 Creative Ways to Make a Piñata

Fashioned from a long tradition the Piñata has evolved since they were first used by the Aztec Indians in their celebrations to their gods.  The festive piñata continues to enchant parties throughout the world. This is one of the many songs that are traditionally sang when hitting the piñata: Dale, dale, dale, no perdas el […]

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Children’s Books About Mexican Culture

I love children’s books! I don’t know what I’m going to do when my boys out grow picture books for kids because those are my favorite.  My dream is to one day write some books for children! For many people the extent of their experience with Cinco de Mayo or the Mexican culture is tacos, […]

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