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Kid-Friendly April Fools Pranks

Last year, I got my kids and even my husband really good for April Fools Day.  I was so excited that I was able to pull off our Wacky Dinner and before the night was over I got my husband with #14 from below. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pull one over […]

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Ninja Party Fun: Decor, Games and Food

My son woke up this morning and jumped into my bed and with a big grin and said, “Guess what, it’s my birthday.”  I rolled over in a groggy state of mind and in my smoker (I don’t smoke) morning voice, I replied, “It’s your birthday party not your birthday we already celebrated that last […]

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Making My Tweens Birthday Special

I was caught off guard when my tween son told me he didn’t want a party this year. To be honest it was a bit painful. In the past, he plans his party, months and months in advance. I’ve thrown him a birthday party from his 1st year of life, so I didn’t know what […]

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Conflict Resolution: The One Thing Kids Need To Remember

Because the reality is–conflict is inevitable, no matter if you’re two or 80 years old.  The wonderful thing about conflict is it’s not necessarily a bad thing and sometimes good can come out of it if handled in  a healthy way. I was a counselor in a private school for kids in elementary and high […]

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Panzanella Tuscan Salad

This is a compensated collaboration with Farmland® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Who says you can’t create your own sunshine.  The skies are gray here but I can definitely bring in some cheer into our life by brightening up our dining room with a fun color tablecloth and a […]

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Family Night: Sushi Making

My toddler asks if we can make sushi, every time we go to the grocery store.  He’s only had it once and he was quite small so I can’t believe he remembers.  I think he just likes saying the word, “Shushi”, that’s how he says it. I’ve avoided making sushi because in my mind it seemed like an […]

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Preschool Activity: Sticky Rainbow Collage

It’s been raining on and off in our neck of the woods. So today we made a rainbow collage, fluffy white clouds and lots of raindrops.   My son loved that it was more of a scene than just an activity.  He sat under it and I couldn’t help  myself and get an umbrella in the picture. […]

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The Question I Get Asked Most Often, “What Do You Do All Day?”

I love accessories. Especially hats.  So you’d think I’d have this wearing different hats and sometimes even two or three at one time, thing down. There are so many hats for me to wear throughout the day and sometimes I feel like I’m not wearing any of them well. Writing is therapeutic for me.  In […]

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A Warning to Single or Married Women

I feel like it’s my duty to warn all of you single or married ladies.  I know that many of you will thank me once you’ve read it. Sadly, I can relate to these words written by an unknown author. A Warning to Single or Married Women You’ve heard about people who have been abducted […]

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Things I Did Before Having Kids

I wouldn’t trade my life filled with burps, farts, car noises, wrestling matches, kisses from my little admirers, hand picked wild flowers and sometimes even dead bugs all just for me–for a mundane life of sanity, cleanliness and sleep. Nope, not this mama.  I love my life. This is just me reminiscing the days from […]

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Mardi Gras Activities in Ecuador

Actually, in Ecuador we call our Mardi Gras festivities–Carnaval.  I did some research and I discovered they are the same thing. The celebrations here are a bit more tamed compared to what I see in Brazil or New Orleans.  At this stage in my life, tame is good.  The celebrations seem more religious in nature and celebrated in a very cultural […]

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Spy Party Ideas

What kind of Valentine’s Day Party can I throw for boys?  Are they too grown up for hearts and kisses? These are the kind of deep and mind boggling questions I mulled over this past week, ha. I Spy Party was the winner idea! A few years back, I threw my boys and their friends […]

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LEGO Valentine’s Day Party Favor

The other day I asked my son who was going to be his valentine and he responds with, “You.”  Melt my heart, I have no idea how long this thinking will last but I am sure enjoying it to the fullest while I can. LEGO Valentine’s Day Party Favor These are yummy and easy to […]

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Date Nights: How To Make Them Work and Stick

Date Nights: How To Make Them Work & Stick How to make it work? Dating our man is NOT only for the young newly wed couples who are madly in love and go out every week because they don’t have kids who sap all of their energy. Moms and dads it’s for us too! Remember when I shared about […]

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Mothering on the Mission Field

I sat in my uncomfortably cold seat with puffy eyes from crying and a heavy heart from all the goodbyes as I counted down the hours to our new home. With every passing hour and with every announcement that the pilot made about our arrival, the reality was sinking in. We did it; we were […]

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You Are Enough

Am I enough? As women, this question haunts us every now and then. We ask this question of ourselves, from our boss, our spouse, our boyfriend, our parents, our friends, our teacher… But who knew that when I became a mother I would live with this question every single day of my life. Am I […]

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I Spy Random Acts of Kindness Jar!

It wasn’t Christmas or Thanksgiving it was just another month in the year when I watched my dad unload baskets of fruit, vegetables and bread out of the back of our car.  He laid the baskets on the side entrance of a low-income apartment complex and we then we drove away.  He didn’t wait to […]

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Intentional Marriage: 25 Fun Date Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewBreakfastRoutine #CollectiveBias My tip to make my date nights work – plan them ahead and make sure I’m not in a grouchy mood–so I need to eat breakfast.  I have a bad habit of skipping a meal if […]

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