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Teaching Boys Table Manners

Can you please stop pointing your gun at me? (straw turned into a gun) Why is your face inside your bowl? Corn does not go inside your nose! Farting at the table is not okay. Why are your LEGO toys at the table again? Oh. my. word. You’d think they’d get the point after the […]

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8 Ways to Thrive as a Homeschool Mom

So, just to be real, here you have it–I’m not always thriving.  Here’s a recent Facebook post I shared on my personal profile, just in case you don’t believe me. “Some days homeschooling depletes all of my patience. Me: “What’s 10-7?” My son: I don’t know. I respond: Son this is review, you know this. […]

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Because He Lives

The auditorium was dark, hot and surprisingly somewhat full.  I was just another grad student who had nothing to do on Friday night, so I went to the talent show. The first act was, well–just okay.  I debated for 10 minutes with leaving but then I heard Jerome would be singing.  I knew then, what […]

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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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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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New Year Goals for Kids: Wishing Wand Craft

During their annual Star Festival (Tanabata Festival), the Japanese write wishes on strips of paper, tie them on bamboo branches, and wave them up at the stars in the hope that their wish will come true. I like to set goals for myself. When I got married we started setting some goals as a couple. Now […]

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15 Things I Want My Kids to Know About Christmas

I recently had a conversation with someone on the street that got me thinking. The stranger was complaining about Christmas traffic and what not. At some point, the conversation shifted to the spirit of giving and instilling that in our children.  The lady then says, “At least there’s one thing good thing that comes about from Christmas.” Honestly, […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Advent Calendar Free Printable

12 Days of Christmas: Advent Calendar Free Printable is my  newest creation!  There’s a bible reading plan, an activity, songs, recipes and acts of kindness tied into our day as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! I actually made this advent calendar about 4 years ago for my kiddos but I’m finally getting around to making […]

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12 Ways to Help a New Mom

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. With each child my wishes and desires for my time after I got home with the baby–changed. I remember with our first child, I was a naïve mom in so many ways.  I remember agreeing for my husband to put together […]

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Easy Reward System That Works

Easy Reward System That Works Rewards systems have been used for years in the workplace, at school, in the home, in jail, in the hospital…  All of these places have been known to use some type of reward system to motivate and have found success. Unfortunately, this whole reward system thing hasn’t been as effective […]

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How I Speak to Myself

How I speak to myself is related to what I believe about myself. I’ve been pondering a lot lately what’s in my thought box. I grew up with critical parents, they didn’t criticize me with harsh words or name calling but I rarely found myself doing things as they wanted them done.  I don’t think they tried to […]

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100 + Things I Want My Boys to Remember

One minute he was holding my pinkie with all his introverted might, afraid to let go and in the next breath he’s running off and not looking back. Over the summer I happen to come across a few of my mini notepads that I would keep in my purse when I was in college. They are full of […]

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Epic Pinterest Fails in the Kitchen

I’m always sharing with you my delicious recipes with beautiful photos of the end product, but today I’m going to show you what happens behind the scenes. Warning–it’s not pretty. It all started with my persistence, determination or some would call it–stubbornness.  Some months ago, I got a srong desire to try baking something new […]

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