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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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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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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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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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Mexico’s Handicrafts: What to Buy in Mexico

We just got back from Mexico and if I would’ve brought a bigger suitcase, we would of filled one up with just Mexican goodies. Unfortunately, you can’t bring back Mexican cream (sour cream), chorizo, cheese and tamales.  But you can bring back baked goods (which are amazingly delicious), churros, candy, liquor and so much more. […]

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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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Why We Picked LEGOLAND Over Disney World

Why We Picked LEGOLAND Over Disney World This was actually quite a hard decision for us, especially since our boys are still young enough to love all things LEGO and Disney. When we finally made the decision to go with Legoland, I still felt unsure. I just didn’t want to regret our decision.  The whole […]

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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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Simple Christmas Home Tour

Simple Christmas Home Tour So I’ve hesitated to write a post like this because all of the home tours I’ve seen on blogland that are amazing. But I thought others might feel the same way, who are also looking for ways to decorate their house–simply.  So here’s our simple Christmas décor! A lot of our […]

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How to Give Gifts to the Poor

This is the time of year that our hearts tug at us and remind us that there is great joy in giving.  Our family has the opportunity to be connected to so many ministries that help those in need. So, we’ve heard lots of stories and we even have some of our own, of what […]

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Nativity Craft from Toilet Paper Tubes

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect. By now you’ve probably realize that I love TP tube crafts.  We use them A LOT, the last thing I made was a barn yard & farm animals that was used so much that it literally fell apart. This is our second […]

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