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Making Advent a Game Changer

Advent now comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth of recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “decking the halls” and major TV stations start putting on Christmas movies in late October and early November. Advent, a delightful period…

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Thanksgiving: A Feast for the Soul

Thanks to an outbreak of the bird flu this summer, grocers across the country are warning of possible turkey shortages – fewer and smaller birds for higher prices. Luckily, the bird flu didn’t affect our region too badly, so I’m pretty sure we’ll manage to get a tasty gobbler on the table, and I’m hoping…

Fill Up My Cup...

Fill Up My Cup…

If you know me in real life, you know that praise and worship music isn’t my thing – unless it’s to get a little entertainment by making fun of it. That “Fill up my cup…” song, though, has a point to it (and no – I still don’t like it). Half the time, discussing whether…

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Staying Sane as a Working Mom

This post is coming from my personal reality as a full time working mom. I’ve just had baby #3, and am going back to work on Monday after a maternity leave that sped by waaaay too quickly. In addition to working full time, I also have a growing family to be with, a home to…

Strengthening your family culture and identity

Strengthening Your Family Culture and Identity

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of family culture and identity recently. Partially because, with two rapidly growing children and a third ready to pop out, our own family identity is developing more and more, without us even focusing on it. As our kids grow, their individual personalities and likes and interests are…

Stay Sane as a Busy Mom

Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…

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10 Ways to Save on Groceries

Are you looking to save on groceries? It might be easier than you think. Here are 10 simple ways to considerably reduce your monthly grocery budget. Find the ways that work best for your family and your current needs and implement them to save money while continuing to have a decent diet. You might even…

Frugal Meals for $5 or Less

Meals for $5 or Less

If you’re trying to feed your family on a budget, finding meals for $5 or less makes a big difference. If you multiply it out and all your meals cost $5 or less, you can feed a family on a maximum monthly budget of $450. In reality, you can keep your budget around that range and…

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Limiting Screen Time for Your Kids

And by screen time, I mean not just TV, but pretty much all electronics – TV, tablets, computers, video games, etc. Anything with bright lights and screens that takes your child a few steps away from the real world into an entertaining, but remote and nonexistent virtual world. To be clear, we are far from…

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Coping with Change as a Family

It’s good to be posting again! I was in an unexpected blogging break because we moved on short notice from. Iraq to the U.S. (Pittsburgh area). We aren’t fully settled in yet, and are still job hunting, hoping we find something soon so we know we can definitely stay in the area and start getting…

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Tips for Flying with Young Children

With summer on its way, I’m sure my husband and I aren’t the only ones gearing up toward long plane trips with young children. This year our sons are 2 and 3 years old. We’ve traveled with them internationally one or more times a year since they each were born. Between flights and layovers, our…

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The Importance of Family Traditions

As I’ve been preparing for our Fathers’ Day celebration, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of family traditions. I have always innately appreciated family traditions. To be honest, my own family wasn’t huge on recurring traditions, largely because we moved around a lot and adjusting our traditions to meet our situation and needs each year.…

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16 Indoor Staycation Ideas

Have I mentioned before that we live in Iraq? There’s a lot I love about it, but I’m going to complain for a moment about something I don’t like: the HEAT! Don’t get me wrong – I love summer just as much as the next person (especially because I work at a school, so summer…

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7 Ways to Add More Hours to the Day

All busy moms have one thing (at least) in common: we need more than 24 hours a day. We NEVER finish what we want to get done and end up staying up later and later trying to cram it in, only to find ourselves less productive the next day because we’re so exhausted. Here are…

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Establishing Family Rules

I don’t want “Because you said so” to be a regular chorus in our household. It’s OK when the kids are two or three, don’t understand why it’s wrong to play with the electrical socket or touch the hot stove, but need to avoid it “because we say so”. In the said situation, we are…