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Mariel

DIY ‘I Spy’ Photo Books + 12 Quiet Time Activities

I’m not sure if I should be disappointed or proud of myself.  A couple weeks ago, I gave up.  After years and years of trying to keep my playroom buckets organized, I called it quits.  There used to be a… Continue Reading →

How to Keep the Kids Reading This Summer!

My children think I’m so mean.  I make them READ in the summer.  I know.  30 minutes a day, minimum.  Between Spongebob and neighborhood kids calling their name, it can be an uphill battle.  But, if I can just get… Continue Reading →

Motivating Kids to Help With Chores

Last week, my husband asked me, “What are the hardest things about being a mom?”  No, he wasn’t trying to get some action.  Nor, did he just get some.  He was asked to speak in church on Mother’s Day, and… Continue Reading →

Adding More ‘Mom’ to My Kid’s Lives

Being a busy-body is in my blood.  Growing up, my parents put a lot of effort into teaching their children to be hard workers… a lot of effort.  When I was 13, my dad had us up every single morning… Continue Reading →

10 April Fool’s Day Pranks for the Whole Family!

My little boys are shaking in their boots.  Come April Fool’s Day, mom is getting some serious revenge.  I literally cannot tell you HOW many times I have drenched my clothes, because they put a rubber band around the kitchen… Continue Reading →

St. Patrick’s Day Family Traditions

“What’s the next holiday coming up??” is the question I’m asked, without fail, the day after EVERY holiday.  My kids super-love holidays.  And, you’ve probably figured out by now, that I love traditions…SO, why not delve right into the next… Continue Reading →

What Do You Love? ~ A New Valentine’s Day Tradition

I have such mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.  I love boxes of candy.  I love roses.  I love the pink and red combo.  I love cards.  I love cute, homemade stuff.  I love my kids.  I love my husband.  I… Continue Reading →

Fun Group Games for New Year’s Eve

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, I’m generally so worn out from Christmas, that all I want to do is curl up in bed with the husband, watch a few episodes of Parks and Recreation on Netflix, and fall… Continue Reading →

My Favorite Christmas Traditions

It used to be that every Christmas, we spent more time away from home, than at home.  The minute we were done opening presents, we rushed off to visit family.  Soon enough, we were off to visit even more family. … Continue Reading →

DIY Family Spooky Stories Book

We’ve been on a writing-kick lately, for homeschool.  Remember my A Fun Way to Encourage Handwriting post??  I’ve also raved about how great journals are for kids.  Yep, I’m still on one.  And, with Halloween coming up, my thoughts turned… Continue Reading →

A Fun Way to Encourage Handwriting Practice

One of the many subjects my kids do for homeschool is Handwriting, a class that my husband clearly slept through in his elementary years.  I have to tease him about it all the time.  But, then when we’re put in… Continue Reading →

Milestone Birthday Countdown

It’s birthday season around my house.  In between the poopie diapers, bills, and laundry, I’ve got birthdays on what’s left of my mind:  What to do for the party?  Should I make a fancy or lazy cake?  What gifts should… Continue Reading →

“Happy Birthday, Dear Family…” – Wedding Anniversary Fun

Some of my wedding anniversaries have been fancy and romantic, some have been pretty low key.  We’ve taken fun trips, but we’ve also just gone out to eat and exchanged little gifts.  But, no matter how we’ve celebrated our marriage,… Continue Reading →

A New Father’s Day Tradition (and Competition!)

One of my most favorite things about being a mother is coming up with new traditions for my family.  Traditions are a great way to create memories and give the family something to look forward to.  However, if I have… Continue Reading →

Family Dinner and Movie Theme Night

My kids are always itching to do something fun.  I don’t blame them, so am I.  Bike rides, theme parks, bowling, laser tag, you name it.  Fun is great.  But, sometimes Mom and Dad are lacking in the energy department. … Continue Reading →

The ‘Teaching Children Table Manners’ Game

Table manners?? What are those? The man-of-the-house is all for America adopting the burping is a “compliment to the chef” cultural tradition. The kids would like to add wrestling, fork stabbing, and feet-in-the-face to that. Now, there’s something to be… Continue Reading →

Encouraging Optimism In Your Family

The sky has been falling on a regular basis, in my home… “This cut will NEVER heal!” “I will NEVER figure out these Math problems!” “I CAN’T eat at that restaurant, they won’t have anything I like!” Oh, puh-lease, right? … Continue Reading →

Helpful Tips to Appease Picky Eaters

As a mother of 5, it’s inevitable that I will have at least ONE picky eater. And, I do. It’s bad. Bad, as in:  hates chicken nuggets, hamburgers, pizza, cheese, fruit, veggies, ketchup, mustard, pretty much everything. Really, everything. Yes,… Continue Reading →

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