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Top 20 sites like pinterest to love

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re borderline addicted to Pinterest.  I noticed that the majority of the traffic to my site comes from Pinterest, which makes sense because I spend a lot of time over there!  Since it became so popular, there have been a lot of Pinterest spin-off sites. After looking through quite a few

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50 songs from parent to child

Growing up in a musically-talented (except for me) family, songs have been a big part of my life.  In fact, my sister and I were both named after songs.  I put together this list of songs that were written for children, but are not necessarily children’s songs. You can use this list to make mixed CDs (for yourself and your

Homeschooling children. Homeschooling and socialization

My kid has been studying at home for two years already. This has become the simplest and logical decision for us. Our family upholds and accepts our decision. However I constantly get the same questions to answer. That is why I decided to make a post in which I provide all the answers and will explain my decision. Socialization of

List of family values

Each family has something important, constitutive, which builds the relations of like minded people, and which is taught to kids and for which people live. One third of a life we live together. One fourth of our life we are parents. I think this is a reasonable time to make up a list of values. 1. To be your own

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Guest post your eyes windows to the soul and your wellbeing

It goes without saying that as we only get one pair of them during our lifetime, it is vitally important to look after our eyes. Many believe you can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes and there is more than element of truth in that statement. If it is an ophthalmic specialist who is looking

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Kidecals review

Disclosure: I received complimentary KiDecals products in exchange for posting the following review.  All opinions are 100% my own.  This review was not guided by Kidecals, nor did they provide any suggestions or requirements as to how the review is written. I am really excited to write about a product that I tried recently, Kidecals.  Because I mostly write about methods of simplifying

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Guest post adding healthy seafood to your daily diet

I’m so excited to have another guest poster today!  Joel Cordle wrote the following post on adding seafood to your diet. Joel Cordle is associated with George stone crab. At George stone crab you will get the best quality sea food, a Stone Crab claws. George Stone Crab packs and delivers the freshest stone crabs to your door, whether you

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Mothers day shirt for kids to make

Last week I posted about a cute Mother’s Day flower pot for a child to make (you can find it here).  Tonight I realized that I really need to post about this cute Mother’s Day shirt as well.  This was also made for me by my daughter, with the help of our child care provider (have you noticed that she’s

Mothers day gift for a child to make

This is a very cute little Mother’s Day gift that our daycare provider made with our daughter last year.  It’s perfect for moms who work outside the home (like me) because we can keep it on our desks as a pen holder.  It also has a sweet little picture of your child, and a lot of their own painting.  If

Diy pacifier clip

For first time mothers, it is essential to have pacifier clips to avoid frequent pacifier sterilizing. It is a normal to have days where most babies play with their pacifiers and throw them at germ-infested places; however, it is stressful. Some mothers tried the ‘easy yet really dangerous’ way to keep pacifiers from missing: pinning it on their baby’s clothing

Playroom organization

Like most houses with young children, we seem to have a never-ending supply of toys.  It’s always a challenge to get them organized because there is just so much stuff.  I started applying my own rules for my possessions to my kids.  As a minimalist-in-training, I only buy something if it fits into one of the following categories: 1) I

5 minute snowman appetizer spinach dip in a bread bowl

I offered to bring an appetizer to a party this year, and wanted to bring something festive. Thanks to Pinterest, I had a ton of winter or Christmas-themed dessert ideas, but I couldn’t find an easy and fun appetizer. My go-to party recipe is spinach dip in a bread bowl, so I decided to put a spin on it.  To my

Getting the most from your iphone camera

I feel funny writing a post about photography when clearly I am not the best photographer.  However, I’ve been learning a lot and when I look over my scrapbooks, the quality of my pictures has improved unbelievably in the past few months.  The best part is that I haven’t spent any money – I have just learned simple photography techniques,

5 minute 1 girls hair accessories

The other day I realized that my daughter could use some more hair accessories – partly thanks to the dog, who has chewed up half of them, and partly thanks to her, for taking them out everywhere we go. When we went to buy some they were cute, but seemed super overpriced.  I thought that even an uncrafty mom like

Diy musical scrapbook

Back when I had more time on my hands (i.e. before I had kids), scrapbooking was one of my favorite hobbies. I always wanted to find ways to make them memorable but was not able to come up with any new ideas.  Of course, once I stopped scrapbooking, I finally had my great scrapbooking idea!  I was inspired when opening

Dr seuss party

My 3 year-old loves all Dr. Seuss books, so this year I decided to do a Dr. Seuss theme for her birthday!  These ideas could also be used in classrooms for Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations at schools (his birthday is on March 3).  Many of these ideas came from some other awesome blogs, so please check out those links (they

Check out my health related guest posts

Lately a lot of my posts have been about living a healthy lifestyle….bikini season must be coming soon!!  While I mostly write about home-related topics, I like to write about health a lot as well.  These actually turn out to be some of my most popular posts.  For my “real job” I work with communities to reduce their obesity rates,

21 awesome non salad veggie recipes

I consider myself a pretty health-conscious person, but I have one heckuva time trying to eat my veggies.  I know I need them; I make my kids eat them; they are just not a part of my daily diet. After years of unsuccessfully trying to enjoy salads, I accepted the fact that I am just not a salad person, and

Exercise for busy people

Last week I wrote a post about keeping up your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy (here it is!).  As I promised in that post, here are some tips about keeping up an exercise routine and making it fun.  I hope this is helpful!  Please leave me a comment to let me know what your favorite way to exercise is,

Healthy eating made easy

This is the time of year when New Year’s Resolutions to eat healthy start to go by the wayside.  Because I like to write about different ways to make life easier, I thought this would be the perfect time for this post. Healthy eating is difficult at first, but trust me, it gets easier.  Once you get into good habits

My 5 rules for healthy eating

I’m completely addicted to reading all non-fiction and how-to books, but my biggest vice is books on health and nutrition.  Secretly, I even listen to health podcasts during work.  This post might seem out of place seeing as I blog about simplifying life, but here’s my logic: eating healthy has made my life easier in ways I can’t begin to

My top five exercise rules

1. Bodies are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.  Exercise in itself is not an effective weight loss tool.  That’s not to say it isn’t beneficial though, as it aids in eating healthy (who wants to eat a piece of cake after a good workout?!), and helps your body and organ systems work more efficiently.  It’s best to

New years resolutions for families

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a New Year’s Resolutions junkie. I love the idea of creating a good habit each year. In fact, I started doing monthly resolutions so that I didn’t have to wait until January to implement an idea for a resolution. My friend started doing Family Resolutions, so of course I had to piggy

Ugly christmas sweaters for the family 4 each

I’m a big fan of movie quotes, so this year I decided to incorporate them into sweaters for my in-laws’ Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Since I like to save money where I can, I made them myself.  First I created the images, then printed them onto iron-on paper (which you can get at any craft store), and then simply

Uplifting christmas stories of 2012

“Whenever I get gloomy about the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. To me, love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there. Fathers and sons, mothers

Bathroom and laundry room reveal

I’m so excited about our recent, much needed, house renovations.  For this post, I’m going to show our makeover in our bathroom/laundry room.  I wasn’t able to get “before” pictures until the renovations already started, but you’ll get the idea of how bad it was from these pictures. Before showing the whole finished room, I’ll show the details. Here is

Organizing girls hair accessories

My little girl was bald until she was 3 years old, but since then, trying to organize her hair accessories has driven me crazy.  Finally I took a few simple steps to get everything in place.  This cleared up a lot of clutter on her dresser and made all of her hair accessories much easier to find.  My daughter loves

Spring cleaning so that i never have to spring clean again

Every time I spring clean my house I say what everybody says: ”I’m never going to let my house get this way again.”  While over the years my spring cleaning has become less and less intensive, my house never stays exactly the way it is when I’m finished with the spring cleaning.  This year I decided to actually decide how I

Easy menu board and meal planner

I, like all of you, see so many cute menu boards for meal planning on Pinterest and on blogs.  My initial thought is “how cute!”, followed quickly by “I don’t think I could ever replicate that!”.  Unfortunately I inherited the ideas gene, but not the crafty gene, so I have to stick to very simple DIY projects.  While making the

Easy pour everything

When I was baking the other day I wondered why salt comes in an easy-to-pour container, but nothing else does. Someday I’m sure this will change, but until then, I decided to make my own. You can use this for sugar, spices, flour, baking soda, or any other “granular” ingredient. This makes it easier to pour into measuring cups. It’s

Conquer your closet clutter

There’s a scene in the first Sex and the City movie where Carrie and Big find their dream apartment.  Amongst all of the 200 square-foot shoeboxes in New York City, this apartment has a terrace, wood floors, huge windows, and never-ending space.  Carrie is sold on the apartment until she sees it: the teeny, tiny, holds-two-purses closet. This is exactly

Keeping a family file

A family file is the home’s best defense against paper clutter.  Usually clutter is a result of items that don’t have a place – a family file provides this much needed place.  It’s important to keep the file, weed it out frequently (about once a week), and get in the habit of using it.  Please note that the Family File

Woo hoo laundry

I hate that I’m writing an entire post on the laundry process, and even more, that I’ve been excited to write about this for a while now.  But, I’m pretty sure I’ve perfected the laundry process.  I hope you can pick up some tips that will simplify this dreaded chore. One of the best laundry inventions is the laundry separator. 

26 raok for sandy hook victims

Fred Rogers once said that when he saw sad stories on the news, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.”  With many people feeling helpless over the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Ann Curry started the 26 Acts Movement.  In this movement, she is asking people

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Homemade organic bath products

Welcome to post 2 of my Make it Yourself Series!  My first post was about making organic baby products.  This post explains how to make organic bath (and after bath) products.  I won’t get into all of the details here, but I would recommend doing some research on what is normally in these types of products and what they do

Homemade natural baby care products

Welcome to Part One of my make it yourself series!  This series is going to feature everyday items that you can make yourself.  This saves money, but more importantly, it helps you and your family avoid toxins.  I won’t get into the details on these posts (maybe on a later post…), but I would suggest doing some research about what

Fun everyday traditions you can do with your spouse

Between going to work, paying bills, and just getting through day to day life, it’s easy for everything to start to feel monotonous.  I think there’s a lot to be said for spontaneous humor and surprises, especially between spouses. Here are some ideas of fun and easy traditions you can start to create special moments in between the blue moons

Best of the best free photo apps and websites

Earlier this week I wrote a post about taking great pictures with your iPhone.  This post is about going one step farther and then editing those photos.  Here are some free photo-related apps and websites.  These resources allow you to make your photos more professional-looking or add entertaining features.  I have also included some of my other favorite photo-related apps

Chore tic tac toe

Now that my daughter is getting to be old enough to start helping with chores, I have been thinking of ways to make chores fun.  Here was my first idea: Chore Tic-Tac-Toe.  For now, she needs to get three X’s in a row in order to “win.”  When my younger child is old enough, I will have them play each

Special quote book keepsake

When my daughter was young, I created a book of meaningful quotes for her as a keepsake.  I then added pages to the back for “Quotes From You”, where I write down all of the funny and sweet things that she says.  This has become a treasure for my daughter, especially as she gets old enough to understand some of

Creative consequences for kids

I started using “creative consequences” for my kids about six months ago, and was shocked at what a difference it made in whether or not they actually listen to me.  It gets their attention much faster than the typical lines they’ve heard a thousand times.  Some of them may seem kind of silly, but that’s why kids love them, and

My favorite parenting quotes

I’ve been reading a lot of great parenting quotes lately, so I decided to compile the best ones.  Some are wise, some are funny, and some are just plain logical.  I hope you enjoy them!  Let me know if I missed any good ones. “I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” –Robert Orben “We

10 different ideas for mommydaughter day

A while ago, my daughter and I had a Mommy/Daughter day, and I realized that we were both getting sick of the same old dinner and a movie, or the kids’ places that we go to for birthday parties. So, I came up with 10 new ideas that sounded more memorable. We started doing these, and have had a lot

Crafty dry erase boards for kids rooms

I recently started using dry erase boards in my kids’ bedrooms to leave them reminders, write notes, and stay organized.  It has not only made my life easier, but my kids love it!  Once it became clear that they were going to be in the rooms for a while, I decided to make them nicer looking. Here is my daughter’s,

10 new uses for cookie cutters

I consider myself a minimalist and like to use everything in my house as often as possible.  I don’t like the idea of storing an item away, only to use it once or twice a year.  So, after my annual Christmas baking day, I was packing up my cookie cutters as usual and realized that I could actually use them

5 crazy sledding ideas

Happy New Year!  For my first post of 2013, here are 5 crazy ideas for twists on sledding.  You should be able to do any of these with items you already have.  Please leave me a comment if you try any of them! 1. Use a laundry basket: you can fill it with stuffed animals for younger kids so they

Easy christmas teacher gift

When I used to teach preschool, my favorite holiday gifts were ones that were useful (i.e. Starbucks gift cards), and ones that were sentimental (i.e. a homemade craft from the child).  Now that I’m on the giver end of teacher gifts, I like to combine both of these types of gifts.  This year I created a simple gift using items

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

I’ve got to hand it to some people – they are more creative than I will ever be.  Some very inventive (and tech savvy!) people have created some awesome interactive Christmas websites that kids love.  Here are my favorites (and of course, these are all free): 1. Portable North Pole: This website is a child favorite.  Anyone can create a

Keeping kids busy

Here are ideas for keeping kids busy while you need to get things done around the house.  None of them will make a mess, and most can be done with items you have around the house already. Magnets: make magnets for kids so that they can play with them while you are cooking Picture magnet You will need: 8 x

50 date night ideas

Date nights are one of my favorite things in life.  I actually think that I like date nights now more than I did in my single days.  Here are some of my favorite date night ideas – please note that some of them are at-home date nights, so you’ll have to make arrangements for your kids (see this post on preparing