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35 Uses for Vinegar

When not turning into wine, vinegar is my second favorite use for grapes (and getting that nasty gunk off ’em!) Vinegar also makes for a fantastic part of a salad dressing and it’s a nice way to marinate some meat, but it’s a high-performer elsewhere in the house as well. That said, please note that […]

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I’m Not Selfless Because I’m Good, I’m Terrible…

“You were a TERRIBLE baby!!!” I truly cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told this throughout my life, it’s pretty much my family’s motto. And it’s only now – at nearly 31 – that I’ve started to recognize how to be grateful for those angry words. My mom was only 20 years old […]

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Five Essential Tips for Back-to-School Savings

Back-to-school season is one of several times during the year when you’ll find many people heading out to the mall or online to do some major shopping. Getting your kids prepped for another school year can seem like an expensive and overwhelming endeavor. Here are five tips we’ve put together to maximize the occasion while […]

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Should We Lose the “Step” in “Step Family”?

Step mothers are often seen as evil. Step children unwanted. Step fathers portrayed as overbearing brutes. But what if we stopped with the “step”? What if we recognize that family is family, whether it’s through blood, marriage, or choice? I don’t often do lifestyle posts like this, especially stream-of-consciousness ones, but it’s something that’s been […]

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How to Turn $5 Into an Hour of Peace & Quiet

With the school year drawing to a close, it also means my children will be home with me more…a lot more. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my little ones (97% of the time), but I’m a work-at-home mom with no nanny, no daycare, and no family help. To be frank – it […]

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5 Brands That Make the Best “Unplugged” Toys for Toddlers

Struggling to limit your child’s screentime? We’ve all been there! Chances are good you’ve heard the following at least once or twice… “When I was growing up, we played outside from sunup to sundown.” “I’m glad I grew up when kids still played instead of looking at a screen all day.” “When I was a […]

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How Matcha Tea Makes for a Better Day (and Night!)

When it comes to our kids, we know that a bedtime routine is a must. While it may seem tedious at first, having a night time schedule really gives them the space to wind down, get ready, and (hopefully) get to sleep quickly. So here’s my question… WHY DON’T MORE OF US HAVE ONE FOR […]

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Jurassic Quest – Is It Worth the Cost of Admission?

Dinosaurs have been my son’s obsession since before he could talk. Even from a young age, he’s always been VERY into learning their names and identifying them. For example, here’s a video from when he was barely 3yrs old: So last year when I heard about Jurassic Quest, an event filled with animatronic dinosaurs and […]

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7 Tricks to a Cheaper Disney Vacation

Disney World vacations are a right-of-passage for many American families. As the single most visited vacation resort in the world, this Orlando-area destination is comprised of four theme parks, two water parks, over 25 resort hotels, and enough restaurants, sports, nightlife, and shopping to keep everyone thoroughly engaged and entertained. While Disney is often considered […]