thoughts on life

How to Give a Great Handmade Gift

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings  DIY gifts are all the rage these days, no matter where you look -- Pinterest, Facebook, even the cover of a glossy magazine. All proclaim to have the perfect gift that can be made cuter, cheaper, and faster, and everyone, including myself, can't get their hands on [...]

10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

4 Ways to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, but let's be honest--it can also be the most stressful!  Between the added responsibilities and obligations, family drama, emotional overload, financial strain, and the fear that we’re just not doing enough, the months of November and December can quickly become overwhelming.   In fact, if I'm being totally honest with you, one [...]

3 Tips for Raising Responsible (Happy) Kids

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Today I am so happy to welcome my sweet friend Courtney DeFeo from Lil Light O' Mine.  Courtney is the author of the newly released book In This House, We Will Giggle, which helps parents to help their children experience the goodness of God, the joy of following Jesus and the difference children can make in the lives of others. [...]

7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

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I am not a decorator.   Not even close.  While it is lovely, it will never be featured in House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens.  I am totally okay with that.   My goal is not to win any decorating awards, but to have a functional, cozy space that I love.  For me, that [...]

How to Create a Rock Bottom Price List

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While most of us would love to cut our grocery bill in half, over the years I have found that for most people, the biggest obstacle to saving money on groceries is simply just knowing where to start. Figuring out the very best deals and rock bottom prices might truly seem impossible at first, especially if you’re brand new [...]

How to Create a Chore Chart That Works

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Are chores around your house well, a chore? It can often be a huge challenge to get kids motivated to do their chores—and nearly impossible to get them enthusiastic about their household duties.  But the truth is that as parents, it is an essential part of our job to teach kids how to help out around [...]

5 Smart Ways to Control Impulse Spending

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Whether you're amazingly frugal or just starting out on your journey toward financial freedom, there's probably one area most of us still struggle in -- impulse spending.  Recently, I had the opportunity to learn how not to impulse spend from one of my not-so proud-impulse moments. [...]

How to Create a Morning Routine That Works for You

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Do you ever wish you could run your mornings on autopilot? Sometimes the sheer number of things that have to get done before the day officially begins can feel like a full day’s work!  This is especially true if your morning routine includes not just getting yourself out the door, but one or more little people as [...]

20 Smart Ways to Save on a Disney Vacation

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Ahhhh, Disney. Where else can an otherwise rational, perfectly frugal set of parents throw every ounce of common sense out the window and happily pay $15 for a balloon that deflates almost immediately, $40 for their 4-year-old daughter to dine with Princesses, or $10 for the exact same disposable rain poncho they sell at the [...]

5 Ways to Say No

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Why is it that one of the most common words in the English language is the hardest for many of us say? It’s in the very core of our human nature to want to please people. Saying no is perceived as being negative or mean or unhelpful. We fear we may miss an opportunity. Or [...]

The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway

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LOVE taking pictures of your kids?  Then you are going to LOVE this giveaway! The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway Its Back to School time…...which means there are so many important moments to be documented!  Again this month, we partnered up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you The Ultimate Mom-arazzi Giveaway to help you preserve all those [...]

How to Get Magazines for Free

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   This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings I have a confession to make.....I am a hopeless magazine junkie! The vibrant covers, glossy pages, and multiple tips and tricks buried inside each page hold a magnetic attraction that is oh-so-hard to resist. Even though Pinterest has replaced magazines in a way, I'm still a [...]

Sunday Prep

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Like many other families across America, my kids headed back-to-school this week. As much as I’d like to think I am the picture of organization when it comes to setting up a school routine, the truth is that our weekdays can be hectic on a good day and pure chaos (and misery) on a bad [...]

All About Me Kid Collage

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This is the last Week of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL!  Today we are welcoming Michelle & Kira from Sunshine and Hurricanes,  who are sharing a mixed-media all about me collage. For more summer fun, check out the overview page. *** Hey Friends! This is Michelle & Kira from Sunshine [...]

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