home life

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Ways to Lavish Love on Your Kids

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Today I am happy to introduce you to my friend Emily Wierenga.  I first met Emily last October, and in the months since I have been so blessed and inspired by her writing about faith, parenting, and life after anorexia.  Her brand new memoir, Atlas Girl, launches today, and I can’t say enough good things about it!  It is a [...]

6 Smart Ways to Get Your Kids to Stop Fighting

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Summer can sometimes be a pressure cooker for sibling rivalry, and if your kids are anything like mine, they somehow manage to fight over pretty much anything! While the battles may be over the tiniest details,  the effects of that constant turmoil wear on everyone's nerves.  Have you ever wished for surefire way to just get your kids to STOP fighting? [...]

25 Cruise Secrets Everyone Should Know

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This weekend my family and I are heading to Fort Lauderdale to board the newly refurbished Carnival Freedom for eight days of fun & sun in the Caribbean.  Needless to say, we are pretty pumped!  Cruising is by far our favorite way to travel.  Not only is it a great value and relatively easy to find fantastic deals, [...]

Summer Fun with Kids

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Summer has officially begun!  I don't know about you, but as much as I love the relaxed schedule, there is also a small part of me that is dreading the inevitable question: Mom, what can we do?!   This year at Living Well Spending Less I thought it would be fun to put together a handy resource [...]

5 Awesome Activities to Do With Kids at a National Park

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It is pretty hard to sum up in just one blog post even just a handful of the incredible things that our country’s National Parks have to offer.  Between snow-capped mountains, bone-dry valleys, ancient forests, active volcanoes, gushing geysers, stunning rock formations, underground caverns, and everything in between, we live in one of the most [...]

25 Awesome Staycation Ideas

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Ah vacation.  How many of us don’t sometimes wish we could escape the hustle, bustle, & day-to-day responsibilities of our normal lives for a week of fun and relaxation somewhere far, far away? The truth is that for many of us a traditional vacation is not always in the cards.  Between restaurants, hotels, and transportation, [...]

How to Balance Motherhood and Ambition

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A couple of weeks I wrote about the experience of accomplishing a lifelong dream, and more specifically, what it truly takes to make a dream come true. As I explained in that post, there is a whole lot of hard work and sacrifice involved in pursuing a dream. It means making difficult choices and a [...]

5 Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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I can't even tell you how excited I am to introduce you to my friend Melanie Shankle, aka Big Mama.  I'll spare you the boring details of how we met, suffice to say it involved much laughter (and a little wine) and an instant realization that she is my kind of people.  She is an [...]

How to Make a Dream Come True

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This past weekend was a big one for me, and not just because Seattle won the Superbowl.  No, this weekend was big because it was the weekend I turned in my completed manuscript for my first real book. It will still be quite a while before that pile of pages is transformed into a real [...]