parenting

10 Things Kids Need to Be Happy (& 2 They Don’t)

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We all want to be happy, and as parents, we all want our kids to be happy, too.  We want to give them all the things we may have missed in our own childhoods, and fill them up with knowledge, love, and joy. We sign them up for lessons to boost creativity and learning, we push them [...]

5 Habits of Amazing Moms

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 This is a guest post from Sarah Koontz of Grounded & Surrounded Even before I had my first child, I was determined to be a good mom. I devoured every parenting book I could get my hands on and purchased far too many "must-have" gadgets. If I was going to attempt this mom thing, I [...]

5 Fears Every Mom Faces (& How to Conquer Them)

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Today I am so happy to welcome back my sweet (and very wise) friends, Kathy Helgemo & Melinda Means, from Mothering from Scratch.  Not only do they live right here in my same small town of Punta Gorda, Florida, they are bloggers and moms who love to share their insight, struggles and parenting wins in their [...]

9 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have

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Marriage is....well, it is a million different things at once. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking and comforting and difficult. It can be invigorating and infuriating, peaceful and tumultuous, good and bad, exciting and dull—sometimes all at the very same time. It takes a lot of hard work to make a marriage work.  During the honeymoon phase [...]

3 Ways to Let Go of Mom Guilt

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Today I am so happy to welcome my sweet (and very wise) friends, Kathy Helgemo & Melinda Means, from Mothering from Scratch.  Not only do they live right here in my same small town of Punta Gorda, Florida, they are bloggers and moms who love to share their insight, struggles and parenting wins.  Last year we commiserated [...]

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Winter

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I used to pride myself on my killer immune system and the fact that I never got sick.  In fact, for the first five years we were married, I don't think my husband ever saw me not feeling well.  But the last few years have been a completely different story.  Last winter I was sick--really sick--almost [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

7 Smart Things to Teach Kids About Money

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Growing up in my family, the first rule of money was this:  We don’t talk about money.  All I ever knew is that we had more than enough.  While my parents did encourage me to work both around the house and at part-time jobs, there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance when it came to [...]

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 [...]

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