parenting

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 [...]

A Mom Sets the Tone

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Though it has been a few years, I can still remember the conversation like it was yesterday.  In one of our marathon phone sessions, I poured out all my frustration to my sister: Chuck is such a jerk!  I’m so tired of feeling like I can’t do anything right!  And the girls are driving me [...]

4 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

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Today I am so excited to be re-introducing you to my dear friend Edie from Life in Grace.  Those of you who have been around for a while might remember her from the 31 Days of Less & More series that we co-hosted in October.  Edie and I became friends about three years ago, just [...]

Imperfect Weakness

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Have you ever been embarrassed?  I don't mean doing something embarrassing, like tripping over your own feet or having a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe --I think we've all had a few cringe-worthy moments we'd like to forget--but have you ever been intentionally put down or mocked by someone else? A few months [...]

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I'm happy to be contributing over at The Better Mom today! It was one of those days. By 8am I was ready to throw in the towel and the day had only just begun. The whole family seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  My oldest was upset that I vetoed [...]

Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away {One Year Later}

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A year ago this week I posted this (now infamous) post about taking my kids' toys away.  At the time, I honestly had no idea what a brouhaha it would cause.  I was simply sharing our own experience.  The comments and reactions to that post have run the gamut, from parents applauding the decision and [...]

How I Got My Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

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Picky eating can be a pretty touchy subject.  No mom wants to hear they might be making a mistake, especially once you've gotten to a point where it seems impossible to change the course you've already charted. Over the past few months, several people have asked me for advice on this topic.  I've pondered writing [...]

The Best Family Road Trip Ever

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If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already know that my family just got back from a whopping 29 day road trip.  We drove more than 4,000 miles, visited 15 different states, visited lots of friends and family along the way, and made lots of fun memories that I know will cherish [...]

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