Weekend Wandering

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Happy Sunday!  This morning I am actually writing this from the Atlanta airport, on my way back from the World Domination Summit in Portland.  While the whole trip was a bit of a whirlwind, it was great to catch up with my mom, sister, brother, and cousin.  In addition to meeting Darren Rowse, who has been a [...]

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10 BIG Money Mistakes You Might Be Making

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Most of us want to believe we have a pretty good handle on our money.  Oh sure, we may splurge on the occasional overpriced coffee, but in general we practice sound principles of saving where we can, and at least trying to plan for our future financial well-being. We don’t fall victim to obvious scams, [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 68}

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Happy Thursday!  I hope you are all having a fantastic week! Have you ever done something totally crazy and irrational?  This weekend I am all the way on the other side of the country, in Portland, Oregon, to attend at least a little bit of the World Domination Summit.  I've heard it is a great [...]

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Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

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When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

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Easy Rolling Slushie Stand

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This is Week 6 of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL!  Today we are welcoming Heather & Angela from Sports Mom Survival Guide, who are sharing an easy and creative way to make a Rolling Slushie Stand to keep all the neighbors cool & refreshed. For more summer fun, check out [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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 Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Fourth-of-July weekend!  Ours has been nice and low-key--after spending the whole day in the sun on Friday, we completely crashed yesterday.  We slept in until almost 10am and then the girls and I stayed in bed for the rest of the morning while we watched The [...]

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12 Simple Ways to Celebrate Freedom

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For most of us here in the USA, the Fourth of July means barbecues, fireworks, and a long, relaxing weekend of fun in the summer sun.  And while there is nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves, it is also important to remember that our freedom wasn’t free.  Instead, it was hard fought through blood, sweat, and [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 67}

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Happy Thursday!  I hope you are all having a great week so far, and if you are anything like me you are really looking forward to the long 4th of July weekend tomorrow!  What are your plans for the holiday.  I wish you all a wonderful day with family and friends, and if you haven't already, [...]

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Best Ever Homemade Potato Salad

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 Everyone needs a go-to potato salad recipe, and this one is mine!  The dressing is the perfect combination of tangy vinegar and creamy mayonnaise, with the zip of coarse ground Dijon mustard thrown in for good measure.  The peas add great flavor and color, and the red potatoes have a great firm texture with no [...]

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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 [...]

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DIY Stuffed Felt Lion

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This is Week 5 of our 12-week Summer Fun with Kids series here at LWSL!  Today we are welcoming Lauren from I am THAT Lady, who is sharing a fun & easy stuffed felt lion .  For more summer fun, check out the overview page. *   *   * There are so many activities [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a fun and relaxing weekend!  I wanted to let you know that if you are a blogger and are interested in attending FinCon this September in New Orleans, tomorrow will be the last day to qualify for earlybird prices ($249 instead of $499!)  If you blog anywhere [...]

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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? [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 66}

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Happy Thursday!  I hope you are all having a fantastic week!  This week my family and I are cruising in the Caribbean on board the Carnival Freedom, and it has been a wonderful trip so far.   If you have ever thought about cruising, or plan to take a cruise soon, be sure to check out [...]

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Easy Honey Dijon Chicken

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Ready for another amazing grilled chicken recipe?  This scrumptiously delicious honey dijon chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + grill friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the [...]

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