3 Ways to Freshen Your Home Decor

May 3, 2021

With the arrival of spring, it seems ingrained in us to refresh our homes as well. From spring cleaning to switching over closets to doing housework, we’re all abuzz with making things new again. But sometimes we want to pretty-fye our surroundings and have to do it on a budget. So what’s the easiest way [...]

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Spiro Bouncer: The Only Teeter Totter Your Toddler Needs!

May 2, 2021

Remember the carefree days of the grade school playground? Teeter tottering with your peeps … until one bailed and you went falling to the ground, only to walk away with a sore bum? Ah, those were the days, right? Well, Spiro Bouncer has reinvented the wheel … er, teeter totter. Not only have they come [...]

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The Mommy Files: Activities for Screen-Free Week

May 2, 2021

So screen-free week is upon us … and that means it’s time to turn off and tune out for an entire week! Is your family participating? First, it might be good to know why screen-free is important … so read up on these statistics … it will help you understand the motivation behind the movement.

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The Mommy Files: Kitchen Cleaners in a Pinch

April 28, 2021

Do you ever get in the frame of mind and decide that today is the day you will clean the house. Like, really clean? This happens to me a couple of times each year—typically in the spring and the fall. And not only do I want to clean, I want to clean out. But what [...]

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The Mommy Files: Feeding a Family of Four with $100 per Week

April 25, 2021

As many of you know, we are big budgeters. We used the Dave Ramsey plan to get out of debt, we like to eat relatively “clean,” and I’ve recently discovered that we need to trim our grocery budget. When we sat down recently, we realized that we’re spending nearly $200/week on food! I nearly had [...]

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The Mommy Files: Affordable (and Yummy) Summer Drinks!

April 21, 2021

I’m a big coffee drinker … and in the summer, that means iced coffee. My husband is an iced mocha kind of guy. And my daughters both love anything fruity and slushy. Sound familiar? What if you could make iced summer drinks at home, for far less money? Hmmm???

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Should You Help Your Kids with Homework?

April 20, 2021

I was shocked when my daughter came home and presented me with a science report that had a note from her teacher which read, “Isn’t your mom an editor? Have her look through this and resubmit.” She then proceeded to tell me that all of her teachers feel like she should have perfectly polished papers, [...]

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The Mommy Files: Starting a Kid-Friendly Garden

April 18, 2021

Last week I talked about Earth Day activities that you could do with the kids … and I promised that this week we’d explore ways to start a garden with your kids. And it doesn’t have to be huge, mind you. Incidentally, we’re putting in our first “real garden,” as my husband calls it, and [...]

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Kids and Good Health: How to Have Both

April 16, 2021

Lots of things happen when you have kids. Your waistline expands, you lose sleep, you’re stressed out, and you’re sick all the time. Ugh. It makes you wonder why we started this adventure in the first place, doesn’t it? So, is there anything you can do to prevent some of these horrible side effects of [...]

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The Mommy Files: Earth Day Activities

April 14, 2021

Earth Day has really evolved … remember when it used to be simply about planting a tree? Or maybe that’s Arbor Day. It’s no secret that our natural resources are getting scarce. What’s more, with an increase in food recalls, there’s been a renewed interesting in backyard gardening, farmers’ markets, and the local food movement. [...]

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Don’t Get My Kid Sick!

April 13, 2021

I’m a firm believer that the more germs my kid picks up now, the better prepared she’ll be when she heads to germ-infested kindergarten. Yes, she’s vaccinated, and no, I don’t tell her to lick shopping carts … but if she does, I don’t freak out about it. However, I have a friend that is [...]

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Pregnant and Unemployed

April 12, 2021

The economy is not exactly friendly at the moment … especially for job seekers. But with the economy the way it is, having a family demographic that includes two working parents is not unusual. But what if you’re pregnant and looking for a job? Then what? You may be inclined to put off applying for [...]

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The Mommy Files: Storing Off-Season Clothing

April 11, 2021

In Maine, we’ve been doing this little weather dance … it will be really warm for a few days, so I’ll dig through the summer clothes to find something to wear. Then it gets cold, so I have to dig back through my sweaters so I don’t freeze to death. Needless to say, it’s made [...]

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