Get Ready for Summer with these FREE Summer Printables!

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The first day of summer is Wednesday, June 21, but the end of school comes even sooner, meaning summer break starts very soon! We have a trip planned in a couple weeks to attend my niece's wedding and then go on to visit my in-laws and then come back home, driving each leg of the trip, for a combined distance of 2700 miles. In a car with four children. In less than a week's time. Yeah, we're probably nuts. It's okay to think that with us. I do know we'll listen to several audio books (Harry Potter among them),  have the kids watch movies on our portable DVD players, and pack lots of snacks, drinks, toys, games, and to ...

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17 Best Baking Soda Uses for Cleaning Your Kitchen

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The number of baking soda uses is truly amazing. There's so much that this little, seemingly bland, white powder can do! One of my favorite ways to use sodium bicarbonate (the chemical name of baking soda) is for cleaning! Today, I’m sharing our top 10 ways of cleaning with baking soda in the kitchen! There is actually a ton more baking soda uses for kitchen cleaning. The seventeen that I chose to include contain some of the more unusual uses that you may not see posted as often, plus a few ‘oldies but goodies’. My goal for this post was to find some less expensive, easier ways of cleaning kitchen items with baking soda, ...

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How to Make a Tasty Super Hero Potion with Your Kids

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This post is sponsored by Tampico. All opinions are my own. Pretend. It's a word my kids say constantly as they play with each other. They tell each other to "Pe-tend" that they are in various situations, that they have various powers, that various things are happening around them, sometimes in quick succession. "Pe-tend I'm an alligator and pretend that the floor is a swamp and pretend that you are walking through it and don't see me." As a mom, I love hearing my young children pretend together as they tend to get lost in their pretend worlds and end up getting along for long stretches of time without any ...

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How to Remove Bad Fridge Odor and Smells like a Professional

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Does your refrigerator smell bad? Here's how to remove fridge odor and smells. Working in the cleaning industry, we hear "Our fridge smells bad, what can I do to get rid of the smell?" all the time. It's surprisingly a very common problem. But, a bad smell from a fridge is not a reason to throw your fridge away and buy a new one! Yes, the smell can be disgusting, but there is a way around it. Trust me; I’ve been there. If you're unfortunately there right now, I hope these solutions for getting rid of bad fridge odors will work great for you too. How to Remove Fridge Odor Step 1: Deep Clean Fridge The easiest way to get ...

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How to Wash Your Car in an Apartment Yourself Without Water!

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 This is a sponsored post by Armor All. All opinions are my own. Here's how to wash car in apartment without water! As a child, I loved washing my father's semi truck. It took a long time to clean, and I had to do right or I'd have to do it again, but when I was done I felt a sense of pride as my father paid me $20 for washing his truck for him.  It was also fun to play with the water hose, soapy water, and the long-handled scrub brush. But, most of all, I enjoyed the satisfaction that comes from working hard and exerting yourself physically, something my father was a great example of himself. Being a parent now, I desire to ...

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The Truth about Popular Kitchen Appliances and Their Health Claims

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Great review of supposedly healthy kitchen appliances! The Instant Pot, Food Steamer, Smart Oven, Air Fryer, and Juicer! Which of these small kitchen gadgets do you own? Are they worth the money for the health benefits?

Today, we have more possibilities in cooking than ever before. We are offered to buy so many tools and "healthy" kitchen appliances every day that we practically can’t know what is safe and what isn’t. And boy, are those ads convincing! I, myself, am guilty of buying into trends and splurging on expensive small cooking appliances that offer something “new” and “healthy” and “good for busy people.” I spent $400 on a juicer that is now sitting in a box. With all these ads saying practically the same things, how do we decide which one to buy if every one claims that their product is “100% healthy and safe”? We deserve ...

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22 Genius Ways Moms Squeeze in Time to Read

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This post is sponsored by Deseret Bookshelf. All opinions are my own. I haven't always loved books. Or reading. Blame it on all the stuff I had to read for school sucking the joy out of reading for me, or a lack of family members who liked to read while growing up. Okay, my mom did read: she read the newspaper and magazines. Only on occasion did I see her with a physical book in her hands that wasn't the scriptures. My father mostly listened to books. Lots of books - on tape and eventually on CD. As an over-the-road truck driver, he had a lot of time on his hands to sit and listen, so he would pick up great new books from ...

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Curing My Depression Took More than What Self-Help Books Recommended

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This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own. Last year, for the first time in my life, I felt depressed. I'm not talking about for a day or a week at a time, but persistently. Like most days sucked. I didn't mope, stay in bed all day, or cry endlessly, but I sure was angry. Mad even. Unhappy. And most of my ire was directed at my family. For the first time in my life, I understood the term "Mom guilt" and definitely felt like I was failing my children, and failing my husband by failing our children. I sucked at homeschooling, at running a household, at earning enough money, at being Primary President, at ...

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Remove Baby Poop Stains and Smells from Carpets with this DIY Solution

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How to remove poop stains from carpet is something every mom runs into at least once. Follow this cleaning tutorial to learn how to remove poop stains from carpets. This DIY poop stain remover will get rid of the smell too! If you have a baby in diapers, about the worst thing that can happen is them getting a bought of sickness that gives your baby the runs. Yes, I mean diarrhea. Sorry, it's not very glamorous to talk about. Actually, it downright gross and it stinks. But, it is an unfortunate and common reality for all parents, at some point. I have already shared what to do to remove baby poop stains from clothes (and bedding ...

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How to Remove Dried Set In Blood Stains from Clothes

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If you forget to care for a blood stain right away, have no fear! Here's how to remove set-in blood stains from clothes and other fabrics! This past year we had a lot of rain and with that rain came lots of mosquitoes. My kids love playing outside and quickly amassed multiple mosquito bug bites, which they went on to itch, and itch, and itch, despite mom and dad repeatedly telling them NOT to itch! From the itching and scratching, they developed scabs, which they then loved to pick! This meant they were bleeding all over our house, on their clothes, on their bed sheets, and more. I wasn't able to treat every blood stain on ...

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How to Remove Gum from a T-Shirt with Goo Gone

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If you've had a recent misfortune with gum and your clothes, here's how to remove gum from a shirt. My husband hates chewing gum because people are irresponsible with it, sticking it or spitting it wherever they please, leaving unsuspecting, innocent people to come across something that was masticated in someone else's mouth, for who knows how long, with who knows what kind of germs or bacteria attached to it. It gets stuck on the bottom of your shoes far too often, and sometimes stuck other places too, like on your clothes. Our son Michael got it stuck on the back of his shirt and on his car seat then because we didn't know ...

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The Easiest Way to Quickly Remove Lip Gloss Stains from Fabric

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Finding yourself with an ugly lip gloss or lipstick stain? Here's how to remove lip gloss stains from fabric. I don't know how it happened, but happen it did. All I know is that one day I went into my twin daughters' bedroom and lying there was an uncapped Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer tube and a baby doll bum covered in its hue.My young children think because it looks like chapstick, it must be okay for them to use liberally, including my three-year-old son. I am not sure if they applied it on their own lips and then wiped the overabundance onto the nearest fabric, or if they colored with the lip gloss directly onto the fabric ...

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