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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22 Genius Ways Moms Squeeze in Time to Read

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busy moms find time to read books - ebook and audiobooks

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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The New Way to Reduce Kids Paper Clutter (And Still Keep Their Memories)

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This post is sponsored by Keepy. All opinions of the Keepy App are my own. I think I broke her heart the day I told her we had to get rid of some of her papers.As I pulled out armful after armful of random papers stashed in the back of the closet, all I saw was the clutter and mess. I asked both of my twin daughters to help me sort through the papers to help me figure out what we should keep and what we should toss. It quickly became apparent that my daughter Lisa thought everything was important and began "secretly" stuffing papers away in a binder and then shoving that into her backpack, stashing them away in her bedroom, ...

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Bring the Scriptures to Life for Kids with an Epic Scripture-Themed Carnival

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Fun LDS Primary Scripture Carnival Game Ideas and snack ideas! Perfect for Primary Activity outdoor. David and Goliath. Walking on Water. Bow and Arrow. Fishers of Men. Planting Seeds. Archery.

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own.  One year ago I became the Primary President in our local church congregation. This means I've been responsible for overseeing the Sunday School, music, nursery, and sharing time of all children ages 18 months to 11 years old in our church. There are somewhere between 35-50 children in this age bracket. It can be a pretty overwhelming and stressful position to have, especially with a new baby, homeschooling, and a husband gone long hours with a PhD, oh, and working from home. The good thing is that I love children and find joy in this calling. To help motivate ...

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How to Stay Stocked on the Essentials During Busy Summers

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When Summer hits, your feet hit the ground running too. With swimming lessons, camping trips, sports camps, trips to the library, family reunions, and late nights, finding time to do your regular errands, like grocery shopping and doing laundry, don't always get done like they need to be. Unfortunately, this leads to oops moments when you find yourself needing something you don't have. Like when you discover you're out of diapers or wipes right as your child has a major blowout as you're heading out the door to the library. Or you can't find any swim diapers and friends are waiting for you at the river to go swimming. Or ...

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The Ridiculously Easy Way to Fix Broken Mini Blinds (Your Kids Destroyed)

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Great DIY tutorial on how to fix mini blinds that are broken! My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!

You need to know how to fix broken mini blinds if you have kids or a naughty pet that repeatedly love to break and damage them. It's actually way easier, and cheaper than I thought to do your own mini blind repair!We live in an apartment, like a bajillion other people, so every window comes pre-installed with white mini-blinds. The apartment contract and rules state that the mini-blinds need to be free from damages in order to help keep up appearances. Broken mini blinds apparently equal ghetto apartment complex. To keep future residents interested in renting, via the pristine mini-blinds, they periodically replace any broken ones ...

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23 Places to Stockpile in an Apartment

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Great storage ideas for creating a stockpile in a small apartment home without a lot of storage space. Plus some good tips on saving money in the process!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex® & Cottonelle®. All opinions are 100% mine. When you live with a husband and four small children in an apartment, the last thing you think you can do is stockpile in an apartment.  When closet space is limited, and garages, basements, pantries, and storage sheds are nonexistent, you look around your small home and think there is no way you could store months' worth of food or toiletries here. But, if there's a will there is a way. If you are like us, apartment living still, the budget is tight, and you and your family would benefit from stockpiling, allowing you ...

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Laundry Cheat Sheets – 3 Free Printables for Your Laundry Room

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Love this laundry quote from President Thomas S. Monson! Helps me keep things in perspective. FREE Printable!

Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat. It's kinda the story of our lives as laundry is one of those thing we have to keep doing until we die. But, not all clothes are made the same, and neither are the stains they accumulate. I did a little work and found out how to remove some common stains, what those symbols on clothes actually mean, and found a quote I absolutely love to help keep it all in perspective. And I'm sharing them with you as a freebie for signing up for my mailing list. If you want to save money on printing them, be sure to check out this post on the HP Instant Ink program! Printable #1 - Ever wonder what ...

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The Course that is Removing “Disaster” from Your Disaster Prep

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This online course sounds amazing! Such a great resource all in one place on disaster preparations.

I have to admit I thought it was pretty cool to be walking on a sidewalk I walked on thousands of times in my youth, because this time it was flooded. This time I walked this same sidewalk in mid-calf deep water. My parents however didn't think the major Wisconsin flooding in the summer of 2008 was so cool. Their basement flooded with thigh-high water, ruining their washer and dryer, their furnace, their food storage, clothing, furniture, and other things that they stowed in their unfinished cement basement. My hometown was completely flooded. The High School football field was completely underwater. The Main Street was ...

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The Easiest Way to Get Your Home Clean When You Have Kids

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All great reasons why you should hire a maid service to come clean your house for you.

I have four kids. Four young kids. My house is very rarely completely clean top to bottom all at the same time.I bet the number of times it has occurred I could count on one hand. And chances are my children were not actually in my home for part of that cleaning process. But, I like a clean home, or clean-ish. I like being able to step two feet in any direction and not step on or over something. It's the simple things in life, you know? While we work hard to maintain a clean kitchen, and pick up the main living area at least once a day, the rest of the house, the black hole that is the upstairs, does not see the same ...

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9 Reasons Why Handwriting is Better than Typing

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Handwriting inspires creativity more than typing.

Each person is unique in that they have distinguishing features about them. Each person has their own, one-of-a-kind, set of DNA (except for identical twins) and fingerprints, along with their own original composition of body features and coloring. Another unique characteristic that humans do not share is their handwriting. In fact, understanding and analyzing someone's handwriting can say a lot about a person's character, disposition, and aptitude via the science of graphology. But, today we live in a digital world and many people are switching the pen and paper for keyboard and screen. But, I don't believe that we should give up ...

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How to Start a Book Club: Tips and Suggestions for an Awesome Group

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Great post on how to start a book club! Lots of great tips and suggestions for how to set it up, host, pick books, and more. I so want to start my own book club group now! Who's with me?

Moving to Texas meant I would be leaving some pretty great groups of people behind, and along with them, the regular activities we had, like our monthly book clubs. In Indianapolis I was actually part of two book clubs for years, and most of the time was able to attend them both groups each month. It was so nice to leave the kids behind, read new books and genres, eat some yummy treats, but also to have a little girls night, staying up late into the night (and on a school night!). I loved these nights and I was determined to start a book club myself after we moved if our church congregation wasn't already hosting one. And guess ...

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