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Giving Back: Starting a Family Tradition (Part 1)

April 3, 2014
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Giving Back: Starting a Family Tradition (Part 1)

As my children get older, I want to teach them to give back. I want giving back to be a part of their lives. When they were little, we would talk about people who had very little. I would show them that I was donating to the needy by placing an envelop of money...
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5 Tips To Get Kids Involved with Chores #home #organization

December 9, 2013
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5 Tips To Get Kids Involved with Chores #home #organization

I wish I had jumped on the chores bandwagon when the children were small. The earlier you start assigning chores to your children the better, right? My little ones always wanted to help me clean or fold laundry…even if I didn’t actually want the help. At times their “help” meant far more work for...
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10 Tips for Decluttering Toys #organization

December 7, 2013
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10 Tips for Decluttering Toys #organization

I’ve found that people fall in to two categories when it comes to their homes…the very neat and the very messy. There’s gray area in the home neatness spectrum. I fall in the gray…closer to the “very messy” but with brief brushes with the “very neat.” Where do you fall in the Home Neatness...
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Decluttering Your Home To Create Space #Organization

December 5, 2013
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Decluttering Your Home To Create Space #Organization

I never post before photos. Too scary. I don’t want reveal the clutter of my home. As I said it is TOO scary. But today I am doing the unthinkable posting a couple of before photos. The first photo is mostly an after photo, but from the clutter on top of the desk you...
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Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane: #Halloween with Little Ones

November 14, 2013
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Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane: #Halloween with Little Ones

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.                   My neighbor stopped by on Halloween with her adorable baby. He’s about one. He was strapped in his jogging stroller. The rain was starting to come down, but he was ever so snug in his Tigger costume. You know...
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Talking To Your Kids About How They Act Online #digifam

October 10, 2013
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Talking To Your Kids About How They Act Online #digifam

I do 100% of my work online. I’m either on a desktop, a laptop, or out-and-about on my smartphone. I’m writing blog posts or posting to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or hosting a Twitter party. When I’m not online, I’m in the car driving kids from sports practice to Cub Scouts to swimming before heading back home....
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Pondering the College Search Process with My 11th Grader #MOOCadvisor and #spon

July 3, 2013
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Pondering the College Search Process with My 11th Grader #MOOCadvisor and #spon

There’s no avoiding the fact that my 11th grader is looking at colleges. I cannot be in denial any longer. For the last 18 months, our mailbox has been stuffed to overflowing with postcards, flyers, and letters of interest from colleges all over the country. So as not to get overwhelmed, her dad decided...
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Quadriceps Tendinopathy…Don’t Worry I’ve Never Heard of It Either

May 18, 2013
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Quadriceps Tendinopathy…Don’t Worry I’ve Never Heard of It Either

Have I mentioned that I have a gammy knee? I’m quite gimpy. I can’t straighten it at all. I cannot remember injuring my knee. Just noticed one day last week that I couldn’t fully straighten my knee. After 2 days of full-on limping and a week of hobbling, I saw my doctor on Thursday...
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Social Media Moms Doing Social Good #JerseyLove

April 8, 2013
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Social Media Moms Doing Social Good #JerseyLove

Last October we pressed pause. Briefly. I knew that something awful was coming. Not a family issue or anything to do with jobs, but a change was coming. The second to last week of that month we braced. We prepped for a weather issue of unknown proportions. I’m not trying to be dramatic. Not...
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Working on My Bucket List. What’s on Yours?

January 3, 2013
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Working on My Bucket List. What’s on Yours?

I found a notepad the other day. It was a white, narrow-ruled letter-sized pad. Full. No empty pages. Every square inch of every page was filled with writing. The corners of the pad were curled up. Pages were somewhat frayed. What had I written on the pad? On closer inspection, I saw immediately what...
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