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Maximize your staycation with preschoolers

It’s good to be back to a regular routine starting today, though we really did have a great family vacation and staycation. We went to the beach for a few days, and hit up the nearby water park, but other than that, we stayed home. Staycation is the latest buzzword — it means what it (read more…)

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10 ways to prevent overspending

Bargain shopping is great for finding great deals on items. Yard sales are a wonderful place to save tons of money and still find what we want. But how often do you walk into a sale “just to browse” and walk out with a bunch of things that you probably did not need just because (read more…)

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Back to the basics: batch cooking

Photo by Martin Kingsley Quite a few of you mentioned that you’d like the topic of freezer meals and batch cooking covered in our Back to the Basics series. I’m definitely not an expert in this field, but it’s something I want to incorporate more in my own home management, so this is a refresher (read more…)

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Photo by Mary Thompson 10 Questions to Help You Declutter :: Simple Nest 40 Things to Teach My Kids Before They Leave Home :: My Super Charged Life (from Sherri of Serene Journey) 20 Tips to Waste Less Food :: Small Notebook 15 Ideas to Improve Love and Marriage During Tough Economic Times :: Simple (read more…)

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Using aromas to lift our moods

Have you been overcome with an emotion when you’re met with a certain smell? Ever walked into a room that just smells inviting or relaxing? Do you have sharp, vivid memories attached to some scents? The science of scents and their impact on our brain chemistry and overall health is called aromatherapy. Using natural scents (read more…)

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