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  • 4 Ways Kids Can Help the Earth

    It’s never too early to start teaching kids how they can make an impact by taking care of the Earth.  Earth Day is a great day to kick off new traditions that they can participate in! Recycle-Teach your kids the importance of recycling items that they

  • Self-Watering Herb Planters Made From Upcycled Plastic Bottles

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #HonestSustainabiliTEA #RefreshinglyHonest #CollectiveBias This past weekend it was gorgeous outside so I tried to soak up the warmth and sunsh

  • When No Doesn’t Really Mean No

    We teach our sons about respect and how to respond graciously when someone tells them “no”, and we teach our daughters that they have the right to say “no” and expect that they are taken at their word.  But do we teach our daughters how to respon

  • Busy Week = The Non-Vlog Vlog

    It’s been a bit of a busy week here in Busy Town. As a result, I started vlogging most days, but never actually completed any actual vlogs. This is the result: a random collection of video snapshots of our week … along with a view commentaries that se

  • Teaching Children To Code

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. As a parent, I want my children to have the best chance at success as possible. Nowadays, that means learning tech skills like coding. Though my children are young, I think it’s vital for

  • Make A Wish In The BMO200 Fountain

    I am proud to be partnering with BMO Harris Bank again and happy to share about their new #BMO200 fountain in this sponsored post. BMO Harris Bank is celebrating their 200th year by granting some wishes made in their interactive wishing fountain, continui

  • Help Kids Learn How To Handle Money Wisely

    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. When I was growing up I wasn’t taught much about money and, as a result, I struggled with money issues through my college and early adult years. Because of this, it’s really important to me that my

  • Grayl Water Purifier Unboxing and First Look

    I took the plunge (pardon the pun) and got ahold of a Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier for my trip up north next month.  The area I’m going to has been under a Boil Water Advisory for several years, and last year, I made the mistake of consuming some of

  • Spring Snack Container Made From Popsicle Sticks

    Easter is just around the corner and one of our favorite ways to get ready for any holiday is to make crafts and homemade decorations. I thought it would be fun to make carrot shaped snack containers. They are perfect for parties, family movie nights or a

  • How To Refinish A Kitchen Table!

    Have you ever wondered if buying used and refinishing furniture is worth it? Check out this thrift store kitchen table makeover! We sanded it down, stained, painted, distressed and varnished it, and now it’s a completely custom Farmhouse / Vintage / Sha

  • A Tour Of The LIFE 100.3 Studio!

    Our local Christian radio station had a Open House today — perfect timing because Ezri has been asking if she could see what the station looks like on the inside. We got the grand tour, along with a look at the technology that makes it all happen. Then

  • Is It Time For New Kitchen Appliances?

    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Unless you live in a brand new house, I’m guessing you have a list of things you want to fix or update. Our home w

  • It’s the Awana Grand Prix!

    Here’s a look at our Awana Grand Prix, a pine car derby that our kids grew up doing, and we did when we were kids. Nothing like keeping family traditions alive!

  • Grizzly Discovery In The Woods!

    While I was getting some Saturday night work done at the office, I thought I’d fill you in on our walk in the woods earlier.  We had a great time finding new ways to access the old trails that we used to frequent before all of the new construction went

  • Chicago Bulls Basketball Game Ticket Giveaway

    Thanks to the Chicago Bulls for sponsoring this post and giveaway. Calling all basketball fans! You’ll want to check out this kid-friendly event. Chicagoland families are invited to “Kids Day” at the Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks game (April 1s

  • Spring Portraits {Giveaway}

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Pictures are one of my favorite ways to keep memories alive so I’m excited to be working with Portrait Innovations again. We had a great experience at Portrait Innovations during the holi

  • Keep Your Eyes On The Road With Navdy

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Navdy but all thoughts are my own. As a mom of two busy boys I feel like most of my time is spent in the car. Whether I’m dropping the kids off at school or picking them up, driving to a sports practice or game, or

  • Ikea Desk Makeover

    My desk needed tidying up in a big way. So, on a trip to Ikea, I picked up 2 Sunnerstra rails, 5 hanging containers, and two packages of plastic hooks. My work area is so much more organized now! Here’s where you can find the Sunnerstra rails online: ht

  • 100 Cup Challenge!

    It’s Roll Up The Rim season here in Canada, and we decided to accept the 100 Cup Challenge, ala Furious Pete and others. Thing is, we couldn’t afford to buy 100, so we’re doing the challenge with 10 cups … which is totally the same thing. We’re

  • Basketball Party Appetizer

    Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackBracketPlaybook #CollectiveBias Are any of you basketball fans? Or married to basketball fans? If so, I bet you or your loved ones

  • Graduation Cards As Unique As Your Graduate

    Thanks to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. Spring is here and with it comes the start of what I like to call ‘celebration season’. From baby showers to weddings to graduations, there are many special occasions to celebrate during the spring and

  • Cleaning Tutorial … Narrated By Kids!

    Today my sons are teaching you how to clean your bathroom, with their own special tips and tricks. Enjoy this, er, “tutorial” on how to get your bathroom sparkling clean!

  • Sleeping In On Sunday

    We slept in on Sunday morning, requiring loud music and vast amounts of coffee. We made it to church … late. And then we headed out to enjoy the beautiful sunshine-y March weather we’re having! Music: Krystal Meyers – “Make Some Noise”, “Beaut

  • DIY Decorative Jewelry Tray

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StreakFreeShine #CollectiveBias Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons. From budding flowers to pretty lace dresses to sparkling pastel colored

  • Winter is BOOORING!

    When winter starts, it’s so much fun. There’s lots to do, and the temperature stays relatively mild. But fast forward a couple of months, and winter is so last season! Cabin fever starts to set in, the number of boots, coats, and snowpants at the door

  • KudosWall: A Place To Track Your Student’s Accomplishments

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by KudosWall. Have you ever wished there was a place to keep track of your student’s accomplishments all in one place? Whether they won a spelling bee, got an award at school, or came in first place at a sports or musi

  • Budget -Friendly Essential Oils for Beginners (Unboxing!)

    We recently received Radha Beauty’s Essential Oil Starter Kit. This is an budget-friendly way to venture into the world of essential oils. The packaging did leave something to be desired, but besides that, the oils themselves look great. We put them int

  • Jar Of Wisdom And Love For A Graduate

    Graduation season is just around the corner which means that many are busy planning parties to celebrate their graduate. There are a number of things to think about, from the food you’ll serve to the decor you’ll have to the gift you’ll give. Today

  • 1 John 5:6-12 {Kinetic Typography}

    1 John 5 6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the w

  • Are Video Games Ruining Our Children?

    There are so many things to worry about as a parent--is my child eating healthily, is he/she developing well, am I letting her watch too much TV, etc. The list could go on for miles. In recent years, one topic that has dominated many media headlines is t

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