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November 2, 2018

Tis the season for porches adorned with smushed Jack-o-Lanterns, am I right? Welcome to that in-between season...the natural beauty of fall is fading as the trees are losing their leaves, the grass is turning brown and the fields are harvested and plowed. Here in Minne...

August 10, 2018

Extra-curricular activities add lots of fun and richness to a child's life. The number of possible pastimes for kids continues to grow with each and every school year, even in our smallish community in rural Minnesota. Activities are a wonderful way for kids to learn a...

July 18, 2018

It's "Birthday Eve!" Tomorrow I'll turn 40. It seems strange to think about that, because I certainly don't feel anywhere near that old. I still barely feel like an adult sometimes. I guess that's a good thing, to feel younger rather than to feel older! It's a big mile...

June 13, 2018

Health insurance is a sticking point for a lot of families. It can make us feel tethered to a job that we don't love. The fear of losing it can hold us back from new opportunities. In our family in particular, we felt like Matt needed to keep on keepin' on at his drain...

May 31, 2018

I've been a self-employed, work-from-home mom for the past 11 years. People are often curious about the idea of working from home, and one of the most common questions they ask me is "how do you get so much done with the kids at home with you?" The answer to that quest...

May 30, 2018

Summer is just beginning, but I'm keeping my eyes open for great prices on school supplies for the fall. A couple of items that can add up are Ticonderoga pencils, which are our school's preferred brand due to their quality, and dry erase markers, which are used a lot...

May 26, 2018

Our bedroom has two personalities - one for spring and summer, another for fall and winter. It's not a major overhaul that happens twice a year, it's just a matter of swapping out a few key elements that bring a fresher, lighter look for spring, and a warmer, cozier lo...

March 28, 2018

Decluttering feels good, but what do you do with the excess? That can be a stumbling block for many of us. It's not always easy to actually remove those unwanted items from our home once we've cleaned out our cabinets! We're going to address a common struggles and a fe...

March 23, 2018

Choose any little area of your home that ends to be a trouble spot. Just 5-10 minutes can make a difference, and if you're on a roll after that you just might want to spend a little more time!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Your nightstand: toss garbage, ta...

March 23, 2018

This challenge might be a bit different for everyone, depending on what type of entryway you have, how many people live in your home, and how messy they are. :) For instance, we have a small back porch at our farmhouse, filled with muddy boots and lots of gear for our...

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