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Truth in the Tinsel – Hands-on Family Advent Fun

Truth in the Tinsel

Three things before we begin: This is last year’s review of Truth in the Tinsel, before we got into it much. I’m reposting this, because we really liked it, and I share things I like with you…because I like you. This post contains affiliate links. In fact, I think all the links are affiliate links. Whoa. Intense. If you want to skip my review and…

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Affording a Large Family: 15 Ways To Make It Work

Affording a Large Family

Rumor has it that raising a child through the age of 17 costs two hundred thousand dollars. That’s $200,000…which is a lot of zeros. Want to send them to college? Better get used to living in the poor house. Want more than two children? It’d be cheaper to get a lobotomy. (And most people will assume you have had a lobotomy if you’re crazy enough…

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20 Tips for Traveling With Children

The Travel Bags

I know a thing or two about traveling with children…and dogs. We have seven of them (children, that is), and we have been traveling with them for 15 years. Currently we are on the road full-time traveling the country as part of my husband’s music mission. Yup, all of us. You can read about that at The Travel Bags. Go to The Travel Bags. As…

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25 Tips for How to Soothe a Crying Baby

How to Soothe a Crying Baby

Someone once told me that her son never cried. Not ever!  Not even once! Two things come to mind: 1) That most definitely was not the experience I had with any of my seven babies. 2) Liar, liar, pants on fire. Babies cry.  It’s just one of those things.  Your job as a parent or caretaker or babysitter or the lucky person on nursery duty…

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10 Natural Tips for How to Soothe a Colicky Baby

How to soothe a colicky baby

Colic. The word sends shivers down the spine of even the most strong-hearted. According to the dictionary: col·ic [kol-ik] noun paroxysmal pain in the abdomen or bowels colic, fussy, irritable, colicky, sleepless infant or baby According to the pediatrician: “Well, uhhhhh, to be honest, we don’t really know what colic is.” According to me:    If your baby cries inconsolably most nights, is in obvious…

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Free Nursing Smock

There are two things I’ve learned as a discrete nursing mother traveling to churches across the country with my Christian musician husband: You know that really cool one-way glass that allows you to see out of the nursing mothers’ room, but supposedly doesn’t let anyone see into the nursing mothers’ room…emphasis on “supposedly?”  It doesn’t work.   As soon as this nursing mother is situated…

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What Do You Need for a New Baby?


We were very blessed (yes, blessed) to be rather poor when expecting our first child. Our necessary frugality prevented the temptation to buy unnecessary or excessive quantities of baby gear. Seven children later, we still have a very basic list of what a parent needs for baby’s first months. The following list is what we consider essential for small babies. No fluff, no extras, just…

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