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How To Mail a Hug – A 10-Step Picture Tutorial

How To Mail A Hug 1

Today I welcome four charming guests sharing their 10-step picture tutorial on How to Mail a Hug. This idea originated at Tons of Fun. Her adorable version of a long-distance hug uses paint and ribbon, neither of which we have in our travel trailer. Therefore, we embraced creativity and frugality to create our own versions using what we had on hand. We spent no money…

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Fitting in Fitness on the Road with 7 Kids and a Dog |www.TheSimpleHomemaker.com

I am not a fitness expert. In fact, even though I was my high school valedictorian, I failed gym class in college. Life is funny like that. (You didn’t know that, did you, Mom? Surprise!) Here’s why I failed. Consistency, which is sometimes the same as boredom. The class required me to come to the same room in the same building the same three days every week…

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4 Thoughts on Tragedy, Family, Focus, and Faith

4 Thoughts

I’m supposed to be writing about Brussels sprouts. Somehow, I can’t force myself to think about Brussels sprouts right now (although these particular sprouts were unusually delicious). Another school shooting took place last week. I’m sure you heard. I wasn’t going to write about it, because it feels like capitalizing on tragedy. But somehow, I find myself here in the dark writing, a small child…

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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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