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When I announced that I was part of The Tummy Team, I heard quite a few remarks like this: But you don’t even have a pooch! But you look good for having seven kids! (I always wonder if that’s a veiled insult. If you looked like this after two kids, whoa and yikes, but the fact that you gave birth seven times and you’re standing…

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How to Homeschool Preschool and Kindergarten: 18 Tips for Creating a Natural and Joyful Learning Environment

This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you purchase something through one of my links, I receive a portion of the proceeds. It costs you nothing, but it helps us buy schoolbooks, because, believe it or not, kids don’t stay preschoolers and kindergartners forever. I shared with you my big-mouthed opinion on pushing young children beyond their readiness levels. What you should be…

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Homeschool Preschool Part 1 Pinnable

Caution: This post contains my rather strong opinion. Proceed with caution. It happens every fall. Homeschooling mamas and papas second-guess their decision to keep their preschoolers and kindergartners home. Concerned parents lament that their three-year-old preschoolers are not thriving with the expensive curriculum they bought to “do preschool.” Some are certain their four-year-olds are educationally doomed, while others wonder if they should try other curricula…

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Clean Teeth

To skip my cheesy review of My Job Chart, a free online chore system, and to go check it out for yourself, click here. Reposted in honor of all those kiddos in school and homeschool who are adjusting to new schedules.  Let’s face it. Sometimes I forget things, like making sure my son brushes his teeth in the morning, or brushing out my daughter’s golden locks…

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The Serve One Another in Love Cafe Feature

When my children are at each other, I sometimes require them to do something nice for one other: make a bed, fold laundry, share something, do each other’s chores, scratch each other’s backs…gently. My seeester-in-law-and-in-love, Karen Baye, has taken this to a whole new level. When her four blessings were not treating each other like blessings, she invited them all to lunch at the Serve…

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An important letter

This is a message from Past Me to Future Me written on 10/17/12 and scheduled for nearly one year from now…today in your time. Dear Future Me: At the time of this writing, you were holding a sleepy baby whose big hazel eyes looked up at you as she nursed. Now you are facing her second birthday in a few short months. Did you use…

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Bowling Pinnable

Who doesn’t love bowling?! Well, I don’t. I mean I like it. It’s fun and all. But love it? Not really. But if you love or even just like bowling, here’s a great offer for you while the kids are home from school for the summer. It’s fun and it’s free. It’s called Kids Bowl Free. Here’s the deal: Sign up at the official Kids…

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