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Children love to make things grow. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who is responsible for watching children could and should take advantage of this natural fascination for the botanical kingdom. I’m not going to give you any hidden secrets or amazing tips for how to garden with children. In fact, most of my gardening attempts have been failures, but my gardening with my children has…

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This is my last post as The Simple Homemaker…sort of. Here’s the deal people: I’m moving over to my family’s other blog, The Travel Bags. Why? Great question. You always ask the best questions. You’re so clever! There are several reasons: ONE: I need to be part of the team.  My family of 10 has a full-time traveling Christian music mission, as you probably know…

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8 Tips for Taking Down Christmas Deocrations

Our decorations stay up until after Three King’s Day, a.k.a. Epiphany, a.k.a. There Isn’t a Single Needle Left on This Tree. Why? Because I love Christmas, and I especially love the laid back days after Christmas, so why not celebrate all twelve of them! I know many people like to get the decor put away tout d’suite, because it feels clean. To each their own. Here are some tips…

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When I was a wee lass, we woke from our dreams of dancing sugarplums to a Christmas morning breakfast of 27 varieties of Christmas cookies: fudge, snickerdoodles, chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate crackles, spritz, and 22 others, including my personal favorite, pecan fingers. Drooool! It was this ol’ gal’s a child’s dream breakfast! Yeah, my mom rocked the motherhood thing! Because she had done all the baking…

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Last week you finished up everything that can be done ahead of time. You’re prepared for guests or travel, your gifts are ready to go under the tree, other gifts have been mailed, cards have been sent or intentionally abandoned, cookies fill your freezer or pantry, outfits are hanging up, the house is decorated, and everyone is smiling because you’ve been spending time with them…

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So you jumped ship on the Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas missions and now you’re kicking yourself and possibly your dog, Max. Poor Max. First, don’t stress. Stress stinks like hot chocolate gas–nasty that. Second, stop kicking poor old Max. And don’t yell at your kids. And don’t be mean to your husband or your mother or the poor kid in Kohl’s trying to…

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Unless you are my super-organized friend Tammy, you probably have a few missions from the Twelve Weeks of a Simple Christmas to finish up. That’s what we’re doing this week–putting the bow on our Christmas prep. Take a peek at all your presents. Has everything been wrapped? Delivered? Shipped? Are your stocking stuffers organized according to person–I use shopping bags, but you can use whatever…

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