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(Random bit of entirely unrelated knowledge before continuing this post: a piece of homemade cherry pie is around 400 calories. Moving on.) So you want to lose weight, but exercise isn’t your thing. I get that. Or maybe exercise is your thing, but right now your bigger thing is nursing a newborn or homeschooling what feels like half the community but is really your own…

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10 Tips for Clean Floors Without Cleaning (Much)

In our former lives dwelling in a house of nine people and a shaggy dog the size of a Harley, floors could get pretty dirty.  I can think of about 18,274 things I would rather be doing than sweeping or mopping.  (Vacuuming I don’t mind, since it involves chasing down a laughing six-year-old boy who double dog dares me to vacuum up his toes, so…

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In a family our size, one of the best contributions I can make to the finances is winning the lottery or coming into a large inheritance, but since I don’t have the kind of luck that wins lotteries, and I’m not in too many wills, neither one is working for us. The second best thing I can do is cut back on our spending. Our…

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Summer is upon us. It happens every year. I’m not sure why I’m surprised. One of the best parts of summer in my hungry humble opinion is the availability of fresh produce. Fresh blows the roots off anything you can find in the grocery store. I’ve been shocked to learn that my suspicious nature has been proven correct at farmers’ markets–some venders are receiving supplies…

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Disclaimer: Institute for Excellence in Writing sent my family their program Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization in exchange for this fair review. We also received the physical version of the Student Book. (The set comes with the pdf version of the book; the physical is an extra purchase.) Clear? Groovy. My kids have been studying poetry for as long as they could talk…longer even. I…

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  How did you do on your goals last month? We were doing great, but then we were sidelined by the flu. We still managed to get our pie made and had a great Filipino feast for Emily’s birthday, so March was a good month. March! Then came April, and we were still flu-ish, so I skipped my goals. Ahem. Let’s just move on and…

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If you haven’t discovered the amazing cleaning power of vinegar, you haven’t lived.  Okay, you may have lived just a little bit, but chances are you are spending too much money on cleansers. Cleaning with vinegar is cheap, simple, non-toxic, and, uh, aromatic. There is little that cannot be tackled by this powerhouse in the cleansing world, from stains and build-up to daily clean-up.  Tuck…

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