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Which Sunscreen is the Least Harmful?

Summer is coming. Over the last year I have learned a lot about food and the products we use and how good or bad for us they can be. Along the way, I discovered a web site that has a database of products which rates the chemicals in everyday beauty products and sunscreen falls under […]

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Looking for a Pregnancy Book in Spanish? Get Secrets of the Mommyhood (en Espanol)!

I…have a secret. Well, technically, it’s a secretos!  The Spanish edition of Secrets of the Mommyhood is now available on Amazon! If you happen to know a first time mom-to-be, please tell her about this book which is full of helpful tips for first-time moms, and, of course, funny stories – now available en Español! […]

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Organizing Tip: Bag on a Hanger

I am constantly amazed at how often I have to sort through my kids’ things. My sisters and friends and I share clothes and toys for our kids, so a lot of goods need to be sorted and shifted between our houses. Over time I came up with a little system that works for me. […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Easy and Delicious!)

If you are avoiding gluten and looking for treat options, I HIGHLY recommend this chocolate chip cookie recipe. I even made a believer out of my sister, Amy. Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened 2 eggs 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 teaspoon […]

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Charlie Loves Money

Last year, Charlie was Pat Sajak for Halloween because he loves Wheel of Fortune and funny stuff related to that still pops up from time to time. Molly decided to be Vanna and it was really cute. This year, Molly is doing a 70′s thing and Charlie. Well, Charlie just brought me a drawing of […]

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The Bedtime Con That’s Working Like a Charm

Oh the Many Joys of Bedtime! I have young kids who need to practice reading. They also need to go to bed at a reasonable time and are somewhat independent in this process. Sometimes, all of this is a chore to make happen. Mostly with Charlie, who is every bit of seven. So, here’s what […]

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Book Signing at Smart Toys & Books

Chello Friends. Happy Summer! Wanted to let you know I will be at Smart Toys & Books this Saturday signing books. If you are nearby and have a few minutes, please stop by and say hi. Smart Toys & Books 9700 Kingston Pike Knoxville, Tennessee Book Signing: Saturday, August 2nd 11-1 The store owner, Lynda, […]

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How to Clean Your Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Ice Maker (And Why You Should)

How to Clean Your Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Ice Maker (And Why You Should)

Cleaning our appliances sounds like something I should totally do.  I mean, I don’t want our stuff to be dirty. But I have 8 million things to do, so this one totally falls off the list. Especially because I didn’t know how to do it anyway. I’ve been learning a lot lately about mold. Apparently […]

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Great Conversations With Kids: The Snackeez

Charlie (7): “Mom, I would like a snacky.”  Me: “Sure. How about some celery and peanut butter?”  Charlie: “No, I want a snackeez. Do you know what “a snackeez” is? It’s this thing with a lid and you can carry a drink AND a snack in it at the same time!!!”  Me: Realizing he’s been […]

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And God Bless…Summer Camp!

And God Bless…Summer Camp!

For some moms (ahem, me) summer with kids can produce unusual mothering outcomes. The last two months have been nutty. My husband travels so I’ve been exposed to a few EXTRA helpings of quality time with my beloved children (and not enough cookies) so I am starting to feel the effects. In fact, both kids […]

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