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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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How to Spruce Up Damaged Dress Shoes

So, my super talented (and gorgeous) niece, Julia came up with a most excellent fix for a pair of new shoes that sustained some damage to the heels. How to Fix Scuffed Heels By Julia Olson I bought these shoes to wear at a wedding. I literally took one step out of our door, and […]

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Crab Legs on a Dime

Do you love crab legs but hate the price on the menu? I have a couple of girlfriends who like them, too. One time, our friend Jennifer had us over to her house to have crab legs. It must have cost her a fortune to buy us all crab legs (thanks again, Jennifer!). It worked […]

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How to Fix Dry Or Chemically- Damaged Hair

So, I have been dying my hair for YEARS. I went gray pretty early (thanks, Mom). I have my hair dyed at a salon every few weeks. To keep costs down, I leave with wet hair and go home and fix it myself. The last time I had it dyed and went home to fix […]

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Should You Pay for Custom Ear Plugs?

When your child has recently had ear tube surgery, there is a direct route for bacteria to enter their ear. So they will need to use earplugs when they take a bath, shower, or go to the pool. Should you pay for expensive custom earplugs? Yes, according to my sister, whose son has had three […]

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An Easy Way to Light up Your Tree

It’s awesome if you can plug your lights into an outlet that is controlled by a wall switch. If that’s not an option in the room where you have your Christmas tree, I recommend this Christmas Ornament Switch. We’ve had one for a couple of years and it’s great. You plug your lights into the […]

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How to Remove Temporary Tattoos

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Charlie (5) wanted to put a bunch of temporary tattoos on his lower arms. I said yes because so many times I say “no.” And what’s the downside of temporary tattoos? Well, that would be picture day. So, while Charlie sat at the counter on a […]

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Q&A: What Happens When Your Child Gets Ear Tubes

When your child has multiple ear infections that require antibiotics, sometimes doctors recommend putting in tubes in. The tubes allow any fluids that build up to drain, which reduces the pressure and pain the child experiences. My sister has a lot of experience with this, so I decided to ask her a few questions about […]

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Lessons Learned: Ear Piercing

A couple of months ago, I took my daughter, Molly (7), to get her ears pierced. It was her idea and she was ready, so we went to Claire’s. I was six when my mom took me to Claire’s to get mine done. Some things never change. A little purple dot of marker on your […]

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Mess-Free Flash Cards & List of Sight Words By Grade

What are sight words? The most frequently used words in the English Language are known as sight words. Early readers need to practice them. The Joy of Flash Cards Flash cards are an excellent idea, but in my house they just end up all over the place (and I don’t need another mess to clean […]

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