An (Almost) Sugar Free Easter Basket

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I promise, I’m really not the lamest mom ever. But I do have a sort of personal vendetta against sugar. To give you a little background, some bizarre autoimmune conditions run in my family, so when my body completely freaked out after my second child, I started seeing a naturopath who helped me quickly see how… [Read More]

6 Books That Make Great Gifts

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Relaxing with a good book is something so many of us wish we had more time for. That’s one of the many things that makes a book the perfect gift. You’re asking someone to take a little time to sit and enjoy the carefully crafted story on the pages in front of them. To help… [Read More]

Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family

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If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know that stockings are my number one favorite thing about Christmas. It’s always been a big deal in my family and it’s way more fun than the actual presents. Stockings can be filled with anything you can think of…candy, beauty items, any sort of fun tchotchke you… [Read More]

The must have holiday gifts for preschoolers

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My goal every year is to stay on top of the holiday budget while making the best of our holiday gatherings and gift exchanges.  This can be a challenge, but with a little research I have been able to find gifts that make everyone happy and fit within my budget.   The past few weeks I have… [Read More]

How to budget for the holiday season

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We all enjoy being able to give (and receive) during the holiday season. But this time of year can be a great stress to some people. What should I buy? Did I buy enough? Did I buy the right thing? Can I afford everything? HOW MUCH DID I JUST SPEND?! Yep. It adds up fast…. [Read More]

The activity that keeps our family strong

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Last November we found ourselves looking for after school activities for the children. Soccer had been fun, but did not really grab the interest of our kids.  Ideally we wanted something that all three kids could do together to make it easier on our schedule. Our main goal was to have them involved in a class that would… [Read More]

Our 3 favorite after school snacks

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I am staring at disbelief at my summer calendar. It’s officially over.  We’ve passed the time for back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, and school supplies. I’ve planned out lunch menus since I have to pack lunches for three kids nightly. It dawns on me that I also need to plan out our afternoon snacks for… [Read More]

The key to a quick and easy dinner? Planning ahead

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It is 5:30 pm and my kids just finished up swim practice. They have been playing hard all afternoon and are now extremely hungry and ready for dinner. But have I planned anything? The second we return home, they ravage the pantry, angry that I stop them from eating a snack so close to dinner time. I quickly say, “Hey guys,… [Read More]