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]

Tomato Plants for Your Patio and Other Plant Picks

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I LOVE fresh tomatoes. Seriously, there is nothing that tastes like a fresh, off the vine, warm from the sun, red, juicy tomato. Slice that baby onto some white bread with a little mayo, salt and pepper… Mmm…. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my face. The one problem I face with… [Read More]

Helpful hints on summer sun safety

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With the unofficial start of summer just days away, it’s time for us to talk about ways to stay safe in the sun when you’re living the busy summer bucket list life. I’ve been paying even more attention than usual to being sun smart since my brush with melanoma earlier this year. I’m here to… [Read More]

Not Freaking Out About Melanoma

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I have fair skin, moles, and had a few (maybe more) bad sunburns as a kid, and a few more as an adult. I always wear sunscreen (at least a 30 spf), wear cover ups if the sun starts getting a little too strong, and keep a hat handy. Neither of my parents have had… [Read More]

5 easy appetizers for your “Big Game” get together

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The BIGGEST football game of the year is drawing near! It’s time to get together to cheer on your team or, let’s be honest,  watch the commercials and hang out with friends. Football viewing parties mean good snack food and not counting calories. (I need cheat days to satisfy those random cravings. It helps me stay on track most… [Read More]