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A Christmas Book Countdown : A Favorite Holiday Tradition

One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is reading a holiday book each night during the month of December. I read about this idea when my children were little and I was trying to sort out some meaningful holiday traditions we could begin. As a lover of children’s books, the idea of a Christmas book… Continue reading A Christmas Book Countdown : A Favorite Holiday Tradition

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Have an Organized Christmas with a Christmas Planner

  I used to reach the week of Thanksgiving feeling a dread in the pit of my stomach. I was excited to spend time with my family, sure. But I knew once the day was over, it was just a few short weeks until Christmas, and the stress of organizing all the things that needed to… Continue reading Have an Organized Christmas with a Christmas Planner

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Organize All Those Papers (school or otherwise)

Take a look around the areas you spend the most time in. Are there piles of papers on your desk? Stacks of mail on the counter? School papers strewn across the dining room table? There is a reason why every organizational book, method, or guru mentions paperwork: we are overrun with it. From junk mail… Continue reading Organize All Those Papers (school or otherwise)

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When Your Summer Doesn’t Go As Planned

“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh. Yellow is a color I associate with summer, but a color that I’ve only come to love as an adult. As a young girl I had a yellow bedroom. I couldn’t appreciate it, however, because as the only girl in a family… Continue reading When Your Summer Doesn’t Go As Planned

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Summer Vacation: How to Deal With the Mess

Oh summer. How we love your longer days, warmer weather, and laid-back attitude. What we don’t love is sand in the mess. Sand in the trunks of our car, pool toys scattered across the yard, and shoes littered everywhere you turn. So how do we find balance between care-free and the mess that comes with… Continue reading Summer Vacation: How to Deal With the Mess

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Summer Vacation: How to Survive a Rainy Day

It’s been a wet June here in southwestern NH. While we are on the tail end of a three-day heatwave, thunder is booming outside my window and rain is pouring down. Rain can ruin the best laid vacation plan. It doesn’t have to. The best way to deal with rain during your vacation is to plan… Continue reading Summer Vacation: How to Survive a Rainy Day

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How to Survive Summer Vacation on a Budget

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, even if in some parts of the country kids are still in school and the weather feels more like early spring. Three months of summer sounds like a long time, but in less than 100 days we’ll be coming off the heels of Labor Day weekend.… Continue reading How to Survive Summer Vacation on a Budget

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How to Keep Your Sanity During Summer Vacation

All across the country schools are beginning to let out for summer vacation. While this brings joy to some, it also sparks fear and frustration in others. What am I going to do with my kids all day? How am I going to deal with their bickering and complaining? When will I have time to… Continue reading How to Keep Your Sanity During Summer Vacation