Encouragement for Mamas of Strong Willed Children

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer The other morning I was snuggling with my three year old daughter on the couch right after she had woken up.  I love those times of the morning, where my kids are bleary eyed and will actually sit with me for extended minutes while I kiss their heads, rub their backs and just breathe in all of the their sweetness. “I love you mom, so much… I could never even stop loving you!” she says to me.  The emotion in […]

15 Fun & Frugal Memories To Make With Your Kids This Summer

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer I want to take you back for a moment… What are your favorite summertime memories from when you were growing up? What were you doing?  Where were you?  Who were you with? Some of my favorite summertime memories from growing up were running through the sprinklers, sleeping out on the tramp, watching the Fourth of July fireworks and having bonfires at the ranch with my family. My favorite memories were very simple activities but there is two common threads […]

Saving Big Money On Your Little Ones

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Most people believe that welcoming a little bundle of joy into their life means parting with a big bundle of cash to get everything that little baby will need.  From diapers and wipes, to clothes, car seats, bedding and feeding supplies, it is true that there’s a lot of stuff that babies need. But, we really don’t have to bust our budgets just because we have little ones at home. There are many ways to practice frugality and reduce expenses […]

Celebrating New Year’s with Children

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer If you have little kids, chances are your New Year’s celebrations don’t look like they used to. You probably don’t go out to a party or have friends over until 1 or 2 in the morning. In fact, you might be like me – I went to bed around 10 the last couple of years! Oops. :) Of course, there’s also the possibility of getting a babysitter and having a nice night out anyway, especially if your kids aren’t […]

Holiday Card Making with Kids Using Recycled and Re-Purposed Materials

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It never ceases to amaze me just how much joy a simple act of kindness can bring. A thoughtful card often takes very little effort, yet provides so much encouragement. Taking the time to create something for another helps build character in our kids. It trains their mind and heart to pay attention to the needs of others. While anytime is a good time for card making, the holiday season provides a perfect excuse for creating heartfelt treasures to […]

Using Homeopathic Solutions for the Family

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Are you enjoying this month of natural remedies and illness prevention? If you’ve missed any of the posts, you can find them all here. I was just wondering what you use for your children in place of tylenol and motrin. We typically don’t bother treating our kids fevers until they get over 101, and fortunately that rarely occurs. But we have been struggling with managing our children and infants pain for both teething and leg aches/growing pains. Do you have any natural pain killers that […]

Using Kudzu to Fight a Cold (A Simple Remedy for Children)

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I first heard the word Kudzu in a small seminar given by a local herbalist. Its funny name caught my attention, which quickly turned to interest, as she discussed how to prepare it as a cold remedy. Today I want to share how easily you can use Kudzu to support your family through illness. But first, let’s address the question: What is Kudzu? The Kudzu (or Kuzu) plant is a climbing, woody vine which belongs to the pea family (or more technically, the leguminous family). […]

Keeping Kids Entertained While You Work in the Kitchen

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer While it is definitely a great thing for our kids to help us with cooking in the kitchen, sometimes we just may not need, or want, their help, or they may be really too young to be helping. But, we still need a way to keep them happy and occupied while we cook and prepare healthy, real food meals for our family. Easier said than done, right?  I know how hard this can be at times, I have two […]