A Day in the Life: Rachel {Jam-Packed Busy Mom of 3}

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By Rachel Marie, Contributing Writer I’ve been a mom for 7 years now and in no way am I am expert, but I am getting much better at this gig than I was when I first became a mom. A few weeks ago we hosted small group at our own home for the first time and I was amazed by how young, yet grown up the other couples were. When I think back to my early mothering years I wasn’t anywhere close to how mature, financially responsible or […]

Are We Hurting or Helping Our Kids With Overprotective Helicopter Parenting?

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I remember the summer I was nine. Living in Maple Ridge, a small suburb of Vancouver, Canada, I had the utmost freedom. My bicycle took me everywhere. It whisked me away to imaginary play as a princess in the woods, or to build forts in a friend’s backyard, or a water fight at the school playground, or sometimes just to the corner store eight blocks from my house in search of baseball cards and sour soother candies. There was a great sense of empowerment. Oh […]

10 Minute Workouts for Busy Moms {That Really Work}

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I gave up trying to do lengthy workout videos long ago, and the gym hasn’t been much of a thought since my first baby arrived .  These days, I’ve got four kids around, at least one or two of whom have radar for when my feet hit the floor each morning.  In other words, it’s hard to find the time to workout, even if I wake up early. At least, not without being interrupted by “Can I have a glass of milk?” and “When are you going […]

A Day In the Life: Hilary {Homeschooling, Work-at-Home Mom of 2}

A Day In the Life: Hilary {KeeperoftheHome.org}

  By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer As I write this Day In the Life post, my family has just started our school year. As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of 2, I’ve tried to create an ambitious daily schedule to fit all my work in during the year, but this is the first day I’ve actually put it into practice. I discovered – as usual – that life has its own rhythm and while I may have good intentions, I can’t schedule every part of my life. This […]

A Back-to-School Change for our Family & How I’m Getting Ready for School Lunches (plus Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread)

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The school year is upon us. And didn’t it happen so fast? Where did the summer go?  For our family, this is a novel year. We’re trying out a special program, just for homeschoolers in our area. It’s called Innovations, and it means that our two biggest (Abbie, 9 1/2 and Caden, 7 years old) will be attending “school” twice a week.  In a nutshell, the program functions sort of like small one-room schoolhouse, with a max of 16 kids per class and one teacher. Each child […]

Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

Healthy Lunches Made Easy!

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier! Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often […]

5 Books Every Child Should Own

5 Books Every Child Should Own {KeeperoftheHome.com}

Looking for some new reads for your little ones? Check out my list! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I don’t have many vivid memories from my pre-teen years (gratefully, perhaps?). But a few memories randomly stick out, oddly clear and poignant in my mind. For one, I’m perched on the peach-colored chair in the living room, my little miniature dachshund beside me. And I’m reading. And laughing. Hysterical, nose-sniffling, tear-jerking laughter. Stacked up beside the chair was the reason: nearly a dozen Garfield the Cat […]

Why this is a post I never thought I’d write

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*It’s rather coincidental, yet so perfectly aligned, that I would feel led to write this post the same week that Jessica’s thoughtful post on such a similar topic went up. I think the message is coming through loud and clear… “grace, always grace”, for all our weaknesses and imperfections and frailty and unanswered questions.* I feel grateful I brought a sweater. The air conditioning chills my feet, bare skin exposed in flip flops. Distracted, I page through a House & Home magazine, once in a while […]