The Busy Mom’s Guide to Fast, Easy & Healthy Back-to-School Breakfasts {with 70 recipes!}

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With back-to-school already in full swing for some Americans, and starting up in less than 4 weeks here in Canada, it seemed like we should talk about breakfasts for those busy school mornings. Especially for those that need to get out of the door by a certain time, but even for those of us who need to get a move on with our homeschool day, it’s oh-so-tempting to throw another breakfast of toast or store-bought cereal on the table and call it done.  Of course, […]

One Small Change: Frugal and Simple Behavior Incentives

Frugal & Simple Behavior Incentives: Ditch the Chore Charts!

Want to ditch the chore charts? Check out Michele’s frugal and simple behavior incentives! By contributing writer, Michele of Frugal Granola In the midst of an overwhelming parenting season, I made one small but drastic change: I eliminated our chaos of monitoring chore charts, tallying allowance earnings per chore and restocking prize boxes. This may seem counterproductive toward creating the order I craved, but the disorder was more heartfelt than physical. I needed my tools for equipping and discipling my children to fit our values. […]

Day in the Life of a Family of Six, Traveling Around the World

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Seeing as our family is currently traveling around the world for a year, one might think that our lives are never-ending adventure, a continual parade of exotic days, unimaginable experiences, and all around pretty darn romantic. Occasionally, that feels true and we pinch ourselves and wonder aloud how we are so blessed to be this happily nomadic family. Yet most of the time, our vagabond selves live lives that include many remarkable moments, while being simultaneously normal, down-to-earth, and full of the regular challenges that […]

5 Tips for Planning Healthy Lunches Kids Love!

5 Tips for Healthy Lunches Kids LOVE!

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Back-to-school season is almost here! 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! In fact, taking the time to get organized and plan healthy lunches for your kiddos not only ensures they have something wholesome to fill their little tummies – research clearly shows that children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted […]

Weekend Links

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A far-off view of the Ushuaia, Argentina airport, where we arrived 3 days ago. We walked past this charming field the first time that we went into the city center. We’re at the very southern tip of Argentina, and it hovers between 0 and 10 degrees Celsius right now, even though it’s the end of their summer. Links I loved this week: Crockpot Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli @ Stacy Makes Cents. I am SO missing my crockpot while we’re traveling! For those of you that […]

31+ Fun & Frugal Thanksgiving Activities & Freebies for Kids

31+ Thanksgiving Crafts & Freebies

By Crystal Paine, Contributing Writer Looking for some inexpensive and simple Thanksgiving-related activities for your tots, preschoolers, or grade schoolers? I’ve culled the internet and put together a list of over 31 of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed activity ideas, plus a number of free downloads and printables. Enjoy! Fun & Frugal Activities Make Turkey Footprints or Turkey Spice Handprints. Play Turkey Color Bingo. Image from Frog Prince Paperie Stitch some Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Puppets. Create your own Pilgrim Hat. Sew turkeys from old socks and felt. […]

A Day in the Life: Stephanie (Home Business and Homeschooling with Children Ages 7, 5, 3 and baby)

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My days are full to overflowing. As if being a mom to four little ones didn’t keep me busy enough, our household also stays buzzing with: homeschooling our family business, Resound School of Music (the office is based out of our garage) our other family business, this blog that you happen to be reading :) gardening and preserving, as well as cooking plenty of real foods Tonight my husband and I made a video montage of our children to send to the grandparents, and watching […]

A Day in the Life: Work-At-Home Mom with 3 Kids (4.5, 3, 1 and pregnant)

This is one way I get my kitchen chores done...the kids join me in The Learning Tower and "help"

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I’m a busy mom. Obviously I’m not alone!  Is there really a way to be a mom and not be busy?  Probably not.  I guess if you’re rich and you can afford a live-in nanny…but how many of us are in that boat?  I know I’m not! I am the owner of the Modern Alternative family of websites (there are now four — Modern Alternative Mama, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Modern Alternative Pregnancy, and Modern Alternative Health) as well as mommy […]