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The One-Armed Chef: Tomato Butter Sauce

Posted January 17, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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A recipe for a home-cooked, delicious dinner you can make for your family while simultaneously holding your cranky toddler and entertaining your other children.

Skimming on the Milk: A False Economy?

Posted January 17, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

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Milk prices are skyrocketing lately, meaning that your weekly trip to the dairy case is hitting the pocketbook harder than ever. And if you're concerned about hormones and antibiotics in the milk supply from factory farmed dairy cows, your price for natural, local, or organic milk will be even higher. With all of this to consider, it's very tempting to skip the milk altogether, and save the money.

Thriving in Relocation Limbo: Do’s and Don’ts for Happiness In Between Moves

Posted January 16, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Got a move coming up? Or not? Were you supposed to find out six months ago? And then it was after the holidays, and then it was late January, and then... Welcome to Relocation Limbo. Enjoy the terrain with these tips.

Review of Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World

Posted January 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I don’t consider us to be a big family. Others will disagree. I do admit, however, that I could use some help from those that have been in the large-family trenches and have come out with all their limbs intact. That’s what Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World aims to do. I have found that not only does author Meagan Francis do this with humor and compassion, but the book is relevant for families of any size!

Three Easy Ways to Save Money by Eating at Home

Posted January 10, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Eating at home is easier than you think. With a little planning and a few strategies, you can save money, avoid the drive-through, and possibly even drop a few fudge-induced holiday pounds.

5 Reasons Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Fair

Posted January 9, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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How many times a day do you hear one of your children complain that you, “Just aren’t fair”? While it is simple to explain away your behavior with a generic, “Life isn’t fair” remark, here are the 5 reasons why parents shouldn’t play fair.

Susie Can’t Spell – So What?

Posted January 9, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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How can we expect our kids to get really good at anything if they're not allowed to be downright bad at some things? Also, spelling is overrated.

Go Veggie for Health and Profit: Easy Ways to Feed Your Family More Vegetables and Save Money

Posted January 7, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Eating vegetarian isn't all about tofu and brown rice, and it doesn't have to be a total lifestyle change. Adding just a few veggie-licious meals to your family's diet can have a huge impact on your budget.

Get Big Discounts When You Homeschool!

Posted January 6, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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One of the downsides to educating your children at home is the expense. Shockingly, however, there are also some big financial advantages to homeschooling that often come in the form of discounts to places you may not have been able to visit otherwise. Here are a few of the many types of businesses that are trying to woo the homeschool crowd with up to 50% off on their goods and services.

Pink Eye and the Small Guy: Get the Facts about Conjunctivitis

Posted January 1, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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‘Tis the season for colds and flus. This also means that the chances are great for one of your kids (or even you) to come down with the dreaded Pink Eye. Read on for all the gory details of this common illness, including treatment and prevention.

Controlling Kid Clutter

Posted December 29, 2007 by Meredith Cole

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Now that the holidays are behind us, your neat house is probably a distant memory. How can you get the toys out from underfoot... and save your sanity? Here are a few tips for controlling all that clutter.

Phonics Resources At Your Fingertips

Posted December 22, 2007 by Julie Rains

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Looking for phonics resources? Here are some ideas on how to find what you need and what worked for me.

Cutting the Cord: Window Blinds Almost Killed My Child!

Posted December 21, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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It has been one day since my little guy almost lost his life. His little eyes are no longer bloodshot, but the cord burns are still visible, and he has broken capillaries all over his face and neck. While he probably won’t remember this event when grows older, it is something I can never, ever forget.

Cut Your Grocery Bill with a Savvy List

Posted December 20, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Saving money on groceries is simple when you employ a few tricks. Let these tips get you off to a good start after New Year's!

Allowance and Kids: Teaching the Value of Money

Posted December 19, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Allowances are a great way to teach children the value of money. What should a parent do if, despite the effort, your child still doesn't understand what a dollar is worth? Here's how we handled a problem that can plague a child well into adulthood.

I DARE You to Drink Beer

Posted December 19, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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When is a beer just a beer? When is drinking one - or not - making a statement? How much are we letting others influence our kids and are we going too far to protect them? You tell me.

Home Education for the Future Heisman Trophy Winner

Posted December 17, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Many parents I have met love the idea of home education. Despite their belief in the process, however, they often close the door on the opportunity due to concern that their child won’t be able to fully participate in all that the world of sports has to offer. This year’s award of the Heisman Trophy to homeschooler Tim Tebow has opened the minds of many to the options available for those parents wanting the best of both worlds.

Baby Steps to Greener Parenting

Posted December 14, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Doing your part for the environment doesn't have to be a full time job. It's not all or nothing. Here are some tiny things you can start today that aren't even inconvenient.

Put Your House in a Box

Posted December 13, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Self-service container moving companies offer an affordable alternative to full service movers. Busy families pack at their own pace and the company picks up the box and takes it to your new home.

Pre-Pack Kids’ Rooms for Sanity on Moving Day

Posted December 12, 2007 by Lela Davidson

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Your kids probably have more stuff than you do. But you're the one who has to move it! Save yourself from a major meltdown on moving day with these easy pre-packing strategies.

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