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Puzzle Organization

Hey there! I am still here. You can always assume that if I am not blogging it is because I am super busy with real life stuff. I tend to take on too much and end up getting really burned out. That usually results in getting sick, too. It is like my body is forcing me to slow down and take care of myself. Unfortunately, moms don’t get sick days. Even though my 4yo was…

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A Little Fall Decorating

I seem to make all of these crafty things, but I never really do much to decorate my own house. Part of it is that I feel like it is a constant battle to get the kids to clean. It is hard to decorate a mess! Some of the struggle is with my grander ideas that never happen- our lighting is terrible and there is ugly paneling everywhere! I am also really indecisive and can’t…

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas

My kids love packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child! They love shopping to choose items for the child who will receive the box and always try to pack as much in the box as possible. I let them each choose the gender and age they want to pack a box for and we go from there. We haven’t packed shoeboxes every year. When my oldest children were little we tried it, but it caused some…

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Halloween and the Lamest Aunt Ever

I didn’t make any costumes this year. None of the kids were particularly excited about Halloween or insistent upon any particular costume idea. I was itching to sew a princess dress but there was not a single mention of Disney royalty this year. It was a little disappointing. I really need some sewing therapy! Instead, we just recycled some previously worn costumes for those who are not “too old” for Halloween. One came up with…

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Paint Chip Jack-O-Lanterns

I am a big fan of activities for my kids that take very little preparation and can occupy them for a very long time! I usually enjoy spending time with my kids, but sometimes I have to get stuff done! On a recent trip to Lowe’s (where I actually did buy some paint) we grabbed some paint samples. I had a plan in mind, but my 4yo thought that these paint chip samples were some…

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Fall Scented Playdough

Playdough is a special activity in our house. It can make quite a mess and I still have some crunchy spots in the carpet from about 10 years ago. We still get it out sometimes; however, I have to supervise and they are supposed to keep it on placemats at the dining room table.  The beauty of restricting playdough so much is that when I do get it out, they are occupied for a very…

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Sweet Chili Sauce

When I was a kid I was a terribly picky eater and I did not like chili. As I have grown up, I started to like new foods, just like my mother said I would. (I really don’t like when she is right.) One of those foods happens to be chili. I can remember coming home from school when mom had a pot of sauce simmering down on the stove and thinking it smelled horrible.…

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Felt Deer Mask

The clock is ticking, but I haven’t started any Halloween costumes yet. I need to get the kids to make final decisions and lock them in soon. Instead, I am still blogging about the last-minute costumes I made last year! This is actually my favorite of the costumes. My daughter wanted to be a deer. She just wore brown leggings and a brown sweater with a furry scarf and leg warmers, plus black flats for…

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