10 Secrets to Making Bedtime Easier

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Bedtime with multiple little kids close in age can be a little chaotic, at least when attempting to follow any kind of ideal routine.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan compared bedtime with four kids to “hostage negotiations in reverse…just stay in there! I’ll give you whatever you want! Just stay!”

I completely and totally agree with him. (Just so you know, if your kids are compliant, peaceful, angelic beings who lay their heads on their pillows without asking and never ever leave their room unbidden, this is probably not the post for you.)

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Kid’s Artwork: The Simplest Way to Eliminate the Overwhelm

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By now, you know I’m a big fan of simple storage solutions designed to work with your family’s habits, not against them. Today, I’m sharing my super simple method for dealing with your kid’s artwork.

If there’s anything that can bring on decision fatigue, it’s deciding what to do with kid’s artwork. And when I say artwork, I’m referring to the hundreds of sometimes indecipherable drawings just one of my kids can produce in a week.

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Links I Love – April Edition

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My most memorable reads this past month:

Why we waited more than 10 years for extracurriculars When you choose simple/frugal living, you can occasionally feel like your kids are missing out. This veteran homeschool mom shares excellent reasons why it can be beneficial for the whole family to wait on organized sports and activities.

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Why we don’t use “school” to teach hard work

Driving to the grocery store one evening, I tried to explain to my kids why daddy is so tired all the time. You see, my husband recently reentered the field of engineering after a six year hiatus.

For him, every day comes with a new set of challenges. He is re-learning constantly. It’s not re-learning the same things either. Each day, he encounters new programs, new problems, new state regulations, and he’s been at this for three months straight.

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What I’ve been reading lately – April Quick Lit

I’m joining Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy today to share what I’ve been reading lately.

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The simplest, cheapest LEGO storage solution

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Are you frustrated by your current system for organizing LEGOs©? Do you spend forever cleaning them up? Do you want the cheapest, simplest LEGO storage solution? I did, too.

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Why moms should quit doing what they don’t absolutely love

“Make cookies, please, mama?” pleaded my two year old for the second time that week.

The horrible scraping sound of kids pushing stools across the kitchen floor.  The awful anticipation of kids surrounding me on all sides.

The stress of keeping three kids from dumping ingredients into the bowl unbidden, trying to remember whose turn was last so each kid got a chance to help.

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4 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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It’s that time of the year again: tax time. When you’re a family paying off debt and living paycheck to paycheck, anticipating a windfall like your tax refund is like looking forward to Christmas. You’re not quite sure what that pretty package has in it, but you’re certain it’s going to be amazing! And you already have about fifty million exciting ideas for how to use it.

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What if my child never changes the world?

I sit next to the tub, bathing my toddler. I gently lather soap over his baby belly and his chubby arms and legs.

My mind wanders to all the children in the world who know touch not as loving, kind and helpful, but as evil, greedy and rough.

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6 Things I learned in March

I’m following the example of Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what I learned last month, from the trivial to the life-changing.

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