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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Decluttering Toys: Our Moderately Minimalist Toy Collection

Decluttering toys is a hot topic among moms today. Minimalism seems to be a lasting trend as so many are seeing and wanting the benefits of owning less stuff, especially families with young children.

When left with a limited selection of the best toys for them, children will play for hours without you needing to push and prod them.

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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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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 Ways we are using our tax refund to reduce stress

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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 that refund.

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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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3 Reasons Folding Clothes the “Marie Kondo” Way Just Makes Sense

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Laundry and dishes. The two constants of life with kids, and ever so controversial.

The way you fold clothes is kind of like the way you load the dishwasher: everyone has her own method. Have you ever watched someone load your dishwasher, horrified at their misplacement of cups and bowls, knowing that you will [secretly] rearrange it later? (Is it really just me?)

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A Morning Routine for moms who can’t wake up early

Mom bloggers are big on having an early morning routine, and the supposed benefits of such a routine are so stinking attractive and convincing. “It will change your life,” they say. “You accomplish so much before your kids wake up, and you set up your day for success!” they say.

But what if you can’t? What if you’re just too tired?

I haven’t slept through the night in six years. I’ve been on the pregnant/nursing/pregnant cycle for eight years now, and I plan to stay on it as our family grows. I tried hard to train my body to wake up early, but I finally quit.

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Relaxed Homeschooling (A Day in the Life with a 7, 5, 3, and 1 year old)

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Inspired by the Day in the Life series over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing what a typical day looks like around here.

For all you moms out there considering homeschooling, I hope this encourages you that homeschooling is a lifestyle, and learning happens from the moment kids wake up until the minute their heads hit the pillow (literally).

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The Downside to Minimalism (that no one likes to talk about)

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Minimalism is in. Marie Kondo has become a household name, and even Emily Gilmore jumped on the decluttering bandwagon!

Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up two years ago changed my life for the better. Trust me, I’m a believer, right down to the way I fold my clothes.

I joined the ranks donating bag after bag of unworn clothes, unplayed with toys, and unread books. The clutter disappeared, I spend far less time now cleaning and reorganizing our belongings, and I can finally think straight (as straight as a mom with four little kids can, anyways).

I breathe easier. I have spare time.

But for the middle class, single income family, there is a downside, and no one likes to talk about it.

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