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Controlling Spending

So if you are like me... you love to spend money!  Who doesn't like to get new clothes, new DVD, just something new?  When I was younger (I can never say "When I was little", because I'm short, and still little).  Whenever I got something new I would just look at it and admire it forever.  I'm not quite that…

Setting Children’s Routines, Part III: 3-5 Year Olds

You'll definitely notice a theme here if you've been reading this series, as I always start to set routines based on constants.  Again, we are at a new stage in your child's life, so it's time to change up the routine again.  Let's start by setting their bedtime.  You can make it a little later than when they were younger. …

Keeping the Kitchen Clean

Now that the kitchen is clutter free... let's keep it sparkling shall we?  What is the best way to keep your kitchen always clean. First are things you can do quickly every night as you do a nightly sweep of the house.  I will talk about the nightly sweep in every cleaning category I speak about.  The nightly sweep is…

Give Love to Grandma

Since my Mother-In-Law is in town, I thought I'd devote a post to Grandma's.  (Relationship Sunday is about ALL types of relationships, family, friends, spouse, etc.)  Grandma's adore their grandchildren, and most don't get to see theirs too often.  My Mother-In-Law still lives in California, so it is a rare occasion when she gets to see Maddie.  So how can…

Mean Girls: Elementry School Edition

I have a 6 year old niece, and am constantly amazed how mean little girls can be!  My Sister used to have some neighbors, whose girls either hated my niece or were her best friends... depending on their mood.  So your girl is in kindergarten, and comes home crying because her best friends hate her.  What can you do about…

Water Water Everywhere: Part II

Last week we talked about how much water to store.  This week we are going to talk about purifying the water that is available to us.  There are three main ways to purify water to make it able to drink.  Before we get to the meat of this post I want to say a little something about IMPURE water.  I…

What’s for Dinner?

For me, gone are the days of sitting among a pile of cookbooks with a pad of paper writing down ingredients to things I plan to make that week.  I use my Daily Home Planner now for that, but for those of you who do not yet have the Daily Home Planner... lets discuss the best way to plan out…

Saving “Accessible” Money

Why does saving money seem so hard to a lot of people?  It is probably one of the easiest things to do, and yet we still put it off.  Well today I'm going to tell you how to start that savings account NOW! First you will say, "all of my money is completely budgeted to the cent!  There is no…

Setting Children’s Routines, Part II: 1-2 Year Olds

Your infant is growing up!  They are walking, talking, playing!  It is so much fun to finally be able to really play with your child.  Now that they aren't sleeping most of the time, the routine needs to change.  It is even more important at this age, when your child can't communicate effectively yet, to stick to their routine.  So what…

Clutter’s in the Kitchen With Sarah

This could be a daunting task.  It's time to get the kitchen organized.  I probably spend about 60% of my day in the kitchen.  If the kitchen was full of clutter I would probably go stark raving mad!  The kitchen should be functional.  You should never have to dig through utensils to find the tools you are looking for.  Ideally…