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Fun Halloween Hair (Plus Voluminous Blowout Tutorial!)

  (Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links) This year, top off your Halloween costume with fun yet easy hairstyles courtesy of Madison Reed.  Add mousse to damp hair and blowout (use volumizing blowout tutorial below). Back tease the top back sections of your hair to get that slight bouffant look Smooth and spray hair, then […]

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How to Support Your Budding Musician

Being the parent of a budding musician is truly rewarding.  Although it is hard work and a deep commitment for both parent and child, the joy you feel as your young one practices and performs their music is worth it all.  There are many things that you as a parent can do to encourage and […]

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Rainy Day Fun Crafts for Toddlers

There’s no doubt about it – toddlers can be a bundle of energy.  And if you add rain to the mix, they may drive a poor mom, dad or babysitter crazy. Try out some of these fun rainy day craft ideas for toddlers.  These crafts may help keep your toddler happy and you sane. Of […]

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Side Chignon Tutorial (Plus Pro Hair Tips!)

5 Pro Tips for Silky, Shiny Hair (sponsored post) Shiny hair often translates to healthier-looking hair as well. Here are 5 tips for achieving this lustrous look courtesy of Madison Reed.    1. Protect from Heat: Be sure to apply a heat protectant product to your hair before your heat styling or blow drying regimen […]

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5 Simple Reasons to Volunteer as a Family

There are so many incredible advantages to volunteering, they would be difficult to cover in one little blog post like this one!  “Many hands make light work” – this is a saying that is quoted often in the emails and newsletters that are sent out by my daughters’ school, and we even have required volunteer […]

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How to Determine What Motivates You

  Being able to figure out what motivates you will be a real benefit throughout your life.  Once you know what brings you inspiration, you can draw from this list to keep you going whenever you need a boost.   Explore this process to discover your own motivations:   Think about the most difficult situation […]

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8 Benefits of the Barefoot Experience

It is well into summer now, and many people enjoy the sandal season – I love sandals too, but I have to say, I am a huge proponent of barefoot season!  It used to be customary for children especially to go barefoot in the spring and summer, I know I sure did, and I still […]

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5 Fabulous Benefits of Color Therapy

  What’s your favorite color? Most of us get asked that question at various points throughout our lives.  It is worth considering why we ask this – could it be that what color we associate with the most has some sort of effect on us, or says something about our personality? Color therapy taps into […]

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10 Houseplants That Clean Indoor Air

In the late 1980s, NASA researched indoor plants to see if they would cleanse the air in tightly-sealed space stations.  The good news is, you can benefit from their discoveries in your home. It is true that houseplants improve indoor air quality. They absorb some of the toxic chemicals that out-gas from building materials. Some […]

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Recipes

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Rustic French Apple Galette Recipe

A Rustic, French Apple Galette Recipe It’s apple-picking season, so after you’ve picked to your heart’s content, this tart is an oh-so delicious way to use some of your bounty. Photo by Manuel Rodriguez This delicious recipe comes compliments of the fine folks at One Kings Lane.  It caught my attention immediately, as I adore […]

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Healthy Apple Dessert Ideas

So many apple desserts involve large amounts of sugar, butter, shortening, or white flour – or all four of these! It’s really too bad, since naturally-sweet apples make excellent, healthy desserts without all of the added ingredients.  Here are some recipes for healthy apple desserts that everyone in the family can enjoy.   1. Jellied […]

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Sweet Seed Recipe Ideas

Seeds have all kind of good fats, fiber, vitamins, and health benefits.  So why not include more of these little nutritional gems in your diet?  A great place to start is with tasty snacks and sweet desserts.  Here are some ideas and recipes for using seeds.   Popcorn and Seeds Here is a great snack […]

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Simplicity Parenting

volunteer as a family

There are so many incredible advantages to volunteering, they would be difficult to cover in one little blog post like this one!  “Many hands make light work” – this is a saying that is quoted often in the emails and newsletters that are sent out by my daughters’ school, and we even have required volunteer […]

creating a family rhythm

These days I have really been striving to work towards a solid routine with my little ones.  It is difficult sometimes to get them to understand that we simply cannot make it out to the park every day right now, for most of the day.  Especially since the weather here turned so abruptly and we […]

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The start of a new school year is always very hectic for me, to the point where sometimes it feels nearly maniacal.  Not only are there the preparations involved for the children regarding clothing and school supplies, but there is always plenty of paperwork to be done, filing, photocopying or scanning, and emailing. These same […]

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Home & Style

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Did You Know Modcloth is More Than Just Dresses?

      **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.   ModCloth may be your go-to for cute dresses and clothing, but did you know they have a flourishing decor department? Think fun and unique adornments for your home, kitchen, bedroom, office […]

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Shopping Solutions to Help You Save

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.  There are very few of us who aren’t feeling the effects of gas prices that are rising ever higher, higher food prices and higher prices on just about everything else. Pair these with a slowing […]

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Tea Collection – Global Fund for Children

Bringing worldwide cultures and modern design to children’s fashion, Tea Collection creates rich, vibrant clothing that will make any child feel special. But behind this stylish collection is a company with enduring values. Since partnering with The Global Fund for Children in 2006, Tea has raised more than $240,000 to support vulnerable children worldwide.  Now […]

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Fitness & Health

determine what motivates you

  Being able to figure out what motivates you will be a real benefit throughout your life.  Once you know what brings you inspiration, you can draw from this list to keep you going whenever you need a boost.   Explore this process to discover your own motivations:   Think about the most difficult situation […]

strengthen your immunity naturally

  The human body is an incredible system that is so fundamental and complex in its workings. Without our body’s built-in system of protection against germs, viruses, bacteria and other foreign bodies, our organs and essential bodily functions could very well be just time bombs waiting to explode. But thanks to our immune system, our […]

brain food healthy lunch additions

In the mad rush to prepare for back to school, and then keep up with school work, routines and meals, it can be a struggle at times to fill in the nutritional gaps.   And a hungry belly never does anyone any good, especially when it comes to fueling their brains and bodies – and […]

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