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Taking a mommy time out

M and my crazy boys

Taking care of us, so we can take care of them

The lazy days of summer are behind us, school has begun and with that, a completely new routine and an entire new set of responsibilities. My “babies” are growing up and now that both are in school most days, life at home has become more stressful. There are lunches to make and backpacks to fill, buses to catch, homework and projects to complete and lots extra-curricular activities. Somehow we get it all done and end up with two happy kids (most days) but I have to admit, while I am happy to do it all,  I am stressed!

Since being a parent is truly a 24/7 job, I have been trying to take some time off when I can to take care of my needs. Ever hear the phrase “When mama’s not happy – nobody’s happy?” It is as true as it gets and in order for us to take the best care of our families, it is important for us to take care of ourselves (I type this as I am am fighting a nasty head cold my darling children so kindly shared with me) Read on


Create your own Chemical Free Cleaning Kit for your college bound kid


Are you sending your “baby” off to college this year? If so, you have probably gone (or will be) shopping for all the dorm must-haves that have been advertised like crazy since July. You have the Hello Kitty lamp and the beanbag chair all ready to send off with your college student but have you considered what  your son or daughter will be using to keep their dorm room or apartment clean? I know it is easy to just run to the store and grab any old bottle of chemicals but  wouldn’t it be a wonderful gift to teach your child how to clean the non-toxic way? Not only will you be keeping them healthy, you will save money in the long run! You can even make this non-toxic cleaning kit as a thoughtful housewarming gift to someone who is just starting out or if you want to help someone who is overcoming a serious illness such as cancer* and needs to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their cleaning routine. Continue reading 


10 ways to entertain the kids this summer without breaking the bank

School is nearly over and it has me thinking about how I will keep two boys entertained all summer on a budget. We have some trips planned and will use our pool  but there is always some downtime during the week (and on rainy days) so I like to have some go-to-activities I can use with a bit of planning ahead.

The key to kids happiness (and mommy’s sanity) is to have a plan. My goal is to have 2-3 planned activities with their friends each week, which leaves us with a few free days left over to see where the day takes us. I like to keep the activities during the week cheap or free so we can  budget in the expensive activities like fairs, zoos and amusement parks when we are with daddy (he likes to have fun too you know!)

Here’s a list of some of my go-to-activities and resources. You might have to do a little research in your area to customize this list but many of my links are national. Read the rest of my guest post on Label Daddy



Thanks to Olga Quinn

So I used to be a pretty big reader, but I’ve slowed down now that I’m working full time. I also had a bit of an issue with remembering to return my library book on time. I’m pretty sure that there are some kind of wanted posters with my face on it all over our local library. Rather than suck it up and pay my fines, I’ve just decided to avoid the library all together. I’ve been telling myself that I would some day just go pay my money and recheck out the book I had to return before I even finished it. Well that hasn’t happened, but I did remember how easy it is to go on Sidelake satellite internet and order books from Amazon. So a few days ago I did just that and today my book came in the mail today. It was so easy and cheaper than paying my library fees, so there goes all hopes of me going back to my library loving ways. I guess this way I can just start to collect books for my own library.


Michael Barclay Guest Post and Hill 170 Giveaway

Hill 170
China, North Korea, South Korea and the United States – the major forces in the world’s most dangerous stand off.

Sergeant Dodge Bryce and the small team of USAF intelligence ops on Hill 170 keep the region safe. But who will keep them safe when a shocking incident costs the group fully one third of their number – overnight?

Now gravely short handed, the Hill faces its ultimate worst case
scenario – a PRC spy in their midst. And Bryce, his remarkable string of intel discoveries having cost the PRC too much, is now the #1 target of China’s master assassin.

It’s a race against the clock as East and West square off in a
chillingly authentic story of defections, betrayals and clandestine
intelligence operations that you will never forget. Read an Excerpt Read the rest of this entry »


Natural Selection: Forces of Nature ~ Book One giveaway!

Guest post from Author Elizabeth Sharp -

Today’s world is all about value and that’s something anyone can get behind. As an author I love the indie revolution that gives me creative control over my work. But as a reader, I love the endless supply of great ebooks at really affordable prices. Everything from racy romance to classic novels can be had and at crazy low prices too. Even the reader itself isn’t terribly overpriced and though there will always be fancier, more expensive versions, the basic one is all you really need and the prices will get lower.

Because of the low cost of ebooks, I’m able to feed a reading habit that might be strong enough to be labeled an addiction. I devour a book in the matter of days and move on to the next. The light weight reader lets me read anywhere and it’s far more portable than my paperback collection. There will always be a place in my heart for a traditional ink and paper book, put if you want to talk about value, how can you beat a dollar ebook?

Some of the authors I have discovered through the low cost ebooks have changed my life. I have become embedded in the writing culture and I love every minute of it. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you got a good deal, unless you can add a new friend along with that deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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