Happiness is ______ {2014-W11} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Sexiest Husband Alive

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“You and your bionic nose,” he scoffed. “I’m telling you, baby, something is MOLDY in there!” I whined. Every time I opened the fridge, the whiff of mold socked me in the mouth. I was five feet away folding laundry, and my oldest son opened the fridge, and I could still smell it, even from [...]

Awfully Embarrassing Photos of the Inside of My Non-Self-Cleaning Oven #easyoff

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The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of EASY-OFF®. It was a frantic search for this house, as you know, with one month to find, secure, and buy a house before we moved. The builders we eventually went with weren’t exactly as amenable and fantastic as they could have been. Upon the first [...]

Childhood Chore Memories

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“Mommy? Are you doing dishes?!” She calls to me from another room. “WAIT!” She barrels into the room, hopped up on corn bread from dinner, spinning around looking for her chair. “Don’t do anymore dishes without me!” Finally finding the kid chair in the pantry – the chair she uses as a step-stool – she [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Seventeen} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Printable Holiday Savings Bank for Kids

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Are your children excited about the upcoming holiday and looking to earn a little extra money to buy something for you or for someone they love? I think the holidays are a great time to teach children about saving money for things to buy, whether for themselves or for others. There’s a lot of spending [...]

Lack of Coffee Super Cleaning Powers

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It’s 8:30am and I’m just now sitting down. The kids are fed, off to school, hubby is probably stuck in morning rush hour traffic, and I’m finally slurping my first delightful cup of coffee while dripping sweat. Why are you sweating, Lisa, you ask? Imagine, if you will, my kindergartner getting dressed while I was [...]

Dear Wednesday – You Sucked. Bring on Thursday. Love, Lisa

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Maybe it was sprinting up the stairs after twenty-minutes had gone by before I realized her alarm didn’t go off. It could have been the fog that draped over everything, blinding you while you drove, causing parents to drop off their kids in droves, and drive maniacally in order to do so. Perhaps it may [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {One-On-One Kid Time}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! After a little break, the Big Families “How Do You Do It” Series [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? [Cleaning]

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families!In our family, we have seven kids, and [...]

The Meanest Mother in the World

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When I was a child, I specifically remember my mother clipping out an article from an advice column and pinning it near our rotary phone on the wall. You remember, the kind of phone with the super-extra long cord so your mom could be cooking on the other side of the kitchen and still talk? [...]

Labors of Love

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I went upstairs to straighten beds and tidy up a bit while the olders are at school and the youngers were otherwise occupied. I ventured into my son’s’ room and saw the softness of his comforter, the sunken-in center of my oldest’s feather-soft pillow where his head had just rested earlier this morning. I couldn’t [...]

Whirlpool Duet Washer Dryer Review and The Adventures of Mount Washmore

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I’ve written many (many) times here about my adventures in Mount Washmore, and my kindergarten ways to tackle it. Moving here to San Antonio was simply a God-send in so many ways. And one of those ways was deciding to sell our old washer and dryer and taking the plunge in purchasing a shiny new [...]

Top 10 Ways to Get Grounded (Take Note, Children)

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Top 10 Ways to Get Groundedby Lisa “Sick-of-It” Douglas Make your mother repeat everything she says at least twice. She really loves repeating herself over and over.  When she threatens to “Black Bag” your room because it’s continually messy, go ahead, keep leaving your dirty laundry on the floor. She loves washing three-day-old crusty underwear [...]

The Toilet Paper Analogy (and Why You Need It In Your Life)

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Are you the Toilet Paper Changer™ in your house, like I am? It drives me crazy, to no end, to plop my busy mom ass down on the seat, with haste, only to realize that you’re out of paper, and stuck. There are times, though, that I’ve found someone did me the honor of changing [...]

Toddler Cleaning. Oy.

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Last night, while watching TV, Baby Dude touched our flat screen (for the eleventy-billionth time). This morning he spotted his finger-mark, and decided to “cwean it.” “Mommy!? I cweaning!” He shouts with pride, taking to the spot on our TV with fevered determination. Just as I begin to marvel at how well I’m instilling wonderful [...]

Let’s Play the “What’s Under Your End Table” Game, Shall We?

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Picture me, sprawled out on the carpet between the living room/dining room area, watching Baby Dude play with his “chocolate sandwich” (Nutella), hugging and loving on him as he chomps and chews, when my head turns to a new view of the end table. The “under” part of the end table, usually unseen. What. The. [...]

Walk-in Pantry Makeover

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When we began unpacking boxes for our new, walk-in pantry, everything just got shoved everywhere, and it was never fixed. “Where should we put this?”“Eh, right here’s fine.” And it stayed there, of course, making it near-impossible to put groceries away when it came time to. And the floor started seeing a lot of things [...]

Tears. Of Pride. Of Thankfulness.

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Right this very second, my husband is outside, mowing our new grass for the first time. In fact, it’s been many years since he’s had to mow grass at all (almost a decade), because the military housing folks did it for us. This man is outside, pacing back and forth with the whir of this [...]

Partner-in-Grime™ Wanted

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Photo Credit: hellojenuine Help Wanted! Need able-bodied person or persons to help sweep, mop, do dishes, laundry, and pick-up after six kids in a small(ish) five-bedroom Army base home. Must not mind boogers or poopie diapers, sibling rivalry, flying utensils, and be willing to scrub toilets and mop up pee. (Damn boys!) Pay commensurate with [...]

Garbage Etiquette for Kids aka Mom is Sick, Pick Up After Yourselves, Little People!

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Because I’ve been sick the past couple days, the housework has been passed over. A lot. Don’t look at me like that. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, and when she’s sick, she’s “gotta do” NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. ZILCH. ZERO. Unfortunately, this also means that no one else does anything, either. With [...]

Case of the What Ifs and The Story of The Box

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I have an empty box in my hallway. Each day I pass it, knowing it sits there for one purpose – to collect old things to give away. However, that box has sat empty for some time, and serves as a reminder of what it is I need to do, but I just never seemingly [...]

Our Laundry Routine

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I’ve spoken about Mount Washmore before, and the sheer enormity of it with having a huge family, but I haven’t really spoken about our detergent choices. You see, being a green-preferable family, we have certain detergent needs. While we want them to be all-natural, they have to be able to clean our clothes, too. My [...]

Accountability (and My Need for Some)

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I have a (little) confession (or two) to make. With my family’s busy-ness as of late, in order to fit in extra work tasks, practices and games, some of the things around the house have been, um, let go. I should have shampooed (again) at least a week ago (if not more). I’m almost contemplating [...]

The Newest Illness Taking Over the Household

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It’s incurable, I think. So say the doctors, anyway. I’m besides myself. I’m doing my best to cope, but my ten-year-old has it uber-bad. I don’t know when it started, but I know that it’s consuming me with grief. No treatment for it, either. They call it Inside-Out Disorder. I.O.D. for short. There’s no entry [...]

Establishing a Family Routine – Très Important

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Back to school means back to business. It means tightening up the ship around here, taking care of responsibilities, and back to a semblance of normalcy. While I love the sleeping-in and lazy, undisturbed and irresponsible days summer can bring, it’s when school is back in session that I feel our family is back in [...]

Death by Laundry, Film at 11

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It’s been such a nice holiday weekend chocked-full of sunshine, relaxing, summer barbecue-esque cuisine, paired with giggles from free-from-school children frolicking in reckless summer abandon, with parents enjoying their time (semi) sleeping in. (The babies are up in the mornings, just not as early.) But despite the fun we’ve had, I’ve ignored the laundry for [...]