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How to clean up dog urine natrually
With a new puppy, accidents happen and if you are not careful your home can end up smelling  like urine. With our Ellie, we’ve had accidents and most of these all of these are from us not paying close enough attention to her cues and signs that she needs to attend to personal matters. With odor attracting dogs to return...
5 Gift Combo Ideas for Pre-Teen and Teen Boys
Pre-teen and teen boys can be hard to buy for. This year our rule is no electronics or gaming systems under the Christmas tree. We have enough, there’s no need for multiple gaming systems and how many hand-held devices does one kid need? With that being said, I’ve been on a mission for meaningful and educational gifts. If you...
When I think back to my childhood, I remember spending lots of time around the holidays making decorations and food for our family celebrations. Some of the simplest activities were also the most fulfilling, because we were actively creating, not just purchasing. The time that went into each craft or treat was also a gift, a gift that said "I...
Moving your baby from a crib to a bed can be a big and somewhat scary time of their lives. Both for them, as yes it's a new bed for your toddler. And for you. Because you want to get them the absolute best bed (and sleeping environment). Of course, this means making them comfortable and giving them enough space...
How to Make the Most of Your Road Trip with Teens
Growing up, I was not lucky enough to go on family vacations. We were dirt poor. My mother was a teen mom and the only time I was lucky enough to go on a “trip” was to go up north to my aunt and uncles trailer in Oscoda. They owned a canoe and golf course and sold ice cream....
Summer is officially here!! It took a little longer to arrive here in Northern Michigan but this week confirms summer is here and hot hot hot. Keeping cool can be a chore for some but at our house it turns in to Clean Water Fun!!! When the weather gets warm the water comes out. Our daughter loves to run...
When it comes to camping organization is the key. When you are organized you can relax and have a good time. At least that’s how it is for me. I like when things run smoothly and if it rains and I don’t have the rain coats, we’ll it’s a wet and muddy mess. If I’m prepared with the rain...
Tips and ideas for having a backyard campout with little children – how to prepare!
If you have young kids and are thinking about taking them camping this summer, it’s a good idea to have an at home camping experience first. If you children have never been camping, they will be just as excited about pitching a tent in their backyard as they would be in a state park. Here are a few fun...
There is nothing like getting dirty and finding things in nature. Children learn when they see, do, touch, and experience. To be a green mom, I have to let my kids just get dirty. They have to dig with a shovel for worms, feel the soil, sometimes taste it and figure out what those worms are doing. It means...
Winter is long where I live. Long. Snow and cold weather lingers from as early as October to possibly March. A long winter can translate into long days inside which leads to restlessness, more television, boredom, eating and more pounds…for the entire family.  To help make the winter more active and healthy I have begun to employ some new...
The summer is half over and my kids are starting to get bored. All throughout the school year they look forward to summer vacation but after only a couple of days they begin to fuss about being bored. It is easy to spend money taking them to the movies, water parks and attempting to entertain them.  Their entertainment demands...
My travels to Germany and Ireland this month, almost do not feel real. I planned for over a year and in two weeks, it was over. I traveled to Europe with my father and two sisters. It started as a trip to just Germany and then we added days in Ireland.  My dad was in the army and stationed...
Taking a Disney Cruise for Christmas – what you need to consider.
Cruise to the Caribbean on the Disney Magic. It was truly magical. I grew up watching Disney movies and visiting Disneyland in California when I went to visit my dad. I have fond memories of the tea cup ride and making my dad turn green from the spinning. Of course, I love Cinderella and Snow White and dreamed of...
My family camps as much as possible. In fact, we’re having a little staycation this weekend to celebrate school ending at our local KOA! I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Usually, when we camp there isn’t a heated pool, cable and free WiFi! In fact, we didn't even bring our favorite survival watch either, because we...
different vegetable peelers
You might be thinking this is a bit of a silly topic. But trust me, the world of vegetable (and fruit) peelers is far more complex than you might have thought. We have all grown up using a peeler for potatoes, apples or even other fruits and veggies. And perhaps you all have your own "go to" peeler that you...
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
What to pack for camping with kids.
With two young children I’ve learned there are a few necessities when camping and some ways I can make camping less work and more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, camping is indeed lots of work but being organized and prepared helps our weekend adventures run smoothly. The first thing is first you need a plastic tub. Yes, a plastic tub...
Last night I think I had an anxiety attack. Actually I’m certain I did. My heart was racing a million miles a minute, I was breathing quickly and felt freaked out, like the world was coming to an end but it really wasn't  The cause of this, in my opinion, feeling overwhelmed by everything happening in my life and the...
25 Healthy Smoothie Recipes
One of the easiest things to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a smoothie. There are dozens of health benefits too and it’s not hard to get started with adding smoothies to your diet. I’ll admit, there are times I get sick of having a smoothie but if I take a break, I end up craving them again....
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s just around the corner. I look forward to the falling leaves, changing colors and pumpkin pie. I love me some pumpkin pie. In fact, I love everything pumpkin which is why I want to share with you a quick way to make your very own pumpkin puree....