How to Have an Excellent Family Photo

How to have an excellent family photo

We recently had a family photo shoot. I hate having my picture taken, and family pictures are so stressful. Beyond my own expectations, there are expectations of family members that just add to the weight of everything. We haven’t had a photo shoot in a studio in years. Some of my kids can’t deal with the stress, and pressure of the environment, so we have taken to having out door family pictures. While this has helped, it is still not ideal. It makes for a long day, but we have found a few secrets along the way for How…

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17 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

17 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

The Thanksgiving meal is usually eaten in 2 parts in our family. There is the main meal, and it is usually eaten again for dinner. By the time everyone is finished, there isn’t much left. What is left is usually turned into some really good meals. I was on the look out for how to use our family leftovers and thought I would share with you 17 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas to go along with my 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing.

17 Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

Always make extras

The first step to having leftovers…

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Instead of Comparison Choose Joy

Instead of Comparison Choose Joy

When talking to other friends, there is always someone they aren’t looking forward to seeing. This is the mom who is always looking amazing, and her kids are dressed perfectly. She always brings the best food and seems perfect. This isn’t just my friends. I know I’ve faced it before. If we face it, there must be others who are feeling it too. This inspired me to write Instead of Comparison Choose Joy.

Eleanor Roosevelt – Comparison is the thief of joy.Instead of Comparison Choose Joy

What is different about Holiday Comparison?

Most families are…

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Self Care Saturday Challenge Family Outing

Self Care Saturday Challenge Family Outing

Fall is going to quickly turn into Winter. It will be a time where all you want to do is stay snuggled in your warm house and rest. This is exactly what we were made to do. And while I enjoy that time of the year, I want to take advantage of the warmer weather before the cold hits. We did our family outing yesterday since my husband had the day off. The goal here is to plan a Self Care Saturday Challenge Family Outing.Self Care Saturday Challenge Family Outing

I thought this…

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How to Prevent Meltdowns During Holiday Visits

How to prevent meltdown during holiday visits.

I must admit, the hardest part about the holidays for me, the part I honestly dread the most is the visit to family. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy family, but it is the inevitable meltdown that comes from a change in routine. There is so much food, fun, and laughter, why should my littles ever have a meltdown? Enevatibally it happens, and the day goes from tense to nightmare. I’m putting a plan in place. Here is my How to Prevent Melt Downs During Holiday Visits.How to Prevent Meltdowns During Holiday Visits

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Self Care Saturday Challenge Grow Your Mind

Self care Saturday Challenge Grow Your Mind

Last Saturday I had my first Self Care Saturday Challenge. I spent some time getting my hair cut for my birthday on the 22nd and the next Saturday I went to a coffee shop and drank some coffee while I worked on my blog. Each of those breaks was fabulous and really made the following week so much better. I went away, took some time for myself, and was refreshed for the following week. So this week is Self Care Saturday Challenge Grow Your Mind.Self Care Saturday Challenge Grow Your Mind

How do…

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10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing

10 Thanksgiving side dishes worth sharing

Three weeks from today is Thanksgiving. I promised myself that I wouldn’t plan at the last minute. This was to save my sanity because I refuse to shop the day before Thanksgiving unless I absolutely have to do it. The crowd is crazy. I love bringing a new dish to the table so I went searching for my newest addition. Here is some 10 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Worth Sharing.10 Thanksgiving side dishes worth sharing

The dreaded question, What are you going to bring?

You like me, have probably already heard from your mother-in-law asking…

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Do Your Own Thing

Do your own thing

Lately, while on Facebook, I’m seeing a lot of just nastiness. While the majority of it is about politics, since when has nastiness ever changed anyone’s mind? The past few days it has been about Halloween. How old is too old? Scary costume or not? What is modest? Is it too cold? Should I hand out candy or bible tracks? Is Halloween evil or ok? My advice to all of you Mamas out there, Do Your Own Thing!Do your own thing

What we do for Halloween

For the past several years we…

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Saturday Self Care Challenge

Saturday self care challenge, week 1

Last Saturday was my 41st birthday, and as I looked in the mirror, I begin to see age. My hair was gray and looks very frazzled. It was time for a haircut and getting it colored. This time last year, I had it cut and colored.  Once I was asked if I was enjoying the treat of getting my hair cut. As if this isn’t just part of regular self-care. I was angry, how dare this person to act like taking care of myself is a treat instead of the way things should be. So my gift to myself was the beginning Saturday…

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How Quiet Time Saves Your Sanity

How quiet time saves your sanity

By the time my children are done with lunch, I’m at my whits end. I’m so tired of the constant noise, the constant questions, and the constant chatter. Did I say constant enough? I do have a 3-year-old girl and 21-month-old boy. The noise had reached such a point today that it made it hard for my teens to focus on anything. I knew it was time for Quiet Time. You see in our house How Quiet Time Saves Your Sanity.How quiet time saves your sanity

What is Quiet Time?

For some members of…

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