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Did you know that 8% of children under the age of 18 are allergic to at least one food?  And 40% of kids with food allergies experience severe symptoms. A food allergy is a condition in which the immune system incorrectly identifies a food as a threat and defends the body from it by releasing chemicals into the blood, and the chemicals cause...
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by  |  posted under Beauty, Coupons & Budgeting, Family, Fashion, Fitness and Healthy Living, Fun With Kids, Girls, Organization, Shop, Uncategorized
Could you go without shopping for a month?? What about 2 months? I challenge you to a shopping fast. Guess how much time women spend shopping each year? a. 500 hours b. 199 hours c. 600 hours d. 399 hours (answer to come) Let me first explain myself.  About 10 years ago I was noticing I was spending a lot of money on a lot of items I...
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by  |  posted under Recipes, Salads, Sides, Snacks, Uncategorized
We travel to northern California every summer because my in-laws live there, and that is where my husband grew up.  One of my favorite places to visit is a beautiful place called Half Moon Bay.  It is all about farms and everything fresh. Everywhere I went everyone was talking about all things tomatoes.  Everyone had  freshly picked...
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by  |  posted under Back to School, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Parenting
Is it just me or did summer come and go so fast this year? I used to think I couldn't wait for my kids to go back to school, but now I wish time would slow down and they would stop growing. It is so important to enjoy your children at every age.  It really does go by way too fast. As their summer vacation draws to an end, I try and remind my...
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by  |  posted under Boys, Family, Family Time, Girls, Parenting
I love the movie Nanny McPhee.  She becomes a nanny to a family with very naughty children and teaches them to "behave".  My girls love it when I say "behave" in my silly British Nanny McPhee accent. I decided to write this post because this summer I have been noticing some bad manners in my house and I wanted to fix them ASAP. Just tonight...
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by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Do It Yourself, Gardening, Uncategorized
Let me start off by saying I am a hippie at heart. I remember in middle school the only reason why I wanted to take art class was because the teacher at South Junior High was known for doing fabulous macrame and I just had to learn.  I wish I would have saved everything I made back in the day but alas I never thought I would use it again...
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by  |  posted under Cleaning, Do It Yourself, Family, Holiday, Organization, Summer, Uncategorized
It's May ~ hooray!! The weather is quickly getting warmer and outside entertaining has already begun for us in Las Vegas.  But, for most people in the country the weather is perfect for spring cleaning your back yard and getting it ready for the first party of the year. My husband and I love to have friends and family over all year round and...
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ashley chickens for beginners (featured image)
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course. Who knew chickens could be so hip? I was born and raised in Idaho. Even though I did not grow up on a farm, my aunt did.  I remember we would get baby chicks and my mom would make us take them to Aunt Ella's farm.  I always wanted to have my own chickens and fresh...
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by  |  posted under Anti Boredom Busters, Boys, Crafting, Do It Yourself, Family, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Parenting, Uncategorized
Spring is in the air, so what do my kids want to do?? Fly A Kite! It is definitely kite season.  Just yesterday at Costco they were selling the cutest kites.  My girls wanted to buy one so bad, but they didn't have enough money. So we did the next best thing--I told them we could make our own for cheaper and take them to the park and get some...
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ashley going gold featured image
by  |  posted under Anti Boredom Busters, Beauty, Do It Yourself, Makeup, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day
 Gold is making a huge comeback in fashion, beauty and the interior design world. If you ask my kids, they will tell you that gold is my favorite color.  Gold can pretty much go with anything.  I remember when we bought our first home in 2003 every door knob, faucet and kitchen item had to be stainless steel.  Even my jewelry had to be...
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