{ POSTED BY } Ashley
backyard discovery (featured)
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*This is a sponsored post for Oceanview Wooden Swing Set from Leisure Time Products™.  All opinions are my own. Basically, this swingset rocks. --- Does anyone else feel like our children are eating more junk food, playing computer and video games too much, and spending less time outdoors? Winter's chill only makes matters worse. Even...
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gratitude bootcamp (featured)
by  |  posted under Family, Parenting, Thanksgiving
Gratitude: The quality of being thankful;readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. When was the last time you told someone you appreciate them or you are grateful for them? I try and tell someone every single day I appreciate them.  Even to complete strangers.  In fact, I do it so often that I have noticed that my daughters...
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Award Winning Chili That Even A Kid Could Make (featured)
by  |  posted under Main Dishes, Recipes, Soups
Award winning chili - that even a child can make! When ever I start to cook or bake my children run into the kitchen and take over.  Sometimes I love it; like when I am not in a hurry, and sometimes it is a little annoying--like when it is 7 pm and dinner hasn't been served.  I remember cooking and learning from my mother.  She would cook...
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just peachy - learn to can peaches (Featured)
by  |  posted under Do It Yourself, Food Storage
 As a child I remember canning everything with my mother and grandmother.  Tomatoes, pears, peaches, salsa, apples and so much more.  It is such a special memory for me that I decided it was time to start this tradition with my own children.  The problem was I have never canned without my mom and I had no clue what I was even doing.  I read...
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Take a Hike and Lose Yourself--and some calories (featured)
by  |  posted under Beauty, Family, Fitness and Healthy Living, Fun With Kids, Parenting, Uncategorized
My husband has always been big into the outdoors. By the outdoors, I don't mean he likes to spend a couple of hours at a barbecue in the hills; his idea of the "outdoors" is hiking out in the wilderness. I like visiting wilderness areas as well, but I draw the line at overnight backpacking trips. Staying overnight often means tents, freeze dried...
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pantry make-over featured
by  |  posted under Food Storage, Organization, Uncategorized
    Do you know someone in your life that does everything for everyone else? I do....my sweet and amazing mother. She will come and visit me and my family and cook, clean and even sew my girls clothes.  I like to call her a machine.  She has children living all over and she helps them pack and move, babysit her grand kids and...
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Ideas for packing a healthy picnic featured
by  |  posted under Uncategorized
It seems like just yesterday that I would help my mother pack a lunch for a picnic to the park or a day trip in the beautiful Idaho mountains. Life seemed so simple back then. None of the children had food allergies and everything was pretty much grown from our own garden. Bread was homemade and there was maybe a loaf of somewhat healthy banana...
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the dirty truth about your home featured
by  |  posted under Cleaning, Organization, Uncategorized
The Dirty Truth About Your Home- Learn to REALLY clean your house  There are so many hidden germs and bacteria in our homes. How many times a week do you clean your kids tooth brush holder, the remote control to the t.v. and your kitchen knobs? I try to clean my kitchen knobs once a month, but if I knew how dirty kitchen cabinet knobs are, I...
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help your kids get a good nights sleep featured
by  |  posted under Family, Parenting
I have been noticing that my children have been very restless at night lately.  They are coming into our room a lot more.  I feel like we have a healthy nightly routine but I have noticed that if we don't get the homework done right after school then we are up longer, and they are going to bed later.  Please tell me you have the same problem....
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be your own valentine featured image
by  |  posted under Holiday, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day
    When I was little I would  make my friends Valentines cards by writing their names and writing something nice with each letter in their name.  It was always my favorite thing to do for my friends and family and it always made them smile.  I now make these homemade cards for my husband and girls.  And they love them.  But...
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