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Chores Bingo

Update: I originally wrote this post back in 2012! Since then my kids have grown and so have their chores. We no longer have the guinea pig, and a lot of the issues we needed to address back then have improved. I recently updated the Chores Bingo list to make it more up to date with the tasks they need to learn to handle on their own as they move into their teen and young adult years. Hopefully it … [Read more...]

Dear Kids: Get Out

Dear Children of Mine, Oh, how I love you. You make my world better. You are smart and funny and kind and generous. You are the children I never dreamed I always wanted. But this summer I have something to say to you: GET. OUT. It's summer. It's the time when possibilities are endless. Homeschool finished weeks ago, your friends are finally out of school, it isn't snowing for the first … [Read more...]

Come See the Cake Boss!

LittleMissSunshine is squealing with delight right now because she just found out we are going to see the Cake Boss LIVE! Buddy Valastro, aka The Cake Boss, is currently touring and on November 18th he's going to be right here in Cincinnati! I've been excitedly reading reviews and it seems he is doing live demonstrations as well as interacting with the audience. LittleMissSunshine watches his show … [Read more...]

Finding Your Balance

It's been one of those days where I woke up feeling sluggish and discouraged all day long. I'm really not sure why, but the harder I tried to break out of it, the worse it got. We are in the process of trying to get our house up on the market, so I don't really have time to take a day off. But no matter what I tried, I kept sitting back down, discouraged before I even started, because there is … [Read more...]

The Best: The Tangle

Looking for unique stocking stuffers? As part of my The Best series, I'm sharing some of my favorite gadgets with you. The Best series are unsolicited reviews, 100% my own opinions. I was not provided any items for this review or any kind of compensation for my reviews. Are you a fidgeter? I am. I never thought I was, but several years ago my husband started to point out how often I shook my … [Read more...]

Don’t Survive the Holidays–Enjoy the Holidays!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and I know that for most of you, the countdown to chaos has already begun. You are running around trying to thaw turkeys, figure out what the heck a brine is, how to clean the house for company when your kids keep making it a disaster area, orchestrating the great side dish cook-off of 2012 (one oven, eight side dishes and one turkey: enough said), not to … [Read more...]

Skip the Drugstore–Get Some Honey!

Of all the things we're going to talk about during this 31 day series, I think I'm most excited about health week. I love having ditched shampoo, and I love that I can do laundry without all the commercial detergents and fabric softeners, but the things I'm going to share with you this week will significantly impact your life for the better. There is nothing in here this week that I haven't tried … [Read more...]

The Best Cake EVER–and the Easiest!

So the other day I was working on JD's birthday party. I'm famous for my kids' parties. Frankly, they ROCK. No big bouncy houses, clowns or magicians. No, we employ full-on imagination, play and fun into every party. Kids talk about them for years afterwards. Even the quiet parties, we do them up right. I don't spend a ton of money on them, but they are always memorable. But this year we faced … [Read more...]

The Day My World Changed Forever

  Twelve years ago today my son JD was born--and my world changed forever. It all started with a whole lot of nothing. As always, JD did everything on his time and schedule. There was a whole lot of fuss--weeks of early labor, of watching him via ultrasounds and tests to make sure that he was safe. I'd go into full blown labor only for it to stop in the middle, and to be sent home. On … [Read more...]

Home is Where Your Hammock Is

We just did something we rarely do around the KnowitAll household--we took a family vacation. Normally we'd fill our vacation time with a mission trip, or a trip with family, or a trip to visit family. It has been several years since we just vacationed, just the four of us. And what a vacation it was! We took a full two weeks off, which was the perfect amount of time. We were really able to relax … [Read more...]