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Taking Jesus out of the backpack (access required)

Each level of school presents its own challenges. Academics get more difficult, athletics get more challenging and being involved in extracurricular activities is more diverse. But, perhaps, the most important aspect to a student regardless of grade, is the question, "How do I fit in?" There’s a group or a clique for almost every interest in school. What if you’re one of the students who wish to let people know that your religious faith is supremely important to you...

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Gluten free on a budget (access required)

If you read my blog, you know I’m always talking about the internet—it’s a gold mine for people who want to save money and I can’t say that enough. A quick search of anything will remind you that there are a million other people out there who are looking for the same thing. My doctor recently suggested that I should consider putting my son on a gluten-free diet. When I got over...

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Roll with it, baby! (access required)

You can’t escape it. It’s everywhere. More precious than gold, more controversial than who will be our next President, the debate rages over this one necessity. I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about. That’s right, toilet paper. In the interest of transparency, I’m a staunch over the top paper roll placer. I have heard some weirdos like to put their T.P. on the bar so the roll is unraveled under the tube...

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John Carter (access required)

The cool thing about John Carter isn’t so much the movie itself. It’s the backstory. John Carter was the lead character in a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs set on a fictionalized version of Mars known as Barsoom. The story was first serialized in 1912 as Under the Moons of Mars...

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Beating the Homesick Blues (access required)

Sleep-away camp is a rite of passage for many children. Most of the time, overnight camps create a positive experience and happy memories that children remember for a lifetime. But often, many children have to master homesickness before they can make happy camp memories. Separation anxiety and homesickness...

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Special Needs: Get ready for summer camp! (access required)

You’ve made the choice to send your child with child special needs to camp this summer. While you are incredibly excited for them to have this unique experience, you are probably also understandably apprehensive. But there is no need to fret. Summer camp can be a wonderful experience for your child—if you prepare...

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The buddy system (access required)

Cutting coupons and finding deals is not for the faint of heart. It takes a fair amount of planning, effort and time to save money. Looking up deals online from my favorite stores, printing online coupons, cutting coupons from the newspaper and sorting coupons in my coupon binder can become tedious and time consuming even though it saves my family hundreds of dollars each year. So how can you make the most of your time? Use the buddy system...

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Two little boys walk into a room (access required)

This weekend I laid down the law: Clean your rooms or lose every electronic device you own. (I don’t mess around.) My boys begrudgingly retreated to their rooms and got to work. It took them about 15 minutes—an entire lifetime in their minds. Since they did such a fine job, I let them play while I cleaned the rest of the house. Like a woman possessed, I scrubbed toilets, dusted, Windexed and even scrubbed the oven. It took me a few hours...

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (access required)

You’d think that a family movie about environmentalism and corporate greed would be, you know, mindful about embedding consumer products at every turn. But I guess that’s a lot to ask in this day and age of films getting made and sold through sponsorships. Still, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax includes more than 70 merchandise tie-ins.The upside is that along with the rampant consumerism, there IS a positive message about saving the earth. You just wonder if it all balances out somehow. The classic story, based on the 1971 book by Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Seuss Geisel, takes place in the town of Thneedville, where everything...

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The Simple Way to Save Money (access required)

My family has been busy sharing germs this past week. Just when I thought I had made it through unscathed, I came down with a massive head cold. The knock-you-off-your-feet, stuck-in-bed kind of cold. Now that I’m starting to come out of the fog of sickness and join the human race again, I noticed something: I didn’t leave my house for four days and I didn’t spend any money! I guess that might sound like an extreme way to go about saving money, but the principle is important...

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Did The Lorax brainwash your child? (access required)

I took my boys to see The Lorax this weekend at a local theater. The 1:50 p.m. show was sold out, but because I’m such an awesome mom, we went back for the 4:15 p.m. screening. Good thing we arrived a half- hour early because it, too, eventually sold out. I tried to calculate the profits in my head but couldn’t do the math thanks to the seat-kicker behind me...

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Gone (access required)

I’m having the same reaction to Amanda Seyfried in Gone as I had when Julia Roberts did Sleeping With the Enemy in 1991. I don’t like it. I don’t like seeing those sweet girls with the big eyes and wide smiles being stalked and terrorized. I don’t like seeing them in dark emotional dramas. You leave my girls alone, stalkers! Let them return...

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Buying a Camera—Locally (access required)

I have a shopping weakness for a certain online retailer that offers free shipping. Just ask my close friends and family—I can’t get enough of it. I buy ink, diapers, books and coffee. I order magazines and download music. Isn’t everyone lured by free shipping and low prices? But large online retailers won’t always net you the best deal. Last year, I decided I wanted to set a lofty goal of learning how to take great photographs. I wanted to do something...

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Every mom needs this (access required)

Sometimes companies send me stuff. I guess they think I’ll write about it in my blog. I warn them that I might make fun of their product if I hate it and often, this scares them so much that they reconsider sending me their wares. In truth, I seldom write about any of it. It’s not like they’re sending me Cartier tank watches, new cars and bricks of gold (I’d talk about that stuff all day long, hint, hint, nudge, nudge). However, recently, I received something I think every mom should have: a journal...

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