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Emily's Homemade Granola

We have been making this nutty granola recipe every week for well over a year now. The kids love making it with me and it's fun to tweak it with different dried fruits and nuts throughout the year. Below is our standard recipe but feel feel…
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A time to renew

September and Back-to-School season has always been an exciting time for me, both as a student and now as a mother. It is a fun time to start fresh after the dog days of summer. I always loved new school supplies as a kid, and it's the same…
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The Importance of the Lunch Box

As back-to-school season is upon us, I love all the ads for crisp new school supplies. One thing that should be on all Mom's list is a lunchbox. When we are able to send our kids to school with healthy meals, we give them a better chance to…
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Real Food Snacks for Real Foodies

Our summer has been filled with beach days, picnics, play dates and more.  We are rarely home and often pack lunch and snacks to eat outside.  As a mom with two littles at home with me, I need snacks that can keep a two year old happy…
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Meal time meltdowns conquered

We have entered that fun phase of feeding our baby his first foods. It is wonderful to watch his expressions, but not as much to listen to his sister grumble during feeding time. We found a very cute and fun solution.The Modern Twist Kidz alphabet…
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Slow summer tea

Sun Tea is always a favorite during the summer. I love that is doesn't require any energy, beyond my own.Fill glass pitcher with water.Add four tea bags. (I like making decaf ice tea so I can drink it in the afternoon)Place a couple of lemon…
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What's Eating Your Child?

Ever since my daughter started eating solid food, I find myself reading more and more about nutrition.  The latest on my bookshelf is What's Eating Your Child? This is not your everyday nutrition book, as it's written by a dietitian and…
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Rice Sack Bags~ Perfect for a Picnic

I just flipped through the latest Uncommon Goods catalog and want to add these beautiful rice sack bags to my wish list.  They would be perfect for packing a picnic lunch to enjoy after playgroup days.  The bags are made from salvaged…
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Time to clear out the clutter and make way for summer!

The last thing I want to do when it's nice out is clean.  Yet, it still needs to be done.  What I have finally learned is that the less stuff we leave around, the faster it is to get the house in order.  I have been motivated…
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New Travel Prints from Envirosax

I LOVE the Envirosax bags I stash for quick trips into town for errands.  They just came out with a new travel series of prints, featuring New York, Sydney and Paris.  I think I have to put the Paris bag on my wish list 🙂
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Want to reduce plastic? Try Homemade Bread

It can be done.  I can make my own bread.  Despite many "dense" loaves of whole wheat bread in my baking past, I made one last try.  This one turn out successful!  I found the recipe on Tammy's Recipes blog and tweaked it…
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The Laundry test continues with Seventh Generation's Paper bottle

When I first heard about Seventh Generation's new 4x Concentrated Laundry detergent I was excited to test it out.  If I could use even less detergent it would hopefully reduce the amount of time I have to buy detergent, and also cut down…
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Go Glass for Baby

This year I am making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of plastic we use at home.  This includes our food storage containers, plastic bags and even our new baby's toys. I didn't think about the baby's bottles until I learned…
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Lunch box makeover- plus a Giveaway

As we celebrate Earth Day this week, I wanted to share some ways to clean up the lunch room in schools or at home. There are so many cute and practical products on the market now that make it easy. Or, here are a few tips that won't cost you…
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Classic cut grass

There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Earth Day this week. I think it's important to understand even small changes can make a difference. Meatless Mondays, biking, and reusable bags all help lessen our carbon footprint. The latest eco…
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Home management binder~Project Simplify week 5

This was the last week of Simple Mom's Project Simplify. The "hot spot" for the week was my choice. I decided to finish dealing with some paper clutter still lingering from week 2.This was my folder of current paperwork that I needed to keep…
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Project simplify~ Kitchen challenges

I thought this would be easy. I'm always in my kitchen so I figured I would be able to declutter my problem spots throughout the week for Hot Spot #4 in Project Simplify. No such luck. Two cabinets were cleaned out, but I still need to conquer…
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The rise of the Tote Bag

Have you noticed how many people are walking around with tote bags these days?  They are used for groceries,  trips to the drugstore, and always at the beach.  As more cities and towns work to ban plastic bags, tote bags have…
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Project Simplify wk 3- Toy Clutter be gone

In week 3 of Project Simplify I worked on organizing the toy area of our basement. In the before shot, you can see the havoc a two year can cause with kitchen accessories and blocks.We don't have a great system for all the many play things,…
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Project Simplify week 2: Attack the Paper Clutter

Our "mail table" is the catch-all in our house.  Despite our best efforts to recycle daily all the junk mail and catalogs, the pile keeps coming back.  The mission to tackle the Paper Clutter in the house in week 2 of Project Simplify…
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Could you be a Radical Homemaker?

I was intrigued when I read the title of Shannon Hayes book, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture.  In a time of downsizing and working with what you have, I thought I could learn a thing or two from some…