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How We Handle Bedwetters {FRUGALLY!}

My kids wet the bed. It has taken me a long time to admit that without feeling shame about it. I used to feel like a failure, as if only a bad parent couldn’t figure out how to make their kid snap out of it. But I’m now at a place where I can admit it. It’s not my fault. It’s not their fault. It happens. Now, what to do about it?  After struggling with this for over 8 long years, believe me, we have tried everything. Withholding liquids. Waking them up to pee. Nighttime alarms. Different herbs and essential oils. They even attended chiropractic appointments Read More

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How to Take a Road Trip with ONE Parent {and not lose your mind!}

Recently I embarked upon an 11-hour drive with my four children and no husband to help. Besides one epic bout of carsickness, it all went pretty smoothly — thanks to some prepwork and organization on my part. Here’s how I did it! Plan 1 movie and 1 activity for every 2 hours of driving. If you can keep them in a constant state of entertained, then they won’t start squabbling. Now, I’ll be the first to say that you shouldn’t endeavor to entertain your kids every hour of the day. They need free, unstructured time to explore and be bored and be creative. Those things Read More

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WIN a Passport Wallet!

Several weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for this awesome Envelope System Wallet from Nunes Ohana Momma. I’m excited to share that I have another giveaway for you guys — a super cute passport holder! If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that I *LOVE* to travel! I’ve been to 21 countries {and counting!} and I speak several languages. Wanderlust is a big part of me, and it’s a big reason why I try to save so much money in my everyday life, so I can get out there and see more of God’s amazing creation! My family packs light when we Read More

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Cheap Family Vacations!

Taking vacations with the family are awesome — you get to see new places, do new things, spend time together & make memories… but the expenses can add up FAST. Here are some ways to cut costs to the bone, so you can travel MORE and experience MORE with your money! TRAVEL OFF SEASON Like I mentioned in my post about all the ways homeschooling is cheaper than public school, homeschooling gives us the awesome benefit of traveling off season. We went to Spain in February (hello sunshine!). We did a 3 week tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in September. We went to Italy Read More

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Cleveland Botanical Garden

We’re learning about plants this year in science class in our homeschool, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out in nature! When I found out that my husband was flying out of Cleveland for his long 3 months of military training, I knew right away that I wanted to see the Cleveland Botanical Garden! I first saw this place on Pinterest, because it has something unique: two separate indoor recreations of natural habitats — one is Madagascar and the other is Costa Rica. These habitats are so cool. Like a real-life, miniature Bio-Dome. I was also totally stoked to find out that we got in Read More

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WIN a Passport Holder from Nunes Ohana Momma!

Several weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for this awesome Envelope System Wallet from Nunes Ohana Momma. I’m excited to share that I have another giveaway for you guys — a super cute passport holder! If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that I *LOVE* to travel! I’ve been to 21 countries {and counting!} and I speak several languages. Wanderlust is a big part of me, and it’s a big reason why I try to save so much money in my everyday life, so I can get out there and see more of God’s amazing creation! My family packs light when we Read More

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Mazza Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! For the past two school years, we have had a field trip every week, and it has made school so much fun! Sometimes they are simple, like a nature walk in the park, or a morning spent ice skating. Other times we visit local museums, parks, festivals, attractions and more! As I mentioned when I introduced our 2016 school year, one of our elective subjects this year is ART. We have been using How To Teach Art To Children, which is awesome. It goes through all the different components of artwork, as well as famous artwork and their media. We Read More

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Put-in-Bay

One of my favorite things about this school year is that we have been going on a field trip every single Friday! We’ve been learning about the War of 1812 in history class, and I was delighted to discover that one of the biggest battles of the war {and the turning point for the U.S.!} happened not far from us, in Lake Erie on a little island called Put-in-Bay! So of course the kids were delighted to find out that we were going on the LAKE on an ISLAND and on a BOAT. Sophie got to call the shots {literally!} when he fired an authentic Read More

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Road Tripping with Kids – √ Success Plan!

Recently, we went on a BIG road trip. From Ohio to Texas and back, it was 46 total hours on the road. That’s a LOT of time to spend cooped up in a car with 4 kids. These are the things we did to prepare for our trip: 1. Invest in a DVD player. I know they are expensive — that’s why we didn’t get one earlier. But we decided that now was the time, so we got the fancy installed kind that flips down from the ceiling. We got a great sale, in conjunction with a military discount so the whole thing installed was Read More

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What I miss about Germany

Before I left Germany, I wrote a blog post about what I missed about the USA. I am SO happy to be back on American soil and to be enjoying those luxuries again. But now that we have been back for 10 months, I’m reminiscing fondly about the things I miss about Germany! Here are a few things on my list. The Running Paths The entire German countryside is a patchwork of paved farm roads which are perfect for running. There are no cars, only horses and the occasional tractor. You could run for miles and miles and miles without having to step foot on Read More