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Cheap Ways to Add Extra Living Space to Your Home

If you listen to the news, we are no longer in a recession. However, the average family still isn’t able to buy a larger house as their families expand. It could be that we have gone into debt during those dry years and it could also be that the cost of living has increased beyond the limits…

The top factors of debt consolidation by using personal loans

One of the top reasons for which people take out personal loans is to help consolidate their credit card debt. It’s a risky approach because if you don’t do it the right way, you risk getting buried under even more debt. However, doing it right can get you out of a pickle. When considering…

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Honest, Heartfelt Account of a Black American Family

Getting Out of Dodge City, Heading for L.A. on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe is a short novel that reads like a memoir and that will appeal to those interested in black American history and the dynamics of poor black American families from the early 1800s to the 1960s.

The story begins in 1821 with our narrator talking about the origins of the Atchinson,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 25, 2012 at 6:14am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

** Half days of school are only awesome if you're a kid or a teacher.  Or bat shit crazy.

** Birthdays are chock-full of calories.

** Sometimes it's better to pretend like you don't know your family.

** The front of my car is attracted to jackasses who don't drive the speed limit.

** Nothing says I love you quite…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 20, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Cheers to NINE Years!!!

It's so hard to believe that it's been NINE whole years since my uterus was housing those two little beings pictured above.  I welcomed them into this big wide world without having even the slightest clue how quickly time would fly.  Since then, it's been a roller coaster ride of ABC's, training wheels, boo-boo's, and temper tantrums.  They make me…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 19, 2012 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Things I've Learned This Week

** It honestly wouldn't surprise me if I pulled a piece of Easter grass out of my ass at this point since that crap seems to be EVERYWHERE!!!!

** If you're a complete and total bitch, you should probably think twice about being a customer service rep.  Just sayin'.

** Motherhood is totally interfering with my "Fifty Shades of Grey"…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 13, 2012 at 11:36am — No Comments

"Hunt"ing for Camp Runamuk fun!

Last Friday was the last day of Camp Runamuk (the affectionate name we call life at my house when the kids are off school and fun is involved) and I decided to host the First Annual Dugdale Trifecta Easter Egg Hunt.



Here’s what you get when you have 4 mommies + 14 kids + 225 eggs + 12 tons of sugar =



1)      Sometimes even the snails want some chocolate!  The eggs had been out for literally 10 minutes, and we had an attempted robber!
2)      If…
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Added by Heather Dugdale on April 11, 2012 at 11:17pm — No Comments

"How many of these kids are actually yours?!"

. . . was the question from the Dish Network installer at my house today as we were entertaining 14 yes, I said FOURTEEN, children.

Today we had Camp Runamuk, Day 2 – Gettin’ Dirty.  We made “mud” cupcakes, bird houses, paper butterflies and mommy made a sad attempt at a cardboard boomerang . . .

. . . and here’s what we learned:

1)      Bribing the children with Fun Dip for breakfast will ensure that they get their rooms clean in no…
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Added by Heather Dugdale on April 7, 2012 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** Sometimes turds just don't want to be flushed.

** I really really heart selling jewelry.

** It's a terribly bad idea to enter a bakery when you're starving.

** Trying to brush my daughter's hair in the morning is like trying to lasso a…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 6, 2012 at 10:46pm — No Comments

A Tooth Fairy Called Wanda

As a parent, I'm trying REALLY hard to hold onto the whole believing in the Tooth Fairy thing for as long as is humanly possible.  So when a kid's tooth falls out in this house?  Well, I wanna be on top of that shit like white on rice.  Unfortunately, however, I'm not always totally prepared for the curve balls that motherhood sometimes throws my…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 4, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

Brainy Bird Feeders

Check out this fun craft/bird feeder!Brainy Bird Feeders

Added by Abby Billings on April 3, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Memories Of Singapore

The very first time I went to Singapore with my girl was in March 2011. We took a VIP coach bus at 10pm and reached Golden Mile, Singapore at 5.30am. Never had we experienced such a tiring and exhausting night before, catching only a few winks on and off only.



 The bus stopped three times for the passengers to answer some "nature calls" and we finally reached the immigration around 4.30am. Imagine how sleepy our looks were when we were at the checkpoint! :) Thank…

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Added by Reanaclaire on April 3, 2012 at 12:49am — No Comments

Things I Learned on our Family Vacation

I normally do these "reflective" kind of posts on Fridays, but I was just too swept up in Paradise last week to sit down and really use my brain for anything productive.  But now that I've been sucker-punched by reality once again, I decided to look back on the finer things I discovered on our family vacation....

** Every day should end in a…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on April 2, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments

Women and the Art of Play

 

We all know about the importance of play for the emotional growth and development of children. It can enhance their imagination, increase social skills and boost self-confidence. So why don't we place more value on play for ourselves? According to a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, ½ of American women don’t have enough time to spend on themselves and the activities they enjoy.

Early on, girls tend to be collaborative, communicative and caring – you can see it…

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Added by Sandwiched Boomers on April 1, 2012 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Rad Riparian Area

Check out this fun family activity in AZ Rad Riparian

Added by Abby Billings on March 19, 2012 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Birds on the Brain

Check out my first post about birding! Birds on the Brain

Added by Abby Billings on March 19, 2012 at 6:01pm — No Comments

My Epiphany and How Badly it Sucks





I've had an epiphany. A pretty huge one. I've had that moment where you realize you absolutely love what you do, but then realize you've fallen in love with (what might be) the wrong thing.



It is amazing…

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Added by Morgan M on March 17, 2012 at 9:17am — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

** It's really difficult to do pushups when the dog's trying to hump you.

** Mornings around here are nuttier than a jar of Jif.

** If my house could talk, I'm pretty sure it would say, "Oink!"

** Little boys' fingernails are dirtier than the floor of an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day.

** Allergy shot are not a very…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on March 16, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

My little geologist

Check out my latest post: My Little Geologist

Added by Abby Billings on March 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

iPhone Overload

My kids are driving me absolutely CUCKOO-KACHOO with all the friggin' apps they continue to want for the iPhone.  Every day it's something new.  My damn phone now has over 8,764 different games on it!  WTF?!  Ok, so maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but I seriously can't find any of the things that I need on it anymore cause it's so overcrowded with kid…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on March 15, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Welcome to the Family!

Welcome to my crazy family!  This is where I come to share all the fun filled antics my family and I get into on a regular basis.  I hope to bring you news about the kids, our friends, our shopping finds, book reviews and more! Stick around, it’s sure to be a bumpy ride and check in on my adventures in parenting tab every now and then, I’m thinking I should have labeled it the MIS-adventures in parenting ;)

A little about us…

We are a blended family of six, not quite…

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Added by Desiree Frazier on March 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Step Away from the Clippers, Dear....

You'd think past experience would've taught me not to trust my husband to cut my son's hair.  However, I must've had a momentary lapse in judgment over the weekend, for I allowed him to get the old clippers out once again.  Call me kooky, but I guess I figured it couldn't be THAT hard to screw up a buzz cut, could it?  (Ok, stop giggling,…

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Added by Jennifer Marshall on March 13, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

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