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There is no greater reward than being a mother, but believe me, for all those expecting moms out there, you sure do have your work cut out for you in order to earn that reward. It was only when I had my second child that I realized, being prepared for any scenario was better…

How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

Happy Saturday! A few things to browse this weekend on Sharing Saturday…
* a review of something we appreciate,
* links to online contests or give-aways (because I’m a
sucker for both), and
* links to a few good reads (e.g. articles, blog posts,

My sharing is focused on living a simple, environmentally-friendly, and balanced lifestyle.


I don’t remember ever formally learning about death. I’m not even sure how I came about my conclusions entirely. Some reading. Lots of listening. And a whole lot of soul-searching, I suppose.

Well, my oldest child’s been intrigued by the topic lately. She’s four and a half years old.

You see, a few weeks ago, as our girls ran out into the front yard one morning, they stumbled upon a dead American Robin. My husband, a park ranger, very unceremoniously showed the
girls the bird up close, as they talked about the physiology of birds,
feathers, wings…. And afterwards, he tossed the bird far into the forest
out back, and I’m sure, he thought that was that. Um, maybe for a few

But, by lunchtime, our oldest child went from quiet, to somber, to crying. And now death is the conversation we find ourselves engaged in constantly. Now, I actually enjoy talking about subjects as large as
death with my children, but after a few hours of it, and many requests
now for stories with dying…I found this wonderful book, Lifetimes and we’ve been reading
and loving it.

2010-06-05 - Sharing Saturday - Lifetimes, by Bryan Mellonie

A simple, clear, wonderfully-illustrated picture book, Lifetimes captures the essence of just what it’s all about. Every living thing begins with birth, ends
with death and has a middle filled with what we call life.

I highly recommend this book for any family. It talks about life and death in such a clear way and doesn’t lack sentimentality, respect or facts. It’s a wonderful place for a child to begin the journey towards
understanding the wonders of life, and of course, the end of living. And
it’s a great book to launch into more in depth conversations, depending
on one’s own philosophy, religion or spirituality.


“The Suburban Mom” is giving away a set of ChicoBags Produce Bags. I have a huge supply of canvas bags that I keep in my car and by the door, but I’d love to win produce bags to make a change
in that area. Deadline: June 11

“Go Natural Baby” is giving away your choice, five Zah Organics Baby/Children’s Clothing. Deadline: June 16


If you appreciate traveling light, you’ll love this 12-photo sequence from the New York Times. It’s a wonderful photo-article about how to most efficiently pack a carry-on bag with 10 days worth of
clothing. Thank you flight attendants, and your vast traveling

Annie from “Sensible Living” shares what sounds like an inspiring book for anyone interested in re-focusing their life. I know I makes tweaks to my life-strategies weekly, if not daily, to keep on top of all of the new
information I’m learning and all of the new experiences I’m having with
these three littles in the house.

The Rainy Day Activities posted by Hanna from “Crafty Kin” open up a whole new world of possibilities for us. I forget about our tool box as a
learning and play tool! Awesome.

BBQ season begins! Here’s a killer portobello recipe from Veggie Belly (my favorite new vegetarian foodie blog).

Mitchell Kanashkevich shares 5 More Common Mistakes Aspiring Travel Photographers Make (and How .... But don’t be fooled. Each of these is appropriate in any setting, familiar or on the road. The photos are mesmerizing!

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