Choosing the Right Cat for Your Family

You have finally made the decision to have a family pet, a CAT! When that the excitement of it wears off, it’s time to make another important decision. WHICH is the right cat for you and your family? When you start looking at all the available options, it can get overwhelming very quickly. Here are a few tips to help the process of choosing the right cat for your family go smoother.

grey cat Russian blue inside the basket the right cat

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Girls’ Getaway How To

 “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” -Tim Cahill

Taking time to step away from the routine and mundane tasks is an important part of tending to your health both, physical and emotional. One way to make such a step is to take a short trip and get away for a couple of days. Open the curtains for THE GIRLS’ GETAWAY! Traveling provides a variety of experiences to choose from and a welcome change of scenery. But traveling with a friend or two gives your trip a much-needed element of fun, distraction, and adventure!

girls' getaway

Just like with anything, to have a successful trip, you need a plan!

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SIMPLE FAMILY EASTER TRADITIONS

Have you ever had a longing to have a more meaningful Easter with your family? Have you struggled to teach your kids the meaning of Easter beyond eggs and bunnies? Have you ever felt stressed and overwhelmed with the sheer volume of available information? If you seek simple ideas about how to start easy, fun, meaningful faith-based family traditions this Easter, this post is for you.

Easter Chalkboard

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A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Bible Study Review

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Every year, I search for new ways to engage my children in discussion about Easter. They are surrounded by the worldly decorations of Easter bunnies and egg baskets, beautiful pastel colors, and the notion that Easter means countless, I mean c-o-u-n-t-l-e-s-s candy!! And since we live in the modern world and not on the deserted island, it also means that it is up to us, families, to teach our children the true meaning of the Resurrection Day. If we don’t, our kids’ hearts and minds are up for grabs by the rest of the world.

I know that it can feel overwhelming to commit to a Bible study, especially when your days may be filled with school, clubs, sports, and family events. But Easter usually sneaks up on us, and then a few days prior to the holiday, we suddenly feel the guilt and pressure to do something. Anything! We feel like we failed.

A sense of the resurrection study

A Sense of the Resurrection Study

The study I want to share abut today will not take a lot of your time. Or maybe it will, in a good way? 😉 You are in charge of how it will go. It is up to you whether you choose to do it all or do what you can based on your available family time. One thing for sure—A Sense of the Resurrection gives you a good solid base upon which you can build your Easter discussion.

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART 4 (EXECUTION)

This is the fourth and final part of the Party Planning 101 Series. If you missed previous blog posts on RESOURCES, PRIORITIES and EXPECTATIONS, and ALL THE DETAILS, just click on the links and catch up!

I hope you find this information helpful and inspiring!

An important part of any execution is understanding your abilities. So before you run to the craft store and buy all the supplies, I want you to sit down and evaluate. This will certainly eliminate the stress later.

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART 3 (ALL THE DETAILS)

Welcome back to PART 3 of the Party Planning post series!

Who doesn’t love a nicely organized party when things go smoothly, and the party is simple yet tasteful? I know I do, and even though I don’t always reach the “simple party” goal, I do strive to make the event personal and memorable. If you are a work in progress in the party planning department, just like me, I hope you find the posts in this Party Planning series helpful and inspiring!

Just to refresh, in the first part, I talked about your RESOURCES and how to utilize them. In part 2 I encouraged you to figure out your PRIORITIES and set your EXPECTATIONS.

Today, I’ll be talking about the fun part of the party planning—all the DETAILS!

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PARTY PLANNING 101, PART1 (RESOURCES)

I don’t know about you, but I love throwing parties, whether it’s for my kids, for friends, for family or…just because, ha! But I have to admit, I have struggled on many occasions with planning, understanding my abilities, overcommitting, or keeping the budget. It all added so much stress and anxiety to my days, which is quite the opposite of what you should be dealing with when trying to throw a fun celebration for someone you love!

I have come up with a few simple strategies (based on my past mistakes!) that now help me stay focused and on course with spending, time management, and productivity. I’ll be sharing them in a series of posts, titled PARTY PLANNING 101. Hope you find them helpful as well!

Today, I’ll be talking about your RESOURCES.

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Ways to Enjoy Winter

When it comes to winter, a lot of us think “cold”, “dark”, “miserable”, “boring”, “long”…generally summed up by the word “blah”. What if I told you that just by changing up a few things in your daily or weekly routine, if not all these adjectives but definitely some, can be changed for happier and brighter ones?

I will admit that occasionally I suffer from seasonal depression, also known as winter blues. When the days are grey with very little sunshine, my mood just plummets to the bottom of the charts. I can’t help it, it just sucks me right into the thick of this weird anti-productivity hibernation. And that, inadvertently, affects the rest of my family. If I feel “blah”, the kids pick up on that and model their attitudes based on mine. I want to break free from this “blah” feeling and not let it determine my mood this winter season.

 

These are just a few ideas on how to combat those pesky moody winter days and have a bit more “sunshine” in your life instead!

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How to Survive a Snow Day

Another snow day looming… What is your reaction: jump with glee or cringe in disbelief?

If you are the latter, you most likely dread unscheduled days off from school…I know the feeling. I used to be just like that, getting frustrated and agitated because for a busy mom, it means…change of schedule! And that doesn’t come easy for people like me. I love routine. I love predictability. I love being able to rely on the known quantity. The funny thing is that I actually do love snow and winter in general. I don’t mind throwing a few snowballs and going down the hill on my kids’ sleds once in a while. Boy, I even love to shovel, (if my husband lets me :))!! So it really used to catch me off guard that I would get this frustrated when I got calls from school about a cancelation, even though I actually enjoy snow days.

It made me think about the ways that I can change how we do things around here, so it’s less hectic and stressful for us all on snow days. After some serious trial and error of multiple winters, I have come up with 5 things I do now that really help me to have very fun and low stress snow days with my kids these days!

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