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At any given point in my home, you will find my teenagers and their dad having nerf wars. You will find us piled up on the couch watching countless hours of Lost and other shows on Netflix. You might even find my house flooded with our youth group members.

You will see our kitchen counters cluttered with things like food we have made, groceries we have bought that I have not put away yet, and items I need to review. It may look like we are disorganized and messy to some, but for me, it is a serious #happimess, because while some strive for a spic and span clean home, my family and I are out having a good time — enjoying each other’s company.

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Grandchildren, endless retirement funds, and the possibility of living in a nursing facility as we age — these are all things we have to look forward to as we grow older. But what about the things that we aren’t prepared for? Here is a list of the top five things nobody warned you about getting older.

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On Saturday, my husband and I snuck off for a much needed date night to Paducah. I was excited to learn that they were doing a free screening of The Amazing Spiderman 2 hosted by Kellogg’s and providing snacks during the movie, so we headed out to dinner and then to check out the movie being shown.

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My husband and I have 15 amazing kids. They are not all ours. We are the youth leaders at our church and we love hanging out with them – wherever that might be.

The other night after our lesson, we took the teens outside to play a game of Wiffle ball. Now – my husband and I grew up in the 80′s and played a ton of Wiffle Ball. However, some of our youth had not even heard of it, so we had to teach them how to play. It made for an amazing fun night.

 

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As a homeschool family, my daughter does most of her school work on the computer. To top that off, she has an iPhone and spends quite a lot of time staring at the screen texting her friends. To say that she is on an electronic device for most of the day  would be a very true statement. Because of that, she deals with digital eye strain all the time.

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This past week has been super crazy as I plan our homeschool year. I have been so behind because of traveling and vacation, so I am having to play catchup and scrunch everything into one week. Yes — you heard me right — one week. I am thankful that while I am super busy and don’t have a lot of time for myself, I can take a 15 minute break every day and allow myself a permissable indulgence through the deliciousness of Skinny Cow Snacks.

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When my kids were little, they played basketball –both of them — at the same time, which took a big hit on our pocketbook every year. Playing sports can be expensive for the parents AND the team.  But, now there’s a great way to raise funds for your team’s apparel from the comfort of your own home! Let me introduce you to Pear.

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This coming week, school will begin again in our area. I cannot believe how quickly the summer has passed and now, the new school year is upon us.

While my kids are homeschooled, I know many teenagers who will be heading off and I can pretty much guess, someone will wind up with something stolen in the first few days. Thankfully, Master Lock has some amazing new products to help us keep those precious items like keys, money, and cellphones safe.

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Summer is almost over and that means we will be back to really early mornings, school prep, lesson planning, and more. My days can get hectic pretty quick. For me, on those days, I can get pretty overwhelmed fast, however, if I stop and take time in the morning — before my entire day gets so hectic, then I feel like my day runs a bit more smoothly. Some of my favorite Nestle products play a huge roll in that (cue the coffee music), so today I wanted to share with you a few of my tips on how I take time out in the mornings for myself — before all the chaos gets started.

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Every single time I am at Walmart doing my grocery shopping, my daughter makes the same exact comment — “Do you remember when I was a little girl, and I used to eat Bagel Bites all the time?” To which I always reply, “Yes I do. That has always been your favorite fun snack, ever since you were 3 years old.”

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