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One of the easiest ways to teach young children responsibility is to teach them to do chores. In addition to responsibility, teaching young children household chores helps them learn self-reliance and competency. When we give young children chores, they...
It seems like everyone goes out of town during spring break and then posts their fabulous adventures on Instagram for those stuck at home to envy. Been there, done that -- my husband was a tax accountant for many...

The Transition Years

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When my eldest daughter was a toddler she refused to leave the house without a miniature stuffed animal in tow. The animal choice was always on rotation. One week it was a floral printed purple puppy carried in a...
It's one thing to stand on a septic tank and take a picture. It's another thing to post it in a public place, but here we are -- my husband and me, beaming with pride. This beautiful, sparkling white...
As a millennial, I understand how our desire for simplified homes can come across as not valuing family mementos. However, I think part of the problem is that these sentimental items are often passed on in ways that make...
When last I left you, Dear Reader, I was preparing to move my toddler to a brand new home. I shared with you some “Prior Preparations” we had made, in hopes the move would go smoothly . . ....
In just a few months, we'll be a year into the Covid-19 pandemic and all the things that came with it, like grocery stockpiling, increasing our vitamin intake to boost our immunity, and deciding on which mask best matches...
I have been a stay-at-home mom for several years now. I am constantly looking for ways to trim our budget and ease the financial strain of being a single-income family. Here are a few areas in which I have...
My husband and I bought our first house 10 months after we got married. Newlyweds, the 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom was a sprawling space for the two of us. Our starter home, we weren’t sure how long we’d live there,...
I love this time of year. The weird time between Christmas and the New Year when it’s easy to forget the day of the week. Often these in-between weeks are filled with work -- the washing of endless dishes...

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10 Must-See Murals Around Birmingham

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Birmingham is full of life and color, and the murals around our fair city bring so much light and love to it's buildings. Ever...