Motherhood Moments

Consumer Critique: New Zuru Products

Motherhood Moments

Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean your family can't enjoy one last water fight. I had a chance to review some products from Zuru that will help make those water battles go well, as well as one new option for more indoor fun. Zuru X-Shot has a variety of blasters, including water guns.

Consumer Critique: She Knew She Could Bracelet

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Sometimes we just need a little reminder to give us strength and inspiration. That's the idea behind a bracelet I recently got to review - the She Knew She Could Bracelet. This is a small accessory, so it's easy to wear with just about any outfit. The band is adjustable to fit nearly any size wrist.

Consumer Critique: Banana Wave

Motherhood Moments

Many people think that the best way to recover after a workout is by drinking a sports drink - but for most athletes, that's really just a lot of sugar (plus color) without a lot of benefit. There's a way to replace the lost nutrients that's even healthier - a banana.

Soul Sustenance: New Books from Zonderkidz

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to review several new books from Zonderkidz. They were all on a variety of topics, great for a variety of ages.

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Giveaway: Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home

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Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home , a children’s book about a rescue dog finding a loving home, was recently awarded the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year.

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Book Nook: Love is Action

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Many people go through this world feeling unloved. It doesn't have to take a lot of effort to change that. I had the chance to review the book Love is Action. This book incorporates many different ways to show love - in ways that don't feel like a big deal to us, but have a big impact. The book is written with a hopeful tone, encouraging a community of love to work together to find ways to show kindness.

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Book Nook: Books from Boys Town about Stress and Compromise

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I've enjoyed the opportunity to review books from Boys Town Press before, and I had a chance to do so again with some of their new and soon-to-be published books. These books help kids work through issues like anxiety, stress, relationships, compromise, and self-monitoring in age-appropriate, non-confrontational ways. Parker Plum and the Journey through the CATacombs by Billie Pavicic, illustrated by Madeline Timm.

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Book Nook: Love Changes Everything

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I recently had a chance to review Love Changes Everything , a book that helps readers explore just how deep God's love for us is. The Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer is not well known. As a prophet, Hosea married a woman who was unfaithful, but kept going after her. He was a real-life parable of God continually going after people who aren't faithful to Him. At the time, it was about the Israelites, but it's still relevant to Christians today.

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Consumer Critique: EDGE Chef's Knife

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I had a chance to review a piece of professional-grade cutlery that boasts German design, Asian steel, and American hustle. The 8-inch Chef's Knife knife is forged from a single blank of high-carbon steel, using an alloy guaranteed to maintain sharpness. It's a thin, weighted blade, which means it not only feels good to use, but it takes less force to cut. I'm not super picky about my knives, but I did notice a difference in quality and feel right away when I picked this up.

Book Nook: Mindfulness for Students

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I recently had a chance to review Mindfulness for Students. Mindfulness is a way of being, and this book helps readers lay the foundations for a mindful future. Because it's written with students as the target, it assumes that the reader knows nothing or very little about the idea of mindfulness. I like that the book didn't get too crazy - sometimes books have a tendency to really get into mindfulness in an over-the-top way.

Book Nook: May It Be So

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to be part of the launch team for May It Be So. This book is a guide through forty days of prayer. It can be hard to have a strong prayer life - knowing what to say and how to say it can be a challenge. This book combines language and imagery to help give you a more fulfilling prayer time. Curious? Read the first chapter here. It's a beautiful book, well-written and inspiring to read. I'm happy I had the chance to be part of this team.

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Freebies!

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Scarecrow Planter - Home Depot Kids Workshop 9/7 This material comes from Motherhood Moment. Thanks for reading! education freebies freetime

Healthy Habits: How Early Orthodontic Evaluation Can Save Your Child A Mouthful Of Problems

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Oral diseases affect almost half the global population, and recent research indicates they persist because oral health has not been prioritized as much as traditional healthcare. One factor, cited in research published in the Lancet Series on Oral Health led by University College London: Dentistry focuses more on technology and treatment than on prevention.

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Caring Causes: Clear the Shelters Day

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The 5th annual Clear the Shelters , a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need, is this Saturday, August 17, and Lucky the TurfMutt, the spokesdog for the TurfMutt environmental stewardship and education program , is giving a “paw up” in support of this important event. Lucky, a real-life rescue dog, knows how hard life can be for pets who have no home.

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Book Nook: Helping You Reach Your Goals

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I recently had the chance to review several books designed to help improve a part of your life. While some are geared for teens and others for adults, they really can have a pretty brought appeal, depending on the person. Habits for Success:Inspired Ideas to Help You Soar By G. Brian Benson A practical and motivational book: Habits for Success – Inspired Ideas to Help You Soar is the perfect blueprint to help manifest a life of progress, purpose and fulfillment. Author G.

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5 Tips for Delicious Chicken Breasts

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Over in the Frugal Girl Facebook group (Click here to join! I approve readers promptly.),

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this and that | 6 miscellanous things!

The Frugal Girl

I’ve got a collection of randomness for you today, frugal people. The FTC says you should pick credit monitoring from Equifax. Hat tip to WilliamB for sending me the article! The FTC recommends that you choose the credit monitoring option from Equifax.

Five Frugal Things | Vintage fashion modification, for one

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I modified a vintage top for Sonia. She had a green silk long-sleeved top (kindly given to her) that had a lot of irreparable damage in the armhole area, along with several previous repairs. I suggested that we just give up on the sleeves and make it a sleeveless shirt instead.

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The Best Chicken Brinerade

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How to make Chicken and Biscuits (a casserole)

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. When Sonia and Zoe stayed with my parents recently, my mom made a dish from my childhood: chicken and biscuits.

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Zoe’s freshly painted gray bedroom

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. This was painting project number 4/6 from my summer bucket list. #1: 1: painting two twin beds white. #2: 2: painting Sonia’s $25 Goodwill dresser white. #3:

FFT | Let’s start the week off on a frugal note!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I mean, I’m not sure what other note we EVER start off with around here. I poured leftover paint into a glass jar.

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WIS, WWA | I did not blow my budget at Costco. (!)

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What I Spent. I made it out to Costco, where I spent $45. Then I spent $73 at Aldi plus one other regular grocery store, and $16 at the produce stand. So, amazingly enough, I went to Costco and did not have an over-budget week. WHAT EVEN IS THIS???? I’m at $134 for the week. August Spending.

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86 degrees in my house? Ohhhhh, no.

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Recently, I read about a blogger who sets his thermostat at 86 degrees during the summer and I’m not gonna lie: I was kind of horrified at the thought. I am an unabashed air-conditioning lover and I am frequently grateful that I was born after this blessed invention.

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Sonia’s $25 Goodwill dresser is now white!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Last November, I walked into Goodwill and spied this dresser.

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August Summer Bucket List Update

The Frugal Girl

Every summer I make a list of fun things and productive things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” I post updates every few weeks to let you guys know how I’m doing (and to hold me accountable!). Good heavens, it’s August already.

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Your Best Travel Destination According to the Zodiac

Shereen Travels Cheap

Everyone has a travel style, and your personality can totally mesh with that and create a fantastic and perfect vacation destination for you. Even if you don't believe in horoscopes and astrology, you have to admit that sometimes they're correct.

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6 Ways To Avoid Losing Touch With Loved Ones On Your Travels

Shereen Travels Cheap

If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in your new adventure and forget about friends and family.

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How (and why) I’m working out

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I’ve mentioned my workouts here and there on the blog and also on Instagram, and lots of you have asked for more info about what I’m doing. So, I thought a post was in order. This is super off-topic, which is why I haven’t posted about it until now.

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Five Frugal Things | $125 from Equifax, a library book from Florida…

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I claimed my $125 from Equifax. I looked my info up on their eligibility checker and yep, my data was part of the breach.

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I can’t recommend Sixth Continent right now

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Sixth Continent gift cards are sometimes not downloading. I have used and loved the site for months now, as have many of you. But recently, problems have begun to crop up. Multiple readers let me know this week that they’ve ordered gift cards and have not been able to download them.

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Tuesday Tip | Make disposable products inconvenient.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. If you’re trying to avoid using disposable products (a sensible frugal move!), make it inconvenient to use them.

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Eat more of the good foods.

The Frugal Girl

Back in April, CNN published an article about a global diet study that had sort of surprising results: Many diet-related deaths are due not to over-consumption of bad foods, but to under-consumption of good foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts, and seeds.

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Buying new furniture is not a 100% time-saver.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Sonia’s been using an old glass-topped desk since she moved into Joshua’s old bedroom.

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Packing Light for Big Impact

Shereen Travels Cheap

I am a believer in packing light. I have packed all sorts of ways and I've decided that packing less leaves me less stressed, I have less to carry and fewer things to deal with.

What I Spent, What We Ate | 4th of July week

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Well, hi! I’ve been absent for two days, due partially to the holiday and also to the fact that I have been busy painting. I have things to show you next week! What I Spent. I spent $120 at the grocery stores this week, and I accidentally did not get a Hungry Harvest.

Two twin beds: painted!

The Frugal Girl

Way back in 2003, when I was pregnant with Sonia, we bought a bunkbed for Joshua and Lisey to share. Later, Lisey and Sonia shared it, and then until last year, Sonia and Zoe shared it. So, every kid in our family has slept in this bed!

Use less self-control: Avoid spending triggers

The Frugal Girl

I was listening to a How to Money podcast episode recently (while sanding Sonia and Zoe’s beds!) and they said something about spending triggers…which triggered some thinking for me.

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The gap between more and enough never closes.

The Frugal Girl

This quote, on a sign at Jimmy John’s, caught my eye recently. (I I tried googling to see who came up with it, but I can’t find the answer. If you know, drop me a comment!). Of course, I immediately thought of how this relates to contentment. More does not fix the problem.

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5 Reasons You Will Love the MightyFix (also, an awesome discount code)

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If you just want the discount code without reading further…it’s FRUGALGIRL3 and it’ll get you your first fix for only $3 (vs the usual $11). Click here to sign up and use the FRUGALGIRL3 code when you check out.

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How I’m dealing with cooking magazine clutter

The Frugal Girl

I am a long-time (happy!) subscriber to Cook’s Country, and occasionally to Cook’s Illustrated. I consider my subscriptions to be an investment in my efforts to cook at home, and cooking at home saves so much money, a magazine subscription is a tiny thing to pay for.

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5 ways to make yourself miserable after a money mistake

The Frugal Girl

Did you incur a late fee? Have you forgotten to pay a bill and been charged interest? Did you miss the return window on a purchase? Did cancelling that appointment slip your mind? The one where you have to pay the full amount? Maybe you broke something expensive or botched a repair.

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This big silicone lid is my new favorite thing

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