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A Week of Easy Dinner Recipes with Quinoa

Just like slow-cooker staples, a big pot of quinoa is a genius way to set yourself up for healthy meals all week. I know what you’re thinking: “I …


15 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters in 2015


This is going to be an exciting year for books and movies. Hollywood has some hot adaptations being released in 2015. If you are looking …

Fifty Shades of Grey

Weekly Father Daughter Date Night

Growing up I was always thankful for the close relationship I had with my father. I have such fond memories of loving that he was my soccer coach, …


Midwife Interview Questions: Find the Right Support for YOU

If you have a low-risk pregnancy and want to have a natural childbirth, working with a midwife may be a great way to go. While there are some …


Start Potty Training in 3 Days

While I was pregnant with my daughter, my 21-month old son started going to a toddler program at a local Montessori school. Children in the toddler …


Geocaching WITH Kids

Geocaching. Have you heard of it? Of course you have. Have you tried it yet? Possibly. I’m newer to the geocaching scene but have fallen in love with …


One Mom's Guide to Visting Gettysburg

We just completed our epic move from Arizona to Pennsylvania and I am so happy to be here for so many reasons, but one is for my kids to grow up in a …


Simple Chore Jars for Kids

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5 fiction books to read this summer

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One of the main reasons I became an English teacher is because I love to read and I wanted to encourage others to …

Popular Fiction

Preparing for a New Baby

Now that my baby boy is seven weeks old, I’m almost out of the pregnancy haze. You know what I’m talking about – the months where you focus on …


How to get rid of lice with tea tree oil (instead of insecticide)

I know lice are a super unpleasant subject, but if you’ve got school-age kids, pin this for future use. Knowing how to get rid of lice with tea tree

Tea Tree Oil

The Benefits of Montessori Education

Dr. Maria Montessori was a visionary who studied and documented the developmental stages of children in the early 1900s. From this research, she …


How To Choose Abstract Art for Your Home

I’m a big fan of abstract art, and I’m trying to incorporate more into our home, but it can be hard deciding what to go with. So I asked my talented


10 Must-Try Detox Water Ingredients

There’s no easier way to detox than by drinking a lot of water, but plain old H2O can get pretty boring after a while. Make your detox tastier—and …


25 Lightened-Up Desserts For Your Next Summer Barbecue!

With lightened-up recipes for everything from chocolate chip cookies to chocolate brownie cheesecake, this one post has all of your Fourth Of July or …


12 Smart Ways to Save on Air Travel | How to Save on Airfare

Travel season is upon us, and if you are anything like me, you’ve got the bug and you are ready to hit the road…..or the skies! Of course vacationing …

Luxury Lifestyle

10 Pantry Staples to Always Keep on Hand | How to Cook from Your Pantry

Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who has graciously joined us here at LWSL as a regular monthly …


9 Ways To Create A Better Relationship With Your Body (Starting Now!)

Have you dutifully been repeating I am beautiful and my skin is glowing (or whatever other affirmations and mantras you like) to the mirror each …

Immune System

Choosing Baby Room Paint Colors to Help Your Baby Sleep

When pregnancy nesting mode kicks in, I know I can’t help but drool over all the beautiful nursery inspiration there is to find. I’m sure you’re the …

When To Go To The Hospital for Contractions

A perfect mix of excitement, naiveté, and anxiety makes a first-time mother scurry to the hospital even before real contractions begin. Actually, …

Wellness Mama Meals – Weekly Meal Plans Done for You!

Getting your nutrition optimized is one of the most important steps you can take for your own health and your family’s health, but it is often the …


Tips for Writing Thank You Notes with Your Kids

Most people dread writing thank you notes, right? I know we do over here! What kind of thank you note should you send? When is it a good time to have …

10 Tips for Helping Your Kids to Make Friends

Moving can be fun and exciting, but one of the harder parts is leaving friends and trying to make new ones. Most adults know this process takes time, …

speech delay 19 months

A few weeks ago I wrote about Nicholas and his struggle with speech. (You can read that post here.) I can’t thank you all for your kind and …

Mumsie Maternal Skin Care

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Faves post but I have a few coming up that I’m SO excited about because they’re all awesome products that …

Homemade Sports Drink (Without The Nasty Artificial Ingredients!)

I am pretty proud of the fact that I haven’t had to drink Gatorade in years even though I’m still a very active individual. After finding out the …


Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies-these peanut butter cookies are super soft and one of my all-time favorite cookies! You can’t go wrong with a classic!

I …

33 Things I Do Almost Every Day That Make My Day So Much Better

| Crystal Paine

Crystal, how do you stay motivated to get up and get moving each day? Do you generally have a positive attitude about your days? May I