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Four of my kids learned to ride a bike without training wheels thanks to the Strider Sport Balance Bike. These no-pedal bikes have allowed my toddlers and preschools to keep up with their older siblings riding regular bikes. The idea behind the balance bikes is allowing kids to play with the bikes and feel comfortable […]

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Organization Tips: Back to School

July 28, 2014

With back to school sales going strong, frugal, organized moms like me have started planning for back to school. I know preparing now one step at a time gives me more time in September to handle last minute trips for school supplies and the mountain of paperwork coming home for 5 kids. A few weeks […]

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Motivation Monday Linky Party #101

July 27, 2014

Welcome to a new week of Motivation Monday! Last week, 187 links! were shared at Motivation Monday. That’s pretty amazing. We’ve got all kinds of ideas for you this week including: seasonal fruit recipes 10 bad habits that cost you money school lunch ideas and 20 years is never too late to finish a dream. […]

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Blogger Opp: Keep Your Cool for Back to School

July 26, 2014

I will be cohosting this giveaway in August with Southern Mom Loves! There’s still time to sign up to promote the giveaway. Please let me know in the comments if you’d like me to share these opportunities for running a giveaway on your blog. Sign ups end 7/31.   Sign-ups are open for the ‘Keep […]

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Glimpses of Daily Life 7.26.14

July 26, 2014

I hardly ever share the daily moments of our life as a family of 7 on A Life in Balance. I feel like I’m focused on the bigger picture instead of the small details here on the blog. If you’re a fan on Facebook or follow me on Instagram, you get glimpses of our family […]

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4 Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

July 25, 2014

What is summer without the classic ice cream sandwich? Cold vanilla ice cream surrounded by 2 layers of chocolate wafer cookies. Change up your usual ice cream sandwich with these ice cream sandwich recipes from A Life in Balance and Real: The Kitchen and Beyond. Some recipes have homemade ice cream and homemade cookies, and […]

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Christmas in July: Elf on the Shelf

July 25, 2014

Though your Elf on the Shelf may be vacationing on a beach somewhere, it’s not too early to start planning some Elf on the Shelf fun for the month of December. Elf on the Shelf We first discovered The Elf on the Shelf tradition through my children’s school. In preschool and Kindergarten, my kids came […]

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Fabulously Frugal Thursday Linky Party #77

July 23, 2014

Time to save some money! Welcome to another week of frugal tips, recipes, crafts, and decorating projects. Last week, 145 links were shared at Fabulously Frugal Thursday. If you’re here for the first time, welcome! If you’re a seasoned contributor, we love seeing you again! We’ve got all kinds of ideas for you including: canning […]

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Summer Family Fun Series 7.23.14

July 23, 2014

Welcome to the 6th week of the Summer Family Fun series along with my cohosts. Every week, we’ll be sharing ideas for summer family fun. My Features from Last Week’s Party I was blown away by how many awesome and creative crafts were shared at last week’s party. I had a hard time picking just […]

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Simple Dinners: 7 Pizza Recipes for Summer

July 23, 2014

Whether you’re on the road this summer or at home, pizza is such a simple dinner to make! Make up the pizza dough ahead of time and freeze it in meal portions. Storebought pizza dough is not expensive and saves you time and clean up. Pizza dough doesn’t really need time to rise before you […]

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