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Start Your Summer with a Fun Themed Date Night

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This Sunday is not only Father’s Day; it’s also the first official day of summer! So, for a fun date night, why not head back to summer camp with your sweetie?  Check out the date night link below to plan an easy and fun date night. I’ve listed everything you need and ideas for a simple, to a little more effort evening of fun and romance.  No matter what you choose, make sure to have fun!  For people with kiddos If your babies are little enough, put them to bed and start your date night after they’re in bed. If your kiddos are older, explain that you and your spouse are having a date night and consider one of the following ideas for them. Because we were usually broke or didn’t have a sitter, I told my kids that daddy and I were having a date night because it made us a better mommy and daddy.   But, I had something special planned for them too.   Then, I would plan a fun dinner and movie night for them, either while we were doing our date but in a different room or on a separate

Did Somebody say Date Night? Two "Done for You" date night plans (Quick, Easy, and Frugal)

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  My kids love a party!   Especially the Organized Child!   So, as my kiddos were growing up when a holiday showed up on the calendar, I would try to do something special at dinner time.   Over the years, we’ve celebrated Cinco de Mayo, Presidents Day, Groundhogs Day, and others; you get the idea.   Because of my predisposition to turn things into a party, date nights with my hubby aren’t really different.   One date night, I went all out for Chinese New Year.   The Organized Child made a homemade Chinese dinner.   I decorated, we played a game, made some origami and watched a movie.   (My husband feels the need for a movie almost every date night, no matter what activities I have planned.) Recently, I’ve had several people ask me for date night ideas.   Specifically, I was asked for ideas that don’t require going out, no need for childcare, minimal preparation and can be done on little to no budget.   So, since I’m a party girl at heart and love themes, this week gave me the perfect s

What's God's Handle?

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In a period when we are overwhelmed by mass communication and social media, where is God?   Does anyone have His email or know His Instagram handle? As I've gotten older, I've learned the best way to grow in your relationship with the Lord is to pray.   There are several ways to pray, traditional prayers, a conversation with God, prayer through worship songs, group prayer, repentance, intercessory, and the list goes on.   I found that having some resources and strategies has helped me grow in my prayer life and my relationship with God.   I learned about some tools and methods from some great authors.   If you want to have a more fulfilling prayer life, check out some of these resources. ·          To develop a habit of prayer, check out I Heard God Laugh by Matthew Kelly ·          To get specific and strategic in your prayer, read Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer ·          To pray for your husband, I lov

My First Global Pandemic

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The Little Man said to me the other day, "This is my first Pandemic!" After giggling a bit, I replied, "Buddy, I'm 51, and this is my first global pandemic too!" Over the last few days, several things have stuck with me, and while I am trying to focus on getting certain things done around the house, I felt it was important to address a few thoughts I had.   I will probably get a lot of flack for some of these thoughts; it doesn't matter, I believe I'm being called to speak up. This indeed is an uncertain time for not just Americans but our entire world.   As Matthew McConaughy has said, "We have an enemy, in coronavirus that is faceless, raceless, sexless, non-denominational and bipartisan…" It is scary because of all the unknowns.   As humans, we want to control things; we want to know the outcome, and in this time of immediate news and social media, we are being bombarded with information overload, all leading up to BIG unknowns

Back to School...Wait! Did We Stop?!

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All the “Back to School” pictures on social media got me thinking about past conversations, comments, and questions with my kids. So, in the interest of starting the new school year, I thought I would throw this out there. You might be a homeschooler if you’ve ever heard these statements, questions or had a conversation similar to one of these… ·          There’s a beginning of a school year? ·          Q - When did I start school?   A – The day you were born. ·          What’s a grade? ·          Jane is in 2 nd grade, am I in a grade? ·          Why did Bill get a number at the top of his paper? ·          Why did Sue get a letter at the top of her paper? ·          What are Valentines? ·          Why do I have to write a bunch of Valentines? ·          Why did you give me a name with nine letters, it doesn’t fit on my Valentines? ·          How come we have to do a lesson on “fill in the holiday” before we can celebrate it? ·          Jane didn’t have