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Crafty

Start a Family Shell Collection

Two types of people walk on the beach: those who pick up the shells and those who don’t. For forty years, I didn’t pick up shells. Taking home bucketfuls of shells seemed like something a tourist would do. The only people who collected shells were the ones who needed souvenirs of the beach, right? Also, taking shells home felt...
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Kura Bed Hack FAQ

A few years ago we found ourselves with four kids and two bedrooms. We hacked Kura beds to give each kids a cool bed, with lots of space of their own. Buzzfeed and other sites have picked up the original hack and that blog post has had hundreds of thousands of visitors. IKEA lovers from all...
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The Thanksgiving of my Dreams

Our family needs a different kind of Thanksgiving this year. We need a holiday like these homemade pecan pies. Our pies took a lot of time, but these were intentional hours. Unrushed hours together. We need that kind of a Thanksgiving. These pecans were from our friends’ orchard. They tasted sweeter because of the conversation...
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Storyline is Disney World for Artists

Last week I was at the Storyline Conference, which is pretty much the happiest place on Earth for creative people. Experiencing Storyline was the same thrill as watching our kids experience Disney for the first time. Welcome to Disneyland, kids. Dance with the bubbles streaming out of the streetlights. Scream on your favorite rollercoasters. Laugh hard...
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Decorating With Signs (and IveyInspired)

As near as I can tell, women fit into two categories when it comes to our homes. The first group is those of us who have little kids and are still dedicating most of our time to physically nurturing them. Yes, we know the pictures on our walls are horribly outdated, we realize the fake...
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High Protein Pecan Butter Balls

Two years of eating Paleo(ish) has taught me a few lessons: 1. Condiments are never Paleo friendly.  Paleo sauces are either weird consistencies, expensive, or tricky to make. 2. Eating out is mostly Paleo-friendly. Perhaps this is where the (ish) part of my diet is obvious. Eating out might be hard for someone following an...
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My Husband’s Voluntary IKEA Trip (or The Best Week of My Life)

I always record our really bad weeks here, but today, I’m excited to tell you about our family’s good week. For a bunch of reasons (M volunteering to go to IKEA was the biggest one), this has been a wow week. First, Nate is potty-trained. More about this later next week, but he did it...
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Friday’s FAQ

Today’s Fraudulently Asked Questions is with M. We’re talking about the Hergenrader’s summer hobby of launching fireballs flying lanterns into the sky. Almost August and no house fires! Fingers crossed we make it through the whole summer with no trips to the ER. At least no trips for burns. FAQ #1: Oh, wow. Is that a...
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What We Learned…Involve the Kids

When we bought Best of Times Beach House, it needed a lot of love. It had “good bones” (realtor-speak for “good luck finding the bones under all its scars and cellulite.”). But the ugly scars of bad paint and the cellulite of dated wiring and rusty fixtures didn’t daunt us as much as they probably...
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Extreme Kura Makeover!

For anyone interested, here’s how our family transformed (hacked) four Kura beds into exactly what we wanted for our four kids (a pink/green garden for the girls’ room and a fire engine and police car for the boys’ room). So fun. I highly recommend the whole crazy process. First, we took the Kura beds out...
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