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Parenting: How to Get First Time Obedience from Women Living Well Blog - my 4yr old really likes the idea of this 'game'.

Barnes & Noble: Earn A Free Book (Summer Reading Program) from Faithful Provisions - my 7yr old is going to love this program!

Lots of Kids and Extra-Curriculars: A Guide To Managing It All from simple mom - I agree with the philosophy of one sport per season, but I'm nervous about entering the phase of parenting when I have more than one child in sports!

How to spend $32 a month from The Simple Wife - this helps put perspective on our finances and making giving a priority in our lives.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from The Mother Load - I used to always make bar cookies, but I hadn't made them in years 'til I saw Amy's recipe. Yum yum!

Freezer Meals...Mexican style for Tasty Tuesday from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - She shares some really fast & yummy-looking dinner recipes that she pulls from the freezer on busy nights.


Courtney said…
Hey thanks for the link love!!!! And I'm enjoying your learning centers!! Thanks for posting these. I just cleaned out my sons closet on Saturday and pulled some of his old/outgrown "learning toys" out and put them into a bin - I'm gonna hide them in the attic and pull them back out in the fall for his little sister to do while I homeschool her big brother. I bet after not seeing the toys for 3 months they'll be like new and keep her very busy! Thanks for making me think this through and get organized!!!
MommySecrets said…
You're a wise mom! We love rotating toys in/out of the attic to keep them new and full of inspiration. And to keep the playroom from getting crazily cluttered!

I've also had a few mommy friends that swap toys periodically. We each fill up a box of toys to share with the other family for a set period of time. It works really well, but I would only swap toys that you are willing to 'hold loosely'. Realize that you *might* not get it back, and it *might* not be in perfect shape. Make sure you are okay with those 'mights' before you agree to swap. If you find the right mom to swap with, you'll have double the toys with only half the mess!

I'm glad you're enjoying the learning centers - your encouragement means a lot!

ann :)

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