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I Run My Family Like a Company to Keep Us Together

I’m busy, so busy that it could be easy to not care about family meetings. Yet, I believe in running my family like a business to an extent. All good organizations need meetings to reflect, plan, celebrate, and grow. From extended family... Continue Reading

My Hooptie, a Love Story: The Amazing and the Terrible Things about Driving an Old Car

If my car were a person, she’d be getting her driver’s license this year. When I was 17, my parents gave me the amazing gift of a used car. I named her Mollie Malibu. She was mine to take to... Continue Reading

6 Things Mommies Can Do Each Morning to Set a Productive Tone for the Day

Do you ever feel like life just keeps ‘happening’ to you? Like each day you’re just waking up to find out what it’s going to be today. Of course, sometimes things go your way. But, for the most part you’re... Continue Reading

I Turned Down Two Jobs to Stay at Home Because Child Care Costs Too Much

Now over a year into my total life change, I’m still shocked when I look back. Did I really turn down two jobs to stay home with my kids? I did not go to college and graduate school to stay... Continue Reading

10 Foolproof Ways I Keep My Children’s Play Area Organized and Tidy

I am a huge fan of unstructured play for my kids. Play is how they learn about themselves and the world, and develop critical thinking skills and self-direction. I got my son started with independent play as early as possible.... Continue Reading

How I Survived Parenting Under My Parents’ Roof

The day my husband received an offer letter for his new, out-of-state job, we celebrated and waited for the word to come back with his official start date. We put our house on the market. And we waited. We expected... Continue Reading

7 Creative Ways to Teach Your Child to Tie Their Shoes

Learning to tie your shoes can be a fun or frustrating experience.  Keep in mind that tying shoes requires a strong set of fine motor skills.  Before you attempt to teach your child, make sure they have had plenty activities... Continue Reading

I’m Pregnant With Twins and Raising 4 Young Children — The Challenges and the Joys

I never thought that after already being blessed with four children my body would carry twins. When I went for my first prenatal check up I was so surprised yet giddy when I got the news. I always entertained the... Continue Reading

5 Fun Summer Activities that Cost Little Money And Keep Kids Entertained

One more week of school and I will have all 4 kids home for the summer. My two oldest have hit the age where the cost of fun is not fun anymore because we are paying full kid prices. Things... Continue Reading

6 Reasons I’m Not Conflicted Or Sad About Having My Child in Daycare

Ennis and his sweet teacher enjoying one of many many books they’ve read together. By Alicia Barnes,  liciabobesha.com I found myself praising Ennis’ teachers yesterday. Though his nap was disrupted, he stayed in his bed relaxing and keeping himself entertained. I... Continue Reading

How I Kept My Home Screen Free for 1 Week

At the beginning of my son’s school year I attended a workshop about the importance of reading to children. To be totally honest I was really there to get a free gift card for sitting through the workshop. But I... Continue Reading

How My Husband and I Paid off $10, 000 of Consumer Debt in 5 Months

America is a land of opportunity. But if you don’t have a plan, it can also be a land of financial pitfalls. I’ve been consumer debt free for 4 years. The only debt I carry is the mortgage on my... Continue Reading

7 Ways to Get Your Husband to Help With Housework

My husband taking down my son’s cornrowsMy household is not traditionally set up. My husband works part time and attends graduate school, while I work (slightly overtime) as the primary breadwinner. This means that we’re both *very* busy, no one... Continue Reading

7 Key Questions to Ask A Potential Babysitter

I have four children, which means my husband and often need babysitters. We prefer to have reliable family members watch our kids, but sometimes that option isn’t available to us, and we have to take a chance on parents from... Continue Reading

Urban Farming: How and Why I Keep Free Range Chickens in My Backyard

By Alicia Barnes, liciabobesha.com The more I learn about our industrial food system, the more I find myself embracing old fashioned ways. My yard is too shaded to have a big garden, but I found my semi-shaded lot is perfect... Continue Reading

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