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Grab ideas for frugal and easy #birthdayparty decorations & snacks! via manyhatsmommy.com


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The Minimalist Guide to Birthdays: Easy Decorations & Snacks

Last week we started the “Minimalist’s Guide to Birthdays” series. I explained why I’m doing the series and discussed birthday party mom-guilt. Another reason we have minimalist parties in our home that I forgot to mention is that it cuts down on overstimulation for Dr. J.

Today we’re talking easy decorations and snacks. Let’s get started! Continue reading

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The Minimalist Guide to Birthdays

Birthday Parties: Prime Place for Mom Guilt

Back in January I was browsing Pinterest to get ideas for Meatball’s superhero birthday party. While I did get some ideas to transform into my own, I was glad I wasn’t already having a bad day. There is so much out there to make us feel like less-than moms! So many gorgeous pictures of seemingly perfect birthday parties with elaborate decorations and an abundance of games, prizes, and treats.

Now, before some of you yell at me for saying that, yes, I know that some of those women love to be creative and their budget is bigger than mine. I know that some of them are amazingly talented and can do just about anything with craft supplies. I don’t begrudge them that.

However, I decided to do a series in March on birthday parties to help the rest of us–the ones who don’t have time or money to have a magazine-worthy birthday party and those of us who hate crafting or don’t have much creativity. Thus, I bring to you…

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The Downside of Efficiency via ManyHatsMommy.com


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The Downside of Efficiency

Yup. You read the title right—the downside of efficiency. How can there be a downside to efficiency? Let me enlighten you.

For those of you who are Type A personalities or recovering Type A personalities, or who have learned to be efficient by force of nature (like many special needs parents or folks facing huge challenges), you will face some problems. How do I know? I live it.

Is there a downside to efficiency? Click to discover! via manyhatsmommy.com

Here are four side effects of efficiency that should be labeled on the bottle or mentioned in the commercial voiceover: Continue reading

Titus 2:1 Conference for homeschool bloggers


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Hitting the Pause Button

Today we’ve reached the middle of The Power of One series. It’s a good time to think about what we’ve discussed so far. We’ve talked about:

The Power of One in general

The Power of One Minute

The Power of One Task

The Power of One Victory

The Power of One Attitude

and

The Power of One Tweak

Which one is your favorite? I’d like a chance to discuss this and let everyone catch up.

In other news, I’m going to be at the Titus 2:1 Conference in under two months, and tickets are selling fast. It’s a great conference for bloggers, and you won’t be sorry you went! Push play to see why you should come–can you find me in the video?

Thank you to Ashley Pichea for the great picture from last year’s 2:1 Conference that I’m using at the top of this post.

I am also speaking in the Exceptional Children Expo in a couple weeks. The great thing about this expo is you listen from home! You can even stay in your jammies and have dishes in the sink–no one will know. Click on the picture below for more information–lots of special needs help in store!

Exceptional Children Expo
Next Monday we’ll continue with a new Power of One post. But first I want to ask again, how has this series helped you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 


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The Power of One

I will never forget what Elisabeth Elliot said when I had the privilege of hearing her speak in person. I didn’t know that as a young adult fresh out of college I didn’t really need those words as much then as I would fifteen or more years down the road of life.

Mrs. Elliot shared her story. She relayed how her husband and some other men who were missionaries to a dangerous tribe of Auca Indians were brutally murdered. Of course the next day she woke up in grief and shock. If I remember correctly, she said her daughter was two. Mrs. Elliot wondered what she and the other now-single women with young children would do.

I can’t even imagine.

Of course the audience hushed as they listened, including me. Then she shared what I’ll never forget. Continue reading


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Overwhelmed? Write It Down & Choose Gratitude

In nice words, November kind of stunk. I was sick for most of it, and still am as I’m writing this. Other stuff happened, ending  with spending Thanksgiving in the hospital with Dr. J.

Yuck.

Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed. When you have a month like that, you just get behind in pretty much everything. So, after crying, eating chocolate, and taking a shower, I came up with a plan. Continue reading


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Gabby Mom Review–Welcome Home, Daddy

OK, moms. You are reading this, and most likely no one else is reading over your shoulder. Time for a moment of evaluation. When your husband comes home from work–whether it’s in time for dinner, breakfast, or somewhere in between–do you stop to say “hello” and make him feel glad he’s home? How about the time your family spends together–are you surviving or thriving? (No one is listening to your mental answers, don’t worry.) Continue reading