Happy Constitution Day!

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On September 17, 1787, our nation’s founding fathers met to sign the document they had drafted in the preceding weeks of the Constitutional Convention. Referencing the system of government outlined and established in this Constitution, Benjamin Franklin wrote that he was amazed “to find [it] approaching so near to perfection … Continue reading

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Vitamix vs. Blendtec: Which is Best for You?


I saw my first Vitamix demonstration at the Texas State Fair when I was about eight years old. From the moment I tasted those little sample cups of soups and smoothies, I knew I had to have one of these machines. Two decades, one husband, and four children later, I … Continue reading

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Free 2015 Scrapbooking Calendar

free printable scrapbooking calendars from www.flandersfamily.info

I just finished uploading the calendars I’ll use in my children’s scrapbooks next year. These are great for micro-journaling. I draw a new set every year, then fill in them in with a short, one- or two-sentence synopsis of what the family did each day. Then once each month is … Continue reading

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The High Cost of Freedom

Thomas Paine's inspiring words about Freedom {free printable}

During our American history studies last year, my children memorized these inspiring words by Thomas Paine. It seemed fitting to republish them here, as we remember the fallen heroes and patriots of 9/11 today. To download this free printable, simply click on the image or on this link. May God … Continue reading

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Keeping Track of It All {Free Printable Calendar Page}

Free printable weekly calendar from www.flandersfamily.info

Here is a free printable I designed recently to help me keep track of all I need to do each week. When I print it full size, I can fit a LOT of stuff into those little squares, which helps me remember what has to be done. (If you want … Continue reading

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Savor-It-Slowly Guacamole

Guacamole to Savor Slowly | Make it at home using this recipe from www.flandersfamily.info

My husband and I love Tex-Mex food — a trait we’ve passed onto all of our children. One of our little ones spurned all the puréed baby food we proffered, but would eat her weight in refried beans and guacamole! Our guacamole recipe is simple enough a six-year-old can make … Continue reading

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Back to School Books

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I know many of your children have already started back to school, but our family’s “official” start date is tomorrow. Here are a few back-to-school themed books that we enjoy reading — not only in August, but all year long. If you’ve missed any of these titles, look for them … Continue reading

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A Common Sense Approach to Potty-Training

Toilet Training Made Easy - one experienced mom's shares her perspective on how, when, and what works best | www.flandersfamily.info

My husband was a hard one to toilet train. At least, that’s what my prospective mother-in-law told me the first time we were introduced: “It’s so nice to meet you, Jennifer…. By the way, Doug was murder to potty-train.” Those were practically the first words out of her mouth. Nearly … Continue reading

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Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway

Jamberry Nails - Giveaway

My daughter-in-law, Matti, recently introduced me to an amazing new product called Jamberry Nail Wraps. For those who are unfamiliar with this handy little shortcut to beautiful nails, Jamberry wraps provide a fast, easy way to get professional-looking manicures and pedicures at a fraction of the cost. Matti is such … Continue reading

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Staying Cool at the Pool

Keep cool at the pool with these fun summer swim games | www.flandersfamily.info

During the summertime, our family swims almost every night. Since we usually pack a picnic dinner to eat at the pool, kitchen clean up is a snap. After returning home fresh, clean, and relaxed, we all slip into our pajamas and gather for storytime, then eat a quick snack before … Continue reading

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