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One Thing I Did to Make Family Meal Time Easier

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 18, 2015 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I am approaching that stage in life where my birds are flying the nest and dinner time continues to evolve. My oldest is a foodie and when he lived with us our meal times were fun and exciting for me. So when he left our home the contents of our dinner changed. Then there was the […]

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Organize Those Glasses and Cups

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 10, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

Have you taken the time to organize your entire house? Yeah me neither! I call myself a work in progress. Am I more organized than the average person out there? Well I am, but I am also married to someone who thrives on organization. I think I have purchased about every organizing book out there […]

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Five Things I Did To Add More Time Into My Life

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 4, 2015 in Family, life |

{my #1 time saver}   Even though I wrote a very honest blog a few weeks about using the word “busy” around me, one of my best friends just texted me and told me she has been so “busy” lately. Clearly she did not take the time to read my blog and be put on notice how […]

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Back To School Planning is Key!

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 27, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

  The back to school shopping commercials started before school even let out! Each year I tell myself this will be the year that I will be on top of things. This is the year that I will not find myself in the aisles of Target with crying school age children, or is it the parents […]

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Are You Busy?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 14, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

{photo from Kailua Beach, Lanikai, HI at a time I was not busy} One of my favorite authors is  Brené  Brown as she speaks my language in her books “Daring Greatly” and “The Gifts of Imperfection.” She is real. She is raw. She is honest. Her TEDx Houston talk is one of the most viewed in TED history with over […]

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Road Trip Survival Guide

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 7, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

When I was a child we did our fair share of family road trips. They usually involved hauling the pop up camper or tent to a location a few hundred miles away. Sometimes these trips extended hundreds of miles through many state lines. Ask anyone who went on a family road trip and they have […]

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Use Summer as a Training Time For Those Kids

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 30, 2015 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I read a blog post last week from a mom who was complaining about her kids during the summer. They never put anything away. They dropped their clothes everywhere. The mom had to drive them to their various activities. I kept waiting for the blogger to say how much she loves having her children around, […]

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Easy Summer Grilling Freezer Meals

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 23, 2015 in Family, Food, Moms |

  Summer is the season that I fire up the grill on a daily basis. Our eating out decreases and our eating as a family around the patio table increases. It really is my favorite time of the year. But this does not mean that I am any less busy. I still need easy meals that everyone will eat. I make […]

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Do You Have Enough?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 16, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

At what point in our lives do we find ourselves completely satisfied? At what point do we have enough? If you watch the media we are never satisfied. Want to be thinner, buy this product! Want to be cooler, drive this car! Want to have your children love you more at Christmas, buy them this […]

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The Art of Weeding Out Your Clutter

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 9, 2015 in Family, life |

I have been on a minimalism kick and challenging myself to see if I could live in a small space. However, what I want to remind people is this is a lifestyle and it is not made for everyone. When I talk about keeping things that bring me joy or that I find useful, I hear […]

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