• Mom Life

    Family Quality Time: Date Cards for Kids

    I’ve shared many times on Instagram about our tradition of giving “date cards” to each of our five children for Christmas. I even made a hashtag for it called #shimdate! This is an important way that we add family quality…

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    Travel

    Weekend in New York: A First Timer’s Guide

    A weekend in New York. Is it enough time? Is it worth it? New York City is one of my favorite places to visit. Since my extended family lives in Central Pennsylvania, I’m always trying to plot a trip to…

  • Mom Life

    How to Avoid Getting Sick with Kids

    In this time of year, it’s so easy to catch every little cold that’s going around. And when you are seeing a lot of different family members and friends, the chances for germs to spread around are multiplied even more!…

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    How to Homeschool through the Holidays

    How do you homeschool five kids, do all the gift giving, holiday activities, drive 16 hours to visit family, and also work part-time in several different jobs? Well, I’m here doing it, so it seems I must know the answer.…

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    Gift Guide for the Suburban Soccer Mom

    Did I plan on being a suburban soccer Mom? Well, yes and no. I always wanted to be a Mom and have a bunch of kids. But I kind of pictured my life a little more hip than the classic…

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    Free Things To Do At Disney World: 20 New Ideas

    There’s so much to love about Disney World. There’s especially something to love when it’s FREE! And after being a Disney regular for over 30 years, I’ve mastered the things that you can do for little or no money. Of…