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Three Ways to Simplify a Birthday Party

Happy Birthday! Do you remember when a kid’s birthday party used to consist of cake, opening presents, playing in the backyard, and hot dogs? I do, but in the last few years, they’ve morphed into events that rival weddings. Somehow every year you’re expected to host an event that entertains the children, impresses the parents, and […]

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Father’s Day the Sprouts Way {Sponsored}

Disclaimer: Sprouts sponsored this post and provided FWMB contributor Julie the sheer delight of choosing just the right items for her main man this Father’s Day. You better bet the opinions and selections are 100 percent straight from Julie’s brain to blog. Novelty Ties. Kiss the Chef grilling aprons. Desktop gadgets. A Potty Putter. (This […]

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Sparking Joy and Living Simply

On a recent Saturday, my daughter and I completed some serious spring cleaning in her room that was long overdue. As we meticulously went through each drawer, hanger, and shelf, we made piles for recycling, trash, and donations. Some items were easy to categorize: Clothes that were too small, toys no longer touched, parts of […]

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Legacy, Love, and Debt

Well, it’s almost my birthday. Though I see a very pretty designer handbag on display at my favorite counter in Nordstrom, guess what, friends? I am now a debt-slaying mama, and I won’t bat an eye. Growing up poor, I am acutely aware of how money affects family and legacy. Legacy is important for me […]

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