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How to dress your bump WITHOUT buying maternity clothes!

As most of you know, I just had baby #6! (Wow, that still feels weird to say…). Just before McEwan was born, I filmed a much-requested video showing how I have managed to dress myself in a cute, comfortable way through SIX pregnancies (yeah, that still feels weird to say too…) WITHOUT having to buy

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Family-Friendly Things to do in Utah Valley! (+Utah Valley Staycation itinerary!)

This summer we did things a little…different. Typically we use the summer months as the opportunity to take family vacations; to fly away for a week at a time, spend a ton of money creating memories in far away places. And while we love to travel and show our kids the world, this summer we

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How to Inventory your Freezer, Pantry, and Fridge – FREE Freezer Inventory Printable Included!

If you’ve followed me for long, you know I LOVE my freezers. Yes, plural. I have several of them, and they are packed to the BRIM with food. My freezers are one of the main tools that allow me to spend so little on groceries, and still make healthy, homemade meals for my family! Aside

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50 Things to do with Pears (and Asian Pears!)

If you were on Instagram yesterday, then you may have seen the post I shared about all the Asian Pears I picked from my fruit trees.  Our harvest this year has been amazing, but holy fruit, batman!  There are literally pears for days (maybe even years) here at my house, and I don’t quite know

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Super Simple Homework Station Ideas you will ACTUALLY use in your Home!

Whether we like it or not, another school year is about to begin, and with that comes the H-word…HOMEWORK.  (Lots and lots of homework in some cases…) I’m a huge believer in creating a homework space, or homework station as it is often called, where you post assignments, keep a due-date calendar, keep all the

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How to plan a year in advance – FREE printable included! (PS – It’s way easier than you’d think!)

You might know by now that I’m a big fan of doing crazy things. And you might also know by now that sometimes, those crazy things work like a CHAMP and somehow end up making your life a lot easier (and even less crazy!) in the long-run! Today, we are talking about one of those

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DIY edible finger paint recipe for kids – PUDDING finger paint (doubles as a snack!)

As much as I love summer, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my kids occasionally drive me nuts during this time of year.  You feel me? Today I have a fun and easy pudding finger paint DIY for you! Without school to entertain their little brains, my kids quickly get bored; and I

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3 Summer Systems to Save your Sanity! FREE PRINTABLES included!

  Happy Summer, Freebs! *Eye twitch while double-fisting chocolate cake* Anyone else…struggle (for lack of a better word) with summer? Keeping kids entertained, being productive, and saving your sanity (and wallet!) can be a SERIOUS challenge when you’ve got a house full of kids. Have no fear, Mama J is here! Today I’m sharing my

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Make-ahead FREEZER breakfasts! French toast sticks, egg muffins (+ Nana’s buttermilk syrup!)

Happy Shelf-Cook May, Freebs! Let’s be honest…who doesn’t need more quick and easy breakfast ideas in their life? And how about topping it off with delicious recipes that actually taste as good when they are make-ahead, FREEZER breakfast recipes? Now we’re talkin’. As y’all have been interested in cooking more this month (yay for shelf-cooking!)

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Kid Snacks & Lunch system! Ideas, hacks, tips, & how we do it! (…And not go broke over snacks)

The other day on Instagram I gave you a glimpse of our snack drawer, and briefly mentioned our lunch system, not thinking much about it. BOY OH BOY did you want to know more! I became flooded with questions about how we do snacks, how we save money with snacks, how we don’t get eaten

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How to travel for CHEAP! Affordable travel tricks, tips, and hacks

It’s no secret that we have caught the travel bug. After so many years of being afraid to travel, assuming that we couldn’t afford it, I’m now kicking myself for all the adventures we have missed out on. Over the last few years as I have become more and more interested in travel, I have

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Creative ways to reuse leftover PARTY FOOD! (Soda, chips, cake, veggies trays, and more!)

If you’ve known me for 30 seconds or longer, you know we LOVE to host parties and entertain at our house. We have learned how to entertain without breaking the bank (see loads of cheap entertaining ideas HERE) but a lingering challenge that anyone faces when throwing a party is…what the heck do you do

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