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TONS of busy bag ideas with free printables! So fun

ideas when hanging pictures - and I am going to keep this nearby for the next few months while figuring out how to add pictures to yards of bare walls in dining room, fireplace room and hall. Thanks, Marie!

Do you ever get so fed up with your husband or kids that you feel like you might explode? While it is sometimes hard to admit, we moms really do set the tone for our whole family. If we are crabby they are too! Don't miss these 5 practical tips for resetting your mood when anger strikes!

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do #happy #healthy

For kids to put in pockets in big crowds. Iphone app to track them if you get separated. Also uses GPS to track your keys, phone, dog, etc. Genius!

Do your children know the life stories of their grandparents? Do you? Let this printable and post encourage you to ask

Amazing Family Dinner Tradition - Over 240 Conversations starters with free printable labels to make neat gifts

Get free scholastic books from codes from specially marked boxes of Keebler and Kelloggs products

How to organize, print and back up YEARS worth of photos.

Chore System for the Kids ~ Interesting twist on allowance; cute ideas.

WOW! Common Core ELA Standards by grade level with corresponding lessons and activities. This is an incredible resource!!

Top 100 workout songs, as chosen by top trainers across the country. Always looking for new tunes.

When you finish painting a room, load up the Paint Pen and it will be in reserve for any quick touch-ups in the future. Sheer genius!

Travel with Preschoolers: Activities for the Journey

Glue a magnet to the bottom of the hammer so you don't have to hold nails in your mouth while hanging pictures. GENIUS I SAY!!

Your first graders brain - The first graders brain, and all the other grade levels and corresponding development. Really eye opening. These articles can be printed off to share with parents.

Your first graders brain - The first graders brain, and all the other grade levels and corresponding development. Really eye opening. These articles can be printed off to share with parents.

BUGS BE GONE There's no need to douse your body with harmful chemicals just to ward off pesky bugs. A simple mix of lavender oil, vanilla extract, and lemon juice works as a simple, all-natural repellent that also doubles as a light perfume. (Organic Authority)

Why invest in expensive electrical air purifiers when you could purchase a few types of houseplants to clean and filter your air naturally and inexpensively?

Magnetic Cups - no more using 50 cups a day for drinks of water. GREAT for KIDS! Brilliant

7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar

To stain the tight, difficult-to-get-at parts of a lattice, use a cheap spray bottle from a discount store. It works great, and when I'm done I just dispose of the bottle. — Chris Huang, Lafayette, Ind. | Photo: Ian Spanier | thisoldhouse.com