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Five Tips For Raising A Larger Than Life Family

  You don’t need enough kids to warrant a TV crew in your house to know what it is like to raise a larger than life family, both in numbers and personality. Of course, your kids are the best thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean that the...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 1, 2015

Why I haven’t had a date night in 12 years.

I recently experienced something very new and different. For the first time in over 12 years, I had a night away from the kids with Daddy-o. Yes. The first time in over 12 years. His cousin was getting married in Taos, New Mexico. How could we resist...
by Parent Palace on May 27, 2015

How to Light up your Backyard Party

Every year, we host a big Victoria Day fireworks party. For my American friends – this means that yes, we celebrate the birthday of a long dead English Queen, but we’ll take our holidays where we can get them. This past Victoria Day we hosted one...
by Parent Palace on May 13, 2015

Sleepaway camp: The best way to decide if your kids are ready.

I’m no stranger to sending kids to sleep away camp. My “biggie” kids have been going for several years  and the benefits are countless. This year, I have a new crop of kids who are great ages for sleep away camp, so for the first time in a few...
by Parent Palace on Apr 15, 2015

The Birth of a Superstar

In celebration of Mabel’s birthday, Julie Cole reflects on a birthday post about one of her favourite people – her very special Aunt Joan. Do you celebrate someone special in your family? 50 years ago my Aunt Joan was born. Hers has not been an a...
by Parent Palace on Mar 18, 2015

Two Key Messages for a Good Start to 2015

I usually write about parenting because I spend a lot of time doing it. With six crazy kids, parenting is a full-time job. But, like most busy moms there are other things going on in my life and I try to keep positive in those areas as well. My persp...
by Parent Palace on Dec 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Eliza! Three looks really good on you!

This little girl is 2 tonight.. but tomorrow she turns THREE!Did you know that if you take an ordinary tub of frosting and beat it, it gets BIG and PUFFY? |AND if you add sprinkles and fun frosting... even a $0.99 grocery store cake mix becomes...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Dec 1, 2014

Putting Creativity back into Christmas

Our family is going overseas for the holidays this year.  I hate the thought of Santa having to turn up at our holiday destination because it means I have to lug oversized bags full of gifts both there and back. A family of eight has enough gear to...
by Parent Palace on Nov 26, 2014

I MIGHT just be crazy! We have an announcement to make ;)

Chances are, I am indeed crazy.  I'm not exactly sure if it's 'certifiable' or not but certainly enough for a majority of people to question my sanity at the sight of me... This is what 22 weeks with twins looks like!  YIKES! Yeah, uh...
by themixedupmama on Sep 23, 2014

My girls...

No, not Nathalie and Eliza...  Nathalie and Annie!These two remind me SO much of my childhood best friend... like, by SO much it's scary.   I can see their world views on two completely separate planes, and their interests crossing the...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Sep 19, 2014

My GIRLS!

No, not Nathalie and Eliza... Nathalie and Annie!These two remind me SO much of my childhood best friend... like, by SO much it's scary.   I can see their world views on two completely separate planes, and their interests crossing the great...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Sep 19, 2014

Today was perfect

Last week I went shopping and found two great pairs of jeans that I had planned on stashing in my closet until some cooler weather rolled back in to town.  After the storms ripped through late in the  afternoon yesterday, I was shouldn't ha...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Sep 7, 2014

Days like these...

Some days I feel like I'm seriously just going to lose my mind.  I hope Eric had a great birthday, but even with the grandest of gestures things, sometimes things still just go wrong.  I ran out of wrapping paper last night after having alr...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Aug 29, 2014

Just us.

I am just about as "social" as you can get.  I love a good party, I love a "catch up" phone call, I LOVE meeting up with friends.  I'd probably be classified as addicted to Facebook due to my social nature... but sometimes things just need...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Aug 8, 2014

The top 5 reasons why older adoptee sisters are the best...

I met my oldest sister 11 years ago.  I found out she existed 23 year ago... and I vowed to never stop searching until I found her!I got the call just 6 weeks after my dad died in June of 2002.  He was not her biological father, but he was...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Aug 7, 2014

100 MPH through life...

My 13 year old daughter is booking babysitting gigs.  My 16 old is filling out job applications and considering college options.  I'm organizing play-dates for the 3 middle-ish kids, and potty training a 2 year old.  Can someone man th...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Jul 22, 2014

Meeting Lauren! It's official... we are finally "real" friends!!!

I "met" Lauren nearly 9 years ago on a website called Cafe Mom when Eric was a baby.  I'm certain I was pregnant with Jason at the time that we kind of became a force of mom's to be reckoned with and our pack was formed.  Lauren's daught...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Jul 8, 2014

Sister Love

Nathalie and Eliza are over a decade apart in age, but it hasn't stopped them from having a super close bond as sisters.  Eliza is quickly becoming Nathalie's protege whether I like it or not, lol.  I'm still not so sure a 13 year old per...
by A Life... Less Perfect on Jul 8, 2014

What Summer Means To Us…

              What does summer mean to you and your family?        Related Posts:Escape the change in weather with a winter getawaySummer security tips for you and your familyHow to make the most...
by Larger Family Life on Jul 3, 2014

The truth about sisters…

                                   Related Posts:15 Kids and Counting – Their editing vs the truthMeet the nine Melis brothers & sisters: Officially...
by Larger Family Life on Jun 5, 2014


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