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The following poem appeared on Dec 26, 1863 in The Burlington Weekly Hawkeye of Burlington, Iowa. Christmas Eve ‘Tis Christmas-eve! the tireless clock is tolling the hours away, And my household all are sleeping, dreaming of Christmas-day, My countless varying duties are finish’d, one by one, Still, there’s always something left — my work is [...]

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This post has been contributed by The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America   The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared” and that adage can apply to holiday downtime for kids just as easily as outdoor preparedness.  Winter break is just around the corner and parents need to make plans to entertain their kids during the [...]

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The Boy Scouts: Mentoring a New Generation of Young Men

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Something has been on my mind this summer. Something that had become so urgent that I just could not get out of my head. My eldest boy is now 9 and is that much closer to independence. So the questions on my mind are:  Are we doing enough to prepare our son for life’s challenges?  [...]

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Brighter Days have Returned! {And so have I}

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Hello again my dear vintage mama! Yes, happy days are here again and I’m thrilled to be back! But before I get to all the fun vintage-y stuff…I bet there’s a few questions you have,  like:  What the heck happened? Like I shared in my previous post, my family had been the victims of some [...]

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Parting is such Sweet Sorrow

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Important update here. My dear Vintage Mama’s, On my last post I shared with you a bit of the troubles that have been brewing in my home life. It has been a very tough week…one that has taken me to the darkest part of my soul. The attack upon my family, though far from resolved, [...]

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Trying to Make Lemonade from Life’s Lemons

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My dear Vintage Mama’s, Sometimes the vast sea that is life can become turbulent and unfortunately I am in the midst of a mighty storm. I have been the victim of some harassment and it now threatens my happy little home. Though I cannot share the details, the harassment is not a result of blogging or from [...]

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Caring For Your Valentine Flowers

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Did your honey give you some flowers for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps your rascals picked some for you from the garden (hopefully they left you enough to call it a garden LOL). My dearest surprised me with a pot of hot pink tulips and truth me told my thumb isn’t very green. Though I try [...]

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Recipe for Making a Happy Home

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Bake some happiness in your home today! All you need is… 1T of each: Frugality, Industry and Planning 2T of each: Patience, Understanding and Gentleness 4 oz box of Charity 6 cups of Humor Knead thoroughly with the salt of cheerfulness and flavor with the essence of comfort. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 min and sprinkle [...]

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Amish Friendship Bread – Spreading the Love!

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About a week and a half ago, my aunt called me saying that she was going to drop off a surprise for me…and what I got was a bag of mush. Sure it looked quite unimpressive then, but she promised me that if I just followed the directions I was going to be rewarded with [...]

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Making History Un-Boring for Kids

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This school year, my rascal and I have been doing a lot more with history than we have in past years. Of course it was easy for me to get excited, but it took a bit more for my 9 yr old son to feel excited about history. This, of course, is not unusual. Even [...]

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