What To Do About Your Totally Stressed Out Family

We’ve reached the point in this stay home order where even introverts are starting to feel a little stressed out.

Right?

Because at first, it was actually kind of nice to have your schedule cleared for you.

I enjoyed having a chance to just be home with the family.  Nightly suppers around the table have been easier to pull off.

But with so many things closed now, it’s become stressful for a lot of us.

Maybe you’ve lost your income and are having trouble getting through the maddening unemployment phone line.

Your teens are so stressed over trying to keep up with school work while missing their friends that they are making you crazy.

(Yes, of course you love them.  And sympathize.  And kinda want to lock them in their room for just a little while.)

The younger kids don’t really understand what’s happening, but they know that everyone seems worried.  And they show that they are worried by whining every minute of the day and clinging to you constantly.

Poor kids…and poor Mama (who is pulling out her hair).

Extroverts are ready to see people again!  And introverts are ready to have the house back to themselves, even for just a little bit, again.

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Large Family Games That 5 Or More Can Play (And Are FUN!)

Your family will never be bored with these large family games on hand. Not only are they a ton of fun, but all of these options allow at least five to play!

That rare moment that you find a board game that everyone in the family can play together is almost magical, isn’t it?

Especially something that everyone actually wants to play…and doesn’t end in tears.

Are we asking too much?

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Frugal Homemade Potato Soup: Use Up Those Mashed Potatoes

Creamy potato soup is the best homemade frugal meal to serve your family when you want comfort food. Use up leftover mashed potatoes! Try it tonight.

Soup is just about the perfect frugal meal, isn’t it?

It’s easy to put together, and it always brings back memories.  Which is why it’s such a great comfort food.

If you’ve been searching for ways to feed your family on the cheap, you’ll definitely want to add this potato soup to your meal plan.

It’s so delicious that your family won’t even realize you’ve served them a meatless meal.

And potatoes are always cheap…and pretty easy to keep on hand.  (They last a long time if you keep them in cool, dark storage like a pantry or potato bin like this one.)

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Celebrating Easter At Home: How To Keep It Special

Celebrating Easter at home this year? Here’s how to celebrate Easter when you’re stuck at home…and how to keep it special for kids and families.

Last year our 5 year old son had a fairly serious spine surgery and was admitted to the hospital for several days.

We spent Palm Sunday there.

And when they released us, it was with orders to stay home for at least a couple of weeks.

(No one wants a still healing child exposed to more germs.)

That meant that we missed Easter Sunday mass, as well.

Who would have guessed that we’d miss them again this year?

Well, spending a special day like Easter at home, without the traditions you usually keep with loved ones, is a tough thing for adults to deal with.

And no, it’s not nearly as hard as what lots of other people are struggling with right now.  But it’s ok to admit that you’re bummed about missing out on this special day.

And for kids, it’s even harder.  They don’t really get what’s going on.

So how can we keep Easter special, even when we’re stuck at home?

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4 Ways to Make Your Nature Walk With Kids More Fun

Taking a nature walk with kids isn’t always as much fun as it sounds. Get more “woohoo” and less “I’m bored!” with these memory making tips.

Let’s be honest.

Taking a nature walk with kids sounds more fun than it usually is.

It always seems like a good way to get out of the house.

But no sooner are you out there walking than you start hearing, “How much loooooonger??”

“My leeeeeeegs hurt.”

Followed by the classic…

“I’m booooooooored.”

Forget that jazz.

Here’s how you get the kids to burn off some of that energy (you know, the stuff they only have when they’re inside and bickering with their siblings?) without the hassle.

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5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week #153

Like you (probably), our family has mostly stayed home for almost two weeks now.

That’s made it pretty easy to save money.

If you can stay away from online shopping, you might be finding the same thing.  Maybe you’ll even have time to develop new habits that will stick when life gets back to “normal”.

(Whenever that happens…and whatever that means!)

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Easiest Ever Beer Bread Recipe: No Yeast Needed!

This beer bread recipe is the easiest thing you can make. But everyone at your next party is going to beg you for it! No yeast needed bread.

“You’re bringing that beer bread, right??”

I think people at family gatherings are more excited to see these loaves of bread than me.

But that’s ok, because I know how delicious it is.

The secret is that this beer bread recipe is just about the easiest thing you can throw together.

That makes it perfect for family gatherings, pot lucks, or times when you’re trapped at home with no yeast for bread.

If you aren’t the beer drinker in the house, promise the one who is that they will not regret letting you have one of their cold ones.

Don’t worry, you’ll be able to keep that promise!

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