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Kmart Summer Fun

This is a sponsored post. I am a #KmartSummerFun blogger, though all opinions are my own.

Is there anything that says summer fun more than a backyard pool? (I mean besides mosquito bites, sunburn, and sweaty children.)

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My kids have been begging us for an above ground swimming pool somewhere around forever and one day, and we finally found a great deal on this one at this Kmart Hot Deals page.

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The pools are on sale right now, with lots of other outdoor fun things, from water guns to yard games to trampolines to bounce houses, and the shipping is FREE for orders of $59 or more!

Kmart Summer Fun

I probably don’t need to tell you that I am not exaggerating when I say the kids have been in this thing almost non-stop since we first started setting it up. Even during setup! They are so thrilled to have it, that from the time they first wake up in the morning until somewhere around sunset, I can hear someone, usually 3 or 4 someones at a time, splashing around in the pool!

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Of course, I had to learn the hard way exactly how important it is for the surface the pool is to sit on to be level because of that pesky little gravity thing and “water seeks its own level” and all that other science-y stuff.

As it turns out gravity plus H2O equals a lot of pressure on the low side of the pool and that ends up meaning a large “pool” of water, so to speak, all over the yard, and not necessarily contained in the brand new pool you just set up on uneven ground.

Take it from me, if you’re getting an above ground pool, watch the video below, and take the time to level the ground first. (Where was this guy when I was setting up the pool???)

And if you’re wondering how to get the kids to spend more time outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine this summer, don’t walk, run right now over to the Kmart Hot Deals page and pick up one of these while they are still on sale!

What says “summer fun” to you?

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Homemade Detangling Spray

Homemade Detangling Spray

Having 7 long-haired daughters means we deal with lots of tangles, so I like to save money by making my own detangling spray.

I use generic spray bottles and fill about 3/4 full of water. Then I fill up the rest with conditioner and give it a good shake.

Since dealing with our lice epidemic, I add a few drops of tea tree oil, which is supposed to repel lice.

Whenever I do hair, I always have this homemade detangling spray handy and it makes styling a breeze.

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How We Conquered Lice

How our family conquered head lice

Can you believe I lasted 19+ years of parenting without dealing with head lice?

Well, now that streak is a thing of the past.

I just spent a solid 5 days researching, slathering, rinsing, combing, and picking. And then doing all of that over again. To my seven long-haired daughters.



So, I thought I would share with you what I learned during that experience. These things are just what I did. They were not prescribed by a doctor.

Getting rid of lice

1. I bought 1 gallon of mayonnaise, and plenty of tea tree oil.

2. I mixed about 1 tsp. of tea tree oil per cup of mayo and thoroughly slathered every head, even those of us who did not show signs of lice. This was supposed to suffocate the live bugs.

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(Identities have been blocked to protect the embarrassed.)

3. I wrapped every head in a plastic bag and we all stayed this way for at least 4 hours.

4. During this time I started washing all bed linens and pillows, and I bagged up all stuffed animals and put them in the garage.

5. I rinsed all the heads with vinegar and saw plenty of bugs washed down the drain.

6. Next, I had everyone dunk their heads in a bowl of Listerine, and we put the wrap back on. This was to kill the nits.

7. We waited another 4 hours and continued to wash bed linens.

8. Then, I blow dried everyone’s hair, particularly the roots, on the hot setting. This is supposed to dehydrate any nits so they will not survive.

Lice free Spray

9. I saturated everyone’s hair with Licefreee Spray, and I combed and combed and combed with the nit comb that came in that package. (The combing must be done by starting at the scalp and running the comb all the way to the end of each section of hair.)

10. I tried boiling all brushes, but that just warped them, so I ended up throwing them away and buying all new. I sprayed these with tea tree oil, which is supposed to repel lice.

11. I added about 1 tsp. of tea tree oil to all of our shampoo, and to our homemade “no more tangles” spray.

12. The next day, and the day after that, and the day after that, I saturated each head with conditioner, and I combed and combed and combed. The conditioner makes the combing easier and traps any live bugs left, making it harder for them to crawl away.

13. Each morning, I put everyone’s pillow in the dryer on the hottest setting for 30 minutes. This kills any live bugs.

14. I repeated step 9, above, several times a day for several days even after I was seeing no nits.

We have now been lice free for over 2 weeks, but I am still checking and combing through hair with the lice comb periodically just to be sure.

I can’t say whether one single treatment above is what got rid of the lice, or if it was everything combined. I didn’t want to take chances on one method not working, so I just employed every method I had read about. I suspect that combing with a fine toothed nit comb 3 times a day to remove every last nit was key.

What are your best tips for conquering lice?

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I’ve Been Everywhere, Man

This summer has been a whirlwind for me!

2:1 conference

In May, I spoke at the 2:1 conference in Chicago.


Dude ranch vacation

Then, we went on vacation to our old standby, the Oklahoma dude ranch. (Dude! I was saddle sore!)


When June rolled around, I took my li’l gymnast and her sister, the gym coach, to the Junior Olympics in Spokane, Washington.

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Then, we made a quick family trip to west Texas to visit grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

One Year Adventure Novel

And most recently, I took my 14yo to Kansas for a one week novel writing camp for teens.

In between all those adventures, we had a raging case of head lice (fun!), vomiting (adventure!), local flooding (danger!), a fender bender (POW!), encountering 4 snakes in the yard in one day (heart attack!), and an ER visit for a second degree burn (boo!).

So, all in all a fun-filled, action packed summer so far.

And now I am ready for the dull, slow, dog days of summer at my little house in the woods.

Which I am never leaving again.

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Flavored Popcorn


My kids absolutely love it when I make this homemade caramel corn, and it has become a requested snack at youth group events, too.

Whenever we have movie night, or I have to take a snack to an event, this is my old standby. Everyone in our family loves popcorn!

And really, when it comes down to it, popcorn is one of the cheapest nutritious snacks money can buy, especially if you don’t use the pre-bagged microwave popcorn, but instead pop your own.

We use one of these Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Poppers. The kids love to take turns helping to crank it.

That’s why, when I was poking around on the P&Geveryday site, and noticed the 10 flavored popcorn recipes,

Flavored Popcorn

I was all over it! Hello? Chili Lime Popcorn? Yes, please!

And then I saw this:

Homemade Popcorn Balls

Who doesn’t like homemade popcorn balls???

I think these would be perfect for a 4th of July picnic, and I love the clever way they are served in cupcake liners! (Speaking of 4th of July celebrations, have you seen this Firecracker Popcorn, using Pop Rocks? How clever is that?)

At the P&Geveryday site you will find lots of

  • Delicious recipes, beauty trends, and smart tips
  • New products to try out for yourself, family and home
  • Product ratings and reviews
  • Fresh ideas and inspiration
  • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
  • And much more!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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On Planting Seeds

Do you ever wonder if the work you are doing is important? I mean really important? Like life changing important?

Sometimes I find myself wondering, “Is what I am doing making any difference in this world?”.

I teach my children to read, teach them long division, to love the Lord and their fellow man. I greet the person sitting alone at church, give the homeless man on the corner a sandwich, and donate monthly to a child in Africa.

But am I really making a difference?

Sometimes the things I do seem so small, so insignificant.

On planting seeds

And then I get this in my inbox with the above photo attached.

You might not remember sending me this book years ago when my marriage was in shambles, but I wanted to thank you again for it. God used it to encourage me to seek holiness and then happiness followed. We celebrated our (big number) anniversary with our (lots of) children. I pulled this out this week just to reread it because it was just that encouraging. Thanks again! (Details omitted to protect privacy.)

I am not sharing this with you so I can pat myself on the back. I am sharing to encourage you in each small act of service you do.

It makes a difference.

I don’t remember how much time I took corresponding with the woman above, encouraging her in her marriage struggles. 10 minutes? 30 minutes? I can’t remember how long I spent at the post office mailing her the book. Or did I send it directly from Amazon?

It was such a tiny part of myself that I offered.

A seed.

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service…” (1 Cor. 3:6-9)

You don’t have to be the president of a company, or even an advisor to the president to be serving The King.

Plant those seeds. It matters.

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