Author Archives: Janae

About Janae

Hello from Colorful Colorado! My name is Janae and I live at the edge of the beautiful Rockies with my six kids and wonderful husband. We’re a busy family who loves to work together, learn together, and most of all, play together. Like a post? Please comment.

Christmas Ornaments…A Walk Down Memory Lane

Christmas time is a time of so many great traditions. Some you keep. Some you adjust. And some you replace with new ones. Today I almost let one go. But, then, I saw it for all that it’s worth to … Continue reading

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Continuing the Attitude of Gratitude

I hope that all of you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I loved the chance to reflect on all of my wonderful blessings. It filled me and lifted me. How quickly, however, the feeling of gratitude can so easily be … Continue reading

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Five Kernels of Corn…A Thanksgiving Tradition

The other day, my 8 year old came home from cub scouts with 5 kernels of corn and request that we start a new family tradition for Thanksgiving. You may have heard of it, but it was new for me. … Continue reading

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Fantastic Meatloaf Recipe

Entertain me for a moment. Put on a grumpy face and in your most pouty tone of voice say, “Meatloaf…Beatloaf….I HATE Meatloaf”. Can you name that movie? Or are you only reminded of the chorus of little voices around the … Continue reading

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Making a Reader out of your Child

I have 2 kids who absolutely LOVE to read. In fact, if you were to visit our house, you would hear at times (I’m sorry to admit), the following words coming out of my mouth, “Put the book down. It’s … Continue reading

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Fabulous Family Fun

I love family. Not just mine but the entire concept of family. Despite all its craziness, it’s the perfect environment for growth. Where else can imperfect people learn the skills to become great? (patience, forgiveness, listening, understanding, compassion, selflessness, and … Continue reading

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Free Museum Day!

I just found out about this and had to post about it. Hundreds of museums throughout the nation will be free on Saturday, September 29th thanks to Smithsonian Magazine. All you’ve got to do is click here and request your … Continue reading

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Spice up School Lunches

I don’t know if you’re like me, but it seems like after a few weeks of school, I am out of ideas for my kids’ school lunches. I can’t seem to think of anything besides PB and J and they’re … Continue reading

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The Perfect Solution to Baggy Pants

Are you starting to pull out the fall clothes to get ready for school? If so, I’ve found a product you’ll want as a staple part of your kids’ ensembles. It’s become one of my “can’t live without” products. I … Continue reading

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Free Babysitting

Over the years I’ve found that one of my hardest challenges during the school year is finding babysitters during the day for my younger kids. My regular sitters are, of course, in school themselves and I feel bad always asking … Continue reading

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