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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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A Healthy Dose of Spice
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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April 26, 2013 9:36 a.m.



We have three small children who love watching movies after breakfast.  However, we find that one movie turns into three which makes it almost lunch time.  They aren't dressed, their hair is a mess, their breath stinks from not brushing, and, well, basic hygiene is out the window.  So, this year my husband and I enacted the Family No-Movies-Until-You-Are-Ready-For-The-Day Act. This has been clearly established as: no movies until you have eaten breakfast, gotten dressed, and brushed your hair and teeth.  It has worked wonders in our family because by the time the movie is done we are up and ready to go wherever the day takes us. It is the dose of spice that I need in my life to know that although we are a family of "rules" (most made rashly in the heat of the moment that are impossible to maintain), this one is working!  It was thought out, it was rational and most importantly it is teaching our kids cleanliness and hygiene and we parents get to pat ourselves on the back that it is working!

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