Author: Martin & Lisa Pedersen

Surviving the Christmas Rush

Christmas time has hit us and we have been a little caught off guard this year.  We have fallen behind on our writing as we have been trying to keep up with all the holiday planning, shopping, and activities going on this year.  Actually the biggest hurdle has been keeping healthy.  I am trying to stay positive and not write… Read more →

Fall Outdoor Activities Challenge – Week 5

This week, with Halloween just around the corner, we predictably went to our local pumpkin patch for our weekly fall outdoor activity.  This was a repeat of our less then successful trip to the patch last year when the twins were only 1.5yrs old.  Last year’s story sounds like a hit country song:  ‘Tears in the Pumpkin Patch’.  What a difference a year makes as this year the tears were… Read more →

Earth Day Everyday

Earth Day came and went this year and we heard of many great environmental conscious acts that people did special for that day.  Us at familynavigation.com did not do anything different on Earth Day, we just did a bunch of stuff that we have incorporated into our everyday lives.  Since our move we are trying to make decisions appropriate for Earth Day every day… Read more →

Birthday Month

It is April and in our household that means it is birthday month.  Only one out of the five of us is having a birthday this month but when Annika has a birthday the build-up is immense.  The calendar is getting a lot of attention lately as the countdown is in full swing.  Now the question is can we plan a… Read more →

Changes to FamilyNavigation.com

Martin and Lisa are proud to announce that we will be making some content changes to FamilyNavigation.com.  After writing the blog, Balanced Family Life Review – 6 Months On, we realized that we had a lot we wanted to accomplish this year.  We decided that we should come up with some challenges based around these goals and write about them.  Here… Read more →

Hand Me Downs – Pay it Forward

Somewhere along the line hand-me-downs became a negative term.  Sure there are some kids who do not like wearing their older sister’s clothes, though Bryce does like Annika’s old pink slippers, I would suggest that if you move past the stereotypes hand-me-downs can be a great way of saving money on kids clothes and equipment.  This is especially true during the younger years when kids… Read more →

Why Spend Too Much? Buy Used Kids Stuff

Picture this; A group of urban mamas slurping their latte’s with their kids sitting in their new top end stroller, wearing designer clothes, and playing with the latest toy that will double their IQ. I walk in with my garage sale stroller, with kids dressed in thrift store clothes, playing with hand-me-down toys. Oh the shame……. the embarrassment……..Ha Ha………….I spent… Read more →