Top 20 sites like pinterest to love

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re borderline addicted to Pinterest.  I noticed that the majority of the traffic to my site comes from Pinterest, which makes sense because I spend a


50 songs from parent to child

Growing up in a musically-talented (except for me) family, songs have been a big part of my life.  In fact, my sister and I were both named after songs.  I put together this list of


Kidecals review

Disclosure: I received complimentary KiDecals products in exchange for posting the following review.  All opinions are 100% my own.  This review was not guided by Kidecals, nor did they provide any suggestions or requirements as to how the


Mothers day shirt for kids to make

Last week I posted about a cute Mother’s Day flower pot for a child to make (you can find it here).  Tonight I realized that I really need to post about this cute Mother’s Day

Mothers day gift for a child to make

This is a very cute little Mother’s Day gift that our daycare provider made with our daughter last year.  It’s perfect for moms who work outside the home (like me) because we can keep it

Diy pacifier clip

For first time mothers, it is essential to have pacifier clips to avoid frequent pacifier sterilizing. It is a normal to have days where most babies play with their pacifiers and throw them at germ-infested

Playroom organization

Like most houses with young children, we seem to have a never-ending supply of toys.  It’s always a challenge to get them organized because there is just so much stuff.  I started applying my own

Getting the most from your iphone camera

I feel funny writing a post about photography when clearly I am not the best photographer.  However, I’ve been learning a lot and when I look over my scrapbooks, the quality of my pictures has

5 minute 1 girls hair accessories

The other day I realized that my daughter could use some more hair accessories – partly thanks to the dog, who has chewed up half of them, and partly thanks to her, for taking them

Diy musical scrapbook

Back when I had more time on my hands (i.e. before I had kids), scrapbooking was one of my favorite hobbies.  I always wanted to find ways to make them memorable but was not able

Dr seuss party

My 3 year-old loves all Dr. Seuss books, so this year I decided to do a Dr. Seuss theme for her birthday!  These ideas could also be used in classrooms for Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebrations

Check out my health related guest posts

Lately a lot of my posts have been about living a healthy lifestyle….bikini season must be coming soon!!  While I mostly write about home-related topics, I like to write about health a lot as well. 

21 awesome non salad veggie recipes

I consider myself a pretty health-conscious person, but I have one heckuva time trying to eat my veggies.  I know I need them; I make my kids eat them; they are just not a part

Exercise for busy people

Last week I wrote a post about keeping up your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy (here it is!).  As I promised in that post, here are some tips about keeping up an exercise routine

Healthy eating made easy

This is the time of year when New Year’s Resolutions to eat healthy start to go by the wayside.  Because I like to write about different ways to make life easier, I thought this would

My 5 rules for healthy eating

I’m completely addicted to reading all non-fiction and how-to books, but my biggest vice is books on health and nutrition.  Secretly, I even listen to health podcasts during work.  This post might seem out of

My top five exercise rules

1. Bodies are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.  Exercise in itself is not an effective weight loss tool.  That’s not to say it isn’t beneficial though, as it aids in eating healthy

New years resolutions for families

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a New Year’s Resolutions junkie. I love the idea of creating a good habit each year. In fact, I started doing monthly resolutions so that I didn’t

Ugly christmas sweaters for the family 4 each

I’m a big fan of movie quotes, so this year I decided to incorporate them into sweaters for my in-laws’ Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.  Since I like to save money where I can, I

Uplifting christmas stories of 2012

“Whenever I get gloomy about the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed,

Bathroom and laundry room reveal

I’m so excited about our recent, much needed, house renovations.  For this post, I’m going to show our makeover in our bathroom/laundry room.  I wasn’t able to get “before” pictures until the renovations already started,

Organizing girls hair accessories

My little girl was bald until she was 3 years old, but since then, trying to organize her hair accessories has driven me crazy.  Finally I took a few simple steps to get everything in

Easy menu board and meal planner

I, like all of you, see so many cute menu boards for meal planning on Pinterest and on blogs.  My initial thought is “how cute!”, followed quickly by “I don’t think I could ever replicate

Easy pour everything

When I was baking the other day I wondered why salt comes in an easy-to-pour container, but nothing else does. Someday I’m sure this will change, but until then, I decided to make my own.

Conquer your closet clutter

There’s a scene in the first Sex and the City movie where Carrie and Big find their dream apartment.  Amongst all of the 200 square-foot shoeboxes in New York City, this apartment has a terrace,

Keeping a family file

A family file is the home’s best defense against paper clutter.  Usually clutter is a result of items that don’t have a place – a family file provides this much needed place.  It’s important to

Woo hoo laundry

I hate that I’m writing an entire post on the laundry process, and even more, that I’ve been excited to write about this for a while now.  But, I’m pretty sure I’ve perfected the laundry

26 raok for sandy hook victims

Fred Rogers once said that when he saw sad stories on the news, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.”  With many people feeling helpless


Homemade organic bath products

Welcome to post 2 of my Make it Yourself Series!  My first post was about making organic baby products.  This post explains how to make organic bath (and after bath) products.  I won’t get into

Homemade natural baby care products

Welcome to Part One of my make it yourself series!  This series is going to feature everyday items that you can make yourself.  This saves money, but more importantly, it helps you and your family

Best of the best free photo apps and websites

Earlier this week I wrote a post about taking great pictures with your iPhone.  This post is about going one step farther and then editing those photos.  Here are some free photo-related apps and websites. 

Chore tic tac toe

Now that my daughter is getting to be old enough to start helping with chores, I have been thinking of ways to make chores fun.  Here was my first idea: Chore Tic-Tac-Toe.  For now, she

Special quote book keepsake

When my daughter was young, I created a book of meaningful quotes for her as a keepsake.  I then added pages to the back for “Quotes From You”, where I write down all of the

Creative consequences for kids

I started using “creative consequences” for my kids about six months ago, and was shocked at what a difference it made in whether or not they actually listen to me.  It gets their attention much

My favorite parenting quotes

I’ve been reading a lot of great parenting quotes lately, so I decided to compile the best ones.  Some are wise, some are funny, and some are just plain logical.  I hope you enjoy them! 

10 different ideas for mommydaughter day

A while ago, my daughter and I had a Mommy/Daughter day, and I realized that we were both getting sick of the same old dinner and a movie, or the kids’ places that we go

Crafty dry erase boards for kids rooms

I recently started using dry erase boards in my kids’ bedrooms to leave them reminders, write notes, and stay organized.  It has not only made my life easier, but my kids love it!  Once it

10 new uses for cookie cutters

I consider myself a minimalist and like to use everything in my house as often as possible.  I don’t like the idea of storing an item away, only to use it once or twice a

5 crazy sledding ideas

Happy New Year!  For my first post of 2013, here are 5 crazy ideas for twists on sledding.  You should be able to do any of these with items you already have.  Please leave me

Easy christmas teacher gift

When I used to teach preschool, my favorite holiday gifts were ones that were useful (i.e. Starbucks gift cards), and ones that were sentimental (i.e. a homemade craft from the child).  Now that I’m on

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

I’ve got to hand it to some people – they are more creative than I will ever be.  Some very inventive (and tech savvy!) people have created some awesome interactive Christmas websites that kids love. 

Keeping kids busy

Here are ideas for keeping kids busy while you need to get things done around the house.  None of them will make a mess, and most can be done with items you have around the

50 date night ideas

Date nights are one of my favorite things in life.  I actually think that I like date nights now more than I did in my single days.  Here are some of my favorite date night


Some of my best childhood memories are of our family traditions, especially the ones we made up on our own.  I always knew that when I had my own family, traditions would be a big

Gift ideas

As the old saying goes, “it is better to give than to receive.” As it turns out, there’s a reason that is an old saying; today, gift giving is stressful. It’s almost impossible to buy

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