Fun everyday traditions you can do with your spouse

Fun everyday traditions you can do with your spouse

Between going to work, paying bills, and just getting through day to day life, it’s easy for everything to feel monotonous.  I think there’s a lot to be said for spontaneous humor and surprises, especially between spouses. Here are some ideas of fun and easy traditions you can start that will create … Read more

Best of the best free photo apps and websites

The Convenience of Mobile Casinos For Busy Moms

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.  These resources allow you to make your photos more professional-looking or add entertaining features.  I have also … Read more

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 needs to get three X’s in a row in order to “win.”  When my younger child is … Read more

Creative consequences for kids

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 faster than the typical lines they’ve heard a thousand times. Some of them may seem kind of … Read more

Different ideas for mommy/daughter day

Different ideas for mommy/daughter 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 to for birthday parties. So, I came up with some new ideas that sounded more memorable. We … Read more

Crafty dry erase boards for kids rooms

Quartet Dry Erase Markers

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 became clear that they were going to be in the rooms for a while, I decided to … Read more

10 new uses for cookie cutters

fresh cookies

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 year.  So, after my annual Christmas baking day, I was packing up my cookie cutters as usual … Read more

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 a comment if you try any of them! 1. Use a laundry basket: you can fill it … Read more

50 Songs from Parent to Child

Best Songs from Parent to Child

The love of a parent for a child is like a seed. It starts with the anticipation of the birth and continues to develop and become stronger over the years. Becoming a parent involves a metamorphosis, where self-interest takes precedence over the unconditional dedication and selfless love. Once you have become a … Read more

Easy christmas teacher gift

Easy ChristmasTeacher Gift Ideas

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 the giver end of teacher gifts, I like to combine both of these types of gifts.  This … Read more

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

Best interactive christmas websites for kidsI’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.  Here are my favorite ones (and of course, these are all free) so … Read more

Keeping kids busy

Kid’s Room

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 house already. Magnets: make magnets for kids so that they can play with them while you are … Read more