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

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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

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 ideas – please note that some of them are at-home date nights, so you’ll have to make arrangements … Read more

Traditions

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 part of our life.  Not only do traditions provide a sense of family unity, but they’re usually … Read more

Gift ideas

Surprise Your Family With These Awesome 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 a gift without a million questions running through your head: “will she like it?”, “does he already … Read more

Holiday planning

Ahhh the holidays.  When did the most wonderful time of the year turn into the most stressful time of the year?  I try to plan ahead as much as possible and do holiday tasks around the year so that I can actually enjoy the special time.  Here are some ways to make … Read more

Finance System that Makes “Cents”

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Creating a Finance System for Your Home The key to staying in control of your finances in your home is a plan.  The plan doesn’t have to be elaborate or time-consuming – in fact, the simpler, the better.  The first thing to do is determine how much discretionary funding you have each … Read more

Packing for Travel with Kids

Organized packing for vacations As a minimalist, I hate “stuff.”  By “stuff” I mean items that are unneeded, unloved, cause stress, take up space, and require maintenance.  Also, I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my vacation time on the beach, not digging through my suitcase.  Using minimalist thinking, I believe … Read more

Master Schedules

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Well, those drifter’s days are past me now, I’ve got so much more to think about: Deadlines and commitments, What to leave in, what to leave out. -Bob Seger That lyric is for my mom, but it perfectly sums up time management as a new mother.  That’s probably not the situation for … Read more

Creating a Family Notebook

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There are a handful of must haves in an organized house: the family notebook, family file, family calendar, and house message board. Everyone in the house should know where these are and how they work. In this post Ill talk about the Family Notebook because its the first organization tool I used … Read more

Save Time in the Kitchen

One of the best ways to save time in your day is to simplify your cooking and meal routine. В Here are the best time-saving cooking tricks to make your life easier. Plan Meals Ahead of Time Planning ahead makes cooking much less stressful and chaotic. The trick is to find a meal … Read more

Traveling with Kids

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My daughter flew twenty-six times, including internationally, before she turned three years old – true story.  We don’t plan on slowing down any time soon, so needless to say, I have mastered the art of traveling with children.  As usual, you can find a printable at the end of this post: a … Read more

The Most Efficient Grocery Shopping Ever

Grocery Store

Were you one of those people who used to hear about how hard it was for someone to grocery shop with kids – then you had kids?  You probably thought, “grocery shopping with kids – how hard can that be?”.  Then you had kids – turns out it is hard to bring them … Read more

Cleaning for People Who Hate to Clean

5 Cleaning hacks that will make you better and faster at cleaning

You might be thinking, “who in their right mind would want to spend time writing about cleaning?”  Well, the truth is that I’m pretty proud of all the tricks I have gained that decrease the time it takes to clean and buy me time in between cleaning.  I almost feel as though my … Read more

The Pros and Cons of Corrective Eye Surgery

The Pros and Cons of Corrective Eye Surgery

Today I’m happy to have a guest poster!  This is a guest post by Samantha, a freelance writer, and health expert. She also loves reading and blogging. The new thing in the world of eye health is eye surgery for Astigmatism, Myopia and more that can restore your vision to a perfect … Read more