Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Hopefully you have the day off and you are enjoying your families! Have an awesome day whatever your plans, and I will see you on Wednesday.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make The First Week of School a Success

The first week of school is a stressful time for kids of all ages. Wondering if your going to fit in, who is going to be in your classes, what classes you are going to have, and new routines all make this week a hard time to go through. There are things that we as parents can do though, to help ease our kids into this transition once again. Here are 8 great ways to help get your kids back into the school routine and make the first week a huge success.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FREE First Day of School Printouts (2014-15)

With Labor Day quickly approaching, the first day of school is about here. I love the idea of taking a picture of the kids on the fist day of school with the grade and year posted on a paper...... Man, I wish I would have thought of this idea back when my kids started Kindergarten! I have made up some free printables for  you to use for this special occasion. And, if you are one of those schools that starts before Labor Day - well, just pretend that it's the first day of school.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Take A Photo Walk

Today's technology is amazing. Everyone has a camera with them almost all of the time. Take advantage of the modern era of digital photography by taking the kids on a photo walk. Let them have complete control over the camera and take pictures of whatever catches their attention. It's very interesting looking at the world through the eyes of a three year old.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I Don't Clean Out My Toaster

I think I keep a pretty good house. Laundry is done every week, dishes are mostly in the dishwasher, and the floors are picked up and vacuumed. Then, as I was talking with someone about cleaning habits the other day, I started to feel more and more dirty with every comment. Behind my dryer? The crumbs in my toaster? Under the fridge!? *sigh*.... Just like my kids, I pick my battles with my house as well.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Make Leftover Night A Fancy Night

I always hated leftover night. I just knew that if I was asked what was for dinner, and the answer was "well, there are a lot of leftovers in the fridge..." before I could get another word out there was a collective groan coming from living room and everyone got on their food pouts. I hate it when people are food grumpy! So, early on in my child rearing years, I came up with this amazing little idea and it worked like a charm. Make leftover night a fancy night with the simple addition of a nice table setting, a couple of candles, a menu and mom acting like a waitress. All of a sudden everyone is going out to dinner instead of eating dumb ol' left overs.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini is running rampant in my garden right now and I have been looking for something yummy, healthy and different to do with it. I was playing around in the kitchen today and came up with this amazing cupcake. It is light, fluffy, amazingly delicious and yes, it's even good for you. So enjoy! You can have your cake and eat it too.

Friday, August 15, 2014

FREE Printable Movie Night Tickets

I know my last post has gotten you all excited about having a movie night! Whether you decide to set up a little theater in your backyard, or just go the easy route and have it inside, these movie tickets will make the event even more like a party. I have put together a few printable movie tickets that you can give your guests ahead of time to get them excited about the cinematic evening. Pop some popcorn, gather up all the fluffy pillows and blankets and have a cozy night in.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Take It Outside

With today's technology it's easier than ever to be portable. We can work at out computers at the same time we are tanning on the deck outside and play video games from 30,000 feet in the air while flying over the Pacific. Why not take full advantage of this technology and move your weekend movie to the back yard?

Monday, August 11, 2014

OMG!! Do Something About Your Child!!

I'm sure we have all had the experience. You are in the check-out of the grocery store, standing in Starbucks waiting for your grande latte or passing by the toy section in Wal-Mart and the incident takes place: the snotty little brat next you starts to throw a tantrum. All I want to do is look that mother in the face and say "OMG! Do something about your child!". Then I do look into her face, see the desperation plastered there, and remember an incident with my own kids when they were young, and my heart softens just a little. Here's my story.