5 Smart Ways to Spend More Purposeful Time With Kids

  A funny thing happened one day. My ten year old (one of the laziest humans on the planet) informed me that she was going to start setting her alarm for 5:30 am and riding the bus to school. My neighbor and I trade carpooling days...

Review of the ‘Letters to Santa’ Plus Why I Adore It

I'll readily admit that I pretty much regret getting a damn elf after figuring out how much work it is to come up with a new place to put the darn thing every night. But mostly having to remember it is what's killing me. So...

The Ultimate Teachers Gift Guide

Whether you're scouring the interweb for a teacher's gift for Christmas, your kid's teacher's birthday, or teacher appreciation, one's things for certain--he or she probably doesn't want a damn apple!! And even though I thought it was a little presumptuous the first time I saw it,...

4 Steps to the (Nearly) Perfect Christmas Morning

You know how when you merge 2 households, you have lots of 'discussions' about the proper way to do things? I mean literally anything here: washing dishes, paying bills, peeling potatoes, changing a diaper...

How to Create the Ultimate Winter or Holiday Bucket List Adventure

Ok, so you may have read a similar post about creating a Fall Bucket List adventure--and this one is along the same lines! BUT--I'm giving a list of epic ideas PLUS a winter-themed printable for you and the kiddos to create a whole new bucket...

Gift Ideas From Innovative Startups For Anyone on Your List

If you've been on Amazon at all lately, you'll notice they've developed a really awesome way for startups to get noticed and get out there. It's called Amazon Launchpad, and in that section of Amazon, you can find the newest and most innovative gifts for...

How You Can Get ANY Stella Nadene Journal for Just $7 for Black Friday!!

It's that time of year again!! Yep--the day created for crazies.     Just kidding. (sort of) Seriously, I have to give props to those folks that can hack this day of deals. Cause I'll be frank: Cyber Monday is my jam. In my jammies. And really, whatever day is more...

How to Get Exactly What You Want For Christmas

Look, Ladies, I'm gonna get right to the point here. My husband may be one of the nicest people on the planet, and he may be an awesome dad. But for the life of him, he cannot read my mind, and he especially can't take...

How to Throw the Ultimate Holiday Party or Get-Together

Having get-togethers for some isn't just a past-time--it's an art form. I mean, have you SEEN the stuff people like Martha Stewart put together? The decor, the food, the drink stations, the general ambiance. Unreal. Well, maybe not for the by-standers and those that simply...

5 Amazingly Easy Steps to Conquer the Paper Monster

One of my most disturbing #adulting memories of my older sister involves learning a valuable lesson about the paper monster. The memory is going into her house one day before I was married and seeing this giant pile of paperwork and mail that I swear...

Have Smoother School Mornings: A 5-Day CHALLENGE!

Dear #Bossmom,  Is this is your current school morning situation?:   slow moving kids +   unreasonable meal requests +   socks have disappeared +   clothes don't match +   only one shoe in sight +   school papers have mysteriously vanished +   nerve wracking whining and crying +   Mama losing it =     Your basic complete chaos of a normal...

How to Get Your Kids Back on a Sleep Schedule

Don't you just love it when you walk into Walmart or Target in the middle of your summer bliss and you've immediately got back to school supplies shoved in your face as if it's coming within the next 24 hours? Yeah me neither. It actually...

How to Travel with Kids on a Budget

Whether you're traveling for summer, fall, winter, or spring holidays, one thing is certain--traveling with kids is no easy feat! An even harder feat? To travel with kids on a budget. I personally am still working on mastering this skill (nothing says 'money spewing' like...

How to Find Gratitude Even When You Constantly Give

A few weeks ago my family and I took a trip to South Florida to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We traveled through the Keys, then up to the Sanibel/Ft. Myers area, which is a special place for us as we spent a weekend there...

HOW TO DO A MID-YEAR GOAL REVIEW

Can you believe it's already halfway through the year??!!! Yeah me neither. But the way my first half-year has gone, I'm super excited to re-evaluate and make the second half doubly as awesome!! I did already touch on the mid-year goal review in a previous...

HOW TO HELP YOUR GRADUATE CREATE HIS OR HER OWN PATH

Graduation time is such a cool place to be in your life--whether from high school, college, trade school--whatever. It's a bittersweet ending to a whole world of possibilities. The problem is that many people get completely overwhelmed with all the different paths they can take,...

6 ESSENTIAL GOALS FOR NEWLYWEDS-OR ENGAGED COUPLES

As much as I'd like to be the hopeless romantic here, weddings and marriage are really and truly the beginning of a (hopefully) lifelong partnership. Don't get me wrong, there's love and affection and romance and all that jazz. But there also have to be...

7 Types of Goals EVERYONE Should Have

The first time in my life that I realized I was totally and completely adrift happened after I was married. It was a shock--I mean like a really friggin big shock! I wasn't quite into the life-stage in your 30's where you really start evaluating...

5 ESSENTIAL GOALS FOR GRADUATES

  Graduation is the beloved (and sometimes bittersweet) ending of an educational journey. But also the exhilarating beginning of another. Of something big, and exciting, and...

BASIC GOALS Every MOTHER Should Have + FREE Worksheet

As Mother's Day approaches, and us mothers get to reflect upon all that we're grateful for as (hopefully) those spawn shower us with presents and love, we really and truly need to also reflect upon what we'd like to accomplish in the remaining half of...