The Ultimate Harry Potter Fan Gift Guide

The ultimate Harry Potter fan gift guide for those magical Potter-heads in your life.   If you've never swished a wand in the air while muttering an incantation and had something magically comply...

4 No-Fail Gift Ideas for Kids

4 No-fail ideas for Christmas gifts for kids, or even birthdays, they're sure to love! Collaborative post.   Whether it's a birthday or Christmas, kids can be pretty hard to buy for. These days it seems like parents can swing from being very minimalist, to allowing an average...

3 Romantic Gestures That Will Show Your Love You Still Care

3 Super romantic gestures that will show your love you still care, even if you've been together a million years. Collaborative post.   When you've been with your partner long enough to know the sound of him rattling the doorknob to get in versus anyone else on the planet,...

Creating A Cozy Family Home This Fall Without Overspending

The weather’s getting colder; however, there’s plenty of spiced lattes, movie nights, and cozy nights in front of the fire ahead as the seasons change. With all those warm nights in your house and hot baths, you might be spending a lot of money on...

Subtle Ways to Help Teens With Homework

Helping your kids with their homework is part and parcel of being a parent. When they’re younger, you need to sit with them and go through it all. Then, as they get older, you can’t take such a hands-on approach anymore. A teenage child won’t...

3 Tips for Surviving the Wrong Crowd Phase With Your Teen

The words ‘wrong crowd’ are any pre-teen or teen parent's worst nightmare. You know how it goes; your child brings a friend home, and you get an instant bad feeling. There’s something about this kid you don’t like. They avoid eye contact and have a...

6 Often Overlooked Safety Tips for New Parents

Collaborative post. Babies and young children like to explore the world with their hands or by sticking things in their mouth which is why babyproofing is an important thing to get sorted before your child is born. There are a lot of obvious things you need...

6 Sweet and Spooky + Surprisingly Savory Healthy Halloween Snacks

Your kids are begging to stuff their faces with candy for 4 straight weeks. You want a healthy alternative that's just as fun as 18 new colors of candy corn. So strike up a candy compromise with some healthy Halloween snacks leading UP to the...

15 Perfect Halloween Flicks for Movie Night this October

You know what's sadder than not being able to trick or treat because of rain on Halloween? Probably Halloween being in the middle of the week. Meaning: no grown-up parties ON Halloween!! (I'm assuming said grownups have to work the next day...

How to Make a DIY Gingerbread House

"UGGH!!" My daughter stomped her foot, then crossed her arms with a scowl tightening her face. Her cheeks got red as stomped off in the fluorescent-lit grocery store. Typical temper tantrum. Except that she's 11. Ok, in all fairness, she's rightfully frustrated. She has celiac. She can't...

How to Know if Your Kids Are Really Happy

How do you know if your kids are truly happy? All kids have tantrums from time to time and can seem to get upset over minute things. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are unhappy in general. Making sure your kids are happy is...

3 Ways to Increase Child Confidence

One of the most important things you can do for a child, other than keeping them nourished, protected and educated, is to help increase child confidence. Not enough children are afforded this. Mostly, they are expected to figure it out by themselves. You may have had...

How to Tell Your Kids Learning Style So They Can Learn Faster

As parents, we obviously want our children to succeed. We want them to grow up much smarter and more responsible than us, and if they do, we know we’ve done the job just right! But learning can be hard, and sometimes we receive absolutely no...

4 Tough Life Decisions That Affect Our Families

Collaborative post.   If life were comfortable, you would find a partner, buy a house, have a family, and stay in the same job for life. There would be no tough life decisions. Everything would be perfect. The property would be big enough for five to six...

12 Secrets to Make This the Best Back to School Year Yet!

So, I don't pretend to be the most knowledgeable Mom on the planet. (Usually.) But I do have 4 kids--one has completed high school, one is starting kindergarten this year, and the other two are well into their school-age careers. So I am pretty darn...

Back to School Necessities–No Thinking Required

If there's one thing you can count on, it's a group of Mamas tight-fisting xtra large margaritas at lunch on the first day of school at any given restaurant. We can't help it. The summer is three months long. It entails entertaining kids that clearly...

4 Secrets of Stress Free Family Days Out

4 Secrets to have stress free family days out with just a little planning. Collaborative post.   Going out with the kids is something moms love to do as often as possible. Enjoy the time now while they are young because when they grow up they won’t be...

4 Tips to Get Your Kids Into Eating Well and Getting Fit

One of my biggest wake-up calls in really getting serious about getting back into shape--after the last baby--was when I bought some home workout equipment. The kid's wouldn't leave it alone!! I was super annoyed that they were getting into my stuff, invading my alone...

How to Throw the Best Darn Patriotic Party on the Block

As of 5 years ago, we've thrown a 4th of July party every year at our house. 5 years was (as of the writing of this post) when we moved in. 2 weeks before the baby was born. Yes, I was clearly unbalanced. But we...

A Low Cost Way to Find Time With Kids Plus Stress Relief

How a local find has turned into double duty as time with kids plus stress relief for me.   Every Tuesday my 4 YO and I have a routine. We go to her gymnastics class, we have a quick lunch, then we head to the library. She...

5 Steps to Keep the Fire Going in Your Relationship

5 steps to keep the fire going in your relationship or marriage so you can communicate effectively and with love and enjoy the partnership you deserve. ??   When I talk to other Moms that are younger, we inevitably get around to the question, 'So how long...

Avoid Bumps and Potholes on Road-Trips with Kids

You might be thinking about going on a travel adventure with the kids this weekend or through the summer. Sounds like fun right? Just take to the roads and go wherever the wind is blowing or something a little less corny. While road trips with...

Being an Ally When a Friend is Struggling

4 Important Tips in Being an Ally When a Friend is Struggling Collaborative post.   There will be times in life when the people that you care about don’t seem to be able to catch a break, and your friend is struggling. Rather than living their lives with...

6 Thoughtful Strategies for Living in a Single Level Home with Kids

6 super thoughtful strategies for living in a single level home when you have kids, and even pets. Collaborative post.   For most of us, when we think about where we will live while we raise our children, we think of a house. It’s the classic setup, with...

Stress Free Moms Summit

Ok, Mama--I've got something crazy exciting!!! You're invited to join us for the Stress Free Moms Summit!! On Monday, May 7th, join us for 5 days, with 5 amazing categories presented by top experts, each sharing 5 easy to implement steps to fast-track your success. I’m talking...

How to Create the Ultimate Spring Bucket List Adventure

The Steps to Create an Organized but Amazing Spring Bucket List Adventure For Your Whole Family Using Everyone's Input.   Spring is one of my most favorite times of the year! For me it's time for setting new annual goals, doing my annual review, doing Spring Cleaning...

3 Things to Boost Parental Involvement in Education for Your Kiddos

3 Practical Ways to have more parental involvement in education for your kids, without becoming a 'smother.' Collaborative post.   Are you a parent that takes a back seat when it comes to your child's education? Or are you one that is so proactive that they might be...

2 Big Ways to Allow a Mother’s Peace of Mind

2 Main Ways to Allow a Mothers Peace of Mind as a Parent. Collaborative post.   We are absolutely certain you are a wonderful mother. You’d likely agree it takes a mountain of effort, love, care, sympathy and a range of positive and honorable feelings to become one....

5 Easy Ways to Begin to Teach Kids About Money

5 Easy and Basic Ways to Start the Conversation to Teach Kids About Money at Home. Collaborative post.   It’s surprising that after all these years, schools still don’t teach kids about money skills like how to save and what a mortgage is. However, these skills seem to...

Family Fun in the Garden: Simple Crafts and Easy Plants to Grow

4 Easy Ways to Have Family Fun in the Garden Collaborative post.   Encouraging our children to enjoy the outdoors and grow things in the garden can be such a good tool for them. Not only does it make them more conscious about the world around them, but...

10 Tricks I Use to Encourage My Kids to Read More

The 10 No Brainer Ways We Get Kids to Read More in Our Household.   I actually consider myself pretty lucky. My kids have always had a thirst for reading. Maybe it was because I read to them all the time as babies and toddlers. Maybe it...

The Ultimate List of 88+ Popular Kids Book to Movie Adaptations

The Ultimate List of 88+ (and growing) Kids Book to Movie Adaptions.     I don't know if you've noticed a trend lately with movies. But many of them have started out as books. And many of them are actually a series as well. Some would complain that...

20 Reasons Why I Chose Epic! Books Reading App

The 20 reasons why I chose Epic! kids reading app to encourage our kids to read more.   So, a typical afternoon these days entail a gentle but hesitant reminder to get off their kids reading app for long enough to get some chores done. I say...

My Absolute Go-To For Stunning Photo Books + More!

Why Using Mixbook to Make Photo Books for My Family Photo Albums and Family Portraits Is the Best Decision I've Made For Preservation, Organization, and Display of family photos.   You know what's even better than having an amazing family vacation, or a to-die-for wedding, or even...

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!! (Which is why any teachers gift guide was created in the first place, right?) And even...

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 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...