in bed by 7:00

Why I put my kids to bed at 7

Last week, a fellow blogger, Jackie at Happy Hooligans, shared my post about when your 3 year old is still waking at night.  When she shared my post, someone had left the comment “Who puts their kid to bed between 6:00 & 7:00 pm?” … so today I wanted to tell you WHY I put our kids to…

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teach kids to be flexible

Teach kids to be flexible when plans change

It is important to teach kids to be flexible when plans change because they change… a lot.   We want to teach our kids to learn how to deal with it instead of just fixing things for them.   Be Flexible Yourself: First off- remember that your kids do as they see… if they see…

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what do your kids need from you

What do your kids need from you?

Every month or so, I will find a moment when it is just my child and I.  (We have four kids, so this one-on-one time is not as often as you might think).  I cherish those moments, just like I cherish the ones where we are together, as a family. When I find myself in…

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organizing kids clothes

Organizing Kid’s Closets

Organizing kids clothes can be a daunting task… but it can also be fun and it can be freeing to finish it!  Today we are talking about 5 tips for organizing and buying your children’s clothes, with the help of Garanimals!  Yesterday, I had to go through our four children’s closets and do “the switch”….

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How I gained an hour in your day {Time Hack}

I am always looking for ways to make my days have more time… because I just can’t get everything done in 24 hours.  Here are 5 ways that I have found to squeeze an extra hour out of the day… 1- Stay up an hour AFTER everyone else in your family. If you can do…

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when should they wipe themselves

When should a child wipe themselves (without help)?

This is a question that I get at least ONCE a WEEK (usually it comes in the form of an e-mail!) After writing my book, Potty Train in a Weekend, I realized that I would get a lot of questions, but this one is probably on the top of the list.

cream cheese and toffee apple dip recipe

My favorite recipe: cream cheese and toffee apple dip recipe

They say “An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away.”… with this dip, its more like “6 apples a day keeps the doctor away”. I’m not exaggerating! This dip is so good that I can literally eat six apples in a day. When I was pregnant with our kids, I made this dip constantly! I still pick this cream cheese and toffee apple dip recipe over any other snack… dare I say, even ice cream (and if you know me well, you know that this is HUGE!)

best fall fruits & veggies

Foods that help your body FIGHT ILLNESS!

The crops of the fall season are usually not quite as exciting to most of us as those we get in the spring and summer.  BUT, the health benefits of these wonderful items will take you far in helping ward off colds and other illnesses.  Take a good look at how beneficial these crops are…

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halloween-tips for HEALTHY alternatives!

5 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Tips

Halloween is just around the corner and sometimes it can be challenging to keep our little ghouls and goblins out of the candy bowl and eating healthy.  From Halloween parties to trick or treating, this time of year seems to be filled with sweet candy treats of all kinds.  A key to keeping these sweets…

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scrap wood ghosts

Scrap Wood Ghosts & a pin-it party

Each week I pick a favorite pin from the week before and this week’s feature pin caught my eye because we have SO much scrap wood (in the garage, in the storage building, etc…).  My husband and three sons love to build, so if its scrap wood you are looking for… I’m your girl! I…

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How to take the juice out before opening it (avoid the mess)

A school lunch tip you don’t want to miss!

This school lunch tip is probably a little silly to be sharing, but let me tell you that it has helped our kiddos so much! Our kids love to take fruit cups to school, but they won’t take them because when they open them, the juice gets all over the place and makes a mess….

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SAve money for college now - how to get started & why

Saving money for our children’s future

My husband and I are both college graduates and we have seen how rewarding a college education can be. He attended a private school, where he studied managerial economics and he played football for the team. (Here is a picture of us at one of his football games. We went to college four hours away from each other, but I went there every weekend that he had a football game.)

paper towel flower

Decorating tip & a $1.00 Sparkle Paper Towel coupon!

I am so excited to partner with Georgia-Pacific to share my favorite decorating tip with you… about color (and a great coupon!) Our home is very ‘nautical’.  I have a room that is completely white… white couch, white love seat, white ottoman, while furniture.   This picture doesn’t even do it justice… its just so…

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DIY pipecleaner flower bookmark

DIY Pipe Cleaner Flower Bookmark

This DIY pipe cleaner bookmark is a really fun way to make a gift! It is also great for fine motor skills for your kids, so let them make one and use it with their favorite book.


Eat clean when you have no idea where to start

So, you want to eat clean but have no idea where or how to start? It sure can be overwhelming. With the internet, social media, Pinterest, etc. there is so much information out there and you probably don’t know what information is “right.” I get it. I was there. In 2009, I took the plunge…

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