How to help your kids behave at the store

Shopping w kids (tips for calm shopping trips! )

Welcome- Do you want to get tips in your inbox daily? Sign up HERE “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.” 10 TIPS FOR HELPING TO HELP YOUR KIDS BEHAVE AT THE STORE: We have four wonderful children and they are very young (7, 5, 3, 1) so I am often out shopping (see my tips to shop for less money!) with all four of them. I would like to say that I can take them shopping and … Click here to read the full post

Kids waking up too early – Teaching your children to sleep later and adjust their natural “alarm clocks”

Kids waking up too early

   Are your kids waking up too early? Sleep is VERY important, so teaching our kids great sleep/wake patterns will benefit your child greatly.  (enough sleep = healthier child… better ability to stay focused, happier children… there are so many benefits to getting enough sleep). We have four kids and let me tell you, our kids were waking up EARLY!  I had to do something when our older kids were waking up at 5:00 and 6:00 in the morning (still dark outside)- waking up their siblings and not getting their 10-12 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period (our … Click here to read the full post

Want smarter kids? Check out what you are already doing that is helping!

how these things can help your kids learn!

We all want our kids to do well in school.   We also all know that it is smart to exercise… Its not surprising that there is evidence that exercise actually helps kids be smarter as well. Several studies have tested this theory and the results are fascinating:  One study found that fourth- and fifth-grade students who ran around and otherwise exercised vigorously for at least 10 minutes before a math test scored higher than children who had sat quietly before the exam. Another study found aerobic fitness to be a significant predictor of academic performance – even though overall … Click here to read the full post

Bunny Tracks in our house { diy Easter bunny tracks }

Easter Bunny Tracks in your house leading up to a note! (easy to DIY)

Dear Easter Bunny,  Oh, you silly Easter Bunny! You come into our house every single year and you leave behind those pesky bunny tracks that I have to work so hard to clean up.  Your DIY Easter Bunny Tracks certainly make our kids smile, so I’ll allow them again, Easter Bunny. I don’t mind cleaning up the mess that you leave behind, because our kids giggle with excitement the minute that they look down from the stairs and see your tracks leading in from our back door right over to the carrots that were left for you on the kitchen counter.    … Click here to read the full post

DIY backyard toadstools (adorable for kids play area!) & a Pin it party

DIY-kid-stools

Hi! Every Saturday we hold our Pin-it party. I invite you to stop by and share your favorite pins and posts! The following Saturday, I will pick one to feature. Some weeks it is the most-clicked and other weeks it is just a favorite of mine! This week I decided to feature Lindsay’s DIY toadstool idea, because I am right in the middle of freshening up our back yard and this will be so adorable by our kid’s playset out back! Here is a sneak peek: To get the full details and instructions, visit the pin here  or stop by My … Click here to read the full post

How to start a community garden at your church (& eat what you grow!)

DIY community garden at your church

This post brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that 33% of Americans have a garden or use a community garden?  That is 42 million households!   It is up 63% since 2008 and the new gardeners are finding ideas (like the one that I will share today) to make it even easier.    This means that community gardening alone is up over 200% in the past five years!  What a huge jump!  There are a lot of different places that you can find a community garden.  Just in our area, we have a … Click here to read the full post

Embracing the night shift ( baby waking up to eat at night )

Embracing the "Night shift" for Moms- teething babies or baby waking up at night to eat

It is at night that I really learn to “remember” my babies. I really get to know them in the middle of the night. I have to use all of my senses when I held them at night. So- if you are still in that moment, try to enjoy it tonight. Soon it will be your last feeding with this baby. You won’t know the day or time when this last feeding happens- one day they just sleep through the night.. and those moments of just mommy & me are just one less. Cherish it tonight.

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Decorating tips for spring {Inspiration!}

Decorating tips for spring

I love to decorate, as you can tell from my many decorating posts… I also love the colors of spring and this year is filled with my favorite color (gray/blue!) I hope today’s post inspires you with these decorating tips for spring for your home… with the many things that YOU love!

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{Solution} DIY gate for bottom of wide staircase (when the staircase it too wide for a normal store-bought gate)

DIY gate for bottom of steps

When we moved into our house, we needed a gate for our little ones, to prevent them from crawling up the steps without our knowledge and supervision.  The problem is always the same- the opening at the bottom of the steps is far too big of an opening – so what do you do when the bottom of the steps is too wide for a gate? Here is a DIY gate for bottom of wide staircase – I hope it is helpful! Follow my husband’s lead and build your own!  He can fix just about any problem in our house and … Click here to read the full post