Alternatives to Goody Bags at parties

So, I decided a few years ago to stop giving out goody bags at our kid’s birthday parties.  I did it because I was tired of bringing them home from parties and watching our kids lose them or break them in a matter of hours.   I felt bad that parents had spent hard-earned money…

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construction paper purse #playon

How to make a purse out of construction paper #PlayOn

Did you know that kids who play do better in school. Kids who play develop the skills that are linked to learning. Play improves attention, attitudes, creativity, imagination, memory and so much more! Did you know that kids who have more than 15 minutes of recess time, per day, behave better in class, too? The worst part is that recess is being removed from schools as a result of academic testing!

responsible child

Raising kids to be responsible adults – stop entitlement

Are your kids acting entitled? Raising respectful kids is something that everyone can do.  We can raising our kids to be responsible adults.  We can even un-spoil our children.  The two books that I read that have given me a wealth of information are “Love & Logic Parenting early childhood” and “Boundaries for kids.”  Both…

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hamburger helper lasagna

Hamburger Helper Lasagna with zucchini

This hamburger helper lasagna with zucchini recipe is so quick and easy (and the kids love it!)  I’m sharing it today, because right now you can get free ground beef when you buy three Hamburger (or chicken or turkey) helpers. I wanted to show you our favorite way to spice things up! I love to…

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DIY Handprint Flower Painting (Mother’s Day gift idea!)

This DIY handprint flower painting is perfect for Mother’s Day!   I have a 18 other Mother’s Day ideas for under $5, but this one is probably my favorite. Here is what you need: 1- A canvas (you can buy it at most arts and crafts stores or online) 2- Paint.  I like to use Tempera paint because…

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