parenting secret

My little parenting secret (how I keep an eye on my kids… even when I don’t.)

I am going to let you in on my little parenting secret – how I keep an eye on my kids all the time, even when I’m not! When I was in college at Pitt, our professor told our class the story about a Catholic School Teacher and how she kept a framed picture of the Pope… 

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guest room play room

5 tips to make a multipurpose room (guest room & play room at the same time!)

My husband and I have lived in three houses since we have been married. We moved from our childhood homes in PA to our new home in the Carolinas and we love it! Now that we are six hours away, we needed to make sure that we had space for guests when they come to… 

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what you should never use on your hardwood floors

One thing you should never use on hardwood floors (& how to fix scratches)

This post contains affiliate links. It is funny that I would post something that you should never do to hardwood floors, because the only reason that we know is because we have tried it!  Read on to find the one thing you should never use on hardwood floors (& how to fix scratches) Never use Pledge… 

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DIY-Baseball-Wreath

Baseball crafts & a pin-it party

I am so excited to see you at our party! Each week I post one of my favorite posts that you share on my page. This week I am sharing Baseball Crafts by It’s Always Ruetten. It is a post with many different baseball craft ideas and they are adorable! Here are a few… Head… 

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boating with kids

5 tips to remember when taking your family boating (keep your kids smiling!)

Our kids love to go boating and so do we!

Here are my 5 tips for taking your family boating (& keep your kids smiling while keeping you stress-free!)

kindergarten sight word list

printable Kindergarten sight words (& how to use it)

1. Introduce your chid to the list.
2. Read all of the words to your child and tell them that they will be learning a new word every day (or every other day).
3. On day one, see if your child knows any of the words. If they do, put a sticker, a checkmark or a smiley face to the left of the word (there is space for that)…
4…

have the cleaning talk

Have the cleaning talk with your family

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. It is important to talk about cleaning in your home.  If your home is clean, you want to be there.  Your kids want to be there.  Your spouse wants to be there.  … 

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raising a leader

11 tips for raising your child to be a leader (part 2)

Welcome to part two of how to raise your child to be a leader. Today is #6-11.

6). Don’t expect perfection. Don’t expect laziness, either. Teach them to try their best (and make sure that they do!)

7). Lead by example. The best thing that we can do is to SHOW our kids.

raise your child to be a leader

11 tips to raise your child to be a leader (part 1)

Let me start out by saying that not everyone is meant be a leader- I want my kids to have the best of both worlds.   I want them to be confident leaders, but to be cooperative followers, as well.   I want them to take the initiative to stand up for what they believe in, but the… 

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kitchen hack

Kitchen Life Hack: Helping your little one to be independent

This post, as with any, may contain affiliate links. If you are Helping your little one to be independent, this is one trick that might work for you!   This little tip comes from my sister in law and I love it!   I do this for our four year old son, now, too. Every morning,  I get… 

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frozen b-day party ideas (cheap!)

Frozen birthday party ideas (on a budget) and a pin it party

I am so excited to see you at our party! Each week I post one of my favorite posts that you share on my page.   This week I had to post this Frozen Party idea by Oatmeal smiles:  While those are adorable, my favorite is this part… (I love this song!) If you want… 

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raising your son to respect himself

Teaching our sons to respect themselves (because the Boyfriend – Girlfriend thing starts too young!) This week’s YMF library…

This week I am sharing a few more reads to get you through the weekend… Today’s books are all about introducing our children to physical intimacy through God’s word.   I want our children to be very pure in their lives and education and knowledge are the ways that I am going to accomplish this.  … 

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Yellow Rice, Black Bean & Pepper recipe

Yellow Rice, Black Bean & Pepper recipe (my favorite!)

This dish is my very favorite!  A friend made it for me and we have adapted it to become one that we now love.    I make it at least once a week.  It is a Yellow Rice, Black Bean & Pepper recipe and it is fantastic! Here you go… Ingredients: 2-3 cans black beans… 

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