Are you a busy mom? I don't know many moms who aren't - but being busy can be stressful. Ease up on your stress with these time-saving tips: Be Organized You know that old phrase, "A place for everything and everything in it's place"? Well, I am a big believer in that. I do have a place for everything and everything goes to its place at the end of the day. Books go on the bookshelves, dishes to the sink, clothes in the hamper, etc. I also try to keep all paper items in the trash or filed ... Continue Reading
Check out these time-savings tips for the busy mom.
Start Valentine’s Day right with chocolate chip pancakes and homemade whipped cream.
A lovely way to start your family’s Valentine’s Day off is with homemade chocolate whipped cream and mini-chocolate pancakes. They will be thanking you all day. This recipe is very easy and fun to make, and you may find your kids wanting to help with the cooking - or at the very least “helping” to lick the whipped cream off the whisk. Whipped Cream Ingredients: A mixer bowl (chill it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) 1 pint of organic heavy cream Ghirardelli Sweetened Cocoa ... Continue Reading
Using fitness video games to motivate parents and get fitness ideas to incorporate a daily workout routine.
The new year is the time to start making goals and many of us make a resolution surrounding fitness and getting healthy. Year after year we say, "I'm going to lose 20 pounds this year and start working out." Then reality sets in and we start to question how we're going to accomplish that goal. If you are anything like me, and have little time, the excuses start. I don’t want to join a gym. It’s too cold outside to start running. I can't possibly wake up any earlier in the morning. I ... Continue Reading
Parents can make the difference in responsible or irresponsible behavior in their kids. Read 5 common causes for your child acting out.
Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” The benefits of responsible behavior will help your child throughout her life. From good grades to successful romantic relationships, responsibility can positively impact virtually every area of your child’s life. So what’s a parent to do with an irresponsible child? There are several common causes of irresponsible behavior among children. If your child frequently exhibits behavior that is more irresponsible than ... Continue Reading
In this crazy world of life, family time more often than not takes a back seat. Learn how to change that.
Tending to life, work, a blog, kids, etc. can unravel into the inability to ever get caught up. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or you work full time it seems we are never caught up. Before you are in need of an intervention, reinvent the wheel. Managing our family time may just be what the Doctor ordered. Write it down Take a chalk board, dry erase board or calendar and hang it on a wall everyone will see everyday. Jot down to-do's, errands, don't forget, etc. by priority and add a date. ... Continue Reading
Learn new ways to de-stress from the holidays through getting outside, relaxing, and yoga.
Ever wonder how other moms make it through the holidays seemingly unscathed? They always look completely put together, they work full-time, and there are multiple kids afoot? Personally, we can all put up the “fake it till we make it” face. We may not be or feel put together, but, we know how to act it. Although, my good friends can see through my “happy face.” The truth of the matter is we all need to learn how to de-stress from the holidays, just so we can enjoy life. Giving ... Continue Reading
Tips and tricks for getting your kids cooking in the kitchen.
... or how the movie “Ratatouille” has changed our cooking life. If there is one thing that has drastically changed our cooking life, it would be the movie Ratatouille. It left such an impression on my children's brains, sometimes I have to beg them to get out of the kitchen. “If you go take your bath now, when, you come back, you can do the cooking,” is how it usually goes. Both my children have been actively involved in cooking since they were old enough to stand or sit on ... Continue Reading
Learn the traditions surrounding Hanukkah celebrations.
Hanukkah may not enjoy the same name recognition (or consistent spelling) as Christmas, but it is a fun holiday with its own family traditions. And gifts and chocolate. What’s not to like? For kids, the gift giving is a particular appeal, and one of Hanukkah’s many assets (at least from a kid-friendly point of view) is eight nights of presents. For parents, this can be a bit of a nightmare, worsened when you have more than one kid. You have to satisfy your kids night after night. Some of ... Continue Reading
Ways to teach your kids to give during the holiday season.
The holiday season is by far my favorite time of the year. It's not just the excitement of taking a bite into holiday meals, decorating the perfect tree, or sipping that first cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows that bring me pure joy; It's finding new ways to teach my kids how to give. Here are some creative and inexpensive ways your kids (and you too) can give this holiday season: The giving jar. Have your kids throw any loose change they find into a jar throughout the year. ... Continue Reading
It’s never too late to create new holiday traditions for your family.
I adore the holidays; the sights, smells and the warm fuzzy feelings. With the current economy, now is a great time to bring back the real reason for the holidays (which is not retail shopping). Our children's favourite things about the holidays are not the gifts ... no, really! Their favourite things are the traditions we have made together as a family. They talk about the foods, activities and yearly activities. Here are a few ideas that might work for your family. Start the ... Continue Reading