What Makes A Mother? Mother’s Day was officially created in 1908 to honor mothers whose sons died in war. The earliest attempts to establish a Mother’s Day was rooted in women’s peace groups. It has since become a day to celebrate motherhood, mothers, and the positive contributions they make to our society. Consider what we believe to be true about motherhood. Mothers are supposed to be selfless; love unconditionally; be kind, patient, gentle; quick to soothe a hurt; always available; ... Continue Reading
Save money this year with four tips everyone in your family can appreciate.
In today's economy, many families are looking for ways to spend less money without making sacrifices. Easier said than done ... but it only takes a little effort up front to save time and extra expenses in the long run. Check out these tips for saving money and having a happy family to go along with it. At the Salon Cutting out family haircuts can be a huge money saver. Have you calculated the amount of money your entire family spends on hair cuts in a year? My husband alone spent $480 a year ... Continue Reading
Use batch cooking to save time and money in preparing recipes for your family.
Batch cooking is a great way to spend a little extra time to save a lot of time and money later. Once the food is prepared, all you need to do is prepare and serve later. And even better, there's less clean up. Here are a few batch cooking recipes I love to whip up: Pancakes I have never been that great at making pancakes. For some reason they never cooked inside but they were always brown on the outside - until I found this recipe. This recipes makes a ton of pancakes. Once they are cooled, I ... 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
Follow these tips to keep your holiday season full of cheer and stress free.
The Holidays are here. (I hope you already knew that.) With the "most wonderful time of the year" comes a lot of headaches. However, making powerful plays to keep things simple can really create a fantastic holiday. Follow these tips to keep your season full of cheer and devoid of stress. Delegate You are not Santa Claus. No matter what level superman/woman you are, the holidays cannot hinge on one person. It is the season of giving, but that doesn't mean you should give everything you have ... Continue Reading
Kiboomu combines music with a variety of printables and online elements to make learning fun for your child.
Congratulations to Kiboomu: the SocialMoms Blog of the Week! It's no secret that children love signing. Whether it's crooning to the songs on the radio, or chanting a nursery rhyme, kids learn and absorb a wealth of information via music. One site that brings music together with a variety of different printable and online elements is Kiboomu.com, a site for kids developed by Wendy Wiseman and Sherry Segal. On Kiboomu, Parents and Teachers can search for simple and easy kids crafts, ... Continue Reading
Head to a Halloween event at theme parks across the country.
When my older daughters were toddlers, my husband had a convention in Orlando, and families were invited. There was just one snafu. The convention was over Halloween weekend, and my kids wanted to go trick or treating. As is turns out, Disney World had a Halloween event, with just the right amount of candy and costuming. Throughout the year, kids dress up to go to Disney World, and during October, the theme park ratchets up the festivities, with special parades and not-terrifying Halloween ... Continue Reading