Non-Boring Brown Bag Lunches

Non-Boring Brown Bag Lunches

| August 22, 2014 | 17 Comments

Back to school is rapidly approaching! With the return to classrooms and school buses and school supplies comes a return to packing school lunches. Now that your little scholar has had all summer off, he might be a bit more inclined to be picky about his packed lunches than he was by the end of […]

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Asking for forgiveness for their puppy brother

Asking for forgiveness for their puppy brother

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is how the kids think they can get their puppy brother out of trouble!
I like the bow, it was a nice touch but its not going to work.
Jake is a bit of a nervous dog and he gets especially scared when we vacuum. He is a rescue dog and its only been a little […]

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Sibling Rivalry: Coping Strategies

Sibling Rivalry: Coping Strategies

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Now that school is out for the summer, your kids are spending a lot of time together. In my house, the first week or so of summer vacation is a time when the kids generally get along. After that, though, sibling rivalry, bickering, arguing and boredom set in. If left unchecked, the quarreling could make […]

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Moms’ Night Out

Moms’ Night Out

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Moms are always busy doing something for someone else. Whether it’s cleaning the house for your family, cooking meals, shuttling kids to various practices and playdates, running errands while they’re in school, or putting in extra time at work to finish a project for your boss, if you’re like most moms, you don’t take enough […]

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When to Leave Kids Home Alone?

When to Leave Kids Home Alone?

| June 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s a rite of passage: finally being deemed old enough to stay home alone. It’s also a rite of passage of sorts for parents, who need to swallow their anxiety the first time they drive away from the house with their child inside, without an adult to care for him. At 11 and 9, my […]

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Kids and Cellphones When do you want them to have one?

Kids and Cellphones When do you want them to have one?

| May 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

My son is about to start middle school in the fall. Instead of taking the bus as he did in elementary school, he’ll be riding his bike about a mile each way. Although we haven’t had a need for it yet, my husband and I are considering getting him a cellphone.
When is the right time […]

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Food

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders in 1862. Today it is celebrated not only in Mexico but in the US as well. We LOVE mexican food (as a matter of fact tacos are on our weekly family menu) and we can’t wait to have our fiesta tonight! Here are some […]

Teaching Kids to Cook: Easy Foods to Start With

Teaching Kids to Cook: Easy Foods to Start With

Do your kids like to cook? Do they know how to make anything? My daughter is nine and I was surprised to learn that her best friend, also nine, does not know how to cook anything at all. I asked her mom about it (she’s a close friend of mine) and she said that she […]

Shopping

Things to Buy on Sale in August

Things to Buy on Sale in August

It’s almost August already! This is typically the time to stock up on back-to-school items if you live in a state that doesn’t start back to school until the end of the month or after Labor Day. (You might still be able to get some great deals in the states that start earlier, as well, […]

Things to Buy on Sale in July

Things to Buy on Sale in July

Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year? It’s already July, and retailers are taking advantage of the hot weather, Independence Day and school starting next month in many areas. You’ll see “Christmas in July” sales at many stores, and occasionally, the deals rival those that you might find on Black Friday! This […]