Creating a Thanksgiving to Remember

I’ve had some readers email asking about whether we follow any traditions for Thanksgiving in our family. We don’t have too many, but I am happy to share the things we have done over the years. It is often a busy day spent with extended family, which means that we modify our traditions at times. … [Read more...]

Take Control of Your Holidays (Once & For All)

The holidays can be an exciting time, but they can also be a stressful time, especially if we come into this bustling time of year behind the eight ball. And, it seems to happen every year, doesn't it? The stress, the strain, and the overwhelm. We can so easily become so stressed out about the … [Read more...]

Family Traditions That Keep the Focus on the Real Reason For the Season

Sponsored by The Star In Theaters November 17 The holiday season is what I consider to be the best time of the year to make memories as a family. With sisters who live out of town, it is often the only time we are all together during the year. With my own family, it is the time of year when we … [Read more...]

Refresh & Restore Your Mom Heart

You guys! I have what might me the most exciting news that I’ve heard in a very long time. Like maybe all year. I know you are going to find it exciting, too. There is a conference coming up in just over a week and it’s just for us moms…and it’s FREE. That’s right, you can attend this … [Read more...]

Your Holiday Game Plan For Less Stress

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays every year? If you are like me, you might tell yourself that this is the last time you will greet the holidays as a disorganized mess. You probably find yourself vowing that next year will be different every.single.year. The thing is, if … [Read more...]

This Is What You Can Do For Las Vegas

The Las Vegas Shooting. The world is a scary place these days. I guess it has always been filled with hatred, violence, and war, but maybe what makes it different today is that technology has made it so that we can watch it all unfold in real time right in front of our eyes. Maybe that is what … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Kids Safe On the Internet

I could write numerous posts on technology, simply because there is so much out there in terms of technology. For that reason, this post in no way covers even a small portion of how we as parents need to be proactive when it comes to technology. But, since we have to start somewhere…here … [Read more...]

8 Awesome Places You Can Find Amazing Used Stuff

Have you discovered how easy it is to find some pretty amazing stuff when you are buying used stuff? Buying super cute stuff you love in good condition that also happens to be used is a fantastic way to save money. In fact, think of all the new stuff you’ve purchased in the past three months. If you … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Fall Craft Decoration Even Moms Who Suck at Crafts Can Make With Their Kids

*This is a guest post by my oldest daughter, Music Girl  Are you looking for easy and fun crafts to make for fall that both you and your kids will enjoy? Do you need something festive that makes your home look and feel like fall?Look no further! Throughout the month of September, I will show you … [Read more...]

Potty Training In a Weekend With NO Frustration, NO Tears, and NO Accidents

I will admit that potty training was not even on my radar anywhere. But, apparently we were dipping our toe into the waters of potty training a bit with our then newly three-year-old. Why would it not have been on my radar? Why would I say we were dipping our toe in the water rather than jumping … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Planner: Planner Basics For the Planner Challenged

I never used to be a planner girl, and after trying various planners again and again, I discovered that I never really was a planner person because I was “doing it” all wrong. This means that I never really loved my planner like so many others do. In fact, I never really even liked using a … [Read more...]

When the Money Just Isn’t There

Have you lived through a time when the money just isn’t there? Perhaps you find yourself there right now. Maybe right now you are in a place where you have no money at all. You could be nearing the end of yet another month and have no idea how you're going to make it all work. Mostly, you know … [Read more...]

Does Your Child Struggle With Self Control? Here’s What You Need to Know

"This is a sponsored post written by me  ZERO TO THREE for The Motherhood. All opinions are my own." I have been a mom for more than 16 years, and there are certain truths that I’ve come to embrace. I know that I am not the only one to know these truths since they are common among nearly all the … [Read more...]

How to Plan For Stress-Free Week Days on the Weekend

Everyone knows school days can be stressful - especially when you aren’t completely prepared for them! The weekend can be a vital planning time for the coming week if you just take the time to do it. Weekday mornings can be so stressful. Things get lost, people get up late and dash out the door … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Your Kids to be Tidy: Tips From a Mom of 8

If your home is like mine, it can be a never-ending battle to get your kids to pick up after themselves at times. In my case, my older kids are even worse at it than the little ones. Perhaps it has something to do with that teen attitude, but I try to keep the younger ones on task even if the older … [Read more...]