How to Use a Planner To Get & Keep Your Life In Order

I am in full on planning mode. My kids start back with school next week, and the first couple of months are always such a mess. I would be totally lost without my planner since it helps keep everything in my life organized. From kids’ practices to various appointments, to lists of books I need to … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Back to School Countdown With Printable Checklist

Have you had a back to school countdown going on in your house? Are your kids excited for the first day of school, or, are they dreading it? Even if your kids have already started their new school year, this countdown is full of some back to school organization ideas you can do to make this their … [Read more...]

Living With Kids Doesn’t Have to Mean Living With Clutter!

Clutter. Is there anything more annoying than clutter? I am not sure that there is, and I know I’m not the only one because the things I write about clutter and helping kids with their clutter are well received by readers. I am guessing this may mean that you dislike clutter as much as I do. The … [Read more...]

16 Sanity Saving Tips for Surviving the Back to School STRESS!

Can you believe that back to school is already right around the corner?! This is unbelievable to me. I say it all the time, but where has the summer gone?! For those of you who have been locked in oppressive heat for much of the summer, fall could be a welcome relief. However, I live in the … [Read more...]

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Drink For Kids

So often festive holidays, especially during the summer, are focused on drinks for the adults. But, what about the kids? With Fourth of July right around the corner in the United States, now is the perfect time to get what you need so you can whip up this simple Fourth of July drink for the kiddos … [Read more...]

How NOT to Raise a Spoiled Brat

I am often so saddened about the youth of today’s world. In many cases they seem so misguided as to the way the world really works. So many kids seem to think they are owed the world on a silver platter. And then, when they become adults, they are left wondering what happened. Much of this is due to … [Read more...]

25 Ways I’ve Had to Eat Crow As a Mom

Have you ever had to eat crow since becoming a mom? What does this mean? In this case, eating crow refers to all those things you thought or maybe even said while you were pregnant. Those things you said after standing behind the frazzled mom in the checkout whose crazy hooligans were hanging upside … [Read more...]

9 Brilliant Must Know Tips For Road Trips With Free Road Trip Game!

Road trips can be great. Road trips with kids can be a completely different story. While the trip can be great, the road part can be a stressful experience (says the mother of 9 kids). Keeping kids entertained is one thing, but there are so many other things you can do to make road trips with kids … [Read more...]

5 Classic Neighborhood Games Perfect For Younger & Older Kids

What's better than a warm spring or summer evening and kids running around outside, squealing with delight? Not much, I don't think, and these neighborhood games are a great way to make that happen. Some of my best memories as a kid were made playing various neighborhood games out with a bunch of … [Read more...]

How to STOP Fighting With Your Husband

Fighting in a marriage, or perhaps dealing with marital conflict, is an inevitable part of being married. Even the healthiest of marriages will find couples arguing with each other at times. Some even say that disagreements between spouses are an essential ingredient in a marriage relationship (and … [Read more...]

Creating a Smart Evening Routine For Busy Women & Moms

In my home, life is busy, and I’m guessing that it’s really no different in yours. We have recently jumped back into spring and summer sports, we have all of the end of the year activities, and in our case, a new baby is joining in for all the crazy busyness too! Evening routines are essential in … [Read more...]

Secrets to a Stress Free Summer With Kids (from a mom of 9!)

Summer can be fun, but summer can also be downright scary since there is so much downtime, family togetherness, and long days. Summer can feel out of control and be lacking in structure, routines, and rules, which can give way to mass chaos. Is a stress free summer even possible - a stress free … [Read more...]

10 Essentials To Make Your Family Camping Trip a Success!

*this is a guest post from Jenny of Mom Loves Best Want to go camping with your family this fall? It’s a great way to make long-lasting family memories – but the prospect of packing can be daunting. What do you really need to make your trip a success? There are all kinds of camping tricks, tips, … [Read more...]

Teach Your Kid to Ride a Bike Without Training Wheels in 30 Minutes or LESS!

Teaching your child to ride a bike can be a stressful time met with tears, frustration, and even a strained relationship in some cases, but as a mom of 9 I can tell you, it doesn’t have to be that stressful! In fact, it can be super easy and even fun once you know the trick to getting it done. … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways to Really Listen to Your Kids

It is so easy to “listen” to our kids but never hear a word they have to say. I have talked about listening before in The 10 Rules of Communicating With Your Kids, but I think we can all agree that listening is first and foremost removing distractions and clearing your mind. Listening is not an … [Read more...]