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Current Debit Card for Teens and Parents Review
I have a teen son and a pre-teen girl and they both love to spend money, especially my money. There’s always a need of some sort. They “need” new shoes, money to meet a friend at the movies or for the sports game concession stand. It is always something and before I know it, I go to buy a...
After keeping them physically safe, raising healthy kids is your primary responsibility as a parent. Though it can be difficult to teach your kids about the importance of making healthy choices, as long as you do your best, talk to them about the benefits of healthy living, and model healthy choices, you and your family should be on the...
As the days get shorter and summer starts to slowly come to an end, it can feel like the school bus will be coming around the corner to pick your child up any minute now. Luckily, there are still a few weeks left until school begins, but with the beginning of school comes the beginning of other opportunities as...
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
Max & Ola Eco-Friendly Baby Moccasins
Have you heard of Max & Ola’s? If you have a little one, this is a company worth checking out. Their welcome page lured me in: "Just as we must protect and care for our earth, so we must protect and care for our children. Whatever is safe for our environment is often safe for our children as well. At Max & Ola's,...
8 tips to help children who struggle with paying attention in school and sitting still.
Today a friend messaged me on Facebook asking for advice. Their young child was having issues sitting still and concentrating in class. Testing was a particular issue. I can relate because my daughter also has issues with this. She gets fidgety, as many children do and then cannot concentrate. I think many parents can relate to this. As a former...
Girl Scout Activity Ideas for Spring and Summer
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I've been doing some research on activities I can do with my Daisy and Brownie troop this week. Our focus for an upcoming meeting will be Mother’s Day and the girls will be making gifts and sharing what they love about their mom. I’ve found so many adorable ideas on Pinterest...
Making your own baby food can be easy, despite the stereotype image that home-made baby food is for the mothers who have a lot of spare time and make everything from scratch. Making your own baby food is actually very easy, does not take much time and can be more convenient than buying the jarred stuff. My half-sister just...
Healthy and Easy Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for Kids (mom too!)
Back to school time means the alarm will be going off much earlier than we’re used to during the summer.  It means hurried mornings and tired children. Tired mom too! To make the back to school transition a little easier, I’m planning ahead. I’m preparing for strong coffee, blurry eyed children and bed head. I’m gathering new ideas for...
Parenting Self-Reflection Interview Questions and Free Printable #motherhood #parenting
Parenting is tough. It’s joyful, rewarding, amazing and all sorts of other wonderful things but it’s also really, really hard.  Childbirth was easy in comparison to actually being a parent and living the day-to-day challenges. There are far more good days than bad days and more rewards then not but some days are challenging. When I was teaching before...
We’re a busy family on the go and the vehicle is always carting children, ski’s groceries and children from activity to activity. As a business vehicle too, I try very hard to make the vehicle functional, organized and as clean as possible. This doesn't mean I need a dozen expensive products to help me stay organized but here are a few...
I've said this before but I love PBS! My daughter and I like to watch Sid the Science Kid (award-winning) together and this week there are lots of science themes related to the environment! Who Is Sid The Science Kid? If you haven’t watched Sid the Science Kid before, you’re missing out! Sid is an energetic and very inquisitive preschooler who likes...
My son loves to build, use his hands and create things. He has a knack for figuring out puzzles and solving problems (I wish he got this from me). We have blocks in all shapes, colors and styles because hello, I have Master's in early childhood and encourage building and creative play! We have all sorts of connecting toys...
Tis the season for packing lunches. I've gotten some emails asking for tips on how to pack a healthy school lunch and to "green" the lunch box. I have to say, when it comes to packing a healthy lunch I think parents have to keep in mind, the lunch room is competitive and there are lots of trades made....
Traveling green with children, it takes effort. I won't lie to you and say that it isn't easier to just run through the fast food and splurge but it is wasteful. I know because I'm writing this as my husband navigates the snowy roads and I feel sick from the waste I just threw out from the fast food...
stockmar bees wax crayons review
Both of my children love to color. It's one of our favorite pastimes but some of the crayons don't have very vibrant colors. Even when I make my own crayons from recycling the broken ones, the colors are often too dull. Why Crayons Are Often Dull Colored The biggest thing I found out is that this is related to the wax...
Reindeer sandwiches are a healthy and nutritious snack and DIY activity for children this holiday season but sometimes the children just need something smaller to pop into their mouths instead of the sprinkled holiday chocolates and cookies.  A healthy alternative that children love to make on their own and will enjoy anytime of the day, holiday snowballs. What you need: 1/2...