Are You Ready To Fight Screen Addiction?

(Sponsored): Blissfully Domestic is partnering with KidzVuz to spread the word about TeenSafe #FightScreenAddiction.  We received some cool stuff in exchange for our support, but all opinions are our own, of course!  I have three children. My oldest has just turned 21, and my youngest two (twins) are 10. Screen addiction is something that I have battled with regularly over the years. I've found it's become harder as they get older and require computers more regularly for homework assignments and research, but I've always encouraged a healthy balance in our home. Have you noticed that one of the questions pediatrician's ask when doing annual physical exams is how much screen time is your child getting? That was my first indication that I need to stay on top of this and encourage … [Read more...]

Sparkling Wine Types for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are here and it's time to break open the sparkling wine!  Celebrating this time of year with family and friend's is one of life's joys.  But what exactly should you serve your guests when you are entertaining at home?  Walking into a wine store and trying to figure out which bottle of sparkling wine to choose can be overwhelming. Luckily, hosts have many options when it comes to what to pour for their guests. Champagne? Prosecco? Cava? Sparkling wine? Maybe Moscato d'Asti?  Here I am going to give you a brief lesson in Sparkling Wine 101 and some of the fabulous choices: Champagne Only sparkling wine made in Champagne, France, using the Traditional Method, is allowed to be called Champagne. These wines undergo a second fermentation, in the bottle, which is called … [Read more...]

Good Manners for the Holidays in Four Easy Steps (Prep your kids with games that ACTUALLY work)

‘Tis the season for giving, being grateful and holiday gatherings. Are your kids ready? Does your child know how to accept a gift gracefully? How to be a great host or guest? Write a kind thank-you note? Or do you sometimes feel as if you go to a family gathering with your fingers crossed – “Please let my child behave today”? We all have those moments when our children embarrass us by not behaving properly. The possibilities of what can happen at a holiday gathering are endless! The best way to try to relax and enjoy the festivities is to offer your kids a pre-holiday refresher 101 course on being a good host and guest. Don’t fear. Help is here! Prep your kids with these four game-changing rules to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Play these simple games to equip your kids … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

What are you thankful for? Your friends, family and home, sure. How about some crafts to keep the little ones busy during this Thanksgiving holiday? You can certainly be thankful for that! Your little Indians and Pilgrims can create these kid's crafts just in time for Turkey Day! /1/ Handmade Turkey Leg Place Cards - Make sure everyone knows where their seat is on Thanksgiving with these quirky, paper turkey legs. /2/ Turkey Yourself - Add your precious little one's face to a handmade turkey. He'll get a kick out of seeing himself with feathers! /3/ Thanksgiving Place Mat - Does your house have a "kid's table"? While the grown-ups are adding the finishing touches to all of the dishes, keep the little ones busy with a place mat they can color and play games on. /4/ Extra … [Read more...]

A Perfect Dinner Party – for your Teen!

At a certain point, the themed birthday parties of grade school no longer fit the bill when you teen wants to celebrate a special day.  It's time to think outside the box.   Why not help your teen throw a dinner party ? We've done this with great success and you can too.  Here are some basic guidelines for throwing a Teen Dinner Party.   Have the kids "dress up" - it's a special night (or day) and teens love to show off their style, so encourage guests to dress up. Decorations don't have to be fancy.  Simple white tablecloths, small flower arrangements, candles (battery operated), little holiday lights, and a pre set table all have a sense of grown-up elegance. Splurge on "wow" for the appetizers but keep the main course full of easy kids favorites.  We filled … [Read more...]

10 Back to School Social Skills Lessons

Is your child ready to make a great first impression at school this year? Don’t let technology take over your child’s social skills and manners. These vital life skills are the foundation of kindness and respect and making others feel comfortable. We all want our child to be THAT child – noticed for all the right reasons! Here are ten important lessons to prep your kids to get an "A" in social skills this year! Inspire social skills learning through play and doing. Don’t just tell your kids how to behave, challenge them and encourage them to practice! These simple lessons will lead you and your child in a collaborative effort to bring back a little civility to a new generation. Lesson #1: Make a Great First Impression – Handle yourself with good manners and you will leave a … [Read more...]