5 Top Items to Put On Your Wedding Registry

(Sponsored) This blog post was sponsored by Macys ® but the opinions are all my own. Marrying the love of your life is one of the most amazing moments you will ever remember. As you start this new chapter of your life, you and your fiancé need to start making the wedding registry list – an essential list of wants and needs for your new life! Right now receive an Extra 15% off your wedding gift purchase with code WEDDING. Shop now at macys.com! Valid 9/1-9/30 I still remember how excited I was to get my registry gun and conquer this important task with my fiancé! A memorable pre-wedding activity, before walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’. We considered many different registries but Macy’s amazing registry capabilities definitely took the cake! The great selection of brands … [Read more...]

10 Gorgeous Ways To Remake A Shirt

Let's talk about those plain ol' t-shirts hanging in your closet! Wouldn't you like wear them with more than your faded jeans and sneakers on Saturdays? Why not spruce them up with a bit of gorgeous upcycling? Whether your personal style is lacy, cute, or funky, we have a simple DIY to remake your new, well-loved or thrifted shirts into eye-catching wardrobe items! Are your favorite old shirts tighter than you'd like? Maybe you found the perfect band t-shirt in a thrift store but it's a size too small? Using a bit of lace edging, remake it into a flowy, boho style and enjoy the shirt in a beautiful new style! Crocheted Lace Side Seam - Trash to Couture Simply cut four slits in the back of a shirt, wrap small bits of lace or ribbon around each fabric section and you've got a quick … [Read more...]

Tips to Help a Child with Impulse Control

Impulse control is the ability to stop and think before acting. It’s one of the executive functions children need in order to control their thoughts and actions in family, social, and school settings. It’s important for parents to remember that young children are not expected to consistently control their impulses or their thoughts and actions. They rely heavily on adults to help them control themselves. As kids mature, we expect them to internalize rules and to develop better and better self-control so that they are not at the mercy of their impulses. However, not all children develop at the same pace as their peers in this critical area. If you have a child who exhibits any of the behaviors below, she or he could benefit from some behavioral interventions: Has trouble … [Read more...]

Recession-Chic: Throwing a Fabulous, Yet Frugal Wedding for Next to Nothing

Sometimes, less is truly more. In these hard times, saving a few bucks is a necessity. What's a bride-to-be to do when money is already stretched thin? Recession-chic weddings, the trend of 2010, can be just as classic - but for a whole lot less! Elegance comes in many forms with or without money in hand. Here are a few tips to help you throw a fabulous, yet frugal wedding -- on a budget that's next to nil! The Trend of 2010: Learning How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget Frugal wedding tip #1: Repurpose a used or vintage gown. Sure, some dresses are outdated design and cut-wise. If you're a modern girl, you want the clean look without fuss; if you're more on the traditional side, you want that classic look to fit a little better. Solution? Re-purpose a consigned or vintage dress, which … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Entertain the Kids at Restaurants. (Do I dare say without a screen.) GASP!

We’ve all been there! Your child is hungry and fussy and the food has not yet arrived. What should you do? Yes, it’s tempting to pull out our cell phones or tablets to quickly keep our child occupied, but this doesn’t teach them to sit and behave properly at a restaurant. Teaching our kids how to behave in a restaurant setting is an important part of parenting. We know it’s hard for them to sit still so we need a plan. A go to restaurant plan to help hold their attention span – quiet games and activities to keep them happy and entertained – and yes all screen-free. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep them busy at restaurants without the screens: Napkin Decoration! I love crayons because it only takes a few and a napkin and you are all set! Challenge the kids to a … [Read more...]

50 Sensational Summer Crafts for Kids

So, how to keep the kids busy on a long summer day? Try some of these fabulous activities we've rounded up as our favorite summer crafts for kids. Or, when the occasion calls for it, send the list to grandma. Indoor Crafts 1. Be prepared to display their artwork with these super cute clothespin airplanes - a magnet on the back or a string on the wall will make a great landing strip for your kids' airplanes holding precious, handmade cargo. 2. There are plenty of indoor preschool crafts out there, so even the littlest never have to be left out. 3. Alphabet bean bags are a great project for a beginner sewer or a fun mommy-and-me collaborative project with lots of fun - and learning! - left to be had after the project is over. 4. Tissue box monsters will show off originality and … [Read more...]