Top 10 Trick-or-Treat Rules for Kids (with Style and Safety!)

Here are our Top 10 Trick-or-Treat Rules for Kids (with Style and Safety!) It’s that time of year when kids get super excited to wear their costume and quickly begin bouncing off the walls. To keep your little trick-or-treaters safe and polite, we’ve put together some simple rules to review with your children. Obey the Halloween code. This means only go to houses that are well lit and look like a Halloween friendly home. Try not to disturb anyone after 8 or 9 pm. And never go to a dark house – the code for any more trick-or-treating! Respect personal property. Use the right path to the house and don’t jump through bushes and landscape to get to the door. Only knock or ring the doorbell once. If no one comes to the door move on. They may be in a sticky situation and … [Read more...]

Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller Review

Disclaimer: I received the Chicco TRE Jogging Stroller in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. When I was asked to review this Chicco stroller I, honestly, didn't know what to expect. Although I've been a mom for thirteen years, I wasn't very familiar with the brand. Now that I've used this stroller for a few weeks, I'm wondering where this brand has been all of my motherhood life! Putting this stroller together was a snap! The time lapse video below shows how easy it was. My husband had it put together in less than 5 minutes. Then, we were ready to give it a test ride.   Right away I loved how easy and smooth the TRE Jogging Stroller pushed with my two-year-old in it. My daughter sits comfortably in the seat, and there is a lot of room for her to still grow … [Read more...]

An 8-Step Internet Safety Plan

  Playing games, surfing the net, watching YouTube, googling and socializing – Do your kids understand Internet safety and netiquette? If you sometimes feel as if you’re losing control over your kids in this digital world – you’re not alone! We all want our kids to grow up to stay safe and respectful online, so here’s my 8-step plan to teaching kids how to be a good digital citizen: 1. Spend Time with Your Kids Online As parents, we’re all guilty of using technology as our ‘break’ from the kids. They’re entertained, and we don’t have to worry about where and what they are doing. But here’s the thing: We DO need to worry about where and how they are interacting on the Internet. Our first step is to understand where they are going online. 2. Review Private and Personal … [Read more...]

Encouraging Kindness in a Game Format {Free Printable}

As I dropped off my kids for the first day of school, I thought of how important it is as parents to foster and build our children's character. Kindness is a big part of great character! The definition of kindness is the quality of being generous and considerate. Wonderful thoughtful kids are made not born. That inspired me to create ways to remind my kids to spread kindness this year! Why not make a fun game format that challenges them to perform simple acts of kindness in school? Here are 13 acts of kindness to teach children to be nice and generous one good deed at a time: Hold a door open for someone. Thank someone for something they do. Clean up after someone. Help someone today. Say "Hi" to someone new. Push in someone's chair. Give a nice compliment. Make a card … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Costumes for the Entire Family

Halloween is one of my most favorite times of year. There's something about the cooler weather, the over-abundance of candy {mmm...Reese's!}, and the adorable kiddos dressed in Halloween costumes. When my kids were younger I dressed them in theme. The first year my two boys were Batman and Robin. The following year they were Captain Hook and Peter Pan. When we had our third son they all dressed as Star Wars characters, Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper and the baby was Yoda. Once my oldest son formed his own opinion, I lost my say-so in who wore what. And, that's okay, I guess. We all still have fun deciding on who or what they'll all dress-up as. Some years, they choose something that really makes me put on my thinking cap and get down and dirty with the glue gun. Other years, it's as easy as … [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...]