The SMART Back to Basics Summer Project. Bring it ON!

I’ve spoken to hundreds of moms and everyone seems to have the same complaint. How do we get our kids off electronics and back to basics? How do we teach them to connect with people on a deeper level? How do we teach them to search for a solution using their minds and not just with a push of a button?Sometimes I just want to shout, “Stop looking down and take the time to look up, connect and enjoy the moment.” I am determined to teach them the amazing benefits of life unplugged!And voila, that inspired me to set up my summer of getting back to basics plan begins! It’s time to look up, connect and experience real feelings, real emotions, real people, real nature – everything REAL and NOTHING electronic.I’m calling it 'My SMART Back to Basics Summer Project'. The goal is to … [Read more...]

DIY Table Manners Napkins

How are your kids table manners?I am a mama who’s a sticker for table manners. I am always coming up with new ways to remind my children to mind their table manners! One of my favorite new tools that I use is the table manners napkin. This is a simple fun project that you could do with your kids and a great reminder of the basic rules.With only a few tools and steps, you too can help shape up your children’s manners!The Table Manners RemindersPut the napkin in your lap. Say please and thank you. Try it you might actually like it. Elbows off the table, please. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t reach across the table. No texting at the table. Is that table talk? Take your dishes to the sink.Table Manners Napkin InstructionsThe … [Read more...]

Amazing Life Lessons From Board Games

Who doesn’t love all the benefits of a good old-fashioned board game? Board games are perfect for a little indoor fun as the weather gets cooler and on rainy days. They provide hours of entertainment and are wonderful ‘educational tools’. Yes, they make everyone a little smarter! And to top it off, they offer lots of family bonding-without screens.Top Life Lessons Learned:Taking Turns – Let’s face it, it can be tough for kids to take turns. Board games teach you to be patient as you wait for your opponent’s next move.Commitment – Keep going and don’t give up! A simple game such as Monopoly teaches commitment and perseverance. Stay committed, even if times get tough. Things can turn with time!Focus & Concentration – Study the situation and focus! Operation takes a … [Read more...]