Award Yourself With Me Time

PEOPLE magazine (sponsored) This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of InStyle®, PEOPLE®, and StyleWatch®. The opinions and text are all mine.How to find some " Me Time"!  Something a lot of us don't get nearly enough of, but that is so important to our health, well-being, and of course, our sanity to give yourself a break. I personally don't get a lot of me time. I work full time, and I raise three kids full time. So between running kids to school, activities, playdates, working, housework, cooking meals, running errands, and volunteering in class, there's not a whole lot of time left over. And when there is I'm normally asleep ... or resting one eye while making lists in my head of the next day's to-do list, or trying to remember what that song was from last year … [Read more...]

Dear Kids: 9 Simple Ways To Please Mom on Mother’s Day!

Mother's day is almost here. As busy Mom's, most of us don't need much. Simple small acts of kindness from your family can add up to a fantastic day! If I could leave my kids a "Cheat Sheet" on what to do. Here's what it would say:1. Let Her Sleep - Mother's day is that one day of the year when all moms should be left to sleep in! We run around so much during the weekday and on weekends that please let us get some much-needed rest!. That means to be very quiet around the house and do something productive such as reading a book (No electronics, please - Mom would like you to experience good old-fashioned play.)2. Care for Yourself - Today let her relax and take care of all grooming to meet mom's expectations (brush teeth and hair, get dressed appropriately, take a shower and … [Read more...]

Breaking Busy with Alli Worthington {an Author Interview}

In January 2016, a friend of Blissfully Domestic wrote her first book. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to interview Alli Worthington and discover the in's and out's of how Breaking Busy went from paper to publication. I'm happy to know Alli Worthington as a personal friend, and I'm excited to introduce her and her new book, Breaking Busy, to you. I had so much fun reading Breaking Busy. It reads as if you are sitting in a coffee shop, with Alli, and enjoying each others company and conversation. The way Breaking Busy is written is so conversational…it's just like having the best talk between girlfriends. Without further ado, Alli Worthington, ladies, and gentlemen. {My questions/comments are in bold.} What made you want to write Breaking Busy? I wanted to help other women get … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Nest Pendants {a tutorial}

Mother's Day is right around the corner. May 11th, to be exact. That still gives you a few days to find the most original, most unique and most thoughtful gift for Mom. Or, you can make her something. {Handmade gifts are what moms like best anyway.}Want to make her something that she'll love for years to come? Follow a few simple steps with me today as we make Mom a nest pendant filled with "eggs" that represent each of her children. It'll be fun! And she's going to LOVE it.First, gather your supplies.{You'll need needle nose pliers, 24 gauge beading wire, beads, jump rings and a necklace to put your finished pendant on.}Start by counting out how many beads you'll need. One bead, or "egg", will represent each child. Of course these pendants would be perfect for … [Read more...]

Best Gift Ideas for Homeschool Moms

Do you have a homeschooling mom in your life?  Don’t have a clue about what to give her this year that will be useful and appreciated, and not become one more thing for her to dust?  Here’s a list of 7 perfect picks for homeschool moms to inspire your gift giving this year.Housecleaning service $15 -30 per hour. An informal poll among the homeschool mothers showed a remarkably constant wish: someone else to clean up the mess.  Remember, moms and the children are at home, all day long.  They're not just at home, but they are pulling out books, conducting science experiments, cooking meals and snacks, and living hard in their homes.  Show Mom you love her by paying someone else to clean the toilets. Maybe she'll finally have time to read a book for herself!Nook Simple Touch … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Crafts with the Kids

I love making fun homemade gifts with my kiddos on Mother's Day.  Here are several little crafts that you print out and quickly do with your children.  You can  make any of these for  Grandparents as well.All About My Mom- Have your child fill in the blanks then get ready to laugh your head off. This is also a fun game to do at a pre-school Mother's Day party.Finger Flowers- To make simply print out on cardstock and use your child's painted fingers for the petals and yellow thumb for the middle. Draw on some green stems and  have them color the pot and you're all set.Hand Print Poem- Place the handprints of your child onto a sheet with this darling poem and laminate it to frame or scrapbook.My Mom Card - Print, color, and fill in the blanks on this cute … [Read more...]