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...]

5 Things you can do now to have your most Organized Thanksgiving EVER!

Over the past few years I have offered a “Virtual Organizing” Bootcamp on my blog. This year we thought we’d feature some of our favorite “missions” with you for FREE so that you could enjoy being organized this Holiday Season. Starting with Thanksgiving, here are a few of our suggestions to get on top/stay on top of things this year:Mission: Clean out the spice cupboard Go through your spice cupboard and pantry and make a list of everything you will need for holiday baking.  Make sure to toss anything that is passed its prime.Things to double check:Baking powder expiration date (on bottom of the can) Toss spices that are older than: Whole spices – 4 years Ground Spices: 2-3 years Leafy Herbs: 1-3 yearsLet your nose be your guide!Don’t forget flour, … [Read more...]