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...]

Summer Playdate Essentials

Do you ever wonder what your children are like when they go over to a friend’s house for a playdate? Do they remember to take off their shoes? Do they say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’? Do they follow the rules?We have all had that nightmare playdate over. The kid who runs around your house with dirty shoes, rummages through your pantry, leaves toys and food all over the house, etc. How do we prevent our kids from becoming that nightmare playdate? We begin by teaching them the rules of being a great host and guest. And then we practice, practice and practice! Fingers crossed, they remember to follow these rules on the next playdate.Good social skills make playdates fun for everyone. The most important rule to teach your kids is to always make everyone feel welcome and … [Read more...]

Butterfly Stained Glass Craft

Try this fun and easy butterfly stained glass craft with your kids this summer. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for things to do with my kids during the summer.  We try to spend time outside each day, but during the hottest times we like to hunker down indoors.  I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy crafts that the kids will enjoy.  And mom too!This butterfly stained glass craft is easy and lets the kids show their creativity. The great thing about this craft is that all you need is a few items that I bet you have in your home.  To make your own butterfly stained glass craft you need:Press and seal Glitter or confetti Cardstock paper Scissors Glue or tapeTear out a piece of the press and seal and lay it with the … [Read more...]