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...]

The Categories Game for Families and Kids

This thinking game can be planned most anywhere – in the car, while waiting in line, at the dinner table. The Categories Game is easy and can be adapted for most any age group. Like Family Feud, players guess answers that fit a particular category, but there's no "survey says". The round goes on and on until players run out of ideas. Try playing it with the kids on your next family road trip or while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or oil change. Best of all, no supplies are required. The Categories Game can be played anywhere, anytime. What is The Categories Game? The Categories Game will have your kids searching their brains for items that fit a certain category. Some rounds will last ten minutes and others will last for hours, depending on the category selected. When … [Read more...]

Tips for Raising Money SMART kids

  Money, money, money Must be funny In the rich man's world Money, money, money Always sunny In the rich man's world Aha-ahaaa All the things I could do If I had a little money It's a rich man's world Yes, I admit I am an Abba fan! The ‘Money, Money, Money….” lyrics is something that I often have an urge to sing when my kids ask for the moon. But in all seriousness, I do recognize the importance of teaching my children about personal finances. They will, without a double, encounter a time in their life when they need to truly understand how to budget and the value of money. It’s never too early to teach our children about money and the importance of savings. I’ve narrowed it down to what I call ‘The Tree S Lesson’ – Save, Share and Spend! How to Save? … [Read more...]

Tried-and-True Thank You Notes

A little note can make such a difference! There are many reasons why thank you notes are so great. The note doesn’t have to be complicated. I know, I know….We are busy. We don’t always have cards on hand. There’s always an excuse. The truth is it only takes about five minutes to write a note. (I actually timed writing one the other day!) Plus, today we can also find modern ways to express gratitude. The most important part of the thank you is to let a person know how much his or her generosity or kindness is appreciated. Let’s make an effort and teach our children why thank you notes are important. Why write a thank you note? Do you still hang on to thoughtful thank you notes? In our hectic lives, when someone takes the time to send you a little gratitude it means so much! And … [Read more...]

8 Easy Kitchen Hacks for Busy Moms

This post is sponsored by Sears. All opinions are my own. It's the holidays, it's the end of the year, and the kids are home for Winter Break. What will all of us busy moms do to stay merry and bright?? How will we remain sane until they go back to school in 2016?? I have 8 Kitchen Hacks that will, at least, keep our kitchen more organized and tidy while the kids are home non-stop for two weeks. /1/ Want to make a quick and easy breakfast using only your waffle maker?? Try making cinnamon rolls or hash browns in your waffle maker! Easy clean and no piles of dirty dishes. /2/ Next time you bake brownies, use a plastic knife to cut brownies and never have a gooey-gooey, crumby mess again. It works, I promise. image via /3/ The kids will surely be in and out of the … [Read more...]

New Year’s Interview for Kids

Capture your kiddos favorite things, special memories, and more with a New Year's interview! This is our third year of interviews and the girls just love hearing what their answers were in the past - lots of giggles! Here's our list of questions: Favorites: cereal vegetable drink toy TV Show game book restaurant holiday animal If you could change your name, what would you choose? What do you love about each person in our family? Where would you like to go on vacation this year? What are some of your wishes for this year? I have these in a little notebook, but this year I want to do something a little more special. I'm typing their answers and printing them out, leaving space for a self-portrait and a photo. I'll put these in a binder or simple … [Read more...]