Santa Hat Kabobs

Santa Hat Kabobs
Try these santa hat kabobs today! So easy, very cute and great project to do with kids!! (And a great healthy snack over Christmas break) Ingredients large marshmallows mini marshmallows Approximately 1 pint fresh strawberries Green grapes rinsed and patted dry (small bag should be enough) wooden kabob skewers Instructions Thread one grape onto the kabob skewer With kitchen scissors, cut a large marshmallow into...

Gathering Inspiration For Act 2 (Be Nice to Mommy: It’s Elementary)

Gathering Inspiration For Act 2 (Be Nice to Mommy: It’s Elementary)
Kids grow up and inspire new music What have I been doing the last three years? Gathering inspiration for new material. When I produced Be Nice to Mommy Volume 1, I had twins in preschool and a first grader. Now my twin daughters are in third grade and my other daughter is in middle school.  We are no longer potty training or remembering to wash hands now. We moved on to homework, after school activities, monitoring screen time and mending broken limbs. T

How To Be An Awesome Elementary School Mom

How To Be An Awesome Elementary School Mom
It's back to school time and I'm already anticipating the chaos of that first week. New schedule, new forms, new teachers. I've been through it before, a few times actually, so I know things will work out in the end, but I still get anxious about all the changes that inevitably result from school starting back each year. I remember the difficult adjustment the first year well, and hope to help others cope more easily by sharing some of my observations and ...

Kids Who Misbehave in Restaurants: Who’s Fault Is It?

Kids Who Misbehave in Restaurants: Who’s Fault Is It?
I try not to judge other parents as I don't like to be judged myself. However, on the rare occasion I hire a babysitter to go out to eat without my kids, I don't want to be surrounded by the same type of chaos I thought I left at home. I really look forward to adult conversation and a quiet meal on those evenings. It is extremely irritating to sit near a family with unruly kids when I've gone to great lengths to take a break from my own. And even mor...

How to Get Your Child to School on Time – 6 No-Fail Tips

How to Get Your Child to School on Time – 6 No-Fail Tips
  "This year I'll do it right" I'm certainly going to try anyway. I usually feel like it's a miracle when my kids get to school on time. With all that's involved with getting them dressed, fed and organized, my house is chaos in the morning. But I hear the hours before school doesn't have to be a mad dash. Here are some back to school tips for less chaotic mornings from other, seemingly more organized moms.  I plan to put into effect for the 2019-20...

Ants on a Log – Peanut Butter, Raisins & Celery

Ants on a Log – Peanut Butter, Raisins & Celery
All you need is peanut butter, raisins and celery! This one is sure to be a favorite...sweet and simple, this recipe is so easy your kids can make it themselves. Better yet, they will love this healthy and nutritious snack So fun on a hot summer day!   INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch celery, chopped  peanut butter, chunky or creamy (preferably organic)  raisins DIRECTIONS: Cut celery into 4 inch lengths. Lather the celery p...

RAGE YOGA: Trendy New Yoga Practice for Stressed Out Moms

RAGE YOGA: Trendy New Yoga Practice for Stressed Out Moms
It's easy to understand why parents are stressed in today's fast paced world. Many of us are frazzled trying to juggle schedules, meals, homework and more, intent on providing our children with opportunities to succeed. At the same time, we work to achieve in our jobs and relationships as well. Some of us turn to yoga to destress which works well for many people. I've tried it, but for me, it's too slow. I make the effort to squeeze a class into my schedul...

Why Bring Your Kids to the Library?

Why Bring Your Kids to the Library?
  I loved going to the library as a kid. It was an adventure - a quiet one, but still an adventure. I spent hours leisurely looking through the shelves for interesting stories until I found a few special ones to bring home. My mom was very patient and encouraged me to take my time making my selections. These books transported me to all sorts of interesting places and introduced me to a wide variety of people.  I remember feeling very grown up wh...

Should We Let Kids Eat Their Boogers?

Should We Let Kids Eat Their Boogers?
Ugh. My little angel picks her nose and eats it. So gross. Why does she do it? And what should I do about it? Why Kids Eat Boogers Behavior First of all, nose-picking is entirely normal. This is particularly true for young children who do not have a firm handle on social skills that would otherwise prevent them from picking their nose in public. They learn what is considered acceptable behavior and what isn't as they grow and learn, often ...

Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?

Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?
My parents put both me and my sister in piano lessons as a kid. My sister was a natural; she played beautifully and it came easily to her. I, on the other hand, was definitely not a natural. My parents insisted I practice every day for 30 minutes, which I hated and did not seem to help me improve.  Day after day, they patiently listened to my terrible playing without complaint. For five years they encouraged me to continue saying I would thank them someday...