Be Nice to Mommy Volume 2 CD Release Party – November 2019!

Be Nice to Mommy Volume 2 CD Release Party – November 2019!
I had so much fun sharing my new songs at the CD Release Party. "For me, creating the music and working with my family is as important as the finished product."  Be Nice to Mommy Volume 2: It's Elementary was a labor of love. Thanks to all of you who made the effort to come out to support me on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. For those who were not able to attend, watch the video below for the highlights, including snippets of the songs! Hope you enjoy wat...

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

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...

20 Things For a Digital Kid to Do Outside

20 Things For a Digital Kid to Do Outside
  If you are a parent who encourages their child to play outside, good for you. Children need to be outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine! But your child may not be happy about being dragged away from a favorite TV show or video game. When they ask for ideas about what they should do outside, be prepared with some good answers. Things for your child to do outdoors (this list includes some activities to do alone and some with friends) Jump r

Creative Non-Candy Easter Baskets Your Kids Will Love

Creative Non-Candy Easter Baskets Your Kids Will Love
Don't want your child to overload on candy this year on Easter? I understand. A few sweets in the Easter basket are fine, but there are other items you can add that your child will enjoy too! Here are some ideas sent in by creative moms: Sweet tasting chapstick Goldfish crackers Granola bars Sunglasses Sidewalk Chalk Outdoor toys Play-doh Craft supplies Crayons Coloring books Paintbrushes/outdoor paint with rocks to pain

6 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Your Kids and Why

6 Ways to Encourage Creativity in Your Kids and Why
Creativity takes time. Children live very busy, scheduled lives these days, and moms, whether they work inside the home or out, also lead hectic lives. Free time to hard to come by for most of us. Creativity requires a block of time; it's not something that can be squeezed in between soccer practice and dinner. It's no surprise American kids are no longer as creative as they once were. Besides being busy, we live in a world obsessed with ...

The Latest Baby Trend – Plants in the Nursery?

The Latest Baby Trend – Plants in the Nursery?
  I don't know about you, but I feel like having a baby is a lot of work and I'm not sure I want to add plants to the mix that also need care. I seem to be in the minority, though. The latest trend for nurseries in 2019 revolves around turning the baby's room into a tranquil haven touched by nature. Of course, the plants need to be baby and mom friendly, which means both non-toxic and can survive poor maintenance if necessary. Choosing plants with ...

Heartbroken About Sweetheart Candies? 5 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Heartbroken About Sweetheart Candies? 5 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Love the Sweetheart Candy Hearts? Me too. I'm sad we won't see them on the shelves in stores this year. I realize they taste a little like chalk, but I still enjoy them and the memories from childhood they conjure up for me. This Valentine's Day will be the first time in 153 years Sweethearts Candy Hearts will not be available, despite being labeled the most popular candy for the holiday in 2018 by Candystore.com. The reason these candy hearts will not