Are You Paying Your Babysitter Too Much? Too Little?

Are You Paying Your Babysitter Too Much? Too Little?
Do you need an occasional night out without kids to refresh and recharge? A time to nurture your adult relationships? I think we all do. But is it in your budget? Sitters are expensive, which means going out even for a casual night on the town can be costly. The expenses add up quickly when you add the cost of your meal or activity to the babysitting fees. Even so, it may be worth it to you to have an adult evening once in awhile.  Once you make the decisi...

Recycling and Saving Money Go Hand-in-Hand

Recycling and Saving Money Go Hand-in-Hand
Most people agree that recycling is the right thing to do for the environment. So why is it that so many of us don't do it? I understand it may not be convenient or you might not have the space for the extra trash can, but did you know recycling also puts more money in your pocket? And while you are saving money, you can help slow climate change, prevent overloaded land fills and save energy at the same time. Below are 5 great ways to show you th...

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

What Does Recycling Have to Do With Climate Change?

What Does Recycling Have to Do With Climate Change?
Climate Change is happening. It is caused largely by human activity and will have many potentially damaging effects in the decades ahead. Most people don't realize that reducing, reusing, and recycling can help slow climate change. Every product has a life cycle, and every step from manufacturing to disposal causes greenhouse gas emissions.  Every time you reduce waste by reducing, reusing and recycling, you help decrease the amount of greenhouse gases ad

Mothers are Working Overtime

Mothers are Working Overtime
As a working mom, I put in 14 hour days on average. The least stressful part of my day is actually the time spent at the office. As is the case with most working moms, my day starts at about 6:30 a.m. and lasts until the last kids goes to bed at 8:30 pm. No wonder I'm exhausted. According to a study commissioned by Welch's Grape Juice, working moms put in almost 100 hours of work each week between paid work hours and domestic (in other words, unpaid) la

My 5 Favorite Mom Fashion Blogs

My 5 Favorite Mom Fashion Blogs
Motherhood is busy and chaotic, but it's nice to feel good about yourself at the same time! I look to blogs from other moms for realistic fashion tips!    I Am Style-ish | Style Tips For The Busy Mom Seattle based fashion and beauty blogger, Tiffany, writes about her everyday stile as a busy mom and small business owner. AMOTHERSEDIT  Ashley is a mother of two who provides inspiration and support for other moms about fashion. Mom Style Lab Ange

3 Ingredient Pecan Caramel Candies

3 Ingredient Pecan Caramel Candies
Sweet and Salty, these pecan caramel candies are the perfect dessert to share at your next pot-luck PECAN CARAMEL CANDY RECIPE Prep: 30 min. Bake: 5 min. + standing Makes 4–1/2 dozen 54 Pretzels 54 Rolo candies (about 11 ounces) 54 pecan halves Directions Preheat oven to 250°. Place pretzels 1 in. apart on foil-lined baking sheets. Top each with a Rolo candy. Bake 3-4 minutes or until c...

Giving Circles: Multiplying the Power and Impact of One by Many

Giving Circles:  Multiplying the Power and Impact of One by Many
A growing number of contemporary women are looking to meet like-minded people by participating in meaningful philanthropic efforts. The usual fundraising activities, such as organizing galas, are a lot of work and not particularly fulfilling for many. So, what’s the alternative if you are one of these women? The answer might be to consider starting or joining a giving circle.   WHAT IS A GIVING CIRCLE A giving circle is a charitable collective ...

IT’S GETTING EASIER TO LET GO OF STUFF

IT’S GETTING EASIER TO LET GO OF STUFF
After years of accumulating stuff, I’m suddenly obsessed with managing and getting rid of it. And it’s getting easier to let go. One morning last week two glasses shattered when they fell to the floor when I opened the kitchen cabinet. It was not a nice way to start the day, especially before I had my coffee. With two glasses missing, the shelves were still crammed full. How did this happen?  I sometimes run out of glasses when I entertain; how could ther

For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year

For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year
My husband and I think of ourselves as having a modern marriage. We both have busy jobs, contribute as much as we can to take care of the kids, and with what time and energy we have left, we try to find time to nurture our marriage. We believe we divide up the work in our household evenly. That being said, why is it that I seem to be solely responsible for Christmas? The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but, in my opinio...