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

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...

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...

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

Dreading Summer Vacation or Jumping For Joy?

Dreading Summer Vacation or Jumping For Joy?
I am one of those moms who in early May starts excitedly counting down the days until school breaks for the summer. Ahhh...summer vacation...I envision a more relaxed schedule, longer days, and later bedtimes. Who else looks forward to freedom from the chaos of homework, school projects and after school activities? Then...before I know it, school’s out and summer arrives. Each year I truly believe the summer will be leisurely  and full of light and lov

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 ...

Eat, Sleep, Learn

Eat, Sleep, Learn
I can't believe it's already time to go back to school! Time to make some changes  to help the new school year start out right. In our house, we find transitioning from lazy summer days to strict school schedules to be tough, even for the kids who can't wait to go back. I always find easing into new routines and promoting healthy habits at home helps make the transition easier. Below are my suggestions to help your kids be the best they can be. EAT Be

5 signs you are an awesome parent

5 signs you are an awesome parent
  Parents often worry they are not doing a good job.  We hold ourselves to impossibly high standards as we guide our children to adulthood and compare ourselves to other parents. We look for measurable signs to validate how we are doing raising our children. The old saying, "you won't know if you did a good job with your child until they are 35" has some truth to it.We all want our children to become well-functioning successful adults and someti