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 ...

Things I Wish I’d Done Differently When Raising My Kids

Things I Wish I’d Done Differently When Raising My Kids
I am a recent empty nester. With my new role comes a much quieter house and more time to reflect on the years I spent raising children. Life was incredibly busy when the kids were small and my husband and I were getting established in our careers. Looking back, there is plenty I'd do differently if given the chance. But since I don't get a "re-do", I want to share my list of things I wish I did more of with my kids when they were young. . 1. Given myself

Do you let your child dress crazy?

Do you let your child dress crazy?
When my oldest son was a toddler starting preschool, I dreaded mornings more than any other part of the day. Dressing for pre-school was an incredibly stressful start to the day. It was a power struggle between me and this tiny human with incredibly strong opinions. Every day. One of us usually ended up in tears, and most of the time it was me. The problem My child was obsessed with his brightly colored superhero and Pokemon underwear. He loved them and

Is the Millennial Generation Redefining Parenting?

Is the Millennial Generation Redefining Parenting?
  Millenials are growing-up and starting families. Are they redefining parenting? Approximately 40% of millennials, a group of more than 80 million, are parents today. This generation, widely recognized as those born between 1980 and the early 2000's, is often stereotyped as living in their parents’ basements and demanding participation trophies for everything they do. However, many live on their own once becoming parents, and along with these t...

8 Things No One Told You About Being a Mom

8 Things No One Told You About Being a Mom
Well-meaning people give lots of unsolicited advice to pregnant moms. These are sometimes the same people that touch your stomach without permission (don't you hate that?). Some of their tips are good, others not so much. Often advice is based on old superstitions and might sound silly. However, people often don't give you the information that would be most helpful. Below is my top 8 list of important things new moms really do need to know! 1. You wil...

AUGUST IS BERRY MONTH!

AUGUST IS BERRY MONTH!
Easy and Healthy Recipes! Make some Berry Smoothies! SUPER BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE 2 cups apple juice 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 teaspoon honey Whirl all together in blender! 1 large serving... ______________ BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE 1/2 cup orange juice 1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (blueberry would be nice but any will work) 1 cup washed, stemmed blueberries honey to taste Place all the ingredients in a ...

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do One-Handed as a MOM

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do One-Handed as a MOM
  A One-Handed Mom can: Send a text Twist the lid off a jar Write a thank-you note Cut an onion Wrap a present using a mini-shopping bag, tissue, and a stick-on bow Brush an older child's hair Fold baby clothes and put back in drawers Repot a plant Tend to husband's personal needs (use your imagination) Scrub a Toilet (just kidding, I don't do that)   Motherhood...Gotta love it!   What activities do

Five Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Love Music

Five Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Love Music
  Most kids enjoy listening to music. Whether playing, singing along, dancing or just tapping a toe in time, music is FUN. If you child likes music, encourage and nurture their enthusiasm! Fill your child’s life with as many melodies as you can. Play different radio stations in the car and sing along. Cook and clean to music. Make time to dance with your kids. Introduce them to favorite songs from your childhood. Buy musical instruments or fashi...

To My Dear Child: I Can’t Do It All For You Anymore

To My Dear Child: I Can’t Do It All For You Anymore
Parenting your first child takes a little figuring out. How do you know when it's time to let go and let them make their own decisions? Our friends at YourTango shared a letter one mother wrote for her son.   I just can't do it for you — your life. It is your time, your turn, your deal.   Dear Son, my first child, Here we sit. You, caught somewhere between being a boy and a man. Me, watching closely (so closely). This is hard, mayb

Easiest and Best Ever Home Made Granola

Easiest and Best Ever Home Made Granola
Who needs store bought granola with this incredibly easy recipe! (Gluten-Free Peeps: Substitute GF oats!) Recipe: 5 cups oats 3/4 cup grapeseed or coconut oil 1/3-1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup slivered oats, walnuts and/or pecans 1/2 cup flax seeds Cinnamon 1 cup raisins, craisins or apricot pieces Mix oats, oil, maple syrup and vanilla together well and place on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (not necessa...