Valentine's Eye-Opener: Maybe My Kids Do Listen

We had a lovely Valentines Day yesterday – despite having several coughing, fevery kids.  We kicked the day off with pink, heart pancakes and wrapped it up with a fancy, candlelight pizza dinner.  We held our annual Lotsa Love Celebration and forced our kids to watch us dance to our wedding song and listen to stories about how we met and fell in love.  It was about as much gushy,...
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Back To School Solutions #1: Managing the Morning Mayhem

Back in 2007, I wrote an article for Organize magazine entitled Making the Grade. It was loaded with great tips for keeping your family organized during the school year.  The original article is a bit long for a single post, so I’ll be trimming it a bit and breaking it up into four posts focused on the common back to school frustrations: Managing the Morning Mayhem, Avoiding the...
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Talk to Me Tuesday: Creative Discipline – Cuddle Sac Giveaway

As most of you know by now, I’m a stay at home Mom to four oh-so-charming kids.  And as much as I love them, there are many moments when their charming sides fade and their sneaky/rebellious/I’m-gonna-bug-my-sister-till-she-cries sides surface.  I’ve never been a big fan of spanking or screaming, so I’ve had to get creative with my discipline over the years.  Just as a...
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Easy Foil Fix for Goopy Toothbrush Drawers

One day the world will do me a favor and someone will develop a truly kid-friendly toothpaste.  I imagine it will be something similar to the Electrasol dishwashing tabs under my kitchen sink – compact, individually portioned, and virtually mess-proof. Until that happy day arrives, I’m afraid I’m stuck with the status quo…sticky tubes of crusty toothpaste and scary kid...
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Easy Solution for Transitioning Seasonal Kids Clothes

Yesterday it was a chilly 42 degrees here in Missouri.  Last week it was 72 and it wouldn’t surprise me if I woke up to a balmy 80 degree day tomorrow.  Around here, the weather fluctuates constantly in the fall and spring which can make it pretty tricky to keep your kid’s clothes under control.  There isn’t enough room in their drawers to store multi-seasonal options, so I...
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