Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

Back to School Shopping all Year Long – Stocking Up on Kids Clothing

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Image from www.GoodHousekeeping.com

Clothing our kids these days can get to be a pretty expensive task! You can easily spend your whole month’s grocery budget on a couple of stylish outfits! I’m not saying that I have done this and I hope you have not either, but when money is tight you have to be creative.

Stocking up on clothing throughout the year is a great way to spread out the cost and you will also be able to find some fabulous deals!

My favorite ways to get great prices on kids clothes is shopping the End of Season Clearance Sales, eBay and Garage Sales!

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Get Organized with the Back to School Checklist & Shopping List

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Click Here to Download the Free Printable Back to School Checklist

Click here to Download the Back to School Shopping List

Download the free printable Back to School Checklist & Shopping List and make your back to school treasure hunting a little easier! (more…)

What are the best Natural and Safe Sunscreens?

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Soleo Organics Sunscreen got the #1 spot out of 485 tested sunscreens!

Every year I think about how I need to research and find the best natural and safe, yet effective, sunscreen for my kids and for myself of course!

The summer passes on and all the while my “sunscreen research project” is still on my to-do list and I’m using what I think is my best choice from my local “save money, live better” store.

Well, I came across the fabulous 2009 Sunscreen Safety Guide: Best and Worst in one of my newsletter subscriptions and was thrilled! The Environmental Working Group has done all of the work for me (and then some)!

“EWG’s investigation of 485 beach and sport sunscreens finds that 3 out of 5 contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don’t adequately protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays.” ~ www.ewg.org

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Summer Survival is on Mom’s Talk Radio

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Busy Mom's Guide to Summer Survival

I had the great opportunity to chat with Cara at www.TheHouseholdHelper.com about the Busy Mom’s Guide to Summer Survival. She loved it and her favorite part was the Healthy Snack List which is now hanging on her fridge! We are giving away a free copy, follow the link below for details.

Click Here to Listen to Episode #25 – Mom’s Guide to Summer Survival and Frugal Family Outings.

Summer Survival Quick Tip ~ Color their world with printable coloring pages!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Princess Aurora Coloring Page

Ok, it’s one of the first few days of summer vacation…

the kids are home, starting to get a little restless and you are scrambling for something to keep them occupied for 15 minutes!

If you don’t find something quick, they are going to start dragging out all of the blankets, pillows and towels they can find to make a fort!

Printable coloring pages to the rescue! I lined them up by the computer (4 kids 3yrs – 6yrs), they each got to choose something they would like to color. Spiderman? No Problem!

Type “spiderman coloring pages” into google search and presto! I know there are lots of great coloring page site out there, but I need spiderman now!

Next…

Hannah Montana? No Problem!

Please share your Summer Survival Quick Tips with us!

Summer Survival #4 ~ Getting it Together & Organized

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

So now you have the tips and the tools to maintain your sanity this summer and keep your kids and house in order, but what to do with them?

Now it’s time to get it all together and get it organized!

Some of your charts and lists can be kept in your Household Planner or in a folder or binder. Be sure to keep all of your originals in a safe place too, so you can use them again next summer!

Sample Display of Summer Survival Templates

Some of your charts and lists you will want to display in a place where the whole family can see and access them. (more…)

Summer Survival #3 ~ Keeping the House in Order

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

This always seems to be the biggest challenge for me during summer vacation…keeping the house in order. I don’t even mean it has to be clean, I mean keeping the toys off the floor, keeping the shoes on the shoe shelf, keeping dishes in the kitchen and keeping toys, shoes and dishes out of the bathroom! If you have children, you know what I mean :)

It’s impossible to follow them around all day long getting after them to pick up after themselves, plus that just makes mom extra irritated and stressed!

In order for your house to maintain some order this summer, you have got to have a game plan that you can stick to. (more…)

Summer Survival #2 ~ Keeping the Kids in Order

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Click Here to Download the FREE Things To Do This Summer Template

Download the FREE Things To Do This Summer Template

One thing that seems to happen at our house when the school aged kids are home for the summer is that they get bored and restless. They are used to having a structured day at school and then summer vacation comes and they break free from that structure, but they truly don’t know what to do with themselves! The kids still need that structure, maybe not as rigid, but they do need some type of daily and weekly schedule to follow. Keeping them busy is key! (more…)

Summer Survival #1 ~ Tips for Maintaining Mom’s Sanity

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

This year, I think one of the most important things that will make a difference is the fact that I am thinking about and starting to plan for summer vacation, I will be ready for it! Usually it sneaks up on me, I am caught off guard and do not have a plan; and that, I have found, is a recipe for disaster.

I have come up with a packet of tips and tools that I plan to use this summer and that I think other busy mom’s will appreciate also!



The Busy Mom's Guide to Summer Survival

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Summer Survival

~ Tips & tools for keeping your kids and house in order during the summer months! (more…)

Moms, Are you Ready for Summer Vacation?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Are you ready for summer vacation? 3 months with the kids…oh heaven! Well, not quite, especially if you are a stay at home, work at home or part time at home mom with a bunch of kiddos!

I am a work at home mom and I also watch my sister’s kids a few days a week, so this summer I will have 6 kids, ages 3-13. I can honestly say it gets a little crazy around here!

Here are the problems that I face every summer:

  • the house is a disaster
  • the kids are getting into everything
  • the kids are hyper and restless
  • I don’t have enough time to do my work
  • I am totally stressed out & crabby (more…)