Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

Get Your Kid’s Winter Gear on eBay Right Now!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

snowman I just got a fantastic deal on a Columbia Vertex jacket & snow pants plus a Gap hat & scarf for my little guy on eBay!

I did not have any luck at garage sales this year finding winter jackets, snow pants or boots for my kids. These are items that I do NOT buy at retail prices, so the next place I look is eBay ( I  love eBay:)!

These winter items are cheap on eBay right now because it is the beginning of the fall/winter season!

I got the full set for my son for $39.50, plus $7.95 for shipping, not bad. In the full swing of the selling season, this set would probably have sold for $60-70 or more. If I remember right, I think I sold my sons set last year for $60 on eBay. (more…)

Chores for Kids

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Free Printable Chores for Kids & Blank Chore Charts

The Age Appropriate Chores for Kids gives you an idea of what chores are appropriate for what age groups and the Blank Chore Charts allow the kids to keep track of what they need to do!

The printable Children’s Chores List includes:

  • Age appropriate chores for kids
  • Age appropriate chores for teens

The Free Chore Chart Downloads include:

  • 8 different blank chore charts for kids
  • One version has a wages column to record any wages earned

Get your FREE Chore Chart Downloads today!

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Get Organized with the Free Printable Back to School Calendar

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Click the image to Download & Print the 2009/2010 School Calendar

With the kids back in school now, it’s time for mom to get everyone organized and back into the normal routine of the school year.

A great way to get organized for the new year is to make one central calendar that will have all of your school related events and activities on it.

I would recommend posting the calendar on your fridge, on a central bulletin board or somewhere that the whole family can see and access it.

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Printable School Information Template for your Household Planner

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Download the School Information Template for 1 Child
Click the image to Download the School Information Template for 1 Child

Download the School Information Template for 2 Children
Click the image to Download the School Information Template for 2 Children

After the emotional day of sending my baby off to the all day Pre-K at the big school, I knew I had to have a special place in my Household Planner for my kids’ teacher’s contact information. (Just in case I have to check in on my little man:) I also included a section for coaches and other instructors information that we may need throughout the year!

Now all of these important school related phone numbers are on one easy-to-locate page in my Household Planner.

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Back to School Comfort for Moms – “Just Playing” Poem by Anita Wadley

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Kids Playing & Learning

I received this poem from my son’s Pre-K teacher and wanted to share it with all you other moms who have little ones heading off to school!

Thanks Miss Laura – you are the best:)

Just Playing

By Anita Wadley

When I’m a building in the block room,
Please don’t say, “I’m just playing”
For, you see, I’m learning as I play
About balance and shapes.

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Let your Teens & Tweens create a Back to School Budget

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Click here to download the printable Teen/Tween School Supply Budget

Here is one way to teach your older kids about real life budgeting. If money is tight in your household right now, this will be especially helpful in showing your kids how to create and follow a budget. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to understand that we only have so much money to spend and why they can’t have the most expensive items on the shelf, by doing the shopping themselves they will surely get the idea!

Let your kiddos create their very own back to school budget, they can be in charge of listing their supplies and proposed prices and will have to make any necessary changes to stay within their budget.

Then they can do the actual purchasing, record actual prices and calculate the remaining balance.

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Back to School Shopping Shouldn’t Leave You Broke

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

School Supplies I just read a great article entitled “Back to School Shopping Shouldn’t Leave You Broke” at www.Crosswalk.com, written by Tawra Kellam from www.LivingOnADime.com.

So true, we should not have to bust the budget or bank just to get the kids back in school! Tawra shares some excellent money saving tips:

  • Wait for the list to come out and stick to it, otherwise you might buy things you don’t need. Remember, the Bank of Mom doesn’t pay for frills. Any extras the kids want will have to be funded from their own cash reserves. I do understand that it is nice for kids to have “hip” back-to-school supplies. I look at yard sales and thrift stores for brand-name finds. For instance, I recently found a gently used Barbie backpack and a Barbie lunch box, and no one would know that I paid $1.00 each instead of the $32 that Becky Johnson’s mom paid. Who says stay at home mom’s don’t make any money? (more…)

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.