Overwhelmed and Ready to Burst Feeling stressed and overwhelmed happens to the best of us. Whether you’re an adult, teenager or child, feeling overwhelmed happens. Although everyone’s scenarios vary, it can result in similar feelings and reactions. Scenario 1: You’ve got a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, the baby continues to cry, your older child desperately needs help with a perplexing math question, and you have lunch about to burn on the stove. It can go easily from one to ten on a scale of feeling overwhelmed. As parents, we can juggle a lot on our plates to try to make ends meetRead More →

camp kindness

Camp Kindness: Teaching Kindness Through Summer Activities It’s that time of year when school lets out, and there is “down time.” If you haven’t quite figured out all of your summer plans, Camp Kindness is the perfect way to keep your children engaged! In Camp Kindness,  The Kindness Elves  present fun, multisensory, and multidisciplinary activities while encouraging kind-heartedness. Camp Kindness includes 6 weeks of activities and projects based on a weekly theme and type of Kindness Elf. Weekly Themes Each weekly theme includes activities and suggested acts of kindness that are easy to implement and ready to go with a few common items. The Camp Kindness eBook isRead More →

I’d Rather Be Your Mommy I was having one of those mornings with my children when all of my patience had been widdled down to nothing. After feeling so powerless, I decided to change the tone of the room.  I asked the kids to gather around for a story. I decided to read I’d Rather Be Your Mommy,  from Home School Adventure Co. This ultimately resulted in being the best decision to turn our crazy upside down morning right side up again. I’d Rather Be Your Mommy, by Stacy Farrell, is an inspirational, beautifully written picture book. The author, Stacy Farrell, wrote this book years ago whenRead More →

organizational tools for moms

The Best Organizational Tools for Moms (This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing products/services through the affiliate links on this post contributes to the success of this site at no extra cost to you. I only share products that I personally recommend and trust. Click here to read my full disclosure policy) Finding an organizational system that’s just right for you No matter if you considered yourself an organized person or not prior to becoming a mom, parenthood can throw your organization skills for a loop. It is hard to stay on top of everything between taking care of yourself, your family, the household needs, personalRead More →

clutter free gifts for kids

5 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Kids It is exciting to have the opportunity to be generous and thoughtful when selecting gifts for those special people in your life. It can also be overwhelming thinking about all the stuff that will be accumulating. Holidays are a time to focus on kindness, generosity, and being with our loved ones. It is easy to get  stressed thinking about what gift to give. Sometimes it can even result in giving something or anything just to hand someone a gift. In doing so, we can sometimes add to the clutter of others’ lives. With the kids, it can mean a developmentRead More →

overplanning mom

Confessions of an Overplanning Mom Exhilaration from Planning Even before becoming a parent, I was always one who felt excited receiving my Student Planner while in school. The layout of calendars and lines for to-do lists gave me thrills. Then as a teacher,  the thrill was first purchasing  my Lesson Plan book and color coding the subject headings. As a homeschooling mom, I continue to feel the excitement with my plan book, and our family calendar. Now before you think how dorky this may be, I will let you in on a secret, that although I love planning, I do need work on fulfilling all of theRead More →

Teaching Kids How to Be Kind Explaining Kindness Kindness is not something we are born with. It is taught. Children learn from watching others. Therefore, we must show them and teach what acts of kindness mean. Teaching others how to be kind is not a one-time lesson but something talked about and practiced daily. Even as teenagers and adults, we can still use reminders of what it means to be kind and considerate. Using visuals When teaching kindness, it is a good idea to discuss specific actions that demonstrate the trait. So just saying “You are a kind person” or “He/she is nice” are vague statements and doRead More →

messy household

Behind the Scenes: The Truth of a Messy Household Me: “Time to clean up.” My daughter: “Why, who’s coming over?” That line right there made me chuckle and stop to think about what cleaning meant for the kids. Although we clean on a regular basis (or try to), it was apparent that the kids were picking up on the higher stress levels of cleaning when guests were coming over. Unfortunately, the level of mess seems to have a direct correlation to my level of stress. With each kid (I now have three), the reigns have loosened on our level of cleanliness, as it appears nearlyRead More →

cooking with kids

Cooking with Kids: Great Resources to Getting Started The Inspiration for Cooking with Kids When I was four years old, I loved playing with this toy cooking set. My parents tell me that I declared when I grow up, I would be a “cooker.” (Spoiler alert: This isn’t going to be one of those inspirational stories where I turn out to be a well-renowned chef, who had cooking in my blood since I was a wee little one). I now laugh when I think about this story because my motivation for cooking is not quite the same now as a parent.  Growing up I hardly setRead More →

epic! reading app review

My kids and I received a free two-month subscription to Epic! in exchange for our honest reviews, and within a day, we have fallen in love with the Epic! app. We have discovered a way to apply our love of reading wherever we are using Epic! Read our full review of this amazing learning app by clicking here. We also give a brief video overview of Epic! Click below to see the ins and outs of this fascinating app. Are you ready to have access to thousands of books in one portable device at a discounted price? You can use my affiliate link to get 20% offRead More →