Calm Down Strategy Cards

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If you are the parent, grandparent or teacher of a child that has frequent meltdowns, you know how difficult it is, not just for you, but for your child. As frustrating as it is for you when these happen, it is even harder on your child. I’m excited to be able to tell you aboutRead More

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A Mean Mother

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When I was little, my parent's bedroom held a poem that I often read, but never truly understood. I would walk by it on a daily basis and pay it no attention.

My Mom gave this framed poem to me when we had our first son. Today I happened to be reading it again and smiled with joy to realize that I am, in fact, "A Mean Mother"...

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Cheesy Meatballs – Cheesy Meatball Bomb Recipe

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What could be better than Cheesy Meatballs?   Cheesy Meatball Bombs! They are filled with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a meatball.  They are wrapped in biscuit dough and seasoned with melted butter and Italian breadcrumbs.  They are topped with Parmesan cheese.  Did I mention that this recipe is so easy to make, too? This quickRead More

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21 secret things to do in Disneyland when the lines are too long

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We recently went to Disney and we found that sometimes the lines were just way too long to wait (like waiting two hours to see Elsa.) These ideas for what to do in Disney when the lines are too long are helpful.   Here are 21 secret things to do in Disneyland when it isRead More

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Tips to raise your child to be a leader

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Let me start out by saying that not everyone is meant to be a leader – I want my kids to have the best of both worlds. I want them to be confident leaders, but to be cooperative followers, as well. I want them to take the initiative to stand up for what they believeRead More

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DIY prayer hands for kids

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Today I am sharing my friend’s Prayer Hands with a  free printable.  It’s a simple way to remind your kids of what is important and remind them off all that they have to be thankful for, not only during this time of year but all year through. This post contains affiliate links. My dear friendRead More

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Minion Easter Eggs (and a list of what to put inside!)

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Tonight my husband took a break from his blog to make these Minion Easter Eggs for mine! I just finished my post on Easter Basket Fillers and I thought that we needed some fun eggs to put in our kids' baskets!

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You Can Get A Giant Lollipop Of Your Face

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Leave it up to my kids to find this candy store (“Spun”) in Florida where you can get a giant lollipop of your face!  They saw it in a magazine a few weeks ago while we were waiting at the Dentist and of course, it went right onto every list they have: Easter, Christmas, Birthdays…Read More

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Less outdoor time is changing the chemistry of a child’s brain

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It is sad, but American children spend 5-8 hours in front of a screen per day and less than 1 hour (that is less than prisoners!)  Too much screen time can cause sleep problems, higher risk for attention disorders, higher risk for obesity and actually change the chemistry of your child’s brain. I don’t know aboutRead More

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Cloud of Witnesses Book Review

I have a very active toddler. Like most toddlers, she has a hard time sitting still during Mass. That’s why we have a rotating bag full of quiet toys and books to bring to help her (and us!) get through Mass all in one piece! Some of the things in my rotating bag include: a […]

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Low Carb Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

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There is something about warm weather and longer days outside that make having a great dinner with my family even more special.   We love to eat on our back porch so we can still be outside, even when we’re winding down for the day.   This low-carb Cauliflower “Potato” Salad is a great fit for thoseRead More

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Easter worksheets for Preschoolers or Kindergarteners

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This Easter Worksheet for Preschoolers is so cute!   It’s an Easter Math Worksheet that you can use for a quick morning activity or counting activity.   Maybe you’ll have time to make a cute Minion Easter Egg when you’re finished with the worksheet!  Math & a craft in one morning. 😉 When I was anRead More

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Easter Bunny Bottom Cookies

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Easter is almost here!  Easter Egg hunts at churches,  Easter desserts on Pinterest, Easter Egg designs that are cuter than last year (we love our minion eggs!) With the busy lives we lead as moms we need new recipes that are as simple as they are fun. Easter celebrates family and during holy week, IRead More

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Master list of freebie websites

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Today I wanted to share a HUGE master list of freebie websites with you!! I spent about 7 months putting this list together and wanted to share it all in one place. You can find so many free things in there - I love finding ways to save money and these certainly help!

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Spring Cleaning Checklist (free printable)

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I love spring cleaning – there is something about opening the windows to let in the fresh air while you clean up your house and get rid of all of those winter germs.    I wanted to create a spring cleaning printable checklist for you and share a few of my favorite cleaning tips.  IRead More

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Storage while remodeling your home

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This post was written by us through activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Simply Self Storage. Although we received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Storage while remodeling your home I often write about home decor, interior design, how to declutter, tips on staying organized and ideas forRead More

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Why having more kids is less stressful!

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When I am out with the kids, I often hear people tell me "You are always so calm." The first time that I heard it, we all laughed because if you knew me, you would know that I worry about things. I wanted to give you the reasons that I feel like I am less stressed now than I was when I only had one, two, or three kids:

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The scary truth about what’s hurting our kids

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In the past week, I’ve read several studies that are scary to me… it’s the scary truth about what’s hurting our kids.   We all know that what our kids hear becomes their inner voice, but it’s hard to control what they hear from others, isn’t it? CNN recently interviewed Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen and herRead More

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Star Wars Land Trip Planning: Galaxy’s Edge

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Summer is right around the corner.  Anybody looking forward to a Disney vacation this year needs to prepare by doing some Star Wars Land trip planning.  We love planning for Disney (that’s half of the fun!) and this is the biggest new development in Disney history since Walt Disney ushered in a new era ofRead More

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Ice Cream Bread recipe – 2 ingredients

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When my Mom shared this ice cream bread recipe, I knew that I had to share it with you!  It is really fun to make with the kids (oh- warning… you just might eat more ice cream than you should while making this!)   So- are you ready to make this ice cream bread?  Here goes…Read More

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15 Kid-Friendly April Fool’s Day Pranks

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Who doesn’t love one of the silliest, wackiest and most fun days of the year?  Our kids love April Fool’s Day!  They think that it is a hilarious, confusing and downright sneaky day that they’ve all come to enjoy. The true amazement is that every year, the pranks, joke, and tricks just seem to get betterRead More

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7 Unique Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

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When our kids started losing their baby teeth and their adult teeth were starting to come in, we noticed that they weren’t as white as the baby teeth.   I talked to my sister in law about it and she said the same thing. We both brought it up to our dentists and they said thatRead More

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How to Help Kids Overcome their Worries

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When I taught elementary school, I had one particular student who did not adjust well after returning from a school break. He had a hard time overcoming his worries about coming back to school.  On his first day back after the break, I could see that he had lost a little bit of that “IRead More

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Best Lent Ideas : What to give up for Lent

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Wondering What to Give up for Lent?  If you are looking for things to give up for Lent, you’ve come to the right place.  During the 40 days of lent, while making our preparations for Easter, you can do something to better yourself and the world around you. A Lenten fast doesn’t have to consistRead More

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Our daughters are listening

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This article was sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111-0001. www.massmutual.com All opinions are those of the author. Every single day my daughter is listening, and she watches me. I am her first example of what a woman should be.  As her mother, I have the power to empower her andRead More

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Easter Basket Stuffers that your kids will LOVE!

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Today we are sharing 50+ Easter Basket Stuffers for kids! Lent is almost over and Easter is just around the bend so I wanted to share MORE THAN 50 Easter Basket Stuffers that your kids will love.  I’m sure you can find a few favorites in the list (or at least I hope so!) OurRead More

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Our son’s Sleep Disorder was disguised as a behavior problem

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“I just don’t know what to do anymore,”  I told my husband over the phone. ..   He is just not himself anymore – he is getting upset about little things, he is grumpy all the time, and his behavior is just… off.   I don’t know what to do to help him.” Little did we knowRead More

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Teaching kids how to declutter their room

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Teaching kids to declutter their room can be a challenge … or it can be fun for them (if you give them the chance to help.)   Have you tried watching Tidying Up with your children and been shocked to discover they didn’t get pumped up to declutter? Maybe you’ve even decluttered the rest of theRead More

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Kids waking up too early or late after time change?

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Are your kids waking up too early or late after time change?   After a time change, it can be so hard to get our kids to get back to a nice sleeping schedule.  When your kids are waking too early, it can make them tired, cranky and just not very happy kids.  When they are wakingRead More

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Teaching the Whole Child: Doodle for Google

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Last week, our son came home from school talking about how he was going to “Doodle for Google”.  He went on about what it meant and how they had talked about it in class. Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. As if he wasn’t excited enough about theRead More

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