Festive Cranberry Shortcake

I partnered with Evite to create this Thanksgiving recipe. This is a paid post. Thanksgiving is such a great time of year.  Fall is so busy and it is nice to take a few days to settle down and celebrate while spend quality time with family.  And while our family is very small, that is […]

5 Reasons AncestryDNA Kits Make Great Gifts!

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My Ancestry DNA journey has been amazing!  What a great experience! First, I ordered my Ancestry DNA test (you can read about how easy that is, here). A few weeks later, was so excited to receive my results (read about that here). […]

Tips for Turning Your Boring Family Reunion on Its Heels

  Family reunion gatherings and destination vacations are more popular than ever. One recent survey has shown that two out of three people have attended a family reunion at some point, and one in three have done so in the two years past. To most families attending reunions, it isn’t the attraction of the destination or the […]

Making Last Minute Plans: Fun Things to Do With Your Family This Weekend

Family time is precious. With jobs, school, sports, and obligations, there is little time left to spend together. However, there are times when things get switched around and you have opportunity to hang with one another. It’s difficult to plan something too intricate at the last minute, so here are more than a few ideas to ensure you […]

Family Friendly Reunion Ideas

A family reunion is a very special occasion, one that happens only rarely for some families. You can make it a memorable event by organizing a variety of activities that appeal to family members of all ages to keep the laughter and interaction going. Here are a few ideas you can integrate into your party […]

Researching My Family Tree with Ancestry.com and Ancestry DNA

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My background has always fascinated me, and since I have a small family and not much information about my heritage, I am very interested to know more.  And now that I have kids, it is even more important, as the kids […]

Tylenol and #HowWeFamily This Holiday Season

  I have received information from the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. As the holidays approach, life is so busy – but we always cherish the time spent as family.  Family is so important to us and time when time seems to go so fast, it […]

National Adoption Day ~ My Story

November 21 is National Adoption Day, and adoption is a huge part of my life, as I was adopted by my grandmother at a young age.  After many years of custody, I was officially adopted when I was 6 years old. I remember the day I was adopted.  It was March 6, and we celebrated at […]

Travel with Teens Virtually Using the Family Locator App

  So your teens are ready for their trip and you are getting worried because you know how careless, adventurous and reckless they are; right? Relax, sit with your teen and talk to them about their visit plans; know the places they are going to see, download the best family locator app i.e FamilyTime on […]

Raising Cinderella

I always hoped, because I was a girl, I would be prepared to raise girls. Until I had them. Times are very different from when I was young, and the pressures on our three daughters are immense. I thought the pressure was bad for me, but now it is worse. Our oldest daughter is 8 […]

Exploding Straws: A Game for the Whole Family

All you need are straws. Just be sure you use the straight straws. You DON’T want the ones that bend. Cut each straw in half. Each person needs their own half straw. Have each person stand in a circle facing inward. Have them place one finger pointing out on each hand. One hand faces up […]

Children’s Books. A Powerful Parenting Tool

Children’s book aren’t just for bedtime any more. They are a powerful tool that parents can use to teach our children important values, and emphasize principles we are already trying to teach our children, like using good manners. Books can also help us explain concepts that we might not know how to explain. Not all […]

Ooga-Booga Look! A Family Game

So many amazing things happen when we play games with our families. Here is the perfect, quick, family game. Your kids will love it. And you don’t need any materials. Gather your family in a circle with arms on the shoulders of each person on both sides. Like a huddle. Turn your head and eyes […]

Helping Our Children Get Organized for the New Year

Getting and staying organized can help our children succeed in school and juggle all the demands. As 2013 gets under way, here are four ideas for a more organized year. First, Declutter. Be sure there is a logical place for everything and that your children know where things go. Kids are great at putting things away, […]

Family Resolutions

With the New Year upon us, many have taken the time to set some resolutions. But it is not just personal resolutions that we might consider, it is also a great time for our families to set resolutions. Resolutions are a fancy words for goals. Setting and striving to accomplish family goals are one of […]

The Perfect Game To Entertain Your Holiday Guests

Before we know it, Christmas Break will be here and our homes will be filled with holiday guests and visitors. We love having people stay at our house over the holidays, but sometimes it is hard to know how to entertain everyone. No one really wants to spend a lot of money and with small […]

Talking to Our Children About Strangers

There are so many important conversations we need to have with our children. One of the most important, is talking to them about strangers. This is tough conversation to have. I don’t want to scare our children, but at the same time, I really want them to know what to do if they are ever […]

I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things…That Make Life Easier

There isn’t anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with being a wife and mother and running a family, anything that makes life easier, is VERY IMPORTANT to me and I am very thankful for it. […]

Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops

October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween and just like with Christmas, we have some fun Halloween traditions. One of our children’s favorite things to do during October (besides carving pumpkins, caramel apples, hay rides, dressing […]

Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed in School

One of the most important things we can do as parents to help our children do well academically, is to provide a healthy, safe and secure home life. When our children know that everything is in order at home, when they know that they are accepted and loved, it is a lot easier for them to […]

Ten Fun Fall Activities

Fall is my favorite time of year. My family celebrates three birthdays, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change color and the holidays are just around the corner, so what’s not to love? It is also football season, beginning of school, and time to shop for the fall/winter wardrobe! You get to decorate with pumpkins, […]

Making Time for Family

We seem to be swamped with this new school year. We have gone from the endless, carefree days of summer, to the busy routine of school and after school activities. Back to packing lunches, carpools, pick ups and busy afternoons of homework. Even though school has only been in session for two weeks, I can […]

Back to School Prep for Mom

Hard to believe that summer is ending and it is time to go back to school. There is lots of excitement, but for me there is some sadness also. I will miss the carefree feelings that come with days at the pool and popsicles in the backyard. And I am always sad when the kids […]

Kind, Respectful, Supportive and Choices

Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can’t get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This is her first baby. A little girl. It has been a tough pregnancy. The baby will have some severe developmental problems. […]

Family Reunion Coming Up? Write Your Family History Book!

I am very fortunate to have 3 of my grandparents still living, but I didn’t get the chance to really get to know them as I was growing up. Since my Dad’s Mom passed away in April, I’ve been upset with myself for not spending more time with her, asking questions and listening to stories. […]

Bedtime – Stop the Battles

Bedtime can be a hard time of day for families. After a full day with kids, it seems that when the bedtime battles begin, our patience can go out the window. Here are some suggestions to help make getting your kids in bed, a little easier. First, understand how much sleep your children should be […]

Summer is for Family Learning Fun

  “No more classes, no more books.  No more teachers dirty looks!”  I remember that day every year when I was in school~ there is no better feeling than knowing that you have almost 3 full months of nothing ahead of you. Well, “nothing” for me was the summer reading program at the library, as […]

When Kids Tell Lies

It is really normal for kids to tell a fib or two. They lie for lots of different reasons. Maybe they are worried about getting in trouble, or they are looking to get attention. It could be that they are trying to get out of a responsibility or chore, or trying to protect themselves or a friend. Lying […]

The Joy of Puzzles

Our kids love to do puzzles.  They come by it naturally.  My MIL and her Mom love to do puzzles- the harder the better.  They love those ones that are all dice and Dalmatians, all the same butterflies repeated overlapping onto one another or just a single color.  I even found them one that had […]

Enjoy Summer – Act Like a Kid

Lately, I’ve been sitting back and really observing my children, noting how we adults could learn a thing or two from our little ones. They see things in such an innocent light. While we grumble that the rain will get our just-washed car dirty, my son tells me “the rain will make your car all […]