Foods for Infants to Avoid

When it comes to feeding a baby, some of us get a little nervous, and for a good reason!  There have been so many do’s and don’t’s, revisions and differing opinions on when to introduce certain solids and common allergens over the years, that it’s hard to keep up.  So what foods pose allergy risks […]

Beautiful Hands

There are days I look at my tired thirty-something hands – all veiny, tanned and starting to look all weathered – and scoff.  I wish they could stay smooth and ageless forever. Then I look at my grandmother’s hands worn with age spots, veins and deep wrinkles.  I wonder if my hands will ever look […]

Does Birth Order Matter?

The study of birth order is nothing new. For years, researchers have been trying to prove that the order you are born in your family, does/does not affect who you are, who you become, and why you do what you do. Regardless of where you fall, every family position has it’s benefits and challenges. Firstborn […]

Cowboy Birthday Bash

Last week we had a post on simple birthday party ideas.  Well, this is not one of those parties.  (I blame Pinterest mainly.) It’s not that it’s elaborate, as the games were quite simple.  However, the planning and (handmade) work behind it was nothing short of arduous.  I scoured the internet left and right for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Less of a Mom

They don’t come very often, but there are days I would rather gouge my eyes out with a teeny tiny baby spoon than to deal with one more tantrum, one more whiney voice, one more sleepless babe, one more “Why?”, one more bout of “I’m thirsty” or “I need to potty” for the umpteenth time […]

The 15-Minute Purge

Kelly Gash is a Southern California-based professional organizer who can help you tame the clutter in your life.  Visit her website at Okay, so the kids are at school, at a play date, or napping.  You find yourself with thirty minutes (or maybe even a whole hour!) where no one needs your immediate attention.  “Perfect!” […]

No Pressure Cooker, Please! (+ Recipe)

Guest post by Angie Mielke, PhD, Co-Founder, Sticky Fingers Cooking School for Kids and Licensed Clinical Psychologist The day is winding down, dinner is almost done, and you are counting the minutes until the relief unit arrives. After all the hustle bustle of the days events, getting the kids bellies nutritionally full before bedtime, hopefully helping […]

16 Rules to Eat By (by Leading Fitness Expert Dustin Maher)

Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review of this book and have a great giveaway next month! Here are the 16 rules that I believe are the cornerstone of what you should […]

8 Homemade Moisturizing Facial Masks + Dry Skin Tips

Yesterday we shared 11 recipes to get your hair out of a winter funk.  Today we’ll continue with facial masks to restore your skin from chilly, drying winds.  Say goodbye to dull and chapped and hello to a healthy glow! In the dry winter months, it’s tough to keep your skin looking as soft, smooth […]

Beat the Dry Winter Blues: 11 DIY Hair Masks + Tips

Has the dry winter weather been making you sing those dull hair and ashy skin blues? Spring is just around the corner and it’s time for some serious repair and rejuvenation.  Whether you enjoy making your own, are frugal or like natural remedies, we have a few tips and treatments that you can do from […]

Do You Speak LOVE Languages?

I have often heard that you need to parent your children differently based on their individual needs and personality, but I have always been hesitant in disciplining and treating my children differently. After all, I want to be fair in the way I treat them.  However, children are different from one another.  They have unique […]

8 Unintended Rules We Are Telling Our Children

When we bring a tiny life into this world as first time parents, we try to do everything right and perfect.  Oftentimes we even project this perfection onto our children by expecting them to fit into a perfect little mold.  Some of it is our own expectations we had of what our future children (prior to becoming […]

When Will My Baby Move?-Mobile Developments

When we had our first child, I was worried about EVERY developmental stage. Shouldn’t he be rolling over? Why isn’t he walking? What if he walks before he crawls? Out of excitement I jumped the gun a little and wanted him to develop fast. Now after our 4th child, I have finally learned to relax, be […]

40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year old might have been a stretch, but we’ll try anyway.  Yes, chances are that your preschoolers, too, can sit still enough to listen to […]

Teaching our Children to Work

My freshman year in college, I had a roommate who never had to do any work in her house growing up. Didn’t make a bed, cook a meal, clean a bathroom, or help with yard work. At first I though she was soooooo lucky. I wished I never had to do those things. UNTIL the […]

Stop the Selfishness-Part 2

SO… where did we leave off last week? Let’s talk about how we can stop the selfishness. Take Back Control… A spoiled and selfish child knows how to get what they want. Did you know that a child will hound you approximately 9 times to get their way, or get what they want? Don’t give in. The […]

Stop the Selfishness – Part 1

(Part 2 is at the bottom of the post. Watch them with your kids) Is your child unappreciative? Do you often hear “I want” and “Now”? When you ask your child to do something, do they say “No”? Do they always expect to get their way? At one time or another, all of our children […]

The Natural Birth – Tips, Cliff’s Notes, Sample Birth Plan and more!

With the impending birth of our third child in a few very short weeks, I have been giving some thought to writing down some tips that helped me with the natural birth of our second child after having had a medicated one previously. Natural birth.  I know these can be scary words, especially the way that […]

30 Things Our Kids Need to Succeed

  Research shows that kids need certain things to succeed in life. Are our children getting what they need to succeed? As parents it is good to read through the list regularly and evaluate how we are doing. 1. Family support: Our children need us to verbally tell them they are loved, spend time with them, […]

Dirty Enough to be Happy! (Plus GREAT Cleaning Tips)

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” Phyllis Diller  “Make Your Home Clean Enough to be Healthy and Dirty Enough To Be Happy.” Unknown “Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don’t do it.” Unknown Our family is growing. Every day […]

Nightmares and Night Terrors

  As a parent, it is a horrible feeling to wake up in the middle of the night to your child screaming and crying from a bad dream. Our first instinct might be to hollar “it’s just a bad dream, go back to sleep.” Although it isn’t real, the best thing we can do as […]

Dealing with a “Demanding Child”

  Our son and daughter are very different. Like oil and water, the sun and the moon, Modern Family and Leave it to Beaver. Differences aside, they have a few things in common. One being that both of them have gone through a Demanding Phase. You know, when they are relentless in their requests and […]

Oldest Children

The attention and flattery that comes with being the oldest child is starting to wear off for our daughter. She now has two younger sisters, one is only 8 weeks old and minds her own business. The other one wants to follow and copy everything she does. Our daughter, a great big sister, is needing […]

“Shy” Children-A Parent’s Role

It doesn’t take long to notice that each of our children are different. Some are less outgoing than others and each has their own temperament. For those children of ours that are more reserved and less outgoing than the others, there are things we can do and skills we can teach so they can feel more […]

How to Hold a Garage Sale

  Holding a garage sale may seem like an overwhelming task, but with some forethought, hard work and preparation, it can be a nice way to make some money and get rid of stuff.  Here are some tidbits of advice from someone who has already done three and is planning a fourth this summer! PLANNING […]

Backtalk, Make it STOP!

“No” “Your not the boss of me” “Do it yourself” Sound familiar? Regardless of our children’s age, toddlers to teenagers. Backtalk is a parent’s nightmare. So what can we do to make this most frustrating of problems stop. First, we need to understand why kids talk back. If we can understand why our kids are […]

Why You Shouldn’t Build Up Self-Esteem in Children

Last month, Heather Ann spoke of the importance of building self-esteem in children.  In Part 2 of our 2-part series, Kimberlee will discuss why that shouldn’t be our focus and how it could be potentially damaging to do so.  Both writers make great points – you decide which of the two very thought-provoking points on […]

Children’s Self Esteem – A Parent’s Job

Currently, there is a new topic of discussion among parents: Should we focus on building self-esteem in children or not?  Fortunately, we have two great writers who will each touch on the subject.  Today, we have the brilliant Heather Ann, who will speak to us about the importance of building self-esteem in your children.  Come […]