May 4, 2015
Mornings are hectic. If you cook at home, making sure everyone gets a satisfying first meal can be a hectic daily chore. Start treating breakfast like you would dinner, and make up foods in advance for the week (or for two). You and your family will hit the door, filled up and ready to roll, and you might not be quite as harried as normal.
Apr 27, 2015
Playing dress-up isn’t just for girls: Boys need some character clothes as well. Dressing up as someone (or something) real or pretend is a wonderful tool for young children’s social/emotional development and imaginary play. Setting aside a variety of clothes that can be used for special outfits also comes in handy for Halloween costumes, school and church programs, and events at school. Costumes can be kept in a big box, an old trunk, or in the bottom drawer of a dresser. Pull those items for rainy days and snow days and bring on the fun.
Apr 23, 2015
It’s easy to find fun family activities for bright and sunny days—but what about those rainy ones where it’s too soggy to go outside? We like to make up fun games to play indoors. Sometimes we even get great snacks to go along with them!
Create Something Awesome
Carnival Games—I like to get these big cardboard display boards and use them to make carnival games. They’re white on one side so I can draw or write anything I want, and they fold flat for easy storage.
Apr 20, 2015
It's almost here…summer!
With that comes the annual clean-out-the-kids-closets-to-see-what-still-fits marathon. It's amazing how one week your kid's clothes seem to fit just perfectly and the next week they appear to be wearing crop tops with their little belly buttons showing and their shorts look like they should be playing on a 1960 basketball team. Let's hope short shorts on men and boys never make a comeback.
Apr 17, 2015
Chances are, those modern day children of yours have been given a great education on the importance of recycling. Do they also know how to reuse everyday materials around the house? Before setting out bins for curbside pickup or making the weekly haul to the recycling center, check to see if your family can waste less (and save money!) by using household odds and ends in all kinds of cool ways.
Apr 10, 2015
Being a mom is one of my greatest joys and I know in my heart that I’m a good one. Still, I’m sometimes plagued with “Mommy Guilt”; the feeling that no matter how much I do, it’s just not enough. There are times when I can really use a few hours to do my thing. I think my family ends up better off when I take that time and taking a break for the evening doesn’t mean I’m taking a break from being a mom.
Apr 9, 2015
10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Mommydom
I have been a mom for 4.5 years and I am still learning things all of the time. However, there are 10 things that I wish I had known about being a mom before I became one. If I had known these things, I would have saved myself a great deal of time, stress and money.
Apr 6, 2015
When it comes to practical solutions for the home, toy storage is at the top every mom’s list. Thanks to the World Wide Web of ideas, do-it-yourself decorators everywhere can furnish a home without spending a load of money. Users of sites like Pinterest and Instagram post the most beautiful pictures of someone else’s used pieces being turned into another person’s treasure.
Apr 2, 2015
I just wrapped up my 12th Rhea Lana event; it was another wonderful week full of inspiring women, great fashion, and tired feet. Every year as I start to get my items ready to consign and as I go and shop to find all the treasures, I think about my very first baby shower and all the people who blessed our family with gifts when welcoming our first child into the world.
Mar 25, 2015
April to me means seersucker, sandals, the Resurrection, and yes, Easter baskets. Instead of filling your kids baskets with things that’ll turn Easter morning upside down from the sugar high, try these sweet surprises instead.