Category Archives: Mom Tips

How to Manage When Life is Full Of Expensive Surprises

From unexpected ER visits to blown engines, life has a funny way of throwing costly surprises our way. To help prepare for times like this it is great to keep money in a savings or emergency fund.

Unfortunately we often don’t consider emergency funds until it’s too late. So go ahead and start working on yours today. Read the rest of this entry

7 Quick Tips for a More Organized Kitchen

When I first set up my kitchen, I kicked everyone out who was helping us move.

I knew that where the items ended up would make a huge difference in terms of my everyday sanity.

If the things I used most weren’t in easy-to-reach areas, I could be frustrated just trying to make a one-pot dinner for my family.

Here’s how I did it. Read the rest of this entry

How to Avoid the Morning Chaos

Mornings around here are pretty crazy.  I get a little knot in my stomach when I first wake up on weekday mornings, as I know what is in store for me.  Rushing, reminding, and stress – this is how our day starts.  Oh yes, and the agitation, as we all try to complete the same goal – getting out the door with the needed items for the day.  It’s a terrible feeling when I realize that someone has left their lunch or homework on the counter. Read the rest of this entry

Little Known Ways to Stop Busting Your Budget

1. Think Positive: Budgeting isn’t something you should dread, it’s actually extremely freeing. Instead of worrying about your purchases you can rest easy knowing your spending has been budgeted for. Read the rest of this entry

How to Teach Kids the Value of Money

As a mom of four I have learned so much about timing. When it comes to the “right” time to teach kids about money, I would have to say it’s never too soon to start. Children learn at an exceptionally fast rate from birth to age five. Because of this, I would recommend talking to your children about money when they are toddlers. To begin with, I would keep it very conversational. Read the rest of this entry

6 Ways to Beat the Overbooked Blues

Overbooked again?  We all know it.  And there are certain times of the year we’re more prone to it.

No matter how large or small your family, or the age of the kids, Mom is, ultimately, the keeper of the calendar.  Teens often take responsibility for their own schedule, but Mom still needs to know their schedules.

But with only 24-hours in a day, how do we wrestle ourselves free of seeing ourselves overbooked …again. Read the rest of this entry

Your Child Doesn’t Like His New Teacher | Now What?

One of the most worrisome things for parents when school starts is wondering whether or not your child will like his or her teacher.  I was always anxious to hear about the new teacher after the first day of school, and I crossed my fingers that things went well and they love their new teacher! Read the rest of this entry

How 4 Easy Steps Can Reduce Mom’s Stress

Let’s face it, us Moms are overworked!  Sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done for ourselves and for our families.

But, there are ways to lighten the load and enjoy the satisfaction of being a more productive family. Here’s how:

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A DIY Father’s Day Surprise: Rosemary Roasted Nuts

We don’t overdo it on holidays, and so Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are usually left to the kids to express their love in a card.

Still, I try to make sure that my husband and my father both know that we are thinking about them and appreciate them being in our lives by sharing a sweet sentiment and perhaps a few spicy nuts.

These rosemary spiced nuts are the ticket. There is plenty of complexity in this crunchy nut, kick of spice and just a tad bit of sweet hidden under all of it. Plus they’re great for fathers who live across country because they’ll ship well. Read the rest of this entry

Make Sure Your Grill is BBQ Ready!

As I type this my husband is busy putting together the final pieces of an outdoor patio set for our new patio and pergola. Finally, after years of planning, we’ll be able to dine outside on more than just a blanket in the grass. There is much rejoicing going on.

Considering we’ll be spending a fair deal of time eating outside, it only makes sense that we would also do the cooking outside as well. Grilling season, here we come. But not before we give our grill a bit of a once-over and make sure it’s ready to perform. Read the rest of this entry

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