School-to-home communication: Taking the stress out of everyday life

If your home is anything like mine, the mornings are definitely the most stressful part of the day. Trying to get everyone out of the house on time is always a challenge. It doesn’t help that my young son suffers from selective hearing, when it comes to subjects such as showering or cleaning his teeth. It often feels as if the only way I can get him to move quickly is by saying the same thing again and again and again or screaming like a banshee! Life for us busy working mums can be a real juggling act and I am sure I am not alone in thanking God for the wonders of modern technology. How would we cope in a world without microwaves, dishwashers and automatic washing machines? Fortunately for us, new inventions come along all the time to help make our lives easier. One of the best examples, […]

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I Feel Invisible

Well, not me. My daughter. The tween. Says she feels invisible at school. While driving down the road my daughter and I have most of our random conversations. It seems, as of late, that is the easiest place for her to open up with whatever may be on her mind. She is 10 and will be 11 in October. The tween years. That middle stage of childhood. The testing  years of trying to find yourself and who your real friends are. Apparently at this age, everyone is dating. So says the daughter. Of course, she isn’t allowed to date per say. While it’s fine with me for her to crush on a boy in school and say maybe that they are boyfriend and girlfriend. Dating? Like actually spending time together outside of school that isn’t a birthday party or something, is not happening. While I thought she would be fighting […]

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School Vacation is Ending, Back to the Real World

I have had such a blast on school vacation week, but it’s time to get back to the real world of balancing mom and work. I had such a great time bringing my kids to the Montshire Museum of Science on Friday, we learned while having fun and I will be sure to share more pictures during the upcoming week. Yes, that is my loves hanging outside before we went into the museum and is now my favorite picture of the happy munchkins together. While school vacation puts a toll of how much we can all handle each other, I can honesty say that there really wasn’t too many challenges that arose in parenting and hanging out with my kids during the week. My youngest has been testing my patience lately and one day while in the pet store watching the turtles, the worker says to me “wow, you are […]

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Trying to Get Back on Schedule

I have to laugh at myself because I am often saying how I am not routine driven, that I am a free spirit and not a planner but then things happen to mess up my normal schedule or routine that set me off for a loop, taking me a long time to get back on track. It even goes so far as to make me tense, the shoulders get hard as boulders and my mind is completely frazzled. But I am not routine driven like my middle child, nope nope nope! I lied. I am.Totally. 100% routine driven. So when the school had a water pipe burst sending water through my sons school and they had no school for a week? I was home with my sons for a week, full time, trying to figure out how in the heck to work around two boys who were with me 24/7 […]

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Kids Who Prefer One Parent Over the Other

I firmly believe that every child, even as an adult, has a favorite parent, not really because they are their “favorite” by normal definitions, but because it’s the parent that they can relate closer to, maybe it’s the parent they are just more comfortable talking to, or maybe it’s the parent who is more fun. Whatever the reasons, I firmly believe we all have that “favorite” parent and my kids are no exception. The older two kids pick and choose, having moments in their lives when they favor Dad over me or me over Dad. There isn’t really a rhyme nor reason to it, it’s just how it is. And that is okay. The youngest, however, is a Daddy’s boy big time. That is by far his favorite parent. It’s not that he doesn’t love his Mama, because I know he loves me very much, but for some reason he […]

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The Day Aj Veered Off, His Anxiety and A new Program Causing Fear

Parenting in general isn’t an easy task, I would never tell someone parenting is easy. As I watch my sister journey into her third trimester of pregnancy I am not telling her it’s going to be an easy task to be a parent, she knows already. Watching me with three kids shows that parenting requires a crazy amount of energy at times, dedication, motivation and the right attitude to make a joke about it. I mean, without a sense of humor, parenting can be quite challenging. One area that I have zero sense of humor is anxiety, having struggled with it my whole life it’s not easy watching my middle child struggle with it at age six. I keep forgetting that Aj has anxiety because he has come so far from that mood swinging child that the topic of anxiety seems to be something that is left in the back […]

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Remember to Give Thanks Where Thanks are Deserved

I am a firm believer that you can never say thank you enough where thanks are deserved! Can you believe that two little words, such as Thank You, can really brighten ones day? Well they can. Case in point, my son AJ, never really had much of an interest in school type work. I couldn’t sing the ABC song nor get him to attempt to sound out words. He has never really had much of an interest in trying to learn school type concepts, that is until this year in Kindergarten. I am friends with Aj’s teacher on Facebook and I often have many praises for her and the team of teachers who work with my son. For this week over school vacation he has shown me that he can now understand the concept of phonics, letter sounds are really something he struggled with but he seems to be “getting […]

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Back to School Chuggington Style @chuggington

As you have been reading my middle child {first born son} has headed off to school this year and it’s been a rough road as his anxiety has creeped up on him but he is doing better and I wanted to share with you what he brings along to school to be in “style” this year! AJ is rocking a personalized Chuggington backback from Ty’s Toy Box this year with his full name on it, the picture of his personal backpack will not be shared, but I will tell you he loves it and it is one great backpack for this rough and tumble boy! You get the idea right? It’s cute, it’s Chuggington and your child’s name can be put on it. The price from Ty’s Toy Box is $24.99 and there is also a personalized Chuggington water bottle. Your child can head back to school in style whether […]

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Car Troubles, Busy Schedule & Stress

I am super frustrated with car troubles, the idea of finding a place to rent, school, soccer, girl scouts and well of course running my blog and my business. It seems I always end up with stuff piling high on my plate and my friends can’t believe I am not losing my mind with all that piles up. I am used to life being like this, if it’s not one thing it’s everything, seriously! I don’t know how many times in the past five years I’ve been tested with stressful situations. I usually take a breather, relax and believe that whatever is meant to be, will be. That type of positive attitude and go getter personality helps me move forward in a positive way that makes things all better. It may take a week, two weeks or months but I know in my heart this too shall pass! Without the […]

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Bing Teacher Appreciation Website

Bing has a cool website where teachers can help themselves by logging onto the DonorsChoose.org website to start a “classroom project” or donation request. Parents and students can then visit the Bing Teacher Appreciation site to leave a comment {up to 5 per visitor} about a teacher who has made a difference in their life, enabling them to receive a $5 giving code to donorschoose.org {one per comment}. Parents and students can then apply the $5 giving code to the “classroom project” of their choice. Classroom projects are created by teachers, so reach out to your childrens’ teachers and encourage them to submit their own projects! Bing Teach Appreciation Website is absolutely a wonderful idea, why? Well I can’t even begin to name the numerous teachers who helped me back in the years of elementary school, the days when my mind was being educated the most and I was being […]

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