Online Safety for Kids ~ Why it’s Worth the Fight

Online safety for kids is a tough topic in our house. With four laptops, a desktop, and that new frontier where everyone has a handheld device, we are constantly navigating how to raise young adults who can actually communicate face to face, stay focused on the task at hand, and not turn to their online world before they engage in the world before their eyes.  To know me is to know I’m an “in real Read more

Fun Things to do With Kids in Raleigh

With the first official day of Spring break upon us, its time for our family to let loose and have some local fun. Because this is not a time when our family travels, I’m always challenged to make sure this precious time away from school and spent as a family is fun and relaxing for us all. Over the years we’ve grown to find we’ve got a short list of fun things to do in Read more

Back to School ~ Family Communication Station

Nothing says back to school like a fresh set of school supplies!  And for me, that means its time to give our family communication station a fresh set of all the key things we need to work well together for an organized year.  If you haven’t noticed, back to school is when you discover how well, or not well, your family organization systems really work. From basic communication about the calendar or chores to being on time for Read more

8 Easy July 4th Desserts and Crafts

Easy July 4th desserts and crafts are my sweet spot.  We are blessed to have wonderful neighbors and for the better part of the last 8 years have spent every July 4th at our neighborhood pool followed by driveway sparklers and all kinds of easy fireworks fun.  Thanks to our mutually busy schedules, we never have firm plans about exactly what the day might bring until about 48 hours ahead of time.  Its either a Read more

The WAHM Summer Juggle ~ Household Chores

Household chores might just be the greatest WAHM summer juggle there is. I don’t know about you but I always look to the summer and think “Wow! It will be so much easier for us to get the busyness and the back end work of taking care of house done without having to keep up every weekend. Surely I’ve got 5 days with my kids home and we can get the chores done.” Except for Read more

5 Tips to Organize Kids Artwork

Today we are talking about kids artwork. Show me a busy Mom in May who isn’t over run with all those school papers but more importantly all that kids artwork! It changes as they get older but it makes it even more precious because it can be far and few between. May is Memorabilia Month in our year long GO MOM! Organizing Tips Series so check out these 5 tips to help you organize kids Read more

Family Command Center for Summer

A family command center for summer is key for an organized transition from the routines of school to the freedom of summer.  Thanks to the team at 3M, this year I’ve got some fun new products from the Home Collection by Posit-it® Brand, Scotch® Brand and Command™ Brands that will make our 2014 summer station all kinds of fresh and fun.  When it comes to centralized family calendaring, for the better part of 18 years Read more

5 Easy Easter Crafts for Kids

Easter crafts for kids always make a wonderful addition to the celebration that surrounds this very special time.  No matter how old my kids get, they are always eager to decorate Easter eggs and our youngest never met a holiday themed craft she didn’t like.  So if you are looking for some truly special crafts to share with your little bunnies, check out my favorites from the always create team at Disney’s Spoonful.com. Easter Topiary Read more

How to Organize a Playroom

There is nothing like a winter that never ends to give you good look at how to organize a playroom.  No matter if you have an actual room or area in your home where your kids most often play, after too much time stuck indoors it can affectionately be renamed the bomb. Sure its all about creative expression and free play but often it becomes creative explosion and license not to clean up.  Maybe its Read more

Easy Giving Tuesday Ideas for Kids

Giving Tuesday makes me happy.  After watching our country lose its shopping mind thanks to early shopping hours actually on Thanksgiving, its never been more apparent that our quest for a good deal knows no boundary.  Black Friday has lost a bit of its bling and Cyber Monday gives us hope that what we may have missed we can still find and save just a bit more.  By the end of this 4 day focus Read more