kids activities

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

5 Ways Beat the Heat with Old Fashioned Fun

As we turn the corner on late July and welcome the hottest days our summer will likely offer, its time to beat the heat with some old fashioned fun.  By now, you’ve likely used up a number of your best ideas for summer fun and you might be finding yourself stressed at the prospect of facing hotter than comfortable days with seemingly nothing “fun” today.  But before you bang you head against the wall wondering Read more

6 Tips for Summer Learning

It’s time to talk summer learning. Everywhere you turn you are bombarded with messages about how your child will suffer unless you make sure they spend the summer hitting the books. As a Mom of a new high school graduate all the way to an older elementary student, I can tell you I’ve had my fair share of summer learning worries.  But at the end of the day, summer learning is only as valuable as Read more

Get Organized for Summer ~ 33 Must Haves for Outdoor Fun

Are you ready to get organized for summer?  This timeless 4 part series  is all about helping busy Moms get ready for their kids to come home for summer break before…or just after it begins.  Because let’s be honest, sometimes that’s jus the way things roll. From paperwork to schedules, outdoor fun and learning, we’ve got you covered with what you need to do now.  Here in In North Carolina, we’ve got just a few weeks to go but for 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

Last Minute Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving week and the clock is ticking!  Its time to talk last minute Thanksgiving crafts.  I’m a huge fan of arts and crafts for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages and have included a few of my favorites on our Organized Thanksgiving Pinterest Board.  Over the years, I’ve found that when it comes to Thanksgiving, choosing activities that are focused on gratitude leave a lasting impression of simplicity and grace.  Thanks to Spoonful.com, here are Read more

5 Tips to Get Ready for Summer Camp

This sponsored post is part of my role as Household Expert for Mabel’s Labels. All opinions are entirely my own. Summer is here and its time to get ready for summer camp.  No matter if your kids are attending a day camp or visiting an overnight camp, you need to send them prepared for each day, knowing that they have just what they need to have fun and enjoy all the new friends and experiences Read more

How Busy Moms Make Spring Fun

Spring fun has arrived!  With the first day of Spring upon is, I must confess I adore this time of year for all its blooming glory, giving me much needed color and the return of my beloved sun.  A busy time for my family as well, with three children whose favorite sports all take place in the Spring, we are out and about enjoying new friendships and so much fun. This is Spring  ~ it Read more

Fun Family Activities for Christmas Break ~ YMCA

Christmas Break finds my family well rested and relaxed thanks to a week of sleeping in and no schedule other than the one we choose. First shared a few years ago this series is true blue ~ if you are looking for fun family activities you CAN find them right at home, making that week between Christmas and New Year’s a blast. For 2012, Day 4 will include a trip to Barnes and Noble to Read more

Fun Family Activities for Christmas Break ~ Museums

Halfway through Christmas Break and its time to make sure your family is having fun! First shared a few years ago this series is true blue ~ you CAN find fun family activities in your hometown to make that week between Christmas and New Year’s full of fun. For 2012, Day 3 is all about seeing friends with a field trip too. We are tempted to visit the Titanic Exhibit and then surprising the kids Read more