How to Make Camping with Kids Easy and Stress-Free Using Camping Printable Checklists and Activities

Planning to go camping with kids can either bring excitement …or complete dread! Let’s face it, camping with kids is not always a walk in the park! And my four boys are always asking if we can go camping. How to Make Camping with Kids Easy and Stress-Free “Can we go camping?” Those words often come with excitement from the kids but may leave you feeling overwhelmed and hesitant because there is always SO MUCH TO DO to make a camping trip happen. […]

How to Potty Train a Boy (From a Mom Who’s Done it FOUR Times!)

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15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

 It’s that time of year again.  We reflect on the year past and resolve to do things differently in the year to come.  This year, why not try some of these Resolutions That Every Mom Should Make.   15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make For most of us it is the same thing every year.  A new year rolls around and we look at our life and try and find things that we can improve on for the next year.  We set goals and we try to find ways to reach our goals.   Did you know that statistics show that by the first week of February, 92% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed?  Maybe it is because we are focusing our attention on the wrong things.  Maybe we look in the mirror and try and focus on changing the things we can see instead of the things that are deep inside and hidden from view. We focus on “dusting” the things on the surface when really we need to deep clean. I’ve put together 15 resolutions every mom should make to help her be happy and ultimately healthy.  […]

5 Meaningful Ways to Build a Rock-Solid Relationship with your Son

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Calm Back-to-School Jitters and Get Kids Excited for School with These Tips

Back-to-school time can be a time of a lot of excitement but also a lot of nerves! These tips to calm back-to-school jitters will help your child get excited for the first day! Calm Back-to-School Jitters With These Tips My boys always seems to have a mix of both. They will be excited to see their friends, but also have stomach aches and a hard time sleeping in the days leading up to and just following back-to-school time. Of course that is totally normal and I tell them that, but I have also found a few things that we can do to help put those nerves to rest for good. […]

15 Things I Want My Son To Know Before Starting Middle School

The day finally came and I wasn’t ready.  My oldest “graduated” from 5th Grade and will be moved on to Middle School.  Middle school!  Those awkward, confusing, trying-to-find-out-who-I-am years of Middle School.  I remember those years too vividly and it was not all good.  So as my son started this new chapter in his life and I learned to navigate my new role as a middle-school mom, here are 15 Things I Wanted My Son To Know Before Starting Middle School.  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail […]

The Invisible Mom – What You Are Building When No One Sees

Do you ever feel like an invisible mom? As though the things you do and the efforts you make as a mother go unnoticed?  Today I share my experiences as well as a beautiful message from Nicole Johnson about what you are really building when no one sees. (I originally posted this as one of my first blog posts in 2012 but wanted to re-share it with you since this story helped me through a difficult time in my life.)  The Invisible Mom Not long ago I thought I had my life pretty much figured out.  Ever had that feeling?  The feeling that you finally know exactly how you want your life to go and what you want to do with your life.  You feel content and you look at the future and begin to make plans to reach your goals.  You think that everything will fall into place and then…you blink and one second later nothing goes as planned.  Everything that at one point was so right for you suddenly becomes so wrong for you and everything you thought you wanted is suddenly NOT what you want. About 6 months ago my life did a 180°.   I pretty much had my life planned out but then I was reminded that life doesn’t always go as planned and that isn’t always a bad thing. […]

3 Simple Ways To Build Your Son’s Confidence

We all want to raise confident children, but there are times in everyone’s life where self doubt and insecurities creep in. Here’s a list of 3 simple things you can do to help build your son’s confidence. 3 Ways to Build Your Son’s Confidence It can be so heartbreaking to watch your son deal with low confidence or self-worth. ? More than anything, as parents we just want our kids to be happy. […]

25 Genius LEGO Storage Ideas

If you have kids, there is a good chance you have LEGO. And if you have LEGO, then there is a good chance that you have become frustrated with how to organize all of the pieces and store them when not in use!  And we’ve all experienced how painful it is to STEP on a LEGO that was left out! But no worries!  These 25 LEGO Storage Ideas are just what you need to take the frustration out of storing LEGO pieces. LEGO Storage Ideas I love all of these LEGO storage ideas listed below. There are so many clever ways to store LEGO pieces and Minifigures. […]

My Best Advice for New Mothers from a Mom of Four Boys

Motherhood is one of those jobs that you can never be fully prepared for. You can read every parenting book out there, take every prenatal class available to you, and still, when your first baby is placed in your arms, all of that knowledge goes out the window.  Everything you learn will be based on-the-job experience but today I am partnering with Luvs at Walmart to share my best advice for new mothers, based on my 15 years of raising my boys. Advice for New Mothers […]

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