Do American parents have it backwards?

The days of summer are quickly coming upon us and I am reminded of catching fireflies and running through the neighborhood playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark as a kid.

My kids are now ages 20-31, and I know they have many of the same memories, running in the woods, playing with the neighbor kids, riding their bikes to the corner store to get ice cream.

I hope my grandkids

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Don’t let the sunshine in

I love sunshine. Don’t get me wrong. But when it is 6:30 am and you don’t have to get up until 9, the last thing I want is sunshine in my eyes! (or in the eyes of my kids!) This was a real issue when I moved into my apartment earlier this year. The side of the curtain kept pulling away and letting the light in WAY too early. I

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What to clean if you only have 5 minutes

Our lives as moms can be SO busy. We don’t know whether we are coming or going a lot of the time. This can make it difficult to carve out time to truly clean our house. Eventually we will have to deep clean, but I wanted to share with you what you can accomplish even if you JUST have 5 minutes. While you are waiting on a kid to get

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The easiest way to hang a picture

 

 

I was blown away when I actually tried today’s tip! I could’ve saved myself so much frustration if I’d known this when I moved into my first place (and 2nd and 3rd….)

Thank you, I Heart Nap Time!

 

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What causes moms to be stressed?

Children bring so much joy to a parent’s life. With the pressure of bringing another life into the world, and nurturing that child into a mature responsible adult, there also comes an increased load of stress.

There is the long-term stress of “Am I raising my child right?” and “Will he ever grow up and be able to take care of himself?”

Day-to-Day Stress

And then there

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3 emergency meals to keep in your pantry

Feeding your family can be a great stressor in your life, especially if you work full time outside the home, or if your kids are in lots of activities, or for many other reasons in our busy lives.

Planning your meals and shopping ahead of time is the very best way to handle feeding your family, and should help to reduce the stress around the question “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

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7 steps to finish the unfinished stuff

If you were to walk into the house of just about any busy suburban family, you would probably find some unfinished business. In some houses you would have to look harder than others, but it would be there, maybe tucked away somewhere, out of sight. In other houses, you wouldn’t make it past the front door without finding it!

Here are some examples of unfinished business: The

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Do the small things before they become big things

A stitch in time saves nine…

We’ve all heard that saying. And we may even nod our head at it. Makes sense, right?

It really is true, though. When you have a small hole in something, if you sew it up right away it will save you from having to make a major repair later. Have you ever thought about how this can apply to other areas of your

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Clear some clutter– 10 things you can throw away today

Wanna clear some clutter? Here are 10 things you have probably been hanging onto, or they are laying around your house by default.

1. Cans of old paint

We all have those cans of paint in the garage or basement. They’re great for touching up walls when they get chipped or scratched up. If you have repainted however, or you haven’t painted in several years, you could

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Do these things everyday

Sometimes we long for an adventurous life. We want to throw caution to the wind and go with the flow. And in some occasions that may be a good thing, but for the most part, routines and habits can be a good thing. Having the important daily things on autopilot, if you will, gives you more time and more brain power for doing all those other exciting things, even if

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