Back to School Shopping #TargetBackToSchool

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Back to school shopping was always something I LOVED when I was a kid, and I still share the same excitement now that I have school-aged kids of my own. Don't get me wrong, I love summer and I hate that it goes so fast, but there is a little part of me that jumps for joy when I see the school supplies all laid out and ready for back-to-school shoppers. I have three kids in elementary school this year, each with their own back-to-school supply list and each with their own mental list about the … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways Kids Can Help Your Home Stay Organized

10 Simple Ways Kids Can Help Your Home Stay Organized

There's a lot to do to keep a family and a household functioning! And there's only so much time in each day. So as a mother, I want my kids to learn to pitch in - while still being "kids", of course! If we all work together, things run a lot more smoothly, and everyone - even the kids - benefits! Here you'll find 10 simple ways your kids can help your home stay more organized - and gain confidence along the way! 1. KIDS MAKE THEIR OWN BEDS STARTING AT AGE 5 I am not a super-neat person … [Read more...]

Make Learning to Read Fun with a Doorknob Mailbox

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Learning to read is hard! And it can often become stressful and frustrating for both the child and the parents. Years ago, I stumbled on this neat way to help my daughters master reading while keeping things fun and making some special memories along the way! When my oldest of four daughters came home from preschool after a Valentine's Day party with a "mailbox" full of Valentines, that mailbox eventually ended up on her doorknob. That led to me leaving her "mail", and she thought it was … [Read more...]

Back to School Gifts

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Who doesn’t love to personalize notebooks and journals? As an author I write everyday and I go through notebooks like crazy. So, when Target had notebooks on sale for Back to School I picked up a few. Of course the notebooks were to “Plain Jane” for me, so I personalized each one! While making the project, I realized these would make great Back To School Gifts. So, I made few more with bookmarks to match! You can personalize these for your recipient with their grade number or initials.  For me … [Read more...]

After School Magnetic Chore Chart #FrogTapeProjects

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This post brought to you by FrogTape brand painter’s tape. All opinions are 100% mine. My kids have been back in school for a month now and our afternoons are full of homework, piano lessons, sports practices and things that keep us very busy. To ensure the business doesn't turn into craziness, I created an After School Magnetic Chore Chart. It not only looks organized and pretty, it keeps my kids on track and ensures we don't forget anything. Here is how I made it: 1. Grab a m … [Read more...]