Two Simple Words That Made Me A Nicer Mom

Do you ever have so much on your proverbial plate that if one more thing gets added, you just might lose your sh*t? If you’re a mother, that’s probably at least once a day. And that one more thing is usually in the form of a sweet little voice (or multiple) saying, “Mommy.” A THOUSAND times a day, “Mommy” “Mommy” “Mommy” “Mommy” “Mommy” “Mommy” .. you get the point.

When I was working full-time I think this made me lose my sh*t at least three times a day. And I’m embarrassed to say I reacted by snapping at them. I mean for crying out loud, haven’t you learned to cook your own meals, wash your own clothes and google your questions yet? Oh wait, no. Because you’re 5.

And every time I would snap at them I would feel like a super jerk. Especially when my exasperated “WHAT!!!?” was followed by, “I colored a picture for you.” (face palm) Talk about a mom fail.

So one day I decided that every single time my children said “Mommy” to get my attention I would answer with two simple words. (more…)

Get Organized For Back To School

Going back to school can feel chaotic for kids and parents. Check out these ways to get clothes, snacks and schedules organized for a smooth transition.

I’ll cover some awesome ideas for organizing:

1- Homework time

2- After school schedules (with free printables!)

3- After school snacks

4- Clothes (with free printables!) (more…)

Free Printable First Day Of School Signs

The first day of school can be exciting, frightening, liberating, sad, and all of the above. And that’s just for the parents. 🙂 Imagine how the kids feel.

No matter how it feels, it’s a special milestone for your children. And you can make that milestone even more memorable with an adorable sign for them to hold in the gajillion photos you take of them in the morning. You know you do. (more…)

What Teachers Really Need From Parents

I’ve said it before, teachers are the unsung heroes of life. They teach our kids to be smart and good people, they bandage their boo boos and wipe their noses. Well, depending on the age of your kids. 🙂 And they spend hundreds of dollars of their own hard-earned money on classroom supplies.

That’s why they need all the help they can get from parents.

Each year on your school supply list you probably see a section at the bottom of the page for suggested items that are helpful to donate on top of what you’re getting for your student.

So I went right to the teachers to find out what they really need.. and what they would rather you not spend your money on.

And I’ll include one free thing you can give teachers that’s more important than everything else combined. (more…)

How To Not Go Broke Buying School Supplies

“For crying out loud, how many pencils could a kid possibly use?” I find myself exasperated, asking questions like this every year around this time. Back to school supply shopping time. And the answer is a lot.

It takes a lot of supplies to prime kids for learning. But the good news is school supplies are relatively inexpensive. Just think about 50 cent folders and 99 cent notebooks. If you snag prices like that, it can be manageable. (more…)

How To Get Free Organic Goodies

Do you want to eat healthier and buy more organic food, but you’re not sure what to get or if you’ll like it? That’s me. I know organic food is better for me and my family. But I also live on a budget and absolutely hate to throw out food (and money). So I love sampling products first to make sure we’ll like them.

That’s why I’m super excited about this month’s Daily Goodie Box because it’s jam-packed full of all-natural, organic goodies that I can’t wait to try. (more…)

How To Build An Affordable School Uniform Wardrobe

Buying new clothes for back to school can be daunting.. emotionally and financially. Especially when you need to build a whole new uniform wardrobe from scratch.. for two kids. That’s where I was last year when we moved to Florida. I was initially anti-uniform, mostly because of the money. But I grew to love it.

Not only are there social benefits, there are also money saving benefits. Yes, there is the initial expense of starting the wardrobe. But after I tackled that, I bought very few other types of clothes for my kids for a whole year. And if you know where to look, school uniform pieces can be affordable.

I’ll cover how to get started, how to save the most money and I’ll list the current deals at the most popular and trusted stores. (more…)

Totally Free Family Bonding Activities

As summer wears on into the second month, I’m looking to rev up our daily schedule a bit. Despite my good intentions there’s been way too much screen time. So I’m pretty much just dragging them out the door and figuring something out along the way. My goal is to leave the house in the morning and not return until late afternoon.

As someone who grew up on a farm in the country and played in the woods all day until I was called in for dinner, it seems funny to me that this is even a struggle. But, there you have it.

Here are some totally free ways I try to get my kids out of the house and promote family bonding.. this summer and year ’round. (more…)