Archive for Parenting

How to Overcome Back to School Fears

Do you or your child have back to school fears?  We know the feeling all too well, which is why we’re sharing how to overcome those fears.  As a former teacher in an inner city school district I would see all types of fears walk through the doors of our building.  Whether it was the parents or their children there was a simple way to ease everyone’s fears. How to …continue reading


When Fear Strangles Your Child

Do you have a child hesitant to try new things?  Are they only willing to try something after much hesitation and with reluctance?  If so then we can stand together because we know all to well what it feels and looks like when fear strangles your child. When Fear Strangles your Child My oldest daughter is six and half.  She is going into first grade and she is the furthest thing …continue reading

5 Tips to Sleep Better

Ever since having kids, I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a full night of sleep.  I’m guessing that most of you that are reading this are struggling with the same issues I have.  Whether it’s a toddler climbing into your bed or a newborn crying out for a feeding, these 5 Tips are sure to help you sleep better tonight! 5 Tips to Sleep Better Keep your liquid intake to …continue reading


5 Tips for Sun Protection

Planning on enjoying the sun this summer?  With two little girls with very different skin types because their mother is a fair, Irish girl and their father tans from minimal sun, I worry about sun protection starting in early Spring.  I’ve learned a ton about keeping my girls protected.  These 5 Tips for Sun Protection will have you covered all summer long. This is a sponsored post written on behalf of …continue reading


How to Make this Summer one to Remember

Do you feel like summer is slipping by even though it just got started?  We’ve officially been on summer break two weeks and I feel like it’s almost over because we have so much planned.  We have a ton of traveling as well as family and friends visiting us.  I’m determined to bring my kids back to the summers that I remember.  I don’t know if it’s me getting older or …continue reading


Best Books for Summer Road Trips

Traveling with the family this Summer and looking for the best books for the whole family? Check out our Best Books for Summer Road Trips List for a family friendly list.  Not only will your road trip go smoothly, but you’ll be entertained as well! Best Books for Summer Road Trips In the past year, I have come to value my time a great deal more than I have in …continue reading


How Summers have Changed from Carefree to Safety-Conscious

I’m a thirty-something mom with two little girls that can’t get over how summers have changed from carefree to safety-conscious over the last thirty years.  I vividly remember running through the neighborhood with no shoes, no cares and minimal supervision except my mom peaking through the window to check to make sure we were in the neighbor’s backyard.  I’m barely comfortable letting my girls go in our fenced-in backyard to …continue reading


Tips for a Successful Toddler Birthday

About six months ago my youngest, who just turned three started talking about having a rainbow birthday party.  She has not wavered from that request once.  I’ve done the themed birthday parties over the years and love them, but they’re a lot of work so this year we’re trying something a bit different and I’m sharing my tips for a successful toddler birthday with you so that it’s easy for you …continue reading


How to Transition to a Toddler Bed

Is it time to move your toddler into a big bed?  After struggling with this transition the first time around with our oldest daughter, we’ve figured out how to make the transition to a toddler bed easier.  Thanks to REM-Fit for partnering with us to truly understand how easy the transition could be. How to Transition to a Toddler Bed First things first, my youngest, Avery, has never been a …continue reading


How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Saved Me

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior at Walmart for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Many of you are aware that my life changed drastically last Spring.  I went from working full time as a reading specialist in an inner city school district living in NY to a stay-at-mom living in NC.  Our move and my reasons for leaving teaching were not taken …continue reading


5 Tips for Preschool Playdates

We are so excited to have had the opportunity to work with Disney Junior to create the perfect preschool playdate.  Our Disney playdate was a huge success and it was largely due to these 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates. 5 Tips for Preschool Playdates Ever since my girls were little they both have loved Disney characters.  I’m pretty sure that the first dance they ever learned was the “Hot Dog …continue reading


How to Meal Plan for Picky Eaters

Do you struggle daily at meals with your picky eaters?  These simple how to tips to meal plan for picky eaters will bring back your sanity as well as expand your weekly menu.  Plus, we’re announcing a super exciting resource for all your meal planning needs. How to Meal Plan for Picky Eaters Put something on their plate that you know they like.  When you cook a meal try to …continue reading

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