Archive for Parenting

Date Night Hacks

This is a paid post written by me on behalf of P&G.  The opinions and texts are all mine. One of the most important and most difficult things to find the time for are date nights.  Your marriage is largely dependent upon the time that you get to relax and enjoy each other’s company, but when it’s so expensive between a sitter and a fancy dinner it’s hard to justify …continue reading


Making Sense of Healthcare for Families

Are you baffled by healthcare?  Wondering what certain terms are talking about?  I totally understand!  I used to set aside our health claims hoping that they would magically take care of themselves.  Luckily, it doesn’t have to be so difficult because UnitedHealthcare is working to help make sense of it all. This is a sponsored post written on behalf of UnitedHealthcare. Making Sense of Healthcare for Families Premiums, co-payments and …continue reading


How to Do More Now

Do you feel like you never seem to catch up on all your daily tasks? Between taking care of the kids, the house and yourself it just never seems to all get done. We want to show you how to do more NOW and how to make yummy Praline Energy Balls in the process. How to Do More NOW These two little cuties are six and a half and three. …continue reading


Tips to Keep Kids Healthy

Looking for simple Tips to Keep Kids Healthy this school year?  Give kids the upper hand in fighting germs! Tips to Keep Kids Healthy   It’s that time of year, leaves are starting to fall and the days are getting shorter and a little more crisp. Yep, it’s just about time for the kiddos to head back to school if they haven’t already. Hi, it’s Erin from Suburban Simplicity. I …continue reading


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

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