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The Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group has released its latest list of fruits and vegetables found to have the most pesticides. Read More

Prepare Kids for When Mom Goes Out of Town

Nothing makes me more upset than to have parents moan and complain about camp or team sports or school activities when they themselves have not a single volunteer hour to their credit. Read More

When it Comes to Volunteering, You Gotta Put Up or Shut Up

Nothing makes me more upset than to have parents moan and complain about camp or team sports or school activities when they themselves have not a single volunteer hour to their credit. Read More

Tips for Getting Ready for Summer Break

Don’t make the mistake of planning your summer when the kids are already at home tearing the place apart. Read More

Five Things Moms Should Never Feel Guilty About

I heard a saying once that goes, “Behind every great kid is a mother who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.” Motherhood and excessive guilt seem to go hand-in-hand. Read More

The Many Mysteries of Easter

One of the greatest mysteries of Easter is the mystery of my favorite Easter candy, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. Read More

Homeschooling Tips for Beginners

We are new to homeschooling. We are both enjoying the change, but it has come with a learning curve. Read More

How to Prepare for a New Pet

Bringing home a new family pet can be an exciting time, but how do you make the adjustment easy for everyone? Read More

Declutter Your Home and Body

There seems to be a correlation between a cluttered home and a “cluttered” body. Read More

Keep Gift Expectations Under Control

Along with all the excitement and joy of the holidays comes the stress of how to pay for it all. Read More

Unexpected Visitors? Get Spiffy in a Jiffy!

Here are some tips to get your house spiffy in a jiffy. Read More

Post-Halloween Pain Prevention

Spare your kids from post-Halloween pain - don't let them eat too much candy! Read More

T-A-N-G-O Your Way to an Organized Kitchen!

It takes two to tango, a great principle that can be applied to organizing your kitchen! Read More

To-Do List for Fall Cleaning

Spring isn’t the only time of year to do a major clean up. Fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning. Read More

Selling Your Home While Still Living In It

Here are some suggestions for getting a home ready for sale while still trying to live your life inside of it. Read More

How to Deal with Conflict at School

Conflicts at school are nearly inevitable. Not every day is going to be your child’s best day ever. Read More

Ways to Spend the Rest of Your Summer Vacation

Once the Fourth of July is behind us, it’s just a hot, slow descent to the first day of school. I can’t let the summer slip away without offering some tips to make it a little more relaxing, organized, fun, and appetizing. Read More

Tips for Keeping the Family on Track During the Summer

If you have ever asked questions like: “Who cut their hair on the couch? Why does the dog have one blue paw? Where did all the kitchen chairs go?” You may have bored kids. Read More

Keep Your Kids Safe and Accountable on the Internet

When it comes to children and the Internet, what are the best practices to keep them safe and teach them how to be responsible online? Read More

How to Prepare for Houseguests

Making houseguests feel welcome doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or wreak havoc on the family schedule. Read More