How to Help Our Messy Kids

Messy Kids

You know that kid who has a messy room, backpack, locker? Who loses important papers, books, sports equipment? Who could have straight A’s…if only they remembered to turn in assignments, to bring home their homework, to use their planner?!?!?!? I have two of those kids.  Having a messy […]

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Smart vs The Report Card

School Report Card

My daughter came home with her school report card and announced that she is “smart”. Now, you might think I would count that as a victory, but I didn’t because I never let her brothers get away with the opposite – which is that a bad report card […]

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Friday Round Up

Friday Round Up

Happy Friday, dear friends! Today I have a Friday round up of what I’ve found inspiring, infuriating, and fun on the web this week. I hope you enjoy reading and relaxing this weekend! Apparently, our kids do follow rules when it comes to their social media accounts – […]

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Help Your Kids to Read More Books

Kids read books

I do not read enough books, and my kids do not read enough books. I’ve had that nagging thought forever – like basically since my kids were born, but now it’s more than a nag it’s a conviction. In December, I attended a reading workshop that was inspirational […]

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How to Get a (Sorta) Clean House

Cleaning house

This post is from last year, but it bears repeating. This fun system makes cleaning the house painless and fun every single time. Now I just have to remind my kids… Let’s face it.  The house has to be cleaned – even though we are on break, even though […]

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The Refreshing Christmas Break Plan

Christmas Break Plan

It is oh-so-tempting to walk in the door, dump the backpacks on the floor, and not think about school again until “next year”. The reality, though, is that next year is only a few weeks away, and if we aren’t careful our kids will head back to school […]

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The Perfect Christmas Morning…for Me

Christmas Morning

My Santa Baby has it easy. No sables, yachts, or rings for me – just a good book is all I need to keep me an angel all year. On Christmas morning after we have opened gifts and had our traditional French Toast Casserole for breakfast, instead of sighing at […]

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How to Search for a College While Still in Your Pajamas

College Search

There was a point in my oldest son’s college search when he was basing his choice on the university’s home football schedule.   He spent the summer before his senior year on YouTube watching college football tradition videos and periodically saying “Hey Mom, this is cool – come watch […]

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Where Are You Applying to College?

Applying to College

Don’t ever ask a high school senior (or his mother) where he is applying to college. Just don’t. I’ve been through three senior years, so far, which means that I’ve been asked this question at least a million times. Since I try hard to overcome my lower nature, […]

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5 Reasons to Use a Timer for Homework


The timer in my kitchen has seen a lot of living.   It has timed to perfection a lot of great meals, of course, but its real use is to motivate my kids and me to get moving and stay focused. We play beat the clock a lot – 5 minutes […]

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