I have a lot to say about PARENTING. I’m a mom of 4 kids. 1 girl, 3 boys – ranging in age from 6 to 14-years-old. We’ve done pregnancy, infant, baby, toddler, kid, pre-teen and now teen, Lord help us!
Somehow we are surviving, honestly most days I don’t know how we do it – but it happens.
In the early days of being a mom, one thing became very apparent. There are parenting styles and tricks that work for some parents and not others.
It’s kind of like having a kid. Each kid is different and requires different responses and disciplines. I believe that same philosophy applies to families and parenting. All that said, a huge help for me as a parent has been hearing how other parents handle certain situations. Especially in the digital world that we live in, there is so much unknown and the wisdom we can gain from one another is priceless.
Here we share stories, tips and ideas for various parenting situations that my husband and I have come across. We hope that you find these of value. We are all in this together!
This post about how to teach money management to teens is brought to you by Current. All opinions are my own. It happened. That sweet little baby girl that I gave birth to, what feels like just a few years ago is now actually a 14-years-old freshman in high school....read more
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Hyundai Hope on Wheels "Celebration of Life" dinner in Dallas. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a non-profit organization devoted to funding pediatric cancer research. Pediatric Cancer Research The dinner was a huge eye-opener...read more
Our friends at Pley recently sent us the latest Pley Disney Princess subscription box. If you have a Disney Princess fan in your house, this would make an awesome gift. Disney Princess Subscription Box Delivered To Your Door! I found this photo of my daughter and...read more
It happened. Our overscheduled kids have sucked the life out of us. What sucks more, we can't say no. Let's talk about crazy schedules for kids and what to do when you just can't say no. Overscheduling the Kids As a mom to 4 kids, I have many friends and...read more
Ataribox - sound familiar? Yes, the old school Atari is making a comeback. Our kids could soon be bugging us to buy them an Atari - but don't worry, this isn't the Atari of the 80's! Launching this Fall on Indiegogo, the Ataribox is positioning itself as a PC like...read more
11 years of being a mom has taught me many lessons. There have been many FAILS. There's been a few wins. Out of all of the things that I've learned, 10 truths about motherhood ring true. I could tell you things like your house will never be clean or that sleep is a...read more
Who else is in the midst of creating a morning routine for school kids? Creating a Morning Routine for School It's back. Back to school is HERE and the mornings are EARLY. We don't know about you, but no matter how many kids you are juggling - school mornings,...read more
Back to school technology products - the school year is about to start, we're sharing the top tech products to add to your school list. Can you believe the new school year is already here? Doesn't it feel like school just let out? Nope, summer is coming to an end and...read more
Ticonderoga Pencils - are these on your school supply lists as well? I'm trying to understand the value. We posted to Facebook today asking a HONEST question. Honest question. WHY Ticonderoga pencils? Do these hold some magical power? Seriously, would love to know why...read more
Talking puberty with tween boys. Mamas and papas, you know you can't wait to read this one. For some reason there is a lot of information about talking to puberty in girls but not puberty in boys. Let's change that. Moms and dads, we need to be talking to both our...read more
Fingerlings - what in the world is a FINGERLING? Let us introduce you. Our friends at WowWee emailed us a few weeks back saying they had the hot new toy for 2017 and wanted to send us one to see what we thought of it. So, here is what we thought - more importantly we...read more
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PRINTABLE SIGNS - UPDATED FOR 2017! If you are looking for first day of school signs, here you go! We've done these the last few years, this year I just updated this page - all signs say 2017, plus daycare added in! Free Printable First Day Signs!...read more
Apple Camp 2017 is in the books. We all want our sanity during the summer months and between child care, camps and what have you - things can get pricey quick. Thankfully one week of the summer we were able to enjoy a FREE activity for our son. If you are an Apple...read more
Cell phone etiquette for kids is a thing. It may seem silly, but before we give our kids a cell phone, we must teach them how to use it properly. Many years ago, we gave our daughter a cheap cell phone. She was YOUNG, but the phone was cheap and the service was...read more
Baby registry must haves - I remember the headache I had walking thru the aisles with my Target scanner trying to figure out what the hell I was suppose to need for a baby. Let's face it. Registering for your baby registry quite possibly can induce a panic attack. It...read more
Teens and social media - those words scare me. Why? Because I am now a parent to a teen and as someone who spends A LOT of time on social media, I know what type of trouble they can get themselves into online. Teens and Social Media While we did let our daughter...read more
Technology tickets and screen time. Let's discuss. Recently I attended the Activision Games for Girls Summit and a topic several of the moms were discussing was in regards to whether or not to limit your child's screen time. Screen Time and the Kids In our house,...read more
Teen sexting is something you hear about time and time again. Photos leak of nude teens, lives and reputations are ruined. (Note: you don't have to be a teen for photos to leak, hello iCloud hack!) Updated 4/25/17: With the new 13 Reasons Why Netflix series - the...read more
Fidget cubes are all the rage from elementary to high school. What are these things, why do kids love them, why do parents like them and why do teachers HATE them? Let's break it down with this week's Friday Fave - Gadget of the Week. Fidget Cubes and Fidget Toys...read more
I don't know about you, but every year I am looking for an easy DIY teacher appreciation gift. Each year, when Teacher Appreciation Week rolls around - I am like a deer in headlights. This year, I went into it with a plan - and amazingly it worked. At our school, we...read more
13 Reasons Why is a new teen drama Netflix series. It's all the buzz in the parenting and teen space. Since Netflixing ranks right up next to texting and Instagramming in my teens world, I wanted to be in the know about this series. Our daughter is a mature 14 year...read more
Texas bluebonnet photos with the family is a nearly annual event. I force the entire family out the door, somewhat dressed to capture photos of the kids together. In case you aren't from Texas, family bluebonnet photos are a thing. Yes, you will see crazy people on...read more
Toddler Haircuts - those words make my brain itch (yes, that's possible - because I said so). Both of our toddlers are in need of a haircut. This will be Zeke's first haircut. Izaiah's hair is looking shaggy in a not cute way, so looks like it's time to head to the...read more
IS ROBLOX SAFE? There's several articles swirling the internet explaining the dangers of the popular children's game Roblox. I totally get it. Parent's Guide to Roblox is one of our popular posts. People want to know what their kids are playing and if it's bad. KUDOS...read more
In order to keep you up-to-date with the best toddler alarm clocks, we update this post regularly. Sleep training your toddler? Check out these toddler alarm clocks that will help a child who can’t tell time understand when it’s okay to get out of bed. Parenting...read more
In 2011, I created a Year in Review Printable that was downloaded thousands of times. It's 2016, let's update this free Year in Review printable and give it an update with a FAVES twist. 2016 Year in Review Printable This New Year's printable was created with your...read more
It's Computer Science Education Week and tens of millions of students in 180+ countries are being introduced to computer science and computer programming through a program called Hour of Code. What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a global movement by...read more
Kids laundry hack, because I suck at laundry. No really. I just can't wrap my head around folding laundry. It's too mundane for me to do. My kids are no help. My husband is awesome at so many things, he like me - nope, can't do laundry either. If you need a little...read more
No Screens Sunday - our family is all about technology. The older kids have iPhones, the younger kids have tablets. We all have computers. There's the gaming consoles and the tvs. Our lives are inundated with screens, but I am hoping to change that just a little to...read more
Looking for the best toys to develop fine motor skills - here they are! The few years we have our kids as toddlers - they are rapidly growing and learning. Your toddler's gross motor skills, like running, walking and jumping doesn't require much work on your part. Our...read more
Screen Time for Kids – How Much is Too Much? Here is What the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends
Screen times for kids - how much screen time should a kid have? That's one of the most asked questions we get. Our stance is whatever is best for your child. It takes testing and honestly, like all things in parenting - every child is different. That's our opinion -...read more
Free Halloween kids apps - because we have kids and are always on the look out for good apps, why not download seasonal apps for something new. We searched high and low to find both apps for kids that are free and apps for both iOS and Android. First up are free iOS...read more
With morphsuits, you can make a digital halloween costume that will take your getup to a whole new level! Let's check out how you can use an app to make a digital Halloween costume that is extra gory! Morphsuits - Take Halloween To A Whole New Level! Are your kids...read more
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Looking for a Halloween Nerd Costumes - well you've come to the right place. The infamous nerd costume is easy to do, can be done on the cheap - and who doesn't love a geek? In this post, we are going to show you how to make an...read more
Science kits for kids - YES! STEM is all the rage, as it should be. As parents we should be actively helping guide our kid to learning, and what better way to learn than thru play. Science Kits for Kids A few years ago, we were looking for a fun learn to play...read more