Your child is not too young to learn gratitude! Do you, like me, ever hear disapproving talk of millennials and hope helplessly that your kids will turn out to be the gracious ones instead of the entitled ones? I've done a little experimentin', feeling hopeful, and am here to share in case you too are … Continue reading How to Teach Children Gratitude
We all say "Yes" to people, commitments, projects and organizations at times when we really should say "No". We might feel guilt or fear--rationalizing our "yes" with thoughts of, "Oh, this person has 'x' going on and I don't, so I should be able to help them" or "I don't want to appear weak within this organization by not being available … Continue reading How to Say “No”
If you're nearing the end of your child's school year, chances are that they are bringing home piles and piles of artwork and papers and projects. And the piles are multiplying and sitting and spilling. Oh, and there's also thank you notes from teachers and friends to whom we've given gifts or whatever. What do to … Continue reading 4 Ways to Store Kids Art
Eyebrows. Did you know that they are more important in recognizing another person than even his or her eyes? It's science! They're also the frame on the artwork that is your face--so how they look affects how you look. Currently we're seeing trends toward dark, sculpted and full eyebrows, but not everyone is blessed with such attributes. Which is … Continue reading 4 Steps to Gorgeous Eyebrows
Reposted and adapted from my unattended personal blog, Something about Serendipity. Over the years, I’ve been getting asked repeatedly how I accomplish all of my home/DIY projects, and have design clients (no longer as of 2016), while having kids around me all day. I’ve been responding with short answers over the years, but I figured I will post … Continue reading How to Get More Done
Despite my life's hectic nature and my yellow half of my personality that only wants to just have fun, my family still enjoys a homemade meal at least once a week--and on that occasion, I don't even have to cook it. FREEZER MEALS, baby. They're life saving, I tell you! (On the other nights, I like things that … Continue reading How to Enjoy Making Freezer Meals
So I mentioned that I have been having some pregnancy related sleep issues when I began my It's Complicated with: Sleep series (posts 1 and 2, and Crafting a Nighttime Routine for Adults). I'm now 28 weeks pregnant and FINALLY sleeping well. With this momentous occasion, I thought I would update you and fill you in on some tricks … Continue reading Sleep Better While Pregnant
One year ago I wouldn’t have considered going on a kid-free vacation; mostly because all our family is far away and I felt too guilty asking for childcare from any of them when I already see them so infrequently. And my list of reasons went on for a mile. Then one day, while talking with … Continue reading How to Take a Kid-Free Vacation
Today I'm focused on how crafting a nighttime routine (meaning you do it darn near every night) can help you improve your relationship with Sleep. And if you're like Brityn, who sleeps like a baby no matter what, this is still for you! Nighttime routine is vital to her for entirely different reasons she says-- mostly for recovering after a long day of frustration with two wild boys to better prepare for tomorrow.
Why is sleep important? Besides helping you avoid yawning through all of your conversations...