How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent

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Share this: I’m now just over two months into my bullet journaling experiment. For those of you who’ve thought about bullet journaling – either to become more efficient and organized, or to help you juggle your competing to-do’s – yes, it’s made a huge difference in those areas. But I’m also surprised to discover another upside: Bullet journaling… Continue reading How Bullet Journaling Has Made Me A Better Parent




Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow

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Share this:So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes… Continue reading Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow




Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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Share this:Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December




Do you need NO November?

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Share this:So it’s days from Halloween last week, and I’m dashing out to bulk up our candy supplies for trick-or-treating. Just one problem, though: I had a hard time finding the Halloween candy, thanks to all the Christmas displays already out in full force. Funny, I had the same problem when finishing back-to-school shopping –… Continue reading Do you need NO November?




Reset Buttons Broken? Try Using a Code Word

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Share this:Oh, the ironies of parenting. Not twenty-four hours after publishing my last blog post, on finding your kids’ reset buttons, I found myself mentally running through my own checklist, searching in vain for one of my own tricks that would work on a five-year-old who stubbornly resisted each and every attempt I made to… Continue reading Reset Buttons Broken? Try Using a Code Word




Finding Your Kids’ Reset Button: My Top Ten Hacks

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Share this:It’s one of those days (hours, minutes), and you’re at the end of the rope. You just wish your kid had come with an on/off switch, circuit breaker, or some other way to turn her off. Then you could power her down, reboot her, and start all over with a clean slate. Or maybe… Continue reading Finding Your Kids’ Reset Button: My Top Ten Hacks




Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children

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Share this:My house is a mess of unpacking, my writing is behind schedule – can you guess that my family and I have just spent the past few weeks on various road trips? For many families, summer means travel. But the reality is that in two-parent households, parents can’t always coordinate limited vacation time with… Continue reading Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children




Five Smart Ideas for Mindful Downsizing

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Share this:How’d you do on your New Year’s resolutions last year? My New Year’s goal for last year is still an ongoing effort, but remembering to use the Calm Mommy voice when I want my kids to cooperate is becoming more second-nature. My goals for this year center around being more mindful each day, saving… Continue reading Five Smart Ideas for Mindful Downsizing




Tunes for Traveling With Kids: Our Top 15 Road Trip Soundtracks

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Share this:Are you sick of listening to your kids belt out the theme song from Frozen yet? Do you wish that the singing purple dinosaur had never been invented? Do you prefer some good music for a long car ride over hearing your kids’ dueling electronic toys in the backseat? Do you have a long… Continue reading Tunes for Traveling With Kids: Our Top 15 Road Trip Soundtracks




Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season

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Share this:Even though the first week of December was rainy and dreary in our neck of the woods, the girls and I have had a super start to our month. Part of the credit goes to the fact that I’ve made some very conscious decisions to simplify our lives, both for the holiday season and… Continue reading Less Is More: Three Ways We’re Cutting Back and Living Better This Holiday Season




Supermom Doesn’t Live Here

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Share this:Recently I spent a rare kid-free day at a conference with a dear friend. Cathleen is one of those friends you wish you could share more cups of tea with.  Nowadays, our paths don’t cross nearly as much as they used to before I was married and a mom, back in the days when… Continue reading Supermom Doesn’t Live Here




Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit

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Share this:You probably have your own toiletry kit that you keep packed for travel (if not, I strongly recommend one that hangs, so you can hang it up high, out of kiddos’ reach) – but do you also have a separate one for your littlest travelers? Keeping one packed, and reviewing its contents before each… Continue reading Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit




On New Year’s Goals

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Share this:I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; instead, I set goals. IMHO, resolutions are made to be broken. “I resolve to go to the gym more.” “I resolve to lose weight.” “I resolve to go on a diet.” I mean, come on – who even talks like that? And besides, what happens when the inevitable… Continue reading On New Year’s Goals