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Time Management

Time Management

It amazes me how many parents have multiple children and find time to blog each day. I have 1 child and there are many days it’s very challenging.

I understand as they get older and more independent it is easier. I understand older ones might help with younger ones on occasion.

However, I’ve also heard that babies sleep frequently and for a decent (30-45 minute) duration. This has just never been true of my son. Sleeping just hasn’t been his hobby. Maybe during those teen years he’ll take it up.

How do I find time to do everything? I generally do everything else with his “help”. Whether he is playing nearby or actually assisting if I can get it done that’s great!

Blogging time for me has become mornings and evenings mostly. Usually typing with 1 arm while snuggling a half asleep boy. Or I do it when someone else is available to watch him.

I wonder if other mom’s have an available supportive family helping or really do wear a cape…

How do you make free time to do everything?

3 fun things to do with kids!

3 fun things to do with kids!

Find a mentor. Want to learn a specific skill or knowledge? See if someone in the community can be your mentor. This can be a family member, family friend, or someone you don’t even know yet.

BE a mentor.

Play hide-and-go-seek–in the DARK! Turn off all the lights in the house… and play for hours. Warning–this can get a bit raucous. Parental permission is required.

Origins GinZing Review

I got a free sample of Origins GinZing when they were giving them out.  I was not going to review this but the scent is really really nice!

It’s supposed to be an energy-boosting moisturizer.  I’ve never met a lotion that made me energetic, and this one is no exception, this could just be me.  It did hydrate my skin well though. Read more [+]

10 ideas to help keep your toddler busy

10 ideas to help keep your toddler busy

My son is a very busy boy, but like most kids his attention span varies from seconds to about 30 minutes.  I’ve found a few things that seem to keep him occupied for at least 10 minutes each. Read more [+]

Weekly Writing idea for kids

I will be sharing one weekly writing idea for kids each week for the summer. Let them write whatever form they like (or you choose). Then you can send it in the mail, put them in a binder to save, or whatever else you come up with.

This weeks idea: Plan a “stay-cation” for the last week of summer. What will you do?

Drawer Decor Review and Giveaway!

If your kitchen drawers look like mine (a cluttered mess) then I have found a solution! I wanted a great way to organize my drawers, but it needed to be easy to use, easy to clean and look good, too!

When I opened the box, this is what I saw

I opened it up and was surprised at how large the mat was.  I think I could use this on 2 small drawers or 1 nice large drawer. I left the plastic on in the photo because the silicone mat has a stickiness to help it stay in the drawer. Read more [+]


Have you caught Pinterest fever yet? I use it for more than just entering contests!

I love the idea of saving all my craft ideas in one easy to find spot!

There are so many great ideas on pinterest.  Check out my Kid Friendly Crafts board for some ideas!  Most of the items are things around your house.  Ever tried quilling (pictured above)?  Just roll up a thinly cut scrap of paper and shape it, it’s easy and fun for kids!

I love recycling things I have, and who would have thought of toilet paper tubes for stamps! I also have a lot of hand/footprint animal shape ideas on that board.

While I’m probably one of the least artistically talented people I know, I have simple ideas to do with kids for parties.

I also have ideas for cakes and such for the more artistically talented individual, check them out here!



I also have education ideas for kids, whether you home school or just want to supplement on your own. I’m a huge fan of free educational material. Check it out here!

BOOKIT for Homeschoolers and Make a Plate information

Do you remember Bookit as a child? They are advertising there homeschool program, which is FREE

I am a huge fan of books and reading. I’m really happy to hear they offer this for homeschoolers too!

They only accept k-6th grade, also it says one order per household and there is a number to call if you have over 5 children.

The 2013 enrollment deadline is September 1st
Orders are taken on an individual homeschool family basis only. Homeschool group orders are no longer accepted. Each family must submit their own individual request.

Click here!

I’ve just been given the opportunity to review the Make A Plate Art Project and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. If you want to follow along, my readers save 30% on their Prepaid Art Plate Kit (that’s a savings of over $5!) – USE PROMO CODE: USFAMILY at this link

Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make A Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.