When is My Teen Ready for a Checking Account?

As the mom of a tween, I am struck quite often by the fact that my baby girl is growing up. On her 9th birthday, I cried. Why? Because at 9 that meant I only had 9 years until she would likely leave me for college. On her 10th birthday I cried again. Why? Double digits ya'll. … [Read more...]

Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

Kids love playdough from their toddler days right up on through the elementary years. Heck! I'm a grown woman and I can still dig sitting down and making awesomely awesome creations with it! There is something relaxing and just plain fun about a squishy ball of dough!  Make it … [Read more...]

When Kid Friendships Go Bad

Like it or not, as parents sometimes we have to do things that we don't like in order to do what's best for our kids. One of those things can be stopping them from staying in an unhealthy friendship. It isn't something that any parent likes to do, but depending on the situation, … [Read more...]

10 Pirate Books For Your Deck Swabbin Land Lubber!

Do I need to tell you how much I adore pirate movies and books? It's like I'm six again and playing pirate with my fake eye patch and yes, I am that big of a kid at heart. I'd be willing to bet some of you are the same exact way or have kids that are. If you're looking for a few … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids the Importance of Saving

Have you ever noticed something? As our kids grow, so do the dollar amounts on the stuff they want. They start with small things like board books and before you know it? They're asking for iPods, tablets and more. Needless to say, a parent could easily go broke if they bought … [Read more...]

35 Books on Space Little Astronauts Love!

Have I ever told you guys before just how much I love books? If you could see the bookshelves and crates we have here at our house? I might just be embarrassed by the sheer number of them. Okay, no I wouldn't. What I would do is tell you about my love of books, hand you my … [Read more...]

5 Things Your Kids Want to Know About Money (From the Mouth of a 10 Year Old)

As parents it can be hard sometimes to figure out exactly what to teach out kids. It's pretty easy when they're little but as they grow? It isn't quite as easy. My Emma and I have always had a good relationship and because of that, when I get stumped on what she wants to learn, I … [Read more...]

7 Back To School Essentials You Won’t Find On A List

It's almost August and you know what that means! Back to school shopping! While most public school students receive a list and almost all homeschool students have theirs planned out as well, there is almost always something that gets left off of those lists. No, I don't mean … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Super Mom (and Why I’m Okay With That)

I was on the phone the other day with a good friend and mid-conversation I was struck by the thought compared to me? "This chick is Super Mom!" Full on loving the laundry, finds joy in the dishes, never misses a dinner, perfect hair and makeup, PTA president Super Mom. It was … [Read more...]

7 Chores You Should Pay Your Kids to Do

As parents, it's our jobs to teach our kids to be responsible adults in everything they do. Unfortunately, that isn't always the easiest thing to do. I believe that one of the best ways to help teach those lessons that they need to learn is by chores. Now granted, I don't think … [Read more...]