How much time do you spend with your children?

Sometimes I don't think I spend enough time with my son. I work full-time (and overtime). So on weekdays, I see my son as I motivate him through his morning routine and from when I get dinner on the table through when I tuck him into bed at night. Weekends are considerably better as we go through our chores and adventures, and are in each other's company for most of the day....more

17 DIY busy bags for preschoolers

Several weeks ago, a little girl we know had major surgery. Her two-year-old sister couldn’t possibly understand the magnitude of what was happening or why mom and dad would have to give extra attention to her younger sister....more

5 Most Productive Ways For Teens To Spend Summers

As the summers are just around the corner, the quest for listing down interesting activities also accentuates. Kids are easy to handle. But, teenagers could be a real ordeal. Making sure teens stay proactive throughout the break and not indulge in unproductive activities used to be a tough task at hand for most moms but not anymore.Here are the 5 most productive ways for mums to help their teenagers spend summers:1) Gardening...more

Sharing the Passion (or Just Going Along for the Ride)

All of us have something that we are passionate about. It can be a job or a hobby; something we do or something we watch others do. As with so many things in life, passions are just more fun when you share them with someone. Shared passions are frequently the “Aha!” moment when you realize that the person you are talking to will become a long-term presence in your life....more

Things To Do: Cypress Grove Nature Park, Jackson, TN

 There is a hidden gem in Jackson, TN called Cypress Grove Nature Park. With shady nature walks that range from 3/8 of a mile to 2 miles roundtrip, it's a great place to go for a stroll....more

30 Summer Staycation Activities

Summer time can be an expensive time of year for families. If you are not careful, you can end up breaking the bank sending children to pricey summer camps or taking expensive family vacations. Why not save some money and plan a staycation?A staycation is when you participate in fun activities all within driving distance of your home. You save on hotel costs and on dining out because you can sleep in your own bed and cook your own food. With a little thought and creativity, you can have the time of your life without traveling far....more

Top 10 Easy Earth Day Activity Ideas

Earth Day is here! Have you thought about what you might do to celebrate this big blue and green marble we call home? Here are some ideas for my favorite earth-friendly activities that you can do with friends and/or family for a fun and green Earth Day!...more
I've given up lattes unless I have my "To-Go" cup.  I've been feeling so guilty about all the ...more

Five Snow Day Activities for Adults

Blizzard Juno has officially hit Long Island. It is looking pretty dreary out here, the winds are whipping and the snow started around 8am yesterday morning. It doesn’t seem to be tapering off anytime soon.The Mayor even closed NYC schools (SHOCKING!) and most of the schools and businesses on Long Island are closed. For you lucky ones who just received word that you have a snow day, and not quite sure what to do… check out some fun snow related activities for adults....more

64 Ways to Beat Summer Boredom

There’s a whole, awesome summer ahead of us that I’m excited to fill with fun stuff for me and the kids, but I accept that sometimes I’m just really all out of ideas on how to fill days or hours for them. My kids are only six and three, and still need a lot of guidance on how to entertain themselves, so I started writing a note about fun things we could do this summer with the idea of being mindful of our budget. We started writing things down together (the kids and I), and here’s our list so far. If you have things to add, let me know! ...more

Ten Summer Break Activities

For 75 days my children are on Summer Break. That means I will be out numbered three to one. You know what that means? More coffee. That and a neurotic type A style plan to keep them busy all Summer. After years of trial and error, we have a system that keeps the kids looking forward to Summer traditions year after year....more