Guest Post - Beginner Crafting Fairy Wands

Looking for a fun, easy craft to make with the kiddies? These little fairy wands are no sew, and very easy to make!...more

Toddler Tricks - 68: Complain Loud and Clear

Problem: You’ve signed you child up for some activity. Whether it started out strong and slowly began to dwindle or it just wasn’t what you expected from the start, both you and your child are disappointed in the program. Do you know how many people are quiet about this? I just found out. So, I have a solution.SOLUTION:...more

Less Than Appropriate Thanksgiving Fun

I like to terrorize my Thanksgiving guests and make them DO things before they can have their dinner.  Because I use up all my creativity drawing stupid pictures and joking about horrifying genres of porn, my staple torture device is "The Hand Turkey." If you are unfamiliar with the hand turkey tradition, you are either not American, were home-schooled, or may have some sort of memory disorder.  Basically, you trace your hand, and make the tracing into a turkey. Very complicated stuff....more
@victorias_view I figure, I cook for everyone, the least they can do is amuse me.more

Staying In...It's All the Rage!

I have been searching high and low for a budgeting "system" that works for me. Dave Ramsey's approach is awesome, I have friends that follow it religiously and have been rewarded accordingly.  I however, need a system I cannot cheat!  I lack restraint and need the structure but prefer something black and white and extreme. ...more
@Amanda_Magee I am on the lookout, thank you for the referral, I love food with friends and ...more

Toddler Tricks - 64: Replace an Activity with an Activity

Problem: You want to do something fun with your children, but you know that it will be so fun that they'll pitch a fit leaving. A screaming exit is always embarrassing, and, of course, you want to avoid it at all costs. So, how can you do fun things with your kids without the inevitable breakdown?SOLUTION:...more

Don't Take No for an Answer

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com If I had a penny for every time my kids said 'no' to trying something new - be it a food item, clothing, activity or sport - we'd be zillionaires.   Okay, maybe just billionaires! Truth is most kids for the most part will reject anything foreign, never-seen-before, new.  But as a parent, we cannot be deterred. ...more

Make A Little Summer Magic

Cheers! Summer is officially here. And based on the weather here, summer didn't want anyone to forget it. It was H-O-T all week. After weeks of back and forth warm-and-then-cold-rainy-days, summer is here full throttle. And I'm excited that our tall, seeding grass will die back soon, so I can perhaps breathe clearly again. Sniff sniff. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ So, on the solstice we managed a few fun activities. Finally. ...more

What a perfect craft for sunny days!more

Surviving 5 Kids and Fundraisers

Hello there, would you like to buy a $3 candy bar? How about seven pounds of frozen cookie dough? Not much of a sweet tooth, huh? That’s okay, how about a pepperoni roll, tickets to the pancake breakfast—or maybe the spaghetti dinner? Oh. You’re on a diet. I understand—I would be, too, if I didn’t have kids.  Maybe you would be more interested in a magazine subscription? Or a high-fragrance, flameless, candle substitute? Maybe a discount card that offers insignificant savings from places you rarely visit? Ooh, better yet, forget the card; I’m selling a whole discount book. Where are you going? Wait! Don’t forget to swing by the carwash so kids who have never washed a vehicle in their lives can scratch up yours! Just drop your spare change in the can on your way out!...more

Every year we have to sell raffle tickets for hockey. However, we have no family in the ...more

To Tell or Not to Tell

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com Young children tend to delight in reporting the antics of siblings, strangers and schoolmates.  The really young ones likely don't know any better and as they get older, some kids relish in getting someone else in trouble or another reason.  Tattling is, for the most part, discouraged by parents, unless danger lurks. ...more

Keeping Busy

I thought it was supposed to be April showers that bring May flowers?  So why is May so showery this year?  This week has been one giant sprinkling, keeping the ground just a little too wet to sit on and the air just a little too chilly to go out without jackets.  Really, Springtime?  Aren't you supposed to be in full effect by now?   So we've been doing a lot of indoor play lately, and Em is finally beginning to understand that she doesn't need to be attached to me every second of every day.  And that ...more