Create an Everyday Board to Promote Learning at Home

Gigi, my five-year-old, wants to know everything about... EVERYTHING! Questions, questions, questions. all. the.time. I love her inquisitive nature and her thirst for knowledge, but boy can it be exhausting answering every question she has. So in order to help both of us out and turn her curious mind into actual factual learning, we made together an "Everyday Board." There are two important aspects of the everyday she needs and wants to know: Weather and Time. I broke them down on the board in 5 different ways. ...more
Boomer Grandparent Absolutely! Thanks!more

How to Fake Mom Confidence like a Rockstar on the First Day of Kindergarten

I am sure you've seen all the posts about preparing your new school-ager for the first day of Kindergarten. My youngest is one of those new kindergartners and the tips have been a great help....more

Budgeting for Back to School: Tips to Save Money on Everything from Backpacks to Pencils

Yay, back to school time! Sure, new stuff might soften the landing a bit for kids who are reluctant and cranky about starting the new school year. But what if you don't need anything to buy anything new this year? What if the school stuff they were just using back in June is still fine and acceptable for September? ...more
reillysmom16 My son went to private school for three years as well and agreed, if you are able ...more

Working mom's day off

I had a day off today so I rounded up the kids and we went on a field trip to Target.  I had to return the Frozen movie I had purchased because a friend got it for my daughter.  I had no idea that Target had a policy that electronics had to be returned within 30 days.  Luckily they were really nice about it.  Plus it helped that it wasn't open and in perfect condition.  They gave me a 19 dollar gift card....more

School Uniforms-Causing conflict between mothers and daughters since, forever

I went with my daughter this morning to get her school uniform jumper shortened.  As I was helping put on the yellow polo shirt and blue and yellow jumper she said "Do I have to wear this? Why do I have to wear this?" I told her "Because all of the other girls at your school will be wearing the same thing. I know you don't like it, but this jumper is going to be your new best friend." ...more

Summer Bucket List Redo

http://www.hpj.com/lifestyles/cooking/summerbucketlist.cfmSummer bucket listStory and photos by Angie Suttonwww.mothersapronstrings.com...more

A Hybrid College Education for the Adult Learner...too bad it doesn't save energy

I need to get my bachelor's degree in order to get ahead in my job, but I didn't have time to go to a traditional college because I have two kids. (Man, I should like one of those commercials).  So, I started what is called a hybrid program which is a blend of on campus classroom meetings with a strong online component as well.  I take one class per semester, do a whole bunch of online assignments and drive 60 miles to campus 3 times a semester.  On paper it doesn't sound too bad.  In real life it is a different story. ...more

Getting Back To School!

I am finally, finally back. We had a very challenging but overall very good summer and now the school year is looking really promising. A few adjustments, some more difficult than others, but overall I think we can handle it! And I've been making lunches and taking pictures of them, too.  So let's get started!I'm lumping the first couple of weeks of school together because I didn't take a picture of every single lunch, and also because the first couple of weeks were short.First day breakfast!...more
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