How Taking a Summer Break from my Business Helped Me Grow More than Ever

Oh baby, baby…It feels so good to be back!I thought my last true summer break was the year that I worked at the American Girl Store (I think I’m STILL finding glitter on my body from that summer…) But this summer, I was in for a big surprise.On May 19th, my boyfriend called me and told me the words that I had been waiting so long to hear; he just received a job offer in Los Angeles....more

Parents, can we stop calling summer "survival"?

Hi, it’s me. Pot, kettle, black. Because this post is going to hurt me as much as it hurts you....more

Not-so-Lazy Summer Break Play Room Update

It's summer break. That means this homeschooling mom's been taking way too many breaks. I've let the house slide, more than normal anyway. I've slacked on doing one load of laundry a day, which has led to 3 or 4 loads piling up on the bed when I finally get around to wash. The kids are eating too much junk and we've grabbed fast food way more than we should have....more

It's Almost Time for Summer Break! Oh No!

It is almost that time. The school year is winding down. My favorite time of year is right around the corner. I experience these feelings every year. As a stay-at-home mother summer means that I get to spend many warm days with my four children. We talk and laugh and frolic barefooted through the fields of tall green grass. Stopping to take a moment to lie on our backs, on the warm earth and stare up at the blue sky as the white, fluffy clouds float past... (Insert here that sound of a record being scratched by a needle.)...more

"Summer Camp" at Home

As you probably know, I'm a work-at/from-home mom (WAHM). This means my days are filled with a combination of childcare, school and activity schedules, and my own paid work (and my blogging and videos, of course!). With school out, I was worried that the kids would end up spending eight hours a day watching TV and playing with their tablets - neither healthy nor desirable....more

What I Did Over Summer Break

In your journals, write about "What I Did Over Summer Break." How many children are facing these very words this week, or last week, or next? Before I had even left the hallways of elementary school, I knew to prepare for this prompt every year. I would have my ideas ready before my pencil ever hit the paper....more
@RebeccaRaige Wow - facing the need to change takes so much courage! Good for you for tackling ...more

Summer fun on the Cheap

We really like to keep busy in the summer but don't like to spend a lot of money doing it.  Here are some ideas of things to do as a family that are either free or don't cost a lot....more

82 Days (Ode to Summer Break)

Summer is here for 82 daysMy whistle's hung up, my bullhorn's put away. School is out,the year is done;Just in time, too, for everyoneis sick of me with my drill sergeant schtickincluding myself, I wouldn't have pickedthis role to play, harsh, grating and shrill:...more

Ten Activities To Do During Summer Break

My kids are officially 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.Ten Activities To Do During Summer Break ...more

In Defense of Our Overscheduled Summer

I am almost certain that the creator of the phrase "lazy days of summer" was not part of my family. By family, I mean all branches of my family: the nuclear family I grew up in, my aunts' and uncles' families, and so on through our family tree. We are movers and shakers by nature, and so it makes sense that we will continue moving and shaking right through the (very hot) summer months. This year is no different. ...more

Every summer, I look at the calendar and think I will keep things loose and unscheduled, and ...more