Teach Your Kids to Pack Healthy Lunches {Free Printable}

I want my kids to be self reliant. I try hard to give them as many ways to be independent as possible so that they are ready to head out into the real world when the time comes. Now that school is starting here in a couple days, I am working on teaching my kids how to pack their own healthy lunches.They've actually been packing their own lunches for a while now ....more

I Choose to Be a Homemaker, not a Housekeeper

The word "homemaker" gets a bad rap. Somehow it seems to make people think of apron-wearing women who are constantly mopping or folding laundry, and no woman seems to want to be associated with the oppressive images often associated with the word. When I was a child, it seems that the word was already starting to go out of style, and by the time I had my first child, "SAHM" was the thing to be ....more

September 2015 Visiting Teaching Printable

The Visiting Teaching message for September is "Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Powerful and Full of Glory." When I first read the title I thought that the lesson would be something entirely different than it actually was.I figured we would be talking only about the power and glory of Christ himself. While the lesson touched on that, it focused more on how we can harness Christ's power and glory in our own lives, and I really needed to read that.One of the ways we can have Christ's power in our lives is through temple attendance. In the past six years temple attendance has become closer and closer to my heart since we live seven hours away from a temple ....more

Should You Let Your Kid Quit Music Lessons?

Sophia had her very last violin lesson ever a couple days ago. Yes, I let her quit music lessons after four years of sticking it out. It wasn't an easy decision for me at all and I feel like a great big failure of a music mom ....more

What To Do When Decluttering Really Hurts

Last night I went through all of my scrapbooking supplies in an effort to clean up my office before school starts. My two big goals yesterday were to clean out my closet (easy), and declutter all the scrapbooking stuff I have amassed over the years. I haven't scrapbooked in about five years, so it should have been pretty easy to get rid of it all, right?Wrong.It was excruciating ....more

Last year I

Last year, I had two major school transitions to deal with at my house. I had one daughter starting high school and another one starting middle school. Kids don't really realize that these big milestones are just as hard for mom and dad as they are for them—maybe even harder! ...more

The One and Only Ivan Book Club Ideas

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The Most Important Tip for Using Your Planner Successfully

My new planner for the academic year of 2015-2016 recently arrived and I am in love with it! There's nothing like having a new, blank planner to get me thinking about how I'm going to be so much more organized this school year than I have ever been before!As I've been setting it up, I realized that there is one thing that makes using a planner successful. Just having a planner does not mean you will magically get to all your appointments or know what is going on in your life, no matter how cute and functional it is ....more

How to Vacation in Hawaii on a Budget

Our 2014 Christmas gift to the girls this year was a trip to Hawaii. Lately we have been trying to give experience gifts instead of stuff gifts, and so we didn't give them very much else. Even though we had most of the Christmas budget to devote to the trip, travel to Hawaii isn't exactly cheap ....more

Navigating the Cyberscape: A Book Review

I'm sure I'm not the only mom in the world who is concerned about the rate at which my children consume the internet. Whether it is Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook, my children seem to spend a ton of time sitting on the couch looking into their mini-screens. Even though I have placed plenty of restrictions and confiscate those screens on a regular basis, I still worry about how much time they are putting into a virtual world.That said, I'm sure I'm not the only mom in the world who is also concerned about the rate at which I myself consume the internet ....more