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  • The Secret to Better Homework Completion for Teens

    Routine, Routine, Routine. This is essential for teens. They’re frontal lobes are still developing.  You know, the part of the brain that deals with organization, emotional regulation, and impulsiveness: the part of the brain that drives parents nuts. Those kids that have their binders in nice neat rows and get all their homework done aren’t […]

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  • Conversation Tips to Talk to Your Teen About Tackling Homework

    Your teen struggles to get homework done.  Maybe it’s a battle.  Maybe it’s a tear fest.  Maybe it’s unproductive.  However it manifests itself in your home, I’m sure it’s frustrating. You want to help them.  You want them to develop good strategies and habits. Maybe you’ve read my posts on 6 Solutions to Homework Completion […]

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  • Staying Sane at Home with a Toddler

    I tried to do a variety of activities with my son: blocks, cars, coloring, reading, red light, green light, etc. Still seven hours seemed so long when each activity lasted ten minutes or so.  I scoured the internet for ideas.  I wondered what stay at home moms did. The most common suggestion was to get […]

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  • Secret Santa Gift Ideas

    I was at the work holiday party when someone talked about what to get their secret santa.  I gave a few ideas and they thanked me twice, feeling so relieved.  I thought…hey maybe someone else would find the ideas helpful.               Cocktail napkins. There are all sorts of fun […]

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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?  I know […]

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  • 9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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    You don’t need to go all out to have fun and celebrate with the ones you love on Valentine’s Day. The trick to making the day special is to make it out of the ordinary – something different. It’s even better if you do something thoughtful that’s out of the ordinary too. Women weigh in […]

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  • Best Pregnancy Workout Sites

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    I wanted to stay active while pregnant but I wanted some help and inspiration along the way.  Here are my favorites websites I visited while pregnant. Being Informed about Exercise During Pregnancy Not sure what you can and can’t do? Want to know the benefits of exercise while being pregnant? Be Fit Mom has great […]

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  • How to Not Procrastinate…and Get More Done.

    There are things in our lives that need to be done, but for whatever reason, we put it off.  Here are some ways to help you work through that, make progress, and move on. Determine What You Procrastinate For me I let the shredding pile build up.  Who wants to take time to shred ten […]

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  • 5 Easy and Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate New Year’s at Home

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    It’s almost New Year’s.  Wondering what to do?  Do you really have to do anything?  Nope. Maybe you’re like me – not big into New Year’s parties or imbibing, but up for some low key fun.  If you find yourself wanting to do something different here are some ideas of family friendly activities to do […]

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  • Making the Holidays More Meaningful

    I was fine, content with what I had, but then I created my wish list for my family and felt a nagging feeling of greed grip me. Now suddenly I was thinking that would be nice…and oh that would be great. Ideas of things to add to my life tumbled into my mind. Wait. I […]