Stay Sane as a Busy Mom

Staying Sane When You’re Crazily Busy

To say that I’ve been “busy” during the last month is an understatement. Swamped is a little more like it. We’re in the middle of a major relocation and my time has been divided between job hunting and now going through the process of clearances, etc. to be able to start my new job, finishing…

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10 Ways to Save on Groceries

Are you looking to save on groceries? It might be easier than you think. Here are 10 simple ways to considerably reduce your monthly grocery budget. Find the ways that work best for your family and your current needs and implement them to save money while continuing to have a decent diet. You might even…

Frugal Meals for $5 or Less

Meals for $5 or Less

If you’re trying to feed your family on a budget, finding meals for $5 or less makes a big difference. If you multiply it out and all your meals cost $5 or less, you can feed a family on a maximum monthly budget of $450. In reality, you can keep your budget around that range and…

DIY, frugal Halloween costumes for kids

12 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. And I don’t mean costumes you can make at home if you’re an incredibly talented, artistic DIYer. I mean costumes you can make at home even if you’re like me (NOT the most artistically talented). These DIY Halloween costumes are easy (they don’t take a lot of…

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Free Maternity and Baby Items

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. Are you looking for cute and effective maternity and baby items for yourself or a mom/mom-to-be that you know? Here are a few free offers you can claim! The products are completely free if you enter the promo code – you will need to pay for the…

Frugal Wardrobe Ideas

Frugal Wardrobe Ideas for Kids

*Affiliate links included. All opinions are my own. Whether it’s because you’ve just made a major move and are trying to job hunt and resettle (like we are), or just have other priorities for your financial resources, I’m sure a lot of you, like myself, are trying to dress your kids on a budget. The…

Teaching Your Child Not To Tease

Are Your Kids Teasing Each Other?

I’ve been thinking about the topic of teasing recently because our two boys (currently 3 ½ and 2 ½) are starting to tease each other more. They get along very well, and most of the time their teasing is playful. I hope it stays that way. But they’re already starting once in a while to…

Fall Writing Prompts

15 Fall Writing Prompts (Printable)

A little extra writing practice is always good, whether your kids love writing and use it as a creative outlet, or struggle with writing and need more practice to master some basic skills. Why not make it fun by adding in a seasonal twist? Here are 15 Fall Writing Prompts to get your kids thinking,…

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Limiting Screen Time for Your Kids

And by screen time, I mean not just TV, but pretty much all electronics – TV, tablets, computers, video games, etc. Anything with bright lights and screens that takes your child a few steps away from the real world into an entertaining, but remote and nonexistent virtual world. To be clear, we are far from…

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When Your Child Contradicts You…

It’s normal for kids, especially toddlers, to go through phases when they are contrary and contradictory toward just about everything. I know this. I’ve known this since before having kids, so I knew to expect it. But KNOWING that all kids go through a phase like this is very different than handling it when it…

21 Educational Fall Resources

Fall Educational Resources and Activities

Whether you’re homeschooling and have to make lesson plans, or just want extra activities for your kids to do during afternoons and weekends, there’s a plethora of free and frugal fall educational activities and activity packs. Here are a few of the ones I’ve found, divided by subject area, for young learners (think: mainly Pre-K…

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Happy Fall! Coloring Pages

I don’t know about yours, by our kids LOVE drawing and coloring. And coloring. And coloring some more. It’s such a simple activity, but it keeps them focused, helps them develop their fine motor skills, lets them explore the colors and color combinations, and brings out their creativity at the same time. One of those…

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25 Frugal Kids Activities

When we left Iraq, we had to leave a lot of our things there too – it would have been too expensive and too cumbersome to ship everything (even more expensive than replacing things on this end!). We didn’t mind leaving behind some of our clothes and books and other things. One of the toughest…

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Coping with Change as a Family

It’s good to be posting again! I was in an unexpected blogging break because we moved on short notice from. Iraq to the U.S. (Pittsburgh area). We aren’t fully settled in yet, and are still job hunting, hoping we find something soon so we know we can definitely stay in the area and start getting…

Back to School Feature

FREE Student Planner: Get Organized

Back to school time is right around the corner for a lot of us! We still have one more school year to go before our oldest goes off to school, but since we both work at a school, I’m pretty focused on back-to-school stuff now anyway. Lots of students are getting ready for their new classes…

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We’re Off!

We’re off the the States for a few weeks of visiting family and friends! Here’s to hoping that the next 26 hours of traveling through airports with a 2 and 3 year old go smoothly! I probably won’t have internet all the time, and my priority during these weeks is going to be family and…

A brief guide to positive parenting: dos and don'ts

A Brief Guide to Positive Parenting

WHY POSITIVE PARENTING? In the end, each parent has to choose their own parenting style for their own reasons, based on what they think is best for their child. The reasons I appreciate positive parenting might not be the same reasons you or someone else do. That being said, here are two of the main…

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

9 Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

Teaching your child how to be responsible not only equips your child with skills they need for a variety of life situations. It also helps your child develop an understanding of their unique talents and the importance of using their talents to contribute to their family, friends and larger community. 1. Work on cause and…

Is your child afraid of the dark? Here are 6 strategies you can use to help them!

Is Your Child Afraid of the Dark?

Many, if not all children, are afraid of the dark at some point. This fear often sets in around age 3, when a child enters the world of imaginative play. As the child’s imagination develops, they begin to project imaginary creations into the world around them. Darkness represents an unknown reality; when a child looks…

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Hitting: Why Kids Do It, and How to Help Them Stop

All children sometimes hit, bite or exhibit other aggressive behaviors as they develop. This does not mean that your child is “aggressive”. It usually means that your child is experimenting with different ways of reacting to different situations. If you teach your child different ways of reacting, most children will grow out of hitting, clawing…