The Importance of Alone Time for Moms

As a stay at home mom, I struggle with being around my children all day, every day. It’s not because I don’t love them; it’s because I would struggle to be around any other person (or combination of people) for that amount of time. I am an…

Top 10 Soccer Game Snacks: Thanks Mom

Soccer popularity is at an all-time high in the United States. Whether you know it or not it is actually the #1 team sport practiced by the youth of our nation. With schoolin full swing (especially in the Chaarlotte), kids of all ages will be…

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Decluttering with Kids: 9 Tips to Make It Manageable

A little over a year ago, I started working on the decluttering process. The whole minimalism movement is getting a little cliché now, I know, but all the same, I wanted to reflect on where it’s gotten us. At the start of this journey, I…

How to declutter with small children underfoot

Purging is hard. But it gets even harder when you have little kids running around! We’ve had to adapt suggested decluttering methods a little bit to accommodate living with two toddlers. Here’s what we’ve found works for us: 1. Set reasonable goals Know your limits and…

How to make your next move less stressful

Moving is a jumble of conflicting emotions. One minute you’re excited, the next you’re fighting back waves of apprehension. Chances are your kids will be feeling the same way. Moms can minimize disruption on move day and keep your family stress-free with these tips. Moving…

Fabulous 13th Birthday Party Ideas

When you become thirteen, the big deal is the “teen” on the end. You are now a teenager! You have talked to your folks and got them to agree to a party. Is it going to be at home or somewhere else? There is always…

A Romantic Dinner Date At Home

Almost all of us have good memories of turning up at a gourmet restaurant or heading off to some nearby romantic getaway to celebrate a festive few days. Well, the current economic recession affects many of us and it may happen that this year you…

Top Ten Kitchen Utensils and Gadgets of 2017

Since I am on a roll, I thought I might as well start doing our favorite kitchen items list for 2017.  (You can read about our Top Ten 2017 Baking Essentials here and our Top 2017 Cooking Essentials here.) This year I wanted to break…

Top Ten Cooking Essentials for Our Home in 2017

It’s been one of those days. The kind where you start up semi-grumpy and end up seething mad because nothing goes correctly. It’s a long story. Too long and tedious for here, so I’ll digress and get to a much happier topic: COOKING! This is…

Top Ten: Baking Essentials in Our Home for 2017

One of my favorite things about spring is baking. Something about the temperatures dropping and the nights coming later makes me all nostalgic and draws me into the kitchen to bake and cook and make our home cozy and comforting. The few days we have…