Tips for Enjoying a Cedar Point Staycation

Tips for Enjoying a Cedar Point Staycation

One of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family is to take mini-vacations at destinations close to home: staycations. Staying the night at a hotel a few hours away and enjoying dinner at a restaurant we don’t have in our town help us to break up the… Read More »

10 Summer Staycation Ideas for Battle Creek, MI

Summer Staycation Ideas

We love exploring nearby towns and local venues, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of summer staycation ideas for Battle Creek, MI – my hometown. We’re looking forward to visiting several of these locations and participating in these festivals this summer! 10 Summer Staycation Ideas for Battle… Read More »

How to Sneak a Little “Me Time” into Your Busy Parenting Day

How to Sneak a Little "Me Time" into Your Busy Parenting Day

Are you on-the-go, have a to-do list a mile long, or just plain busy? Don’t have time to enjoy a treat during the day to pick yourself up? As a busy mom who works from home and homeschools my kids, I often feel this way. I’ve discovered three simple tips… Read More »

100 Days of Summertime

100 Days of Summertime

Since we made the decision to send the kids to school in the fall, I’ve begun to realize that my days with them at home all day are numbered. And while that’s a good thing, I’m also wanting to make the most of the time we have together this summer,… Read More »

Letting Kids Fail

Letting Kids Fail

Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids just listened to everything we told them? We could impart all of our hard-earned wisdom upon them and save them from the agony of the many mistakes we made. They wouldn’t have to learn things the hard way since we already did that… Read More »



Why It’s Important to READ Together as a Family

Reading Together as a Family | CLICK HERE to learn why it's so important...

We all know that it’s important to read to your kids when they’re young, but what happens when they can read on their own? Is there any reason to keep reading together? Scholastic’s recently released 2015 Kids and Family Reading Report shows that 40 percent of children ages 6 to… Read More »

How to Make Family Meal Time Happen

How to Make Family Meal Time Happen

Studies have repeatedly shown that family mealtime is important to the health and well-being of a family. Not only does it help family members bond, it also helps children connect with their parents and siblings. Family meal time has also been shown to impact the health of a child as… Read More »



How to Survive the Witching Hour

5 Tips to Survive the Witching Hour

The afternoon is dragging on and the crazy has started to rear its ugly head. The chaos has reached an all-time high, and with dinner still over an hour away, Mommy starts to melt down. This is what I refer to as “the witching hour” around our home… it’s the… Read More »

Superfoods for Kids and How to Serve Them

Superfoods for Kids

When learning about “superfoods for kids,” many people assume that kids won’t like the superfoods. We generally tend to think of superfoods as unpleasant tasting, or the sort of thing you have to eat to be healthy. The truth is: almost any healthy food can be a superfood, and superfoods are easy… Read More »



You Don’t Have to YELL!!

You Don't Have to YELL - learning to parent effectively without raising your voice needlessly

My husband came home last night to find me at the end of my “mommy rope.” I had been fighting against my kids all afternoon, and I was done. Unfortunately, we had a commitment to be somewhere within a few minutes of my husband coming home, so I was trying… Read More »