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Erasing Middle School Fears

This shop sharing strategies on erasing middle school fears has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias The wee ones start school on Thursday. For the first time in several years, the wee ones won’t go to school together. Instead, Mister Man is going into sixth grade, which has been a little bit scary for him – especially given how so…

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9 Benefits from Boy Scouts

I have been compensated for this post talking about the benefits from Boy Scouts by Boy Scouts of America (BSA), but the content and all opinions are, of course, my own. When Mister Man was in kindergarten, he announced he wanted to do Boy Scouts. Actually, he didn’t just say he was interested in it, he explained that he wanted to become an Eagle Scout and shared what he wanted…

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Mabel’s Labels Camp Label Pack

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mabel’s Labels. I received a voucher to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Little Miss is heading to camp by herself this year. At nine years old, she is sure she’s ready (and we did a test run as a family last summer), and I’m doing my best to…

Enjoying the grand canyon

Top 10 Reasons My Kids Are Lucky To Have Their Dad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DadsMyHero #CollectiveBias I have never made it a secret that I’m a mean mom. I make my kids do more chores than any of their friends (so they tell me), and they live with the consequences of their actions. Mister Man left his home folder with all his completed homework on the dining…

Inside the Kool-Aid cupcakes

Kool-Aid Cupcakes With Swirl Frosting

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PourMoreFun #CollectiveBias It’s cold and grey and dreary in Chicago, and I’m getting a little impatient for summer to arrive. I miss the sunshine, and I feel teased by Mother Nature that I already bought my community pool pass and we had one day of 70 degree weather, and now we’re back to…

Homemade chocolate lip balm in containers

Homemade Chocolate Lip Balm

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias Last Tuesday, I was at the wee ones’ school for a parent meeting. Mister Man is in fifth grade, and somehow, it’s already time for “that part” of the health curriculum where they talk about kids and their changing bodies. I remember from my class back in the day that we…

Half birthday cupcakes

Cooking To Protect My Family

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAndProtect #CollectiveBias I choose to live my life differently from the way many people I know do. And I’m totally and completely ok with that. What I do makes me happy, and it’s best for my family. I’m protective of them because I absolutely adore my husband and kids. That phrase where you’d…

No Blood, No Foul

My parenting style is radically different from that of my mom. She is a worrier, always convinced that the worst is about to happen. I’m not necessarily an optimist, but I’m convinced that somehow, it’ll all work out in the end. Those beliefs come out in our parenting styles in a major way. My mom was a helicopter parent before the term was coined. She attended not just every game…

Road trip scavenger hunt

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt For Kids And Adults {Free Printable}

Heading out on a road trip can be a challenge sometimes, especially with kids. Long and boring, the only alternative feels like movies or games. A road trip scavenger hunt keeps everyone entertained, both kids and adults. Check out the free printable – one side is perfect for city road trips and the other is ideal for your road trips through the country.

Proud of the medal she earned in gymnastics

Pushing Her To Face Her Fears

Over the last several months, I have questioned myself more than once. Little Miss is on team for gymnastics. She was invited to be a part of a group of girls last year who wouldn’t compete but were expected to move up quickly this year when they started competing from level 3 to level 4 during the season. Last year, she was ok with it – especially since she didn’t…