A girl's first slumber party is a rite of passage because it means your daughter is mature enough to host friends for an entire evening. However, you must plan appropriate entertainment and refreshments for the grand event to make sure the girls do not get bored or irritable. Set a budget, discuss ground rules with your daughter and prepare for an unforgettable … [Read more...] about Her First Slumber Party
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With spring on the horizon, it's natural to revisit, revise, and resolve to spruce things up in the coming months. Similar to "resolutions," the choices we make each spring are really goals, and working towards and achieving our goals is a sure way to feeling accomplished and fulfilled. Whether you're looking to reinvent your life or just make a few small but important tweaks, … [Read more...] about Spring Cleaning Resolutions
Under a crushing book deadline, I’ve noticed I’ve gotten a wee bit lax about a few things. Along with the multiplying dust bunnies in every corner, too many take-out dinners, and the piling up of unpaid bills and unread magazines, there’s been a slight relaxation of our family “screen time” rules. I can’t entirely blame this on my book deadline. My eleven-year-old son is a … [Read more...] about Too Much TV?
Utility bills add up to an average of $1,900 for most families in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Lowering your utility bills gives you more money in the budget for other expenses while benefiting the environment by conserving fossil fuels. Some energy-reducing strategies are simple to begin immediately, while others take some time and upfront … [Read more...] about Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill
The holidays are my favorite time of year. We go upstairs into the attic and start an assembly line of carrying all the boxes of holiday decorations downstairs. The one decoration that all the children get the most excited to see is the nativity scene. I can remember when I was a little girl how beautiful the nativity scene was and how much I enjoyed placing all the pieces … [Read more...] about Gluing Nativity Scenes and Our Hearts Back Together