Stress-Free Traveling?

It’s almost that time of year again. Holiday trips are about to begin! For moms who tend to burn out before vacation even starts – put the kids in charge of packing and planning for themselves. Yes, seriously! Empower your children and use the vacation to teach valuable life lessons! The whole family can be involved in the planning the budget and activities. Everyone will enjoy the trip more if they have some say in what will happen. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to teach your kids that fun sometimes costs money and time management is still necessary, even for play. Use our Kids Vacation Planning worksheet to help them brainstorm, research, and plan their special activity for the family. Instead of packing all the suitcases yourself, this year tell everyone they are in charge of their own suitcase. Use our Kids Packing List to make a list of how many tops, pants, shoes, etc. your children will need and let them choose what items they bring. This...

Preparing for Thanksgiving: 6 things to do early

I believe that some of my best work is done under pressure.  In college I was the girl who, when I had a 10 page paper due Monday morning, I would start writing at 11pm Sunday night and get an A on the paper. Why stress for weeks about a term-paper? Instead, I would stress for 6 hours while writing, take a 2 hour nap, and go turn in my masterpiece to my 8am class. As I have gotten older, I have had to learn the hard way that the rest of the world does not operate on my same timeline. For this reason, I will share with you some of the things I have learned cannot (or should not) be done the night before hosting Thanksgiving dinner. 1 – Invite guests for dinner. While inviting guests the day before will produce a couple lost souls, inviting friends and family a few weeks in advance will...