Back to School Routine – Top 5 Homework Tips

Back to School Routine- Top 5 Homework Tips Studies show that parents who are aware and involved in their child’s homework have students who do better in class. Although this doesn’t mean cutting, gluing and painting on little Bobby’s science project for him, it does mean being available for questions, and possibly checking the final product. Here are 5 Top Homework Tips to help with getting the job done! Set a specific time daily for homework. It seems that for grade-schoolers, a little rest and a snack before homework helps.  The time may vary day to day due to after school sports or lessons, but keeping a specific time each day is key. Also  having a specified number of minutes per assignment, or total amount of time for homework in general is a good idea.  Homework is important, but so is real life.   Have a nice, distraction-free place for your little workers. Sitting at the...

Back to School Routine – Getting out the Door on Time

Back to School Routine-Getting out the Door on Time Do you hear that sound? It’s familiar…you’ve heard it before. It’s the sound of school bells ringing. High school gates are opening. Grade school playgrounds are clean and tidy. Teachers have their rooms prepared. It’s Back-to-School time! The lazy days of summer have come to a close, and a working plan must be set in motion, all with the hopes of Mom and Dad still getting to work on time! Here are some tips to help you with your Back to School Routine. PREPARATION Ever heard the expression, ‘Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.’? A few weeks before school starts, sit everyone down around the kitchen table and have a Back to School Routine conversation. What are your needs, desires, and expectations for this new year? Everyone gets to share. Do a quick review of last year. What went great? How could things be improved?...

Tips for a backyard wedding

  How would you describe, ‘Planning A Wedding’? Exciting! Complex. Meaningful. Costly! If you are focused on hanging onto the excitement and meaning, but would welcome a little less complexity and cost, then opting for a backyard wedding might be the direction to take! Here are a few cost-lowering backyard wedding ideas that will fulfill your expectations! Tip 1: Location, Location, Location! Picking the right backyard is the first item on the list! Who do you know who would be open to a backyard wedding? Cross your own yard off the list! You’ll want to alleviate that potentially stress-filled choice. Tour the yards on your list, and take pictures. Ensure that the yard has two distinct areas to hold all guests: one for the ceremony, and one for the food. This allows for pre-wedding set-up for both ceremony and reception. Consider the altar space, the most lovely views, seating, and sunshine at the time of day...

Poison Awareness: Stay Safe In Your Home

  Poisonous Household Cleaners We know that many household cleaners are dangerous. Add children and pets to the mix and you have a potential hazard. Cleaners, polishes, solvents and bleach should be stored in an effort to prevent accidental poisoning. Here are some safety ideas to implement in your home. Are there children in your home? Ever? Kids are curious. They move at lightening speed, and they do it with the stealth of a Ninja. Lock up your cleaners! Inexpensive child safety locks are easily installed on cabinet doors, and might just save a life. Cleaning with chemicals requires good ventilation to avoid toxicity. A bathroom fan isn’t enough. Instead of ammonia or bleach, try lemon, vinegar and baking soda. Use original containers. If an un-marked spray bottle is used, clearly label the contents. Keep the original label information by taking a photo. Then, if disaster strikes, Poison Control has the information they need. (Keep that...

BIG PLAYER IN THE HOME CARE INDUSTRY SHUTS DOWN

  It’s always an upset when someone’s business closes. It’s an upset to the owner, who was in all likelihood, hoping to make an impact on the world for the better with his corporation. It’s a disappointment to the employees who were counting on the income. It’s also definitely bad news to the client, who was expecting to receive goods and/or services rendered, but is left high and dry. Such is the case on Friday, July 31, 2015 when HOMEJOY, an internet based company, claiming to match quality home cleaning (and other) professionals with clients, will close it’s doors. WHAT HAPPENED? HomeJoy is currently facing four lawsuits by workers regarding the misclassification of employees, which played a large part in the shut down. What does this mean? When an employee is hired, the employer must pay social security, payroll taxes, unemployment etc. If the worker is paid as an Independent Contractor, however, his employer is not...

Event Hosting with Moxie Girl

  If you’ve ever longed to have a birds-eye-view of a chef at work, creating culinary masterpieces designed to entertain the eye and  delight the palette, you would have loved to have been in my Moxie Girl shoes last Saturday night! It was my privilege to assist Alison, an aspiring chef, with her first ‘Underground Experience’, an elegant 6 course Early Summer Redefined Picnic Dinner for 24. My first duties consisted of a quick pre-event once-over of the party-sized kitchen area and dining areas, including dusting, vacuuming and lighting a myriad of candles. Chef Alison handled the first early glitch in the evening with calm grace– a 45 minute power outage occurring shortly before guests were scheduled to arrive. Chef handed me the battery-powered vacuum as the barbeque outside was lit for roasting the small red potato hors d’oeuvres, hardly missing a beat in the tight presentation schedule. Once the mingling guests were served shot glasses...

How to Host an Incredible Cocktail Party

As the holidays approach, it’s exciting to think about entertaining. However, hosting a big gathering with tons of food and drink can be downright overwhelming. The BEST party I ever threw was an impromptu, last-minute cocktail party on December 23rd. Yup, that’s right. We invited our friends just the day prior and by that point in time, everyone was either ready for the holidays or so far behind they didn’t care and the temptation of a cocktail party was too good to pass up!  It was crazy fun. Our guests talked about the “epic” party for years afterwards. Seriously, we never quite topped that one. The best thing about this party was I didn’t sweat the small stuff. Here are my tried and true secrets to how to host an incredible cocktail party. Own the basics:   Having a good set of wine glasses and a set of all-purpose drink glasses is essential. As time goes...

Time-saving Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the kitchen or a newbie approaching your first Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve got some amazing time-saving Thanksgiving dinner tips that will make your meal preparations much easier. Don’t sweat it, don’t fret….you’ve got this. #1-Plan the Menu: This can be done weeks in advance provided you know how many people will be attending. If you haven’t done so, invite your guests now so you’ve got a good head count. I always take into consideration that I might make a few last-minutes invites so up the head count by just a few. As you plan the menu, decide whether you are doing ALL the food prep or you want to ask your guests to bring a side dish. I usually count on my mom for her amazing mashed potatoes and my dear friend to bring her delicious pecan pie. Find out if any of your guests have a particular side dish...

How to Speed Clean Your Home

  Today I am going to teach you how to speed clean your home or, in other words, “my mother-in-law is on her way over and I only have an hour to get the house in shape!”  We’ve all been there. We sort of let the house go as the week progresses and all of a sudden your husband announces he invited his boss over for a beer or your in-laws are paying you a surprise visit. Whatever the case may be, you’ve got some cleaning to do and a short time to do it! An Uncluttered Home Looks Cleaner than a Cluttered Home Getting the clutter picked up does a lot for making your home appear clean. But, before you take this valuable step to cleanliness, go spritz some cleaner into the bathroom sink and squirt some cleanser in the toilet bowl. Let those cleaners start working while you clear the clutter. Now, grab a...

How to Host a Swap Party

I recently did some redecorating in my home. I changed colors, bought some new lamps and artwork, purchased a few new accessories and moved some things from one room to another. As I stockpiled all my “old” decor items I realized most of it was still usable and in great shape. In fact, a lot of what I owned I could picture in my friend’s house. The colors, the design; all of it would work. I realized a few of my friends had also changed things up a bit in their homes. If I had a great pile of home accessories, maybe everyone else did, too? With a few phone calls and text messages I found that to be exactly the case. In fact, we all were sort of in the same boat: we had some great home decor pieces that were too good to donate, no one wanted to host a garage sale (ugh!), but...