Things I like about being the parent of teens!

I can leave the house without taking them with me! They are so capable of pitching in to help!  Cleaning, cooking, running errands. Although it’s sometimes hard, you can watch them grow and mature emotionally, physically and spiritually. They are little techies and can help me with my computer or phone! I can keep up […]

Organizing a Kid’s Bathroom Closet

  One of the spaces in our home that was really bothering me was a bathroom that my son and daughter share.  I think I’ve already shared that my daughter does not want to live the minimalist lifestyle…she LOVES her beauty products!!  So, keep in mind that this closet contains an obscene amount of shampoo, […]

Why I gave up Scrapbooking

Yep, I QUIT!!  After years and years of making scrapbooks, one day I just stopped. Why did I make this decision after spending hundreds of dollars on all of the equipment, paper and actual books? Well…….. Because I found a better way to store pictures! Here’s the scoop about scrap booking… It was expensive. It […]

Ask Ms. Jilly- 5 Ways to De-stinkify a boy’s room

A friend on Facebook recently asked me how to get that bad smell out of her son’s room.  I thought about it and came up with some strategies that I use to help with the smell- and there is a SMELL!!!   Keep shoes outside- Because my son doesn’t like to wear shoes in the […]

Teens and Driving- Parenting with Love & Logic

Where has the time gone?  My baby girl is about to turn 15 years old and see will soon be taking drivers ed- impossible!!!  Impossible, but true!  The journey to driving won’t be as difficult because we have had 3 drivers before her, but STILL.  I ran across this article from Love & Logic and […]

Raising kids who enjoy church: Our experience

I want to first start out by saying that this post is purely based on OUR EXPERIENCE.  We don’t have all the answers and we are not experts!!!  These are the habits that we have found to “up the odds” that our kids will enjoy going to church, which may eventually lead them to know […]

My Sports Mom’s Survival Bag!

  Now that the snow is gone and we can see the grass, many sports teams are starting to practice and some are even playing!!  This amazing idea came from my sweet friend, Wendy.  She has a son that was very involved in baseball and she was the Team Mom. My own four kids were very […]

Laundry with Littles (Under age 10)

Would you think I was weird if I told you that I like doing laundry?  Well, I DO!!  I’m not an expert by any means and I always call my Mom for advice when I have a stain I can’t get out, but I’ve done my fair share of laundry over the last 24 years! […]

4 Ways to Reduce Your Laundry

  1.  Wear things more than once. Yes, I’m giving you permission- you’re not a dirty person, you’re just being SMART! Yes, it’s true- you CAN wear things more than once before you wash them.  In fact, I usually wear most things twice before I wash them, with the exception of undies and socks, of […]

Parenting: Be Ready for Bullies!

  (source) I think we can all agree that bullies have been around for  years and years. Only recently has our culture started talking about the subject.  Today I’m sharing some tools and tips that I learned from Sally Ogden, a Love & Logic facilitator.  She suggests that you share these with your kids.  This […]