I have come to the conclusion that my kids need less…and more. Less stuff, more gratitude. After a particularly disturbing conversation with them about their Christmas wish list (they start early), it was made apparent that we are, perhaps, overindulging them. Case in point…the boys both wanted brand new laptops. Gaming laptops to the tune of $800 each. So they could play Minecraft. Keep in mind that as they were excitedly talking about the great deal they had found, sitting on the table in front of them were the laptops they got for Christmas last year…as in, less than 12 months ago. I didn’t know what to say. I was shocked, frustrated, slightly angry, and disappointed.
Next year, I want to take a BIG family vacation, but that means starting to save now! One of the tricks to making sure we have enough for the trip (don’t forget spending money!) is to get everyone involved. Thankfully, getting the whole family involved in saving for a vacation can be more fun than you think. It gives everyone ownership over the trip and, as a family, you all strive to make it the most enjoyable and memorable part of the year.
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One of the best smells during the Christmas season is that of peppermint. Peppermint candy canes, peppermint bark, peppermint essential oil being diffused in the living room, peppermint toothpaste…okay, maybe not the peppermint toothpaste, but you get the idea. Since we’re on a real peppermint kick over here in our home, what better addition to our minty collection than a peppermint cookie.
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Have you ever been torn between excitement and the urge to burst into hot mess Mama tears? Friends, that’s me lately. My oldest has started looking at – dare I even type it? – colleges! HOW?!
Wriggle, squirm, twitch, or fidget, whatever you call it, some kids just can’t help the nervous or anxious energy that they exhibit during stressful times. For my oldest, fidgeting usually results after working diligently on tough assignments…or sometimes just from seeing the amount of lessons he has for the days. He has to have a pencil to twirl, an eraser to pick at, a ball to bounce, or something that will give him a physical outlet for that energy. [Read more…] about DIY Stress Away Fidget Balls