Mom Tips

How to Repair a Picture Frame (Where the Fasteners are Broken)

February 5, 2014
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I have this set of 4 wood picture frames that I love- and use them in my kitchen all of the time to display inspirational or holiday art. I change out the artwork every month or so- and because these frames were constructed using bendable metal fasteners, I have found that over time, they have [...]

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How to Have a Stress Free Start to the School Day!

August 27, 2013
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There are two things that I am not looking forward to as we start the new school year. #1- Having to get the kids up early in the morning again. They are finally to the point where they either sleep in or they hang out quietly together downstairs in the morning… and now that we’ve [...]

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4 Tips on Sending Healthy Kids Back to School

August 26, 2013
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Thank you to iVillage and TapInfluence for sponsoring this post. As the kids get ready to go back to school we spend so much time getting them organized, making sure they have everything needed on the school supplies list, new backpacks, new lunch bags, new thermos bottles, and of course- a brand-new outfit to wear [...]

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How To Talk to Your Kids About “The Birds and The Bees”

May 22, 2013
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Sorry for the shy-sounding title…. but if I call this post “How to Talk to Your Kids About S*x” then the Viagra spammers will have a field day attacking this post….. So- how DO you talk to your kids about where babies come from, explain why boys’ private parts are different from girls’, and everything [...]

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Keeping Kids Safe Online- Safety for Mobile Devices!

April 26, 2013
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When we think about keeping kids safe online, we often think in terms of keeping them safe while using computers within our home. But what is becoming more “the norm” is that kids are accessing the internet, apps, music, TV, and movies using mobile devices- whether it’s your pre-schooler asking to borrow your iPad and [...]

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How to Keep Kids Safe Online- Settings You Should Use on Google and YouTube

April 19, 2013
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It can be ridiculously challenging for me to keep an eye on 6 different kids’ internet activities. Even though we keep our laptops in the kitchen and family room where the kids are not far rom my “watchful eye”, the truth is that I am often busy with other things- helping kids with homework, preparing [...]

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How to Keep Kids Safe Online- Tips for Moms with Younger Children

April 18, 2013
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I was selected for this opportunity and compensated by Cocoon Kids. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own. So this week I realized just how much access to the internet and social media can impact my household- my older boys knew about the horrific Boston Marathon bombings before I had the time to [...]

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My Newest Productivity Tool: Dragon Dictation!

April 4, 2013
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I spend lots of time out in my car running errands, dropping kids off at practices, picking them up, waiting for the bus… if you are a Mom- you know the drill! And when I am driving around- it’s not like I can write things down when they pop into my head…. things like: ideas [...]

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What’s Working For Me…

March 28, 2013
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I’m always trying to pack so much into a day… trying to cross off way-too-many-items on my endless to do lists. So I am always looking for some new way to tweak my routine or my approach just a bit, in order to eek out just a wee bit more productivity out of my day. [...]

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Summer Parenting Challenge… How to Limit “Screen Time”

June 20, 2012
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Once the lazy days of summer have arrived along with their lack of routine and schedule- it is easy to allow your kids morning hour of relaxing in front of the television morph into a second hour in front of the computer and a third hour playing video games….. and the next thing you know, [...]

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