Month: September 2012

FolkHeart Press Giveaway

FolkHeart Press Giveaway

*Just* in case you missed it somehow–I’m a little bit of a bookworm, Ok, ok–a BIG bookworm! I recently just gave my friend two huge loads of books and magazines because with the move we have to keep our weight down and I figured our […]

Back to Memories

Back to Memories

All across the US school is back in session and Fall is creeping upon us! While summer’s vacations and playdates are over the new school year brings plenty of great times and special memories of it’s own. I love to digitally scrapbook our lives to […]

Happy Families Use Schedules

Happy Families Use Schedules

As a busy work from home mom I really couldn’t make due without our daily schedules and routines! Having the kids go to bed at a specific (early) time each day, and having Tyler nap at the same time each day means that I have built in and consistent times when I can do my work every day.

This year I’ve taken it a step further and broken it down into day by day plans for each week day. Though these moment by moment plans have been chucked out the window when life gets crazy they’ve been perfect for the normal weeks in our life.

You don’t have to be a work from home mom to benefit from a structured schedule and routine, however.

According to the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning,

Studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Predictable and consistent schedules in preschool classrooms help children feel secure and comfortable. Also, schedules and routines help children understand the expectations of the environment and reduce the frequency of behavior problems, such as tantrums and acts of aggression.

I’ve found that this applies in and out of the classroom-and for everyone from infants to preschoolers! With our many moves and crazy lifes keeping the same day to day routines where ever we are helps to keep a little bit of comfort and normalcy in my kids worlds!

 Planners and calendars help keep schedules and routines on track. This isn’t the first time I’ve gushed over their merits or talked about how much I enjoy physically checking off my to do list–and it probably won’t be the last either! They really are my brain and I couldn’t live without them!

Personally I like to have a big wall calendar somewhere that can hold all the families activities and that Bob can feel free to add to–like the House of Doolittle Two-Color Monthly Desk Pad Calendar w/ Large Notes Section.

For my own daily use I love to have a planner that contains both a monthly page and then daily pages-that way I can write down important daily events and see what’s going on that month at a glance, then put my to-do lists down and cross them off each day. The House of Doolittle Wirebound Weekly/ Monthly Planner hits all my must-haves and I’m excited to use it in 2013!

Do you use schedules and routines in your family? Why or why not?

I was provided with the planners by Shoplet your stop for Office Supplies and more! All opinions, tips, and mad good planner pics are my own.

A Vacation Destination Right for Everyone

A Vacation Destination Right for Everyone

When most people think of the Gulf of Mexico they think of Florida, which is a great vacation destination; however there is also the Mississippi Gulf Coast to consider for great Gulf coast vacations. The Mississippi Gulf Coast sits in between Mobile, Alabama and New […]

Picking Baby Names

Picking Baby Names

When I was in high school I was picking out baby names. I always knew that I wanted to get married young and raise a family–it’s always been my dream job! I’m the type of gal who’s always liked to plan ahead and lay everything […]

Soft Scrub ~ Make Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean

Soft Scrub ~ Make Your Bathroom Sparkling Clean

Growing up my favorite chore was cleaning the bathtub. We had this great old fashioned soaking claw tub that I adored. I’d grab some Soft Scrub and scrub away–usually while blasting music in my bedroom next to the bathroom.

Soft Scrub Complete

While I mentioned I’m more into green cleaners these days the bathroom is the one spot that I always feel I truly need the “real thing” for! 
I love the new spray/foam option that Soft Scrub comes in these days–it really does even work upside down! Our amazing garden tub here is really tricky to keep white but the soft scrub with bleach really did the trick and I loved the Bath and Bowl for the toilet! Just a simple squirt, swish and it was all sparkling clean! 

 Mom Tip: Use your kiddos bathtime to your advantage! While they’re splashing away use the time to clean up the rest of the bathroom, and once they’re out and in jammies give the tub a quick squirt and rub down-it will keep your bathroom shining and you’ll barely notice the effort!

Soft Scrub Complete

Having a little fun and pretending to be a Soft Scrub Model when I was dolled up to go pick up hubby from a month long trip away 😉 bet you never knew household cleaning supplies could be this cute, right? (just teasing!)

Be sure to join in the Soft Scrub Tough & Gentle Sweepstakes! There is a $1,000 grand prize and fifty 2nd place winners will each receive $40 in gift cards-hard to beat that!!

Three of my readers will win too–any free Soft Scrub product of your choice!

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Little Cleaning Box – Finding Green Cleaners that Work

Little Cleaning Box – Finding Green Cleaners that Work

It’s no secret that I love the subscription boxes that are all the rage now! I’ve always loved samples of anything and the idea of getting samples of a specific type that you’re interested in is brilliant! The Little Cleaning Box is a totally green, […]

King Richard’s Faire

King Richard’s Faire

 For Labor Day we headed down to King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. We had never been before, so I was looking forward to it but not sure what quite to expect. It was about an hour and a half drive from where we are […]

Kinoko AHCC – Boost Your Immune System!

Kinoko AHCC – Boost Your Immune System!

For those of you who have been around awhile you know that I did a giveaway of AHCC a little over a year ago. Since then I’ve been able to use the product for myself–so I wanted to give an update on what I thought since we’re heading into that back to school and back to germs and colds and coughs season!

First off let me say that  when it comes to “all natural” supplements usually I’m a little skeptical, and this was no different. I’ve heard good things from different people about immune supplments, however, so figured that I would give this a try. I normally get a few small colds, and one really, really nasty cold right around Christmas each year. I started taking this right after we got back to Boston last fall (in November) since my immune system got knocked out from being so sick in the spring and had never really recover. All I can say is wow! I didn’t have a single cold or flu bug the entire season even though the kids and Bob all did. Once I’d used up the bottle and went a few weeks, I caught my first bug of the year-but it was a very mild one.

Through my own experience I’m now a believer, I haven’t taken it as much over the summer but plan on starting up again this fall!

Don’t just take my word for it–there are five 5 Star reviews on Amazon that you can go read for yourself.

Here is some additional information that I included with my original post as well:
Kinoko AHCC ReviewWhether you’re having play dates or the kids are back to school, you’re constantly exposed to viruses. While you make sure the kids eat well, take their vitamins and get plenty of sleep so their little immune systems are strong for the cold/flu season, what are you doing to ready your own body? Well, Kinoko AHCC, a natural immune booster derived from Japanese medicinal mushrooms, is a great addition to your cold/flu season arsenal.  

During last year’s flu season, Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) became Japan ’s #1 selling immune supplement and the news about this unique compound is finally reaching our shores. And, there’s a new clinical study out of Michigan State University showing that AHCC enhances the effectiveness of the seasonal flu shot. How? Patients taking AHCC showed increased production of “T-cells” and natural killer (NK) cells — those are the two types of white blood cells that help destroy virus-infected cells and fight off infections. 
KinokoAHCC also has a 20-year history of safety. It’s the world’s most researched natural immune supplement, supported by more than 50 human studies and 25 studies published in NIH-recognized peer-reviewed journals.  
Boutique Bows Made Inexpensive & Easy

Boutique Bows Made Inexpensive & Easy

When I was pregnant with Amber I knew that I wanted a girl. I just couldn’t wait to have a little girl to buy frilly and fun and pink things for! Bob is not so much into the frills, or the bows, however. So it […]