Gifts That Young Artists Will Enjoy

This post contains affiliate links. Please see here for full disclosure. To this day, my 12-year-old child amazes me every time she shows me a piece of her artwork. In my opinion, she is a creative genius that keeps getting better and better. Last year I wrote Gift Ideas for Your Teenage Artist, which my daughter helped me write. I wanted to help parents of talented kids know what their little artists might enjoy using or experimenting with. Now that my daughter is older and has experimented with more art supplies I wanted to share gifts that young artists will enjoy.  When I surprise my daughter with random art supplies, I like buying her supplies that she has never heard of. Doing this encourages her to research, experiment, and … [Read more...]

20 Toys That Gamers Will Love

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. My girls, like most kids, love computer games. If they don't know how or understand how to play the game then they will most likely watch someone else play it on YouTube. I do not and will never understand why anyone would want to watch someone else play a computer game instead of playing it themselves but it seems like a lot of kids do this. When my girls are not playing their games or watching other people play games, then they are playing with gamer-inspired toys. I feel like it never ends. With the help of my girls, I have put together a list of 20 Toys That Gamers Will Love. 20 Toys That Gamers Will Love  Roblox- My girls are obsessed with playing Roblox … [Read more...]

5 Realities Your Teen Needs to Know

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I have successfully raised 3 teenagers and I am about to start raising another one. While raising my first set of teenagers I learned a lot, which you can read here. As a parent, I made plenty of mistakes and also learned how to bond with your teen which you can also read here. When I raise my kids, my end goal is to not only instill in them the love that their father and I have for them but to also teach them life lessons and prepare them for the real world. While I am a big believer in letting kids be kids, I am also a big believer in teaching kids realities of the real world and how to be independent and to logically think on their own. 5 Realities Your Teen Needs … [Read more...]

Why I Stopped Being a Home Daycare Provider

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I originally decided to open my home daycare when I had my second child and realized the cost of daycare for 2 little ones was not worth the cost of working full time and signing over most of my check to a daycare facility. I left my corporate job that I had been with for over 10 years and bravely took on the challenge to start a home business that would bring in some extra income and help me continue to build my skills while at home with my kids. After 10 long years of being a home daycare provider, I recently decided to shut my doors. It was a hard decision that I pondered over and struggled with for almost a year but I knew it was important for me to change the path of … [Read more...]

Keep Your Kids Motivated After the Back to School Excitement Ends

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. There are a few special times throughout the year that my kids get excited. A few of those moments are their birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, and the first few days of school. I love that they are excited about school starting each year because it shows me that they actually have a love of learning but over the years I have noticed that after a few weeks of school the excitement begins to fizzle. Throughout the years I have come up with ways to keep your kids motivated after the back to school excitement ends. With anything new, it's normal for the excitement to eventually slowly fade. I completely understand when this happens in our household. School is … [Read more...]

5 Things Moms Going Back to Work Need to Know

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. I was a stay at home mom for 10 years. When I became a stay at home mom (SAHM), I didn't plan on staying home for as long as I did, but I unexpectedly kept having kids and I built a few small businesses. Even though my small businesses were doing well, now that my kids were in school, I knew that it was time for me to seek work outside of the house. Read 'What No One Tells You About Reentering the Work Force' When I was finally blessed with a job, I immediately had moments of panic. My family relied on me for so many things. My kids grew up with me available to them for every bump and owie and knew that there would be after school snacks ready for them when they got … [Read more...]

10 My Little Pony Toys Kids Will Love

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure here. When I heard that there was a new My Little Pony movie that was coming out, I am not sure who was more excited, my daughter or I. My LIttle Pony has been in our house for as long as I can remember. My oldest saved all of her pony toys and was nice enough to pass them down to each of her younger siblings. My Little Pony toys are classic and only get better. With the new release of the My Little Pony movie, I thought it would be helpful and fun to list 10 My Little Pony Toys Kids Will Love. As a mom, I love My Little Pony toys because they allow my girls to use their imagination when playing. In addition, the ponies are perfect for little hands, durable, and the … [Read more...]