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Why Does Telling Your Child No Hurts

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Florida Prepaid College Board, but all opinions expressed here are my own. I’m happy to share our experience because believe that education is the greatest gift that we can give our children and we can prepare for our children’s future through prepaid college.

Education is important and it's the best gift that we can give our children.

Do you remember the time you really wanted something? You had your heart set. It was that thing you needed, wanted, thought about. If you didn’t get it, you feared you might lose a limb. I have a daughter, and she had one of those “things.” It controlled every thought she had. She put it in every sentence she could. It would appear on TV, and she would scream for me to see it. The problem was I couldn’t afford it.Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Time Dentist Visit

First Time Dentist Visit

Dental health is very important, not only for adults, but, children as well. It may be even more important for children to have the best dental hygiene possible because those teeth that are “just baby teeth” may fall out but, the permanent teeth are right under them and can be affected even before they come through.

Many new and seasoned parents have many questions about dental health for their kids. Things like “At what age do I need to start taking them?”, and “How do I prepare my child for their first time dentist visit?”. These things have probably crossed your mind a time or two when it comes to your child’s dental health. Here are some tips to make this exciting milestone a bit easier on everyone.

Preparing your Child for their First Time Dentist Visit

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Time Dentist Visit

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January 6, 2017

The Best Lesson I Taught My Children This Holiday

The Best Lesson I Taught My Children This Holiday

They say kids learn from what you teach them. I am positive I did not teach them to lay belly down in the store and throw a fit over not being able to have a gift even if Santa is taking orders. Santa can’t handle every request and neither can I.

That kind of fit like behavior would ruin my hair and lipstick, and I just wouldn’t do it in public. I mean do you know how many people walked on the floor with dirty shoes? I can say the stomping of the foot when one is mad could be a learned behavior or perhaps genetic. It is possible that we evolved from horses.

It was this single act of earthquake child with flailing arms and legs and tears escaping and mucus flying in the middle of the store that sent me into an entirely new holiday direction.

I know how to stretch my money to the point that it resembles silly putty and I know that memories are more important but what I didn’t know was me seeking gifts and buying gifts was turning my children into spoiled lunatics capable of natural disasters in retail locations near you.

I only had one chance to make a change, so I decided what I needed was a National Lampoon’s Christmas type plan. When you think back, each movie revolved around the family having to spend time together. I liked to watching how they got to know one another like it or not.

My plan was simple, to hold my children hostage for one hour while teaching them the miracle of the holiday. I needed 4 things for my mission:

Cooper Tires

1) A car expertly equipped with Cooper Tires. (Cooper Tire is the best choice for a quality tire at a great price – and from a company, you can trust.)
2) Holiday Light Printables
3) Bottle Waters and PB&J
4) 3 children with bad attitudes and one husband without his phone or laptop to receive work calls

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January 3, 2017

Crafting with Kids: Making Fun out of Winter

Fun Winter Projects for Kids

Let me start off by saying that I live in the wrong state for about half the year. I am in Wisconsin and I will be the first to tell you, I don’t do winter well. That means getting my kids outside to play becomes a chore during those months of the year where there is snow on the ground or it is super cold.

I do know that getting my kids out to play is important but, I despise the cold. That being said, we do get out when when the temperature permits but, I am ready to come back inside long before my kids are.

This year though, I vowed that no matter how much I would much rather be inside where it is much warmer, that I was going to interact with my kids and join their winter fun. Continue reading

October 5, 2016

6 Ways To Protect Your Kids From Social Media

6 Ways To Protect Your Kids From Social Media


These are some scary times, and they are not going to get any easier either! If we don’t teach our kids who else will? We are their parent; we are not their friend. Yes restricting them from the internet, phone or computer might upset them.

They will survive…we did!

But, seriously, we do need to protect our children from some things! It is like swimming in the ocean, if you swim out too far is hard to pull them back in. Setting boundaries and controlling social media use will help prevent them from getting too deep! It is not too late too! Yes, it is better to start early but protecting your children is more important, so it is never too late.

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September 20, 2016

10 Reasons The Tooth Fairy Forgot To Come Last Night

10 Reasons The Tooth Fairy Forgot To Come Last Night

tooth fairy forgot to come

Alright supermoms, it happens to all of us at some point. We drop the ball. Whether it be a lunch we forgot to pack, a practice we forgot to attend, or a tooth fairy that did not appear. With everyone’s busy life sometimes you just forget. And that’s ok! Loosing a tooth is usually a big deal for kids. They feel like they are getting bigger, and that they have really accomplished something by getting that wiggly tooth out (you know, the one that have been messing with for at least 2 weeks by now? Yeah!  We are excited it’s finally out now too aren’t we?). And of course, we know the main reason they are excited is because they get a visit from the tooth fairy! They stick their now lost tooth in a bag, under their pillow and wake up the next morning and what do they find? Their tooth still there because oops, you forgot to put on your wings last night. Continue reading

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