Make Cinnamon Popcorn & Watch a Show Together

I never watch TV. But this week I popped corn and joined my family for a show. There are few things that we watch on TV. Hockey, football, golf, NASCAR, and a couple cartoons. That sounds like a lot when I say it, but we don’t watch any regular “shows”, other than the cartoons.  I […]

Tips for Stress-Free Painting with Kids

Mixing paint and children can have a mom quaking in her boots. Life as MOM contributor, Janel, demystifies the fine art of letting your kids be artistic. “Mom, how in the world did a 3-year old create a masterpiece like that?” That is what my daughter Ella said when she saw this postcard from her […]

Back to School Grade Level Printables

Commemorate your children’s back to school with signs declaring what grade they’re in. We started school a few weeks ago. And as often happens, not all my plans came together in time for the first day of school. Good apples are pretty hard to come by in August, so I didn’t get our traditional apple […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Scroll through summer photographs and relive summer vacation as a family. I’m not sure what happened. I must have blinked. And now summer vacation is over. O-V-E-R. We started school last week. We got a rolling start, cooking frogs, the slow immersion method. And we survived. Next week will be harder, but not as hard […]

The One in Which I Ramble a Lot and Show How We Created a Fun Play Space for Our Kids

My kids have no shortage of toys, books, and games. In fact, we have an entire single car garage, aptly dubbed The Toy Garage in which we store the aforementioned toys, books, and games. Each child has a stash of his own personal items in his bedroom, either in bins under the bed or in […]

How To Encourage Your Kids To Document Their Own Life

Let your kids be the photographers! Check out these great tips from Life as MOM contributor and professional photographer, Alex Maldonado. If you are anything like me when it comes to photographing your kids, you often feel like you can never do enough of it.  Sure we nail the big moments like birthday parties, dance recitals […]

12 Ways to Save on Birthdays (Frugal Friday)

Birthdays  are a wonderful time in the life of a child. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make it special. Our family has a “birthday season”. Fifty-percent of our family has birthdays in a three-week span of time. As of today, we’ve got two more to go before we start leap […]

Easiest Mother’s Day Gift

Looking for a simple treat to give the mothers in your life? Here’s something easy, quick, and chocolate-filled to pull together. Mother’s Day is approaching. You may be making big plans for the day — or not. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s better not to focus on myself or expect to be feted. […]