Back to School with Teenage Drivers

Is everyone finally back to school now? I feel like today is the VERY LAST FIRST DAY which is makes it a perfect day to post this sponsored post from U.S. Cellular. Because back to school brings a lot of new changes and more teen drivers on the road. Even with the most responsible teens, driving is a major milestone. If you are looking to get your new drive an upgraded phone (or gasp) their first smartphone, U.S. Cellular is a great choice because it provides a high-quality network and national coverage that keeps your teen and all its customers connected in big and small cities and rural communities. And it has several resources that can help families with young drivers have some peace of mind. … [Read more...]

Let Tinderize Parenting

This peek into the tech dating culture is sponsored by US Cellular. Being in Texas for Spring Break has allowed me to see how the other half live... the young, single half. I spent last night hanging out at a hot bar scene. And after I got over ordering $15 (FIFTEEN DOLLAR) cocktails on an iPad Air (a little pretentious no?), I then was free to be outraged over how out of touch I am. … [Read more...]

10 Easy Valentine’s Day Class Party Ideas

So every year there is a sucker and this year that sucker was me. I am of course, speaking of the job of class parent. It's up to me to throw three holiday (but not holiday specific parties a year.) Each one needs to be amusing enough for twenty kids, not involve anything messy, take less than five minutes to set up, but be thirty minutes long. Yeah. But my favorite one is coming up, the Valentine's Party! Not only do I get to involve the actual holiday but it's also the last one. With two under my belt, I know what works and what doesn't. So now, I am sharing the best tips with you. Here's the top ten for easy Valentine's Class Party tips! … [Read more...]

And Then There’s This

The invitation to my friend's New Year's Day party said "2015, Be Better." I feel you, boy do I feel you. At the beginning of the December, we found out that daughter one needs two different therapy appointments a week, appointments that aren't covered by insurance. And then the next day we found out that the school wants to pull assistance. Then daughter two was diagnosed with ADHD. In the four years we have been in and out of testing this has never been suggested. But it's not totally shocking because SQUIRREL But I digress. I am not sure why ADHD has thrown me for such a loop. In comparison to the other issues she is dealing with, ADHD is relatively mild. There is a lot that can be done for it. It is something that can be managed, something that we can teach her about. There's so much information out there. And that's probably the issue; I am overwhelmed with information. Diet, meds, non meds, essential oils, magnesium, therapy, books, guides, etc. Where to … [Read more...]

Fight! Fight! Fight!

This morning I was once again awakened by the gentle, dulcet tones of World War Three, aka a twin fight. These two girls of mine love each other so much but you could never tell it from their almost constant fighting. This morning, I just could not take it anymore and ended up sending them both to their rooms and declaring it a screen free day. But they can't stay apart forever and let's face it, mama needs them to have screen time again at some point. So, tell me internets, what can I do? … [Read more...]

Fun Family Games

Whether you are looking for a great gift to give to a family or just something to have fun with during the holidays (or any get togethers,) these five games are fun for the whole family. … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Ending the Chore Wars

"I'm tired; I need to lay down." That's what we hear every time we ask the girls to make their bed, clean their room, pick up their toys, etc. So I was thrilled when Gregg Murset, CEO of offered to share some chore tips. My husband and I have been talking about trying allowance to chores as their "jobs" so these are perfect for us. … [Read more...]

Adventures : Chucktober

I can see you shaking your head now... "ChuckECheese? Really Kate?" Yes, really. Though I remain annoyed by the weird gambling like ticket dispensing games, I can't help but love a place that lets my kids make silly picture after silly picture of themselves for a token apiece. So when they sent us a pass to go for ChuckECheese to celebrate Chucktober we gathered up a few friends, donned our costumes and headed over for some dinner fun. The entire month of October is “Chucktober” and kids who visit Chuck E. Cheese’s wearing their Halloween costume will automatically win 50 free tickets. Plus post your pics on Instagram or Twitter to @chuckecheese tagged with #Chucktober2014 for a chance to win awesome prizes including gift cards to Target, Best Buy, and Toys R' Us! Read on about our fun at Chuck E Cheese and a way to win a Chucktober prize! … [Read more...]

To All the Unstoppable Women I Know

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. This morning I spent a half hour shifting through the discards of a clothing swap I couldn't make. There was the thrill of finding hidden treasures but what made it really pleasant was a chance to I tell all the new parents I know that the most important thing in their new life won't be anything you can register for. The best resource and tool in parenting is the other parents you know. Like many moms, I would say the one thing that has been the biggest part of my life since having kids are my mom friends. … [Read more...]

Please Join Us for the Miracle Marathon

Rarely have I felt as strongly about a blogging project as I do about the one I am embarking on with the girls next week. Being a lead blogger for the Miracle Marathon isn't just about numbers or awareness or charity for me. It's about thanking the people who helped my daughter through surgery and continue to help her. Having a Children's Hospital in town can make all the difference in not only the experience but also your child's health. I firmly believe that the innovations and support system Miracle Network hospitals are able to offer make a huge different in the well being of the children in their community. And the Miracle Marathon is such an appropriate way to raise money because it's about improving your own health by getting active every day while you raise money for a great cause. And what does this money go towards? Look at some of the things my daughter experienced while being treated at MU... … [Read more...]