Aug
   31

 

Now, while Labor Day is officially a holiday honoring the men and women who have worked hard to make this country great, it’s also the unofficial end of summer — the last long weekend before fall sets in, kids are back in school, and the pools close for the season. It’s basically the last hoorah of summer, so it’s definitely a time to grill out, celebrate hardworking Americans, and say farewell to warm weather.

This year, plan an exciting Labor Day party with these fun ideas that will make your celebration stand out. From food to table settings and decorations, here are some tips on how you can revamp your Labor Day party!

Decorate with 3D stars

Photo from Doodle Bug Blog
Photo from Doodle Bug Blog

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  Aug
   24

 

Back to school can be overwhelming for the whole family! Transitioning from a more laid back summer schedule to a more rigid schedule — for me personally, homework, daily chores, family dinner time and extracurricular activities — can feel like a juggling act. Get your schedules back on track with these organizing ideas.

First, we need to go over the things you need:

  • Planning time – Set aside 10 minutes of each week to go over the next week’s calendar. Update new activities or to-do’s that you need to keep track of.
  • A planner or calendar – Most of us have gotten used to paper calendars. While using this traditional tool can be relaxing, having a digital planner can be much more efficient. Use apps that can help you build a digital calendar for your family’s activities. Not only do these calendars offer automatic alerts, they can also sync with your other devices, helping you remember your schedule no matter what gadget you’re using today. Apps like Cozi and HomeLife help you manage not just your family’s school and everyday life, but also organize your shopping lists and recipes.
digital planner

Photo by Marian of Miss Mustard Seed

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  Aug
   17

 

Christmas may still be a few months away, but it’s never too early to start considering where and when to get your holiday centerpiece. Avoid the panic that last-minute shopping brings and let us guide you on what you should consider when it comes to purchasing your tree. Where do you go? When is the best time to buy it? This post will address your questions about buying your tree, and help you find one that is perfect for your home.

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  Aug
   12

 

Let’s face it, no matter how diligent you or your kids are about keeping school supplies organized, it’s tough to keep pens, pencils, markers and erasers tidy. No one’s to blame—small items have a way of getting lost, especially if stored inside drawers or just stuffed inside the kids’ backpacks. However, you can help your kids keep their school gear in place and intact using simple organization. From an old DIY favorite to an art caddy, here are some back to school tips you can use to help your kids keep an organized school work station!
 
Prepare an Inbox and an Outbox
 

 
An inbox and outbox setup makes it easier to remember which forms to sign, check assignments, or take note of project/art craft deadlines. All you need are a couple of baskets and then attach them to a wall where you and the kids can see it often, then label a folder for each child.The kids can put the papers that need your attention in the inbox basket, then once signed, you can put them in the outbox space for your kids to bring to school. Easy and organized! For a comprehensive tutorial, check out this how-to from Right Where We Are.
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  Aug
   06

 

When people think of care packages, one of the most common things that come to mind is sending them to our deployed troops. While this is one of the best ways we can support our soldiers who are still serving abroad, we shouldn’t forget about our veterans.Care packages help our veterans feel that they haven’t been forgotten, and many of the items sent can be of real and practical use, or even enjoyment!
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