5 Ways to Raise an Independent Child

While we might like to baby our kids when they’re young, they need to learn how to be an independent child. But how do you teach that? Helping our little ones to build the confidence and skills they need to navigate the world is important but we also want them to know we’re there if they fall. Here are a few great tips to help you encourage your child’s independence while still staying close by. 5 Ways to Raise an Independent Child 1. Create an independent environment. Teach your kids … [Read more...]

Sweet and Spicy Salad Recipe with Vinaigrette

Need a little sweet and spicy salad to pair with your next entree? Good, you are in the right place! I have a wonderful side dish recipe that you will definitely enjoy. Flavor combinations are always great. There are times that I want only spicy or only sweet. But, many times I prefer to blend two different flavors in order to create a delicious new flavor. With this sweet and spicy salad, the combination is just right. This side is perfect for serving at a barbecue with some chicken or … [Read more...]

Copycat Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup

Ready for a delicious soup that will warm you up on cold days? This Copycat Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup is one of my favorites, and it's perfect for staying warm during chilly weather. I love that I can get the taste of one of the best restaurant soups in the comfort of my own home. When it's cold out, the last thing you want to do is venture out for dinner, am I right? Copycat Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup Ingredients: 1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken 1 Cup Shredded Carrots 1 … [Read more...]

Making Paper Pinwheels Tutorial – Perfect Spring Craft for Kids!

Making paper pinwheels is a fun way to spend a Spring day. Maybe it's raining outside and your kids can't enjoy the outdoors. This tutorial will help pass the time and allow them to express their creativity with a fun paper craft too! I always enjoyed pinwheels when I was a child. Seeing their bright and colorful shapes spinning fast in a circle was just magical. They are perfect for decorating in the Spring, with the temperatures warming up so you can enjoy the breeze that makes them … [Read more...]

SING Now Available on Digital HD – Have a Family Movie Night!

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own. I am happy to announce that SING, musical comedy event of the year, is available on Digital HD today – just in time for a Friday family movie night! Put on your Pjs, break out the snacks, and enjoy this fun movie together. Your children will love the adorable, funny, and inspiring characters of SING. I know Riley and I both rooted for several of them as they competed in the … [Read more...]

Disney’s Moana Inspired White Chocolate Oreos

These White Chocolate Oreos are perfect for your Disney's Moana viewing party. It is a great movie about a young girl setting out on a voyage to save her family - and ultimately, finds her own identity. I recommend it for any moms that want an inspirational film to watch with their children. And when you watch a movie, you always need a snack, am I right?! Create these Moana-Inspired White Chocolate Oreos to serve while you watch the film as a family. They are delicious and fit right in … [Read more...]

Citrusy Shirley Temple Black Drink

If you need a new "adult" beverage for the holiday season or a party, I recommend this Citrusy Shirley Temple Black Drink. It's the perfect time to pull out fresh cocktail recipes. You can serve them with appetizers at a party, or just have a few drinks with your friends at a small gathering. I remember growing up, I loved drinking Shirley Temples. I always wanted to add extra maraschino cherries, and I felt so very grown up with my tall glass and cocktail fruit. Now, I love a grown-up … [Read more...]

Parents & Finances: Common Money Problems

Along with being open to your children about aspects of your financial situation such as how much you earn, what your car costs or what you paid for a recent purchase, you need to know how to tackle a variety of financial concerns. Worrying about your money problems will not solve them. Finding ways to overcome them is the first step to financial recovery. Budget Common financial problems include not living within a budget. Parents are likely to encounter issues is if they do not take … [Read more...]