We just returned from what has become an annual trip to Hilton Head Island for Thanksgiving. Our family has spent a lot of time on Hilton Head Island since the pandemic began in 2020. Before that we had visited Hilton Head only once, when our kids were much younger. We checked it off on our list of . . .
Visiting Seattle With Teens
Teenagers are notoriously difficult to entertain. Attention spans are short so on any vacation with them you are likely to hear a reoccurring chorus of “I’m bored”, “Where are we going next?”, and “Is this IT?” I recently spent eight days with my fourteen year old daughter and her soccer team in . . .
10 Gift Ideas for 8th Grade Graduates
I have an eighth grade graduate this spring. There are plenty of ideas for high school and college graduates but shopping for this age group is a little trickier. Still child-like and innocent in many ways but they are becoming more independent with each passing day. So today I've put together gift . . .
A Simple Way To Create Cute Valentine’s Cards At Home
I always enjoyed getting the candy along with the Valentine's Day cards from my classmates when I was in school (but mostly it was the candy I was after). For the second consecutive year the kids in my younger son's school are not allowed to bring food or candy to distribute with their Valentines. . . .
How To Put Together A Hot Cocoa Bar Party
When my daughter suggested inviting friends over for a caroling party I jumped on the idea. It's been a minute since we could do anything like that and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to have a holiday party this year. Then my mind got around to food/drink for the kids and a hot cocoa bar idea . . .
Resources To Help With A Positive Mindset (Especially Around The Holidays)
One thing about becoming a more "seasoned" parent I never fully appreciated is the bigger the kids, the bigger the problems. In addition to my taxi driver/carpool duties, I'm a collector of my kids' emotional "garbage". My garbage collection shift begins at 3:30 everyday and starts with the . . .