Finding Light at the End of the Tunnel: JOY is Possible

I am beginning to enjoy my life as a single mom.  Did I just write that?! “Miss–I have dreamt about being a wife and mommy since I was a little girl?” Yes and yes!  I now enjoy my life as a single mom. In the beginning of this journey, I focused on the negatives.  And […]

3 Reasons to Keep Your Co-Parenting Situation Friendly

3 Reasons to Keep Your Co-Parenting Situation Friendly When you took your vows you thought it was forever. But, for whatever reason you were wrong. No matter who is to blame for whatever took place that put the final nail in the coffin of your marriage, if you and your ex-spouse have children, you will […]

Gratitude Journals

Thanksgiving has come and gone…on the calendar that is.  But why can’t we put the simple principles of this holiday into practice on a daily basis?  Why can’t we prioritize instilling a grateful heart in our children, students, even ourselves?! I have started a “Gratitude Journal” with each of my children.  This is a place they […]

Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening: Encouragement Despite Life’s Trials

Why do bad things happen to good people?  We have all heard this question and have most likely asked it many times ourselves.  How do you explain why bad things happen to good people?  Recently I have found myself in this quandary especially when friends and even acquaintances ask about our terrible divorce.  People cannot fathom this […]

My Top 5 Stress-Busting Tips

Life.  Life isn’t always easy or fair.  Recently I have been learning to accept that life doesn’t go according to our plans.  As much as we may try to plan and organize our life; life seems to just find a way to happen.  Along with this comes stress and worry.  Believe me, I have had […]

Put On Your Big Girl Panties- You Got This!

I have gone through life wearing rose-colored glasses and living in a “Disney-filled dream” until like a flash of lighting, everything changed.  My whole world-everything I had dreamed of since I was a little girl was gone.  Husband I thought would grow old by my side…gone.  Trust and marriage vows…gone.  Christian family with mom and dad married […]

Cupcake Liner Fish Craft

Make this adorable fish craft from cupcake liners.  It is simple, yet offers little fingers plenty of fine motor practice. You will need: construction paper, cupcake liners, scissors, glue, goggly eye, and crayons (markers, paint, etc.). 1.  Trace a simple fish shape on the construction paper. 2.  Color and/or paint the fish.  Allow to dry. […]

Painting With Pipe Cleaners: A Simple Fine Motor Activity

Painting is one of my daughter’s favorite activities.  So we paint a lot around here, to say the least.  We are always finding new objects to paint with and different paint techniques to use.  My daughter wanted to try using pipe cleaners to make paint prints with; so we did.  Not only was it fun, […]

Top Picks: Books To Help Children With Divorce

Divorce is terrible; I would not wish it upon anyone.  The following are my top picks of books to help children with divorce.  I have (and continue) to read and use them with my own children. Some advice with reading these books I share is to:  Always read it first.  For me, this pertains to […]

Easy DIY Bracelet Made From Pipe Cleaners

Make these Easy DIY Bracelets using pipe cleaners and a roll of masking tape. Your kiddos will enjoy making these colorful creations and proudly wear them with their favorite outfits. You will need: masking tape (tape and empty roll); pipe cleaners; stickers; and embellishments (beads, etc.). 1.  Using an empty masking tape roll, start wrapping various colored pipe cleaners around the roll. 2. […]

Paper Fish Bowl Craft

Get your kiddos and go on an underwater adventure with this fun craft!  You only need a few household supplies to create this adorable Paper Fish Bowl Craft.  Come on…let’s dive in… You will need: different colors of construction paper for the fish bowl and fish; glue; scissors; crayons; paper plate; and markers.  1.  Draw […]

Violet Paint Prints

Spring is almost upon us!  Let’s celebrate and get crafty with this beautiful print made from celery stalks.  I really enjoy making prints from natural objects like fruits and vegetables, as you never know how the print will turn out.  This is especially fun with children, as it is almost a “magical experience” for them […]