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Found a Diamond in the Desert!!!

We recently had the pleasure of dealing with Blue Diamond Air Solutions when we realized our HVAC air filters were in need of replacement.  

From the moment they arrived they were very kind and professional.  They worked quickly to pull the old, dirty filters out, clean the cover, degrease the air intake vent and finally place the new filters.  I was surprised at how instant and noticeable the increased airflow through each vent was.  They also explained the many benefits of keeping a clean filter, including much cleaner air to breathe and reduction in energy costs due to higher efficiency of the increased airflow.  Being the mother of a child with allergies, the cleaner air is a HUGE benefit and a relief to me.  Our son even got a kick out of the installation, saying it looked like we had a ghostbuster in our house! 

"Who you gonna call?"

“Who you gonna call?”

They recommend changing the filters quarterly or if there are pets in the home, bi-monthly.  The overall cost for us would only be $30 each time! ($5 per filter and a $20 service fee).  BDAS has been in business for a little over six months but they were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions I had for them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. You can find them:


Facebook: Blue Diamond Air Solutions

IG: @bluediamondair


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Queen Bee Market Review & Local Vendor Meet and Greet

My mother, Katherine and Aunt Mary pleased with their purchases!
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Conference Center of las Vegas

I come from a family who LOVES all things crafts and DIY. Whether it’s homemade soaps, handmade seasonal decor, DIY signs and home decor, we will buy it or make it and maybe even sell it! So when my Mom and Aunt found out that the Queen Bee Market was coming to the Las Vegas Conference Center, I was all sorts of giddy!



 Walking into the Conference Center, we were immediately satisfied by all the eye candy. It was the perfect blend of modern, vintage and glam. Each Queen Bee facilitator was dressed in darling matching T-shirts and were there to greet you with a grab bag filled with handmade products and immaculate treats. And y’all, the booths! This was not your average craft fair where it almost feels like a community yard sale and the tables are covered by stained sheets. No, no. Each booth was its own 5th avenue merchandised storefront-just darling.  


Goodie Bags

The coveted Grab Bag. Sadly, we were one woman away from receiving one.- Photo from Queen Bee Market Facebook page

I was shocked to find out how many vendors were there from all over the West part of the states. I met talented women from Arizona, Utah, California and even Colorado and was nothing short of impressed by every single one of their creative and truly beautiful products. I wish I could have bought something from every booth. As much as I would love to talk about every single vendor and their products, this post is all about the amazingly talented Las Vegas local vendors and their stories.  

Wanna meet them?

Posh Pilar 

IMG_5015Meet Nastasia. Even though I don’t have little babies anymore, I could NOT walk past this booth without “oooing and awe-ing” at all the sweet things. Nastasia makes stylish nursing ponchos and baby accessories. I was desperate to turn back time and use one of these ponchos while nursing and carrying  my boys.  Nastasia and her husband have 3 daughters and are Vegas natives.




Staysi Lee Bridal Boutique 

17264296_1341327125924013_1233935571899720049_n This is Staysi Lee. She is everything right about Vegas. Her hair, her style and her beautiful designs all reflect beauty and fun. She designs everything from infinity dresses, retro skirts to girls dresses. I mean, this cactus dress? Are you kidding me? She and her husband have a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Wynter who models most of Staysi’s designs!




Just Charms & Pretty Things

IMG_5017Lacey Cowan’s pretty charms and things have been our favorite at every craft fair we’ve been to in the valley, so far. Her handmade treasures are incredible and there is something for everyone. Lacey is a mother of a strong little girl and is accompanied here by a very helpful husband (which I love to see.) 



Whatcha’ Got Cookin’

Photo Taken from Whatcha' Got Cookin' Facebook Page

Photo Taken from Whatcha’ Got Cookin’ Facebook Page

My Mom and Aunt absolutely LOVE Lisa and Roxanne’s easy to use go-to recipe’s and my family and I love to consume them! These fabulous friends have worked together to create some amazing recipes without any additional preservatives, MSG or stabilizers- they even offer some yummy Gluten free options! 




Cultivate Floral+Paper Goods

IMG_5014Sara Lunn is a sweet soul. I spoke with her for about half a minute and knew she was as sweet as southern tea. Her Bouquets were stunning enough for a wedding event yet simple enough for a dining room table. Her paper goods are equally wonderful. You can find her next at West Elm for her Pop-up Shop on April 1st. Sara and her husband have a one year old daughter. Give it up for this talented and ambitious Momma!



November Charm


270 E Horizon Dr #100 Henderson, NV 89015

I loved these matching mommas. Who loves chalk paint? Who loves renovations? Who loves home decor? Well these girls have it all and more! They are “Southern Nevadas plaster paint retailer” and they are PROUD of it. As they should be! Bravo, Ladies!







Ambers Umbrella 


7960 West Sahara Ave. 89117, Las Vegas, NV

Amber’s story is what Las Vegas Moms Blog is all about. Our mission is to encourage, support and inform local moms and this mom deserves all the reward for the journey she’s been on. Visit AmbersUmbrella to read more about her story and why Ambers Umbrella exists. Amber is a mother of 6 and she is here accompanied by her 14 year old daughter Joslyn, who is just a doll. Amber’s Market features repurposed furniture, home decor, salvaged pieces, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and party supplies. Her shop opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The next opening is Thursday, March 16th from 10-5pm. Or you can purchase products online any time at 




IMG_5023Kristin from BBFrosch is the reason Queen Bee Market came to Vegas from their prime location in San Diego. We couldn’t be more thankful for that! Kristin is the owner and developer of BBFrosch Chalk Paint Powder. Her painstaking journey through what it took to create an easy to use paint powder is why so many are flocking to her Workshops in 12 states! You can purchase the chalk paint powder as well as other products on the BBFrosch website. You can also attend one of the workshops to learn how to do it yourself!





I cannot wait to see all these vendors again at the next Queen Bee Market event! Will you be there too? 

Your welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

You’re welcome, Queen Bee!! Please come back soon!

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Gift Guide and Bucket List of Our Favorite Holiday Things

Tis the season…We put together a list of our favorite places, products and services from stocking stuffers to bucket list events around town. Happy Shopping and Socializing, mamas! 

Gifts for your #1 mom (Yes, YOU!)

Vent Salon also has 2 locations also: Downtown Summerlin and Henderson 3 blowouts per month runs about $55/month. Look Style Society has 2 locations in the Valley – Tivoli Village and Town Square. They offer unlimited blowouts for $99/month and unlimited makeup application for $99/month!

For furry babies: Barking Dogs on Blue Diamond has a great selection of treats and toys to reward your pets after you have them groomed or just do the self wash option. I love the friendly, resourceful staff here and the products are top notch.

I have worn the same lipstick for probably the entire time I’ve lived in Las Vegas (since 2003!) It’s called Stay Currant and it’s a Revlon Colorstay lip stain. I know, the drug store under $10 choice for the win! I’ve tried other brands, other shades, but this is my absolute go to – fancy or casual, day or night, summer or winter. I love this deep red and the fact that it lasts all day & even into some mornings – Lol! Just remember to pick up Neutrogena make up remover too (or the Up & Up Target brand works just as well for half the price) or the fancy Bifacil by Lancôme. They all take off lip stains with minimal effort.

Tervis cups are my new jam. They have been around forever, are super sturdy and incredibly stylish. I love drinking just about everything out of them! There is a Tervis store at PH’s Miracle Mile Shops, but they are also available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond(home of the never expiring 20% off coupons!). You can rep your favorite sports teams or choose fun festive designs. With an active, bull-in-a-china-shop toddler you need to be ready for the next foul ball or rogue plane. We also have pets so cleaning up broken glass is too much of a risk! 

Speaking of drinks… The good folks at Total Wine can help you find great wine and spirits to fit any occasion. They carry much, much more than simply wine! There is beer and cordials and hard alcohol as well as unique accessories and paraphernalia to make any wine connoisseur squeal.

Comfort food from Yardbird Southern is a cozy way to spend time connecting with your honey amidst the craziness of the holidays. When it’s cold out, rich foods are the way to go! We need to get our winter coats on – What else will we have to work off in the New Year?! Mandarin Oriental has a festive high tea as well. Start your new tradition today!

Brunch at Craft Kitchen, tea and multiple menu offerings at Truffles N Bacon, Filipino gastropub from Cutting Board & anything from Served LV and now at Americana… These are a handful of favorites around town for taking friends to share a unique experience that will give them something new to try or just make every day meals feel like a special occasion.

I love Hobby Lobby and Michaels for easy DIY kits from ornaments to toys, but the unique finds will be at Cost Plus World Market! Our elf even shops there!

There are 2 indoor playgrounds that we absolutely love (warning, sock zone!): Rockin Jump the trampoline gym is fantastic for the whole family so definitely head over when you have restless visitors in town. Super clean, open warehouse style, a stunt bag, dodge ball courts, a climbing tower, basketball hoops of varying heights, lockers and great music playing. For kids 10 years and younger, go to Kangamoo. You will not be disappointed! You could literally be there all day, they have a walking track, slides, swings, trampolines, a zip line, miles of crawl space, free massage chairs, free coffee, tea and water, a charging station and plenty of wifi.

Sharing experiences and quality time with loved ones is really what the holidays are all about. There are several notable seasonal events and attractions around town. You can never go wrong with Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest where there are so many local sponsors who are annual contributors. The trees are ever changing and can be a constant inspiration for your own home decorations. New to the Valley is Operation North Pole: an interactive experience with our favorite jolly couple! This includes photo opps, visiting the candy shoppe, the toy workshop, and one on one time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Make it a point to visit seasonal exhibits at Bellagio, Venetian and now The Park for festive gatherings and holiday decorations. Ice skating is always a fun family night too at Downtown Summerlin, Cosmopolitan and also The Park now too! There are also several homes decked out in Christmas Lights with synchronized music too! Hypnotist Marc Savard’s home on East Robindale is for sure a local favorite. The schedule for House on Robindale can be found on Facebook. If you want to stay in your car, try the Glittering Lights at the Speedway! They have Groupons and deals for bringing canned goods too.

Great shows to see anytime, but going to shows is more festive during the holidays: Terry Fator at Mirage, Jabbawockeez at MGM, and Absinthe at the theater in front of Ceasar’s (<–Absinthe is NOT for suitable for kids! …or anyone easily offended by vulgar language and suggestive content).

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5 Tips For Keeping a Tidy Home!

1. Keeping a tidy home needs to start with a great attitude. One of the things that I often think about is that my home is my corner of the world. I just love that I live on this huge planet but I have been blessed with my own space. For me, my home is a place I can be myself and feel safe. So I want to take care of it and make it something I love to be in.

2. Never leave a mess behind. When you make a mess, immediately clean it up. When people come into my home they usually assume that I am spending hours cleaning every day. But the truth is I spend less time cleaning than most people I know. It’s because if I make a mess I clean up after myself right away. For example, after dinner I don’t even use our dish washer, I just wash the dishes, dry them and put them away. It’s ususally a 20 minute job but I am not waking up to an extra chore in the morning needing to put away dishes. I also will quickly sweep up any crumbs left after every meal and this way they don’t get tracked through the house. I just make sure that before I leave a room I put everything back in its place and return it to the way it was when I first entered. The crazy part is because I keep up on everything it usually only takese about 5 minutes to tidy up a room.

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3. Teach your children to clean up after themselves. Now that my children are 5, I expect a lot more from them when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. I don’t give them any extra chores but I do make them responsable for taking their plate to the sink, putting their toys away after they play with them, putting their dirty laundry in the laundry basket, and I help them make their beds when they wake up. This is not only good to keep a house clean but I also believe it is good for them to learn to be responsible for themselves and not expect others to follow behind them to pick up after them.

4. Schedule days for big jobs like laundry. I do laundry for 7 people every week so I have two days out of my week that are laundry days. Even though laundry is not super fun, I try to have a good attitude and be thankful that we even have laundry to do. Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh laundry?

5. Food is only eaten in the dining area. Food is a serious mess maker and often where the worst carpet stains come from. Besides, it is so much better to sit around a table together at meal time.

2015-02-27 22.58.09Just so you know I wasn’t always a clean person, in fact I was the complete opposite. But over the years I have found so much satisfaction in providing a nice, clean home for my family. It doesn’t really matter where you live or how big your house is, but if you keep it tidy and clean, it makes a home feel more special.


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Flipping Vegas With Scott and Aime Yancey – On to the Houses…

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I had the opportunity to spend the day with Scott and Aime Yancey of A & E’s Flipping Vegas…Come read the first and second installments in this series…

At the first house, I love that Aime chose to tile the entire front of the house. Where there used to be a garage, there is now a great room which really opened up the place adding tons of square footage too. Without a garage door, the front end of the house could be tiled. It gives the house an edgy, modern, industrial feel. She used the same panels to lay a chevron design for the back patio pulling the whole place together. The kitchen was doubled in size including an island in the center to add even more storage and counter space. I love the wine rack on the bottom of the glass cabinets. I’ll be honest, and I even told Aime this, I never would have chosen that particular backsplash – it is simply not a pattern that would have stood out to me. I would not have been able to visualize how beautifully all the elements would come together. It blew my mind – I must have told her five times that I would have never chosen that tile! {Good thing I am not an interior designer!} I can admire the work even more since I am not talented in that way! That is where the design team comes in handy…


At Walker Zanger, the design center seen on the show, we met showroom manager, Michelle who has a great eye for design and thinks of all aspects of the stone or tile you choose. She and Aime collaborate to make selections that are cost conscious and yet still the most beautiful stone available in the world. Aime pairs a less expensive slab of granite with a gorgeous glass back splash-et voila, gorgeous design that looks like a million dollars without spending it! In the bathroom, Aime can a less expensive tile for most of the job, then uses more elaborate pieces to allow the stone to be the art on the wall or floor. Not only is the result aesthetically pleasing, but it makes great use of smaller places, elongating the height of the room. It’s a genius idea, I never thought to do anything like that. I’ve always thought I had to pick out one piece of granite and stay within my price range. I love that anyone could walk into Walker Zanger and pick out an elegant, custom design even with a budget.


At the second home we visited, the first feature you would note is the cobblestone path on the floor. It leads from the front door right to the wet bar! The walls are painted a bright cheery shade of blue giving it a beach house feel. My favorite part was the master bedroom with a big walk-in closet, and the wall previously known as the backyard fence. I am a huge fan of recycling and re-purposing so it was a beautiful, rustic touch to take wood slats and nail them to the wall for a gorgeous headboard wall.

Wouldn’t you love to see what Scott and Aime could design and build with no limits???…Ooooh…If sky’s the limit, what would you build?! Personally, I think it’s about time we have housekeeping robots like Rosie from the Jetsons. She does it all…

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Would you want to work with your spouse? Would you want cameras there? Flipping Vegas shows how Scott and Aime Yancey make this work…This symbiotic relationship exists and thrives only with the other! Aime has proven time and time again how her contribution to the finished product has been the final extra beautiful seal of the deal for buyers looking to view a potential house as their future home. She adds warmth where needed, style and flair always and she loves beautiful things so her attention to detail can be appreciated from the first glance at the refurbished, old school solid wood front door, the herringbone lay of the tile throughout, the ambiance created by lighting fixtures to the details of the back patio and drawing attention to ceilings. It really is all in the details as any home buyer can tell you: Seeing themselves living in the space will sell them on their new home! With all this sparkle, there is a catch…

This cannot be carte blanche for Aime since the whole point of flipping is to work within a budget and get fixes and flowering finished fast! Phew…This is where Scott is indispensable. He is not a pushover! When I mention the show, anyone who has ever seen it says, “Scott is SUPER INTENSE, is he really like that in person – or is it just for the show?” I’m here to say, Yes – Scott Yancey really is THAT INTENSE! He has a very strong personality, a commanding presence and has a great sense of humor too…which I may add here that Aime does too – c’mon, she deals with Scott neck & neck no problem! Scott is great for making executive decisions (which yes, Aime undermines from time to time…only when needed-sometimes she has to!), motivating his team to stay late to get the job done (I’m guessing cash and/or beer), negotiating prices (they flip so many houses, who wouldn’t want to work with them?!), scorpion killing, his explosive personality, and for the laugh factor for the show.Things Aime does are hilarious and half the joy in the show is seeing what she can get away with under Scott’s rigidity! But when it all works out in the end, it’s comical to look back at what gets Scott’s goat up. Simply put, it shows his passion for his work. Without Scott, the budget would be shot, they would go through all that drama for zero profit! Flipping houses is a business and keeping the bottom line in mind is key to making money. He kept saying, “With what we have to work with…” but it is so true. The house looked like something just about anyone would turn around and run away! The investment has to be worth their while. It is just mind-blowing what can be improved, revamped, framed, and fabricated. Scott & Aime also have really great realtors who are able to show the houses in their best light, featuring the hard work put into the details of the house. It is a great way for home buyers to get some serious custom bang for their buck. These days, especially in Vegas, where we were hit hardest in the housing industry, getting more for your mighty dollar means having a beautiful space to call your own with all the bells and whistles already in place in a your new not so humble abode.


On to the houses…

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Hanging out with Aime & Scott Yancey from A & E’s Flipping Vegas is just the way you would expect it to be: fast-paced, playfully competitive and incredibly productive in the shortest amount of time. If you aren’t already a huge fan of the show, you’ll be hooked after watching one episode. They have an awesome real estate team who dedicate their time to finding diamonds in the rough, the one in a million house that can be saved through the power of magical design genius & let’s face it, some pretty pennies…

The flipped houses we viewed are spectacular! Who doesn’t love home renovation shows for the plethora of ideas and inspiration?! Reinventing your space may be just what you need to fall in love with your home all over again. In Vegas, we have so many “cookie cutter” communities, it is really makes a difference to have custom touches to give your space its own identity. Although the home flips they do on the show may cost a lot when you total them, there are tons of tips and tricks that you learn on the show that you can use today!

We visited their design center and got to check out a couple of properties you see on the show. Wow, is all I can say! When I look at a beautiful work of art, I don’t believe I could go home & paint a replica masterpiece. In the same way, I took one look at the jaw-dropping finished product of Flipping Vegas stars, Aime & Scott & had even less faith (if possible?!) that I could make these home improvements that would showcase my creative genius, impeccable style, make use of space in the most creative way possible while still maintaining a budget and time line to increase the marketability of my own home. But alas, there are tools of the trade…

For one, find one of the most talented designers in the industry, or anywhere, for that matter, who has magical super powers to see through what is to get to what could be! Aime can look at old junk furniture & see its potential: sanded, painted & reborn classic pieces that give the space character without spending another dime! Add in her money-minded, witty, hubby who has his own visions while holding the cash for the transactions and a desire to make his wife happy while still keeping his eye on the bottom line. which hubby wouldn’t want to make his wifey happy?! READ: Wife = Happy, All = Happy! Time is money and Scott’s approach to getting things done also has a simple formula: expect nothing but the best available with no time to spare and a miracle-working team (and money) to back it!

Why this works…

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Superwoman Doesn’t Live Here


SuperwomanAs a mom, do you ever feel like you don’t get anything done? Does your home seem to be a black hole that sucks up your time and energy?

When I work with people in my therapy office, a common thing I hear is that they feel overwhelmed. There’s a whopping to-do list at home and at work, and they feel paralyzed, not knowing where to begin. A contributor to making folks feel anxious is that their endless list is often not prioritized. Stopping by the bank feels of equal weight to talking to your parents about their end of life plans.

No wonder it all feels so heavy.

One of the clearest ways I have found to prioritize is to ask two questions:

1. What one thing on my list would I feel best about completing, or at least making progress on?

2. What one thing on my list would I feel worst about if I made no effort on it today?

This can really streamline things. Because frankly, Superwoman does not live in my home. I am good at multiple things, but not everything. Also, there are only so many hours in the day. Some stuff just has to give. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or a work-outside-the-home-mom, I am betting (this is Las Vegas, after all) that your plate is not just full, but piled high like at a buffet.

Often, Superwoman looks invincible on the outside, but she’s really, really tired inside.

Here’s something Ordinarywoman (AKA me) might say: “You can have a clean bathroom, or you can have home-cooked dinner. Choose one.” That, in itself, is a pretty Super skill to cultivate.

And then there’s this: you are probably getting a lot done already that you aren’t giving yourself credit for. So when I feel a bit cranky with myself for not sitting down to write for 20 minutes in the morning, I need to remind myself that I still got worthwhile (okay, mostly worthwhile) things done. They just might not have been on my “official” list.

Here’s a typical array of what I accomplish on a morning where I do not write like I want to, and feel like giving myself a wee kick for that:

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Start computer.

Make coffee.

Feed cats.

Let dogs out.

Monitor dogs for barking so early in morning/prevent HOA fine.

Let dogs in.

Pour coffee.

Feed dogs. Keep track of who is eating out of whose bowl.

Set down coffee.

Notice that crumbs have mysteriously grown on kitchen counter overnight.

Complain to self about being the only person who wipes up crumbs.

Wipe up crumbs.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

Scoop catbox.

Sweep bathroom floor.

Wipe mysterious goo from around sink faucet.

Let one dog out to hunt lizards.

Shoo other dog away from cat food. Three times. (Not too bright, that one.)

Fold laundry left in dryer overnight.

Sign field trip release.

Hug one son.

Let lizard-hunting dog in.

Hunt for set down coffee.

Wash dishes.

Check grocery ads.

Take recycling to garage.

Pick up Nerf darts that cat dragged into hallway.

Find missing mug of coffee on bookcase.

Write two items on grocery list.

Hug second son when he comes into kitchen.

Respond to cat in living room asking for attention.

Notice other cat’s furball on carpet. Pick it up (eww).

Clean furball stain on carpet.

Accidentally touch leashes hanging over banister.

Calm down frantic, walk-wanting dogs.

Remind kids to pick clothes up off bathroom floor.

Set down coffee before heading upstairs to make sure kids heard me.

Sort laundry.

Promise myself that someday I will organize the pile of photos I see left on a table.

Forget to tell my kids to work out their differences, and jump in as referee instead.

Hunt for set down coffee.

Find pile of old junk mail.

Shred old junk mail.

Assign one son to empty the dishwasher.

Assign other son to fill the dogs’ water dishes in their crates.

See cat in vicinity, make a leap for it.

Give cat pill.

Congratulate self that giving a cat a pill is no longer the traumatic event it used to be. (For either the cat or myself.)

Find missing mug of coffee in microwave. It has been in there long enough to cool off again.

Read email.

Think, “Boy, The Container Store sends a lot of emails. Maybe I should unsubscribe.”

Then think, “No, I can’t unsubscribe from The Container Store, because someday I will organize all the cabinets.”

Renew library books online.

Respond to kids’ complaint about no cereal.Dog Walk

Explain that there was cereal in pantry yesterday, and that I can’t be the food police.

Make connection between missing cereal and mysterious counter crumbs.

Put cereal on grocery list.

Check for cereal coupons.

Walk dogs. (This is its own multi-step adventure.)

Find the perfect size Band-Aid for one son’s boo-boo.

Remember that we are almost out of honey. Hope it makes it onto grocery list.

And after all that… Get myself ready for work, at a frantic pace.

Like I haven’t been working already.

There is nothing that I accomplished that was useless. However, some items were a lower priority and could’ve waited for another time. Lesson learned about carving space in schedule for things I really want to finish. Another lesson learned about delegating tasks. Self forgiven. Self congratulated for being productive, albeit in a different way than I planned.

How about you? Do you beat yourself up over your never-ending “to-do” list? Remember, the nature of a to-do list is that there will always be things on it. It will never be completed. Given that, how might keeping a “done” list affect your state of mind, as compared to a “to-do” list?

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Do You Believe in Chores?!

There was a lot of talk going around today on different social media sites on the topic of giving kids chores. It got me thinking about my own views on this subject. There were many different sides being argued and I think I fall a little more towards the side of giving my children minimal chores. I have many reasons why. My absolute first reason why is because I love being a homemaker. For me, it feels great to prepare meals, do laundry, and tidy up the house. It might sound crazy, but it is another way I show my family love. When I do simple chores I try to do them to the best of my abilities. I remember when I was in school and there were always those kids that were so put together and had a constant clean and fresh smell to them. I used to be so envious of those kids. I used to wish that my mother would put that kind of effort into me and my appearance. A simple chore like laundry is actually very important to me. I try to always have my children well-dressed and stain-free.  I have found that even if I don’t spend a lot of money on their clothing, if I put the extra effort into washing them properly and fighting the stains, they usually look great. It’s funny because some of the most rewarding comments have been when I go to my children’s school and the teachers tell me they can always tell which blankets belong to my kids because they are so soft and always smell fresh. This probably sounds crazy to about 99% of people but I guess being teased and made fun of for my clothes and cleanliness in school really stuck with me. imageNow I am not quite sure if I could give the same effort if I had a full time job or even part time job. Since I am a stay at home mom, I am able to make matters of the house my full time job. When it comes to the kids, I really just want them to focus on things that I feel are more important than doing laundry or dishes. I want them to focus on their schooling or activities. My oldest son and I were just talking the other night about the fact that when he moves out he is going to wonder, “Why is the laundry basket still full? Why doesn’t my toilet paper roll replace itself anymore? Why does my toilet have a brown ring around it?” Even though he has never really had to manage these things for himself, I am guessing that after time he will figure it out.  Kids seem to have so much more on their plates now than they did in the past: my teen daughter is swamped with homework nightly and my son has overcome many challenging hurdles. So I guess I could care less if they know how to do laundry. Now this isn’t to say that children have no responsibilities at all. They do have one main chore and that is to clean up after themselves. I want them to know that they are responsible for the mess they make. Also, we have a very clean home and if all five of the kids were leaving messes behind them, I don’t think I could possibly keep up. Where do you stand on the subject? Do you believe in giving kids chores?

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Friday’s Food Review

This week I wanted to share with you one of my favorite healthier versions of vodka sauce. I buy this vodka sauce at Trader Joe’s. What I love about it is that it tastes great and at the same time it is organic and has fewer carbs than most pasta sauces.  This has always been my goto sauce when I am trying to cut down on my carbs. I put it over steamed veggies, chicken breast, or turkey meatballs. For my kids, I like to pair it with Trader Joe’s whole wheat pasta. Now to be honest, I just don’t think whole wheat pasta compares to regular white pasta. Over the years, I have adjusted to it and some I can enjoy, just not as much as white pasta.  My children love whole wheat pasta because they have never eaten white pasta.  I feel it is important for us to make a little effort to instill healthy habits in our children. The more we can help them develop a taste for healthy food, the better chance they will have continuing a healthy diet through out there lives. So even though it is hard, start out making simple small adjustments to you and your children’s diet and you can build on that.