5 Tips to Cut Down Morning Madness!

5 Tips for Easier mornings

One of my goals for this school year was to eliminate crazy, stressful mornings.  Last year it seemed that an easier morning routine was out of reach.  We were constantly running late every day.  The important thing for our family when it comes to less stressful mornings is to develop a practical routine.  I am […]

Tips on keeping the younger sibling occupied during soccer

How to keep siblings occupied during soccer

With the start of the school year comes the start of the soccer season. Pork Chop, who’s six now, has been playing since he was three.  Things have gotten easier since my kids both know what to expect when it comes to soccer practices and games. This year, there was a slight change to the […]

DIY Glow in the Dark Window Clings

DIY Glow in the Dark Window Clings

A few weeks ago, Echo from The Domain of a Mad Mommy, shared a wax paper painting craft.  It looked like so much fun that I immediately wanted to try it myself with Pork Chop and Pea.  We ended up making some fun Glow in the Dark Window Clings for Halloween.  It’s been a while […]

Our Back to School Landing zone!

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If you’ve been reading this blog awhile you are probably aware that I have organization issues. It even affects how I’ve filed the posts on my site. I am constantly researching to improve and learned about landing pages or landing zones recently. Apparently landing pages help organize a blog and bring search engine traffic to […]

What do you mean it’s not because he’s left handed???

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So last week I started my left handed letter writing practice worksheet series but I am going have to call it “Learning with the Scruggbugs” or something similar from now on.  You see, I went to Open House last night and I learned something from another parent and my son’s first grade teacher. The other […]

Easy Homemade DIY Carpet Deodorizer

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So the first week of school was pretty hectic.  I wanted to spend it cleaning after the summer chaos but ended up running around getting school paperwork and health documentation squared away.  This week I am finally able to be home and start checking off my to do list.  While cleaning, I grabbed my homemade […]

Left handed learning: Letter practice Worksheet Z

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Somehow both of my kids ended up being lefties.  I blame it on the husband.  He is ambidextrous but started off left handed.  The nuns at his Catholic Elementary school didn’t agree with his hand preference and trained him to use his right hand.  Now he can use both! My kids aren’t going to be […]

Upcycled Back to School Chalkboard Signs

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I love chalkboards–which is strange since I hated having to clean erasers when I was in elementary and middle schools. Way back in the time before dry erase markers we had good old fashioned chalkboards. This year I decided to make upcycled back to school chalkboard signs from two old pizza pans I found at […]

How to fake Mom confidence like a rockstar on the first day of Kindergarten


I am sure you’ve seen all the posts about preparing your new  school-ager for the first day of Kindergarten.  My youngest is one of those new kindergartners and the tips have been a great help. she knows my phone number she knows  how to put on her clothes unassisted after going to the restroom she […]

Kindergarten preparation with the Kids Academy Apps

Kids Academy Review Kindergarten BTS Preparation

Pea had a kindergarten pre-screening test last week.  The week up to it we focused on kindergarten preparation for her. I remember being so worried about Pork Chop’s screening this time last year.  I was a nervous wreck but he did wonderfully.  The daycare that they attended, La Petite Academy, had an excellent curriculum.  It […]