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Do your kids have too much stuff?

Do you find that you are buying a treat every time you take your kids to the grocery store or Target?  Do you feel like you have to bribe them with a new toy just for a bit of cooperation?

child-toy-takeover-427824_960_720So what happens to that new toy?  Is it a cheap something that breaks the second time they play with it?  Or a sweet treat?


Try this:  Reward you kids with things they want to do rather than things they want to get.  You will be teaching them to value experiences or things.  Bonus your house, car, and purse will not be overrun with the crap they really don’t want or need.maxime-bhm-110048.jpg

Clutter control in disguise. Not only will your wallet thank you, your kids will too.

Have a great day!!!

Thanks Pamela


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Johnny Appleseed Burgers

Ok I don’t normally share recipes but it’s summer and that means grilling burgers. Enjoy.

What's for Dinner Moms?

The meat items that have been on sale around us recently have been chicken thighs and drumsticks for about $.77 a pound and ground beef for $1.99 a pound. For our area those REALLY good prices. You will notice quite a few of my recipes have had one or the other items in them lately. I shop sales for meat and staples. I can always figure out something new to do with the meat so that the kids don’t look at me with the face that says, “Really Mom? Chicken for a fourth day in a row?”

One thing we had not had much of recently was a hamburger. Seriously, we have a grill we need to cook out more. Grilled hamburgers can be so versatile just like chicken. How many different ways can you top a hamburger? I found this burger on Cheese and Burger Society page of the…

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Maine! Is this on your bucket list?

Maine is on my bucket list.  I have traveled almost all of the United States but the upper east coast including the original 13 colonies remain on the yet to be explored list.  But one day I am sure I will get there.  In the mean time, I have found an amazing blog that will have to suffice.  For now.

“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea” Percy Bysshe Shelley This week my husband and I are enjoying time with family in Maine’s beautiful Acadia National Park and its surrounding towns. Since Erica’s challenge for the week asks us to demonstrate transition, I thought the awakening of sleepy Bar Harbor with […]

via Magnificent Maine – WPC — Travels and Trifles

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Planes, trains, ​and automobiles ~ travel tips with kids

It is summer vacation time.  The time that you travel with your kids. This can be a time for joy or chaos!  So I am sharing some tips with you to make your trip smoother.  You know your kids have a short attention span and will get bored if not entertained.  So let’s entertain them…car photo-1470434151738-dc5f4474c239

For the Plane, you are more challenged so …

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Back pack for each kid. They will enjoy getting to open their bag and find their goodies. They will feel like a grown up. But wait until the plane has taken off before you let them open their backpacks.

No sugar.  Enough said right?

New toys and activity sets. Coloring books, markers, stickers, books.

Nothing noisy.  Your fellow passengers will thank you.

I-spy books and where is Waldo are great options.

Play games. Hangman, tic tack toe, cards…plane vincent-versluis-240048

I love Samantha’s Browns tip on flying with kids. Parent #1 pre-board and set up the car seat and stow overhead luggage. Parent #2 board last with the baby to avoid noise and stress! Brilliant!

Auto travel:

Make sure to pack lots of new activities such as Stickers, crayons, notebooks, cars, even puzzles and small toys.

I love using a cheap cookie sheet or pizza pan as a kid travel desktop. Magnets make it even more fun.

Hanging toiletry bags to hold all their stuff. (Easy access and fully portable)

Stop for lunch at a place with a playground, a park for a picnic or a fast food playground. Run them around and let them burn off some energy.playground justin-peterson-103030.jpg

When you arrive go find a playground. Parents there will be able to direct you to the best local kid friendly places to eat.

Hotel hack for kids:

Ironing board makes a perfect table for kid dining in the room. Put a towel on the top before you put out the food.  Sit them on the edge of the bed and place the ironing board in front of them.

Request room with a mini fridge and microwave.  Snacks and drinks will absolutely make your life better and your kids happier.

markus-spiske-117324.jpgDon’t forget to get pictures of all of you. Use your camera’s self-timer.  However, you travel just go!  Make memories with your family.

What are your best kid travel hacks?

Thanks Pamela

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Don’t put that down!

Look around? Do you see coffee mugs on the table, your desk, or dishes on the counter? How about are you using your treadmill as an extra valet? Do you want an easy tip to cut that clutter out?

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You need to implement the one touch rule.

What is the one touch rule?


Easy. If you have something in your hand ~  take it where it belongs. Don’t put it down.

We recently talked about laundry. Fold it when you take it out of the dryer and put it away. How about when you and come home from work or school and you change clothes? Hang them up or put them in the laundry basket. Don’t throw them on the bed or your exercise equipment. Touch them one time. If you toss them on the bed you have to come back a second time and put them away.

Let’s talk about dishes. Don’t leave them sitting around. Don’t put them in the sink, immediately put them in the dishwasher.

Who is guilty of leaving an unfinished craft project on the table? How about ingredients all over the kitchen when cooking or baking?

When you use something ~ put it back. Touch it one time.

This applies to your entire family. Kids too.

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Photo by  Danielle MacInnes

The Parent Coach, Susan Stiffelman at the Huffington Post suggests the following:

  • “Establish that no new toys can be taken out until whatever has been played with has been put away. Kindly remind your daughter if she forgets. And by all means, do not clean up her messes. If you cave in and do the job for her, you will have taught her that if she whines or procrastinates long enough, she won’t have to take responsibility. Acknowledge that you understand that she’d rather not put away her paints, or that it looks like it will take forever. By letting her feel heard and understood, you’ll ensure that her upset will dissolve more quickly — and help her accept that she simply has to get the job done.”

  • Start by resetting the rules. Explain to your kids that you’ve made some new decisions about cleaning up, and you want to share them so that everyone knows what to expect. “When you’re finished playing with something, it’s important that you put it away completely before you move on to something else. If you forget, I’ll remind you once. If you still forget, that particular toy will go in a special box for a month.” Some parents tell their children that toys that are left out will be given away. Decide how harsh you want to be — but make sure that you follow through. If you deliver meaningless threats in the heat of the moment, your child won’t take you seriously.

  • Break a big job down into bite-sized steps. Help your children work in manageable increments if they have a lot to clean up. “Start by putting away anything with red on it … or anything made of plastic … or whatever is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.” This will help them learn that, little by little, they can get a big job done — whether it’s cleaning up a physical mess, working on a complex report or organizing a research project.”

For more of Susan’s tips click here

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You should have better luck with your kids.

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Only Touch an Item Once

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Drumstick — The Chicken Grandma


Every so often you end up with a chicken who can be defined by the word ….. moxie. I don’t typically name my girls but I may have to name this one. A couple weeks ago (the night of July 4th to be exact) this Rhode Island Red came close to being a late evening […]

via Drumstick — The Chicken Grandma


Grab life, seize the day, just do it,  what ever you want to call it.  Just go.

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What are you waiting for?

This is another example of no excuses. I hope you enjoy life live lightly ‘s post.

Live life lightly

That question stops me in my tracks a lot.

I have no real answer. What am I waiting for? It’s like everyone waits around for so much of there lives they forget what they were going to do in the first place.

Working around people who are dying, sooner rather than later, I always hear people talking with regrets.

“I wish I spent more time with my family”

“I wish I would have realized that my work wouldn’t be the one here with me in my last moments”

“I wish that I would have told “___________” that I loved them”

“I wish I would have taken more chances

So what in the world makes us chose to push these plans off? Why have I waited so long to start this blog? Why can I not convince myself to just sit down and write my novel?

Why can’t I decide…

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No more excuses!

That’s it.  You are all out of good reasons.


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Photo by Jaie Miller on Unsplash


Do you have a stash of stuff you purchased that you “meant to return”  but never got around to it?  Are you shopping for need or want?  Did you suffer from buyers remorse?

Do you have a bag of stuff you meant to donate but just have not got around to it?

Do you have that one closet that you have been meaning to clean out because can’t really close the door because it is crammed full of stuff?

Did you build a storage shed in your back yard for your lawn equipment but over time you find you can’t fit your mower in there much less find your weed eater?  I know it’s on your to do list right?

All summer you have been meaning to go through your kid’s toy box to sort out the toy’s they have outgrown to donate to the children’s hospital.  Best of intentions…..

What is on your list you have been meaning to get around to?  Well, whatever it is here is your round to it!


“Now is not the time to look for Excuses” Rafael Nadal

Have a great day!!