with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

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7 Day Simple, Kid-Friendly, Healthy Dinner Plan

Here is a 7 day kid-friendly healthy dinner plan especially for those kids who need to eat healthier and for any moms (like me) who want to have their family become healthier eaters. When I am trying to come up with new dinner recipes, I prefer things that are simpler to make. I'm already so busy and typically exhausted as it is that it can be frustrating to be missing an ingredient from...
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Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

Do you want your kids to eat healthier? Most kids will eat what is available to them. They might complain about it, but they will generally learn to eat something out of the foods that you buy. (This can be trickier with children with special needs, but there is still some truth that your child is more likely to eat healthy foods if that is what you regularly have to offer as compared to if you often buy non-healthy foods and have things like chips, cookies, and sugary treats available.)
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12 Weekly Home Organization Tasks (to Reduce the Chaos and Increase the Calm in Your Life)

Sometimes I wonder how some moms can keep up with all of the tasks at hand. I suppose I don't really know if this type of mom exists, but I do know that some moms have their home in a bit more order than others. This is not to shame anyone at all. I don't think I or anyone else is better than any other mom. But, I do feel that having an organized home and life can help you to feel more in control, to feel more at peace, and to reduce the chaos or tension that you may feel. None of us are perfect and we all have room to grow. There is a fine balance between accepting yourself and working on self-improvement. I would say that I am somewhere in the middle on the continuum of super clean and organized and extremely cluttered and messy. I have had to teach myself certain household management tasks since I've been an adult and especially since I've been a parent. It hasn't been easy, but I do believe that learning good home organization habits is beneficial to how you feel, how you feel about your home, your life, your family, and yourself.
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25 Free Activities to do With Your Kids

In today's world, especially in the United States (I'm not as familiar with other countries as I live in the U.S.), it can be tempting to spend money here and there even if it is just a few dollars. However, I think it is important to find ways to experience things that don't cost money. It has even been supported in the scientific research of happiness that adding meaningful experiences to our lives can improve happiness. Now, as a quick note before I go on, I am not against spending money. I think money can help you to afford positive experiences, as well, such as going to a museum (if it charges a fee), taking vacations, going to buy ice cream at the local ice cream shop, and much more. However, I am completely for making valuable memories and filling life with more meaningful moments. Also a lot of times this simply requires the presence of those we love and genuine connection and kindness.
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28 Day Healthy Family Breakfast Meal Plan (with 2 FREE downloads)

It can be difficult to think of healthy breakfast meals. My kids frequently eat breakfast at school, but unfortunately, I don't know if they are eating much healthy foods at school. I believe they are offered fruits but there are also typically other foods that have unhealthy sugars and/or foods that are processed. Here is a 28 day plan for easy, realistic breakfast ideas for yourself and your kids. Click here for a FREE PDF Download of the 28 day healthy family breakfast plan.
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7 Family-Friendly Ways to Make the Christmas Season Calmer

Christmas time can be chaotic. Parties, shopping, planning, schedule changes, and much more simply add to the stress of the season. Stress isn't all bad. Sometimes stress can be good stress. The stress of planning a holiday party can be a positive and a negative experience. The good stress is knowing that you provided your kids with a happy holiday memory, you spent time with people who you care about, and even things like you ate a delicious meal and experienced the joy of the holiday. However, the bad stress still ways on us. There is pressure and time-crunching and planning and more. Not only are there parties to attend (and possibly host), but gift-purchasing and changes in yours and your kids' schedules are likely other stresses, as well. I personally am working on a big Christmas gift project for my mom (shh!! I can't say what it is yet except that it has something to do with being a Grandma.). I love crafting, but it certainly takes time, energy, and planning.
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Quote of the Day: Memory Banks

I often think about the concept that is being addressed in the above parenting quote. I have become impatient and snappy with my kids more often than I wish I would have, but I think I am getting better at being patient, at being in the moment, and at seeing the beauty in the little things that are involved in parenting. When thinking about this quote, I think about how it is so important to not only think that we are shaping our kids' memories from day to day, but also from moment to moment.
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Our Christmas Party Menu

The holidays brings lots of get-togethers with close and extended family members. Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone. Next, is the Christmas season. I am hosting a Christmas party this year for my family (two adults and our three kids) and my three siblings and their significant others and three kids each as well as for my mother and grandmother.
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25 Homemade Gift Ideas for Boys

I just posted a blog about gift ideas for girls, but I can't forget about the boys in our lives. I have a son and two daughters. My son (9 years old) also appreciates when I give him things and when I make him things. Although I think it can be harder to think of ideas for some boys, it is still possible to give meaningful gifts to boys as well as girls.
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