3 Ways to Relieve Stress During Homework Time

Homework has to be the bane of parenting a school age child.

We all know the stress it can bring to our evenings!  What can we do to change that?

 

how to decrease homework stress

 

I have two school-age kids.  One does his homework on his own, and the other needs to be sat down with a parent helping him.

Everyone’s experienced it:  Your kid is not interested in sitting down to do his homework, and when you make him he just can’t focus and get it done.

The frustration is slowly (or rapidly) building. Read more

How to Make the Perfect Homemade popcorn

Looking for a delicious and inexpensive way to make your own popcorn?

The perfect homemade popcorn can be made easily in your very own home with this awesome popcorn maker.

This popcorn maker is found in every one of my husband’s relative’s homes, which is a testament to the love of homemade popcorn which runs in my husband’s family, as well as the knowledge that this machine makes the most awesome popcorn!

 

how to make perfect homemade popcorn

 

Whenever someone in my husband’s family gets married, they inevitably receive the Stir Crazy popcorn machine in their shower gifts. Read more

Awesome Labor Coping Techniques That Work

How to cope with difficult contractions during labor?

There are many great ways to cope with difficult contractions during labor, wouldn’t it be great if they were all listed in one post?

how to cope with labor

 

Visualizations

Athletes training for competitions know all about visualizations.  These influence the subconscious in producing the experience you want.

The same is true for childbirth.

Imagining and planning out how your labor will go can influence the process, believe it or not! Read more

Miracle Burn Treatment

Picture this:  I’m at the pool about to swim with my three big kids when my phone rings.

It’s my babysitter.

What got me was the panic in her voice.

 

Miracle Burn Treatment

 

My daughter had grabbed for her bottle when she spotted it warming in boiling hot water.
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Delicious n’ Moist Carrot Muffin Recipe

I was at my friend’s house when she served carrot muffins that my kids actually gobbled up!

They were so good!

I got the recipe from her and tried it out.

I was surprised at how easy they were to make!

 

Delicious carrot muffin recipe

 

It was about the third time I made them when I realized I was missing some ingredients midway through mixing the batter.

So I did what any good cook does at such a moment- and I improvised!

Amazingly enough the carrot muffins turned out even better than the original recipe.

As a bonus this recipe is actually healthier than the original! Read more

Treating Molluscum: What Worked and What Didn’t

When I discovered my daughter had Molluscum, I knew I was in for a long haul.

Besides being unsightly, Molluscum can be really difficult to treat.  Molluscum are small wartlike pimples that usually grow in clusters.

My daughter was four when she first developed Molluscum on her right knee.

 

Treating Molluscum

 

My friend told me her pediatrician had told her to prick them with a pin and then squeeze them out.  She told me she traumatized her kids doing that but it worked.

I knew this wasn’t worth traumatizing my daughter over. Read more

How to Avoid Getting an Epidural During Labor & Delivery

A friend who was pregnant with her first baby was discussing her birth plan and mentioned she wanted to avoid getting an epidural during the birth of her child.

 

 

avoiding an epidural

 

When I questioned how she would go about avoiding an epidural during labor, one thing became abundantly clear to me:  She didn’t have a plan.

I don’t mean a birth plan. Read more

Top 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Get an Epidural During Labor & Delivery

As a former maternity nurse who saw way too many messed up epidurals, I knew I would never want to get one.

 

why you shouldn't get an epidural during labor

 

My motto became:

Better suffer through temporary pain of childbirth,

than risk suffering pain afterwards.

 

After I had my first birth without an epidural, my doula congratulated me on not asking for an epidural during labor.

I answered her that I never considered an option.

Here’s why: Read more

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