4 Budget Friendly DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

4 Budget Friendly DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

I love decorating the house for the holidays, and over the weekend, my crafty side made itself known!  I wanted to spruce up the house a bit, but I didn't want to buy any materials or new decor to make that happen.  Therefore, this is what my sometimes resourceful, budget friendly self came up with...

How to Create A Life-Size Advent Calendar!

The Best Life-Size Advent CalendarThe holidays are approaching, and if you are anything like me, you love this time of the year!  Attending holiday events, shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals, decorating the house, and spending time with family, are just some of the reasons the holidays are precious to me.

This year, while I was getting my holiday mojo on, I was inspired to make my kids an advent calendar.  Hmmm.  I didn't know how I was going to make it, but I knew it was going to involve getting rid of an old tv box that had been taking up too much space in my garage for way too long!  So my desire to purge a little, mixed with my holiday mood, resulted in an epic life-sized advent calendar!

Want to make one?  If so, save yourself some money by hitting the dollar store, (at least that's what I did), and pick up these items.

8 Important Manners Every Child Should Know

Say Please and Thank You chalkboard messageTeaching good manners to my children has always been a focus in my household.  Perhaps that was due to my mother's influence on my childhood, and her father's influence on her childhood.  

Practicing good manners teaches responsibility, and leads to respect.  When people are polite, they feel good about themselves and others.  When parents see their children behaving in a polite manner, they feel

My Kids' Silver Lining

an outdoor path surrounded by lush greenery and trees
Adjusting to a new lifestyle isn't always easy...even when changes are necessary.

This is the story of a silver lining that developed out of a somewhat hard transition in life.

6 Postive Ways to Teach Honesty and Trustworthiness

A young boy smiling and enjoying the sunshine who is honest and trustworthy.
Honesty is defined as being trustworthy, sincere and credible.  Let's not forget being genuine, for that's important too.  Trustworthiness is defined as being dependable, reliable, and deserving of trust.  I might add being consistent in there somewhere as well.   It would seem to me that honesty and trustworthiness are intertwined and complement each other well.

Have you ever had an experience dealing with

6 Ideas for Teaching Good Citizenship

An exploding firework in the night sky representing patriotism and citizenship
When one thinks of being a good citizen, ideas of demonstrating good behavior in one's school, community, and country may come to mind, in addition to one's rights and responsibilities as a citizen.

The idea of being a good citizen is powerful to kids.  I remember being in first grade, and receiving a "good citizenship" award.  After

7 Steps to Teaching Good Sportsmanship

A boy diving into a pool mid air above water, being a good sport
Kids love to have fun and play, and most kids love sports!  Adults love playing and watching sports too.  Go to any school during recess time, and you will find many children engaged in some sort of sport.  Go to any sports bar, during playoffs, and you will find lively entertainment.  It's clear people of all ages love sports!

Sports aren't just fun to play and watch.  They are also healthy and team building too.  But what happens when good sportsmanship turns into bad sportsmanship, and