The ‘No Screen Time’ Challenge

The ‘No Screen Time’ Challenge

We are starting something new in our household, something that is long overdue- the no screen time challenge. I’ve pulled the plug on ALL screens – this includes the TV and the overly loved iPad. We are Day 5 into the adventure and things are starting to calm down. The whining for television is lessening, […]

Posted May 23, 2017 by Heather in Fun Stuff, Parenting / 2 Comments

This is 4…

This is 4…. I am loud I am stubborn I am joy and innocence I am magic wrapped in curiosity I still need you, even when I don’t I want you to watch me and to play with me always I want to show you my tricks and the new things I have learned I […]

Posted May 5, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 14 Comments

5 ways to entertain your children when you have to wait

5 ways to entertain your children when you have to wait Lately we’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Doctor’s Offices. From the Optometrist for my eldest to the E.N.T. for my youngest, we’ve been racking up hours in a waiting game we have no choice but to play. As the visits became […]

Posted April 21, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 2 Comments

How I am Learning to Speak so my Children Listen

Post Updated: 06/21/2017 I’m learning a new way to talk to my children…(Post updated!) There are so many times that I struggle to get my children to listen to me. Let me be honest here, when I say ‘listen’ – what I really mean, ‘do as I ask’. All too often parents label it just […]

Posted April 11, 2017 by Heather in Children, Life as a Mom, Parenting / 8 Comments

Benefits of reading aloud to children

The many benefits of reading aloud to children (This post was originally published on and has been re-posted here, with changes) Parents, caretakers and educators have long known that reading aloud to children increases bonding, encourages brain growth, strengthens vocabulary and a helps foster a curiosity for the world around them. We all know […]

Posted April 2, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 8 Comments

Picking up OTHER people’s children.. triggers

Do you pick up OTHER people’s kids?   Triggers We all know we have triggers – moments or actions that inspire a primal and automatic reaction within us. It could be something like hitting or spitting, or even something as simple as a snarky tone and eye roll. We all have them, and we all […]

Posted March 27, 2017 by Heather in Life as a Mom / 3 Comments

5 FREE (or almost free) places to take your kids near Los Angeles

While an afternoon spent at the local park is often the best kind of entertainment, sometimes you or your children are looking for something more. If you live near or around Los Angeles, like I do, here are 5 FREE (or almost free) things you can do with your children this weekend! 5 Free Places […]

Posted March 23, 2017 by Heather in Parenting, Travel / 0 Comments

Out sick, But I’ll be back soon

I have been sick for over two weeks, with the last week knocking me flat. My previous post, “A shout out to my children” mentioned it briefly, but this sickness has ravaged my entire household. All that said, I wanted to stop by and say that I will be back soon, honest. I’ll be back. […]

Posted March 18, 2017 by Heather in Life as a Mom / 0 Comments