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I don’t have any children heading off to college yet; my oldest just started kindergarten, so those days are still a ways off for our family.

But my husband’s youngest brother begins his first year of college in a few weeks and even that is pretty much blowing my mind. I met him when he was nine years old, so it is hard to imagine that he’s old enough to head off for university life this fall.

After he graduated from high school, he spent two years abroad, so we haven’t seen much of him in a couple of years, but this summer, we had a family reunion and my girls were just head over heels for their Uncle Andrew.

Five minutes after we left to drive back home, my five-year-old was asking, “How soon until we see Uncle Andrew again?”

Because there’s such an age gap between him and my husband, and the fact that we’ve always lived far away from him, we’ve tried to keep in touch despite the distance.

I suggested to my girls that we put together a care package for him with some fun treats and snacks, some dorm room essentials, and a handwritten card, and they immediately jumped on the idea. Read More

Have you guys ever packed smoothies in your kids’ lunches? I’m so intrigued by this idea – it seems like SUCH a good way to get some much needed veggies into my kiddos’ lunches and I know they’d see it as an extra special treat.

But I wonder about the mess factor – is this really do-able?! 

Our food contributor, Natalie, assures me that it is and she’s here today sharing everything we need to know, along with her favorite tools and recipes.

Frozen smoothies are lunch box staples at my house. They are simple to make and easy grab out of the freezer in a pinch.

Why pack homemade smoothies?

  • Easy way to sneak extra nutrients into your kids’ lunches (especially if you have picky eaters)
  • Cheaper than buying single-serve pouches or yogurt tubes
  • You can make a week’s worth of smoothies ahead of time (or more!)
  • Customizable for school regulations and kids with food allergies
  • They save space by doubling as an ice pack

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So technically I’m taking suggestions here. I mean, I think we’re doing it mostly right, if level of difficulty is any indication.

Because so far, teaching our kids to be responsible little people seems to involve an awful lot of biting my tongue, sitting on my hands so I don’t rush to do something the “right” way, and letting them fall flat on their own little faces sometimes.

I’m all about modeling good behavior. I say please and thank you to my kiddos, and I expect to hear it back. I have expectations for their involvement around the house – keeping their rooms tidy, making their beds every morning, putting away their clean laundry and making sure dirty clothes go in the hamper, putting shoes/coats/backpacks away, keeping track of their own stuff.

So yes, my kids have responsibilities. And those responsibilities are tailored to their ages and abilities. My son doesn’t make his bed the way I would, and they just shove everything into that play kitchen instead of organizing the food and cups and plates the way I do, and they cram clothes into their drawers in a way that defeats the entire purpose of me even folding them, but it’s the effort in these instances, not the results (at least, that’s what I keep telling myself).

But things get tricky when this whole concept of responsibility extends into them being responsible for their actions and their consequences.

And I’m not talking about wrinkly clothes. Read More

Just in time for the back-to-school season and the crazy mad urge to clean and organize EVERYTHING that goes with it (or is that just me), we’ve got another green cleaning post.

This time our contributor, Kaley, is tackling the bathroom with green cleaner recipes for the floors, toilets, drains, counters, mirrors and more plus a detailed order-of-operations about how to go about it all most efficiently. Whoo hoo!

The bathroom is one of the hardest working rooms in the house. And also the grimiest. Which is why there is an entire aisle at the store dedicated to bathroom cleaning products.

There is the tub and tile cleaner. The mirror cleaner. The toilet cleaner. The floor cleaner. The drain cleaner. And then the super duper mold killer.

The majority of these products are made with extremely harmful toxic chemicals. Definitely not something I want in my house.

You could buy the eco-friendly version of each of these products. But then you might be spending a small fortune on cleaning products just for your bathroom.

Not to mention having to dedicate and entire cabinet to all of these products, whether they are eco-friendly or not.

I prefer to skip that aisle all together, and use just a few ingredients and supplies to clean the bathroom. It takes up much less storage space, and costs just pennies to keep the bathroom sparkling clean.You will need: 

  • distilled white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • dish soap
  • rubbing alcohol
  • water
  • spray bottles
  • squeeze bottle or small container
  • cleaning rags
  • scrub brush


After a lot of practice, I have found that this is the speediest way to deep clean your bathroom without chemicals. If you clean in this order, you will make effective use of the “wait” times that some of the solutions need.

  1. Spray the shower, tub, sinks and tiles.
  2. Spray the outside of the toilet, and squirt toilet cleaner into the bowl.
  3. Dust any shelves or surfaces.
  4. Clean all mirrors and windows.
  5. Go back and finish the toilet.
  6. Scrub the sinks and clean the counter tops.
  7. Vacuum or sweep floors.
  8. Finish the shower, tub, sinks and tiles and take care of any mold or mildew that you find.
  9. Clean the drains.
  10. Clean the floors.

Shower / Tub / Sinks / Tile

In a spray bottle, mix 1 part HOT water, 1 part distilled white vinegar, and a few squirts of dish soap. Shake to combine everything. Spray the inside of your sink, tub or shower liberally and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Using a wet textured cleaning rag, or wet scrub brush, Read More

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Did you know August is “Kids’ Eat Right Month“?

In celebration, I’m pulling together my favorite tips and tricks for helping kids to eat healthy.

My #1 tip is to always, always have veggies on hand. A few of my favorite techniques for doing so include:

  • Stocking the fridge with individual portions of cut veggies and hummus or yogurt cups for dipping so the kids can simply grab and go.
  • Setting out a plate of veggies and our favorite dips as we cook dinner. The kids are always hungry around then and I have no problem with them filling up on the good stuff.
  • Using my slow cooker to always make sure I have a nutritious vegetable side dish ready to go with dinner.

This last tip is especially useful for the coming fall season. It’s always so wonderful to have something warm and delicious stewing in the kitchen all day when the weather starts to turn cold.

Here are half a dozen of our favorite ways to slow cook your veggies:

  1. Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob via 12 Tomatoes (pictured top)
  2. Slow Cooker Glazed Carrots via Who Needs a Cape? (pictured second row left)
  3. Crockpot Sweet Potatoes via TheFrugalGirls.com (pictured third row left)
  4. Super Simple Side: Crispy Garlic Onion Green Beans via Crockpot Gourmet. (pictured bottom right)
  5. Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables via Six Sisters’ Stuff
  6. The Easiest Way to Cook Spaghetti Squash via My Plant-Based Family

Of course, dinner isn’t the only time we like to try to encourage healthy eating. I polled some of my best mom friends for their go-to tricks for feeding their littles nutritious stuff all day long. Here’s what they said:

  • Include the kids in every step of the process from meal planning and grocery shopping to preparing the meal.
  • Take the time to educate them and explain why we nourish our bodies. You’ll be surprised how much they can understand and appreciate about the power of good food.
  • Presentation is big but you don’t have to create a Pinterest-worthy bento box for every meal. Think about exciting plates and silverware as well as using toothpicks in unexpected places to add a little fun.
  • Nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring. There are tons of yummy recipes out there for energy bites, smoothies, and much more.  Here’s a great recipe for homemade fruit bars you can whip up using Pediasure Sidekicks:

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Image Credit: © Don Lavange | found here | CC by 2.0 (edited)

As the seasons change gatherings with friends will change too, morphing from backyard grilling to indoor dinner parties.

I don’t know about you, but I always find the switch a little intimidating. Hosting your friends takes a bit more planning when you have to coordinate beyond simply throwing a few steaks on the grill and turning the sprinklers on for the kids.

And when hosting multiple families, how to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls while the parents enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate is often no simple task.

As always, we’re here to help.

All you need are good friends, good eats (we won’t tell if you get takeout!) and these dinner party basics, brought to you by yours truly in partnership with Evite and Scotch-Brite™ Extreme.

Step 1 – Plan to Make it Fun for the Kids Too!

This is ALWAYS rule #1. The more fun the kids are having, the more occupied they’ll be, and the more time the grown ups will have to relax and talk.

Let me say right now that dinner parties are one time I happily throw my screen time rules out the window. Almost nothing is more thrilling to kids than a bonafide movie night (have them bring or wear their PJs to make it extra special).

We usually encourage free play for at least an hour or so when everyone first arrives (kids LOVE playing with other kids’ toys). Then we always feed all the kids together first.

Once they’re done, we set them up with a movie (or two!) and it’s the adults turn to sit down and enjoy some good eats.

If you need an engaging, and relatively mess-free, activity to keep the kids busy before dinner, a solid coloring station never fails. Set out some shiny new crayons, a few stickers, and lots of free printables from this site and you’ll be good to go.

Step 2 – Send out a Fancy Invite

Make your get together more of an event by taking the extra step and sending out simple Evites – even if it’s just a few of your favorite families getting together for a Sunday night dinner.

This premium Evite invitation is super fun, or you can browse through more designs in Evite’s dinner party invitation gallery.

Evite Premium Dinner Party-Invitation


Step 2 – Set the Mood

To create a relaxed and inviting party environment, my favorite trick is always to Read More

This time of year I find I am usually equal parts excited and anxious for what lays ahead. So many new opportunities, friends, sports, clubs, etc. – so many new schedules to balance (especially now that I have a full day student, a part-time preschooler, and a baby).

You may have noticed, in fact, that I’m already in preparation overdrive

Well, I’m not done yet! Today our contributor Kristin, a former first grade teacher, is here sharing her all-time favorite back-to-school hacks.

You would never show up to a job interview unprepared.  We spend weeks preparing for interviews and promotions, so let’s put the same effort into getting ready for school

Being prepared makes a hard task seem easier.  It rids our lives of chaos and it helps our children feel ready for their big job of learning.

I put together a list of some of my favorite organizational tips and ideas to make the school days run smoothly.

It will take a little bit of time to get these up and running, but the amount of time you will save in your day-to-day tasks will be worth the original investment.

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Finding just the right activity to sign up your little one to attend, can be nothing less than maddening.

I really value classes that allow my kids to be active, gain confidence, and grow their social skills. That said, I also like to spend a lot of our time on unstructured play and usually limit activities to just one per season. Which means, I am VERY choosy about which classes we take.

Gymnastics is far and away one of my favorites. There’s just something so amazing about watching S discover the new and incredible things her body can do each week. She always bounds out of class filled with excitement and you can practically see her self-confidence growing.

Today we’re partnering with The Little Gym to give you an insider’s look into their unique program.

Their approach is based on three core tenets: “Get Moving” to foster flexibility, strength, balance and coordination; “Brain Boost” to nurture listening skills, concentration and decision making; and “Citizen Kid” to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.

The very first “true” gymnastics class I ever took C to was at The Little Gym and I still remember it 5 years later because I was so impressed.

Unlike some of the other more play-based gyms we’d done trial classes at, The Little Gym encouraged my little toddler to use real gymnastics equipment.

I swear to you, I will never forget, the astonishment that I felt (and the look of pure joy on C’s face) as he hung in the air, all by himself, swinging from the lower of the uneven bars. It was a moment to remember.

Here’s our contributor, Janssen, with her recent experience…

Like most parents, my husband and I spend a fair amount of time talking about what we want for our children as they grow up in our home.

One thing that has always been a big priority to both of us is having our children be active. Both of us loved different sports and dance activities as children and teenagers – he is a runner, a swimmer, and a tennis player, and I love gymnastics, Zumba, and biking.

Now that I have children of my own, I recognize how important it is for their little bodies to be moving as they get older. And aside from the health and coordination benefits, I won’t pretend I don’t love it when they conk out the minute I tuck them in bed because they are happily worn out.

Since our family just moved to a new state last month, I’ve been looking for ways for my girls to meet new friends and stay active. And since our new home is in Arizona, where the temperature is routinely pushing 110 degrees, I knew I needed it to be indoors. Read More

Image Credit: © Melissa | found here | CC by 2.0 (edited & text added)

I’m wrapping up a wonderful family vacation at the lake tomorrow. But even as I sit here watching the sunset over the water and sipping my Chocovine (dutch chocolate + fine red wine, who knew?!), even I can’t deny that the new school year is just around the corner. I know folks back in the south who have been in school for a week or two already!

In an effort to start the year off on the right foot, I’m doing a little meal planning prep – aka compiling all our healthy breakfast, lunch, after school snack, and simple gotta-get-to-soccer practice dinner ideas.

Why? Because I like having good resources but I LOVE having them all in one easy-to-access spot.

And, while I was at it,  I thought I’d go ahead and share the list with you so you guys can have it as a resource to use all year long (share it with your mom friends too, they’ll thank you!).


The Best Breakfasts for Back to School Brain Power

5 Brilliant Ways to Make Oatmeal Easy

4 Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Moms and Kids


Packed Lunches

MEGA ROUNDUP: School Lunch Ideas for Everyone!

A Full Month of Nut-Free Lunches

Lunch Box Smoothies 101

4 Quick “Roll Up” Recipes Your Kids Will Love


After School Snacks

23 Healthy Homemade Kids Snacks

How to Set up a Serve Yourself Snack Station

20 Healthy & Simple Kid-Friendly Snacks

3 Dips to Get the Kids to Eat More Veggies

A Month’s Worth of Healthy Family Snacking


Easy Dinners

30 Minute Dinners: A Weekly Meal Plan for Busy Families

18 Slow Cooker Dinners the Kids Will Actually Eat

20 Cook Once, Eat Twice Dinner Ideas

Freezy Peasy: Freezer Cooking Made Easy!

With school beginning soon, and a couple of my friends recently welcoming third babies to the family, helping the older kids to learn to prepare their own meals and snacks has become a hot topic of conversation.

It all started when one of my friends sent me this facebook link and we all started to chime in on how the system would or wouldn’t work for us and what we might do differently.

I kept thinking about the many ways we can get kids to be more self-sufficient during meal prep and eventually decided to develop a 3-part series around the idea with our contributor, Kristin.

Today we’re starting off with snack stations. Hope you get some great ideas and we’d love to hear from you if you have your own techniques that are working well!

One of the many benefits of growing children is their growing independence.  The overwhelming tasks of feeding and changing little ones gets easier every year.

Diapers turn to potty training and bottles turn to solid food.  Pretty soon they are able to feed themselves and the next thing you know, you have finger prints all over your pantry.

As my kids have grown, I have noticed their growing desire to become independent in their eating.  When they’re hungry, they scrounge around and come up with a snack.  But, I’m still the parent, so I want to guide them and help them make healthy choices while still maintaining their independence.


A snack station has been a huge help during the summer, on the weekends and after school during the year.

I choose one or two (depending on how many kids are eating and how hungry they are) of each of the following categories:  Whole Grains, Protein, Fruit and Vegetables.

The kids can serve themselves and snack away.


Tips for Creating a Snack Station

Choose the type of food you will serve

Don’t over complicate this.  It should be easy, but not necessarily pre-made.  If you have applesauce cups (for example), you can put those out.  If you don’t, just cut up some fruit. Read More

Image Credit: © Tricia | found here | CC by 2.0 (edited)

Every single time I stumble across an article or a post relating to “screen time” and kids, I devour it. First off, I want confirmation (that I rarely get, because everyone must be lying) that I’m not the only parent whose kids get waaaay more than the token thirty-minutes of approved screen time on any given day. It’s not constant, but yeah, I’ve been known to hand over my phone or a tablet so I can focus for an entire 45 minutes. Hell, even an hour. Hands up if you’ve been there.

Second, I admit it, I want to hear the latest recommendations – even if I’m just going to shake my head at the absurdity. I have my doubts that some of these “experts” spend much time with kids at all.

But I tacitly approve of the stories that acknowledge that technology is part of our kids’ lives and offer advice to moderate its use without getting too crazy. Last year, both my second grader and my kindergartener had ten minutes of screen time four nights a week purely for homework’s sake, on math and reading websites. There’s an educational aspect to this whole argument that just can’t be denied.

Third, I’m waiting for a story that finally acknowledges something every single parent knows all too well – technology makes us all hypocrites. Right? Read More

The summer is quickly coming to a close, has it been what you hoped?!

If your answer is, “Not exactly”, have no fear. There’s still time to get a few weeks of the laid back summer you desired AND to setup a schedule that works for you this fall – and we’re here to help.

Today, in our official capacity as a member of The Oat Authority, we’ve got a SUPER HELPFUL PRINTABLE just for you.

In case you missed our last post on what The Oat Authority is all about, my partnership with Quaker came about from Quaker’s dedication to providing both the fuel and the inspiration families want to make playtime a frequent priority.

Of course, scheduling plays a big role in that!

Here’s Kaley with a free printable guaranteed to bring you days with plenty of time blocked off for fun

Long summer days without the rushing and time constraints that come with the school year sound heavenly. Lazy days relaxing in the hammock and swimming until dark, then sleeping in and doing it all over again. Thats how I wanted my summer to go. But with two little ones running around, that just wasn’t realistic.

As an elementary school teacher, I know that kids thrive on routine. And setting up a simple routine always ensures smoother days but just the word “routine” seems to go against the care-free spirit of summer.

Let me assure you, though, having a routine doesn’t mean you have to stick to a strict schedule. Read More

Back-to-school season is upon us… how are you feeling about it? Craving a good plan and a little more energy to tackle it all maybe?

My favorite functional nutritionists are here with us today to give us a fail-proof 4 pronged plan for getting there!

And, if you want to take things even further, they’re also once again offering:

20% Off the “Prescribe 20″ Online Nutritional Course with the code: MPMK20

August 9th – 28th


Lots more info. on their program and my experience with it at the end of this post!

But first, the four-step plan to gain some much-needed Mommy Energy…

Summer? What summer? You’ve been a full-time chef, a part-time referee, a chauffeur and a housemaid up to your knees in laundry. Days have never been longer and balance is a thing of the past. You get tipsy just thinking about it.

When your stress hormones are kicking and your temper is short, you might find yourself wondering, “What happened to that easy-going mom I planned to be, and that that relaxing summer we planned on having?” You’re not the only mom living for back-to-school.

And how about those mood swings? There is a physiological reason for that: you are living in a state of overdrive, so consider yourself off the hook.

We aren’t the party poopers here to complain about the season we look forward to from January-May, but the reality is your days are longer (are anyone else’s children up at least an hour later at night and earlier in the morning?), and you are the last person that gets taken care of.

We want you to know that a) you are not alone and b) we’ve got a plan for you. Now doesn’t that sound like a breath of fresh air?

It’s time to make yourself a priority, break the stress cycle, and get back to feeling like yourself so when school starts you don’t look some stranger in the mirror (that’s you we’re talking about).

Tip #1 – Take a deep breath

Not just metaphorically. Stopping to take just five deep breaths can help you press the pause button in life, to break that stress cycle. Go on, try it. You’re going to be shocked.

Tip #2 – Fuel your body!

We love whole foods and they work wonders when it comes to balancing the chaos inside our bodies. If you are new to eating a whole food based diet, we’ve got all the support you need.

Our favorite quote: The more alive your foods, the more alive you’ll feel.

This next program is all about whole foods (aka, alive!) where we give you all ‘the whys’ and support behind changing up the way you eat. Even on your own, the smallest efforts to choose whole/real foods when and where you can will change your energy and moods in ways you might not expect!

Where can you sneak them in?

  • Throw spinach in a smoothie
  • Add chia, hemp or flax seeds to your morning oat, cereal or porridge bowl
  • Make your own easy, delicious salad dressing (see below)
  • Are you a coffee drinker? Add a little full fat coconut milk and some cinnamon or cardamom…even coffee can become a superfood (AMEN)

Tip #3 – Make some time for you

What do you need to feel satisfied? Maybe it’s a walk with a friend or even a shower without your kiddos repeatedly yelling, “Mom!”.

Make space in your life for Y.O.U. The best way we can model living balanced lives to our children is to show them self-care. It’s not selfish – it’s being a good role model.

Tip #4 – Get your immune system in fighting mode

We all know that back to school, can mean ‘back to bugs’… the more you do the above, the better equipped your body will be to fight the good fight.

Two immune building tips:

  1. Eat fermented foods – The live flora promotes a healthy immune system.
  2. Get plenty of zinc from sesame and pumpkin seeds – Zinc will not only help keep illness at bay, it will drastically increase your recovery time.

“Prescribe 20” kicks off on August 9 and to say we are ready is an understatement. With a focus on whole foods, we are taking out the junk and fueling your body.

Use promo code mpmk20 for 20% off

More on the Prescribe 20 Program

Steph here again! As promised, here’s everything you need to know about the Prescribe 20 program and what you’ll be in for when you sign up…

Do you ever think to yourself, “I am ALWAYS tired.”?

I went through a big slump after having S, in which I just couldn’t seem to find my energy anywhere. Plus, I had headaches for a lot of the day, every day.

All that exhaustion and pain meant I had no energy to play with the kids plus I was moody and crabby with a short fuse and very short on Mama patience.

At first I tried to figure it out on my own, then I sought help through my general physician, OBGYN, and even a naturopath. But I never found the solid answers I was looking for.

It wasn’t until I met the functional-nutritionists at Prescribe Nutrition, Katie and Megan, that everything changed for me. 

It’s hard to believe that I’ve known Katie and Megan for years now. They’ve played such an important role in helping to make me the mom I want to be and I’ve loved being an affiliate for their online programs because I believe in what they do so much.

So why am I telling you this story now, several years later?

The ladies at Prescribe Nutrition are once again offering MPMK readers a 20% discount on their latest, 20 day on-line nutrition course:

Get 20% Off the “Prescribe 20″ Online Course with the code: MPMK20

August 9th – 28th


This program isn’t the exact one I participated in back then – it’s better.

Along with the online support group, unprecedented access to the nutritionists, and the recipe protocol packet, this time around the ladies are also including lots of new features including an extended time period (20 days instead of 15), an exercise program, and an entire section of slow-cooker recipes!

And here’s the part where I “keep it real”.  The Prescribe Nutrition courses aren’t a cake walk (either literally or figuratively).  

It was hard – especially the first week when my body was craving all the processed foods and sugar I usually fed it. But I did it – what’s more I got my husband to do it too and we both felt SO MUCH better at the end.

When telling people about it I would say that I didn’t necessarily feel like I was ready to run a marathon but I did generally feel happier and less tired. I also realized once I began the program that previously I’d been experiencing chronic stomach pains and bloating at night.

They’d become so commonplace that I didn’t even notice them, or think about doing anything to avoid them. Then I started my 15 days, those symptoms disappeared, and I felt amazing.

Finally, the most profound outcome of the experiment was how it affected me as a mother. Without the headaches and exhaustion, I became so much more fun!  And I started connecting with my kiddos in new ways – which was a huge gift and exactly what I was hoping to gain from the experience.

Sign up with the 20% off code: MPMK20 and start your journey to getting your energy back today!


Creamy Tahini Dressing


  • 1⁄2 cup tahini
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄4 cup water, or more for thinning

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor and blend on high until completely smooth. Add water if needed to thin, it will thicken as it chills.



We love this dressing, sauce, dip…whatever you want, it works.

When using as a sauce (like on our mushroom lentil tacos) or a dip, you’ll want to keep it on the thicker side.

Works great as a dressing on the thinner side. This is also a snack unto itself – just use it for carrots and celery and BAM you’re good to go.

*post contains affiliate links.

I recently took to our facebook page and asked what type of recipe posts you’d most like to see here. 

MPMK reader Rebecca suggested a roundup of “cook once, eat twice kind of meals”. I replied, “I want those too!” because how brilliant is it to have dinner ready with no cooking on the second night?!

I put our resident food contributor, Natalie, on it and she didn’t disappoint…

Looking to save some time in the kitchen?

Double-duty dinners are a great way to cut down on extra cooking. You can make the major meal one night and use the leftovers to create a new meal the next night.

Perfect for vacation meal planning or back to school!

Many of these options start with a slow cooker, which is even easier yet. Read More

You guys know I’ve been a long time fan of positive parenting expert Amy McCready. My family has used her positive parenting eCourse for years and we’ve collaborated several times to offer free webinars on positive parenting topics like getting kids to listen without nagging or yelling.

Amy has just released a brand new book:

The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

I was so happy when she sent me a preview copy and I’m really excited to help her get the word out as I believe it to be something absolutely every parent can use in their arsenal.

Preventing entitlement in my kiddos has been continuously lingering in my thoughts since C’s very first Christmas when gifts from loving aunts, grandparents, and my husband and I literally spilled from under the tree. (Six years and two more kids later and you can just imagine the sight of that tree now!)

It can be such a tricky line trying to balance how much is too much with our kids and I am really so, so pleased that Amy has chosen to tackle the topic. She always has such concrete and tangible wisdom to share and this time around is no exception.

I really appreciate that, whatever topic she is tackling, Amy always leaves me with a step-by-step game plan to get started right away. Read More