Start a Boredom Basket to add FUN to your Family Life

Since July was Anti-Boredom month, we’ve really been working at finding ways to combat moments of boredom.  Why?  Because lately, when the kids are bored, they flip on the TV.  Since I give away free books for a living, it’s rather annoying to see my kids flip on the TV instead of picking up a…

Home Business Summer Tips – Part 6

August is a great month to set yourself up for fabulous growth and a full calendar this fall. Take a few minutes today and look at your calendar. Make sure you know all your family obligations because, afterall, most of us are doing this business for our families and we want to work it around…

Usborne Books & More National Convention Doesn’t Disappoint

The 2009 Usborne Books & More National Convention was amazing! We celebrated 20 fabulous years as the home division of Educational Development Corporation as well as the addition of Kane Miller! We learned a LOT from fabulous speakers including Mary Christensen, Jim Trelease and Karen Powell. High achievement got the rightful recognition it deserved on…

Enjoy your Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is celebrated in France on July 14th of every year.  Just 10 days after we celebrate our Independence Day, the French have their Fête Nationale (National Celebration).  It’s curious that they also call it by the date like we do: le quatorze juillet.   What are you doing to recognize a day when the French,  like the earliest American Patriots, rose…

More son cuteness

Ben and I went on a nature walk while we were camping in the mountains.  We were going to see beavers in their natural habitat!  On the way, there was quite the hike and at one point we had to stop to let the rest of the group catch up.  So, I took the opportunity…

Pike’s Peak

We were at Pike’s Peak at 14,110 feet today!  For a highly acrophobic person, I must say….that was quite a feat. I will go into detail later.  Need to relax a bit.

Rain and Fire

I love rain and fires in fireplaces or firepits.  There is something so soothing about each.  Rain…the sounds, smells, the cleansing. Fire…the sounds, smells…they are mesmerizing.  You focus so much on keeping it going without it going out of control, your mind clears and cleanses itself.  I just love getting to experience both fire and rain…

Kids growing up

Some friends have come to visit!  We met when we were pregnant with our first kids and we now have three kids in each family.  How time flies!  And how kids grow!  Our oldest and their oldest were born one month apart and are still just the best of friends.  Our second child was born…

Cleaning House with the Family

I have always struggled with the kids to get them to clean – to even pick up some days – but once I get them on a roll, they really end up doing well.  In fact, this morning, I found Nate (9 years old) putting a bunch of things from the top of my kitchen desk…

Three Boredom Busters

Sometimes we just need a new idea when we’re bored.  Let’s admit it, there is so much to do in this life, how can you ever be bored?  Is it boredom?  or exhaustion with routine? Today, if you are feeling bored or exhausted with your routine, I offer up these three ideas: Put on some…

Did you know it’s Anti-Boredom Month?

There are two issues at hand here – your kids’ boredom and your own.  I can’t think of a better way to stop being bored than to find a way to gather friends.  I will be posting here with my ideas for boredom busters!   One great excuse to get together with friends – playing cards!  It’s easy…