The Perfect Recipe for Back to School Blues: Pizza and a Netflix Movie!

So far the jury is out on how this school year is going to shape up when it comes to my nine year old fourth grader. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that we needed to go supplies shopping three days in a row (although I was convinced we’d stockpiled more than enough supplies to outfit the entire fourth grade student body). There is just something vastly different about his general attitude after returning home after his first several days of school.

The Perfect Recipe for Back to School Blues: Pizza and a Netflix Movie!

Perhaps  it’s the fact that 4th grade is an hour longer than her usual school days, he has more teachers and subjects, and as always there’s an adjustment period every kid needs to make as they transition into a new situation. All I know is that I want my happy-go-lucky kidlet back- to replace this more sullen- my hair is not straight enough and school is so hard sullen body snatcher that has seemingly taken her place.

So I’m hoping (in fact crossing all my fingers and toes) that creating a new family tradition this school year, with a Wednesday pizza and a Netflix movie night to bring us all together and create family memories  will inspire my son to let that happy boy emerge… (of course I know that pizza and a movie cannot buy happiness- but at the very least they can help it along).

Keep reading for some  family-friendly titles as a starting point, tips to create a Family Room Blanket Fort and a recipe for Pizza Nachos.  And before you sit down to watch one of these titles – check out these tips from Common Sense Media on how to make family movie or TV night a success. read more »

Get the Look: Burt’s Bees and Steven Alan in New York Fashion Week and a MEGA GIVEAWAY!

My 13 year old daughter and I fight over one line of beauty products– BURT’s BEES. I kid you not. Why you ask? Because we both want to go for that dewey, oh-so-natural look which only Burt’s Bees can truly deliver. And to be perfectly honest- I love that our shared love for Burt’s Bees gets us chatting and playing with makeup– TOGETHER.  And of course this makeup guru did not dissappoint when they were tapped to steer the makeup look of Steven Alan’s fashion show. Steven Alan’s shared vision of natural beauty was the perfect complement to Burt’s Bees notion that nature is the original color expert. The like-minded brands agreed that the collection was best paired with a natural makeup look that placed full emphasis on the color of the lip.

Get the Look: Burt's Bees and Steven Alan in New York Fashion Week

The look was inspired by the brilliant, rich color of our lips during youth. “To bring this concept to life, I began by matching the shades of the new Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon collection to the tone of the models’ natural lip color,” said Burt’s Bees lead makeup artist Katey Denno. “The Lip Crayons deliver vivid color, great payoff and extreme moisture – all with a matte finish – so I used them to build coverage and restore the youthful hue of the models’ lips.” So ow can you get the look and win 1 full set of Lip Crayons (6 Shades: Carolina Coast, Sedona Sands, Napa Vineyard, Redwood Forest, Niagara Overlook, Hawiaan Smolder) Retail Value of $54 keep reading: read more »

Top 5 Parenting Tips from the Book Get the Behavior You Want… Without Being the Parent You Hate

By Dr. G Deborah Gilboa, MD Author of the book Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate!: Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting

Thank you so much, Melissa, for inviting me to tell you community about my new book. Why would anyone want another parenting book? Because this one won’t tell you what you did wrong, or even what you have to do to get it right. This book is a reference guide to help you get your kids to do what you want, without you having to turn into the Screaming Mom, Scary Dad, or any other personality you’re trying to avoid.

Top 5 Parenting Tips from the Book Get the Behavior You Want... Without Being the Parent You Hate

Get the Behavior You Want is a book of 65 chapters… wait! Come back! The chapters are only a few pages long, each, and meant to answer one question or problem each. Those super-short chapters are then broken into age groups. So use this book as a reference: Find your question, and then read the paragraphs that actually focus on your child’s age. That way, in 5 minutes, you can get a strategy, wash the hand not holding your phone, unlock the bathroom door, and get back into the fray with your family!

Top 5 Parenting Tips from the Book Get the Behavior You Want... Without Being the Parent You Hate

Writing this book was great fun. This is in large part because I get to share all of the parent hacks I’ve learned from my own 36 kid-years of parenting, 14 years of family doctoring and 20 years before that of babysitting-camp-counseling-parent-helpering. Melissa asked me to share my very favorites, so here they are! 5 Parent Like a Rock Star Tips #BehaviorYouWant

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The Sunday Swoon: Puffs SoftPack is Helping me Keep the Peace in our Family

There are two things I can always count on in my family; the fact that my son is always LOOKING for/in need of a tissue and my daughter being extra hyper vigilant about keeping our home clutter free. So picture this- we have tissue boxes in almost every nook and cranny of our house, because if we don’t my son will use his arm to wipe his nose (I KNOW TOTALLY GROSS!).

The Sunday Swoon: Puffs SoftPack is Helping me Keep the Peace in our Family

And while I don’t mind cardboard boxes everywhere- my daughter- who is on a mission to streamline our house and keep it as pretty and as organized as possible is always hiding those cardboard tissue boxes which she has deemed unsightly and creating more clutter. So this is our predicament- she hides the tissue boxes, my son wipes his nose on his arm- and I am one unhappy mother. That is until Puffs SoftPack introduced me to their very pretty new tissue packs ( which feature no box super funky designs. It’s a win-win for my family situation- right?! Well here is what my kids had to say!

So we are basically in agreement that Puffs SoftPack is essentially the answer to at least one of our family’s conundrums– our Family Functionality: We finally have a solution for that unsightly cardboard tissue box in the backseat of our car and the box of tissues that won’t fit nicely in the kitchen drawer. SoftPack truly fits all our family’s needs…..especially when things get messy and my son is in need of a tissue!  But their new design is truly fabulous and will be that LIFESAVER in several different situations. Their new packaging design conveniently help Puffs fit in every aspect of your life— and the best part Puffs SoftPack includes a full-size amount of Puffs Basic tissues, yet it stays presentable no matter where you stuff it, crush it, or carry it!

The Puffs SoftPack is TEEN APPROVED (see how it just FITS IN?!)

The Puffs SoftPack is TEEN APPROVED (see how it just FITS IN?!)


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3 reasons I took away my daughter’s iPhone and why she PROBABLY won’t be getting it back

I think I’ve been honest about my desire to be the cool mom. To be the mom that gives my kids freedom, choice and who doesn’t hover or ask too many questions. I want to be that mom who allows them to develop their individual styles and tastes and doesn’t project her wants and desires onto them. I try to be that mom who is cognizant that these kids of mine- are not chattel. They are not truly mine, they are on loan, they are a gift, they are my chance to help shape two little beings who I will send out to the world and will hopefully become productive citizens of the world. Which is why I have decided that we are at a point in our family where technology has begun to engulf us, and if I don’t physically remove this technology I’m not sure I will ever be able to get my daughter back on track.

and  why  she  PROBABLY  won't be getting  it back

Keep reading for 3 reasons I took away my daughter’s iPhone and why she PROBABLY won’t be getting it back . read more »