Nurturing Positivity: A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Children in Positive Environments

Raising children in a positive environment is essential for their overall well-being and future success. Studies have shown that children who grow up in nurturing and supportive environments are more likely to develop strong social skills, emotional resilience, and academic success. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore key strategies supported by research to foster positivity … Read more

Effective Parenting: 15 Strategies for Raising Happy Children

Parenting is both a privilege and a responsibility. As parents, we play a crucial role in shaping our children’s happiness and well-being. Here are 15 effective strategies, supported by research and expert recommendations, to help you raise happy children: Unconditional Love and Support Research shows that children who feel loved and supported by their parents … Read more

Navigating Family Dynamics: 18 Tips for Positive Communication

Embarking on a journey to navigate family dynamics requires evidence-based strategies supported by research to foster positive relationships and resolve conflicts effectively. Here are 18 research-backed tips, along with actionable steps to implement them, for cultivating constructive communication within your family: Practice Mindful Communication Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your communication style, such as deep breathing … Read more

Quit Stalling With These 17 New Year Hobbies for Better Health

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Research supports that regular leisure activities can reduce blood pressure, cortisol, or stress levels and even decrease your BMI. Leisure activities can include different hobbies that challenge you, excite you, and may even make you sweat a little. In addition, hobbies can help you make money, increase your home value, allow you to serve others, … Read more

10 Apps That Will Teach Your Kid to Read

Love it or hate it, technology is here to stay, so why not take advantage of it? Teaching your child to read is one of the many wonderful things technology can help with. While much of a child’s reading skills are taught in school, if you want to help them get ahead, there are some … Read more

My Upcycled Nursery Dresser

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You know old furniture can be turned into something more beautiful. When you DIY them, they’ll look more beautiful than ever. Just like turning Cinderella’s old rag into a beautiful gown, you can transform a piece of old furniture into modern or new furniture. On Craigslist, an old dresser was found, and we had to … Read more

15 Alternatives to Candy for Goodie Bags

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Putting together a child’s birthday party is a lot of work. Even if you’re not being super extra with the decorations, you still have an exhaustive list of stuff to plan. One of the things I dread most is goodie bags, and maybe not for the reason you’d think.

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Evie’s Out to Sea Nursery Giveaway

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You will be amazed at how amazing this crafty mama is with her DIY. She has remarkable people to help her build and make things when she asks them to. Although she has a small budget for the nursery, she still manages to make a beautiful nursery. You will love the colors and the details! … Read more

Best Spooky Bedtime Books for Kids Who Love Scary Stories

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My kids love scary stories, even at bedtime! They’re in first and second grade, so while we’re still very mindful about what’s read to them before bed, they love spooky books. Both my husband and I grew up with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. If you’ve been on my site, you’ll quickly realize we love Halloween just a bit. While our kids love spooky books, we didn’t want to traumatize them with the Scary Stories series, as it’s for far older kids.

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Mother Daughter Date Ideas for the Winter

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Are you looking for free mommy/daughter date ideas? You’ve come to the right place! Fortunately, many of these ideas will also work for Father/Daughter dates, Mommy/Son dates, or whole family fun!

As another year draws to a close and winter fully sets in, it can be hard to want to get up and go. Trust me, I get that — it’s due to be -16 °F as I write this!! Rather than setting your kids in front of the TV while you hide under blankets and cry over your holiday budget gone awry, why not use this quieter time of year and plan out a few Mommy/Daughter dates?

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The Best Non-fiction Dinosaur Books for Kids

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If your kid loves dinosaurs and reading about them as much as mine, you will want to pick up a few of these books! While we love picture and story books, especially when they were younger, we also appreciate non-fiction dinosaur books. It’s important to us as parents that our children love reading fiction and non-fiction; reading about dinosaurs is a great place to start!

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Create the Perfect Morning Routine for You

First thing in the morning, do you reach for the snooze button or a cup of coffee? Do you want to become an early riser who wakes up at dawn feeling refreshed instead of waking up later in the morning feeling groggy? A morning routine is what you need! Morning routines aren’t only for hyperproductive … Read more

11 Unique Jobs That Pay Well

We all know that anesthesiologists, architects, dental hygienists, programmers, doctors, and lawyers are well-paid, but what are the other options? New jobs emerged quickly with the internet, globalization, and technology, making the world more connected. While many high-paying jobs require college degrees, some good jobs offer generous compensation and excellent career potential without a bachelor’s … Read more

How to Make Money With Paid Focus Groups

With rising prices across all sectors of society, many people are looking for alternative ways to make money. For some people, this means selling items they no longer need or completing short tasks through services like Mechanical Turk. For others, it is participating in paid focus groups. Companies spend thousands of dollars in exchange for … Read more

6 Best Ways To Make Money on Instagram

Every day you scroll through fantastic photos on Instagram. You’ve heard the stories of people getting paid to travel, being sponsored by brands, or making a living, and you want to be one of them. But how do you get started? How to make money on Instagram? And what does it take to succeed? Let’s … Read more

20 Fun and Festive Office Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking about your office Christmas party. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! If you love throwing office parties during the holiday season, here are some fun and festive ideas. 1. Have an Ugly Sweater Contest Who doesn’t love wearing … Read more

The Highest Paying Jobs Without a Degree To Start Earning Without Student Debt

You’re very mistaken if you think you need a college degree from an ivy league university to make the big bucks. Plenty of jobs pay well and require no degree whatsoever. Many jobs require on-the-job training or certification rather than years of education (and student loan debt). They can provide financial stability and career advancement … Read more

Top 5 Opportunities To Write Meaningful Thank You Notes at Work

There are many opportunities to write thank-you notes at the workplace. While you should make an effort to say thank you whenever possible, there are several occasions where writing a thank-you message is worth the effort. Sharing your gratitude and appreciation can help you demonstrate your soft skills. Thank-you notes can be handwritten in a … Read more

Women Empowerment Quotes to Uplift Women of All Generations

The power of words knows no age or generation; they hold the potential to inspire, uplift, and empower people from all walks of life. These carefully curated words of wisdom remind women everywhere that our strength and resilience are universal, transcending generational divides and fostering a shared sense of unity and understanding. Delve into these … Read more

5 Great Attractions in Pennsylvania to Visit With Kids

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Wealth of Geeks originally published this interesting article on the best family attractions in Pennsylvania. We were given permission to republish the post here. Pennsylvania produces over 400 million pounds of mushrooms annually and is a timeless industrial hotspot for coal and railroads. But, if you find yourself traveling to Pennsylvania for a family excursion … Read more

Are Family Outings No Longer Affordable?

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This article on family outings was originally published on Wealth of Geeks, we were given permission to republish it here. Having fun has never been more expensive. A new study revealed that classic family outings – baseball games, movies, and theme parks – have become insurmountable costs. These pastimes passed on from generation to generation … Read more

20 Affordable Holiday Family Time Ideas to Have Ready for the Season

This excellent article on affordable holiday family time shares the best ideas on how to spend this holiday season with your family. It was originally published by Wealth of Geeks, and we received their permission to republish it here. The holidays are about spending time with family, celebrating the season, giving gifts, and indulging in … Read more

Breastfeeding Duties for Dads

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Breastfeeding can be a lonely challenge in the beginning. You will probably spend a lot of hours in a quiet room away from other people, alone with your nursing infant. Many late nights will be spent with just your baby in your rocking chair, or even worse: just you with the rhythmic whirl of the … Read more

DIY Chalkboard Sign

DIY Chalkboard Sign

If you’ve spend any time on Pinterest, have little ones, or consider yourself even a little crafty, you might know that chalkboard signs have become all the rage. Chalkboard signs can be used for so many things —wedding décor, decorative signs for your home or ways to display quotes. Quite a few mamas at Mama … Read more

20 Low-Spend Family Holidays You Should Know

Low-Spend Family Holidays

This helpful article on low-spend family holidays was originally published by Wealth of Geeks. We were given permission to post the article here. The holidays are about spending time with family, celebrating the season, giving gifts, and indulging in delicious food and drink.  But all that spending on get-togethers, events, and merriment adds up. Here … Read more