20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

Today was one of those days as a parent that I had to improvise and come up with a new plan. Late last week I had to take away some of my oldest's privileges due to some missing grades.  I took away the typical things; television, video games, electronics, etc.  The only problem with these punishments is that I'm also punished because now I have to find a way to entertain him because he's bored.  I know I'm not alone, we've all been there with our kids at different stages in their lives.  My goal today was to find that balance so that I could get some of my weekend chores done and he would not be bored. In a moment of venting I posed the following question to some of my Facebook friends, "I need a list of creative punishments that don't punish the parent! Taking away TV, computer, etc just isn't cutting it! I'm the only one that suffers." By the time I had asked this, both kids were being punished.  Don't you love it how the one child in trouble finds a way to antagonize the ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Home Worry-Free?

Florida Fire Safety Tip

This post is sponsored by Kidde Worry-Free Alarms. Florida residents can enter to win 1 Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm to comply with new state regulations for fire safety; enter at the bottom of this post.  The state of Florida passed a new law (reference: Fire Safety Laws by State) Jan. 1, 2015 that says any newly installed or replacement smoke alarms must be powered by a sealed-in 10 year battery.  That means if you have new construction or if you're replacing an old smoke alarm, that you may need a new type of smoke alarm. Our home was built in the 80's and only has 1 old-fashioned smoke alarm in the hallway.  It still works and we will continue to replace the battery in that one six months when it chirps at us in the middle of the night.  We have decided though to update our smoke alarms and add a few extra.  Why? Do you know how many smoke alarms are recommended for your home?  According to Kidde and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you should have at ... [ Read More ]

Valspar Championship Family Friendly Events 2015

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This post is sponsored by the 2015 Valspar Championship. Continue reading to the end and enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, FL. We've lived in Palm Harbor for almost 10 years now and March is my favorite time of the year.  We didn't realize when we decided on Palm Harbor that Innisbrook was within walking distance from our house and that every March, the big blimp would be flying overhead.  It's fun for us to tell our out-of-state family to watch the Valspar Championship to see our house from the blimp and the kids love it.  What kid doesn't love to see a blimp in the sky? I don't think there's been a year that at least 1-2 of us have gone to a round of the Championship.  There were a few years when I stayed home when Bailey was a baby and let the boys enjoy the day on the course.  In 2014 we finally took our youngest (she was 5 then) to her first Championship and she loved every minute of it.  I would never have imagined ... [ Read More ]

Remember When…

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This post is sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt. Keep reading to enter to win a YoBaby prize pack.  When did my kids grow up? I'm a mom of an almost 12 year old and a 6 year old.  They are hardly babies any longer; even if they do still like to cuddle with mommy. I decided to pull out the baby book from my youngest's first year and reminisce over all the "firsts." You know, the first time they roll over, the first time they crawl, the first time the stand up and of course the first time they walk.  I remember the days when they would try any food (or toys, noses, and anything that would fit in their mouth) you put in front of them. Both of my kids were fond of yogurt as babies and I love that my kids have been able to grow up as YoBabies, YoKids and now big kids who enjoy their yogurt.  YoBaby contains organic whole milk, real fruit and nothing artificial.  It was a great first food by itself or mixed with other ingredients.  I love mixing a little fresh banana and avocado ... [ Read More ]

Chronicles of the Absent Minded Mom – Episode 1

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I'll be the first to admit that I have my "blonde moments" and that I can be very absent minded. If I don't set alarms and reminders for myself, I would likely forget everything.  For instance, I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me when to leave to pick up the kids from school.  Please don't laugh, it's true! Do you notice anything different on Monday? I don't pick the kids up until later because they are involved in after school activities.  Well on Monday of this week I realized that my alarm didn't go off at its regular time, so I got in the car and drove to school.  I sat in car line just like every other day, but when I got to the front of the line my kids were nowhere to be found.  Anyone want to guess why? Because it was Monday and they were in clubs and I was 45 minutes early to pick them up!  Thank goodness the teachers know me well, they giggled at my mishap and said, "we'll see you in 45 minutes!"  Off I went to grab an iced coffee and return to school ... [ Read More ]

Leapin’ Lizards, Annie’s in Tampa – Feb 17-22nd at the Straz Center

Source: Joan Marcus for #AnnieOnTour

Truth: I loved watching the movie Annie when I was a little kid and still remember all the words to the songs. Truth: I never wanted a red headed child of my own; my brother is a red head and I just didn't want one of my own. Truth: My daughter is "ginger," and doesn't like to be called "red-headed." Truth: I love my daughters "red" or "ginger" hair!!  She is the most beautiful red-head I've ever seen and I may be slightly biased. Truth: I made her watch the original Annie movie last summer before the new Annie was released.  I couldn't bear the thought of her seeing the new one first. We still haven't seen it though. Truth: I've never seen Annie on stage until this week! Truth: The Straz Center invited my family to the opening night of Annie the Musical so that I could share my thoughts with you. This is in a partnership with Tampa Bay Bloggers, the largest community of bloggers in the Tampa Bay area. I knew my husband wouldn't be thrilled with going to a musical so ... [ Read More ]

If I had Abraham Lincoln’s hat, I would keep…

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A little gem found in the Kindergarten backpack this morning. "If I had Abraham Lincoln's hat, I would keep a speshol pis of papr n ots and a mskettow that suks my blud all day and all nit but it is a pasuns eelkhrk museetoow."  -Bailey, Age 6 Translated to say that my daughter would keep a special piece of paper in it and a mosquito that sucks her blood all day and night, but it is a poisonous electric mosquito. Yep, that's what my six year old daughter would keep in her hat. I should save this for the therapist one day, right?? ... [ Read More ]

The Hidden Gems Inside Ulele – Tampa’s Native-Inspired Restaurant and Brewery

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u-le-le (pronounced You-lay-lee) - Native-Inspired Foods & Spirits Tampa Bay I'm not a native Floridian but I am quickly becoming aware of the cities rich history.  Ulele is one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S. by Open Table and quickly becoming "the" place to eat out in Tampa. Ulele is located in Tampa Heights on the Tampa Riverwalk in the old Water Works building.  The building was the original pump house in 1903 and served the city of Tampa water from the Ulele Spring on the property. The building has served many purposes in Tampa's history and the owners of Ulele have done an amazing job restoring the building. Ulele gets its name from a Native American Princess of the Tocobaga Tribe from the 1500's.  The stories say that the Tocobagan's captured three Spaniards and Princess Ulele saved one of them.  Their tale is very similar to that of John Smith and Pocahontas.  The owners commissioned an artist to create a statue of Princess Ulele that will be outside in the ... [ Read More ]

The Secrets of Cloth Diapering

The Secrets of Cloth Diapering

This post is sponsored by Project Pomona and you can enter to win some amazing prizes (over $1200 worth) if you scroll to the bottom! Good luck! I have a huge secret for you... Cloth diapering a baby is easy! If you're new to cloth diapering and just starting to do your research you may be a little overwhelmed.  I'm going to share with you some of my secrets so that you won't be scared any longer!  I promise, you can do this!! 1. Start with the basics! There are a LOT of different styles of cloth diapers, but the main ones you need to know in the beginning are pocket diapers, all-in-one diapers, and diaper covers with prefolds.  Pocket diapers are the most popular style because they are so versatile.  All-in-ones are the easiest style and the style that is most like a disposable diaper; however they tend to cost the most.  Covers with prefolds are the "old fashioned" style diaper and the most cost effective. Pick the style that best suits your financial and personal preferences ... [ Read More ]

Celebrate Diversity & Unity Through Cloth Diapers #ClothCommunity

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Join us February 2nd as we celebrate the cloth diapering community. It's a day in which parents everywhere celebrate our diversities and our unity. #ClothCommunity Day is a campaign brought to you from many of your favorite cloth diaper bloggers. I have to give most of the credit to Mindy (Inquisitive Mom) for organizing the communities efforts to bring this to life. As a community, we've been online for 6+ years chatting about cloth diapers on our blogs and social media. My own journey with cloth began 6 years ago when my daughter was born and I reached out to the internet to research this new, modern cloth diaper.  It's really funny to go back and read some of my early cloth diaper posts.  I was just like many new moms that I encounter on a daily basis - nervous, confused, overwhelmed, and full of questions! You can laugh along with me here, and here, and here if you like. It was back then that I formed some of the friendships with other bloggers, companies, and readers. It's ... [ Read More ]