Work from Home with Kids? Let Them Help!

If you have little ones at home who love to be close to you – even when you’re working on a dozen things at once! – you can make it all work out. Why not let the kids help you with your work at home business? When you work from home with kids? Let Them Help! There are many things little hands can do to help keep them occupied and get some extra work done, all at the same time!

Let them clean. Keeping your desk and the surrounding area nice and neat can be the job of the children. Give them rags, non-toxic cleaners and the tools they need to clean the workspace. You can even pay the littlest ones a quarter for their labor. It will make them feel as though they have done something to contribute to the work that mommy does.

Open up the Filing Cabinet. For those kids who are just learning to read, letting them file things away in your cabinet is a great way to clean up your desk and give your child some added educational instruction at the same time. Ask your child to alphabetize everything, then file it away in the clearly marked sections of the filing cabinet. Be patient the first few times – it won’t take long before your little one is filing like a professional.

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How to Select the Right Classroom Furniture for a Preschool or Daycare

Starting a preschool is a popular solo business venture these days. Affordable childcare is always in great demand and the idea of setting up and running their own preschool daycare facility appeals to many entrepreneurs who also have an interest in giving back to their community as well as making money. So let’s see how to select the right classroom furniture for a preschool or daycare.

One of the many things that have to be decided upon before a daycare center or preschool opens its doors though is what kind of classroom furniture needs to be purchased.

What Classroom Furniture Does a Good Preschool Need?

Preschool and/or daycare is all about getting younger children ready for the day that they will go to “big school”. Although preschool should be fun it is also a time to get kids used to the kind of disciplined setting they will be entering in school. A properly arranged classroom helps in this endeavor and any good classroom has certain items of specific classroom furniture.

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Great Webshops for Discount School Supplies

Having to purchase new school supplies every year is often not a very cheap undertaking. It often seems that a kid’s required school supply list seems to grow every year and yet many parents still find themselves having to replenish their kids’ stock of pens, pencils, crayons, and other school supplies halfway through the school year. So let’s take a closer look at these great Webshops for discount school supplies.

Like it has for so many other products the growth in popularity of internet shopping has meant that a number of very good sites that sell discount school supplies have sprung up over the last several years, something that is good news for both parents and teachers.

Many of these sites offer especially great deals if you buy discount school supplies in bulk. Why not take advantage of those savings by getting together with other parents at back to school time so that you can all save money?

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How To Save Money On Your Electricity Bill

Reducing the amount of electricity you use is not just easier on the wallet, it’s good for the environment. Electricity creates pollution. Every time you flip a switch you are polluting the environment because most power plants burn coal or fossil fuels in order to create electricity. With that in mind let’s consider some ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint while reducing our monthly electricity expense. Let’s check out how to Save Money on your Electricity Bill.

  • Visit your electricity provider’s website or telephone them and find out if they offer energy audits. In some cases, for free or a nominal fee, they will come out, install some energy-saving items and give you advice on other ways your household can save even more on your monthly bill.
  • Ask about a monthly payment plan. Not a money saver but if you live on a fixed income it’s nice to pay a fixed amount. You won’t have to worry about the huge fluctuation in costs that sometimes come with seasonal temperature changes.

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Doctors Appointments, House Selling… Man is Life CRAZY!

The last I left off, we were back to showing our house, I was talking about my ongoing, widespread pain, and I was well, just a SAHM doing the same old things day in and day out! We are about one day away from being in contract again. Thank god. We had to agree on an even lower price, one that truly is our bottom line. My God, it is complicated… doctors appointments, House Selling… Man is Life CRAZY!

The inspections were done and the buyer is pushing for contracts. If any credits or price adjustments start coming up, we’re just not going to end up selling our house. We can’t go through another contract falling through and frankly, we don’t want to keep paying the attorney. We are doing one last repeat showing as a backup on Thursday (from 7-8 frickin’ PM–really people?) and we are just taking it day by day again, hoping things work out.

Mike and I are talking about where we’ll live after we sell and I don’t think we’ve ever been so confused. One month we are certain we will be at one place, then the next month we are convinced on another. I know wherever we end up, it will work out. It’s just difficult when more than one situation will work for us. It’s not just black and white, otherwise, it would be an easy decision. Moving on.

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How to choose a great school for your child

In a recent Washington Post article by Jay Mathews, I read about his nine ways to choose a great school for your child. The advice ranges from attending a PTA meeting to not worry if you hear that a middle school has problems. This post addresses issues regarding how to choose a great school for your child.

I particularly like the suggestions Mr. Mathews has for parents to engage with other parents in the school community, whether it’s the PTA meeting or looking up blogs and websites for parents in the community.

There are many things about independent schools that he would highlight for prospective parents, but here are nine that Mr. Mathews think of as most important:

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How to Save on Backpacks for School

Although to most kids, especially tweens and teens, backpacks for school are a style statement and need to be a reflection of their own personal style there are other considerations that parents need to keep in mind while shopping for backpacks for school to make sure that the one that is eventually chosen is as well suited to its purpose as it is good looking. So if you want to learn more about how to save on backpacks for school, check out this post.

Another thing parents should never do when it comes to purchasing backpacks for school is pay the full price if they really don’t have to, especially during the back to school season. Here are a few tips for finding a durable, fashionable backpack for school for less:

Shop the Sales – Big stores like Target and WalMart tend to offer some very deep discounts on school supplies of all kinds in the month or so leading up to back to school time. However, after the kids are back in school those discounts often deepen even further – sometimes up to 75% off the original price. If your child can manage with that old backpack for school for a week or so before you buy them a new one you could save a significant amount of money on a really good one, including some of the top backpack brands.

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How to be a kid again…

The sound of a train’s whistle always conjures up a dim, whispery memory of me and my mother sharing a bed together at our family’s cottage. Although I had my own room beside hers – connected, in fact, by an adjoining door – the pitch northern black would often find me snuggled beside her, where we’d talk in hushed tones so as to not wake my aunt and uncle across the hall. But wouldn’t it be great to know how to be a kid again…

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Indoor Activities – How to keep your kids busy when it rains

I’m a father and spending quality time with my kids is important to me, therefore, today I want to share with you some ideas about indoor activities – how to keep your kids busy when it rains.

Kіdѕ arе alwaуѕ еagеr tо gо оutdооrѕ and haνе fun wіth оthеr kіdѕ іn thе nеіghbоrhооd, but what іѕ thеrе tо dо whеn оutѕіdе іѕ raіnіng оr іѕ frееzіng соld? Yоu maу want tо fіnd ѕuіtablе aсtіνіtіеѕ fоr kіdѕ whеn thеу nееd tо ѕреnd thеіr tіmе іndооrѕ. Manу рarеntѕ соnѕіdеr оrganіzіng рlaу datеѕ fоr thеіr kіdѕ ѕhіftіng frоm оnе hоuѕе tо anоthеr, but thеѕе рlaу datеѕ arе nоt alwaуѕ роѕѕіblе, ѕо уоu ѕtіll nееd tо fіnd thоѕе іndооr aсtіνіtіеѕ fоr kіdѕ that kеер thеm buѕу and haνе fun at thе ѕamе tіmе.

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Coming Out Of The Closet…

… the bloggy closet that is!

In the short time I’ve been a resident of the blogosphere I started to find myself (generally speaking, but not always) becoming more drawn to the bloggers I could attach a face to.  For me, it just adds a level of personalization; therefore, easier to make a connection with.  It’s always nice to put a face with a name; or in bloggyland, a face with an alias, or a title, or whatever.

So with that being said, I’ve decided to slightly expose myself.  Whoa whoa whoa… simmer down home slice.  Let’s not get too excited here.  I just meant I’m going to allow you to see the face behind this sassy little Mommy2¢ blog.

I don’t think you all appreciate how big of a deal this is for me.  I’m about 97.8% sure I probably have a couple of stalkers out there somewhere in the world.  That’s the kinda stuff you can come to expect when you live an average everyday life in the mid-west.  Can you say – walking target?!

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