The Wonder That is Zulily

If you haven’t already discovered the magical wonderland that is, Go! Go, now! Be careful, because you will want to buy everything. They have so many cool things for the kids to browse through (and for you, too!), and the best part? All of it is on saleup to 70% off of the original price.

Want to gain money back with Zulily? Invite your friends.

Have you already found something great on Zulily? Share your awesome finds with me!


Respectful Children

Have you ever been in public and saw a child treating his or her parents – or god forbid, a complete stranger – like he or she simply didn’t see them as anything more than an annoyance? Like they had zero respect for the person in question? Does it make you sick in the stomach and think “oh no, the next generation is doomed”?

Have you ever watched your niece or nephew opening her or his birthday presents and say something like, “oh, this isn’t the toy I asked for”? Did it make you cringe a little and think, “just be grateful”?

Kids will say whatever is on their minds. When they’re younger, it’s kind of cute or even gives you a good chuckle when they say something surprising or with a bit of sass. However, if we don’t watch what we are encouraging or brushing off, it could allow the kids in our lives to turn into, dare I say it, ungrateful, disrespectful brats.

I recently read a great article by Huff Post: The Blog. Are we raising an ungrateful generation?

This article really made me think, and have a bit of fear, for the upcoming generations of this world.

What can we do about it? How can we prevent children from thinking this way?

After reading this article, I hopped on over to Pinterest to see if I could find some simple ways to teach the children in your lives how to respect others and respect what they have.

I found this great post on B-Inspired Mama! Blog that gives 15 tips for teaching kids to respect previous generations.

It’s easier to teach kids when they’re younger how to give respect and how to earn respect from others, so let’s be proactive.


I’m Back!

Sorry for the absence, but I’m back now! I am going to try to post at least twice a week, now that I don’t have homework to worry about until August. I would have been back sooner, but I spent the weekend in Virginia visiting my niece, Ireland!

So, in the light of spending time with my family, I thought I’d offer a great article I found of 40+ Free & Frugal Family Activities! If you have a large family like I do, going out or going to an amusement park (something along those lines) can be expensive, so here is a list of activities that are either free or very affordable. It’s the simple things in life sometimes.

Thanks to Managing Your Blessings for the great find!

Kids Say the Funniest Things: Part 3

Hello Everyone! I am back from spring break and some much needed time with my family – and of course the little ones. I got to spend some quality time with my niece, Abby, and my nephews, Teagan and Gavin. This weeks story is about my niece, Abby.


My nephew, Gavin, is turning 15 on March 17th. So, Abby got her big brother a present for his birthday and couldn’t wait to give it to him. My sister let her give him his present a little early – it was a willow tree angel statue with a big brother and a little sister – (so sweet!) and Gavin told Abby thank you after opening it. My sister asked Abby to give her brother a hug, and she responded, very sternly, “I don’t have time,” and walked off into the other room. I couldn’t help but laugh, because what prior obligations did my three year old niece have that we didn’t know about? Obviously, she had to tend to something very important if she couldn’t even give her brother a hug. She went into the living room to cut up some paper on the floor, so I guess that was really important – for the sake of art.

Later in the week, Abby and I were enjoying some cheese balls at her Lego table, while she made the dog some treats (a.k.a. cut up cardboard into the shape of dog treats). I asked her if she needed a napkin, because her fingers were all cheesy. Her response: “No, you just have to lick them off and wipe them off here,” as she wiped her cheesy fingers on her pants. Great advice – who needs a napkin when you have your pants? – save the trees.

Some other highlights from my trip home: Buying the nieces and nephews new outfits, listening to Abby make up songs and sing about everything (literally everything), taking Abby and Teagan to Chuck E. Cheese, having Teagan make me ‘eggies’, creating outfits for Barbie with Abby, creating sticker masterpieces with Teagan and Abby, and Teagan discovering how the camera on the front of my Iphone works and making a video for Aunt Jackie and Ireland.

They’ll Find You!

bathroom, kids, funny

Oh my, I would like to know the fascination that little kids have with the bathroom! Even when they don’t have to go, they feel the need to come into the bathroom with you. Whenever I’m home to visit, I feel like I have to sneak off to the bathroom as quietly and as unnoticed as possible. Just when I think I’m home free, there’s usually a knock at the door…”Aunt Laurie, what are you doing?” Who else is with me?