Family


grief in children
The topic of kids and grief, and the teachers that teach these grieving children, is a subject near and dear to my heart.  After the death of my husband over 5 years ago, we have experienced the need for teachers to be better educated about dealing with grieving kids first-hand. During […]

Educating Teachers About Grief


grieving children
My youngest daughter had a rough time during 4th grade in school.  It was a combination of several things, but the underlying reason was that she was still dealing with grief … even though it was hard to tell that from how she looked or acted.  That’s often the way with grieving […]

Issues In The Classroom For Grieving Children


scams
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Scams and Frauds to Watch Out For in 2017



72 Hour Bag
(This a post contains affiliate links.  All this means is that if you purchase something from a link on this post, I may get a small amount of money.  This doesn’t affect  your price in anyway; just helps with the upkeep of the blog.) I wrote previously about creating an […]

How To Create a 72 Hour Bag


new career
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single mom 6
As a single mom, I know just how difficult it can be to navigate the daily challenges of parenting alone.  We need a “village” – a support system to help us when we are stressed; to pick us up when we stumble. But sometimes it’s tricky to find that support.  […]

Build a Single Mom Support Group



New Year's Resolutions as a Single Mom 5
It’s that time of year again – New Year’s Resolutions! We do quite a bit of introspection as single moms, don’t we?  Seems we are always thinking about every course of action, scrutinizing our choices, etc.  We want to make sure that our actions and choices are what’s best for […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Single Moms


Creative Ideas for Celebrating New Year's Eve
So, it’s New Year’s Eve – and you need some creative ideas to celebrate the night, and help usher in the new year in style.  But you can’t/don’t want to leave the house – and who can blame you? So we will divide this list of ideas up into two […]

New Year’s Eve Ideas for Single Moms


Christmas craft ideas 2
One of the most enjoyable parts of the holidays for us is the large amount of Christmas craft ideas for kids out there today.  Family traditions that we have created over the years often center around the kiddos making crafts, baking cookies, etc. My daughters and I always go over to […]

Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids



family organizer 1
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Using a Calendar as a Family Organizer


Thanksgiving crafts
So it’s Thanksgiving Day … and the family is gathered at your home.  And there are all the parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.  Your home has been cleaned, silverware polished, table set and the food prepared.  All the guests have arrived, and there is excitement in the air. […]

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids


single mom
The holidays can be a great time for traditions and spending time with family.  They are some of the most joyous times of the year.  But they are also the time of year that brings a spike in the rates of depression and suicide. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years can […]

Single Mom Survival Guide for the Holidays



Family Traditions
Note: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you make a purchase through my link. I never recommend products I don’t stand behind.  Thanks for your support. One of the best parts of this season are the family […]

Creating Thanksgiving Family Traditions


Scholarships for single moms
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Scholarships for Single Moms


Angry Birds Candy Buffet 2
As a single mom, I have many plates that have to keep spinning, and only ME to make that happen.  Birthdays and special occasions have a way of sneaking up on all of us, especially when your main priority is holding down a job to pay bills, making sure kids get to […]

Easy DIY Candy Buffet for Single Moms



Closure and Open Doors 7
Part of my job in security is working in Access Control at the Oregon State Hospital.  Access Control is where we watch the cameras on all the units, monitor the radio channels for the hospital units and the security staff, and open/close the sallyports in the hospital.  There are 10 […]

Closure and Open Doors


Just saying "No" 10
(As a single mom, its important to set boundaries.  I struggle with setting boundaries on my time and saying no.  This post is shared from an earlier blog of mine) Just saying no was difficult for me.  I am a people-pleaser, by nature.  I have always had a hard time saying […]

Just saying “No”