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Tips for Buying a Teen Their First Car

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 20, 2016 | Categories: Auto, Parenting
Tips for buying a teen their first car like a used car from DriveTime....

I’m a mom who will have a teen driver in just under a year. Just typing that sentence made me queasy. So thank you to today’s sponsor, DriveTime, for understanding the nervousness of parents like me, and helping make the purchase of a car for a first-time driver easier for moms like me. My son […]

Love Yourself Enough to Take 5 Minutes for You

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 30, 2016 | Categories: Motivational, Parenting, Women
Take 5 with Cafe Breaks from Ingles using Ibotta app.

As a mom, it is so easy to get caught up with family and work responsibilities so much so that we oftentimes put everyone else first. It’s nice to get a helping hand from brands like today’s sponsor, Cafe Breaks through Acorn Influence. They want to help moms like me to recharge, relax, and take […]

5 Fun Things to do With Your Teen Son This Summer

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 22, 2016 | Categories: Family, Parenting
General Mills Tiny Toast cereal from Kroger a great summer snack

Between end of school year activities and summer trips and projects, it’s nice to get a helping hand from brands like today’s sponsor, General Mills. They want to help moms keep their teens fueled with fun snacks this summer. It is officially summer!  Although, judging by the weather, it has felt like summer for the […]

How to Raise an Independent Child

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 24, 2016 | Categories: Parenting
Raising an independent child...

On Sunday we waved bye to our 13 year-old independent son as he and a bus load of his theater friends embarked on a week long trip to New York City… I compared it to the first day of Kindergarten. It was a very similar feeling for me — except when I left him at […]

Benefits of Being a Later in Life Parent

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 6, 2016 | Categories: Parenting
Waiting to have a baby? Benefits of being a later in life parent...

Did you hear the news recently that Janet Jackson was having a baby? A celebrity being pregnant really isn’t big news, but a woman who is fifty having her first child is. Being a later in life parent isn’t something new. In fact, more and more women have put off becoming a mom until they’re […]

No Super Mom Here, But I am THAT Mom

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 19, 2016 | Categories: Family, Parenting
I'm not Super Mom, I am THAT Mom!

I strive to be a good mom. I always thought I would be the kind of mom that doesn’t allow her child to watch too much TV. Or no TV at all. The mom that doesn’t let her child play too many video games, or none at all. The mom that feeds her child only […]

What No One Tells You About Parenthood

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 23, 2016 | Categories: Parenting
What no one tells you about parenthood

When you are expecting your first child, you read all of the books about pregnancy, like “What to Expect When Your Expecting“, babies, and even toddlers. You glean information that is helpful to prepare you for the adventure of parenthood, but there are just some things nobody tells you anything about. As a matter of […]

6 Easy Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 9, 2016 | Categories: Family, Parenting
easy ways to spend quality time with your kids

Quality time with your kids really isn’t difficult. The time you spend with your children is precious and it will have a direct impact on what kind of person they become as an adult. Since most parents don’t have a lot of time to relax and spend time with their kids between work, school and […]

What Should You Name Your Baby Quiz

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 13, 2016 | Categories: Fun, Parenting
what should you name your baby? Popular baby names

What should you name your baby? To some, this may seem like a silly question to ask people. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen women ask groups of strangers for baby name suggestions.  Photo credit: kichigin19 When I was pregnant with my son, I remember how difficult it was trying to decide […]

Create a Personal Yearbook, Turn a Photo Book into a Memory Book

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 30, 2015 | Categories: Children, Parenting
personal yearbook

I have so many childhood memories that I think so fondly of, like my first best friend, my first crush, my favorite teacher, when I won my class spelling bee, and I could go on and on. The one thing they all have in common is… school. So much of our early lives revolves around […]