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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 […]

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 […]

Work from Home – How to Make it Work with Kids

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 28, 2016 | Categories: How To, Money Talk, Working at Home
Work from home with kids

Are your kids the reason you started working from home or want to work from home? The reason you decided that making a living at home just made more sense when compared with the rising cost of daycare service. All parents agree on one thing: we are the best choice when thinking about who is […]

How do you spell the “F” word?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 23, 2015 | Categories: Children, Friday Funnies, Funny, Humor

We all know kids say the darnedest things. There’s been TV shows revolved around just that. I know my son has cracked me up more times than I can count. And usually it’s when he’s just being so matter-of-fact. I do wish I had written down all the zingers he comes up with (and do […]

A Spider named Yeast Infection

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 22, 2015 | Categories: Fun, Humor, Images, Random Thoughts and Conversations
a spider named Yeast Infection

A commercial I saw last night brought back a humorous memory, that I would like to share with you today.  It has to do with the funny, humorous and downright hilarious things that kids can say. My story starts twenty-three years ago when my nephew was three years old.  He is now a twenty-six-year-old young […]

Spin Master Quick Cups Giveaway 3 Grand Prizes & 10 Runner Ups

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 9, 2015 | Categories: Giveaways

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. We love games in our home. Seriously addicted would be more like it, because we have game night every. single. night. Whether it’s all three of us or just my husband and I, we play board games a LOT. I recently heard of Spin Master […]

Our PURELL 30-Day Challenge is Keeping Us Germ Free #PURELL30

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 9, 2015 | Categories: Family and Health

This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELLĀ® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Last month I decided my family and I would take a PURELL 30-day challenge for back to school. He started school on August 6th, we have completed a full month of […]

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 […]

Sun Protection This Summer Because I #ChooseSkinHealth with Neutrogena Sun Care

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 23, 2015 | Categories: Beauty, Family and Health, Health and Beauty

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I’m dating myself here, but I grew up during a time when women/girls rubbed baby oil all over their bodies and laid out in the […]