I Answer the Big Question…


I Answer the Big Question...

There are a couple things I wanted to share with you today – one was how much I appreciate when I receive comments on the blog and how impactful your emails are when you tell me how something I’ve shared has made a difference to you.

The other part is about the 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner – and well – you’ll just have to watch!Click over to the blog to check it out!

5 Chores for Toddlers


5 Chores for Toddlers

We talked about chores and the school age child last week, so today I wanted to back it up a bit and talk about how to get your toddler involved in the daily tasks of home care.

When toddlers see Mom and Dad working around the house, they are often eager to help. They love to try to do the same things their parents are doing. Although it may take longer to get the chores done when trying to teach a toddler how to do them, it can help them learn to enjoy housework and develop good habits that will be an asset later on.

The most important thing to remember when selecting chores for toddlers is to keep it simple. Very young children do not have the cognitive or motor skills to take on complicated tasks. But there are some things they can do that, after some practice, will be helpful to you.

Picking Up Toys

Getting your toddler to pick up after himself can be a great help. But it’s usually too much to expect him to put everything in its exact place. A better approach would be to provide a laundry basket or large box for him to simply throw all of his stuff into. Then you can take it to his room and put it where it belongs.

Refilling Toilet Paper

This is one of those tasks that can easily get forgotten, until you are the one sitting on the – ahem – toilet and find no more toilet paper under the sink. I have this task listed each week on The Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner, so why not allow your toddler to do it? Delegate it to him and you will never be without toilet paper again!

Watering Plants

Small children usually can’t resist the opportunity to water plants. This is another task that could get messy, so make sure your plants aren’t sitting on or near anything that could be easily damaged by water. It’s also smart to make sure they don’t fill the watering can over half full. This will help prevent spilling the water in transit.

Cleaning the Floors 

It may seem like an adults-only task, but floor cleaning is something that kids often enjoy. The trick is to let them use tools that they can easily manage. Cordless floor sweepers are ideal for this purpose. There are also small, working vacuum cleaners and brooms available in the toy departments of most stores. While it might be too ambitious to expect a child to sweep all of the dirt into a neat pile, he can help get the dirt out of the corners while you go behind him and sweep it all together.

Empty Trash Cans

The kitchen trash can might be a bit too big, however bathroom and bedroom trash cans are a great place for toddlers to start. You can give them a larger empty trash bag to empty cans into and then help them take it out to the large trash can outside.  

Getting your child to help with chores will help him develop a sense of responsibility. And that is something that you will be thankful for when he is older and can do more substantial housework.

5 Chores for School Age Kids


5 Chores for School Age Kids

 Start children off on the way they should go, 

    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

        Proverbs 22:6  NIV

It’s our job as parents to help our children learn life skills. In fact, it’s imperative. In recent weeks I have stumbled into situations where there are many school age children who are unequipped and are not learning adequate life skills.  

One of the ways we can help our children mature and gain confidence is to allow them to help around the house with daily tasks. To be most effective this actually starts in the preschool years with simple jobs, but can be expanded as a child grows and gains experience. Starting chores young makes it much easier to get them to do more substantial housework as they become capable.

You might be surprised at the chores a school age child can handle. If you can find tasks that they both enjoy and can do easily, it will make chore time much easier. Here are some good chores for young school age kids:

Setting and Clearing the Table 

Kids are often eager to help at mealtime. Setting the table is a simple but important task that they can perform. You can make it easier by using placemats that have outlines of where the plate and utensils go. We have used this Melissa & Doug set and it has been very helpful. After the family eats, your child can help clear the table and even learn to put leftovers away.

Folding and Putting Away the Laundry

The laundry can be quite a chore. Enlisting the help of the kids to get it folded and put away can be a huge help to a busy mom. It’s usually unrealistic to expect a young school age child to fold an entire load of laundry on her own, but she could fold her own clothes and put them away. We have a simple set up in our laundry room with baskets for each child, which is helpful. She may not fold them as well as you or put them exactly where they belong, but there’s no need to make a big issue out of it. The important thing is that she is trying.


This is a very simple task that kids usually enjoy. Give your child a duster or a sock to wear on her hand and let her have a blast. If you’re worried about breakable items, move them all to a safe place before she begins.  

Help with the Dishes

The dishes may go more slowly when you have a child helping, but things will get better once she has helped a few times and gotten the hang of it. If you have a dishwasher, your school age child can help with the loading and unloading. If you wash by hand, she could rinse and dry the dishes. Storing them in low cabinets will allow your child to put them up herself as well.

Pet Care

Kids usually prefer playing with their furry friends to assisting in their care, but having your child help with pet care is a great way to build her sense of responsibility. You could start small, having your child give the pet food and water. Once that is mastered, she could clean cages or litter boxes, and perhaps help with grooming if the pet is gentle and even-tempered enough.

If you need more ideas, be sure to check the different daily tasks in The Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner. You can easily delegate tasks there for different children by coloring coding the items!

It’s Time to Get Ready for Back to School


Get Ready for Back to School with The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide

It’s that time of year (whether you want to believe it or not) – time to consider Back to School season!

Don’t sweat it – I’ve got you covered.

I am thrilled to share with you that the updated version of The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide is ready! I’ve been working to get all of the PDF printable forms converted to fillable PDFs that you can edit directly from your computer. If you don’t have a copy, you will want to check it out! (If you’ve purchased this in the past, you will be getting an updated file in your email, as long as you are still on my newsletter list).

The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide provides proven tips, tools, and step-by-step instructions to help you and your child(ren) be as prepared as possible – and create a more organized home in the process. I certainly do not know it all, but I do have a few years under my belt for getting kids ready for school – 19 years to be exact!

So let me tell you what this eBook has that you need.

The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide (created by someone who’s been there) has real, usable tools that will make the transition from summer to school easier.

A downloadable PDF, The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide is available to download immediately after your purchase so you can begin preparing right away.

The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival GuideAnd now The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide has fill-in forms! If you’ve used this guide before, I’ve made a very important upgrade that will make your life easier! All the worksheets, planners, and agendas are now fill-in PDF forms. No more handwriting everything if that’s not your style – just type in the boxes, save, and print!

Your purchase includes:

  •       The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide eBook
  •       Student Planner
  •       Master Family Planner
  •       Routine Checklists
  •       School Information Sheet
  •       Schedule Adjustment Worksheet
  •       Countdown Maze
  •       My Favorites Lunch Planning Worksheet
  •       Grocery Planner
  •       Family Fun Worksheet
  •       Family Meeting Agenda
  •       School Goals Worksheet
  •       Classmate Contact Sheet
  •       Important Dates At-A-Glance Sheet
  •       Lunchbox Notes, Jokes, and Quotes
  •       Note to Teacher Form

If you are ready to get organized, head over to this page and scroll to the bottom to get your copy now. You’ll be able to immediately download everything listed above after your purchase.

My Easy Window Washing Secret Revealed


I really hate window washing – and truly hate climbing a ladder to wash high outdoor windows.  So when my hubby and I came up with a solution to washing our high windows that get layered with salt spray that actually worked fabulously, I knew I had to share.  It is my easy window washing secret!

We own a little vacation home on the Washington coast, which will sometime in the future be a full time home for us, when we escape city life and settle down for life in the small beach  community, called Seabrook.  I shared a bit of our story on how we saved our pennies for years to get the funds for this dream of mine in my ebook, Become a Frugali$ta.  It was a true sacrifice and took planning and a blessing from the Lord as well.

Until we move to this spot full time, we rent our home – so we take pride in keeping it in tip top shape, which includes having windows that sparkle so you can see the ocean view.  (About a year ago, The House Of Turquoise shared our home on her blog, it was a fabulous coincidence – so jump over and take a peak inside!)

Okay, back to washing windows!!!

We have developed a system for our outside high and low windows which makes washing them very simple and frugal.  We use Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner, which is a concentrated cleaner, so we can mix up just the right solution we need to get the scum off our windows.  We also use this cleaner for all other household cleaning, like tubs, showers, toilets, floors, counters, inside widows, dusting, ovens and more.  We do not buy any other cleaner now.

Why do I love Thieves?

It has incredible cleansing power and an even safer, more sustainable formulation. It contains ingredients from renewable plant and mineral sources, vegetable-based surfactants, and Thieves and lemon essential oils for extra cleaning power.  It is an all-in-one solution for all surfaces.  No toxins, no chemicals and no risk!

I love this simple chart explaining the cost savings of it versus other cleaners that Niki Faris created.

Yep, it is a cost saver, plus it is safe for our entire family – even our pets.  (By the way, I really love it for pet stains too – it is amazing in the carpet cleaner!)  And even though this video is for washing outside windows, it is just as easy to use indoors and I either use a rag and wipe clean or use the squeegee that comes in the kit I share about below.

Here is a short video showing how we use this tool, the Ettore 17050 All Purpose Window Cleaning Combo Kit and the cleaner to wash our windows at our beach home.  It is easy, quick and effective.

To view the video, you will want to click thru to the blog post.  There is a bit of wind noise, as it is always breezy at the beach, but you will hear me explaining the process.

Isn’t that fabulously easy?

For those who want to know where to grab some Thieves Household Cleaner,  you can get it as a retail customer with Young Living or at a savings of 24% with your wholesale membership.

Young Living offers a Premium Starter kit with Thieves, so if you are not ready to jump into an oily starter kit, you surely can check out the Thieves Starter Kit!  It is filled with foaming hand soap, thieves spray, hand purifier, toothpaste, mouthwash, Thieves essential oil, a bottle of Stress Away and some sample sachets and sample vials so you can share!

I am offering a fabulous way to get started from today until the last day of July – you can also great some extra bonuses when you purchase ANY of the Premium Starter kit, you can view them all HERE.

Also, if you decide to add to your Starter Kit order, you could earn a FREE bottle of Thieves cleaner too – with the special promos that Young Living offers it’s members!!!  Ask me more on that if you are interested to get the biggest bang for your buck, you’ll need a 250 PV order and you will also receive a FREE 5 ML bottle of Ravintsara essential oil too!