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FREE PRINTABLE SUMMER ELECTRONICS RULESThe first week of summer vacation started just as I thought it would with my kids being lumps playing on their phones, watching tv, and playing on the computer. I let them have some down time for the first week without pestering them about chores, early bedtimes, or anything else they have to deal with during the school year. THAT was week one. They had their break from all responsibilities. I figure everyone deserves a break from responsibilities, right?
summer rules sheetI don’t want them to get out of the habit of doing chores and using their brains so enter my SUMMER ELECTRONICS RULES. There are a variety of tasks/chores my girls can do to earn electronics time. Each chore is worth 15 minutes of electronics time and they can save up and carry over electronics time if they want. Once they earn electronics time there are several things they need to do before they can cash in electronics time such as reading for 30 minutes, doing a physical activity for at least 15 minutes, etc.

I purposely included educational websites as one of the tasks my girls have to do before they can cash in electronics time because playing on the computer doing educational games helps take away their urges for playing on electronics so much but they are still learning. So far both my girls have responded well to my “RULES”. The each did a few chores already and are working towards being able to cash in their electronics time. My older daughter has been drawing in her sketchbook for over an hour, hasn’t bothered her sister, and is entertaining herself without electronics. WIN! My younger daughter read for 30 minutes, played on the computer on a math website for well over 30 minutes, vacuumed the floor, brushed the dog, and is about to go outside for some exercise and fresh air. Once they get their tasks done they will be able to cash in their electronics time or they can save it up for another day.

They must do the tasks (reading, physical activity, etc.) BEFORE they can cash in electronics time. TASKS cannot be carried over to other days and must be done on the day they want to cash in the electronics time. I’m keeping track of their electronics time on a Google Spreadsheet because I can access it from my computer or my phone. I was going to give them popsicle sticks for every 15 minutes of electronics time but my girls are older, didn’t really need the tangible stick as a reminder, and they both told me not to waste the sticks.

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Print them as is or since they are a Google Document you can copy and paste it into Word and edit it to meet your needs. 🙂

Make sure to check out my list of 10 Ways to Keep ‘Em Learning All Summer Long!

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Monsters Unleashed: Dealing With Tween Puberty

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As the mom of two tweens, this article is especially timely as we’re in the throws of all this tween “stuff”. If you’re a tween parent I’m sure you’ll relate to some of this, too.

Check out Monsters Unleashed: Dealing With Tween Puberty

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Keeping Electronics and Television Time Under Control

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Keeping Electronics  and Television Time  Under Control  with FREE Printable "Electronic Time" TicketsIt’s summertime right now and my girls are enjoying the freedom that summertime brings.  Freedom to stay up late.  Freedom to sleep late.  And freedom to choose what they want to do all day.  Some days they have camp but other days they’re going to “Camp Mommy”.  One problem with all this free time is that my girls get sucked into wanting to sit and play on their Kindles all day and watch tv.  After a few days of nothing but Kindle and television I put my foot down and came up with our new system.  Now they have to EARN their electronics and television time AND they can only earn up to an hour a day (MEAN MOMMY).

Here’s how our system works:
My girls need to earn Electronic Time tickets by either reading or doing pages from their summer workbooks that I bought at Barnes and Noble to keep them doing math, writing, etc. over the summer.  Every 15 minutes they read earns them 15 minutes of electronic time that they can use for television OR electronics like Kindle, Nintendo DS, etc.  When they read for 15 minutes they earn a 15 Minute Electronic Time Ticket.  If they want to do some of their workbook pages to earn electronic time they earn 15 minutes of electronic time for every 2 pages they complete.  They can earn up to FOUR 15 Minute Electronic Time Tickets per day for a total of 1 hour of Electronic Time.  During the school year they will have to read only to earn their electronics time.  Doing homework WILL NOT count towards earning electronics tickets because they are required to do their homework no matter what.

They can either earn the ticket and cash it in right away or they can save up 4 tickets in a day and then cash them all in at once for 1 hour of straight tv/electronics time.  I do not let my girls carry tickets over to the next day though.  Again, MEAN MOMMY, but of course you can come up with whatever system works best in your house.  My girls also get outside time, too, it just isn’t included as part of this system.

Click on the image below to print your own Electronic Time Tickets.  There is a 15 minute version and a 30 minute version.  If you want a different number of minutes on the tickets just let me know and I can easily make it for you.

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South Florida Parenting Baby Fair June 7th, 2014

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babyfairLGO.epsAre you expecting or recently had a baby?  Make sure to check out South Florida Parenting’s Baby Fair on June 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pavilion in Boca Raton- 301 Yamato Road

$10 in advance (you can get South Florida Parenting Baby Fair tickets here)
$15 at the door

South Florida Parenting’s 2014 Baby Fair is the perfect place for information, education, relaxation and a little pampering – all in a tropical indoor setting at The Pavilion, which is located in the Stonegate Bank building on Yamato Road. The Baby Fair will feature prenatal and baby products and services, educational seminars, “Put your Feet up Lounge” and complimentary beverages. The Pavilion Grille will serve a complete meal or appetizer while you are at the event. Goodie bags with samples and special offers will be provided to the first 500 attendees. Dads can compete for gift cards by taking part in the “Daddy’s Diaper Duty” contests throughout the day.

2014 Baby Fair Seminars: 

Complete schedule of times will be posted  by June 1.

– Miami Children’s Hospital Nicklaus Outpatient Center:
Stages of Physical Development & Speech and Language Development

– Palm Beach County Family Central: Choosing the right daycare

– Florida Dept of Health –  Palm Beach County:
Later delivery gives baby best shot at development

– Pediatric Associates: Baby 101

– Coalition of Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention: Drowning prevention

– Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies: Mom and Baby health

– Broward Health: TBD

*  Speakers and seminars subject to change

2014 Demo Schedule:

Joe DiMaggio’s Hospital will be sponsoring our Health, Safety and Wellness area which will include:

– Infant CPR

– Daddy Diaper Derby

– Prenatal Yoga

– Baby Nutrition

   Pediatric Associates will sponsor our car seat safety checks
provided by  the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. This is a  great
opportunity to make sure your car seat is installed  properly.
Drive your vehicle under the portico at  the Pavilion Grille to
receive your free safety check.

*Topics are subject to change


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South Florida Parenting Magazine Egg-A-Palooza and Other Upcoming April South Florida Events #‎SFParenting‬

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South Florida Parenting Magazine Egg-A-Palooza
April 6 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Join South Florida Parenting and the Boca Forum for a great family event in Boca Raton. Egg-A-Palooza will feature ongoing egg hunts, where each child will find candy- and toy-filled eggs. There also will be special prize-filled eggs. No reservations are needed for the egg hunts, but don’t forget to bring an Easter basket.

The event also will include visits with the Easter Bunny, magic shows, stage entertainment, crafts, a Bunny Scavenger Hunt, face painting, inflatables, games, contests and giveaways. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Admission is $6.00 per person, with babies under 18 months admitted free of charge.  All activities are included in the admission price.  Free parking is available at nearby garages and nearby locations staring at 11:30 am.

Free Parking:
United Methodist Church 
625 N.E. Mizner Blvd.
(Within walking distance to Egg-A-Palooza)

Boca Raton City Hall
201 W. Palmetto

Boca Raton Downtown Library
400 NW 2nd Avenue

Make sure to grab this Egg-A-Palooza coupon, too!

For exhibitor information, please call Sandy Betlach at 954-596-5631.

Parking: United Methodist Church 625 N.E. Mizner Blvd.  (Within walking distance to Egg-A-Palooza)

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Here are some other awesome April South Florida Parenting events:

4th Annual Eggstravaganza – April 12
Bring the family  for a free event at Promenade at Coconut Creek, located at Wiles and Lyons Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Eggstravaganza features on-going egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, magic shows, bunny hat craft and  activities provided by local businesses.    No need to make a reservation, but be sure to bring  your Easter baskets.  All activities are free.  After the Eggstravaganza,  visit the many shops at the Promenade or enjoy lunch at our of Promenade’s restaurants.

Bunny Palooza. April 18-20
Sponsored in part by South Florida Parenting, this three-day event includes Easter egg hunts, bounce houses, a giant fun slide, a rock climbing wall, a business expo, hands-on crafts, face painting, games and giveaways. Daily parade at 12:30 p.m. with floats, bands, strolling performers, costumed characters and the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Call 305-361-5705 or visit
Free with admission: General, $41.95; Children 3-9, $31.95.

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Great Magazines at Great Prices- Many With FREEBIES!

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Looking for some great magazines at great prices?  I have rounded up a bunch of great deals for you.
Many even come with FREE gifts!
Check them out below:
Allrecipes Magazine

AllRecipes: The world’s largest food website is coming to your table in print! Allrecipes Magazine is bringing you all the best tried-and-true recipes, tips and how-to’s. In every issue of Allrecipes Magazine, you’ll find:

· Favorite recipes from America’s most experienced home cooks.
· Exciting new ways to personalize dishes and tailor recipes to your family’s tastes.
· The relaxed feeling of cooking with your best friend.
· Down-to-earth advice on saving time and money at the grocery store.

American Patchwork and Quilting

American Patchwork and Quilting: Quilting has never been so EASY … for the beginner, the intermediate, or the expert! If you love trying new patterns, making new projects and finding new fabrics, you’ll love American Patchwork and Quilting. Every issue is packed with secret tips from the pros, expert advice from renowned quilters, the latest products and resources, complete materials lists and more … plus, you’ll get huge, pull-out patterns for each project! It’s all the inspiration and help you will need to create your perfect quilt!


Fitness: Fitness delivers strategies and tools that help women make little changes to achieve big success. With a you-can-do-it attitude, our workouts, health and beauty advice, diet plans and success stories motivate readers to get strong in mind, body and spirit. The magazine empowers women to embrace fitness as a lifestyle — not an age or dress size — and to change the conversation from “skinny” to “healthy”.

Ladies Home Journal

Ladies’ Home Journal: Ladies’ Home Journal is a unique lifestyle magazine dedicated to millions of American women who want to look good, do well and feel great.  With award-winning health journalism and positive focus on empowerment, wellness and family, Ladies Home Journal encourages its readers to bring out the best in themselves and others and to play an active role in their communities.

Parent Magazine

Parents: Parents magazine helps parents understand the issues and challenges that are important to them. We make it a priority to answer your questions, address your concerns, advocate your causes and celebrate the joys of parenthood. Each month, we harness the power of our readers to advocate continuously and tirelessly for children, so that all kids can grow up in a healthy, safe, and loving environment.

Family Circle

Family Circle: Family Circle celebrates today’s family and champions the women at its center. Every page provides smart, practical solutions to help moms raise happy, healthy families. With a particular emphasis on the concerns and issues faced by mothers of tweens and teensFamily Circle fills a void as the only family service magazineFamily Circle delivers essential advice for tough parenting challenges; provides fun suggestions for family activities; offers healthy and delicious recipes; and showcases projects to create a comfortable home. Family Circle helps reader’s look and feel their best by delivering the latest health, diet and fitness news, and beauty and fashion tips.

Family Fun

FamilyFun: Welcome to FamilyFun Magazine – the only magazine dedicated to all the great things you can do with your kids. From quick rainy-day crafts to old-fashioned fun and games that don’t come in a box or cost a fortune, you’ll discover great new activities your little ones will love – as well as fresh twists on classics. Plus you’ll find hundreds of ideas for holidays and celebrations, from trick-or-treat costumes and party foods to clever Valentine cards and Thanksgiving Day games. Get it all right now, only in FamilyFun!

Country Gardens

Country Gardens: Country Gardens® celebrates the spirit and romance of gardening as a lifestyle. Whether you have 40 acres or live 40 stories high, we know that country style is more than just a trend, it’s part of our united gardening experience. Country Gardens embodies what today’s gardening enthusiasts are looking for—pretty, straightforward garden advice, casual decorating, old-fashioned garden favorites and tough-as-nails natives, the latest tools and gadgets, garden-fresh recipes, and personal stories that inspire readers to take action.

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens: When it comes to turning the house you have into the home of your dreams, you have a friend in Better Homes and Gardens. Every issue is chock full of comfort-comes-first decorating advice that helps you make a home where family and friends love to linger, provides do-able and affordable ideas to turn every room in your house into a loving reflection of yourself, and gives you green-thumb know-how to surround yourself in a garden that’s your retreat plus all those delicious quick-fixing recipes that update the comfort foods our families long for. Better Homes and Gardens – it’s where life happens.

Diabetic Living

Diabetic Living: Diabetic Living® is the only lifestyle magazine that demonstrates how to live fully each and every day while managing diabetes. Diabetic Livingaddresses a variety of health concerns for people with diabetes. Each issue offers delicious diabetes-friendly recipes tested and tasted by theBetter Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen, weight-loss strategies, blood glucose monitoring tips, medication information based on standards of medical care, wise words from inspirational people living with diabetes, and a sense of community for readers who want to take responsibility for their diabetes. Guided by our independent Advisory Board of nationally recognized health professionals, Diabetic Living features an upbeat message and action-oriented content inspiring and empowering its readers.

More Magazine


More: More magazine is for the woman who lives in a state of constant possibility, has a stylish perspective and youthful energy. We give her credit for her intelligence, achievement and sophistication.  We skip the mundane to give her – beauty, fashion, health, food, career, finance and culture.

Every Day With Rachael Ray: With practical, simple ideas and a “keep-it-real” attitude, Every Day with Rachael Ray delivers a fresh approach to cooking, entertaining, style and travel that helps you take things off your to-do lists and have fun while you’re doing it. Filled with brilliant photos and easy-to-follow directions, you’ll get dozens of 30-minute recipes, party planning tips, make-ahead ideas, innovative cooking techniques, stories from Rachael Ray herself and so much more in every issue!
Do It Yourself Magazine Do It Yourself: Do It Yourself® showcases attainable, stylish and affordable ideas for making your home “live” better. Each inspiring issue contains a mix of home decorating, remodeling, and gardening articles with a can-do, success-oriented approach. You’ll be introduced to the best new tools, books and advice you need to make sound decisions for your home… and make those “do-it-yourself” jobs easier.
Eating Well Magazine

EatingWell: Good-for-you dishes have never tasted this good! Every issue of EatingWell brings you dozens of delicious recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients from your local store or farmers’ market. You’ll even meet the people behind your food, who show you what to look for at the store. Best of all, our doctors and dietitians strip out unnecessary fats, carbs and calories from every recipe to bring out the natural flavors you love – all to make you stronger, slimmer, happier and healthier than you ever dreamed possible!

Midwest Living

Midwest Living: Midwest Living is the leading lifestyle magazine that explores the region, savors its unique flavors and celebrates the people who make the Midwest shine.  The exploration unfolds with an insider’s view of the hidden gems of the Midwest: places to go, things to see and do, all through the eyes of Midwesterners.  Food and cooking are true passions of Midwest Living. Each issue offers savory recipes, tested for flavor, prepared with indigenous ingredients and photographed in mouth-watering splendor.

Traditional Home Magazine
Traditional Home: Traditional is not a style, but a way of living. Traditional Home inspires design lovers to reinterpret classic elegance in a thoroughly modern, personal way.

From home, garden and green living to fashion, beauty, entertaining and travel, Traditional Home is a celebration of quality, craftsmanship, authenticity and family—a trusted resource that respects the past, lives in the present and embraces products designed for the future. Traditional Home—Timeless Design for Modern Living.

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How Did I Parent Today?

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 how did I parent bannerIt is sometimes so easy to slip into the same routines with your children.  We’re so busy with work, after school activities, cooking, cleaning, taking care of a million and one things that we get on a treadmill of sorts and just go through the motions with our children daily without really being present and in the moment with them.  How many times have you answered a question your child asked without really thinking about the question or the answer, just to tell them something so they would walk away so you could finish what you were doing?  Most of us are guilty of this.  It’s not that we don’t love and adore our children.  We just have a lot on our plates and we forget to stop and think before we parent.  Here’s a handy list I came up with to try to ask yourself each day to self-assess your parenting.  It’s not to make you feel bad if you didn’t do everything on the list each day.  No one is perfect parent.  Even your friends who seem to be perfect parents on the outside.  They screw up, too.  We all do.  Don’t punish yourself if you weren’t the parent you wanted to be today.
Print this list and use it as a daily reminder to help you be the best parent you can be.

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31 Day Parenting Challenge

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This year one of my resolutions is to spend more quality time with my children.  I’ve created this 31 day challenge to challenge myself and anyone who wants to join me.  Start on the first day of the month (it doesn’t have to be January).  See if you can complete the task of the day for all 31 days of the challenge.  I wrote the list to be completed in order but if you want to print the list, complete it in a different order, and just cross off each activity as you go, that’s fine, too.  Make it your own.  Go with what works best for your and your family.  Let me know how many you do.  What were your favorite challenges?  What were your children’s favorite challenges?  Have any ideas to add to the challenge?  Let me know!

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