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Elf On The Shelf Help

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 6, 2013 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

To be honest, I really don’t understand “Elf on a Shelf.” All I know is when I am on social media sites like Pinterest or Facebook I see all these elves doing crazy things. I have been watching with anxiety as moms are crazy with trying to make this elf do strange things. Mind you [...]

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Nobody Darns Their Socks Anymore

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 19, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

Think about it: when was the last time you took a needle and thread out and repaired a hole in your sock? Chances are if you are younger than I am you haven’t ever done it. We are now living in a consumable society where we can buy 6 pairs of socks for $6. We [...]

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Skills I Want My Boys To Have

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 3, 2013 in Family, life, Moms, money |

Raising children is a slippery slope at times. We have to compete against friends and the media and our busy schedules to try to mold and grow children into productive members of society. I have one child that has left the nest and I am preparing for two more to leave in the next four [...]

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Create Systems That Work For You And Not Against You

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 1, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

As busy people we are always trying to find more time in our day. With my clients that is my job is to help find those hidden pockets of time that they didn’t know existed before. But when creating systems that work for my client, I must also think of the habits and ages of [...]

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Post Graduation Tips To My Son

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 23, 2012 in Family, life, Moms, money |

  The countdown is on for my oldest child to leave the nest. I am feeling the twinges of guilt suddenly worried that I didn’t teach him everything he needs to know before he leaves home. I keep reminding myself that this is what our goal in parenthood is all about; we want our children [...]

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Consider Quality Not Quantity

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 13, 2011 in Family, Holidays, life, Moms |

I always find my blog post ideas in everyday conversations. This one came while I was at a swim meet on Saturday. I was talking to another mom and we started talking about what our kids wanted for Christmas and when I spoke out loud what I was getting them, it didn’t sound like much. [...]

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For the Sake of Your Children; Learn to Throw Stuff Away

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 30, 2011 in Family, life, Moms |

  So often when I work with client’s they are terrified to throw* anything of their child’s away. I am not sure where this fear comes from, but parents everywhere I give you permission to start to throw your kid’s stuff away. I am talking about gum wrappers, broken bracelets, one earring without a mate. torn books, pieces of [...]

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Part 3: Back To School Organizing

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 15, 2011 in Family, life, Moms |

Back to school not only means new clothes and school supplies, but it also means a list of other items that parents have to check off their to do list. Try to schedule all of these appointments on one day in order for the work outside the home parent to only have to take one [...]

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Part 2: Back To School Organizing

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 9, 2011 in Family, life, Moms |

The start of school is right around the corner. For many families, it can be a chaotic time of year. It doesn’t need to be! Here are five easy steps for getting kids organized for school:   1. School supplies: The stores are now stocked with all the school supplies they’ll be getting in for [...]

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Part 1: Back to School Organizing

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 1, 2011 in Family, life, Moms |

August is upon us and the school bells will be ringing way too soon! It just felt like summer arrived, but now is the time to get that paper monster in check! Here is just a brief description of some ideas to help you make that influx of papers more manageable.  Paper Clutter: First realize [...]

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