How to Organize Your Holiday Shopping

The best way to spend your holiday is with your loved ones. When visiting friends and family, it is common practice not to go empty-handed. For the adults, you can buy gifts such as a smart mug or charging hub. For the kids, educational toys such as LEGO Robotics toys are perfect gifts.
In America, the holiday season starts from thanksgiving (November 25). However, juicy holiday deals usually start flowing in from companies like Walmart between October and December. While the mouth-watering deals may not be available every day of the week for this period, some certain dates such as Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays are …

Style During Motherhood

How to Keep Your Style During Motherhood?

Motherhood is always associated with being busy all the time, which is true. Once you become a mother, the responsibilities are heavier. Your priorities will change from being single to having children.
These alterations could also affect various aspects of your life, such as your style. You may not put so much pressure on what you wear when you go outside, meet with friends, or go on vacations. This is because when you begin your journey as a mother, your style is almost not on the top of your list.
However, it is still possible to maintain your personal style after becoming a mother. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Evaluate and Be Creative
Going back to your old …

How to Start Financially Preparing for College Early

Parents tend to have it in the back of their minds fairly early on that they might want to prepare for their children’s college costs. Fortunately, those costs are less burdensome in Canada than in many other parts of the world. Part of this is because of education before college. An in-depth look at who spends most on education just a few years ago in fact put the average spent between primary school and the undergraduate level around $22,000 in Canada — far below rates in, say, the U.S. or China. This means parents often have more opportunities to save for college while kids are going through earlier levels of education.
But conditions are also favorable because tuition levels at many prominent Canadian universities are also…

Spring Cleaning: How to Make it More Manageable

Spring cleaning seems to be a very large chore, and sometimes, things can go out of hand. This means that there are just so many things to rearrange or dispose of, and you might get overwhelmed with doubt about what to do first or next.
If you want to make the cleaning more manageable, here is a recommended 7-day cleaning schedule:
DAY 1: Bathrooms
This is probably the least appealing part of the house to clean, but surprisingly, it can be easy to clean up. After all, it is easier to spray the interior with water since there is a drain. From scrubbing the tiles and toilet bowl to applying chemical agents, make sure to be extra careful.
DAY 2: Kitchen
The kitchen …

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Strawberry desserts might not be as sweet as chocolates, but they are more preferable for the health-conscious. When the strawberry season comes and an abundant harvest of the fruit, you can try this strawberry rhubarb crisp recipe.
This particular recipe is super easy to make. It will be a sure hit not only for kids but also for adults.

stalks of rhubarb (sliced in thick pieces) = 6 pieces
strawberries (sliced and hulled) = 2 cups
sugar = 1/4 cup


all-purpose flour = 1 cup
rolled oats = 1/2 cup

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Your kids are at a point where they move without worries. The activity and playfulness are what keep their bodies adjusted as they are growing. After that, they just want to gobble the food they want, but unfortunately, sweets and junk foods are their usual top choices.
It is hard to train kids to live a healthy lifestyle, and so you have to be more creative in your approach. You can start small, like a snack or dessert. Good thing that healthy smoothies are just as tasty as chocolate shakes and ice creams.
Here are 2 smoothie recipes that utilize pineapple and another fruit: one is strawberry, and the other is mango….

Self-Care Vs. Self-Sabotage

After a stressful day or week, you want to do something for yourself. Two of the easiest choices are food and online streaming. You may order ice cream or pizza as a celebration of completing a hard day’s work, or you can opt to roll over your bed after a hectic week and enjoy a TV series marathon, or both. All may seem like activities for ‘self-care’ until the results of over-indulgence manifest themselves the following days.
You feel bloated and heavy. Your body is harder to motivate to get active than usual. After giving in to the curiosities promoted by the ending of each episode, the next thing you know is that you lack sleep and have headaches. In short, you become unhealthy, and your so-…

Self-Care After Christmas: Think Of It As Your New Year’s Preview

Christmas is the busiest holiday for most people. It is a celebration rooted in a happy historical event; this is usually the holiday where reunions happen. Of course, the more gatherings, the more food, and enjoyment you are exposed to.
You get tons of meals around, and more than half of them are bound to be leftovers for pre-heating in the following days. These meals are not usually healthy, but they can be very delicious. Many of the secret recipes and traditional dishes will be showcased on the table for everyone to appreciate while eating.
When things are going great, the next thing you know is you are at your fourth bottle of wine. You participate in whatever fun activities are being conducted and continue to indulge …

Strawberry and Cream Scones

Want to utilize excess strawberries into cozy desserts? Try this strawberry and cream scone recipe. Your kids will surely love it.

all-purpose flour (sifted) = 2 cups
baking powder = 1 tablespoon
granulated sugar = 3 tablespoons
salt = 1/2 teaspoon
chilled butter (cut into cubes) = 6 tablespoons
small organic strawberries (diced and hulled) = 12 pieces
lemon zest = 1 tablespoon

Ingredients For Glaze (Optional):

icing sugar = 1 1/2 cup
half and half cream = 2 tablespoons
vanilla = 1/2 teaspoon
lemon = a squeeze


How I Am Encouraging Our Kids to Become More Independent

The reason for encouraging independence is to build a sense of responsibility. A parent cannot always be around for his/her kids, and that is why teaching them to be reliable is important. However, it may be a bit heavy on them at first, and thus, the following tips will help you ease your kids’ transition towards independence:
1. Use tools for reminders.
Having a board on the corner, a calendar of schedules, stick-it notes, and magnets on the fridge are some of the most common and useful things for reminding your kids. Make it very noticeable and free of ambiguity.
2. Create a snack container that is self-serving.
The days of you serving your kids with snacks has to be …