When productivity tools get in the way of actual productivity

I recently got a new iPhone. As I was choosing apps to download, I realized I've gotten to the place where I really just want the basics -- social media, email, weather and driving directions, etc. I'm a sucker for new technology, cool apps and fancy systems. I like to try them just to see…

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Happy 4th {And Finding Freedom from Other People’s Expectations}

I love the 4th of July! Not only because I'm that girl who cries every time I sing The Star-Spangled Banner but also because it's such a celebratory holiday. While there are certainly sad parts about Independence Day and the war that followed, it's really about commemorating the birth of our country, which makes the…

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How to Offer Advice {And How Not To!}

I've been the recipient of a lot of advice lately -- some solicited, some not. If I'm honest, some of that advice has left me frustrated, and I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why some of it rubbed me the wrong way while the rest did not. I am 100% sure…

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Why Parents Need More Sleep and How to Get It

The following post is from Kat of Inspired To Action: Honestly? Sleep is amazing. It's like a parent's magic bullet. Sleep can make you more patient overnight. It can make you look years younger and it can dramatically increase your energy. These aren't wild claims;they're basic facts. It seems so simple, so … magical, yet…

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The {Relaxing} Summer Bucket List

The following post is from Amanda of OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids: The week before my daughter graduated from Kindergarten (*gulp*), I told my husband, "I am so excited about summer because I want Lydia to stop growing up!" I felt like every single day last year she grew up a little bit--with the new…

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Overnight Success: How to Be a More Patient Mom

The following post is from Kat of Inspired To Action: Have you ever been grumpy with your kids? Have you ever used a tone of voice you regretted? Have you ever overreacted? Have you ever wished you were a more patient mother? If not, you might want to move along. For all you humans reading…

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The Thumb-Sucking Dilemma and How Our Oldest Finally Stopped

Meet Peyton. She's 7, and the firstborn of two firstborns. Enough said. When Peyton was a baby, she loved her pacifier. But she would lose it over and over and over again at night, waking up each time in a panic, until her Mommy was so tired from getting up to pop it back it…

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How a "Clean Kitchen Counter" Will Make You a More Peaceful and Happy Mom

The following post is from Kat of Inspired To Action: You know that feeling you get when your kitchen counters are nice and clean? If you're like me, you might need to jog the ole memory banks.So let me remind you... It's a feeling of peacefulness, like all is right with the world. It's a…

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Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

I'm so excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, to offer a free live webinar. Various dates and times are available. The session is… Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling, and Amy promises that we’ll walk away with concrete tools we can use right away to see results.…

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Get the Customer Service You Deserve

The following post is from Christina of Northern Cheapskate: Whether you bought a defective product or were treated poorly by a company, you always have the right to good customer service. As the saying goes, "No one cares about your money as much as you do." Sure, it may be a hassle to return a…

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