15 Cheap or Free Things to Do For a Birthday

15 Cheap or Free Things to Do For a Birthday

Inside: Looking for things to do for a birthday that don’t cost an arm and a leg? Get a few new tricks to spring on the birthday boy or girl this year!

After 8 1/2 hours of pitocin induced, unmedicated labor, I was finally holding my first born baby boy.  My Hubby and I examined him and beamed at each other.  We weren’t quite sure what we’d just gotten ourselves into, but we were ready to give it a go!  And we knew that this birthday would always be special to us.

Over the years, we’ve kept the birthdays of every family member special.  There are so many things to do for a birthday without spending a ton of money!  You can make the birthday boy or girl feel special with a few touches that don’t have to empty your bank account (or take a ton of planning!).

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The One Thing This Mom Does At The End of the School Year

The One Thing This Mom Does At The End of the School Year

Inside:  Looking for a special way to mark the end of the school year? Try this awesome low cost idea…but you better be good at keeping secrets!

My high school graduation was certainly memorable!  The staff member in charge of seating made arrangements so that couples were seated by each other, so I got to share the day with the man I’d later marry.  (So thoughtful!)  Later, I had a graduation party and received special gifts including a nice flute that would improve my playing abilities as a music major.

But the most special gift I received was a copy of Dr. Suess’ “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”  Inside was a special note of encouragement my Mom had written just for me.

I never forgot about that book (in fact, I still have it!).  And as my first born son was wrapping up his kindergarten year, I decided to go ahead and buy the book for him, too.

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Give Your Kids The Best Things In Life By Telling Them No

Give Your Kids The Best Things In Life By Telling Them No

Inside:  Why you should get over your discomforts and learn to tell your kids no.

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Our 9 year old has decided that he wants–no, needs to own a fidget.  Do you know about fidgets?  They’re the latest craze with kids.  It’s a pretty cool idea, actually.  It’s a small toy that kids can spin and… well, basically fidget with to keep their hands occupied.  Perfect for occupying busy boys.  (Here’s an example.)

My Mom had bought small fidgets for my older two boys, and she offered to get one for him, too.  But he wanted a slightly different model for himself.  Trouble is, he had spent all of his money on a giant Lego set months ago and hadn’t refilled his piggy bank since then.

Part of me wanted to plop down the money for the toy and let him have it.  After all, it’s only a few dollars.  Even in our #yearofno it wouldn’t be much to spend.  And who can turn down a cute face asking for such a small thing?

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How to Develop Self Control: 5 Tips to Get What You Want Most

How to Develop Self Control: 5 Tips to Get What You Want Most

Inside:  You’re so tired of caving to every little temptation. But you don’t know how to develop self control! These 5 tips will change your thinking in no time.

I was sitting in church on Palm Sunday, when the deacon began talking about the Gospel.  On Palm Sunday, the masses were laying out palms for Jesus to walk across.  But by Thursday, they were calling for His death.

It struck me that the human struggle to stay focused on our life purpose is not new.  It’s innate human behavior that we all have to work hard to rise above.

Christians, for instance, have to fight their entire lives to avoid “feels good now” temptations in order to get what they want the most in the after life.  But there are many smaller journeys in life that are a good reflection of that.  Maybe we have been given the gift of practice rounds as we go.  What if we’re missing it?

Think about the last diet you tried.  You decided to start a journey of healthier eating, with your end goal being a number on the scale or the shirt tag.  It probably started great, until you were tempted by your favorite treat.  Or there was a celebration that you needed to take part in (and that always involves delicious food!).

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Daring Random Acts of Kindness for Kids (Free Printable!)

Daring Random Acts of Kindness for Kids (Free Printable!)

I’d had enough.  It was another one of those days where you wake to the sound of bickering, and it doesn’t stop until everyone is asleep.  With a school break on the horizon, I knew I had to do something.  We had to change the mood of the house before all of us went crazy.  We needed more kindness in our home.

There are many ways to encourage kids to share more random acts of kindness in their day.  But I wanted to make it into a game rather than something resembling a punishment.  After all, forced acts of kindness don’t seem likely to catch on.

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Don’t Cry Because They’re Growing Up: Why Tweens are Amazing

Don’t Cry Because They’re Growing Up: Why Tweens are Amazing

Yoplait has a brand new product called Yoplait ® Go Big™, and it’s designed with your teen or tween in mind.  Go Big knows how amazing teens and tweens are, so they’ve challenged me to write a letter to my tween about all of his awesome qualities.

How could I turn that down?  Just like many mothers, I’ve noticed that my tween is definitely getting bigger.  He doesn’t need me the same way he did when he was younger.

But you know what?  It’s ok!  And here’s why.

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