How To Limit Electronics for Kids. It’s one of the greatest mysteries of the 21st century. Of course you could always just not introduce them in the first place but that ship sailed for us a few years ago. Since it’s too late to go off the grid, I’m bringing back this How to Limit Screen Time for Kids Summer Electronics Chart that worked great for us last year, a free printable that you too can introduce at home. “You’re Welcome Prudent Children!” HA!
Actually, my kiddos have really embraced this system. They like the independence of keeping track of their own activities as well as the variety of things they are required to do throughout the day. I’ve even embraced the system for myself, reading and painting when they are doing their activities and doing my computer work when they are engrossed with electronics time.
Look at them drawing!
Look at them baking!
Some other adjustments we have made to our system include rules like “no electronics before 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon,” and “a total daily electronics limit of 2 hours.” Even if they don’t want screen time, they still have to complete their checklist for the day.
Here’s how it works.
Each week each kid gets a new printout of the sheet, which you can download and print as a PDF or JPEG. It would also be a great idea to laminate the sheet and use a dry erase marker to conserve paper. The lines at the bottom can be used to list chores for the week, positive notes for the kiddo, or rewards and allowance.
Looking for a perfect Croatia itinerary for your upcoming trip? I am here to tell you where to go in Croatia in one week.
If you’re looking for an ideal Croatia itinerary, read on and find out
Where to go in Croatia
Where to stay in Croatia
What cities and islands to visit in Croatia
How to travel between the major spots
and what to do while you’re there!
A Perfect Croatia Itinerary in One Week
A perfect Croatia itinerary will include stops in the major cities of Dubrovnik, Split, and Zagreb along with a visit to some beautiful islands on the Adriatic, and side trips to gorgeous, waterfalled-filled National Parks.
You can easily change or adjust this itinerary based on your vacation dreams – more islands? Easy, stay another night or hop another ferry to a new island (details below). Want to spend more time visiting sites from Game of Thrones or hiking amongst waterfalls? That’s easy too.
Traveling around the stunning country of Croatia is simple by ferry, bus, rental car, or inexpensive flights. I’ll share our perfect Croatia itinerary, but use this as a guide to figure out where to go in Croatia that will satisfy your wanderlust just the way you want it to. We started in Split, but you can do this itinerary backwards just as easily by starting in Dubrovnik and working your way up the coast to Split, then inland to Zagreb. For a perfect Croatia Itinerary you will want to visit at least the following…
Where to go in Croatia:
Korcula or at least one other island of your choice
Plitvice National Park
If you have more time, add on stops at additional islands, Sibenik, and Zadar, or even day trip to Bosnia Herzegovina or Montenegro. Here is our perfect itinerary for fitting it all into about a week, with plenty of city exploration time and also some gorgeous relaxation time on the islands of the Dalmatian coast. (more…)
Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Here’s some Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to help you find the perfect gift for the special women in your life, and also maybe a little something for yourself. Not all moms are the same, of course. Some moms are artsy-craftsy, some are buttoned up career women, some are chic and some are all about fun, and most can’t be put in any one category! Inspired by all the moms including Melissa McCarthy’s character in her new comedy Life of the Party, in theaters just in time for Mother’s Day, we’ve assembled the ultimate gift guide with something for every mom.
Any big-hearted mama would love a Rescue Gift in her name to the International Rescue Committee, an organization that responds to some of the world’s worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery. With your gift, you get a personalized card to send or email your recipient.
LEGO BrickHeadz Go Brick Me Building Kit may seem like an odd gift choice for mom but I know plenty of women who would love a Brick Head version of themselves, either a self-portrait or made by their little ones. Raises hand!
You knew it was coming! How about treating mom to a girls night out at the movies for Mother’s Day? Melissa McCarthy stars as an old school mom who creates a whole new life in LIFE OF THE PARTY – a hilarious comedy perfect for a mother daughter date, and it’s in theaters May 11! I wish my mom lived closer so we could go see this together. OMG va-google, I can’t deal. It looks hilarious, take a peek…
When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna—now Dee Rock—embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.
This CK Bradley Beaded Clutch has me drooling. I can’t get enough of these tropical prints just in time for Summer Jacinda to come out of hibernation.
I actually just got my mom these Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils for her birthday, proving that you are never too old to get giddy over a rainbow of fresh new art supplies. It can’t just be the gals in my family. New colored pencils are just the best.
Hoop Dreams: Modern Hand Embroidery is simply stunning. The designs are gorgeous and I am totally inspired to rediscover my love of embroidery this Summer since it travels so easily. If you gave this book to a crafty mom or grandma, I bet you would end up with some beautiful pieces for your walls, I’m just saying.
Can I just say one more time how excited I am to go see Life of the Party on Mother’s Day weekend. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a grown up movie in the theater. Mama, come see a movie with me!!!
When we were in Austin last month, Jaime brought these pretty Quinn Sandals from Madewell. They were cute with shorts, jeans, a skirt, everything, and she even wore them for a 5 mile walk straight out of the box. With a bit of heel they can be dressy or casual, I just love them.
Native American inspired seed bead earrings are making a comeback and I am obsessed. When the Texas Summer takes hold and I turn to light dresses and struggle buns, I’ll be adding a pair of these to jazz up every outfit. I just love them. Did I just say “jazz up?”
These hand-stamped Spoons can be ordered with any name or saying but she has some really cute ones ready to order. I don’t need much in my life but a pretty spoon for my coffee that made me think of someone every day would be cherished.
Ok, I’m going to go a little MLM on you but have you tried Color Street Nail Strips? My neighbor started selling them and I quickly became obsessed. I haven’t been to the nail salon in months. Send my girl Cathy a facebook shout if you want a free sample. There are a lot of cute styles and more come out all the time. I even got my mom hooked the last time she visited.
Jaime has one of these Lightbox’s in her house and her husband changes the letters on her all the time, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
We are still drooling over Jaime’s Tween Girl Bedroom Remodel Before & After!
When we bought our mid-century modern house a couple years ago, it had great bones but needed some serious work. Scarlet especially wanted her room to be fixed up of course. It had greenish-brown shag carpet that was 50 years old (gag). She said “It looks and smells like barf.” She wasn’t wrong. The door opens to the pool and 50 years of moisture coming in and out, well… It had to go. The room also had a wall of mirrored closet doors – the kind that are supposed to slide, but never do because they are always stuck. So, because it was unsanitary and dysfunctional, we decided to give this girl a bedroom makeover without breaking the bank. (more…)
We have the 11 Best Margarita Recipes for you to enjoy all spring and summer, not just for Cinco De Mayo!
My go to drink order is a classic Margarita Recipe on the rocks with salt (or a Skinny Margarita, depending on who’s making it.) With Cinco de Maya just around the corner, I’m starting to think about entertaining my friends with a pitcher of the classic Best Margarita Recipe, or one of these more creative 11 Best Margarita Recipes like the Spicy Pomegranate Margarita or the Sangria Swirl Margarita. Jaime and I were just in Austin for a conference and I definitely sampled many, many Margarita Recipes, my favorite was a Grapefruit, Jalapeño, and Texas Honey Margarita, which I’m planning to recreate for my next poolside party. Read on for the 11 BEST MARGARITA RECIPES…
My friends, you have to surprise your kids and learn how to make grape bunnies for Easter, or actually just surprise them with some tomorrow morning before school, they are that simple to make.
You don’t even need to add marshmallow tails, except how cute are marshmallow tails? When our waitress at the Asian Buffet, I know, I know, don’t be jealous of how glamorous we are, brought a few of these to our table with our fortune cookies, we all went nuts for them. They are just so simple and adorable, and healthy.
Read on for the simple instructions for how to make grape bunnies for Easter! (more…)
I love to do a little meal planning, at least for breakfast, or I end up not eating at all. This no-bake tahini bars recipe is an easy one to whip up on Sunday night, then I have a superfood-packed breakfast bar ready to go every morning, all week long.
Tahini is a delicious paste made of sesame seeds. It imparts a nutty flavor and a rich texture that is so satisfying to eat. I love using it for these breakfast bars as a sort of “glue” to hold all the goodness of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and superfoods together. It’s a little slice of rich, delicious, nutrient-packed heaven to start your day off right.
This tahini bars recipe is amazing because it is:
Packed with superfoods (chia seeds, hemp, maca, blueberries)
Easy to make (no bake)
Delicious – a little sweet with a bit of tang
Gluten free and paleo
Packed with healthy fats from nuts
Filling enough to last until lunch
You can make this tahini bars recipe with pretty much any combination of nuts, grains, and dried fruits you have on hand. I make it a little differently each time – the “glue” of coconut oil, tahini, and honey stays the same every time, but sometimes I use cashews, sometimes almonds, sometimes pistachios, and it’s always delicious. You can also mix up the dried fruits, for these tahini bars I used dried cranberries and blueberries, but they are also delicious with dried apricots, dates, or even mangoes.
I’m remodeling my mid century modern bathroom. Find some inspiration for remodeling and updating mid century bathrooms and tag along with me as I go through the whole remodeling process step by step on my mid century modern home (it’s 70 years old!).
Oh man. OH MAN was my master bathroom disgusting. When we bought our mid century modern house two years ago, we knew we would want to re-do it, but of course we kept having other situations that needed to be handled first. The master bathroom remodel kept getting put off. One day, the pipes all backed up and the shower filled with the contents of those pipes and we decided to go for it. I never knew I could be so excited to have a shower full of poop. But there I was, cheering. I’ll start with a few images of bathrooms I found inspiring from Pinterest, before you have to look at how hideous my current bathroom is.
I love the use of space in this bathroom, and the layout is very similar to mine.
I love the clean white feeling in this bathroom, and the warm wood custom vanity.
And I love the tile in this bathroom, so much I chose the same ones.
Read more to experience my mid century modern bathroom remodel in all it’s disgusting glory… (more…)