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8 Tips to Make Grocery Shopping Hassle-Free

Raise your hand if you look forward to grocery shopping. That’s what I thought.

As a mom of two small children grocery shopping is not fun. I know there are options available for grocery delivery or pick-up, but there are times when I need to go to the store myself. Sometimes it’s because I don’t have the extra funds to pay for delivery service or because I would rather pick my own produce or meats. If I am going to do my own shopping, I don’t want to spend more time than I have to in the supermarket. Spending a few minutes at home preparing for the trip can save lots of time in the store.  Here’s how:

1.Keep an ongoing list handy – whether it be on the fridge or in your planner – and jot down items as you run low or run out. This saves so much time! There’s no checking the pantry as you are ready to walk out the door.

2. Meal Plan! Plan menus in advance so you know what you have on-hand and what you need to shop for. Be sure to check recipes for special ingredients so you are prepared.

3. Before leaving home, put your grocery list in the order of the aisles at the grocery store. If you aren’t a frequent shopper (because you’re more of a delivery kind of person), break your list down into sections: Produce, Dairy, Canned Goods, Dry Goods, Deli, Meats/Poultry, Household, Snacks, Drinks, etc.  This will keep you from circling the store!

4. Use a Coupon Organizer and arrange your coupons in alphabetical order or according to your store’s aisles.

5. Shop early! There is the least amount of traffic in the morning and you’ll get the freshest meats and baked goods!

6. Park close to the exit doors. You won’t have to push a heavy cart as far… unless of course you’re trying to sneak in a work-out while grocery shopping.

7. Shop with a partner. Grab your husband/boyfriend – or if you have teens – and split the list. Make it a team effort to grab everything on your list and meet at the check-out.

8. When loading the grocery belt, put the items in the order in which they’ll be bagged. Keep like items together to make it easier to put away when you get home. And don’t forget to put the bread and fragile foods, like eggs, last so they end up on top of the cart.

These simple tips will keep you on track and save you time the next time you have to grocery shop. Do you have a tip for saving time at the grocery store? I’d love to hear it!


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Top 5 Reasons to Use a Paper Planner

I’ve seen several posts on social media over the past few days about planners. Most of the posts were asking what kind of planner others use and why. I noticed a lot of comments from people asking why someone would want to use a paper planner instead of an app, to-do list, or calendar on their phone. I even had a discussion with a friend the other night about my planners and the person thought I was crazy for wanting to “write” stuff out when I have a computer that could very easily organize all my information. I have been using a Classic Happy Planner for two years now and I love it. I actually decided this year to add a Mini Happy Planner to the mix. My Happy Planner is mostly for myself – I put everything in there that I need to do to take care of the house, the kids, and my online business. I picked up a Mini so that I could keep track of our bills and other important information that doesn’t make me quite as “happy!” I understand that some people think it’s silly with all the technology at our fingertips these days, but here are my Top 5 Reasons for Using a Paper Planner (or two)!

1. Accountability

There’s something about writing things out that makes me more productive. I like to think about what I want to accomplish in a day or week and write it out. Once it’s written, I look forward to completing the task – no matter what it is – so I can check it off. It holds me accountable and putting that little check mark next to the item makes me feel good!

2. Keeping Organized

I like to plan my week out on Sundays. I write in everything that’s going on that week – appointments, phone calls that need to be made, bills that need to be paid, chores, meals, projects, activities for the kids, and family activities.

3. Tracking Habits

I am currently trying to drink more water, so I made a small tracker to add to my weekly spread that I can track how many glasses of water I drink in a day. I also want to make more time for myself, so I am going to attempt to write one thing I’ve done for myself every day. I know a lot of people like to track other things such as fitness, foods, moods, etc. These are all terrific ideas and, who knows, maybe I’ll add something else in as the year progresses.

4. It’s NOT Digital

That’s right, I want to use a paper planner because it isn’t on my computer, phone, or tablet. I spend enough time on these things for business, shopping, and social media. It’s a nice break.

5. Creative Time

It gives me some time for myself at least once a week and I get to have a little creative/crafty time. Between stickers, washi tapes, and pretty pens, I’m all set!


So there you have it – My Top 5 Reasons for Using a Paper Planner! If you use a paper planner, I’d love to hear your reasons.



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Word for the Year: PEACE

For the past several years I have seen many people choose a word for the year. This word provides focus and remains with you throughout the year. Instead of a resolution – which let’s face it – most of us break rather quickly – it’s a way to make yourself a better person without limiting yourself to one thing. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought over the past few weeks knowing that the New Year was approaching. I thought of several words and their meanings and ways to apply them to my daily life, but the one word that I kept coming back to was “peace.” I’ve noticed a decrease of peace in my life and in increase in stress lately. I’ve been thinking of ways to implement my word over the next 12 months and I’ve come up with a short list. The list may seem little, but the ideas behind it are BIG!

To start, I’ve chosen a quote to keep in mind: “Every day brings a choice to practice stress or to practice peace.” This is absolutely perfect for me because it’s just what I want.

Then I created my short list of ways to live peacefully:

  1. Set limits.
  2. Slow down.
  3. Unclutter.
  4. Accept and let go.
  5. Breathe.

Seems simple, right?! I hope so! My bigger thoughts or “goals” for each of those things goes much deeper… and here’s what I’m thinking.

Set limits. This means a few things to me, in no particular order. I have a tendency to take on more than I can handle at times because I don’t like to say, “no.” This almost always causes me stress because I never want to disappoint anyone, but I need to learn to set limits and know when I’ve reached my limit. For me, it also means setting more limits with my kids – again, not wanting to disappoint, but knowing when they’ve had enough screen time, snacks, etc. It sounds silly, but I’m always involved in taking care of devices and fixing food and this often stresses me because every time I start to do something that needs to be done, I’m interrupted and by the time I’m finished with the kids it doesn’t seem like I ever get to finish what I started. And lastly, setting a limit for social media. I  know I’m not the only one who can get sucked into mindless scrolling or pinning!

Slow down. If I can’t get it all done in one day, it’s okay.  Taking time to just stop and enjoy little moments.

Unclutter. Clutter and kids just seem to go together! So I’m not talking about the mounds of toys and games, but little things like letting the mail pile up because I don’t feel like dealing with it. That’s a big one for me. I truly despise the mail. I should really just put a trash can next to the mailbox and deal with it before it even makes it in the front door. (Hmmm… That’s not such a bad idea.) And then there’s the pantry. And my desk. Oh, my desk. The clutter of those things can really work my nerves, but hopefully I can tackle those things one day at a time and keep them clutter free.

Accept and let go. Easier said than done, I’m sure. But this one I really need to work on. I can get so worked up over situations and circumstances I cannot control.  I let these things consume my brain. Sadly, I often find that I’m the only one upset, while the person (or people) who have upset me move on, and quite frankly, could care less and I’m the only one who ends up feeling sad, hurt, or stressed. I need to practice accepting these things I cannot change and move on.

Breathe. That’s right — inhale and exhale.  This is another quote I found that I really like: “Inhale peace. Exhale stress. Inhale calm. Exhale worry.” – Mary Davis

In order to keep my Word of the Year close, I’ve created a special page that I inserted at the very beginning of my Happy Planner. I can leave it right in the front or I can move it to the beginning of each new month.

Planner Pic

Do you have a word for the year? If so, what is it? I’d love to hear them!

Happy New Year!

– Denise

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Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Our family has had a membership to Longwood Gardens for the past three years, but we’ve never managed to get there to see the Christmas displays. It either gets too cold or our schedules get too crazy. This year I was determined to get there. Last week’s weather was very mild and we made it a point to clear our schedules to visit. The kids – ages three and five – were looking forward to seeing the lights and our son couldn’t wait to see the train which is only on display during the Fall and Christmas seasons. But it wasn’t just the Garden Railway that they were looking forward to — they enjoy the Tree House and believe it or not, they are very interested in the different types of plants and flowers throughout the grounds and in the Conservatory. Since Alyssa (3) has been visiting since she was a baby and Tyler (5) has been visiting since age 2, they have become very appreciative of the beauty found at the Gardens. It is a fantastic learning experience for them and it brings me joy to see them stop and ask for us to read the informational signs to them. This past summer they were so involved in the Waterlily Display that one of the workers actually came over to them and gave them a little lesson on the plants and allowed them to touch them. During this visit as we were walking along a path, Tyler stopped to admire the lights and snowflakes in one of the large trees and he said he remembered when that was lit and there were fireflies and music. A man passing by us stopped and asked how old he was and said that he was quite impressed that Tyler was recalling “Nightscapes” from a couple years ago. I love that our children enjoy visiting here!

We knew we were going to be in for a treat when we could see a tree covered in green lights all the way from the road before the entrance. I mean, there are over a half-million lights to be seen once you enter the Gardens. From trees illuminated with “icicles” outside to gorgeous displays inside, the whole experience is breathtaking. Here are a few of my favorite photos from our visit. I have many more, but I don’t want to spoil it for you if you want to go this season!


Longwood Gardens: Icicle Tree

Berries and Poinsettias

Longwood Gardens: Berries and Poinsettias

Orchid Tree

Longwood Gardens: Orchid Tree

Apples, Cranberries and Walnuts

Longwood Gardens: Apples, Cranberries and Walnuts

I think the Exhibition Hall with the apples, cranberries, and walnuts was our family’s favorite part – we were in awe of the estimated 670,000 cranberries, 8,000 Granny Smith Apples, and 3,000 walnuts used to create the patterns. Crazy, right?!

If you plan on visiting, be sure to check out the Longwood Gardens website for their calendar of events and for more information. The membership really is a terrific value especially if you intend on visiting more than once a year.

Bundle up and take your travel mug with hot chocolate and enjoy an unforgettable experience that will become a family tradition. I would love to hear about your favorite part too!




Walmart Grocery Pick-Up: Is it worth it?

This honest review of Walmart Grocery Pick-Up is unpaid and unsponsored. I’ve been using the service and wanted to share my experience with you.

I don’t know about you, but going grocery shopping is not something I look forward to — especially with two little kids. About two years ago, our local grocery store started offering Shop from Home, which I found to be a great time-saver as well as a money-saver. There were no impulse buys, no forgetting items, and best of all, I didn’t have to leave the house! It was completely worth the fee when it was freezing cold.  But then I started thinking that $16 ( $10.00 shopping fee + $5.95 delivery fee) was crazy and I would do pick-up and still pay the $10 shopping fee. That was short-lived. I was too cheap. No matter how much time it was saving me, I couldn’t bring myself to spend that extra money. I went back to shopping late in the evening once my husband was home to be with the kids. Again, not something I look forward to because if I get some “free-time” I would rather be anywhere but the grocery store.

Enter Walmart Grocery Pick-Up.

About a month ago, my local Walmart started advertising Grocery Pick-Up. Well, isn’t this just fantastic! I looked it up and guess what? There is NO SHOPPING FEE! That’s right – no shopping fee. Someone will shop for me for FREE. All I have to do is pick up my bags. I should mention that there is a $30 minimum order, but if you are grocery shopping, that’s easy to do.  I’ve used the service several times now and each experience has been great. I decided to document today’s pick-up to show you how wonderful it really is.

Last night I created my meal plan for the next two weeks. I was able to go through my Pinterest boards and pick my recipes, make my grocery list while checking the pantry, fridge, and freezer, and add all the items I needed to my cart on the Walmart Grocery website. You can use the app too – whatever works for ya! My list was fairly short because I only needed the ingredients I didn’t already have on hand. I loaded my cart, scheduled my pick-up time for between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. today and checked out. All I had to do was wait for my email that my order was ready for pick-up.

I received my email at 12:30 p.m. (a half hour ahead of schedule) that my order was ready.

I finished my lunch and when I was ready to go, all I had to do was open the Walmart Grocery App on my phone and “Check-In.” By checking in, I was letting the store know that I was on my way and the app would track my drive so they would know exactly when I would arrive.


As you can see, I clicked check-in at approximately 1:07 p.m. and pulled out of my driveway at 1:09 p.m.

I arrived at the store at 1:20 p.m. and within seconds, an associate came out to my car and asked if I was Denise. I said, “Yes! That was fast!” He went back into the building and walked right out with my order. It was raining and I offered to help load my bags into the car and he insisted that I stay in the car and he would get it all. He loaded all my bags, I signed that I received my order and I was on my way at 1:24 p.m.


You can see the associate walking back inside with the empty crates where my bags once were. It took me FOUR MINUTES to get my groceries. And I was back in my driveway at 1:35 p.m.

I’ll say that’s a WIN!

You know what else is a win? Saving money. I knew I was saving money because I wasn’t paying a “Shopping Fee,” but I didn’t realize how much I was saving compared to my usual grocery store. So out of curiosity and because I have so much free time (hahaha) I decided to go on my grocery store app and add all the same items to my cart to see what it would have cost me.

Here is my exact grocery list – yes, I made this table to show you.

Do you see that?! I saved almost $30 by shopping at Walmart compared to my local grocery store. I’d say that Walmart Grocery Pick-Up is worth it! Do you agree?

Want to give it a try? If you found my review helpful, you can save $10 off your first order of $50 by using my referral link below and you’ll save me $10 on my next order too! I’d be grateful!

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♥ Denise



Local Farm – A Hidden Gem in South Jersey

When I say “local” I mean local to most of my current readers here in Southern New Jersey – or more specifically – Gloucester County.

I’ve been busy planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs. I’ve also been trying to teach myself a little bit about gardening so that I have beautiful and abundant flowers and veggies. In addition to the internet searching and pinning gardening tips and tricks like it’s my job, I decided to search for local gardening groups on Facebook. I thought it would be helpful to get real, “live” advice from people in my area who may already be experienced and who would love to share what they know. I found two terrific groups to join – no need to flood my newsfeed with more than that. It’s always about quality over quantity, right? 🙂

Anyway… In the one group, a local bee-keeper posted about this place with tomato plants and pepper plants for $1 each. Yes, you read that correctly. ONE. DOLLAR. Now, if you’ve been to any of the big box stores around here, you’ll know that’s a steal. The same plants sell for $3.50 and up. Now if you know me, you’ll know I can’t pass up a good deal. I immediately thought, “Oh my goodness, I need to get here. Like now!” Well, it was late at night when I saw the post, so I made sure I worked it into my plans to go there the next morning.

I grabbed the address (not sure if it’s exact, but it will get you there!) 415 Breakneck Road, Sewell, NJ 08080 – I’m a visual person, so here’s a pic to help make sure you arrive at the correct place!

I picked up 4 tomato plants, 1 cherry tomato plant, 2 pepper plants, and an eggplant. And yes, they were $1 each! Here’s what I purchased:

I was just so dang excited over all this, that I felt the need to go back today. I wanted some more basil and the wonderful people in the group mentioned that it was only 50 cents! What?! RUN!!! Did you know that basil repels mosquitos? I didn’t, but I do now, thanks to the terrific young woman who assisted me today. I picked up an entire flat of basil (the bigger pots of basil are $1 each), 2 Sunflowers, and another eggplant, because… well, I’m one of those people who can never have just one of anything. I forgot to take a pic of the sunflowers and it’s dark now, so I’ll add those tomorrow, but here’s the basil and a couple photos of the plants in the greenhouse.

So this place does actually have a name  – I learned that when I saw this vintage truck parked in the yard. I didn’t snap a pic of it, but one of the lovely gardeners in the Facebook group had posted this photo and very graciously allowed me to share it.

What I learned today from the young woman who helped me was that her great grandparents owned this farm and they want to keep it going. She, her brother, and their parents take care of it on their own and don’t advertise, but rely strictly on word-of-mouth for business. I told her that I had recently started a blog and would love to share if she didn’t mind. She was very grateful! She also told me that they will have some more flowers available – there were currently petunias available. In addition to the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, and sunflowers, there were also squash. There will be watermelons this summer! And there will be pumpkins, gourds, and mums in the fall.

Let me tell you, this is one place that will be at the top of my list to visit as new things come into season. I am a big fan of “mom and pop” places – and this one is one you don’t want to drive by. You just can’t beat their knowledge, friendliness, and of course, their prices. Let me know if you check it out!

♥ Denise

P.S. As for the bee-keeper, if you’d like some local honey, you can pick some up while you are there. He said it’s also available at many other local farm stands as they open up for the season. It is $5 for a 1 pound jar and $15 for a 3 pound jar.

FREE PRINTABLE for the Beginner Gardener

I have always loved flowers and I love to plant them. I love going to a local greenhouse, picking out my flowers, bringing them home, digging a hole, plopping them in and watering them regularly. That’s about the extent of my gardening skills. I also enjoy growing herbs on my porch and have grown a few strawberry plants. I have had good luck with my plants most years and other years, ehh… I don’t know what happens. So while I enjoy gardening, I don’t consider myself a “gardener.” Now, my one grandmother – she was a true gardener. I wish she were still here now that I’m grown so that I could get her advice. Since that isn’t possible, I’m attempting to teach myself how to truly take care of my flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants.

I can’t tell you how much time I have spent searching the internet and Pinterest for information. It becomes overwhelming, and I don’t know about you, but if you’re a momma’ like me with little ones, retaining any of what you read is just not happening. I take that back. I remember some of the information, but I just don’t know what it applies to… not very helpful! And while my Pinterest boards are filled with lovely pins and all kinds of information, I just don’t see myself standing out in the yard and pulling up info on my phone. I needed a better solution.

Since I’m the queen of making printable organizers, I decided that I would make myself a very simple printable. Something that would work for me — and possibly you. I know that this isn’t anything fancy, but it looks a lot better than my notes jotted on random pieces of scrap paper or list-pads.  I can easily slip these little cards into a 4×6 photo album to keep them all together or if I’m feeling really motivated, I could laminate them, punch a hole in the corner, and put them on a key ring.

I made a few “multiple choice” questions on the right hand side — Annual or Perennial; Sun / Shade / Part Sun;  Frequency of Fertilization and Watering Instructions.

And then for the blank lines I decided that the most important things to jot down were:

  • Specific planting instructions.
  • How to “deadhead” each kind of flower. They don’t all have the same “rules.”
  • How to harvest my veggies and herbs.
  • Best companion plants. (If you’re a newbie like me, this is fascinating to see what should be planted together to optimize growth and deter pests.)

It may seem like a little bit of work and again, this may seem overwhelming, but once you compile your notecards and keep them in a safe spot, you shouldn’t have to look up the information again. You’ll just reach for your handy-dandy gardening book, created by you – for you, and you’ll be all set!

Click here to get your FREE PRINTABLE: Gardening Care Card Sheet

♥ Denise






Homemade Building Block Cake

Hey! Look who’s back! April was crazy busy with birthdays and Easter and I spent most of the month in the kitchen making treats, baking, and cooking. I love to bake and I have been trying to teach myself how to decorate cakes since my son has peanut and tree nut allergies and we steer clear of bakeries. This was his 5th Birthday Cake that took me a few hours to bake and decorate. I have to say, I was pretty happy with the end result. I received lots of messages through social media after I posted a picture of this cake – everyone wanted to know if the blocks were candy and how I made them. I also know that when I was looking for inspiration for a block themed cake, most of the ideas involved shaping cakes or stacking cupcakes on a cake, or something molded from fondant. Well, I’m a pretty good baker, but I need to work on my decorating skills and playing with fondant and shaping cakes really didn’t seem like a challenge I was ready for, so I decided that I needed to come up with something that I could actually MAKE myself and that would make my five year-old happy. I think I managed to do both!

The cake was a chocolate and vanilla layer cake. I bought this awesome Wilton Easy Layers Square Pan to make him his own personal cake and made cupcakes for everyone else. I didn’t want to make a cake so big that it would become overwhelming to decorate, especially since I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. To be sure that I stuck with his building block theme, I ordered these building block silicone molds and made candy to decorate the cake and cupcakes. This was the perfect way to stick with the theme without making me crazy over how I was going to pull this off!

Since we have the allergy issue here, I had to dye my peanut free white candy with these fantastic powder food colors. None of this was very difficult, but it was very time-consuming. In addition to the candy molds, you just need a Star Tip,  Piping Bags, and your favorite buttercream frosting recipe. Oh, and one of these really makes decorating so much easier!

We are actually excited to use those block and figurine molds again to make gelatin and other fun treats… I think homemade gummy candies are on the list!

So as you can see, this was a busy weekend in April. The following weekend was Easter and dinner and desserts were on my to-do list. And the rest of the month was jam-packed with making orders for my little handmade business. Things are finally starting to return to normal around here and I’m actually looking forward to getting back to writing and sharing with you.

♥ Denise

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Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix with Printable Recipe Card

So what happens when you really want chicken fajitas and rice for dinner and you don’t have Fajita Seasoning Mix in the pantry? You make your own! This isn’t the first time I’ve mixed up my own. Actually, I’ve been mixing up my own for quite some time. It only took one time of making this to realize I’d never go back to the store-bought packets again. Besides knowing exactly what’s in my seasoning, my husband raves about the flavor every time I make this. I just measure out the spices and mix it up fresh each time I make fajitas, but you could make a few of your own packets by mixing it up ahead of time and storing in little zipper snack bags. You’re going to want to check your spices and make sure you have all these on-hand to make your own!

Click here to print recipe.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

♥ Denise


Magically Changing My Kids’ Behavior

Two weeks ago I wrote “Homemaking: A Calling and a Blessing” – my kickoff to my own 40 Days Challenge. My goal over these forty days is to de-clutter and organize our home, along with making our home more peaceful. The first week started off great – I cleaned and organized our upstairs hall and linen closets and hauled two bags of trash out of the house. I felt good. Last week, I tackled our son’s bedroom. He has a lot of storage (because we love IKEA) and that makes it much easier to “collect” stuff – there’s plenty of room for it! So I spent an entire day clearing out his closet, dresser, and wardrobes. I boxed up toys that were no longer age-appropriate, put clothes that I wanted to save (I have my own issues with letting go of “baby stuff”) in totes to put in the attic, and made a big box of clothes to sell and/or donate.

So what’s the problem? My first two weeks were extremely productive. The problem is that the peace I am really wanting is lacking. I am still worrying. I am still raising my voice (this is the big problem for me). I get in bed at night and I feel defeated. Tuesday was my breaking point. I put my foot down and told myself that was the last “bad day” I was going to have. I said I was going to create peace in my home – and I will.

My kids give me a run for my money every single day. I often wonder how this can happen. I used to manage a classroom of up to 28 little ones at a time, yet I can’t control TWO. Really?! I must be the worst mom ever. Actually, I’m not. I’m just a giant softie who succumbs to pouty faces and puppy dog eyes. That’s my problem. So I picked up a book that our pediatrician recommended  about 2 years ago – it’s been collecting dust ever since. It’s called 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan. It claims to be “the simplest, most-effective parenting program for raising happy, well-behaved children.” Sign me up! I planted my butt on the couch and started reading. I tuned everything else out (talk about peace!) and read half the book. I intend to finish it before the weekend, but I was able to implement the method right away the next day. {The second half of the book focuses on routines and real-life stories, so even though I only read half, I read enough to get started by introducing the method to the kids and “practicing.”}

On Wednesday, I sat my two little munchkins down and explained to them how things were going to work. They were told that I am no longer going to raise my voice and that they basically have 10 seconds to shape up and change their behavior or they will find themselves in time-out. We also briefly discussed how less nonsense will lead to more fun together. Wednesday and Thursday were much better than Tuesday and I have hope for tomorrow. I will say that my (almost) five-year-old responded much better to this than the (newly turned) three-year-old. Aside from one major tantrum from the little one in which she was having no parts of time-out, we had two peaceful days. We even managed to watch a movie in the middle of the day and make a St. Patrick’s Day craft on Wednesday and today I was able to bake five dozen cupcakes.

This simple approach truly worked like magic. I stopped both my kids in their tracks by saying, “Take 1.” My husband couldn’t believe his eyes during breakfast when little Mr. Man was ready to throw a fit, but instantly stopped when I started to count. It gives the child a few seconds to stop and evaluate their own behavior and to decide if they want to continue and possibly end up with a consequence or just let it go. And the best part is I don’t need to get upset or raise my voice. Ahhh… there’s that peace I want.

I intend to be consistent with our new approach and to create the peace our home needs. I will be writing a follow-up post next week to update you on our progress and to include some positive reinforcement ideas I have up my sleeve from my teacher days. I am not 100% sold on “time-outs,” so I will be implementing time-out alternatives, which the book does discuss as well.

1-2-3 Magic is very easy to understand and gives many real-life scenarios. There were times when I thought the author actually knew my kids! While it is evidence-based and written by a clinical psychologist, it’s not a text-book. You’ll fly right through it and feel ready to make a change. I say this because I know I am not alone in this struggle and that this just might be the help you need too.

♥ Denise


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