Monthly Archives: November 2016

Any Ideas on How to Celebrate Without Junk Food?

I am going to digress from the usual topics on this blog post, and talk about a parenting challenge that I have: Managing junk food intake at a party! I totally understand that it is a party and that we need to have fun, BUT do we need junk food to enjoy?

In the past two months, I have been to five parties—they were all fun, but loaded with sugar and all kinds of food coloring. I feel guilty when I take my kids to these parties and watch them eat and get a sugar rush. I don’t want to say “no” and make them feel like they don’t belong in the group or the fun.

I don’t have any ideas on how to address this issue, because it seems like I am fighting the whole system and our culture of unhealthy eating. It is everywhere at school parties, private parties, sports parties—everywhere.

If you have any suggestions on how to address this challenge, please share at

How I Am Staying Organized This School Year As a Telecommuting Mother

At the beginning of the school year, I wrote about the challenge of keeping things organized during the school year and as promised here is an update to that article on what we are doing to keep us ahead of the clutter this year. This is where we are three months into school:

Clean monthly: We have started taking the time to organize all the papers, especially tests. All tests, assignments, and quizzes go into a folder. Each folder has a separator per subject. When it is time to study for a test, we bring out the folder and spend time studying instead of looking for the papers. Huge win!

Get the right organizing tools: I bought all the supplies I needed when we went school shopping. The advantage of buying in bulk and having everything ready before school was in full swing has helped me in the long run.

Scan and store: I have been able to file away a lot of pictures and artwork, but this will need a few more months. I did find a useful app to store memories called Keepy, and am planning on using it soon.

Schedule It: Having this on our list has also helped us—it is a reminder, and soon it will become a habit!

Reduce Paper: I address announcements papers ASAP when they get home from school and sports activities. Read it, schedule it, and trash it. Go digital when possible which is a great way to go paperless.

If you have any suggestions, please send them my way: