Category: Smart Mom’s Guide

Busy Mom’s Guide to Summer Vacation Planning

By Cammie Jones While juggling day-to-day activities, it is often difficult to know what you are cooking for dinner much less know how to plan a weekend or week long family vacation. Where do you start? How do you plan the perfect vacation when you are barely getting through the day? Here are a few tips to get the ball rolling and remember, there are no “perfect vacations” so just roll with it (no pun intended), keep it real and you will successfully plan and execute an epic adventure for you and your family. 1. Pick Your Destination Are...

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Kids’ Responsibilities, Expectations & Age-Appropriate Chores

By Cammie Jones I am guilty of sometimes doing too much for my girls, even though they are completely capable of doing it themselves. Some of the reasons for this are selfish from my end because I want the task done my way (e.g. folding clean laundry and putting it away for them). I still make my kids’ lunches too. Why do I still do this for my 10, 14 and 16 year old girls? My mom made me an egg salad sandwich and packed a real coke for me every day through high school. It was such a...

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Capsule Wardrobes

By Cammie Jones   What is a capsule wardrobe? The term “capsule wardrobe” was first coined in 1979 by Susie Faux, owner of a London boutique. A capsule wardrobe is basically a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of style. This wardrobe can be anything from pants, tops, skirts or coats to be paired or layered with seasonal pieces. Creating a capsule wardrobe and cleaning out your closet of non essentials go hand in hand and can be done in just a few easy steps. Perfect for spring cleaning!  1. Look in your...

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Valentine’s Day Family Fun

By Cammie Jones   Every year just before Valentine’s Day, I make a cake. I know this doesn’t sound like much but I make a red velvet cake from scratch. For those bakers out there this may not be much of a feat, but for me it is a labor of love. I have to say it tastes delicious but it is not the prettiest thing to look at. Most of the time, the cake looks a little like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but my girls don’t care – they love it just the same.  When thinking of...

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Eating More Veggies

By Cammie Jones   I am always looking for ways to get my family to eat more vegetables. We tend to get in a rut of just eating the same veggies over and over. It would be great to mix it up a little and make eating vegetables more interesting. Here are several ways to add more vegetables to your daily meals. 1.    Join a CSA. This is a great way to eat a variety of vegetables. Your basket or box includes many different seasonal vegetables that your family can enjoy. Check out a local health food store to...

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