Category: Smart Mom’s Guide

De-stressing During the Holidays

By Cammie Jones   It happens every year. I make a pledge to enjoy the holidays and not be a stress case. I promise myself that I will “remember the reason for the season” and sit back, slow down and just enjoy friends, family, holiday music and decorations. I WILL NOT BE STRESSED AND I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT TAKE IT OUT ON MY FAMILY! Well, all those promises pretty much fly out the window the moment I realize how many days exist until Christmas or that my Etsy order will not be in on time unless I pay a...

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Fall Activities

By Cammie Jones   As fall approaches, the cooler temps beckon us to head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. A quick walk outside or just playing in the yard for most children is a perfect way to blow off some steam and have fun. However, if you have a special needs child this may not be as easy as opening the back door and shooing your child out. Below are some ideas to enjoy fall and all that it has to offer. 1. Leaf Piles This is a great activity for any child. Rake piles of leaves around...

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Resume Building For College

By Cammie Jones   As a mother of a high school senior, we are in the midst of applying for college and all the senior year stuff that goes with that. It can be overwhelming at times. You get a list of upcoming deadlines from the high school and colleges are sending emails and snail mail brochures all the time. It’s difficult to navigate it all. The best advice I received from parents of older kids is to begin early. I’ve put together a loose guideline to help you organize your kid’s life once they hit 9th grade in...

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Quick, Healthy Breakfast & Lunch Ideas

By Cammie Jones   Before school starts each year, I try to be creative when it comes to breakfast and lunch ideas for my girls. The usual will work for a while – think cereal and toast for breakfast and turkey and peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, and a bag of chips or crackers for lunch.  But, after a few weeks, the girls want something different, and honestly, I do too!  Here are some ideas that I have used over the years and some that others have suggested to make both breakfast and lunch a little more unusual and pleasing...

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Keeping Kids Active in the Summer Heat

By Cammie Jones   It’s summer! The first few days after school are blissful — the kids are happy, sleeping late, excited about the long, lazy days of summer and upcoming camps and vacation time. All is well for a week or so and then, BOOM, the summer boredoms set in. It’s too hot to go outside and all the events that were so much fun at the beginning of the summer are getting old. How can you keep your kids active, safe and happy in the summer heat? Exercise in the Early Morning / Evening If you have...

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