Category: Smart Mom’s Guide

Gift Giving

By Cammie Jones   CmmieI love the holidays—the hustle and bustle and the excitement in the air is invigorating to me.  However, when it comes to deciding upon, purchasing and giving gifts to all those people who you feel you want to recognize can be a little overwhelming. I am talking about neighbors, teachers, friends and other special folks who make your life more enjoyable or easier on a daily basis. Purchasing gifts for all these people could break the bank so I have put together some etiquette tips and inexpensive gift ideas that may help. Etiquette tips (for...

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Going Back To Work

By Cammie Jones   My girls are independent and “almost grown” at ages 10, 13 and 15. They are at school all day and most the time, the older two stay after for various activities or sports.  The first couple of years all three were in school a full day, the hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. were wide open. Don’t get me wrong—the day flew by much to my surprise as I filled these hours with “me time” (very important to a happy home) as well as volunteer commitments. This was enough for a few years, and...

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Text Talk

By Cammie Jones   As a mom of two teenagers, I am well aware of all the acronyms they use when texting and instant messaging. It is unbelievable the number of shortened words or numbers they use on a daily basis. As I say I am well aware of the acronyms my girls use, I truly have no idea what they all mean, nor do I desire to. However, in the best interest of the safety of my children and to satisfy my curiosity, I need to know what most of them mean and also have a place to...

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How To Start a Book Club

By Cammie Jones I love to read. I wish I had more time to read and I wish that I would set aside a few minutes a day (not just when I am going to bed!) to sit down and read. However, I don’t. So when I joined a book club about a year and half ago, I loved that “having” to read a book each month allowed me to make reading a priority. I’ve never been in a book club. I feel as if I am a late bloomer in this category of “book club member” since I...

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Guide To Getting Your Pre-Teens & Teens To Exercise

By Cammie Jones   Summer is halfway over and after the first couple weeks of laziness, it was time to get my kids motivated. As a mother of three girls ages 9, 13 and 15, we spend a lot of time driving kids around to various activities, many of them overlapping in the summer. Sleeping until 11 a.m. is not unusual for the teenagers and staying up late at night is a norm for all three. Sorry, I think I tend to play the lazy mom card with the 9-year-old when it comes to bedtime during the summer. Let’s...

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