9 1/2 Ways to Make your Family Smile


We've had a pretty tense past couple weeks. Nothing serious, just a few changes that have taken some adjusting. It's left all of use a little worn out and some of us down right crabby. (Hmm... do I have to admit I'm the crabby one? ;) ) I've had enough, and I'm pretty sure the rest of the family would agree. I made a list of simple ways to make my family smile and spent the weekend making them happen. The simple togetherness and extra smiles is just what we all needed. In the spirit of spreading smiles I wrote the list for you! Enjoy. Do something creative. I know you're a pro at setting up activities for the kids, but when was the Continue Reading

12 Indoor Movement Activities for Active Kids

indoor movement activities for active kids. YES please!

I felt a little silly putting this list together. The truth is that right now it's probably beautiful outside in most places. Usually indoor movement activities feel like they are for rainy days or too hot to play outside days. I knew I needed this list NOW, but was having a hard time putting my finger on why. Then it occurred to me...  even though we are getting plenty of outside time, the kids are still really active when we NEED to be inside. When I'm doing the dishes and they just want to be near me. Or the two hours of the day that it is too hot to be outside, I feel like I am repeating "It's time for some calm activities." "Find Continue Reading

Better Sleep & 27 Book Recommendations for Moms

What an awesome list of book recommendations for moms! #4 was one of my favorites can't wait to read #20

I love sleep... oh man do I love sleep! And boy I am good at it. One of the things hubby is always teasing me about is how fast I'm asleep once my head hits the pillow. I know that some of that is luck (yes I'm grateful) but some of it is that I work really hard to keep a sleep routine that lets my body know that it’s time to wind down.   After getting the kids to bed Hubby and I enjoy a little together time. No more work, no more cleaning... just relaxing. We head to bed around the same time every night and my alarm goes off every day at the same time. (Except Sunday's... hee hee).   There are days I really want to stay up a Continue Reading

Simple DIY Coloring Sheets the Kids will LOVE to make!

Kid made coloring sheets. smart!

Do you ever print out coloring sheets for your kids? There are so many free ones online, you can find exactly what you're looking for at a moments notice. For Little M it's different every time, but Big M's request is always the same. "Mom find me a truck." For our creative kids it was time to try something new. One day when my sister and her girls were over I sat all 5 kids down at the art table. We were going out to dinner later that evening and I wanted them to make their own coloring sheets to take with us. WHAT?!?!? They were beyond excited. DIY Coloring Sheets Making them is so easy (you know how much I love easy). The biggest Continue Reading

DIY Duct Tape Pencil Pouch

diy duct tape pencil pouches1

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Office Depot for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Little M and I have something in common. We both love pencils. Well we both love office supplies in general but pencils are at the tip top of the office supply love list. Can you imagine how excited we were when Office Depot asked us to enjoy a little spending spree and find a fun way to enjoy our new goodies??? Yep, it pretty much rocked our back to school world! Office Depot has a line of super fun supplies that kids want (plus the stuff they need)! Little M went crazy for the polka dot pencils with a heart charm and the gummy bear push Continue Reading

Helping the Teacher when you can’t be in Classroom


I am one of those Moms who loves the idea of working in the classroom. I love teaching, I love kids... fun, fun, fun. BUT actually finding time to work in the classroom is a little more difficult than I thought it would be. When the kids are at school it is time to work (someone has to run A Mom with a Lesson Plan). Since I know I am not alone in my quest to help while not actually being in the classroom, I've made a list. I asked every teacher I know what type of classroom support they need. You would be surprised how quickly and confidently the ideas flowed. They know exactly what kind of help they want! How to volunteer... without Continue Reading

I Say Yes to Lunch Notes for Big Kids

middle school kids need lunch love too!

It's no secret that adding love to lunch boxes is one Jill's favorite things to do here at A Mom with a Lesson Plan. As we gear up for the coming school year, I’ve been thinking about ways I can help my kids feel connected even when we’re all busy and engaged in various activities. My oldest child is moving into his middle school years and is spending more time with friends and outside interests. Early adolescence brings more independence, but this week I have some new inspiration for connecting. We’re partnering with Sara Lee® Bread for their Lovable Lunch campaign where you can download free printable lunch notes, recipes, and Continue Reading