Respite Care Lets You Enjoy Your Spare Time to the Fullest

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Quite surprisingly, the importance of Respite Care is still being underestimated even after realizing its immense value in lending aid to those families who have a disabled or an ill family member. Regardless of how well you care for your loved one, still the adverse effects of stress on your health and that on your family cannot be disregarded. And that is why your attention and focus need to shift on Respite Care such that a full realm care for your ailing aged loved one can be ensured all at once.

Now, the benefits of Respite Care are so many; it is just impossible to put forward the same in simple words. A majority of individuals who care for their loved one do so without any form of specific training; in fact most of the times, they find the stress and the responsibilities of being a primary caregiver thrust upon them. As per recently published reports, no less than sixteen million adults in the United States spend time caring for a family member with some sort of disability and the irony of the fact remains that more than half, approximately nine million people, experience serious health issues of their own. If you happen to be one of them and experience psychological, physical and emotional stress that results from taking care for your loved one, certainly it is judicious on your part to look around for available options around.

No matter whether Respite Care has to be made available at home or in an assisted home center, the underlying motive of the same remains the same and that is to extend supportive health care services on a short-term basis when the primary caregiver is not available. If you are someone entrusted with the responsibility of caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s, you must have realized as to how stressful the same can really be. This is where you shall find Respite Care facilities to be of real benefit as seeking advantage of the same offers you with the advantage of benefiting from the much desired “me time” and the opportunity of “recharging your battery”

The Caring People website has discussed in detail what is Respite Care and how availing the benefit of the same can be helpful for a primary caregiver. The array of services, which Respite Care provider can make available, include round-the-clock supervision, transportation, group activities, breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry services and medication management. Apart from the same, you can expect assistance with regard to maintaining personal hygiene including, grooming, bathing, dressing and using the restroom.

Ensuring proper care for your elderly loved one can be hard work and there remains a fair possibility that you would experience fatigue and eventually burn out after a few months or years. Apart from the same, you may suffer in silence from chronic mental problems such as depression, anxiety and many more. Surely, after going through all the pros and cons that Respite Care can extend, it shall not be wrong to claim that Respite Care is like a godsend for tens of millions of Americans.

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5 Ways to Practice Patience with Kids

Regardless how patient of a human being you are, everyone has their breaking point. With parents leading busier lives raising kids, holding down a career, homeschooling and so much more, it’s no wonder parent’s patience often run thin. What happens when the parent who is supposed to lead the example of best practices of patience, loses it? Well, life goes on, but seriously you should use these tips today to start practicing more patience with kids so that you feel better and they learn how to be patient little people too.

5 Ways to Practice Patience with Kids

Breathe Deep

The deep breathing practice that many of you have probably already heard about really does work. This method involves you taking a moment to pause when chaos strikes. Kids are going to test your patience every day and every moment, that’s part of their job as you help guide them to grow.  Learn to pause when you feel your patience running thing and taking a deep breath, or two.

Start Singing

Now, this technique can be really interesting. If you have a toddler throwing a tantrum or a teen acting out, nothing stops them in their tracks better than singing a song. The next time you feel your patience running low, break out in a tune as you work to be the parent you know you are supposed to be. This will help others giggle and in turn, make you feel more relaxed.


There’s nothing wrong with talking about your patience level running low. Learn to be outspoken about your patience being low, and your feelings and emotions in general. Tell your kids that you need a moment, communicate that you are going to take a break and be back with them in a few moments. It’s okay to communicate needing a break.

Practice Self-Care

The best way to practice patience with kids is to make sure you are keeping up with your own self-care. Take time to tend to your needs, don’t always say yes to everything, learn to let go by delegating tasks to other people. Practicing self-care will keep you in tip-top shape for your next chaotic parent moment. (Check out my post What Self-Care Looks Like in This Stage of Life)

Be Realistic

Lastly, make sure that you are realistic about what you are able to mentally handle. Raising kids can suck a lot of strength from you, both physically and mentally. There’s nothing wrong with being realistic and setting expectations at a level that works for you so that you can be more patient as a parent.

You’ve got this, Mama!

5 Tips for Storing Legos

5 Tips for Storing Legos

Many would argue that Legos are the best childhood toy for kids. It seems over the years, Legos have not lost their shine and have only increased in value. Over the years kids will accumulate more and more Legos leaving a parent uncertain how to maintain the storage units for these little bricks. If you are a parent who is sick of stepping on Legos all over your home, then these 5 tips for storing Legos will be your saving grace.  This post contains affiliate links.Large Lego Box

I’m a mom who is just starting out on her Lego journey this Christmas and I asked a friend of mine, a more experienced Lego mom if you will, to share her storage ideas with me.  She shared the tips and I found my favorite products to go along with each tip.  Thank you, Brandy!  While I’m not sure what I’ll go with yet, I’m leaning towards the storage drawers.  Do you Lego moms have any tips to share?  Do you keep Lego Friends sets separately from the loose Legos?  I have so much to learn!  Share all your tips in the comments please!

I bought two of the Large Lego Box pictured above.  Do you think that will be enough to get them started?  It’s going to be the big joint gift we give our kids this year.

(Check out my post on How to Save Money on Legos. Even though I just now made my first Lego purchase I’ve been scoping them out since this time last year.)

Stackable Organizer

Containers with Dividers

While this may be a tedious process, consider using containers like tackle boxes that have dividers. These containers will serve as a great way to divide bricks up based on size. Lego playtime will never be the same again when you organize each brick based on size into containers with dividers. Your kids will love being able to find the right brick for the right Lego project every time.  The one pictured above is only $29.95 on Amazon now.

Party Favor Buckets

Party Favor Buckets

You know those party favor buckets you can purchase for your child’s birthday party? Those buckets will work perfectly to gather up Legos in a neat fashion within your kid’s playroom or bedroom. Hang multiple party favor bins from the wall and have your kids sort through the Legos. The Legos can be organized by size, color or similar theme within each party favor bucket. You will be happy because this is the perfect décor addition to any bedroom too.  The party favor buckets above are less than $14 shipped right now on Amazon.

Play May and Storage

Storage Bean Bags

There are many storage style bean bags on the market these days. Consider investing in some of the storage style bean bags where kids can dump all of their Legos inside of this bag, close it up and toss it to the side of their bedroom or in the closet for future playtime. These storage bean bag ideas work perfectly for the parent of kids who don’t want any organization, they simply need a way to get the Legos up off the floor.  The Cinch Playmat and Backpack above is only $17.95 with free shipping on Amazon.

Storage for Legos

Storage Drawer Units

You probably have seen those inexpensive plastic storage containers that have drawers at your local Walmart or similar store. These storage units that have drawers are the perfect solution to any home filled with Lego lovers. Consider investing in a few of these plastic drawer type storage bins to ensure your kids always have a home for their Legos when done playing with them. The price is just right and these often go on sale during the holiday season.  The cart above is my favorite choice for Legos because it has wheels so it can move around easily, has see through bins, and the bins completely and easily life out to carry to your work space.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s attractive to look at too!  Right now, this is on sale for $45 shipped (down from $99) on Amazon.

Build a Lego Room

My last tip for storing Legos is to designate one room in the house that’s reserved solely for Legos. If you have a large enough home, then this option will work wonders. Have the kids work together to bring all of their Legos into this room where they have shelves and bins to organize their Legos in a clever way without ever worrying about their parents screaming as they step on a Lego in the middle of the night.

There you have it 5 tips for storing Legos so that you are no longer the parent who has to tip-toe around their home for fear of stepping on those sharp brick pieces. Legos are a great childhood toy that inspires creativity, now you can use these tips to teach organization and the importance of cleaning up after playtime.

Unwrap Amazing With Intel This Christmas

Sponsored post by Mirum. All opinions are 100% my own.


It’s been said that the best gifts inspire.  I love gifts that inspire creativity and spark imaginations.  Who do you have on your gift list that you want to inspire?  Does someone need to connect with their grandkids, is someone starting or going back to college, or do you have a loved one that wants to further their career?  Now you can help make their dreams come true and help your loved ones achieve more with a new Intel®-based device from Walmart!  You can help park their imagination and give them the ability to follow their dreams.

Walmart and Intel® they are giving away 6 Intel®-based devices for FREE!  Enter their Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of these incredible gifts. To enter, simply watch the video in this link, answer one quick question, and then fill out a short form to submit your name in the drawing!  There will be 6 winners chosen randomly.  You can also come back daily for even more chances to win! The three Intel®-based devices you can win for FREE are the HP OmenHP Jaguar, and Dell Inspiron. Any of these devices will inspire your loved ones to do more, to create, to excel, and to unleash their true potential. Check out each of the products below to see which one would make the perfect gift for your loved ones this year.


HP Jaguar, Intel® Core™ i3

The PC you can rely on has the latest Intel Core i3-7100U processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play. Stay entertained and keep connected with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display. With its straightforward design, large trackpad, and gradually sloping keyboard this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop in natural silver is perfectly suited for your everyday.

  • -This is the PC you can rely on that has the latest Intel® Core™ i3 processor and delivers the reliable performance you need to work and play.
  • -Stay entertained, keep connected and work on your projects with a long-lasting battery and a rich HD display.
  • -With its straightforward design, large trackpad and gradually sloping keyboard, this HP diagonal 15-inch laptop is perfectly suited for your creative needs.
  • -Intel® Core™ i3-7100U Processor
  • -8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive
  • -15.6” Touchscreen
  • -Long-lasting battery
  • -Rich HD display
  • -Windows 10

HP Touchscreen

I have this one and I absolutely love LOVE LOOOVE it!  The touchscreen capability is so nice!

HP Computer

We recently had our family pictures made and I loved how easy it was to flip through photos using the touch screen.

HP Laptop

Without the touch screen I wouldn’t have been able to zoom in so quickly or as far as I could with it.

This is my go-to laptop now.  I love everything about it!


I’m excited to explore the possibilities with a touch screen computer.  My kids will love it for discovering educational games and my daughter will be soon learning to type with this computer. I adore it!

Who would you gift a Jaguar laptop to?


Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

If you’re looking for a few last minute stocking stuffers for your kids this no-fail list will help you out.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Some of the items mentioned below were given to me, and some links are affiliate links but all the products here because I truly recommend them.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids

  1. Who doesn’t love candy?  I’d wager to guess that most kids do.  These Honey Gummy Bears are made with few and simple ingredients.  Nothing artificial, non -GMO, no high fructose corn syrup or gluten either.
  2. These Honey Gummy Bears are just as good as the ones above but they’re sour!  They’re my favorite go to gummy snack!  You can purchase both of these at
  3. Bandages.  My kids love bandages so I try to include a package  in their stocking every year.  These Shopkins bandages will be a hit with my daughter this year!
  4. This Princess Rapunzel Light is sure to light up any girl’s life.  I can almost guarantee the Belle one I got for my daughter will be her favorite gift at Christmas and all year long.  It looks good in the day and lit up at night.  It has a timer so it will go off on it’s own.  You can find more Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Hasbro, WB, Nick, and Universal branded lights here at
  5. I was always given a toothbrush in my stocking growing up and I’m passing on that tradition to my kids. has a variety of fun character toothbrushes to choose from.
  6. Dark Chocolate Honey Truffles with Raspberry.  Enough said, right?  They just sound amazing…and they are!  Truly delicious and I love that they aren’t full of nasty ingredients.  These are also from  These would make a great stocking stuffer for adults too!
  7. Pocket Tissues are also another household staple that isn’t too fun on it’s own.  Sure, the kids need to have them in their backpack and I always have a supply in my purse but these adorable ones will be fun to carry around.
  8. Mini Thomas the trains.  My son loves these and carries them with him everywhere.  They’re super cute and inexpensive too!  You can find them individually at local stores but this super hero pack is from Amazon.
  9. Last but not least, Thomas tissues.  Tissues are a necessity this time of year but if your little one is really little they may just enjoy playing with a box of tissues.  They’ll be amazed that they appear one after another after another.  When they’re done, they can play with the mountain of tissues and enjoy a Thomas themed box.

Number 3, 5, 7, & 9 are all from  If you use promo code BB1730 you’ll save 30% off the retail price of anything in their store.


I hope I gave you some ideas on usable gifts your kids will enjoy and won’t end up at the bottom of the toy bin the next week.  If you have a must-buy stocking stuffer idea that you buy every year I’d love to hear about it.  Leave me a comment below!

How to Save Money When Buying Legos

This post contains affiliate links.

Legos are a popular toy for kids for all ages. Even adults can be found enjoying a bit of Lego building time. As time has gone on though, Legos have increased in price substantially. These little bricks could cost you a fortune, but they don’t have to. Today, I want to share a few tips on how to save money when buying Legos so that your family can enjoy this quality time together and your bank account will remain happy.

How to Save Money Buying Legos

Check the Lego Store

If you live near a Lego store then you are in luck. They have a Pick & Build wall that can allow you to save some extra cash when buying Legos. This is the perfect way to get your hands on Legos at a reasonable price, so as long as you don’t mind that they are mix and match bricks versus actually sets of Legos.

Join the Lego VIP Club

There’s a Lego VIP club where you get to earn 1 VIP point for every $1 spent. It’s always great to be a part of a rewards program that gives you money to spend on items you already buy. If you find you purchase a lot of Legos, then this is a must join VIP club for you.

Check Online Sites

There are many online sites that sell Legos. Often you can find bundled sets on sale, especially during the holiday season. Lego sets that are no longer popular may be found on eBay or other online sites too. Keep your eyes out to comparison shop online before heading out to the Lego store.

Shop Thrift Stores

While you may not always find Legos at your local thrift store, they will arrive on occasion. Be certain to pick a day of the week where you venture into the local thrift shop to see what type of Legos may have come into the children’s area. This is the perfect way to save big on Legos.

Be Aware of Retail Prices

If you truly want to save money when buying Legos then you must in the know with retail pricing. This helps ensure you are truly getting a deal if you happen to see Legos on “sale” at a local store. Be educated in what the retail price is so that you don’t get fooled by that “sale” sign.

There you have it some easy suggestions on how you can save money when buying Legos. With the holiday season quickly approaching and Legos being a widely popular gift idea, these tips should help you expand your little Lego lover’s collection without going broke.

Real Christmas Tree Tips With Evergreen Elf

This post is brought to you by Evergreen Elf. To save $3 on your Evergreen Elf purchase use coupon code HomemakingElf03.

Christmas Tree Safety

If you have a real Christmas tree you know all about how important it is to keep your tree watered to avoid house fires.  There’s nothing more important than keeping your family safe!  However, we have a few tips that you may not have heard of before and might help give you a little more peace of mind this holiday season.

Real Christmas Tree Tips:

  •  –  Find a stand that adjusts to fit your tree. While it’s tempting to carve down the sides of the tree trunk to fit a stand that could be detrimental.  The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in drinking up the water that therefore shouldn’t be removed.
  •  –  If you bought a pre-cut tree, you’ll want to cut an inch or so off the bottom of the tree when you get home.  It sounds strange but the reason is that sap in the tree will start seeping out and sealing over the base of the trunk which will hinder it’s ability to absorb water.  If you live near your preferred tree farm the shop owner may make the cut for you if you ask them.
  • –  As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
  • –  The temperature of the water doesn’t affect absorbency and drilling holes in the trunk won’t help your tree drink more.
  • –  Use an Evergreen Elf to warn you of low water.  Make sure the end of your Evergreen Elf is at the bottom of the tree trunk and not at the bottom of the pot.  It’s possible to have water in your base without having water touching your tree trunk.

The Evergreen Elf is a handy little guy that will flash red to warn you of low water plus it will also warn you audibly.  Check out this video my daughter made to help promote the Evergreen Elf.  She is a fabulous little ambassador for the brand.  As soon as she heard about the product she loved it.  She has told everyone she knows about it and has encouraged those with artificial trees to get real ones because, in her words, “the Evergreen Elf will help you be safe.”  She took it to school with her to talk about for her weekly presentation.  I hope you like her video!

Evergreen Elf

Here’s the green light to indicate there is water in the base.  It doesn’t say anything audible for this.

Evergreen Elf Tree Water Monitor

This is the red light that flashes and he repeats “Out of water, out of water” roughly about every thirty seconds.  A yellow light flashes when the battery is dead.

Check out all the different positions the Evergreen Elf can take.  He can be at the top of the pole, the bottom of the pole, and anywhere in between.  The Elf can tip out or stand straight up.  No matter what size tree stand you have the Evergreen Elf will work for you.

Evergreen Elf Christmas Trees

I hope you’ll have a wonderful and safe holiday season!  If you’d like to get an Evergreen Elf for your tree be sure and use coupon code HomemakingElf03 to save $3 on your purchase.

My Portrait Innovations Experience and a Giveaway

This post is made in partnership with Portrait Innovations.

Family is important, right?  That sounds like the understatement of the year.  Yes, of course families are important!  They’re what hold our communities together.  They’re what make the difficult times bearable and the good times great.  Sure, they can push your buttons sometimes but they’re family so they’re allowed to do that.  Family loves you no matter what and they’ll always have your back.

I’ve shared on this blog numerous times about the ways my family makes memories together.  While I don’t succeed perfectly, it’s my goal to enjoy each season of life to the fullest.  Right now, my children are at the heart of childhood and I want to embrace that.  From forts in the living room to chalk drawings in the driveway, I want to be present with my kids.  I try to document the milestones of their lives with my smartphone and occasionally my nice camera.  …but do you know who doesn’t get documented?  If you’re a mom, you know the answer already.  ME!  Unless I specifically ask my husband to take a photo of me it doesn’t happen.  I want my kids to remember what I looked like in this stage of life.

My mom has so few pictures of herself after I turned 3 years old.  She decided she didn’t look good and didn’t want to be photographed.  You can see a few pictures of her hiding behind people but very few at all and absolutely no professional pictures.

I would LOOOOVE to see what my mom looked like in the stage of life I’m in.  I think she’s gorgeous and couldn’t be ugly if she tried.  I understand how she felt though because I feel that way now.  I wish I was a good number of pounds lighter and with a few less wrinkles.  Trust me, I wish I could erase that double chin of mine in every photo and off myself in real life.  But I can’t.  This is me.  While I try to almost daily reassure myself that me, this post-children me, is good, okay, lovely, has value, is strong, etc. I want to capture what I look like now…in the trenches of motherhood.

I want to make it a yearly habit to have family pictures no matter how I look.  I want my children to look back and see what their mom looked like.  I want them to see what I’m wearing and laugh at the styles that are popular now.  I want them to see the wrinkles and know that they are laugh lines…that they helped create. 🙂  I want them to know that their mom loves them more than anything and wants to capture moments on paper that they can look back and maybe one day show their kids.

Recently, we went to Portrait Innovations for our yearly pictures. It was the first time we’ve been there but we loved the experience.

From our time in the waiting room…

Portrait Innovations Waiting Room

…to our time with the photographer…

Portrait Innovations Photographer

…to our time picking out which photos we wanted we were well taken care of.  I should have gotten a picture of the massive computer screen they use to let you preview the pictures but I was so excited to look through them I forgot!

Walkup Family Christmas Pictures

I highly recommend Portrait Innovations if you’re looking to get family pictures made.  They have so many backdrops to choose from and the photographer we worked with was very professional and made the whole shoot very fun.  While we didn’t take advantage of it, they allow multiple clothing changes too.  We don’t have family in town but if you did it would be great to get a full family photography session too.  We saw one family there that did that and because Portrait Innovations has been doing this for years they were well equipped to handle such a large group.

Warning, this post is picture heavy because it was so hard to narrow down which pictures to show you.  I hope you enjoy looking at the variety of pictures they offer.  If you don’t want to see them all be sure you at least scroll to the bottom for your chance to win a photography session and prints of your own!!

Don’t they look mischievous?

They love to read together so I thought this was just precious!

I loved how they went a step further and edited a few pictures like this for me.  Isn’t it cute?  These are called Decorator Portraits.

This is another Decorator Portrait.  I love the soft white vignette added to the snow scene!

Portrait Innovations Winter Photos

We ended up with a ton of prints to keep and to share.

Portrait Innovations Christmas Cards

We were even able to order our Christmas cards right then and there in the store.  We went to grab lunch and when we came back all of our pictures, CD, and Christmas cards were there waiting for us.  I couldn’t be happier with the experience and I’m excited to give one of you lucky winners the chance to enjoy the same treatment I did.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below:


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Check out Portrait Innovations on Twitter and follow Portrait Innovations on Facebook to keep up to date with them and their specials.  Speaking of specials, right now they have a great special going on!  Check out their website for all the details.

Portrait Innovations Coupon 2017

Portrait Innovations Christmas Picture

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays, Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas!

Legit Work at Home Jobs

When one thinks of working at home they often think of starting their own business or joining a direct sales business. While these are legitimate options of working at home, there are actual jobs that one can do from home. Some of these legit work at home jobs even offer benefits! Today, I wanted to share a list I have compiled of legit work at home jobs so you can find that dream job that works with your schedule.

Legit Work at Home Jobs


The best place to start seeking a legit work at home job is FlexJobs, sure you will have to pay to be a member but the payoff is well worth it. There are many companies on FlexJobs seeing various positions to fill with remote workers. That’s another thing you will want to know that work at home jobs usually refer to these types of positions as “remote workers”.


One business that hires customer support representatives during the busy holiday season is 1-800-FLOWERS. They are often seeking work at home professionals who can use a computer and answer phone calls in a quiet environment. They will increase remote workers during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. will hire remote workers to help with customer service on a regular basis. Just keep your eyes out on their site for career options. The biggest requirement for this work at home job is that you have to have some travel experience. This makes sense due to the nature of their business.

Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels hires reservations and sales representatives, but you will have to keep an eye on their job board at This could be a great position for anyone with customer service skills and a private area in their home to answer phone calls to assist Hilton Hotel customers.

Uhaul Sales

Uhaul is a pretty cool business as they will hire someone as young as 16 to be a customer service representative for their company. This is a work at home job that pays you well and could turn into a pretty profitable work at home job for you or your teenager.

There are many sites online that also allow you to take a test online after setting up a membership profile. These tests will analyze how well you are with data entry, typing and customer support. There are numerous companies that hire work at home professionals as it cuts down their costs in the bigger picture. Each of the companies listed above will have remote worker options, so keep your eyes out for openings so that you can get that work at home job as soon as possible.

25 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

I cannot believe that Christmas is just around the corner. There will be carols on the radio, stores decorating for the season and you will start to feel a bit jollier as Christmas gets closer. If you are a parent, though, you may be wondering what you should purchase the kids this season. With so many Christmas gift ideas out there for you to sift and sort through, I decided to create my own list of 25 Christmas gift ideas for kids to help alleviate a headache.  This list includes my affiliate links.

25 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

  1. Hatchimals CollEGGtible
  2. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II
  4. Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey
  5. Emoji Pillow
  6. Fidget Cube
  7. Fidget Spinner (This link is to my favorite one, it’s well made and beautiful!!)
  8. Lego People/Figures
  9. The Pie Face Game
  10. Echo Dot
  11. Unicone Rainbow Swirl Maker
  12. LuvaBella Baby Doll
  13. DIY Kaleidoscope Set for Kids
  14. Lite-Brite
  15. Star Wars Bladebuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber
  16. Professional Snow Cone Maker
  17. DC Super Hero Girls
  18. SELFIE Mic Music
  19. Quadrillion
  20. Speak Out Game
  21. Electric Light Blocks
  22. Crayola Emoji Maker
  23. Simon Air Game
  24. Graphic Skinz Design Studio
  25. Spirograph Deluxe Set

There you have it, 25 Christmas gift ideas for kids that range from little kids to older kids and covers boys and girls. Whether you are shopping for a household full of kids or one kid, it doesn’t matter. Each of these gift ideas are sure to be a hit this year at Christmas time.