Archives for February 2010

How to Get Our Tax Papers in Order

I got another great tip from our Expert Mommy, Claire Keeling last week… just in time for tax season too. Claire would be very unimpressed with my current (non)system. [Read more…]

Practical Mommy’s Impractical Art Project

Step 2: But Why Tango?

At this point, I began living my life by the signs. Sometimes, I didn’t exactly know what they meant but at least I was paying attention. This was a new thing for me since up until then, I was a take charge kinda girl. I was convinced that the only way to get anywhere in life or get anything done, meant I had to do it myself. Period.

My DIY Method is what had allowed me to transplant myself at age 13 to halfway around the world. This philosophy is how I graduated at the top of my class, how I landed one of two prized positions at a prestigious ad agency, how I created a stellar career as a designer, how I got to be 36 years old, 2.5 kids, in the top 5% of household incomes in the world, and feeling… profoundly empty. [Read more…]

Positive Parenting Tip: Satisfaction!

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-Founder Yogi Parenting

Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

Michaela is a 30 year veteran educator and a Certified YogaKids Teacher and Trainer. She teaches yoga baby and yoga kids classes for children throughout St. Louis, Missouri. As the Co-founder of the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, Michaela offers tips on parenting and seminars nationally, blending her joy for yoga with her love for children.

How to Live Frugally, Part 2

Last week, Dina-Marie shared 20 tips on how to live frugally. She has 22 more….

1. Do not window shop in front of the refrigerator – Determine what you want to remove ahead of time to avoid unnecessary time spent with the fridge door open.
2. Wash your clothes when they are dirty – This may be after one wearing, but then again, maybe not until several wearings.
3. Hang your clothes out to dry – Save energy and get that fresh, line-dry smell in the summer.  In the winter, use a drying rack inside to help humidify your house, which is healthier and feels warmer!
4. Make your own laundry detergent – Homemade laundry detergent is easy and economical.
5. Use cloth diapers instead of disposable – They are both economical and “green.” [Read more…]

How to Survive Having Your House Painted

We live on a block of several old Victorian houses. Typically we are a DIY couple, capable of small electric and modest plumbing repairs. But last spring we needed a new paint job, new porch railings, new gutters and new balcony spindles. We decided it was best for the house (and marriage) if we contracted this work out.

A Contractor’s Market

There’s a contractor named Frank who’s a regular fixture on our street. He’s a wizard at carpentry, plumbing and painting. His yard sign basically moves from one house to the next, as most old Victorians need work – lots of work. [Read more…]

How to Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety

This may sound incredibly hypocritical but I’ve been totally balking on providing internet access to my kids. We don’t have any WebKins. No Club Penguin. In fact, I make it a point to tuck my laptop away when they are not around. They hardly even see me on the computer. I’m not necessarily sure why… I think that I’ve just been really uncertain on how to introduce them to the online world, although I know it’s inevitable. So I was thrilled to get some coaching from our resident Youthologist and author, Vanessa Van Petten.

How have you navigated the online world with your tweens/teens? [Read more…]

How to Change Your Mind

As part of our series on careers and passions, I caught a few minutes with busy mom, Melissa Pierce. Melissa is a stay-at-home-mom turned documentary filmmaker and professional speaker. Her project, Life in Perpetual Beta is proof that it’s okay to change your mind. Watch the video (9:00)

What are some of the things you’ve always wanted to do? [Read more…]

Practical Mommy’s Impractical Art Project

Step 1: In the beginning, there was The Dance.

It started with a book at my local library. The book was displayed prominently at the end of an aisle. It was orange. If you were watching “My Life, the Movie” this would have been the dramatic moment when everything except this book faded into the background. It was called The Dance.

Here’s the poem that was the inspiration for the book: [Read more…]

Positive Parenting Tip: Think About This!

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-Founder Yogi Parenting

Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

Michaela is a 30 year veteran educator and a Certified YogaKids Teacher and Trainer. She teaches yoga baby and yoga kids classes for children throughout St. Louis, Missouri. As the Co-founder of the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, Michaela offers tips on parenting and seminars nationally, blending her joy for yoga with her love for children.

How to Include Your Kids

There’s been a lot of press lately about the detrimental effects of “screen time” on our babies and toddlers. In this segment with Expert Mommy, Sophia Pierroutsakos, Ph.D., I love the shift in our conversation about what we can do instead.

Sophia is not only a developmental psychologist by training but also a mom of two girls. She makes a great point: “The most important thing you can give your baby is you!”

My boy and I love to cook together and my girl and I share a love of books. What are some of the things you share with your kids?

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Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon. Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting. Click the links for Practical Mommy’s recommendations for travel car seats, affordable and fun diaper bags (skip hop bag), and the best-selling crib brand, Da Vinci Crib.