I’m not a New Year’s Resolution kind of person. I am more of a constant thought and self-improvement, change as soon as you need it type of person. This year a few changes that I need just happen to coincide with winter break, then with the holiday happenings are easier to implement in the New Year. Mostly I think because I was able to really take time and just think. Only one of these changes really affects this site or what you’ll see here. By New Workbasket, I don’t mean my actual workbasket, which has been the same organized tote bag since I started thisRead More →

Using baskets around your house can help you organize and be cute too!

If you are looking to spruce up your home décor, baskets are a handy and inexpensive way to add charm while giving your home extra storage space. Buying Baskets: I LOVE to buy baskets at thrift stores and department stores. They’re usually cheap and there is a ton of variety out there. Just be sure to buy sturdy baskets! Usually, thrift stores are my first choice for baskets, just check them thoroughly first. If I know I need a specific size or style, or multiples of a basket, then I go to the department store. The stores always have tons but most of them aren’t good.Read More →

You guys! Christmas is gonna be here soon!!!! Can you even believe it? As Christmas approaches, there is a fair chance your to-do list doubles, or even triples in size.  Today, I’m asking you to question your list. Every item on it, who is it for? How does it make you feel? Here’s the thing, there is a fair chance that there is something on your list that you don’t really want to do. Maybe you don’t want to send Christmas cards, or write a letter, or attend a certain party, or do a work Secret Santa.  Is it Worth It? So many people justRead More →

Great new book from Michael Delman about helping your child with their executive function issues.

Do you know what executive function is? I’ll be honest, lots of people don’t and you usually only know the term after it’s a problem. When it’s a problem it’s a BIG problem, a parental tear your hair out nightmare. SO first, let me explain executive function, then I’ll tell you WHY I’m talking about executive function.Read More →

Great summer reads for boys, books suggestions right off of an 11 year old's summer reading stack!

Hey! Are you enjoying your summer so far!?!?! I feel like ours has been a whirlwind, and is rushing away from us. I’m already starting to buy school supplies and pick the curriculum for next year.  We won’t be starting until after Labor Day, so we still have plenty of time left, but I bet it’ll pass too fast. Before summer completely gets away from us I wanted to show you what is on my Son’s summer reading stack! Some of these are new releases that we chose to review (they were sent to us free in exchange) some are just things my son hasRead More →

Getting ready to make truffles with historically accurate chocolate!

Today is an amazing combo in that it’s summer, which is the perfect time for a trip, and that it is Chocolate Day. So I’m going to tell you how to enjoy a trip, get some amazing chocolate, and even turn it into a fun and easy history learning experience! (Interestingly enough there are actually 4 Chocolate Days a year, but that’s just an ADHD inspired tidbit.) We actually do a lot of tours and trips, mostly because we live close to so many, but also because my approach to history is that it is better to see and do than to read and quote. It’s oneRead More →

While the world constantly pushes for perfection I want people to know they are not alone! It's okay to be a mess! It's okay to be Type-B.

If you read my post yesterday maybe it resonated with you, but maybe not because you need to relax, maybe you’re like me and are probably TOO relaxed. Maybe you were saying “Alicia, I’m TOO Relaxed- Just Like You!” Well, that is the other part of what I try to do here! Photo by chaithanya krishnan on Unsplash Here’s what I’m hoping people get from my website: Type A People- Learn to relax a bit and follow some of my fun and easy tips for crafts and family fun. See that I do these things and we survive! We even thrive! The mess is worth it! Other Type B People-Read More →

Guys, just relax and have fun, you only get one life and time with your kids if brief.

I know the “Type A” idea, I’m not it, I don’t entirely understand it, but I know it. If you’re not Type A, are you Type B? Is the opposite Type Z?? Featured Photo is by Daniel Spase on Unsplash One thing I’m hoping to do with this website is to rub off a little of my extreme Type B/Z onto other people, especially parents. I want people to relax. In 2 years, 10 years, 20 years, will you say “We always had a lot of fun, because our house was spotless and I had a detailed schedule?” Probably not. Days with our babies are slim you guys.Read More →

We're trying out a new science book that just hit the market and having fun making slime!!

Recently I was contacted by Storey Publishing to ask if I would like to review their new book, Mason Jar Science. I love messy, fun science experiments, and I have racks of mason jars, so I said yes. They sent me a review copy and we got to work checking it out recently and are loving it! Of course, my son overlooked all the experiments except the slime. It HAD to be the slime that we did first. Other experiments I noticed and were excited about included making alum geodes, terrariums, cloud in a jar, play clay, and several more. If you have kids youRead More →

A family favorite, an easy way to feed the family on busy days, or when it is just to hot to cook!

It can be so hard to feed the family in the hot summer months. Sometimes it’s just too hot to cook, sometimes one person goes off with a friend and you have no idea if they will be home for dinner or not, sometimes an extra friend is at the table, and sometimes it’s just to fun outside to come in and cook! There are so many situations that occur in the summer that can make it tricky to eat, especially together. We are adamant family dinner people. We eat dinner together about 355 days a year, those 10 that we don’t usually are in theRead More →

Photo recipe for 8 perfect summer popsicles, including these watermelon beauties!

[ReviewDisclaimer]   Recently I got this YUMMY looking infographic for perfect summer popsicles from Readers.com. I’ll be honest, whether I make popsicles or buy them depends very much on the day. I do both and feel no qualms either way.   Sometimes it’s fun to make some popsicles, but sometimes making your own is just too much. Sometimes it’s just too hot and they disappear faster than you can make them and it’s exhausting. Sometimes it’s fun to be in the kitchen and then enjoy your work later. If it’s a make your own kind of day I’ll be trying some of these recipes. AlthoughRead More →

Picnics are the ultimate in family fun! Relax and enjoy one!

I want to start encouraging my readers to relax, enjoy themselves, and stress a little less. Try some hobbies you’ve always wanted. Experiment. Be free. So to do that I’m going to start a series of posts with fun things to do! The could be anything from interesting videos to crafts to art to fun challenges and everything in between. Just a way to encourage you to try fun things, relax and enjoy life more.  SO here is your list of fun things to try this week! Since the weekend is about the begin and school is almost out it’s a great time to getRead More →

Tired of detailed systems and chore lists that live out of site? Me too! Here is my 5 minute solution to create a chore list and keep it where it gets used! From My Workbasket

I’ve always been honest about the fact that my house is messy. It just is. I do believe that one day we can conquer it, but obviously, that takes work. There are three of us in the house and I do believe in giving kids chores. The thing with chores is keeping track of what needs to be done, even for myself. I’ve tried a variety of chore systems and charts, The SHE system worked best, for a while. The problem is that most chore systems take forever to set up, and then live inside a box or a binder or somewhere. So I’d put aRead More →

Simple Ingredients and it makes it's own crust!-- My Workbasket

Have you ever had a recipe that you KNEW would leave zero leftovers? That you could possibly eat in one sitting? This recipe is like that for me. My husband has actually taken the pie server out of my hand before because I had already eaten almost a whole pie! I came across this awhile ago, I don’t even remember where, and it claimed to be from an old recipe book. I made one, and it was good. I’ve now made this probably a dozen times or more, and have figured out the perfect pie. I’ve made several changes from the original and made itRead More →