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Is Melaleuca right for you?

Is Melaleuca right for you?

Before You Try Melaleuca, There’s Something You Should Know

Well, this is it: The last company review in my five-part series on product-focused, home-based business opportunities. Have I saved the best for last with Melaleuca? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

The first four companies I looked at—Younique, Scentsy, LuLaRoe, and doTERRA—all rely on distributors who purchase and resell their products. That’s the hallmark of multi-level marketing.

Melaleuca, however, has no distributors. It’s just an online store. I was kind of surprised when I found that out. It turns out that the only way customers can purchase Melaleuca products is directly from the company.

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6 Tips to help kids with bedtime

6 Tips to help kids with bedtime

Why is it that bedtime always seems to be a struggle for littles? You’d think that we, as moms, would have this round-up and routine mastered considering it comes around every. . .single . . . day. As grown-ups, it’s hard to understand why children are so averse to the concept of getting a good night’s sleep. I mean, who in their right mind doesn’t appreciate an end to the chaos of the day and the blissfulness of a wonderful night’s sleep. The answer: children! For some reason, which grown-ups do not comprehend, little kids simply don’t like going to bed. As a result, bedtime tends to turn into a nightly battle, which all-too-often results in grumpy parents, grumpy kids, and less-than-ideal sleep for everyone.  Understanding that this is a common situation, I decided to share some of my tips to help your kids with bedtime.

And although some of them may seem a little odd, they’ve worked for my kiddos. As with all my pieces of advice, take what you want and leave what you don’t. Hopefully, though, you’ll find some helpful points in this list to make bedtime less of a struggle and more of a delight.

Tips to help your kids with bedtime

Tip #1: Eat dinner earlier

One of the biggest challenges with getting kids off to bed on-time is we run out of time! Your bedtime routine should begin as soon as dinner is over. So, if you eat dinner too later, you’re already setting yourself up for failure. Most parents are pretty good at choosing a firm bedtime, but very few of these same parents are good at choosing a firm dinner time. By staying true to a firm dinner time, you make it much easier to stay true to your firm bedtime. In my family, we eat dinner at 6 p.m., which means, I need to start dinner well before that time. In other words, as soon as the “workday” is over, that’s when dinner preparation begins.

Tip #2: No screens after dinner

As soon as dinner concludes, you should begin the process of preparing the family for bedtime. A big part of this preparation includes the winding-down of the brain by disconnecting everyone from electronic devices. This includes parents, too! Yes. Now, if you absolutely need to use a screen, do it in a way that is not visible to the children.

Tip #3: Clean for 15 minutes

To help the kids get ready for bed, help them get rid of their remaining energy. The way I do this is together we all clean up the kitchen and/or living room for 15 minutes. The goal isn’t to complete the task of cleaning the entire room. The goal is to expend the remaining energy the kids may have, which will encourage them to want to head to bed more willingly. Also, cleaning together is a great way to spend time together as a family. For me, any together time is time well spent.

Tip #4: Get the kids into pajamas at least 15 minutes prior to bedtime

If bedtime is set for 8:30 p.m., then get your kids into pajamas by 8:15 p.m. When you send them to put on their jammies, turn off the lights in the living room and kitchen. Or at least dim them. This is a visual cue that bedtime has commenced.

Tip #5: Read your children a story

I’m surprised and saddened by how many people do NOT do this step. Reading a story and/or singing to your kids not only helps them fall asleep faster, but it is a beautiful way to communicate that you love your kids and want to be by them. It is a magical moment. Later in life, as you reflect on your parenting years, you’ll be very grateful you did this.

Tip #6: As you tuck them in, say you love them and that you’ll check on them in a bit

When you tuck your children in and leave the room, something that I’ve learned is really helpful and calming is to tell my kids, “I love you. I’ll check on you in a bit.”

Of course, you need to be true to this promise. Check on your kids in five minutes, then ten minutes, and then fifteen minutes. By the third check, they will very likely be asleep.

Conclusion about tips to help your kids with bedtime

These are just a few tips to help your kids with bedtime, but they work for me. And though bedtime continues to sometimes be a struggle for my littles, it is no longer the fight it used to be.

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3 Tips to keep a minivan clean and organized

3 Tips to keep a minivan clean and organized

If you’re a parent desperately looking for ways to keep your minivan clean and organized, then this blog post is for you! And although I’m writing my thoughts from the perspective of a minivan owner, the same principles of cleanliness and organization can successfully be applied to any vehicle.

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The Relay Phone for Kids

The Relay Phone for Kids

One of the scariest moments for a parent is when a child goes missing. In today’s world, there is no shortage of danger. With bad actors lurking in every community and human trafficking increasing at alarming rates, the importance of keeping track of kids has never been higher. Where once the term “helicopter parent” was a phrase parents shied away from, today, more and more parents wear the term as a badge of honor.

I admit, I’m a helicopter parent. I don’t trust the world around me, and I certainly don’t trust the strangers (and even non-strangers) in my neighborhood.  Because of this, I’m always trying to keep track of my kids, which is why I recently started researching GPS tracking devices for my kids. After looking into different companies that offer GPS-enabled kid smartwatches, I finally decided on one: The Relay Phone for Kids.

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Great way to organize all those toys

I was never much of a toy organizer when my oldest children were babies, they had a toy box and that’s where the toys went. There was a book shelf and clearly that’s where the books went, they also had a stuffed animal hanger and all stuff animals were kept there. They were organized as toys, books and stuff animals simple enough and at the time worked.

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