Author: Nicole Carpenter

Simple Summer Chore Chart – that works!

It’s now mid-June and I’ve got one question for you… How are your summer chore charts working out? My kids aren’t toddlers anymore. I’ve got a 13-year-old, 10-year-old and two 7-year-olds. So last summer I thought for sure we could handle detailed and lengthy summer to-do charts I found on Pinterest. I thought for sure my school-aged kiddos could handle it. Wrong. I’m not sure what I was thinking, flushing toilets continues to be a struggle. This summer I decided simple was best. As simple approach to daily summer to-do’s, you know? My thoughts, if kept the list simple...

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5 Tips for Summer Family Bonding

I’m always equally terrified and excited for Summer Break to begin. How will I manage all the kids home all day and find that balance between fun and responsibilities? It is possible though, with a little bit of planning. Recently Uplift Families (I’m a contributor over there) asked me on their behalf to visit the set of KUTV Fresh Living and share 5 tips to summer family bonding. Read below or click the video link to watch.  (What would you add to this list?) Re-establish Relationships Those of us with school-aged kids have an opportunity to skip the craziness...

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Are your expectations ruining you? 3 changes that can help…

Unrealistic expectations are like the gateway drug to mom guilt and unhappiness. Though the dates and circumstances vary, the story is the same: The fantastic idea in your head of how the day will turn out fails. You run out of time. You run out of patience. You remember you can’t control the people in the perfect picture from your head. And, like a raging fire, your mind fills with doubt, regret, guilt and frustration. What went wrong? We try to be happy. We had good intentions. But, in most cases, it comes back to the underlying problem that...

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Back To School Help: Teaching Kids Time-management Techniques

In the late 1990s, during my high school days, I lived and died by my Franklin Covey planner. It kept track of every homework assignment, shift at work and to-do item. I relied on that zip-around-organized-bundle-of-goodness so much that during my senior year, my friends thought it would be funny to steal it from me. They watched me walk around clueless, unsure of my next move for an entire week. And then finally one night, they surprised me with it. It was so funny (insert sarcasm). When I saw that beautiful mahogany faux-leather case again, I dropped to the...

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Meet Janneke

Hi, I’m Janneke Marquez, the Community Manager here at MOMentity! I’m so excited to run the MOM Academy and you’ll see me in and out of all the MOMentity social media groups. But I realized you probably don’t know much about me. Let’s change that! How did I cross paths with MOMentity? I heard about Nicole and Momentity in 2013 at the first ever Pinners Conference in Utah. At that point in my life I was a SAHM mom to my 3-year-old son. I also had a portrait and birth photography hobby I was trying to launch into a business. I...

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