12 Things I’ve Learned From My School-aged Kids

I’ve learned some amazing things from my kids. Two years ago I wrote about 12 things I knew because I was a mom. At the time, my children were little. Well, they kept growing and I kept learning. As parents I don’t think the learning is ever complete. After all, we’re just figuring this parent thing out as we go — and just when we get one stage figured out, it’s time to move on to the next. Here are 12 more things I’ve learned thanks to my school-aged children: I can’t always be the ‘cool mom.’ And actually being...

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How We Connect Santa Clause and Jesus Christ in our Home

Christmas was a big deal at my house growing up. My dad was quite the jolly ol’ elf. He and my mom always went all out for the holiday. As soon as the first snow fell (often in October), his Christmas cassette tapes began playing everything from “Silver Bells” to the Chipmunk’s song “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” We’d pass those tapes between us and play Christmas Carols for months. Christmas lights covered our home-inside and out, second only to Clark Griswold. And my mom could create the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree. We often had two of them, one...

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Join me at Pinners Conference 2015

I am SO excited to teach a class again this year at Pinners Conference. The conference is next weekend in Sandy, Utah – November 6th and 7th. The last two years were so much fun. And this year I’ve got brand new content! Join me on Saturday at 12:30 pm where I’m teaching “How to Ditch the Guilt and Stay Present in the Moment.“ Plus I’ve got a discount code for you! Use ‘momentity’ at checkout and you can save 10% on ANY ticket option. Register over here – and hurry because classes are known to fill up. I can’t wait...

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7 Tips to Take Back Dinnertime

  For most people, the witching hour refers to the late hours of night when witches and ghouls are thought to appear. In my world, the witching hour is actually that time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., right before dinner. The kids get hungry and ghoulish, and I often feel like a witch on a broomstick as I shuffle kids from activities, guard the pantry from predators, and do my best to prepare a meal that I’m not prepared to make. I dread this witching hour, and I’ve heard from many of the moms I work with that they...

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Time vs. To-do List: 7 tips to battle stress and win the round

The month of August and I were in a serious boxing match. August won several rounds, but as I stand here in September, it is clear, I am the champion — by the skin of my teeth. I knew going into the end of the summer, August would be the craziest and busiest month of the year. Some of it was just by chance — three of my four children have August birthdays — but most of my August overwhelm was because I had overcommitted myself. I teach my clients how to anticipate and rebound from overextending. Overextending will happen...

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Free Teleclass Tonight! Rock Your Routine Without Feeling Trapped

Back to school means back to schedules. Don’t let your routine rule you! Learn how to have a strong routine and keep your freedom. [ba-imagedivider style=”shadow”] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] Join Nicole Carpenter in a free teleclass and figure out how to love your routine without feeling trapped. [ba-highlight bg=”#ffce4a” color=”#0A090A “]*BONUSES*[/ba-highlight] Every person who registers will get a free Mom Relief Kit: a work book and audio training “6 Simple Steps to Love Yourself, Nurture Your Family, and Love Your Life!”  *BONUSES*  We will have an Early-bird Giveaway for those on the call on-time and one lucky Grand Prize Winner will win a Define Your Time homestudy course! ($145 value) [/ba-column] [ba-column...

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Uplift Families Parenting Conference

I am so excited to partner with Utah’s First Lady Jeanette Herbert in supporting her initiative and non-profit Uplift Families.   Uplift Families provides valuable resources for parents and families. Including a state-of-the-art website featuring hundreds of links to trusted family information sources – all categorized by age! But I think what I am most excited about is her Parenting Conference later this month. My husband and I are going. The conference even includes dinner – what a cool date night? If you are in or near Utah, we’d love to have you join us! WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015...

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Trick To Get Kids To Flush The Toilet

  I can’t even tell you how many times a day I use to walk into a bathroom and find the last visitor left without flushing! Just how difficult is it to flush a toilet?  I get that my kids are little but a 10-year-old, 7-year-old or 4-year-old ought to be able to pull a lever. It’s got to be easier than clearing the table and I can get them to do that – most of the time. I thought I was the only parent who struggled with this. While perusing Facebook I saw that my friend Lara was having...

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How To Keep Your Sanity During The Summer

This is a great article from our archives, perfect for this time of year! This originally published on KSL.c0m in 2013. I glance at the kitchen and can’t help but see every drawer and every cupboard is open. Christmas ribbon laces in and out of my kitchen chairs. I’m told it’s an obstacle course. Behind me, slippery sleeping bags rest at the bottom of the staircase as it appears they are not currently needed to transport anyone from the top to the bottom. Science experiments are evaporating in the half bathroom, water fights are sprinkling my family room, and...

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How To Be Successful At Home And In Your Business – a radio interview with Chris Miles

How can you find more time to be successful at home AND in your business? You CAN be successful at both, and you can do it guilt-free! I was honored to join Chris Miles as a guest on his radio show Money Ripples as we talk about roles, parenthood and being a work-at-home entrepreneur. The interview is only about 20 minutes but it’s packed with goodness! You can listen right over here or click the image below. About Chris: Chris Miles, the “Cash Flow Expert,” is a leading authority showing entrepreneurs and their spouses how to quickly free up and create...

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Meet Ashley Ludlow

This month I’m reintroducing our Meet A Mom Spotlight! I’m so excited to introduce you to Ashley Ludlow, a mom on the verge of accomplishing a HUGE dream of hers – recording an album!! Ashley, tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a songwriter, recording artist and mother of four. And I’m just finishing up my very first studio album. I’ve been married for 8 ½ years, and we live in a small town in Southern Idaho. How old are your kids? I have a 7-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son, 2-year-old son and a brand new baby boy who’s...

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4 Strategies to Avoid Summertime Overwhelm

We stopped nagging our children about their homework weeks before school actually ended; and keeping a decent bedtime is increasingly more difficult as the sun stays in the sky just a bit longer each night. Thankfully, summer is here, and most of us have really good intentions and a second-wind of purpose. We hope for family activities, organized fun, fight-free afternoons, stacks of finished books and swim towels that hang up themselves. During summer break, we are trying to balance all the kids’ activities with our own — all the while knowing kids without a school schedule often means...

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How To Create a To-Do List You Will Actually Complete

There is a rush of satisfaction that I feel each time I use my chunky, black Crayola marker to cross something off my daily list. All right, so maybe the marker actually belongs to my kids, but I still love that quick sense of satisfaction. I know I’m not the only one who likes the feeling of accomplishment that comes from crossing things off their list. Maybe you are even the type of person who puts something on your to-do list just so you can cross it off. That used to be me — placing things on my list...

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Finding The AND In Motherhood

My mother always told me, “you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it.” It’s probable your mother told you something similar, and we say the same thing to our children. As mothers, we tell our children to dream big and work hard — and we mean it. But the reality is we often don’t believe it because we have little evidence of it in our lives. Sure, we became mothers, and we always wanted to be a mother. Motherhood is a dream come true. But then — after we reached motherhood —...

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