2018 Summer Survival Calendar is HERE!

3
May
2018
2018 Summer Activity Calendar

Be prepared for a fun, activity filled summer – all planned for you!

Are you ready for summer? Ready or not, it’s almost here!

And while we crave having our children at home all to ourselves for awhile, we also cringe when we begin hearing “Mom, I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”

Or does it seem like every year summer flies by way too fast and you didn’t get to do all the things you wanted to do with the kids while they were on break?

If only you could be more organized you could fit everything in…

Now you can take charge of your summer with my 2018 Summer Survival Calendar!

If you are familiar and already a long-time purchaser of the Summer Survival Calendar and do not need to know any more, click the HERE to purchase.

Get Ready for Your Best Summer Ever!

I’m a mom too, and I know just where you’re coming from! I thought, there’s got to be a better way for moms to get a grip on summer and enjoy time as a family so the kids don’t spend all their time zoning out at the TV! So I got busy and scoured the Internet in search of budget-friendly, creative, and fun-filled activities that families can enjoy together and assembled them in The Confident Mom’s 2018 Summer Survival Calendar. I have done all the work for you, making your summer activities hassle-free!

The 2018 Summer Survival Calendar is a four-month calendar with over 120 activities to blast boredom and increase family time. It features at least one low-budget (and sometimes free) activity, craft project, or kid friendly recipe every day from May 1 to August 31. The calendar comes in a digital PDF download so you have it instantly, and most activities include a clickable link so you can easily view instructions or photos.

Activities You’ll Enjoy

These activities are not only easy on your pocketbook, they will inspire your child’s creative side and allow you to enjoy time together. You’ll find things like creating a gnome fairy garden, scripture game, toast animals, and cherry cheesecake ice cream to dish soap silly putty, craft stick monsters, pizza party, and magnetic sculptures. There is no shortage of ideas to keep your child’s mind engaged! You’ll enjoy watching their faces light up when they spend time with you—these moments as a family are the ones they’ll remember forever!

To make preparation for the activities easy, I’ve included a list of all the supplies or ingredients you will need to complete the daily activities or recipes on the Summer Survival Calendar. Organized by week and by day, you can refer to the list of supplies, checking off items as you gather them so you don’t get caught empty-handed when you are ready to play!

Don’t Just Survive—Thrive

Having these mind-inspiring and budget-friendly activities is the first step in making this a fun-filled summer, but we also need to ensure you have your time allocated properly to enjoy this family bonding time. With that in mind, I have developed the 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever action guide. This optional action guide includes several thought-provoking worksheets to help you define your summer activities and goals and develop a plan of action, as well as organizational checklists. The tools I’ve included that will help you stay on top of your game this summer are:

Summer Goals worksheet
Ideas for Summer Fun checklist
10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever action guide
Quiet Time Activities worksheet
Important Summer Dates checklist
Standard Operating Procedures worksheet
Weekly Menu Planner/Grocery List
Summer Weekly Planner
Be Summer Organized checklist

These tools will help you not only survive summer, but thrive! The 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever action guide and worksheets are included as part of the Summer Survival Calendar bundle.

You’re sure to find a package that fits your goals!

2018 Summer Survival Calendar and Supply List—$8
2018 Summer Survival Calendar and Supply List + 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever Action Guide + audio workshop—$10
MEGA BUNDLE: 2018 Summer Survival Calendar and Supply List + 2016-2017 Summer Survival Calendars + 10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever Action Guide + audio workshop—$13

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If you’ve purchased the Summer Survival Calendar in the past, you’ll be excited to know that the activities change every year so you are receiving fresh, new content each summer. More than 90% of the activities and recipes are new.

Who is excited to kick off summer and be organized??!!!!

5 Blogs on Motherhood Which Inspire Me

30
Oct
2017

5 blogs on motherhood

If you’re a mom looking for inspiration, encouragement, real life tips and more – be sure to add these blogs on motherhood to your must-follow list.

Over the course of my years as a mom and a blogger, I have followed a few inspiring and helpful blogs to encourage my journey.  We al need help in different seasons and it’s so nice to have a wealth of information to choose from.

This is a short list, certainly not exhaustive. If you are looking for a few new places to get ideas, you will find a great start here.

Allie Casazza-Inentional Motherhood

This is my newest and most loved new blog!  Simple, inspiring, and relevant.  I don’t have time to read stuff that is not relevant to my season.  Allie she hits it each time!  I love following her on Facebook too for the helpful prompts to focus on areas of my life that I need help in.

The Purposeful Home Podcast

Ready for some fun, mind-blowing awesomeness?  I love this sweet podcast with Allie and her friend Kelsey – they are real, genuine and just tell it like it is – yet, with powerful tips to gain back control in your life and find balance and rhythm.  I listen while folding laundry, while on a run, in my car – it’s a real treat when a new episode goes live!

Intentional Moms with Kayse Pratt

Do you need a bit more organization in your life?  This is your place!!  She really expands on my heart for helping overwhelmed moms in several ways – by focusing on bible study, planning, organizing, and finding community.  All those are dear to my heart.  She is a sweet gem of a mom and shares genuinely in her struggles too.

Inspired to Action with Kat Lee

If you haven’t’ ventured over the Kat’s amazing blog – do it now!  I love her podcast, which will brighten your day for sure and and is so encouraging when it comes to motherhood!  She always delivered just the right content at the right time for me and her genuine heart shines through her writing and her narrative on the podcast.

The Art of Simple with Tsh Oxenreider

This is one of the very first blogs I began following years ago when I started my own blogging journey.  Tsh has created an epic movement of motherhood support here on her slice of blogosphere – including a great podcast too.  Great variety and inspiration will be found!

So hop around and take a look – you will be sure to find one or two to help inspire you to be the best mom you can be right in this season!

10 Gluten Free Apple Recipes for Fall

18
Sep
2017

10 gluten free apple recipes for fall

The weather is getting cooler, and the trees are getting heavy with amazing apples just ready for picking!

We live in Washington, also known as the apple state!  We have orchards that stretch miles and they are gorgeous.  We also grab a huge box of apples in the beginning of October as part of a fundraiser our friends are involved in, so having some yummy apple recipes is a must.

Apple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free)

Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Apple Cinnamon Scones

Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad 

Zucchini Apple Fritter Bread – Gluten Free 

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

Easy Gluten Free Apple Custard Cake

Five Back to School Tips & Tricks

11
Sep
2017

5 back to school tips and tricks

We just started back to school on Tuesday – much later than many of you.  Our family ended summer with a nice beach fire and it was delightful!

The transition to the school year can be hard, but I have found several tips and tricks that help our family get back into the groove with less stress, anxiety and losing our patience!  

I cover many awesome tips in my Back 2 School Survival Guide – a wonderful resource with topics every parent wants to be in the know about, as well as editable PDF printables to help things run smoothly!  It has been a life saver for many of you who have grabbed it over the years.

Let’s cover some of my top tips to help with the beginning of the school year!

Rhythm and Routine

Just like a rhythm and routine is critical to our success as a mother and manager of our home, our kids need a very similar routine to succeed.   I shared specific steps to create a morning routine for your child in a previous post and know it will help you.  We all want to send our kids off to school with a feeling of success, instead of failure.  

When expectations are not clearly outlined for our children, they lose focus, control and feel lost.  It is up to use to help them have an outline.  The same goes for after school expectations.  Creating a printable list for tasks for your child to complete after school helps develop independence as well as a pride in their work.

Promote Healthy Focus

Oh mama – this is an area we deal with daily!!  We have a little guy who struggles with focusing and staying on task. I have had to come up with some effective ways to keep us both sane!

This is where we open my mom toolbox of beloved essential oils.  I am able to easily mix up a blend of Cedarwood, Vetiver, and Lavender essential oils in a roller ball bottle, add a bit of carrier oil – like Young Living’s V-6 or some coconut oil and we are armed!

I’ve been using this blend on my seven year old since he was three – because it works!  It helps him stay focused, calms his little mind down from racing and helps him have a successful day by completing tasks and schoolwork successfully.  Don’t we want that for our kids?

And, if you happen to struggle with focus, I mean… some of us amazing moms do….this blend is for you too!  All ages and stages – one of the reasons I love having essential oils in my mom toolbox!

the focus roller - cedar wood, vetiver, lavender essential oils

Prep for Healthy Lunches

We all know a healthy breakfast will help your child have a great morning, but do you really take into consideration the lunch you pack and how it will either help your child with great energy during their afternoon, or perhaps impact their body in a negative way? 

Last year I bought a small compartment bento lunch box and it was the best investment I have made in helping me with packing a fun and healthy lunch.  Not only did the lunchbox last the entire school year, we are using it this year too!  

I love the compartments and that I can easily find healthy items to put into each section, like lunchmeat rolled up with some cheese, some diced kiwi (my sons favorite!) dry roasted almonds, carrots, celery and even olives.  I also grabbed these small containers and they fit right inside the container slots and I can add things like the olives without the juice flowing to other items and the main lid just fits right on.

Sending sugary items, foods filled with lots of additives can really affect your child in a negative way.  Some food can even make them irritable and groggy, so take some time to send good for them items!

Good Sleep

You might think this is just for your child, but we all need a restful nights sleep.  Allowing our body to regenerate and rest. 

Does your child struggle to wind down at the end of the day?

Do they toss and turn until late in the evening before they settle in to sleep?

Do they wake in the morning finding it hard to get up and get going?

Perhaps you fall into one of those situations?

Here again, our essential oil collection provides an easy and totally natural way to promote a really restful nights sleep.

Back-to-School-Restful-Sleep

Our favorite blend to apply topically or use in our diffuser, is Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils.  However, we love having other oils to interchange in order to clam us down in the evening.  I will often put some Stress Away in the diffuser while we are settling down after dinner and the magic begins!  Bedtime routines are much easier, as everyone is ready to brush teeth, read and snuggle down into bed.

Space to Exhale

Our lives are busy and with the beginning to the school year often comes many after school activities.  However, I have found it very beneficial to have some down time immediately after school, instead of just rushing off to the next thing.

When your child comes home, spend a few minutes with them to ask about their day.  Finding time to just exhale from all the activity of the day is a great transition for kids.  Depending on your schedule and your day, I suggest allotting at least 15-20 minutes for your child to just relax.  Just like you and I need some downtime, your child really benefit form it too.

Here’s to a great school year for you and your family!

Interested in essential oils? Now is the BEST time to get started.

You can get a starter set of essential oils called the premium starter kit (with 11 oils and a diffuser) as well as $20 cash back, reference material and MORE from me! You’ll also get access to my members-only online community to learn how to use your oils and get lots of education and support.

7 Money Saving Hacks for the Minimalist Want To Be

19
Jul
2017

Money Saving Hacks for Minimalists

For the past year, our family has been on a journey to “less” – now commonly known as minimalism.  It has been amazing and I would encourage you to look at how you can shift your lifestyle as well.  

One area I get asked about often is how we are living on less and saving more.  Here are just a few quick hacks I have for you in the area of saving money when living with less.

Use Amazon to it’s Fullest

Since moving to a more remote location, it is even more critical that we use services that deliver items we use consistently to our home.  It means less driving, less gas used and less stress.  I use amazon for almost anything I can, because it just makes plain sense.  We have a monthly subscribe and save order with my favorite coffee creamer, organic pumpkin for my favorite no sugar smoothie, cocoa powder, and more.  Items we need every month are in our order, delivered right to our door.

One Product for Multiple Uses

Since simplifying our life and also focusing on a healthier toxic-free lifestyle, we’ve managed to save money and eliminate things that were not only wasting our money but promoting illness.  Since going into remission from Lupus, through helping my body to heal itself (so so grateful!!), I’ve learned the chemicals I were using in my home were poisoning my entire family.  Now I use one cleaner for all our needs – cleaning stove-tops, counter, floors, showers, windows and more.  One bottle taking space under my counter instead of ten to twelve.  Thieves Household Cleaner is the one for me!  It’s concentrated, all plant based and I can make up a bottle with the exact level of cleaning I need for a job.  

Stop Buying Bottled Water

We make this decision several years ago and are so happy.  Instead of wasting the money on bottled water and adding to all the plastic bottle waste, we purchased a BIG BERKEY and have amazing filter and fluoride free water at our finger tips.  Each family member have glass water bottles and we fill those when we are headed out and re-use them.  Yes, the cost of the Berkey is an initial expense, but the savings over time is great.  We even have the Go Berkey to use on the road.

Wash in Cold Water

Most detergents work just as well in cold water as they do in hot. We have been using cold water on all but our sheets and it has worked great.  My favorite detergent in the Thieves Laundry detergent, also a concentrate and amazingly effective.  When you can switch to cold, your clothes and your energy bill will thank you!

Get Rid of Clutter

This is a process – we’ve done the clutter reduction and purging three times in the last year.  It feels amazing to live in a small space and not have every counter or table top covered in stuff!  When you have less around, you reduce the risk of buying soothing you truly don’t need plus you can easily find things, so you are not wasting time.

Be Smart About Organic

As I have grown in my journey to give my family the best of toxic-free living, I’ve learned where it’s important to prioritize.  We can’t buy everything organic, so it is helpful to know what is most prone to be contaminated with chemicals and worth buying organic.  You can check out the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” and determine what is truly most important to buy organic.

Reduce Your Wardrobes

Just how many pairs of jeans does a person need?  I am in the process of reducing my wardrobe and really want to dive into the Project 333 — still thinking, but in the meantime I have cleared my closet considerably and it is so freeing!  By investing only in clothes you actually love and enjoy wearing it is easy to keep things organized and you actually look forward to getting dressed each morning!  I am in the process to do this with my  seven year old – to reduce his clothing as well.