A Utility Closet Makeover

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our new house for almost two months. School has started, soccer practices are underway, and we’re starting to get in a groove. Now it’s time to tackle some serious organizing challenges to get this house in order! I decided to start with the utility closet that is just …

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Back-to-School Lessons Learned

My eldest started kindergarten this week. He hopped on the school bus grinning from ear to ear. He walked into the building sporting his new Spiderman backpack like he owned the place. I admit I was a little nervous, okay a lot nervous, about how this process would go. There were some hiccups along the …

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Three is the new two

You. The person who came up with the phrase “terrible twos.” You are Full. Of. Crap. Two was nothing. Three is horrible. In a nanosecond he can go from this: To this: Oh sure, there are moments of delight, when he’s excitedly telling me about his day, or narrating a story with his LEGO minifigures, …

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10 Tips for Moving with Kids

No one ever says that moving is easy. Throw a couple of rowdy preschoolers into the mix, and it can be a downright disaster. Well, I’m living proof that it can be done, and I have the battle scars to prove it. After loading up our house and moving 300 miles away, here are my …

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Getting settled

We have been in our new house three weeks. THREE WEEKS! And my mind continues to race with all the unpacking, decorating and organizing that remains to be done. I’m remembering to breathe deeply and take it one box at a time. And in the meantime, I’ve been scouring the Internet and making to-do lists …

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Moving on.

I’m feeling a little nostalgic this weekend. My eldest graduated from preschool. I can still close my eyes and see the way the sun was shining through the fall leaves as we drove to the hospital on the day he was born. It was early afternoon on a crisp November day, and the leaves were …

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Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping Made Easy

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the custom recipe book that I created using the Staples Arc system. The book is working out great. The only change I made was to reprint and laminate the pages before punching them, to protect them from spills while I’m working. And when I started looking for …

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Relaunching The Bizy Mama

If you’ve been a regular visitor to this site, you’re going to notice some changes. I’ve decided to move away from featuring the kids and instead write about tips, tools and fabulous things I’ve found that make a hectic life with two busy boys a little easier. Please come back in a few weeks when …

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Custom Recipe Book

I have a small kitchen. Seriously. I have next to no counter space, so cooking major meals is a challenge. And forget about cooking in bulk. But, I make do. This year, I’m determined to add some healthy variety to our meals, but it’s hard to make room for a bulky cookbook on the counter. …

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Homemade Jetpack

I wish I could take credit for this one, but I have to give a shout-out to the mom of one of Jack’s classmates. She made these homemade jet packs for the kids attending her son’s birthday party, and Jack is still wearing it more than a month later. She painted two empty two-liter bottles …

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