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How To Teach Your Kids About Making New Year’s Resolutions + Printable!

How To Teach Your Kids About Making New Year's Resolutions + Printable! By NotSoIdleHands.com

The new year is upon us now and it's resolution time again (already?....sheesh). Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not one to go making crazy promises that I can't or don't intend to keep. I've done enough of that in the past..... I like to look at resolutions as a starting point to whatever goal I want to reach for myself in the the near future. Because, let's face it....it's almost impossible to … [Read more...]

ADD Cheater’s Guide To A (Somewhat) Clean House & Freebie Printable

ADD Cheater's Guide To A (Somewhat) Clean House & Free Printable by NotSoIdleHands.com

Hello, my name is Emily and I'm a mess-a-holic. I admit it....I hate to clean and since I have ADD, I get distracted or overwhelmed super easily and am always needing to devise ways to trick myself help keep myself motivated to get my chores done. Don't get me wrong, my house isn't dirty....just always messy.  I'm terrible at putting away all things I get out for my projects and with ADD it's … [Read more...]

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage

Hall Closet Re-Do and Wrapping Paper Storage By NotSoIdleHands.com

Don't forget to enter the Katiedid Designs giveaway here for your chance to win some cute card designs or fun paper straws! In the midst of getting ready and packed up to fly off (with 3 kiddos) for Thanksgiving last week, I had a really crazy thought. I thought: "Man, I'm soooooo tired of this nonsense storage closet we have here in our hallway, I should totally re-do it.....right now.  Yep, … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Traveling with Toddlers (and Kids too!)

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers (and Kids too!) by NotSoIdleHands.com

We are now in this busy season of travel ......traveling to see friends and family or even just to take a fun trip (to avoid friends and family hehehe) Well, we have 3 kiddos and wherever we go we are expected to take them along for the ride…..weather we want to or not. So, I wanted to share a post about how to ease the stress of traveling with the little ones. These tips are good for traveling by … [Read more...]

Board and Batten Coat Nook….Finally!!

Board and Batten Coat Nook by NotSoIdleHands.com

Ever since we moved in a little over a year ago, I've been planning and re-planning this little area next to the laundry room. Since coat season is on it's way, we desperately need someplace that's easy for the kiddos to hang their 5,000 coats and jackets....along with a place for snowy boots, hats, gloves, and scarves (and bills).  Otherwise, it all ends up on the floor all.over.the.house. I … [Read more...]

Magnetic Chore Chart Is Back!!

Magnetic Chore Chart by NotSoIdleHands.com

So sorry about my blog's plain Jane appearance right....It's in the middle of a facelift and should be right purdy in a few weeks..... Here at the McDonald Casa, we make our kiddos our slaves....er, do chores. And this chart remains the best and easiest way we've found to get them to do chores and keep track of who does what. I wanted to re-post this awesome parenting tool again as well as … [Read more...]