Skip the New Year’s Resolution… Make a SMART Goal Instead!

*This post contains affiliate links from which a make a small commission from purchases made. Thanks! Well, 2014 is coming to end and we’re heading full speed into 2015. It’s about this time of year when almost half of Americans begin making those “New Year’s Resolutions.” You know, they are typically something like “To lose weight,” “To get fit and healthy,” and/or “To get organized.” And how often are these resolutions accomplished? According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of the time! Since the odds aren’t really in your favor of achieving your New Year’s Resolution, why not try something different … Continue reading

Surprise Letter from Santa & Official Nice List Certificate

This post contains affiliate links from which I make a small commission from purchases made. The other day, each of my kids received a wonderful surprise in the mail. A letter from Santa and a certificate explaining that they made the Official Nice List!!! Seriously, it didn’t come from me! I don’t know who it’s from, although I do have a suspect in mind… And that is what makes this so much fun and such a special treat! If  you want to make another child and parent’s day, surprise them by sending one of these out. And don’t ever admit … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help a Retail Employee this Holiday Season & Beyond!

Disclosure: For your convenience, this post with Ways to Help a Retail Employee this Holiday Season contains affiliate links that support Me Plus 3 Today at no additional cost to you. Thanks! The holiday shopping season is in full force! Are you ready to handle the parking lots, the crowds and lines, and the sales? If you think shopping during this time feels hectic, imagine what it must be like working through it all! What customers encounter is only a snippet compared to what the employees must endure. So I felt this was the perfect time to focus my “How … Continue reading

16+ Ideas & Activities for New Year’s Eve with Kids

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Disclosure: This post of Ideas & Activities for New Year’s Eve with Kids contains affiliate links that support Me Plus 3 Today, at no additional cost to you. Thanks! Once you have kids, the way you celebrate New Year’s Eve tends to drastically change. When Chaz and I were younger, in our pre-kid days, we would go to fun parties, or even throw big parties of our own. Activities would revolve around friends, food, and a lot of drinks! But after having kids, we stayed home and were in bed before midnight! That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I was looking … Continue reading

Dream of a GREEN Christmas: How to have an Eco-Friendly Holiday

Thank you BuyGreen.com for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. The holidays are here! It’s the time of year for family gatherings, food, and presents! But along with those fun and enjoyable things, there can also be a lot of waste. After the many parties, trash cans are full of disposable dishes, product packaging, and gift wrap. And as someone who is passionate about the environment, this isn’t something I like to see. I want to share that it is still possible to have a great holiday season, while being eco-friendly at the same time! I have so … Continue reading

10 Toddler Gift Ideas They Will Love!

This post of 10 Toddler Gift Ideas They Will Love contains affiliate links, from which I may make a small commission at no additional charge to you! Thanks for the support! Has your toddler ever received a wonderful toy gift that they loved when they opened it, only to have it end up at the bottom of the toy bin, or pushed to the back of a shelf somewhere? Maybe they loved it and played with it for a day or 2 (or even just a few hours!), but the “new” factor of the gift quickly wore off. Or maybe … Continue reading

Act of Kindness Idea: Christmas Gift Wish List with MyRegistry.com

Thank you MyRegistry.com for sponsoring this post! All opinions given are entirely my own.  Every day, I walk through our living room and look at all the toys the kids have. They have more toys than they know what to do with! But they aren’t really old enough to want any more toys either. They just don’t realize how much is actually out there yet. It’s me who wants for them. Around Christmas, it’s me making their gift wish list. It’s me asking for more stuff for them.  But this year, I’m going to do something different. I am going to … Continue reading

Mental Health: 4 Steps for Controlling Anxiety

For your convenience, this post with 4 Steps for Controlling Anxiety contains affiliate links that support Me Plus 3 Today at no additional cost to you. Thanks! I know that talking about anxiety, depression, and mental health can be kind of a taboo. But I’m just letting you know that I completely disagree with that, and I do my best to be open and honest about it. I mean, think about it… Physical health is openly discussed, like eating healthier, exercising, and getting regular physical check-ups. We brush, floss, and visit the dentist twice each year for our dental health. … Continue reading

Single Parents: 7 Tips to Help you Cope {Guest Post}

I’m honored to have another wonderful guest blogger, Carolyn Bond. She runs How to Bring Up Great Kids, a parent coaching website. She is sharing tips that helped her cope as a single parent.   ***************   You’re on your own all of a sudden, whether you’re separated or widowed. Your whole life has changed, especially the future, and it hits you in the gut so hard that it takes your breath away. From disbelief to anger to depression the stages evolve differently for each person. Eventually, strength comes to the fore and energy comes back. You soldier on. I know, because … Continue reading

5 Ways to Teach Kids that They Can Make a Difference

Disclosure: Special thanks to I See Me! for sponsoring this post with 5 Ways to Teach Kids that They can Make a Difference. For your convenience, affiliate links are included.  If you regularly read my blog, you will probably know that I am passionate about making a difference in the world. I love to do acts of kindness and help others. I understand that it is partially due to my personality, but I also believe that it is a value that can be taught. So, I plan to pass my passion for helping others on to my kids. I want to teach … Continue reading