PHS Week in Review #4

PHS Week in Review #4

(PHS) Week In Review!

How are you this week?

Parenting Wisdom

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.” Edith Sitwell

Such truth in this quote. Winter is such a great time to be home. To hunker down. To enjoy family. Create good memories. Play games. Watch a great movie.

Covid has been a time of stress. Of uncertainity. Of tension.

Try to focus on what has been good about it. The slow down. The reconnected family. The down time.

As an introvert, for me, this time has been mostly rewarding. I have been able to recharge and settle in without making excuses. Without feeling bad. This has been very freeing! I am sure for the extroverts out there, you are going crazy not being able to get out as you would like.

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning in January:

•My Chiefs won, so they play the Steelers tonight!

•I tested positive for Covid -thankfully, it’s a very mild case, I was actually surprised.

•My friend Laura and I are gearing up for our online summit starting on the 24th -more on that below!

This week’s challenges, scholarships and helpful resources!

Connection Corner:

Find a drawer to declutter. This was actually a fun thing I did with my youngest son recently. We both brought a junk drawer to the family room, and we we dumped them out. Then, we went through all the things. This was hilarious. He could not believe some of the things that I had saved. There were a couple of old love notes from him, and it was fun to see him read them, and know how much they meant to me.🥰

Take an hour to do this alone or with one of your teens. They might have a drawer in their room that needs going through. I will say that it was much more fun to do with my teen!

Speaking of decluttering, here is my friend Shannon at Skiptomylife with her latest YouTube video about guess what? Decluttering… She also often shares fun ideas from the Dollar Store. *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Scholarship of the Week:

Scholarship: AFA’s Teen Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship

Award Amount: $5000

Open to college-bound high school seniors who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Deadline: February 15 March 1 for 2022

Helpful Links:

•Join me at the 3rd Next Phase Parenting Summit: January 2022 Edition, where you will experience sessions with experts in teen parenting, college and career preparation, and transitioning to an empty nest. This is an event you’re not going to want to miss! Afraid you can’t “be there”? Don’t worry!

The Next Phase Parenting Summit is a FREE, VIRTUAL online conference! No travel – we bring the summit to you! You can watch from anywhere you have an internet connection. So, what are you waiting for? Join me and 15 other speakers at the Next Phase Parenting Summit. Grab your FREE ticket today!

•Is your teen like mine? Won’t wear a jacket? Here are some Simply Southern long sleeve tees on sale. This is a win for me if he at least has his arms covered!

•Speaking of tees -here are the cutest vintage Valentine shirts!

•Here’s a favorite blogger of mine over at Fountain of 30. She does a great series Splurge or Steal. I have seen a few of these, and am glad to know the brands, and I will now wait for a sale!

•Do you have a student athlete? Here is an interesting article about why a coach who seems interested might all of a sudden not be anymore…

•Do you have a high school freshman, sophomore or junior? You need a game plan. This helps so much in the long run. Course selection, test planning, and college search are all easier when there is a plan in place!

Social justice books for teens are a great way to teach real world lessons that they can continue to learn through their lives. Social justice is an ongoing issue in real life. Here are some great picks for the long weekend. 

•This is the cutest timer ever. It’s a cube with different time settings on each side. You can choose either the one with seconds or minute increments. This would be great for a kitchen, desk for using the Pomodoro work/study method, or the family room for quick clean ups! Fun for interval workouts, too -and don’t we all need some kind of motivation? Here are lots of other options.😀

•Are you constantly on the lookout for super comfortable sweatpants that look great too? I found some a couple of years ago at Ann Taylor Loft. The brand is Lou and Grey -everything they make is uber soft! I have 2 pairs of these in black, and put them on the minute I get home from work. They fit well, and can be dressed up if you do need to go out… Super on sale right now, and they now come in so many other colors!

• I finished Apples Don’t Fall. I liked it a lot! Much better than Nine Perfect Strangers -if you like this tell me what I missed?! I have started two new ones, The House In The Cerulean Sea -fantasy, so I am not sure about it yet… I also started The Seven Husbands of Eleanor Hugo -loving! And, I am reading one chapter a day in Atomic Habits-get it? So many easy tips for getting things done!

•This Greek layed dip in little jars looks yummy and so much fun for a party for friend or family!

•Looking for an Olympic t-shirt? This one fits the bill…

•Do you have a high school senior? Here are some uplifting verses for them to think on this spring.❤️

YouTube Video -are you concerned about the amount of time your teen is spending alone?

•A post that gets hundreds of hits a month is this one –do you have an 18 year old?

Thanks so much for being a part of my life, I am such a fan of parents of teens -we need to stick together!

Have a great week!



PHS Week in Review #4

PHS Week in Review #3

(PHS) Weekly Review!

How are you this week?

Parenting Wisdom

“I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.” Taylor Swift

Isn’t this true? I am much more likely to light scented candles in the winter, and I really enjoy it. What about you? Are you a candle person? I have been trying to add in comfort to my days where I can find it, and this is an easy way to do this.

What is your winter comfort go-to?

Random thoughts on a cold Saturday morning in January:

•Did you know that yesterday was Bubble Bath Day? Make this your excuse to do something for yourself, whether it’s taking a bath or not! Here are some ideas for you! 

•Can I just say that it is so fun to have older kids? My middle son is starting an online fitness business. He has been getting up to work with me in the early mornings. I am not getting nearly as much done myself, but I love the companionship, and his work drive!

•Have you got any plans for the weekend? We are going to watch my Chiefs play this afternoon, as well as some Baylor and Mizzou basketball. All the years of our boys growing up, we never really watched many sports -too busy I guess. But, this has become an activity that we love to do together.

•And, ugggh, I need to be better about sorting and packing up this house. So hard to get motivated. Have any of you downsized recently? Please send me encouragement and tips for getting things accomplished! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

I have rounded up some great things for you this week, so….

Read on for much more!

This week’s challenges, scholarships and helpful resources!

Connection Corner

As you start this year, I encourage you to find ways to take care of you. I also want you to share those ideas with your teens. They are still learning self-care, and maybe some of your ideas will work for them! I still use my 4:15 system as a minimum.

Here is a post regarding teens and stress.

Here are the cutest printable habit trackers that I found! I don’t track my habits, but these are so cute, I might have to start!

Scholarship of the Week

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship

The link above connects to 9 DAR scholarships, so if this doesn’t apply, check out the others!

Deadline: February 15, 2020
Award Amount: $5,000
Eligibility: Music students who are pursuing an education in piano or voice.

Helpful Links

•Betty White was a treasure! So sad when she passed, but I know she partied with her much beloved husband and friends for the New Year. Here are some fun Golden Girl t-shirts!

Speaking of Betty, did you know that with the reboot of Sex In The City, the actresses are all in their mid-50s, just like the women were in Golden Girls? Mind blown!

•Look at these beautiful snowflake pictures! They were taken in high-res with a special light that would not melt the snow. Wonderful!

•Are you looking for a great book to read? I just wrote a new post about books I have loved in the last year.

•Is your teen’s car prepped for the weather?

•Guess what? Our 3rd Next Phase Parenting Summit is right around the corner! It is January 24-27th, and my co-host, Laura and I are so pumped to do this again. We have had such success in our other two, and we have received such great feedback! It’s FREE and perfect for the parent of teens looking for more help with the college process, parenting strategies, and things to think about for your future empty nest.  Sign up here!

•Thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day? Here is a post that covers advent calendars, decor, gifts, and more for teens!

•Speaking of great books, I am reading Apples Never Fall by Moriarty. I am dying to know where the mother is. I know many people loved her book Nine Perfect Strangers that is now on Hulu. I did not like it though, did you? Thoughts?

Aerie is having a sale –50% off sweaters and sweatshirts.

•This sweatshirt would be so cute for Valentine’s Day!

•60% off at Sperry this week -my boys love their shoes.

•Did you hear about this 80-year man who was reunited with his siblings because of his dog?

•Are you a Twitter person? I don’t know that I am necessarily, but I do post teenager-y things for parents. So, if you are a Twitter-y person, follow me here!

YouTube Video –

As your teen begins this new semester, this would be a great time to go over some of these ideas for routines for best school success.

•A post that gets hundreds of hits a month is this one –do you have an 18 year old?

Thanks so much for being a part of my life, I am such a fan of parents of teens -we need to stick together!

Have a great week!



PHS Week in Review #4

PHS Weekly Review #2

PHS Weekly Review!

How are you this week?

Parenting Wisdom

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” –Alan Cohen

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning this first Saturday in 2022

It’s the first day of the 2022! How is that possible?

My plans for today include watching Baylor play Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl and relaxing on my last weekend off from school. What about you?!

Did you have any time off? I have had a week so far, and I have filled it with some deep cleaning, watching movies, reading, and hanging out with my boys -not every moment perfect, but a perfect break from our regular schedules.

I have got some great new blog posts in the works, especially around Valentine’s Day! Stay tuned…

What was your favorite gift? I hope not a robe! Have you seen that SNL skit with Kristen Wiig? Mine was a box with 2 things from my boys -and they were really thoughtful things: a flippy and a new skillet!

Read on for so much more!

This week’s challenges, scholarships and helpful resources!

Connection Corner

I have a new group on Facebook just for creating connections. The group is pretty quiet so far, but my wish is that everyone on there share things that are working in their relationship with their teens. Ideas that people can adapt and make their own. A place of positivity for encouragement. 

I am in many FB groups that are very negative, but I stay there to find out questions and issues that are affecting other parents that either I haven’t or maybe I have forgotten or not thought about. That is one way I gather ideas for creating new content to write about or video. 

But, I want my group to be a fun place to gather. If you haven’t checked it out, head over there now!

Scholarship of the Week

I have a dream scholarshipOne “dreamer” in our I Have a Dream Scholarship Scholarship will receive $1,500 to help make his or her educational dream come true.

Applicants must:

Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.| Must be a legal U.S. resident.| Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.| This award is for U.S. students. | Due by January 31, 2022

Submit an online written response to the question:

“We want to know… what do you dream about? Whether it’s some bizarre dream you had last week, or your hopes for the future, share your dreams with us for a chance to win $1,500 for college.” (250 words or less)

Helpful Links

•Are you looking for fun ways to get your teens outside? Here are some fun activities for outside that they can do alone or with a group with different themes.

•My friend and partner, Laura at Almost Empty Nest has just made our summit page live! If you have not joined one of our other two summits, you are in for a treat! Next Phase Parenting is a place for parents of tweens, teens, and young adults as well as parents moving or already in the empty nest years, hence the name, Next Phase Parenting!

We have 18 speakers lined up to speak on parenting teens, college and life prep, and empty nesting. Each day will have a theme, and we are super excited to get together again to help parents at this stage in their lives! Our summit is January 24-27 with a live kickoff on Facebook the evening of the 23rd. Sign up here😀

•I just read The Names They Gave Us -by Blake -so good! It’s about a teenage girl who has a predictable summer planned, but events occur that throw her for a loop. What she thinks will be a terrible summer ends up being just what she needs, and so much more than she expects. 

•What I am now reading, Atomic Habits -by Clear -Here is the description: full of great ideas, helpful advice and brilliant strategies to make changing your life and work habits easy, doable and downright pleasant that it can be difficult to sort it all out and make an actionable plan. It might even cause a case of overload / overwhelm which can inhibit action. I am so easily overwhelmed by everything I need to do, I cannot wait to get this read!

Have you heard of hygge? Here are some great ways to add this into your winter…

•Here is great news about monarch butterflies!

Does your teen hate school?

Looking ahead to MLK Day

What about Valentine’s Day

•Some thought-provoking ideas for this next year… What is the difference between wisdom, knowledge and insight? I hope that we all learn that…the truest form of knowing is in acquiring all three, and understanding how they each enhance the quality and experience of life.

YouTube Video -phone skills

I recently saw a conversation in a group on Facebook about the fact that our teens don’t have phone skills, and little wonder since phones as we know them have changed so much over the past 20 years. Here is a video I made a while back addressing this issue, and what we can do to help our teens!

•Are you choosing a word or phrase for the new year? I cannot decide. I usually do a word, but honestly, I have no idea what my word even was. I am going to give this some more thought. I would love some ideas about what you have chosen!

•Need to start some conversations about college and career planning? It’s never to early or too late!

Thanks so much for being a part of my life, I am such a fan of parents of teens -we need to stick together!

Here’s to a great 2022!




PHS Weekly Review

PHS Weekly Review

Parenting Wisdom

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” –Dr. Seuss

Random thoughts on a Sunday morning with less than a week until Christmas

•As we head into this holiday season, how are you doing? Please take care of you!

• Have you watched my ? It’s all about the importance of teaching basic life skills. One big reason is that once our kids head out on their own to college and/or the real world, they will have so many overwhelming things to think about already. !

•Are you finished shopping?? I have 2 gifts left to purchase and will run out on Wednesday to finish. Why do I do this to myself?! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Connection Corner: 

As this week goes by, take some time to just hang with your teen. One of our favorite things to do is to lie on our backs near the Christmas tree with no other lights on. We just visit about whatever comes up.

It’s really relaxing and I make a point not to talk about anything serious. Just a fun catch up session. Try it! Find a new and different way to connect with your teen that is special just for the holidays.

Scholarship of the Week: 

Nashville Songwriting Scholarship -open to student songwriters of country music and related genres, including Americana, blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, folk, pop, rock, and roots -established in 2015 by BMI to celebrate the company’s 75th Anniversary year

$5,000 scholarship is awarded for the best original song entry

Eligibility requirements:

  • Current student at a U.S. college or university
  • Between the ages of 17 and 24 as of the submission deadline
  • No rights to the submitted work may have been assigned to a major music publisher or to a major record label
  • Is not a prior BMI Foundation Nashville Songwriting Scholarship winner (excluding Honorable Mentions)
  • Applications must be submitted online no later than February 4, 2022, 11:59pm EST

Helpful Links: 

These are resources and other fun items that I have found for you! 

•Did you know it is good luck to eat 12 grapes right at midnight New Year’s Eve and other New Year’s traditions from around the world.

•Plaid is popular right now!

•Have you seen those chunky throw blankets? My mom finger knitted one for me, and I love it! Here are instructions for doing it yourself.

•Have you seen these Star Wars lego sets?

•Here is a great list of holiday movies; what is your favorite?

•I used to love gnomes when I was a teenager. Here is an easy DIY for making gnomes.

•Have you sent Christmas cards? I usually do, but it has gotten away from me this year. I am thinking about doing a New Year’s card… Have you ever done this?

•Is your teen looking for volunteer or internship experiences?

•Here are some things to talk with your teen about BEFORE they return to college

•Are you wondering if there are tax deductions for college? Here are some things to think about as you start to gather that info.

Enjoy this time with your family, and I hope that you have the best time with your teen yet!

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