Archive for January, 2011

How to Create a Family Calendar

When you look at a calendar multiple times a day, it’s important you enjoy what you’re looking at each time. Who wants to look at pictures you don’t enjoy? I know I don’t, so it’s important to have one you’ll want to look at.

I have found one of the best ways to have a calendar you want to look at is to make one of your own. If you have the ability to do this it’s really fun and it gives you the chance to make it the way you want. The one I did this year contained pictures of things I like such as my boys, my husband, my favorite flowers, sayings, and holiday pictures. I made this calendar with my family and friends so it was even more perfect.

To do this type of calendar you’ll need 13 8 ½ x 11 card stock sheets, pictures, theme sheets, tape or glue, calendar sheets (2 per page), rings or binding combs and a single hole punch. Cut the card stock sheets and calendars in half. Place each calendar on one of the half sheets with the glue or tape. Cut the pictures and theme sheets to fit on the remaining sheets. You’ll have a cover for the front and back so you’ll want to keep that in mind. When you’re done you’ll want to put a punched hole in the middle of each sheet at the bottom so you can place your calendar on the wall with a tack or nail. Now you need to put it together with the rings or binding combs.

Another option is hire a scrapbooker to do this project for you. You’ll need to provide the pictures and give some insight as to what you want and they’ll put it all together and print it for you and it’ll be all ready to go. With this option you can go with the traditional scrapbooking technique or you can go digital. Your scrapbooker should be able to show you examples of both types so you can decide which option you want to go with for your calendar.

When you create your own calendar it’s important you make it work for you. You’ll need to decide on a size and design that will work for what you’re looking for.

Creating a family calendar to place in your office or kitchen is one you’ll treasure for years to come. Whether you make it yourself or you hire someone to do it for you, you’ll love to look at it and it’ll be so much better than the ones you purchase in the stores.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She enjoys working her business, but she loves spending time with her husband and very athletic boys. See what they are up to when you visit her mommy blog at

Planning a Birthday Party for a Child Born Around Christmas

When you have a child with a birthday around Christmas time they may feel like they’re getting ripped off when it comes to gifts. Most times people are short on funds during the Christmas holiday and that makes it hard to purchase a birthday gift as well. If your child has this problem, there are a few things you can do to make the situation better for them and you.

1. Consider having a birthday party in November or January instead of December when his actual birthday is. Plan it for early in November or late in January so people have paychecks in between your party and Christmas.

2. Another option is to celebrate their half birthday. This is usually in June or July depending on when their birthday actually hits. You’ll want to keep in mind things like summer break, vacations, and the 4th of July. This will not only help you, but it will also help their friends.

3. Going ahead and celebrating the birthday on the actual day is always an option. Give your family and friends enough time to plan accordingly so they have the money needed. Time might also be a problem depending on the birthday so you’ll need to keep that in mind when you invite them to the party.

4. It’s also possible to have two parties for your child. Schedule a small family only party close to the birthday and then schedule the kid party in February or March. The family knows about the birthday each year so if you tell them the party will always be help on the day of the birthday, they’ll plan. Then the friends can come on a different day and you won’t have a problem having people attend and bringing a gift.

While it’s almost impossible to predict when our children will be born, we can predict when we’ll have their birthday parties. The four tips in this article are just a few of the many options you have when it comes to the number of ways you can celebrate your child’s birthday when it happens to fall near Christmas.

As a child grows older, it’s more difficult to plan parties for them. When you plan on having a party near or on their birthday it’s a good idea to give plenty of notice to the people attending so they can plan for the gift and time. If you choose to hold the party before or after the actual day, it’s a good idea to make sure people understand why you’re doing this.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She enjoys working her business, but she loves spending time with her husband and very athletic boys. See what they are up to when you visit her mommy blog at

Wordless Wednesday – January 19

2 Tips for Dealing with School Conversations

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you could run and hide? Well I was in that type of situation today. My youngest son is in middle and is doing very well. His grades have improved since he left elementary school and he’s able to do elective classes and he’s having a great time.

The elementary school years were very hard on him because he routinely gave up recess time, came in before school, and stayed after school for help he needed so he could become a better student. Since the change happened he’s much happier, he loves the fact that he gets to take the classes he wants, and he’s eager to learn.

The hard part came today when I was talking to a parent and she was telling me how disappointed she is in the school. She told me she’d pull her son if it were possible, but it’s too late in the school year to get him in to the school she’d choose. She registered her daughter for middle school a few days ago and has decided to put her in the school she wanted to put her son in originally.

How do you discuss this type of thing with someone who is so unhappy when you’re not? There are several ways I can come up with, but I’m not sure if they’re right or not. I think the final decision will come during the conversation.

One way is to be sympathetic for the person and listen to what they have to say. Offer advice if you have anything that might help them get through it. Lending an ear is another way to help this person through it without telling the person how happy you are with the school. As a last resort, if you don’t have anything nice to say, try to change the subject to something else.

The other way to do this conversation is to voice your opinion in the situation. While this may not be the best way to go if the person you’re talking to is a friend or co-worker it is an option if you choose to go this route. You need to remember your child may be smarter than the other child or their child may have a learning disability that may or may not be the problem. Voicing your opinion could do more harm than good depending on the situation.

Certain situations can be difficult to discuss and may frustrate you or the person you’re talking to, but it happens. The best thing you can do is handle each situation as they come and try to make the best decision you can. When you do, you’ll be the better person the majority of the time.

Corrie Petersen is a successful ghostwriter and the owner of She is married and has two wonderful boys. She enjoys working her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her family. Go to her mommy blog at to see what her family is up to.

Menu Monday – January 17

Another week has come and gone and it’s Monday and we’re ready to get started. We have several new recipes on the list again. A couple of them are Weight Watcher’s meals and I’ll tell you the one we had tonight was outstanding. We’ll definitely have it again.

Monday – Beef Taco Bake
Tuesday – Monte Cristo’s
Wednesday – Breakfast
Thursday – Pizza rolls
Friday – BBQ Chicken
Saturday – Mexicali Meatloaf
Sunday – Grilled cheese and homemade soup

What’s on your menu for the week? Please share as we’re looking for new recipes to try as we don’t like to repeat too often. Low calorie and Weight Watcher’s recipes are really good.

4 Tips for Protecting your Children when they Use the Internet

The internet is a valuable tool for many reasons. It gives you the ability to search for things you need to know, you’ll be able to find directions to a vacation site, and you’ll be able to learn new things. While those are all good things, we never seem to think about the bad things online and what we need to do to protect our children while they use the internet.

What you may not think about when it comes to the internet is the strangers out there looking to find kids that will trust them and then want to meet them. You may not think about the pornography that’s online as well. The other thing you may not think about is the gambling sites that are pretty easy for a child to get in and start playing.

So the important question is, how do you protect your children from this terrible, yet important tool? Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

1. Set parental restrictions on your computer. Most computers offer this as a standard option. You have the ability to enter keywords or specific sites you don’t want your child to visit. This will help you to prevent those sites you don’t want your children to visit from coming up.

2. When children are alone they’re likely to visit sites they wouldn’t otherwise visit. So it’s important you don’t allow your children to take a computer to their room. It’s better to have the computer in a location where the family spends a lot of time.

3. Time restrictions also help to prevent your children from visiting those sites. It’s a good idea to have it turned off no later than 9 pm. When they have short amounts of time online they won’t have the time to search and stumble upon those sites.

4. Communicate with your children on a regular basis and make sure they understand how dangerous it is to talk to people they don’t know online and in chat rooms. Make sure they understand certain things are illegal and could get them in serious trouble.

Schools are using the internet for research more and more and are even shying away from the library resources. Some schools at the middle school and high school levels are starting to give children computers to take home with them.

No matter where the computer comes from you need to find ways to protect your children. The internet, your local library, and your child’s school will be a wealth of information, so make sure you find ways to protect your children so nothing bad happens to them.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Ghostwriting business and she’s the owner of She loves helping her clients with content for their sites, but she also enjoys spending time with her family. Visit her mommy blog at to see what they have going on.

Meet Our New Bathroom

Our bathroom upstairs was hideous to say the least. It had wallpaper that I’m pretty sure came off the shelf in the 1970’s. The floor was pretty much the same. So we’ve been working on it slowly for the past three months and it’s starting to fall into place.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the way it used to look, but it wasn’t very nice at all. Every wall had wall paper and you can only imagine how bad it looked since the seams were coming up in a number of locations. It also had this white container over the toilet that served as a medicine cabinet. It also had a towel rack that really looked like a coat rack. The floor was yellow in color and definitely came from the 70’s. LOL

So here are some updated pictures. Kevin’s worked very hard and it will pay off when it’s done and looks perfect and beautiful. I can’t wait to see what it will look like as I can only imagine right now. You’re doing a great job Kevey. Thank you for your hard work. It’s just amazing!

This is a picture of the bathroom floor and the new rug. All of the colors match each other and look awesome together.

This is a picture of the wall above the sink. The towel rack, outlet cover, the light fixture, the candle holders, and mirror are all new.  The color is brown and matches the floor very nicely.

This is a picture of the towel rack with the new towels we got for Christmas from Kevin’s mom and step-dad. The shower curtain is also new and matches the colors on the wall and floor.

How do you Know When it’s Time to Put your Baby in a Toddler Bed?

That is a question most all new parents ask themselves. Each baby and each parent is different, but there is one time when you know for sure it’s time for your baby to go to the Toddler Bed.

For us, we put our oldest son in his toddler bed for naps when he turned a year old. He still slept at night in the crib. We knew the time had come when he woke up from a nap and tried to get out of the crib by himself. Thank goodness I had come in to check on him because he slipped just as I came in and I caught him before he hit his head on the dresser.

One way to tell if your baby is ready for the toddler bed is to monitor their sleep habits. For example, if your baby used to take two hour naps and all of a sudden he’s only making it to thirty minutes, it might be a sign the bed is no longer comfortable to him. It’s also possible he’s ready if it takes him longer to fall asleep or if he is all over the bed. The main thing to look at is the sleep habits he had before and has now.

Another way to tell if your toddler is ready to move to the toddler bed is if he’s potty trained. When your child is potty trained it’s important they have the ability to go to the bathroom when they feel the need. If you don’t give them this ability they’ll likely have accidents and they’ll lose interest in being potty trained.

If you’re expecting another baby and need the crib for the new one, it’s a good idea to start preparing your toddler for the big boy bed. Naps are the perfect way to make that preparation happen smoothly. If your baby is just not ready, you may have to invest in a bassinet for a time or purchase another crib.

Knowing when it’s time to move your baby from the crib to the bed is a tough decision to make, but it’s one that must happen at some point. Most toddlers make the transition between the ages of 1 ½ and 3 ½, but it’s important to do it when your child is ready and not when some book or website tells you to do it. You want your child to be comfortable with the change, not scared.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She’s also a wife and mother and she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Visit her mommy blog at to see what they have going on.

Awesome Picture

This is an awesome picture my mom made today. She took pictures we’ve had taken over the past year and turned them into a wonderful collage picture.

The first picture is of Chris taken in 2009 at Christmas time, the next one is a family picture taken this last summer, next is a picture of Kevin and I in Kauai, next is a picture of Josh and Chris taken last summer, then you have Kevin and I taken last summer, then you have Josh taken in 2009 at Christmas, and the background is a picture taken from a dinner cruise we had in Kauai.

These pictures turned out wonderfully and we had a great time in these pictures. Family is very important to me and I love spending time with them. It means the world to me when I can be with them and when we can do things together. As you can tell from these pictures, we’re very happy together and I feel so blessed by that.

Tips for Traveling by Air with Your Children

Going on vacation with your children can be a rough experience when you’re in the car for a long period of time. The good thing about it is you have the ability to stop when you need to. You can also bring headphones, DVD players, books, and other items to keep them occupied during the trip.

When you’re traveling by air with your children it can be hard due to the inability to stop on a dime to get out and stretch. Depending on the age of your children you may have other issues as well. There seems to be a short age where they do fine and then a long stretch where they don’t before you hit the age where they will do well again.

The best thing you can do is be prepared for every situation you can imagine. Of course you’ll have the situation you’re not prepared for that will creep up on you, but if you’re prepared for everything else, hopefully it will work out for you.

One thing you can do to when you’re traveling by air with your children is to create an itinerary that works for the age of your children. The older the children are, the better they handle travel time. So if you have the ability see if it’s possible to have about a two hour layover between flights. This will give your children the ability stretch out and move around before they have to get on the plane again. You may also have the ability to do a sit down meal and that may help make matters just a little better.

For the older children headphones, DVD’s, games, and books are a good way to keep them busy during the flight. For the babies, a few favorite toys, a sucker or some other food item they can suck, and several bottles with milk and juice in them will help. Keeping your baby awake for as long as possible may help them take a nap during the flight. For the toddlers and younger children you’ll need to consider DVD’s, music, or color books to keep them occupied. For the toddlers on up you might also consider a laptop computer. You won’t have the internet while you’re in the air, but the games on the computer will help keep them busy for hours.

Traveling by air with your children can be trying, but the time you’ll save in the car will be well worth it. Prepare in advance and you’ll have a better flight. Keeping the children occupied with activities and bringing snacks will make things a little better as well.

Corrie Petersen is a Work at Home Mom who loves to spend time with her family. They love to travel to different locations and spend time together. Check out what she and the family have going on when you go to to visit her mommy blog.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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