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Tips for Teaching Your Teen to Drive in Winter Conditions

Teenagers are very excited when the day comes and they are old enough to drive on their own. It gives them the freedom to go where they want and you don’t have to drop everything to take them. While this is a great thing for most parents, there are scary times when it comes to allowing your teenager to drive. One of the scariest and most concerning times comes with the winter season. Now for some of you, this is no different then driving in the summer as you don’t experience snow, but for the rest of us it is.

Driving in the snow is a lot different then driving on dry or even wet roads. You must be careful of drifting snow and ice on the road. Your driving must change completely, but as an inexperienced driver, theses changes may not be known. Here are a few tips to help you get your teen through driving in the winter.

The first and most important thing to teach your teen is to slow down. Driving on roads with snow and ice is not something to mess around with, so it’s important they slow down. This could mean slowing down by 20 miles per hour or even slower if the conditions warrant it.

Breaking is another important thing you must teach your teen about as it’s much different on dry roads than it is on snow and ice. You want to pump your breaks in these types of roads. If you break too hard your car will begin to slide and that will put your teen into a state of panic. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Couponing Safely

It’s important to be careful when you coupon. The reason is one that you may think is way out in left field until it happens to you or someone you know. Couponing can be addictive in that you’re always in search of the best deal. You must remember that it doesn’t matter if you have a coupon or not, if you don’t need the item, don’t buy it.

It’s as simple as that. There is no point in having clutter in your home and that’s what will happen if you purchase items you don’t need or won’t use. This will happen when you can get an item for a great deal and you have a lot of coupons for that same item. It’s hard to control yourself when this happens but you must do it. Share the coupon and deal with others so they can take advantage of it and you don’t have a ton of that one item in your home taking up space.

While that will be hard to do, you need to in order to control your couponing and stockpiles. There is no point in having 100 toothbrushes or 25 bottles of hot sauce in your home. A good rule to follow with your stockpile depends on your needs and the number of people in your family, but it’s safe to say no more then six months.

Most times an item will be marked down to a really low price and six months later it will come around again. So if you have enough to get you through six months you’ll be good for that item. It’s also important to watch expiration dates. There is NO point in purchasing 20 bottles of something that has a shelf life of 30 or 60 days. Why spend the money on it when it’s sure to expire before you will use it.

Couponing can get out of hand quicker than you can think it will if you’re not careful. Don’t put your family in a hardship just because you’re out to get the best deal no matter what the item is and if you need it or not. The main reason you coupon is to save money not spend so much that you struggle to make ends meet. It’s just not worth it!

Pay attention to what you’re doing and only buy what you need. Don’t waste money on items you won’t use or things you’ll end up throwing away because they expired before you could use them. Stockpile what you need and no more. When you do this you’ll find the grocery bill will be smaller, you won’t have products taking over your home, and you’ll have more money for the things you want.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She loves to get the best deal on grocery items for her family. If you’re looking for tips to make the most of your grocery money, click here to purchase her ebook. She’ll show you how to save money when you use coupons & price matching.

4 Tips for Organizing Your Home so You Can Work More Efficiently

When you work more efficiently you get more done in a day and you won’t stress about things. One of the best ways to make that happen is to organize your home. There are a number of ways to make this work, but it’s important you get it done so you work your business efficiently and affectively.

Here are a few suggestions for you to consider putting into action in your own home.

1. Clean your home from top to bottom making sure everything has a home and that it makes sense where you put it. Don’t put your toilet paper in the kitchen or your towels in the bedroom. It’s important to put things in your home close to the place you’ll use them at the most.

2. Create chore lists for the family. When they know what needs to be done they won’t bother you with questions about what needs to be done. One thing to consider is creating a list for each room of the home and taping it in a place where each person can see it easily. A cabinet or wall is a thought.

3. Take one day a week and clean your home thoroughly. Then do a quick pick up each day so it doesn’t take a lot of time to clean on that day you choose. Involve the entire family so you’re not the only one cleaning the house.

4. When you work a home business it’s important to have your own space. While that space is important you need to keep it organized and personal home items free. Don’t store the kids’ toys in your office, but at the same time it’s important to keep your business items in your office and not in another part of the house.

An organized home makes for an efficient family. It’s like a well oiled piece of machinery, it works smoothly and efficiently and the same goes for your home. When it’s organized and in order you won’t have problems knowing what to do and how to do it. You won’t have to worry or stress when you spend all day cleaning only to find out you forgot something.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She is married and has a teenager and a tween. She loves spending time with her family. Catch up with everything she has going on when you click here to read her mommy blog.

Tips for Choosing a Diet

Losing weight is not an easy thing to do. It can be really difficult at best, but you can get through it and get the weight off if you work hard enough. There are so many diets out there you may not know which one to go with. It’s a difficult decision to make, so you need to decide what will work for you. Not every diet will work for every person.

You should also consult your doctor when it comes to diets mainly because you may find certain diets aren’t good with medicines or conditions you may have. Your doctor may also be able to suggest a diet that will work better for your needs and health.

Sticking to a diet can be difficult at times. It’s best to find someone to help you when you have tough times. You will have tough times and in the beginning you may find you have more tough times than easy times. That’s why it’s important to find someone that is willing to help you. This person will need to give you encouragement when you’re going through a rough patch and help you celebrate in the right way when you’re down on your weight and feeling great about yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Mexican Night

Family time is important and a must in today’s society. Peer pressure is so hard for children to deal with and sometimes they may feel there is nobody there to help them get through it. When you spend time together as a family; talking and laughing, they’ll feel better about things and they’ll know you are the one they can come to for help and guidance.

Family night can be anything you want it to be and you can serve any type of food you want, so you’ll have the ability to do what you want. Family Mexican night is one suggestion for you to consider and it’s a great way to enjoy the company of your family. Here is a suggestion for your family Mexican night.

The games you play need to be based on the age of your children, but it doesn’t really matter what you play or how you do it. The important thing to remember is the fact that you’re spending time together as a family.

Some suggestions for games would be Monopoly, go fish, or Uno just to name a few. There are so many different games you can play, so it’s important you find one that is fun and interesting to your children. You may consider purchasing a new game each month so you have a variety to choose from. Another idea is to let your children take turns choosing the game and meal you have each time. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Fun Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day is a special time of year for elementary school kids. In most schools they have a party that consists of handing out Valentine’s Day cards and then eating sweets and playing games or watching a movie. It’s a fun time for all the children and it’s a good way for the parents to come to the classroom and watch their children have a good time.

One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is the cards you hand out to all of your friends. The easiest way to handle these cards is to go to the store and purchase a box of cards with your child’s favorite cartoon character on them. Adding the names will be the easy part and that’s if your child decides to do that. He may decide to put his name on them and hand them out as he goes.

If you choose to do the cards you purchase at the store, you can still attach a piece of candy to the card or you can include it in the envelope if they come with them. These candies can be just about anything you’d like them to be and the kids will just love them.

If you want to have a little fun with the holiday, you can go to the store and purchase goodie bags and fill them with fun things that the kids will enjoy. You can put a card in each one or have your child make them and use a ribbon to attach it to the outside of the bag. You can also include candy, a Valentine’s Day pencil, a fun eraser, and a cookie.

Another fun thing you can do with Valentine’s Day cards is to help your child to create their own cards. You can do this with a program or you can come up with it on your own using a Paint program. The best thing to do is to figure out what the size needs to be so you can have four cards to a page and that way you’ll be able to easily print them. You can add picture, some words, your child’s name, and the name of the person that’s going to get the card. This is a great way to allow your child to be creative on this special holiday.

Kids love Valentine’s Day mainly because of the candy that they get from their friends and family. When you allow your children to be creative with the cards they give to their family and friends they’ll enjoy it even more and that’s a wonderful feeling for them.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she is a wife and mother of two boys. She loves helping her clients with their day to day work, but most importantly she enjoys spending time with her family. Click here to find out what she has going on with her family.

Grocery Shopping with Your Children

Depending on how often you go grocery shopping, it’s possible you could be there for a while. Part of it depends on how organized you are and the other part depends on if you do comparison shopping and use other store ads and coupons. None the less, it’s possible you could be in the grocery store for an hour or two at any given time.

When you have children that can seem like an eternity and it’s possible after a short while, they’re going to get bored and not want to be there anymore. When this happens they get antsy and may cause you problems. Here are a few suggestions that may help you get through your grocery shopping time.

1. The best way to handle grocery shopping with your children is to find a babysitter for them. Most of the time this option will not work or you may not want to always find a sitter for your children so you’ll want to consider the other suggestions.

2. Rewarding your children if they are good is an option that may work more times than you think. You can reward them with a toy, a treat, or whatever works for you. You can change this each time or keep it the same every time you go. You’ll need to remind them each time you go that the reward is there if they behave and don’t cause problems.

3. If your children are old enough and have a cell phone, you could allow them to go to the toy department for a short amount of time while you do your shopping. While you may not be done when you require them to come back, it will keep them occupied for the time being and that may be just enough to get them through the rest of your time there without hassle.

4. Allowing your children to help you with your shopping may be better than you’ll ever think. Let them pick out the things specific to them such as breakfast and lunch meals. Also allowing them to grab things off the shelves as you go by will make them feel important.

Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a terrible thing when you have children. When you plan accordingly you’ll get through it with fewer problems and you won’t dread going each time. When you use one of the four suggestions in this article grocery shopping will be a breeze and you’ll teach your children that you’re serious about their behavior.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she is a wife and mother of two boys. She loves helping her clients with their day to day work, but most importantly she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Click here to find out what she has going on with her family.

Teaching Your Child to Handle the Laundry

Laundry is one of those things most women hate to do, but it must be done so we can stay clothed each day. Very few people would be able to afford to purchase an outfit for every single day of the year. While laundry is not hard to do, it’s time consuming and tedious to say the least.

If you’re able to get help, it would be the best thing in the world. While it’s nearly impossible to hire a maid, you’re family can and should help you with certain tasks around the house including laundry.

This task is very easy to do so a tween or teenager should be able to remember the steps and perform this task regularly. You can have your child wash his own clothes only or you can take turns washing all of the clothes in your family. That part will be completely up to you and how you want to handle the situation.

If you have your children take turns doing the laundry, it’s a good idea to create a task list to help them through it during the beginning. You’ll need to show your children how to hang clothes on a hanger and fold clothes and put them away. The tasks list will only be needed for a short time and when your child is used to each task, the list can go away.

It’s also important you show your children the proper measurements for the amount of clothes they’re going to wash. It’s also important you show your children how to sort the clothes as you don’t want to have a red sock washed with white clothes and have everything turn pink. When you do this you’ll be protecting your clothes all the time.

If your child will be doing the entire process, it’s important to show them where to put the clothes once they’re clean and folded. You’ll need to show them dressers and closets and explain where everything goes. If you don’t want it to go that far you can have your child fold clothes or hang them up and place them on the bed. This will give the owner the ability to work a little at home.

Laundry is very important and it’s a good idea to have everyone in your family trained on this task. You never know when you may need them to take over this task for a short amount of time. If they’re ready whenever you need them, you’ll both be at easy when the time comes to get them.

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

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.

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.

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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