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LESLIE LIKES: Mighty Parenting Podcast

Mighty Parenting is a community that helps you raise teens and parent twenty-somethings so they can become happy, successful and emotionally healthy adults! It features a weekly podcast focused on real, raw, and relevant talk about raising teens and parenting twenty-somethings in the 2st century. Access the podcast and get more information at mightyparenting.com.

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Summertime Pasta Salad for Kids

Food for thought…

Pasta salad is always a kid pleaser and it’s great for hot days when you just don’t want to do much cooking. This kid friendly recipe is full of fiber, protein and healthy fats and is perfect for lunch, dinner or even as a snack. It can also be altered to your child’s tastes and dietary needs. Definitely keep this one on the rotation for summertime!

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10 Ways Color Coding Can Help Organize Your Family

How to Use Color Coding

Color coding is a fun and easy way to help children get and stay organized! Clutter with kids can add up fast, and getting them to pick up is a battle. But with an easy color coding system clean up is much easier, faster and best of all, kids can do it themselves. From school supplies and notes, to gadgets and chargers, these tips will finally help everyone in the house be more organized.

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31 Days of Summer Organizing Tips {FREE PRINTABLE}

Summer break is only a few weeks away, are you ready? It can be a busy time for everyone, so we have created a free printable for you with 31 organizing tips to help you make the most of your summer!  We have you covered with tips on everything from beach and pool gear organization, to road trip essentials and even ways to enjoy time spent at home.  Use these ideas to get organized and have more time to enjoy summer time fun.

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Are You Team Paper Planner or Electronic Calendar?

So I’m going to get right to it. I’m a paper planner girl. Always have been. Always will. There’s something about putting pen to paper that makes me feel organized, time managed and yes, in control. And it seems like I’m not the only one. In our high tech world, paper planners are making a comeback— and in a really big way. And not just for adults, but for students too!

According to The Paper and Packaging Board’s 2016 Annual Back-to-School Report, 63% of K-12 teachers’ courses involved paper-based learning and that included using a student planner! Want even more proof? In February 2015, the Washington Post recognized paper’s unique role in the lives of our “Gen-Z” students, born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s, who have grown up in a world of cell phones, laptops, and touch screens, still choose paper to study, read, share and send.

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LESLIE LIKES: Giant Post It Notes

These Giant Post It Notes are the perfect study tool for students of ALL AGES! Use them to write notes, work out problems, or memorize information. Stick them on your walls at home or in your dorm room! Endless study opportunities!

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Brain Boosting Chocolate Pudding

Food for thought…

We all know our kiddos love chocolate pudding. Heck, what adult doesn’t? But all that sugar?? Not the best for a healthy brain. Try my version made with my secret weapon…AVOCADOS! Avocados are one of the best brain foods around and it makes such a smooth and delicious pudding that no one will realize all the sugar is missing!  This is seriously so good!

Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes

Food for thought….

These kid-friendly sloppy joes are one of my favorite meals because they are filled with lean protein and veggies, are made in just one pan, and come together in under 15 minutes.  Plus they are delicious!  Kids love to help make and assemble them, too.  They can help chop the veggies (love this veggie chopper for kids), measure the ingredients and assemble them just how they like them. Enjoy!

10 Tips to Get Your Motivation Going

I just can’t get motivated.” Or, “It’s so hard to maintain motivation.” Sound familiar? I hear that constantly from my clients whether it is an adult trying for the umpteenth time to clean out an attic or from a student working on an English term paper. For them, it is less about disorganization or even time management and more about the desire and the will to begin or the effort to keep going. So how do we teach motivation? That’s a tricky one. Here are some strategies.

LESLIE LIKES: Justick by Smead Electro Bulletin Boards

Can I just gush for a minute? I love Smead. They just get it right. Every. Single. Time. So it was no surprise that I did a HUGE happy dance when they unveiled their new line of JUSTICK products. It’s a bulletin board (without the tape/pushpins/magnets/glue) AND a dry erase board!