Less Waste Challenge with Tom’s

Kids go through toys fast, and that adds up! In April, join TerraCycle and Tom's of Maine in the #LessWasteChallenge.  It is the ideal solution to get rid of broken toys so they don't end up in a landfill.  Enter your contact information to receive a free UPS shipping...

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Stay Focused on Homework!

Susan Kruger of SOAR Study Skills is our "go to" when it comes to school work and study questions.  She was always the youngest in her class and struggled in school.  She would spend a lot of time studying for tests and preparing projects, yet her grades never...

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Someday… this will be so cool!

On the latest episode of The Big O: Organization, we talk with Monica about the questions she gets asked most.  Not surprisingly, she is frequently questioned about being paid for a job that seems so fun and cool.  ("What? People pay you to do this?")  Yep, Monica...

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5 Ways to Avoid Poor SM Etiquette

Leslie is the owner of Listen to Succeed, a consultancy that focuses on using listening analytics to help clients achieve their highest level of effective communication. Her book Listen to Succeed is used in universities, businesses, and non-profits throughout the...

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Oven Light: Gorgonzola Stuffed Potatoes

Here on our "Oven Light" feature we share mom-tested, simple, family recipes... some from us, some from guest bloggers.  We hope they help simplify the mealtime aspect of your busy life! Variations: Obviously, substitute bleu cheese. Add chopped, toasted walnuts. Add...

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5 Legal Documents Every Adult Needs

There are FIVE legal documents every adult needs—each one signed, dated, notarized as necessary and kept in a safe place that someone else knows about and can retrieve on a moment’s notice. Here are ... THE BIG FIVE 1.   Living Will. Also called an Advanced Directive,...

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Oven Light: Indian Chicken Curry

Here on our "Oven Light" feature we share mom-tested, simple, family recipes... some from us, some from guest bloggers.  We hope they help simplify the mealtime aspect of your busy life! Indian Chicken Curry I’ve made this at least 100 times!  We just love it.  It is...

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Moms in Red High Heels? Not.

Real Moms. Real Beauty. A Mom in Red High Heels   We were on the other side of the questions again with A Mom in Red High Heels… Hope you'll enjoy this old e-interview we found over here in our V&J files as we were working on our new site!  We got a kick out...

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Interviewed by One Chic Mama

How fun!  During our recent website transition, we stumbled across this old interview.  We were finally on the other side of the questions with Michele Little, formerly One Chic Mama, and now founder of Style Finder.  She's asks about our family life ... You'll...

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¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish

Click here for research backing the benefits of being bilingual.  Thanks Judy for introducing us to ¡Hola! Let's Learn Spanish! One Last Word ... Your child will learn best with your encouragement. It’s even better if you can learn the language yourself. That will...

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Sneaky Chef does Pasta Sauce RIGHT!

I am super impressed with Missy Chase Lapine's Sneaky Chef Smooth Red Pasta Sauce .... really super impressed! Let me back up to say - I don't buy jar sauces - the ingredient lists don't appeal to me and they are always TOO SWEET with some sort of sugar being one of...

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Take Back Your Life from Email!

"Checking email is not the same as working.  While it certainly feels productive to check email, constantly checking slows us down and interrupt our more vital work.  Once we are in deep concentration, each email derailment costs us nearly a half an hour." - Dr....

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5 Go-to-Dinners for BUSY Holiday Nights

Whoa! Slow down mama!  You have to have some meals prepared so you don't turn to crap, drive-thru's and too much holiday fudge.  Here are 5 of my favorite go-to meals for busy holiday nights.  These can be quickly prepared, with minimal ingredients, and require little...

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Want to be “Inkspired”?

Vicky says:  Jen took all of my review words!  I ditto her thoughts, especially the part about being able to color anywhere.  I'll add to that ... anyone can color - you're never too young or too old.  It's the perfect thing to do when hanging out with family and...

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The Elf and the List

Susan Kruger of SOAR® Study Skills understands how to be successful in school, sharing her own struggles, stories and program with us on Simple Study Skills, Let's Focus on ADHD and Fun Summer Success. We learn a lot from our guests, and this one from Susan Kruger...

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100,000 Pajamas

Tis the season for family, friends and being together.  Back in 2006, we started What Really Matters to help ourselves (and others) enjoy and appreciate the things, little and big, that matter to us.  It is different for everyone and can be as simple as the ritual of...

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WIN a Ninja Coffee Bar®!!

We have lots to celebrate ... upcoming holidays with family and friends, 10 years of podcasting "What Really Matters", and also YOU, our listeners and readers for sticking by our side!  What better way to say THANK YOU than to give away PRIZES!  As a wholehearted...

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My Thanksgiving Checklist

I've always appreciated planners and checklists intended to help ease the stress of holiday planning, but half of the items I don't even do (i.e, polish the silver and clean-up the guest room) - so I made my own. With Thanksgiving less than two weeks out, I've...

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9 Creative Ways to Say “No”

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Let health sneak up on you…

Missy Chase Lapine has been a guest on our show several times. Find them here...  Missy is best known for her game changing Sneaky Chef series of books.  Her unique method of using purees and blends make every meal more nutritious (and still incredibly delicious!) has...

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Halloween: Spooky DIY from FamilyFun!

FamilyFun Magazine is all about Halloween! They have the BEST spooktacular ideas for families from crafts to DIY costumes.  Here's some of our favorites ... Ellie is going to be this adorable Cat Burgler (photo above) this year!  It's easy to replicate but you can...

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Aim for the Stars! (Book Review)

"Climb aboard to travel far, soar above the trees. The moon glows brightly as we pass its smile and head into the breeze." Travel to the stars, orbit the moon and zoom past planets in Rocket-Bye, a sweet bedtime journey. Don't limit your dreams in Can a Princess Be a...

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Review: Our Kids Are “Great Pretenders”!

Our take on this play-pretend shopping site for families:  something for everyone (girls, boys, younger, older); affordable; and unique (We don't see this stuff just anywhere!)  Thank you Great Pretenders for letting us review a couple fun things our kids picked out!...

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Oven Light: Homemade Ricotta

Here on our "Oven Light" feature we share mom-tested, simple, family recipes... some from us, some from guest bloggers.  We hope they help simplify the mealtime aspect of your busy life! Time to enjoy a simple 3-Cheese White Pizza using my perfect homemade ricotta!...

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Oven Light: Snicker Bar Pie

Who wouldn’t like candy bars in a pie? YUM!  Put the kids in charge of making this one - super duper easy!  Servings:  2 pies, 16 slices Snicker Bar Pie Ingredients: 8 ounce cream cheese 16 ounce container of whipped topping 5 Snicker Bars, regular size, chopped into...

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Fabulous New Book Series!

There’s a new book series, you simply must know about.  Meet Carole P. Roman. She loves history, exploring, and learning about the world. (Don’t forget writing.)  You can read our interview with Carole here. Her first series, "If You Were Me and Lived In …",...

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Kids Can Do: Playing with Food

  Our "Kids Can Do" are SIMPLE learning activities that kids of all ages can do!  Our ideas are educational, practical and easy. And the best part - they are made with common household materials that you may already have on hand and don't require much preparation...

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Planning Your Vacation?

Planning a spring break trip or summer vacation?  We have some travel shows for you whether you're on a budget, touring your own hometown, flying somewhere far away or traveling by car!  Bon Voyage!  

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Rain Rain Go Away. 10 Rainy Day Activities for Kids

April showers that bring May’s flowers can make for some long days inside. If you’re not up for a few splashes in the puddles, try some of these indoor activities guaranteed to make those rainy spring days just as fun! Lorena Canals Washable Rugs offers these 10 rainy...

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Katie Workman’s Chicken in Orange Sauce

WARNING: Katie's recipes are highly adaptable! What the Kids Can Do Zest the orange and juice it (if you are using fresh juice). Kids of the right age can cut up the chicken (younger ones can tackle the tofu) with an age-appropriate knife. Make Ahead The chicken or...

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The Oven Light: Jalapeño Popper Dip

Here on our "Oven Light" feature we share mom-tested, simple, family recipes... some from us, some from guest bloggers.  We hope they help simplify the mealtime aspect of your busy life! Jalapeño Popper Dip   A long, long time ago, Katie from The Little Thing...

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You Can STOP “Over-Organizing” Now!

On a recent episode of The Big O: Organization (called Stop Over-Organizing!), Monica Ricci gives us permission to do "just enough" to get the job done.  No, we're not slackers.  We're just learning how to maintain effective, simple and manageable organizational...

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Tasty (and safe) Lunches

No one likes a soggy sandwich or warm-ish yogurt ... Thanks to the Institute of Food Technologies for these tips to maximize the taste of our lunch while minimizing the chances of contamination. Sources: Institute of Food Technologies, Ben Chapman, PhD, IFT...

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Gooooood Morning … Ninja Coffee Bar™!

It's been absolutely java-rrific reviewing the new Ninja Coffee Bar™!  It's always a "perk" to get our hands on new stuff over here at VickyandJen.com but this review is right up my alley.  I am a coffee freak all the way around - I've always claimed my Keurig is my...

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$4 a Day! (Good and Cheap!)

I'm a cookbook geek!  Even with billions of recipes at my fingertips via my laptop, I still love collecting and browsing my cookbooks ... all the time.  Recently, Jen and I were sent a copy of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown.  The first thing that...

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Mmmmmm … Crispy Fruit Snacks

Looking for a healthy, easy-to-pack snack for the lunchbox, or anytime?  We have a solution because we sampled Crispy Fruit from Crispy Green®! Apple was the favorite in the Rehberger household and Banana in the Thornton home, but there are a variety of flavors...

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Find YOUR Park

A park can be many different things to many different people. Everyone finds their park in a different place and in a different way.  These stories just might inspire you to find yours. Visit findyourpark.com to watch inspiring and beautiful videos.  On August 25,...

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Kids Can Do: Five Pounds of Macaroni

What is Kids Can Do? We know that children get the most joy from simple things such as playing with empty cereal boxes or used wrapping paper.  That's why we share our "kid ideas" that are simple, educational, practical and easy. They are made with common household...

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Meet this Fun Guy: Michael Phillip Cash

Have you met award-winning novelist and screenwriter Michael Phillip Cash?  Here’s your chance!  He’s witty, funny and talented and we would just love to meet him in person one day.  His latest book, The Witches Protection Program, brings you a little bit of...

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