Mommy Miss Lori is going back to school a few computers short


How many computers does a family with three school age children and a Marketainer Mom need? Last year I had a 17 inch used imac, a 20 inch new Dell Inspirion One PC and my 13 inch very used Macbook. In order to complete homework my three kids had to take turns and darn near stand in line to use their preferred choice of computer, the touch screen Dell. Then over the holidays my very used Macbook died. [Read more…]

Miss Lori and Medieval Times want you to win a royal adventure

Childhood is so fleeting isn’t it? Yeah, that was a rhetorical question. My children are 14, 11 and 9. They are growing up so fast, inside and out. As they get older, with their varied interests, it can be easier to grab special time with them individually. But as a mother I still value family time with the lot of them, but preferably minus the sibling fireworks that are known to go off when the three of them are in a room together, or a car together, or on the street together, or…well you get the idea. It’s hard to find a place to enjoy just such hallowed time, but recently I found one in Schaumburg, at a castle no less. [Read more…]

Miss Lori is cleaning up for better back to school breathing

Going back to school is a big transition for everyone in the household; higher stress, a more regimented schedule, increased hustle and bustle, which can all lead to disrupted sleep patterns. And disrupted sleep can lead to compromised immunity. Some would also say going back to school means going back to germs. Germs plus compromised immunity can be a sickly combination. Throw in seasonal allergies and I for one can be taken down for the count. I don’t have time for that! (I’m pretty sure it’s actually forbidden in the Mommy Bi-Laws.) That’s why I make time for cleaning certain things in my house to help improve the air we breathe. The goal? A grade A night’s sleep. [Read more…]

Miss Lori is preparing her kids and her house to go back to school

I know Summer is ending because all of my favorite Summer TV shows are running their season finales. I can’t deny it any longer, it’s time to go back to school. AHHHHHHHHH! Sure that means shopping for notebooks, pens and paper, but preparing for back to school is not just about buying back to school supplies, there are other things you can do to get yourself and your kids ready for this seasonal transition. Because to be truly ready for the demands of the school year you not only have to have a well packed backpack, but a well packed attitude to boot. I find that to instill a good attitude about the school year my kids require a fresh perspective and a dependable routine. Here are 6 ways that I inspire both. [Read more…]

Miss Lori is drinking up the last bit of Summer and her Tropicana OJ

Monday my eldest child starts high school. It will be the first time that I have ever had a child go back to school before Labor Day. Heck, it’s the first time I will have a child go back to school in August. I’M NOT READY! I have no problem with my son going to high school, I’m totally ready for that. I’m just not ready for him, or any of my children, to go back to any school RIGHT NOW. Summer is not over! NO! I refuse to sing the finale of this production yet. I intend to drink every last drop of this season that there is to have, just like I do with a bottle of Tropicana OJ, or as I like to call it, “Summer in a bottle”! [Read more…]