Melissa Maciejewski

47 Flips | 9 Magazines | 4 Likes | 2 Following | @sugammm | Keep up with Melissa Maciejewski on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Melissa Maciejewski”

6 Smart Ideas for Cleaning Your Living Room and Bedroom

These spaces have a lot in common: soft, comfy furniture, plush carpeting, and personal clutter. They also share the cleaning challenges of upholstery stains, dirty carpeting, and dust.<p>1. "I spray Nature's Miracle on most upholstery stains. It gets anything out: frosting, ink, snot, salsa ..." …

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From 'Stardust'

I am still going with a Valentine’s theme here, y’all, because I am super sappy. Instead of writing about just a couple, I chose to write about</i> …

The Secret to Changing Rebellious Teens

Whether your teen has issues with substance use, bullying, failing grades or running away from home, one thing remains constant: <b>If you want your child to change, you must change first.</b><p>And if you're rolling your eyes right now -- hear me out.<p>Parenting teens is like parenting toddlers -- you're …

5 Signs Kids Are Struggling With Entitlement

This past Christmas, I was late getting gifts wrapped and put under the tree. I don't know about your house, but the minute I do this every year, my kids get really interested in what's happening under the tree. Curiosity kills my kids. And the cat.<p>"Mom, when are you taking us shopping to buy gifts …

Ideas for Getting Kids Involved in Housework

2014 is all about turning over a new housecleaning leaf. I'm live blogging the January Cure, and yet decided that the children's spaces would not be …

Love Your Rental: Tips & Inspiration

(Image credit: Tara Bellucci)<p>Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2013 roundup! From December 21 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite …

Our Best Budget Living Tips, Tricks and Ideas of the Year

Everyone loves saving a buck or two (or ten) when they can, so we've gathered this list of the year's best tips, tricks and resources to help keep …

Have Yourself an Icy Little Christmas: Refreshing Blue and Aqua Holiday Décor

Maybe because it’s the color of toothpaste. Maybe it’s because it’s the color of the edges of icicles on a cold, sunny day. Or maybe because it’s …

The Ultimate IKEA Shopping List: 9 Cheap, Chic Classics --> http://apttherapy.com/JE11Kz

Does your place need just a little more holiday magic? Last-Minute Christmas Decorating: Quick & Easy Printable Paper Stars --> http://apttherapy.com/1hh7NBi

Creative Ways to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Readers share how to teach gratitude.<p>Bounce Some Ideas Around<p>When my 8-year-old starts to spiral down into a negative attitude, we play Gratitude Ping-Pong. One of us says something she's grateful for, then the other takes a turn. We go back and forth until we're both smiling again. The only rule …

6 Ways to Bring Good Luck to Your House

Common good-fortune beliefs.<p>These good-fortune beliefs and feng shui practices could bring a little luck into your house. For more, see what designs could bring bad luck to your house.

19 things to say to your son before he's grown

denise slark images/Flickr / Today<p>Boy Running in Cape: Things to Say to Your Son<p>There are many (many) life lessons that parents should share with …

A Week of Delicious Pregnancy Meals and Snacks

Eating healthy when you're pregnant can be hard: You have crazy cravings and an even crazier schedule. But eating right is important for your growing baby, so check out these nutritious, dietician-approved meals. There's even fro-yo!<p>This plan is designed so that you can pick a different meal and …

11 QUICK CRAFTS {THAT FOSTER MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS} - Kids Activities

Kids

10 Interactive Gifts for Design-Loving Kids

For many of us, the love of architecture, home design, and decor had deep roots in childhood. This season, help spread that passion to the kids in …

11 Christmas Craft Ideas for Kids To Make This Holiday Season

Shares 66.8K<p>Are you looking for some family-friendly Christmas crafts and activities?<p><b>Here are 11 Christmas craft ideas for kids to make this month.</b> …

Teaching Children How to Navigate Failure

One of the hardest things for me, as a mom, is knowing that I have to turn my children over to the world. I don't want to sometimes. There are days I would prefer to keep them tucked safely under my wings, with blankets, books and comfort food.<p>But of course, that's not my job.<p>My job is to work …

5 Completely Free Ways to Make Your House a Home

We've talked time and time again about all the little things you can do to make a house feel like a home. You can have warm enveloping lighting, …

How Can I Change My Daughter's Negative Thinking?

<i>I have a 12-year-old daughter whose negative thinking makes her feel bad most of the time. For instance, she says she is sure her classmates think she is stupid when she makes mistakes in math class. I read in your book that parents should try to teach their children not to believe every upsetting</i> …

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Meals

Make breakfast easy with these delicious slow-cooker recipes.<p>In a 3 1/2- to 4-qt. slow cooker, combine 2 cups steel-cut oats, 8 cups milk (or water), 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, and a pinch of nutmeg. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. …

Teaching Kids Gratefulness in an Ungrateful Society

As we approach Black Friday and that seemingly insignificant day that just happens to fall before it, I find myself sickened at the greedy consumerism that has taken over our society. It pains me that our children are growing up with this as their "norm." When we were children, it was understood …

5 Tips to Make Family Movie Night a Success

<i>By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor</i><p>We say this a lot, but we think it's worth repeating: It's important to get involved in your kids media lives -- and your kids will love it too (within reason!). But helping them become critical media consumers can be easier said than done. What's a …