5 Ways to Feel Young Again

Sometimes don’t you just feel like a mom? And not in a good, nurturing way. Like you’re suddenly old and have kids … and what the heck happened? If you’re feeling that way and need a little pick-me-up, check out these tips from themotherboard.com.

5 Ways to Feel Young Again

1. Throw a party

2. Get selfish with your free time

3. Give yourself baby-soft feet

4. Fit in a good workout

5. Pick up a fun sport

We’d love your feedback! What changes have you made to feel young again and fit in more me-time?


~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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Traveling Tips from Blogger Moms & The Motherboard

Most vacations are taken in August, which means many families are in vacation mode right now. At this very moment moms are planning for, packing for, currently surviving, and recovering from family vacations. TheMotherboard.com searched the blogosphere for articles, tips, and stories from other moms, plus included our own tips, to make your trip stress-free.

Tips from Mom Bloggers

Tips from The Motherboard

We’d love to hear your plans – please comment below and tell us where you’re headed.


~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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Easy Ice Coffee & Tea Drinks

Replace your daily coffee or tea with one of these refreshing treats from themotherboard.com and http://www.bhg.com/. So simple – each takes just about 10 minutes to make.

Iced Mocha


1 cup cold water

1/4 cup ground French roast or espresso roast coffee

1/2 cup fat-free milk

2 tablespoons no-sugar-added chocolate-flavored drink mix (Nestle Nesquick®)

Ice cubes


  1. Using a drip coffeemaker, add the water and ground coffee. Brew according to manufacturer’s directions. Pour coffee into a glass measuring cup. Stir in milk and drink mix.
  2. Serve coffee mixture over ice in chilled tall glasses. Makes 2 (about 6-ounce) servings.

Minted Mango Tea


1 cup chopped refrigerated mango slices

1 cup pineapple juice

8 green tea bags


  1. Place the chopped mango and pineapple juice in a blender container or food processor bowl. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Cover and refrigerate the pureed mixture.
  1. Meanwhile, in a large glass bowl, pour boiling water over the tea bags and mint sprigs. Cover and let steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint sprigs. Cool, covered, for 1 hour. Chill for 2 hours.
  1. Transfer the chilled tea to a 2-quart pitcher; add the pureed mango mixture and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.


~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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Ice Cream Dessert Cheat Sheet

Summer is all about relaxing. That’s why themotherboard.com is collecting tips and ideas to keep summer simple. If you’re having company over or are just wanting to make something sweet, surprise your kids and guests with these delicious ice cream treats that are super simple to make.

Crunchy Ice Cream

Forget the cones? No big deal, replace it with cereal and let the kids help crush up their toppings.

Choose any flavor of ice cream and roll it in crushed-up cereal (or just sprinkle the cereal over the top for less mess). I like Kellogg’s® Corn Pops because it tastes just like a cone and adds a fun crunch to each bite. You can also use graham crackers instead of cereal.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Serve delicious chocolate chip mint ice cream cookies at your next party, here’s how:

Scoop mint ice cream onto one cookie and then place another cookie on top to create a sandwich. Wrap the ice cream sandwich in plastic wrap and place in the freezer to set up. You can also use vanilla wafers or brownies instead of a cookie.

Upside-Down Mini-Ice Cream Cakes

Get “fancy” without much work by using cupcake materials to make ice cream cakes.

Place paper cupcake holders in a cupcake pan (the pan will help the paper hold its shape). Then layer in at least 3 different kinds of ice cream on top of each other. Place cupcake pan in freezer so your ice cream cakes can set up. When ready to serve, simple dump your cupcake paper upside down and take the paper off. You’ll have a cute little layered ice cream cake. You can garnish with chocolate syrup, cherries, anything you want!

Yum 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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Dinning Room Chair Make-Over Ideas

There are just a few things you need to go yard-saling: a little bit of cash, good weather, and an imagination. A few weeks back we showed you how to turn a dud dresser into a stylish and functional storage piece. This time we are tackling dinning room chairs. Here are three ideas from themotherboard.com to jump-start your creativity:

1. Reupholster with a dish towel.

2. Apply a new bright paint color.

3. Make a unique flower pot.

We’d love to see pictures of your makeovers! Just post your blog link in the comment section below.


~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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Back to Healthy After a Fun Fourth of July

Did your diet survive the holiday break? If you’re like me you probably have a few extra Independence Day calories stuck to your thighs and stomach. Don’t let your Fourth of July over-indulgence discourage you from continuing a healthy routine. Check out these 5 stories from themotherboard.com for tips on how to get back on track.


~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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4th of July Crafts – Done in 10 minutes

It’s Friday! Are you ready for weekend celebrations? If you need to get festive – in a quick way – try these craft ideas from themotherboard.com. Each craft only takes 10 minutes.

Fireworks T-Shirts

All you need is paint mixed with water, a straw, and a white shirt. Just blow the paint through the straw to spray it on to the shirt. Each family member will come back with a different design. Here are directions from The Motherboard.


Pop-Can Luminaries

Need quick red, white, and blue luminaries? Try pop cans! We used tin snips to cut the tops of the cans (wearing safety gloves) and then bent the tops down (so they wouldn’t cut anyone). We then used different sized nails to poke holes throughout the can. The result is a beautiful light display!


Stars-on-Sticks Garden Ornaments

This is a super simple idea the kids can do with almost no supervision (the best kind of activity!). Simply cut star shapes out of construction paper and glue or tape them on to sticks. Place the star sticks throughout your garden for bursts of festive color.


~ Ashley, from The Motherboard

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