How To Throw a Proper Harry Potter Party

How To Throw a Proper Harry Potter Party

Here's what you need for a proper Potter party: great decorations, lots of Potter fans, the movies playing in the background, and great food and drinks. I've got you covered with my free Pin the Scar on Harry game.

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Okay, okay. I know what you're thinking. Give me the HP printables! Keep reading, my friend.

Harry Potter is actually the reason I started creating digital designs. We had epic HP movie marathon weekends when my niece and nephew were small--they're 17 and 21 years old now!--and of course we needed to set the mood with decorations.

So here's the rub: Harry Potter is protected by copyright, so you can only use these things for personal use, and I can only share them with you for free. Your local print shop may not be willing to print these or any other items that are derived from copyright protected characters for you, so call before you send them in for printing.

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Download your free Pin the Scar on Harry game here. Be sure to print your game poster at 18" x 24" and your lightning bolts at full size at regular letter-size (8.5' x 11"). This way the bolts will fit perfectly. Enjoy!

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December 30, 2019 — Lori Oster
How To Get Your Kids Out of the House On Time

How To Get Your Kids Out of the House On Time

In this post I will give you a foolproof method for getting your kids out of the house on time every morning.

Bahahahahahahaha! As if.

Sorry, it's just not possible. But, I do have a simple tool for bribing your children to move a teensy bit faster in the mornings. It's worth a shot, right?

I've been at this parenting thing for just over seven years now, and I'm doing pretty well with some of the typical challenges. Sleep deprivation? We bought a great coffee maker. Plus a backup French press, just in case. Lack of me time? I read this book and it helped me realize I have enough time if I spend it intentionally.

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But one thing I continue to struggle with is getting out of the damn house in the mornings. My son moves like molasses on an iceberg, and no amount of begging, yelling, nagging, or swearing, motivates him. I've tried. And of course little sister follows suit. And I need to get out on time. I have a job, and I need to keep that job, so getting there is kind of important. And there's also the small detail of it being important for children to arrive to school on time every day, for learning purposes and whatnot.

When my son was younger I made visual time trackers that worked really well for a while. (Seriously, try those first if you have a two or three or four year old.) But lately? Nope. My boy is seven now, and he does what he wants.

So I decided to tap into the deep well of child rearing wisdom from which we came, and to try the time-honored tradition of bribery.

And you know what? It worked.

So now, we track on time days. And for every full week that we get out of the house on time, every day, Monday through Friday, I promise my children a special treat over the weekend. And I don't feel one bit guilty about it. We eat really well at home, and the stress of rushing and hurrying costs us all more than a sweet treat on a Saturday morning.

So if you're like me, and you need some help getting out of the house on time, this on time tracker is my gift to you, my friend. In solidarity, from one tired parent to another. I'm pleased to report that using this tracker has significantly cut down on my morning swearing habit.

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So, how do you get your kids out of the house on time? Share your wisdom in the comments!

December 27, 2019 — Lori Oster