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I love canvas painting! Give me a blank canvas and some acrylic paint and I will be in heaven. There are endless possibilities for what you can do with it (even if you don’t consider yourself an artistic person).
Since having my son I haven’t had much time to pursuer this hobby of mine (surprise, surprise). However, now that he’s 1 and showing interest in things like coloring, I figured it was time to introduce him to the big times.
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I recently caved and joined the Happy Planner craze. I’m a note taker and list maker (really I just like the feeling of acomplishment when I get to check things off!).
So I found a sale and got my first Happy Planner! It’s beautiful with flowers on the cover and pretty inspirational sayings on the inside, things like:
“Savor the small things.” And “Focus on the good.”
It’s even packed full of pages with fun and chic designs.
So each month as I went to empty out the previous section I found myself setting aside the decorative pages. The thrifty side of me said it would be a waste to throw such pretty pictures out. While the crafty side of me said there has to be SOMETHING I can do with these. Eventually I had a nice little pile sitting on my desk. My husband finally insisted that I stop hoarding them or finally do something with them.
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Before having our son my husband and I had fabulous weekend long dates full of fun and adventure. Now that we have parental responsibilities (to a son that we absolutely love and adore), the date night thing can be tricky. Between finding the time in my husband’s busy work schedule and coordinating with someone to watch the baby, date nights can easily turn into more work than play.
My husband and I try our best to go out at least once or twice a month but is that truly enough? Should intimacy be limited to one or two nights a month? Often times we try to set aside time to connect at home after the baby is asleep. This usually means Netflix and some ice cream, and often results in the two of us on our phones candy crushing or facebooking.
So when I came across the Date Night In subscription box I was thrilled! The idea of someone preparing an intimate and creative date and delivering it to my door was a dream come true.
There are the “terrible twos” then you have your “threenagers”, but nobody ever warns you about the “Wild Ones”.
My son can’t even speak in full sentences yet but does that stop him from telling me off? Nope. He’ll baby babble at me until he’s blue in the face.
He’s only been walking for 6 months but has somehow mastered stomping and dramatically dropping to the ground for an oscar worthy tantrum.
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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to come up with a fun and creative date with your special someone.
Now I’m a sucker for a good spy movie, that’s why I thought creating a “Top Secret Mission” for my man would be a blast!
One of my favorite parts of parenting is seeing my son learn and discover new things every single day. From puzzles to animal noises and even to learning how to brush his own teeth, my pride swells up with each new accomplishment.
Now I’m no professional educator, I’m completely winging it when it comes to motherhood. But I have found that being a stay at home mom has allowed me to find new ways to slip some learning into our normal everyday activities. Some of these I started without even realizing it was a “lesson” (I’m sure you can relate to the boredom that sometimes leads to you breaking out in “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”).
Here are 5 of my favorites to do with my little one:
- Sing your ABC’s while brushing your teeth and while washing your hands. This will also prevent them from rushing through the activity itself.
- Count stairs. Perfect if you have stairs in your house or live on the upper level of an apartment.
- Name body parts while getting dressed or washing in the bath. This one is easy to do and chances are you’ve already been doing it all a long!
- Make up your own songs. I don’t like things quiet so I find myself singing things like “Stir, stir, stir…stir, stir, stir,..stir your dinner..” to the beat of “Shake your body” by KC and the Sunshine Band.
- Get on the floor with them. If they’re doing a puzzle on the floor, get off the couch and do it with them. If they’re watching TV, ask them questions or play along with the show. My son loves Sesame Street, so whenever the “Number of the Day” comes on I drop whatever I’m doing and stomp/count along with him and Count Dracula. If he is showing interest in something throughout the day, I do my best to support and encourage that.
There are many more activities you can do with your little ones if you just look for the opportunity. Turn mundane activities into learning experiences and your little ones will be grateful for it. Days spent at the house can be boring, why not spice it up and have some fun? Even if my child doesn’t say his ABC’s at an advanced age, at least we had some fun while brushing our teeth. It’s the little things right?
What daily activities do you turn into learning experiences for your children?
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For a busy mama, making breakfast and lunch day after day can be an exhausting and unnecessary task. To save time and energy throughout my week I have started meal prepping.
I had seen multiple friends do it and thought about doing it for a while, so I finally made the decision to give it a shot. First things first, I needed the right tools to make this go as smoothly as possible (the goal is to make LESS work not more).
Here is a compilation of my personal Go-To tools for meal prepping: