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Fun Fall Family Activities

Last weekend I decided to put on my supermom cape and attempt a couple fun fall-themed activities with the kids.  And it was actually a success!  The kids were happy and didn’t fight and we all had fun!  I can hardly believe it myself.  We did an autumn tree craft and decorated some monster rice krispies treats.

Looking for an easy halloween themed activity to do with the kiddos?! How about decorating rice krispie monster treats? :)

I had the boys help me make the rice krispie treats the day before, they both looove helping with anything in the kitchen.  I had to muster up all my patience though as they tossed the marshmallows into the pot One. At. A. Time. *deep breaths*

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30 Ways to Upcycle Baby Clothes

The trouble with baby clothes is that they are so darn cute.  There’s something about teeny tiny dresses and tuxedo onesies that makes everyone forget what their credit card limit is. The result is that most babies have way more clothes than they could possibly need after parents, grandparents, friends and church ladies have all made their purchases. And then, as moms, we go ahead and get sentimentally attached to every single onesie.  So we need ways to upcycle baby clothes that are reasonable, useful and meaningful.

Do you have too many bins of adorable clothes your kiddos have grown out of? Here are 30 ways you can upcycle that clothing into useful items!

I have 3 large bins of baby clothes that I can’t bring myself to part with.  I did make a bunting for my youngest’s room out of clothes that were too rough to donate or use again.  But that only made a small dent in my collection.  Every piece I pulled out reminded me of how tiny my boys were and I could remember cuddling them in that exact outfit!  Then I started to cry and put everything right back in the bins.  Thanks hormones.

So here are a number of ways to upcycle baby clothes.  I plan to tackle a bunch of these so I can justify keeping all the adorable clothes my boys wore!

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18 Gift Ideas for New Moms

There’s nothing quite like the intense emotional roller-coaster of becoming a mom.  It’s a mess of hormones and overwhelm and feeling terrified and exhausted and being totally enamoured with your new baby.  It’s probably all of the best feelings and all of the worst feelings all wrapped into one.  If you have a dear friend or family member who has just welcomed their first baby, there are so many ways in which you can help out.  Don’t be scared to help! And if you don’t want to show up empty-handed, here is a list of 18 gift ideas that are just for mom!

Moms need to know that they're not forgotten. Here are 18 gift ideas for making mama feel special!

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After the baby shower and the in laws and the sweet church ladies have provided the new baby with everything he could possibly need, it’s nice to surprise mom with a gift of her own to let her know she’s not forgotten.

Motherhood can be very lonely and a little show of love from a friend can really go a long way.

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17 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Items

When we’re stuck indoors on a rainy weekend we are always trying to find activities to entertain the kids using things we already have at home.  But usually we end up on our computers for 30 minutes trying to find ideas!  So I thought I’d do a round up post of simple science experiments I can try with my kids using household items.

A round up of 17 simple science experiments for kids. Foster their love of learning all while using household items! Perfect rainy day activities for kids.

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These experiments are best suited for 3-6 year olds I think.  But honestly I really like them, so maybe they’re for all ages!  I’ve included any of the ingredients that you may or may not have on hand so you can easily pick an experiment that you can do right away!

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5 Reasons Why I Won’t Let My Child Pet Your Dog

It is astounding the number of times a strange dog as leapt towards my children while the owner claims “don’t worry, he’s very friendly!” How am I supposed to know he’s friendly as my children pull back in fear?  And I’m just supposed to take their word for it?!  Nope.  I don’t think so.  This might ruffle a few feathers, but I don’t allow my children to touch dogs they don’t know.  And owners who encourage my kids to pet their dogs are one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom.  (lol, see what I did there?!)

 

I don't allow my children to get close to strange dogs. Here are my reasons.

Now I’m not anti-dog.  The people closest to me know that I’m not a pet person and I have no intention of becoming a pet owner.  But I don’t hate animals, and I certainly don’t encourage my children to dislike them.  But I do teach my children to be cautious.  And there are way too many pet-owners out there who are undermining my efforts.

These are the main reasons why I won’t allow my kids to pet strange dogs.

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9 Easy Ways For Busy Moms to Practice Self Care

“Self care” is kind of a tricky subject for me.  Maybe because it’s such an on-trend concept these days and everybody’s talking about it.  It makes me crazy when I see recommendations of “get enough sleep” and “exercise” paraded around as elements of self care.  Those things are actually basic necessities of life. They’re non-negotiable.  Sleeping, eating, movement, are all things I would drop dead without.  To me those things don’t constitute self care.  They constitute survival.  To me, practicing self care is totally essential but also optional.  Here are my recommendations for ways to easily incorporate a little self care into your already jam-packed schedule.  Because self care is the sanity saver portion of motherhood.  And none of my suggestions involve getting more sleep.

As moms, we are busy and we are tired and we hardly ever take time for ourselves. Here are 9 ways to incorporate a little self care into your hectic schedule.

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Self care is essential because you can’t drive on an empty tank.  If we don’t find a way to do the things that feed our soul or lift our spirits then we very well may get lost in the struggles of Motherhood.

If our cup is empty, we won’t be able to pour into our families.  It’s that simple and that hard.

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How I Eliminated Dinnertime Stress

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Since having kids, dinnertime has been a super stressful part of the day.  I don’t know what it is about the five o’clock hour that makes children a little bonkers, but I think it’s fairly common.  The kiddos are extra needy and demanding when I’m trying to prep dinner.  Compound that with the fact that I hate cooking and absolutely despise having to come up with meal ideas and you’ve got a recipe for a cranky monster of a mama.

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

“What’s the Hardest Part of your Day?”

I was chatting with a friend a few months ago about my daily struggles.  She’s a ‘let’s take action’ kind of mom which is just what I needed, she’s a good listener too but has no patience for excuses.  So she asked me a simple question: “What’s the hardest part of your day?” I thought for a sec and replied “Dinnertime.” Without a doubt.  Then she asked: “What can you do make dinnertime easier?”

And I didn’t really know how to respond!  There are so many aspects of motherhood and life in general that are hard, that I use up all my energy just to survive that I didn’t even consider that there might be an easier way.  I think I had resigned myself to the idea that dinnertime was hellish and always would be!

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52 Gift Ideas for Kids

My kids have hit the age where they are regularly getting invited to birthday parties.  And birthday parties mean gifts.  But these days, it feels as if kids have way too much stuff in general.  I don’t feel right about adding to the pile of stuff that another parent has to deal with.  So I got to brainstorming and I came up with 52 gift ideas for kids that aren’t just toys.  These are gifts of experiences or education or creativity.  And I’m totally gonna use some of these ideas for my own kids too.  No more rushing to the store to purchase whatever toy I can find.  It’s time for thoughtful gifts with imagination and purpose.

Non-toy gift ideas to foster creativity, education and adventure all while making wonderful memories

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I’ve included loads of links for inspiration and even DIY instructions!  Most of these ideas are for kids 10 and under.  Not every idea will be appropriate for every age, but I think there’s several viable options for everyone!

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How I Keep My Family’s Schedule Totally Organized

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I’m a list-maker. Always have been. I make detailed grocery lists, and epic to-do lists and lofty goal lists. But often those lists go unread by other members of the family, *cough* husband *cough*, and things get forgotten. And then I get frustrated. Can you relate? But I think I’ve finally solved the “honey I forgot the list!” syndrome.

Using Cozi has totally changed the game for my family. No more lost lists or forgotten appointments! Everything gets organized and scheduled in one place where we can all find it.

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What is Cozi?

Cozi is a free family scheduling app.  I was hesitant at first because I’m a pen + paper kind of girl.  But so far, Cozi has really delivered.

You can use it to store your grocery or shopping list, multiple to-do lists (one for him and one for you!) as well as maintain a calendar of events.

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How to Easily Save Money on Groceries

I don’t shop at multiple stores.  I don’t spend hours searching for the best deal.  I don’t spend time price-matching.  I’m a busy mom, I don’t have time for all that.  It takes me less than 1 hour a week to save 28% on my groceries.  You can totally start using my system today!  It’s easy peasy.

Frugal Mom: Learn my simple system for saving 28% on your grocery bill!

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My husband just finished his university degree.  Which is AMAZING because it’s been a really hard 3 years for all of us.  But now we are facing the mountain of student debt and it’s threatening to crush us.  Yikes.

We’ve developed a strict budget and one of my main contributions is making sure we stay on budget for groceries.  It’s no easy task.  Food is expensive!  It breaks my heart that it would be way cheaper for me to feed my family junk food than real food.  But that’s a rant for another day.

I’ve accepted the challenges and developed a system that is working really well to keep us under budget every week by saving an average of 28% on our weekly grocery bill.  I mean, it’s no ‘Extreme Couponing’ type of savings, but it’s realistic & maintainable and takes me less than 1 hour of prep to accomplish.

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