10 Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids

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Craft project is always something we’re looking forward to. Craft project with your kids involved is even more entertaining and enjoyable. Not only craft making is a fun and interesting activity for parents and kids, but it also encourages creative thinking and improves kid’s practical skills.

There are so many craft ideas that are easy to make. Whether if it’s a small project for your house or crafts for some special occasion, feel free to include your kids in the making process. Even if it’s something difficult to make, any help is welcome. It will keep your children entertained and busy, rather than spending time in front of TV or computer.

Here are some easy and exciting crafts you can make with your kids:

 

Flower Crown

Flower crown may sound like a complicated thing to make, but it’s not that hard. Supplies you need include scissors, glue, markers, a paper plate and tissue paper. Cut three slits through the center of the paper plate, and bend the triangles formed by the cuts upwards and paint it. Later, cut some flowers from tissue paper and color them. Finally, glue flowers to the crown.

Mask

We cannot imagine Halloween without masks. So, why buy them when you can make them by yourself with a little help from your kids. Many mask templates that can be found on the Internet. Download the template you want, print it and cut it around the edges. Color the mask the way you want. Finally, use elastic and tie it to each side of the mask.

Bags

We all have old, ripped clothes we don’t wear anymore. It’s probably somewhere in the attic waiting to end in the garbage eventually. Don’t throw it away. You may need it for your next awesome project. Use scissors to cut the fabric. Let your kid write or draw something on the fabric. You can put some stickers or your logo. Finally, sew fabrics using a needle to make it look like a bag.

Jewelry crafts

Jewelry crafts are very popular, and it’s something your girls will wear proudly. There are many ideas for craft jewelry. Let your imagination run wild. You can use thread, string or even dandelion. Another unusual jewelry craft is macaroni necklace which is very simple to make. Color the macaroni and string the macaroni through the yarn. Tie the ends of the string together.

Cards

Christmas, New year or Mother’s Day cards are kids favorite. Your friends and relatives will love handmade cards more than printed ones. Choose the paper, draw the line and cut along the line you just drew. Let your kids do rest of the work. Allow them to color, draw something, write some message or even dedicate it to someone special.

Animal crafts

Animal crafts will look amazing in kid’s room. You can use paper, fabrics or plasticine. Search for old fabrics and materials you don’t need anymore. If your kid is old enough to start stitching, teach him/her how to do it. However, watch closely while they do it.  If you use plasticine, let your kids make all the shapes.

Flower crafts

Flower crafts are usually made from paper or plasticine. However, one of the most interesting is a flower craft made from the eggshell. Let your kid color an eggshell using a marker pen. Then, use a straw and glue it to an eggshell. Let it dry for a few hours. Cut leaf-shaped forms from the paper and color it. Finally, attach paper leaves to straw using glue.

Cardboard castle

Use cardboard you don’t need anymore. Cut out a wide rectangle along the front, sides, and the back to form towers. Use markers, crayons to decorate the castle the way you want. You can then use cardboard castle to put kids toys or clothes.

Twig crafts

Nature crafts will make your kids go outdoors looking for leaves, twigs, grasses or flowers. Twig star ornament or twig spider web are great home decorations during holidays.

Pine cone crafts

Pinecones are fun to play as a kid, and there are hundreds of pine cone craft ideas. Decorate your home with Christmas pine cone crafts. You can use crayons, markers, or glitter spray for pine cones decoration.

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Baby Jogger city select LUX Review

The Baby Jogger city select LUX is exactly what it sounds like- luxury in stroller form. When I first took it out of the box, I was in awe by the quality and how beautiful a stroller could look. I put it together myself and it took me less than 10 minutes while having a young toddler assistant.

While I don’t use a stroller daily, this stroller has seen many trips outdoors and it continues to impress me. It has been on uneven sidewalk, on hills in grass, gravel, dirt paths- it can handle it all with ease. It’s by far my go-to if I need a stroller to handle outdoor festivals or other off-roading experiences.

This stroller can transform from a single stroller to a double just by purchasing an additional seat. This can be more cost effective and also makes it easier than having to get rid of your old stroller and buy a new one. Its a stroller that can actually grow with your family! When adding another seat, pram or bench seat- there are over 20 ways to accomodate your children. Wow!

I really like the seat because it can be turned around to face me or the world; depending on the situation and where we are. The seat reclines like a breeze and I don’t need to fight it to recline or put back into the upright position. It also can recline whichever way it’s facing.

Three features that I really LOVE:
– The peek through on the top of the stroller is magentic and not velcro! Because of this awesome feature, you will not wake up your sleeping child trying to see if they’re still sleeping while you’re walking. Score!
– The break is not on the wheels, but on the handle-bar! This was the first stroller I’ve owned that has had this feature and it’s been life changing. I found it challenging the first few times I used it, but got used to it pretty quickly.
– The basket under the seat is very spacious. It can easily hold the diaper bag, coats, extra toys, and other neccesities. It extends from the front to the back of the stroller so it’s very accessible whichever way the child is facing and depending on where the item you’re reaching for is located.

All in all, this is my favorite stroller and I highly recommend it to all of my friends. I was a little disappointed that the child’s tray and parent’s tray were not included but I found them easily online and they were inexpensive.

A HUGE thank you to Baby Jogger for sending me this stroller for the purpose of the review.

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Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit Car Seat

When it was time to pick out a new car seat for the little one, we wanted a seat that would last basically forever. The Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit was our favorite from the ones we went to look at. Not only could it rear face for years, but it also will convert into a high back booster seat and then eventually, a no back booster as well.

The Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit retails at $349. This seat allows rearfacing up to 50lbs and the Extend2Fit option allows an extra 5″ of legroom as your child grows. When you’re ready to turn them around, you can use the 5 point harness until they reach 65lbs.

The LATCH system is super easy to use and I loved that it literally took me under a minute to get it installed. The harness system is also really easy to use! The Simply Safe Adjust Harness System and 10-position headrest adjusts the headrest and harness placement together- no more rethreading the straps!

Jackson seems to be very comfortable in the car seat. While we have only used it in rear-facing mode so far, it’s love. It is a 10 year car seat, so it should be the only other car seat we need to buy for him. This is a huge deal! The cover also is removed easily in case it needs washed- no need to take apart the whole seat as the harness can stay in!

I also love the two built in cup-holders, although Jackson does currently have trouble reaching it while he’s strapped in. I feel like they will be an awesome feature as he gets a bit older. It’s also where we keep an extra pacifier in the car at all times since that boy just can’t be without one!

 

A huge thank you to Graco for providing us with the car seat in exchange for this review.

 

 

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Ubbi World Diaper Pail Review

Let me start out by saying this is the ONE diaper pail that will work for EVERYONE. It doesn’t matter if you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. This amazing diaper pail will work with either! How? It doesn’t take any special bags. You can use a cloth pail liner or a trash bag! So while the cost may seem a little steep, you don’t have to constantly buy special bags or liners. It’s compact, comes in many colors and designs to match any decor, and keeps the stink away! What more could you ask for?!

The Ubbi Diaper Pail comes in many different prints and colors- literally something to match any decor. We use cloth diapers so we keep ours in the bathroom and it looks amazing! You really can’t tell it’s a diaper pail at first glance. My MIL thought it was just a hamper!

It is amazing at keeping stink in the pail and out of your space. Our bathroom is really small so any kind of smell can really linger around. Fortunately we have not had any smell problems while using this pail, even though it holds poopy diapers for up to 3 days. I let it air out for a few hours when I take the diapers out to wash and even then, we don’t have any stink issues! (And I’ll admit that I have a really stinky kid!!!)

And did I mention that it has a child lock? I don’t know about your kids, but I’ve found sippy cups and toys in the diaper pail before…. And that’s just gross! It’s simple enough to do one handed and in a hurry, but small enough that kids don’t really go for it to figure it out! Score!!!

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Back-To-School With The Disney Store

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I’ll admit that I’m that mom rejoicing for back-to-school. You should have seen me kick my heels and dance around the store once they brought out the school supplies! My kids love school and get super bored during the summer, even when I’m keeping them busy. Last year we purchased the best backpacks from The Disney Store, so we knew that’s where we’d like to get this year’s as well. We are a huge Disney family and love to watch all the classics over and over again. The toddler points out Mickey everywhere we go! So it was only fitting that we love visiting The Disney Store as well!

A huge thank you to The Disney Store for sending my kids their backpacks, lunchboxes, and water bottles for this school year! <3

In the video below, you’ll see the complete joy that my kids had as they opened their new backpacks and lunchboxes! We were all getting a little anxious for getting ready for back-to-school, but once we received their backpacks, we all got a little excited and less nervous! They knew they were coming and they were super excited when the box came! (I was happy because they stopped asking me to check the tracking number!) They couldn’t wait for me to even do the dishes, so there’s dirty dishes in the background and we’re sitting on the kitchen floor. Real life.

These backpacks and lunchboxes are perfect for kids and we already know how well they hold up! If a backpack can survive being dragged on the sidewalk everyday after preschool, it can handle just about anything! 😉 Aubrey chose the Rapunzel collection and Baileigh chose the Minnie Mouse collection. I wasn’t surprised with either of their choices, to be honest. The colors are so vibrant in both of these collections- they just make you happy when you look at them!

We love that the lunchboxes are big enough to hold their lunches and morning snack but not so big that it would be difficult for a kindergartner to carry. The girls got such a hoot out of the “purse straps” on them and love to wear their lunchboxes like a purse on their way to the lunchroom. The straps can also come un-clipped in case that’s not a feature your child adores like mine.

If you’re still searching for the very best backpack for your little ones to take back-to-school, daycare, or overnight trips to grandma’s- look no further than The Disney Store. Spider-Man, Frozen, Cars 3, Avengers, Ariel, Star Wars, Mickey- these are just a few options! With so many collections, there’s something for everyone!

And can we just talk about the fact that this kid just entered First Grade?! Seriously? Where does the time go?!

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Getting Pregnant with Growing Generations

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If you’re looking to grow your family but you’re having some medical difficulties, look no farther than Growing Generations. Infertility and the waiting/trying to get pregnant can be such a difficult time for you and your partner. Emotions are strong, patience is thin and all you want is a baby. Using an egg donation to have a baby is sometimes a simpler choice for your body when looking at options like using in-vitro fertilization. Growing Generations makes the process easy for your family and allows you to be picky on the characteristics your donor has. For instance, you can choose the blood type, hair color, eye color, and ethnicity. You’ll also get to see their health history along with their family medical history- because that’s important! Once the egg is retrieved, fertilized, and placed into your uterus, you can continue the pregnancy as normal. Getting pregnant doesn’t need to be difficult for your family with the help of Growing Generations. Take a look at the infographic below and don’t hesitate to contact Growing Generations with any questions! <3

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Packing Your Hospital Bag- A Little Help from Push Pack

Packing your hospital bag can be really difficult. After all, pregnancy brain is totally real and you don’t want to forget a thing when you’ll be away from home for a few days. There are so many other important things to do and think about before baby’s big arrival. When packing your bags, Push Pack has you covered!

 

Push Pack is a pre-packed essentials bag perfectly created for your maternity stay when giving birth to your new baby. The Push Pack bag includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial soap, lotion, make-up remover wipe, nipple cream, toothbrush & toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant wipes, razor & shave cream, comb & hair band, baby bottom balm, nail file, breast pads, maxi pads, disposable underwear, note pad, lollypops, snacks, mints, thank you cards & pen, and a “sticky-belly” baby milestone sticker. You can choose between three color bags: pink, blue, or green.

My Experience:

I had a Push Pack when I delivered Jackson and it made packing my bag SO easy! I was afraid of going into labor and then forgetting something important like my toothbrush or deodorant. I was able to pack my bag and the baby’s bag to leave by the door with nothing else to pack! When I went to the hospital, it was so handy to have! I remember using the lip balm in between contractions and sneaking a lollipop or mints in between my nurse coming in! 😉 In my opinion, it’s a must-have for your hospital bag and would make a fantastic baby shower gift!

 

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The Trick to Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night – The DockATot

The DockATot may have saved me. You see, like so many sleep deprived parents, I was desperate for a full night’s sleep. I wanted to sleep and stay asleep for any amount of time longer than 3 hours. Jackson just did not like to sleep. Nurse? He liked that. He would have nights where he was waking up every two hours, like a newborn, at 15 months old. To say I was tired…. well, that felt like an understatement. I was exhausted.

Enter in the DockATot. If you’re unfamiliar with the DockATot- it’s a breathable, multi-functional pillow for babies and toddlers. It comes in two sizes: The Deluxe is for babies 0-9 months and Grand is for babies and toddlers over 9 months old. It was designed to mimic the womb and offer a snuggly safe place for babies to sleep. While most families use it while traveling or for safe co-sleeping, it can also be used when transitioning a child into their own bed. The air-permeable sides offer security for both parents and child as they can act as a bed rail.

 

I had seen people rave over them. This huge pillow for babies and toddlers…. It was supposed to help him sleep through the night. But the cost?! Over $200 for a pregnancy look-a-like pillow for a toddler. Ugh. I needed sleep. I needed him to sleep. So I bit the bullet. I contacted DockATot and they sent me a coupon code to use to help me purchase the DockATot Grand- the DockATot for infants and toddlers over 9 months old. Guess what happened next…..

Ladies and gentleman…. Jackson sleeps. He sleeps 12 hours every night. Straight through. I won’t pretend that it happened the exact day that we got the DockATot. Unfortunately, I learned just how easy it is to clean the first night we had it thanks to some toddler vomit. But after about a month of use, Jackson started sleeping through the night in his bed. We even traveled with it and the little boy that refuses to sleep away from home, slept pretty darn good!

We have “broken” the rule and allow it in his crib. This is NOT recommended by the company as it is against “safe-sleep” practices. But my husband and I felt comfortable since Jackson has the capability to move his head or get unstuck if necessary. He’s old enough for a pillow in his crib at 17 months old anyways. The DockATot has given him a sense of comfort and security and will stay with him as we transition to a toddler bed, sometime this year.

I can not say enough good things about the DockATot. It is super easy to clean, super comfortable- of course I laid on it! I love how easily it travels and can’t wait to take it camping with us! (If you didn’t know- Jackson was not a fan of the pack n play, therefore we had to take the crib mattress with us when we went camping 4 times last summer! Crib mattresses aren’t so easy to just take with you….)

While the DockATot may not be the exact answer to getting your baby to sleep through the night, it certainly helped us. In all honesty, Jackson may not have been ready to sleep through the night. Maybe he physically did need to nurse and cuddle mama all night- even though he REFUSED to cosleep- little booger. But I’ll continue to praise the DockATot for getting me some sleep. 😉

 

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A Look @ Babyganics + a Review!

 

As a Guidance Guide Brand Ambassador- I received this amazing package from Babyganics! Inside the package included baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, body lotion, and body wash/shampoo. I’ve used a few Babyganics items in the past- but not all of these!

Baby Wipes

Babyganics face, hand & baby wipes are made with plant-based ingredients. These baby wipes are super thick- but not so thick that you can’t handle them easily. They also have a slight texture to them to help clean up the messiest messes on baby! They’re fragrance free, so super gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. Added bonus? They’re also free from alcohol, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial dyes! I’m very particular about what baby wipes I use for diaper changes and these are my new favorite- hands down! They get the job done but without a bunch of added “stuff.”

 

Hand Sanitizer

Visitors in my house probably think I’m a germaphobe because there is hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE throughout my house. I also be sure to keep one in the diaper bag. This was a product that I already owned and love. There are seriously only 7 ingredients in the alcohol-free version. This particular hand sanitizer also foams, so it’s fun for the kids! And we all know that if the kids think it’s fun…. they’ll actually use it! 😉 My favorite part about this hand saniziter is that it doesn’t have a sticky feel after it’s all rubbed in. A little bit also goes a long way, so even the travel size lasts a long time!

 

Sunscreen

Here in Ohio, we don’t need sunscreen until May…. sometimes June! I’m really picky about the sunscreen I use, if I’m being honest. Babyganics’ Suncreen is SPF 50 and is mineral based. In their sunscreen, you will not find PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles. It’s made with plant-based and certified organic ingredients. Being tear free and non-allergenic, it seems like a pretty good sunscreen to try! Babyganics also states that it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes! I’ll definitely be trying this on the kids this summer for sure!

 

 

Body Lotion

I absolutely love this body lotion! Jackson loves his bath time, but it’s hard on his skin since he has some eczema. This lotion isn’t harsh on his sensitive skin but still smells super good! (We have the chamomile verbena scent!) It has all the good stuff- plant-based and certified organic ingredients like aloe, shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E and avocado oil. And again, you won’t find any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, artificial fragrances or dyes in this lotion! Jackson’s skin is super smooth after we use it and it also doesn’t get that sticky feeling. I’ve even started using on super dry hands- totally helps moisturize them. It’s also not super thick, so it’s much easier to rub in than some other baby lotions we’ve tried.

 

 

Body Wash/Shampoo

The Babyganics Shampoo & Body Wash is also a foaming soap- like their hand sanitizer. So obviously, it’s a huge hit with the kids! I love it because I don’t have to lather it up. I feel like that step has already been done for me! This particular soap makes me happy because it’s also tear free- we all know babies and toddlers don’t sit still for long! I like knowing that we won’t have a complete meltdown if some gets into Jackson’s eyes. Like the rest of the products, it’s made with plant-based and certified organic ingredients and is free of all the junk. It not only cleans baby’s sensitive skin, but it also has a 100% natural NeoNourish® seed oil blend to nourish skin as well.

 

 

All in all, I’m really happy with the Babyganics products! Last summer, I found their Insect Repellent and fell in love with it right away! But after trying all these products- it really makes me want to take a trip to Target and grab a few other of their products to try! So tell me this- do you use any Babyganics products in your home? What’s your favorite??? 🙂

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Don’t Let Stress Come Between You and Your Family

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There’s no denying that, from time to time, life can get pretty stressful. In fact, for a lot of people, dealing with high-stress levels is pretty much standard for a great deal of the time. Whether it’s parenting, work, or trying to juggle both of those things along with all of the other responsibilities that come along with adult life, it’s pretty much impossible for anyone to avoid letting the pressure get to them every so often. Even people who seem as though they’re always completely relaxed will have moments where they can’t deal with those kinds of things. This is totally natural and there’s really nothing wrong with it. It only really becomes a problem when you find that it ends up coming between you and your family. Not only can a busy life make it difficult to spend time together, but carrying the tension of daily life around with you can prevent you from really enjoying each other’s company when you do. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can make sure that even the busiest life doesn’t come between you and the people you love.

 

Learn to do nothing

Far too often people assume that the time they spend with their family has to productive in some way. They imagine that it needs to be filled with activities; otherwise, it’s going to end up being wasted. But it’s important to remember that it’s less important what you’re doing than the fact that you’re actually spending time together. It’s alright to spend time just doing nothing like a family. Whether you want to sit around just talking or maybe turning on ShowBox and enjoying your favorite movies together, there’s nothing wrong with just spending time relaxing with the most important people in your life. If you’re constantly putting pressure on yourselves to do as much as possible, you’re just going to get even more stressed.

 

Get away from it all

Sometimes you really just need a totally clean break from the stress of life. Why not take a few days to just get away from it all? Go camping or take a little vacation to somewhere that no one knows any of you. That way there’s nothing standing between you and quality time with your family. This will also give you the chance to turn off your phones for a while. Nothing is better at making you feel stressed out than the constant buzzing of your devices when you’re trying to relax.

 

Communicate

One of the biggest problems that a lot of families have is that they don’t talk to each other enough about the kinds of problems that they’re having. Talk to your partner about your fears that you’re not spending enough time together, let your kids know that you’re there if they want to talk about problems at school. Communication is such a simple thing to do but it really is the most important part of any healthy relationships.

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MommyCon Q&A

 

How much money should I bring with me?

This greatly varies from person to person. Some people will walk in and not spend a penny. Others, could spend $500+. Make yourself a budget- do you cloth diaper? Will you want to buy a baby carrier? Will you want to buy a new diaper bag? Put a little wiggle room in your budget for new items that maybe you’ve never seen before. A lot of vendors also have MommyCon exclusive items so keep that in mind. You may find something you love that you can ONLY get at MommyCon!

 

How many diapers should I bring?

MommyCon has teamed up with Babyganics to have diapers and wipes available in the changing areas. Diapers are available in various sizes. Many parents bring a handful of their own diapers and then use the Babyganics diapers throughout the day as well. Last year, I mostly used the Babyganics diapers with a Flip cover on top, just in case since we cloth diaper 95% of the time. However, keep in mind that this is supposed to be a secondary option- not all you should use for diapering your baby during the event!

 

Are tickets sold at the door?

No. Most of the time, the event sells out. Don’t plan on being able to purchase a ticket the day of the event. Plan ahead and get your ticket weeks in advance so you don’t miss out! (Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general admission ticket. Combine it with the social share option at checkout for a total of $7 off your ticket purchase!)

 

What should I bring?

Bring your bump, your baby, your toddler, or your child. Don’t forget the things they’ll need throughout the day- but try to keep it light! It gets crowded, especially in the exhibitor hall. And you’ll have enough to carry between the goodie bag and the items you also purchase. Plan ahead and maybe bring a reusable tote to carry your purchases in as well! I also recommend bringing along a phone charger or one of those portable chargers. I use my phone so much during an event between taking pictures, looking up companies’ social media sites, and checking in the MommyCon hashtags to see what everyone else is doing!

I’m done with the baby phase- is MommyCon for me?

Check your event’s schedule to really decide. While there are products there for toddlers and older children, MommyCon focuses more on newborn to age 5. The sessions and exhibitors vary from event to event. Some sessions that are scheduled for MommyCon Chicago that I think any mother would enjoy include everything from Vagina Village, Angel Laketa Moore’s “Fall in Love with You,” “Redefining Motherhood” with Amy Appleton and Ilana Grostern, and the “Loss Mama Sanctuary” with Ambyr Amen-Ra- if that applies to you.

Does my child need a ticket?

Children under 16 years of age do not need a ticket when attending with an adult! Bring along your newborn, infant, toddler, school age kid, teenager or leave them at home and enjoy mom’s day out!

 

What time should I show up?

Come about 15-30 minutes before the event’s start time. There will be a line for registration! Be prepared with a print-out of your ticket or will it pulled up on your smartphone! This will help the line move a little faster. Be aware that the exhibitor hall will not open until the event’s start time so you may have a few minutes of waiting.

Can I bring items to donate?

YES! Cotton Babies’ cloth diaper bank, Share the Love, will have a box for cloth diaper donations and The Carrying On Project will have a place for baby carrier donations! Share the Love provides cloth diapers to families who could not otherwise afford them, and the Carrying On Project provides baby carriers to military families. They both accept new and used items.

 

How do we sign up for sessions?

All the awesome sessions you see in the schedule is included in your general admission ticket! No need to sign up unless it’s a special event that requires RSVP. Just show up to the room at the time of the session and find a seat!

 

 

Have any additional questions? Check out the other posts on the MommyCon 101 page or ask them in the comments below! Enjoy MommyCon!!!!! 🙂

 

 

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4 Simple Reasons We Eat Dinner Together 


You could say we’re “old fashioned” when it comes to dinnertime. A majority of our dinners are homemade and we eat together at the dining room table every night. (Sure, there’s an occasional “eat wherever you want” but it’s few and far between.) Here are 4 reasons we eat dinner together as a family:


Healthier Meals.

I’m sure this isn’t the biggest reason why we eat dinner as a family- but as a family of 5 on a budget, it helps. Homemade meals are much healthier than buying take-out regularly. Sure, there are nights that we buy take-out AND eat together but it’s still few and far between. Plus: Healthier foods equal healthier kids.

 

Communication.

Now that the older two kids are in school, sometimes our dinnertime is the only time we can really sit down and talk about our day. I love listening about what’s going on at school and what they’re learning. They always have the best stories to tell us and we usually end up laughing more than eating! 
 

Unplug for 20 minutes.

My husband and I have a rule- no phones at the table. If someone calls us, texts, or emails us… they just have to wait until we’re done. This time is 100% for us as a family. We want zero interruptions in our time together. 
 

Teach manners.

Table manners are important to us too. We started teaching them to the girls pretty early. Some family members think we’re just mean- but I’m pretty proud to be raising little ladies that have good table manners. How can you teach good table manners when your kids aren’t eating at the table? 
Do you make it a point to have a meal with your family at the table regularly? What’s your biggest reason? Comment below and let’s talk about it! 🙂  

 

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How To Raise Responsible Children

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It’s every parent’s nightmare. To raise a child that turns out to be irresponsible. Running amok without any consideration as to how their actions have consequences is not how we want our children to be.

But is it possible to instil a sense of responsibility into a child at a young age, whilst still nurturing their innocent, child free nature?

Apparently so.

The word responsibility merely means to have a duty or to be accountable for. In order to introduce the concept of accountability to our child, we need to communicate to them what it is that’s happening, and explain how we expect things to unfold.

Just like you wouldn’t know what to expect or how to behave in a brand new situation, children need things to be spelled out to them very clearly. The simple skill of communicating with our children is something we very easily forget or are too busy to do.

By pointing out “If you do this, this will happen” and “If you do otherwise then this will make *this* happen” we are informing our children that their actions are to be accounted for. They might not grasp it right away but that’s okay. Giving children time to understand rules and boundaries is vital to their social development.

By being consistent and fair when dishing out discipline we are actually teaching about cause and effect.

But responsibility isn’t all about rules and punishments. We want our children to feel part of the family and to take pride in participating in chores, family events and to have jobs to do.

Toddlers can even take part; tidying up at the end of play time, throwing their toys into a box or even carrying a (very light!) shopping bag from the car into the house.

When you’re preparing a meal you can get all the kids around you with different tasks, peeling and chopping (if they’re old enough) or the simple things such as laying the table or taking the salt and pepper pots into the dining room.

And on an additional note if you’re wary of spending too much time in the kitchen and the kids are getting antsy, why not consider batch cooking or look at how you can save time by meal planning in advance and being a savvy cook. This leaves you with more time to be with your children, which is all they actually all they really want.

And of course, one of the more obvious ways you can teach responsibility is to have a pet.

Taking care of another being is the highest form of responsibility there is. While the duties can be many; from grooming to walking and feeding; the rewards are great. Just remember to read up on the proper care for the animal beforehand, nobody wants an unruly animal and an excitable child! Dog training 101 would be an option for a wannabe canine lover.

From gardening to grocery shopping, there are ample ways that you can get your children to participate in family life and enjoy a sense of responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Fun Ways To Celebrate Your Family Bond

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Celebrating the bond between your family can be a great way to show your love for the people you spend most of your time with, and strengthen the bond further. After all, your family members are your partners in crime, the reason you get out of bed in the morning, and the people you laugh, cry, and shout with. Making special memories, investing in a cool depiction of you all, and researching your family history are all great ways to celebrate your clan – if you want to find out more, keep reading.

 

  1. Find your famous ancestors

Researching your heritage together can be a great way to celebrate your identity as a family, and you might even find some cool ancestors from way back when! Get the kids involved by encouraging to speak to their aunts, uncles, and grandparents about their family history – not only does it get them engaging with their ancestry, but it’s a great history lesson too. Once you have a fairly substantial family tree, why not get the kids to illustrate it, and then hang it on your wall? It’s a project for the family, about the family, and great for everyone to join in on.

  1. Get a cool portrait

We all love family pictures to hang on our wall, so we can look back in years to come and reminisce about the days the kids were still tiny and cute. As well as photographs, why not go for something a bit more original too? Why not commission a family caricature to hang, making the most out of each person’s personality and interests? It’s almost more personal than a regular portrait! Family custom bobbleheads are also a really fun idea, with each person being represented by a comical lifelike figure of themselves, they’re a funny addition to any mantelpiece.

  1. Make a family tradition

If you always eat pancakes on a Saturday morning, or Tuesday evening is always taco night, you’re always going to get excited for those days – who doesn’t love tacos and pancakes? As the kids grow older, little family traditions tie them to their homes and reinforce family bonds. The family traditions can be as big or small, regular or infrequent as you like, they just have to be something everyone loves doing.

  1. Learn a skill together

You can take family traditions one step further, and start a whole new hobby or learn a skill together. It could be that you all take up classical guitar at the same time (and obviously start your own band), learn a language with the intention of vacationing to the country further down the line. You could even start playing a sport together and get fit in the process. These all give a common interest, a fun way to spend time in each others’ company, and goals further down the line, so everyone benefits.

 

As they say, look after your family, this is the only one you’ve got! Celebrate the bond you have, look for fun ways to spend time together, and you’ll get through anything.

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Starts At Home: A Simple Guide To Creating A Child-Friendly House

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As a parent of young children, you never stop worrying about their safety. Fact.

Those fears can be amplified when they aren’t by your side. Teaching them from an early age is a crucial part of their upbringing, and can prevent injuries at school and other places. However, the harsh reality is that they are far more likely to suffer an accident at home. With this in mind, building a home that keeps them safe on a 24/7 basis is essential.

You won’t prevent every bump and bruise. But the tips below can help you avoid any major threats to their safety. Now that has to be music to any parent’s ears.

 

Eradicate Outside Threats

It might be a relatively unlikely possibility, but the threat of break-ins should not be ignored. Taking the right precautions in this area is non-negotiable.

Your first job is to ensure that all windows and doors are securely locked. Not only does this stop unwanted guests getting in, but it also stops curious children getting out. Meanwhile, home surveillance like the Samsung security system can discourage thieves too. After all, the emotional scars of a burglary can last a lifetime, even if you wasn’t at home at that time.

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In truth, it’s probably more for your benefit than anyone else. But that should only serve as another incentive to make those upgrades.

 

Childproofing Household Items

No parent can keep their eyes peeled at all times. Kids will play and explore. More crucially, they will be inquisitive. Therefore, it’s important that your home is designed to prevent any potential harm.

Covering table edges and other sharp objects with foam padding can prevent nasty cuts and bumps. Meanwhile, opting for carpets can cushion various trips and falls. Most importantly, it’s imperative that electrical outlets are covered from toddlers too. After all, that’s a danger where even one incident could be fatal.

Likewise, keeping medicines and other harmful consumables out of reach is key. The same can be said for knives and sharp objects. Store them high and out of sight. Or if you feel a stair gate to the kitchen is required, then go for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Encourage Outdoor Play

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Safety isn’t the only key element of parenting. You also want to see your child grow to be happy, active, and healthy. One of the best ways to combine all of those elements is with outside play.

Whether it’s a trampoline or a badminton set doesn’t matter. Kids are less likely to encounter major injuries, even if they do suffer a few more small falls. Besides, it’s a lot easier for you to keep an eye on them in one open space rather than when they’re running through different rooms. This is especially true if they have friends over.

Of course, you need to take precautions if you have water features. Similarly, you may need to cover them in sun lotion and other items. Nevertheless, added garden time can increase safety and fun while reducing tidy up time too.

 

 

 

 

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