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Teaching My Kids Boundaries by Playing with Me, Their Mom!

My kids think I am a Jungle Gym that they can climb on and jump on. No really, they do! They seem to have no concept of boundaries, at least not of mine, their mom. The younger ones especially struggle with this. Every time I sit down, they think it is an invitation to jump on me, sit on me, or climb on me. Sometimes I don’t mind too much, until they hurt me by accident. I especially don’t mind them sitting nicely with me and snuggling while we read a book or talk. Or even wanting to play Patty...

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Simple and Fun Halloween Carnival Ideas for Family Fun!

This year for Halloween we decided to do a carnival with just our little family. We don’t have any extended family that lives close by and because of Covid19, we decided to just keep it small. We had the kids help craft and make a lot of the things for our simple Halloween family carnival. They loved helping out! The school did do a Halloween drive-through where the teachers and administrators were dressed up and outside, keeping social distance for safety. The kids were all dressed up also. So we just drove up and they gave each child a bag...

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5 Fun Halloween Crafts to Make with your Family!

Are you looking for some fun Halloween crafts to do this month? During the first week of October, we thought it would be really fun to have a craft weekend and make some fun Halloweeen crafts and decorate our living room with them. So we got some craft supplies and went to town making 5 fun Halloween crafts. We hung a bunch of them on a yarn garland across the living room. The kids even made some to hang behind the chair at their desk so their zoom classmates and teachers could see them. So now we have a super...

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13 Ways to Practice Self-Care when you are Grumpy in Front of Your Kids

If we want our kids to learn to handle their emotions in a positive way, then we need to be an example of that. We need to analyze how we act during different situations. If we are having a bad day, do we storm around the house getting mad at the smallest things? All while our kids are watching us. Or do realize “Hey, I am really in a bad mood, what can I do to help myself feel better and snap at the kids less?”  Maybe we can take a break and lay on the bed for a few...

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7 Thoughtful Ways Parents can Help Kids Calm Down

Sometimes it can be really hard to get a child to calm down and tell you why they are upset. They are crying or screaming in distress and having a hard time. Sometimes because they are frustrated, or got hurt, or feel upset, or sad. They are little after all and are learning how to deal with all the different feelings that come with being human. They watch us very closely to see how we react to them and how we react to other things in our life. They are learning by example how to deal with their emotions. So,...

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How to Make a DIY Magnetic Puzzle

When we were designing my son’s room, we knew we were doing a car and truck, things that move, transportation-themed room because he loves all those things. I knew that on one of his walls I would want a map of some type. I looked all over the internet and Esty and even at some DIY’s. I knew I wanted one that was educational with some details on it and big enough to easily see the names of the different places. However, I also did not want it to be too overwhelming. Then, my mom and I found the perfect...

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The Best Way to Organize my Kids Toy Room and Keep it Organized (That Worked for Me)!

You guys! I did it, I finally decluttered and organized my kids’ toy room. We don’t have a designated toy room, so a lot of the toys are in my son’s room, though my daughter’s rooms hold all of their dolls, doll accessories, and dress-up clothes. Decluttering and organizing the toys has made such a big difference and my son’s room has been staying so much cleaner! Also, don’t you love my son’s Tonka Truck Baby Pictures! I think they are the CUTEST and perfect for his room, which is a car/ truck/things that go/transportation theme since he loves cars,...

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What 12-18 Month Old Baby’s Love

I love the 12-18 month baby/toddler stage, I really do. I have to say though that I am a big fan of all the stages so far. I love watching them learn, explore, and grow. Since I have a 12-18-month-old daughter. I wanted to share some of the things that 12-18-month-old’s love. 12- 18-month-old babies are so cute and fun. They are becoming so active and have such big personalities that are shining through. They love to walk. They will try and try and try until they get walking down, no matter how many times they fall, they will get...

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What I Hope to Achieve by Decluttering my Home

I have been looking and reading a lot about decluttering and minimalism. Now, I’m pretty sure I will never be a true minimalist. I really love things that make my house beautiful, which I think is actually a part of minimalism. So maybe I’m not doing too bad. I believe minimalism is all about keeping the things you love and are special to you. Plus, items that have a purpose. Bonus points if it is also pretty. I have done some decluttering. I have decluttered my kid’s toys a little bit. Really just going through and throwing away toys that...

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7 Tips for Letting 1-Year-Old’s Help with Chores

When babies turn one, they get so helpful!   You know what I mean, they love to take clothes out of dresser drawers as you put them in and then if you are lucky, they will put them back in again. They love to unfold laundry and scatter it around the living room. They love to help take dishes out while you are putting them in. They love to put toys in boxes and then take them out again unless you are fast enough to put it away. They love to watch what we are doing and copy us. They...