Non candy school valentine ideas are a fun way for your kids to give Valentine cards at school without all of the sugar or allergy concerns. All of these are easy, DIY school Valentine’s that any kid would love to give OR receive and have free printables to get you going. Don’t spend money on those cheesy character Valentine cards – make your own homemade school valentines this year! [Read more…]
Self care tips are something all moms can use – these self care tips are written specifically with moms in mind. Self care doesn’t have to take a huge time commitment – you can take care of your mental and emotional health simply by devoting small snippets of time to improving your own well being. By valuing yourself, you are training those around you that you also need self care. Use these simple self care tips to get you on the right track.
Looking for a fun way to add some Christmas cheer to your kids’ favorite meal? Turn quesadillas into festive Christmas trees in a fun and easy twist on a classic!
Try as we may, the truth of the matter is that Christmas is a season of treats. Sugar and junk food are everywhere, from eggnog to candy canes to cookies for Santa. While I love being able to indulge occasionally, I try not to let my boys become overcome by the sugary lure.
In our house (and I’m would bet yours as well!) sugary treats can be a black hole – I offer Ryan one Hershey’s kiss as an after dinner treat and the next thing I know, it’s Friday and he’s throwing a tantrum because I won’t let him take a chocolate bath Augustus Gloop style instead of eating dinner.
Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but when it comes to the good stuff in our house it really does look like a, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie situation. It quickly escalates into mealtime meltdowns and tantrums galore.
With that in mind, I try pretty hard to find easy ways to add some fun to the boys’ without relying on the sweet stuff. Take my famous chicken boo-dle soup – my way to solve the issue of wanting kids to go out and get candy, but obviously, they need dinner first.
Struggling to get your toddler to brush his teeth without a battle? These tips and methods will help yu get your toddler to brush his teeth!
For a long time, I dreaded the twice a day tooth brushing I had to give Ryan. It was a hassle. It was an argument. Sometimes I would get kicked in the face. Sometimes I lost my cool. Sometimes Ryan ended up crying. Sometimes I ended up crying.
At 3, my independent little boy no longer wanted to sit still while I brushed his teeth. He also didn’t want to brush them himself. (or, if he did, it was so begrudgingly and half-done that it was as if he hadn’t done it at all.) So we would spend sometimes 30 minutes trying to brush his teeth to my satisfaction.
Sometimes I let amateur brushing slide.
Until I stumbled upon a few ways of brushing his teeth that actually worked and without the tantrums.
When I was a kid, my brother and I would spend every other weekend and a day or two a week at my mom’s house after my parents got divorced. She lived about an hour from my dad’s house, but she worked in our school system so we’d wake up early and brave NJ Parkway traffic to get to school on time Monday morning.
Waking up totally blew – but it was sometimes worth it because every morning we’d stop at Quick Chek on the way and get breakfast. My mom let us pick whatever we’d want. Sometimes I’d pick something reasonable – an egg sandwich, a buttered roll – but sometimes I went a little rogue and got something decidedly not reasonable. My favorite was chocolate milkshakes from that cool machine that blends up the frozen cups (anyone know what I’m talking about? Those F’real things?) but sometimes I would turn to those lovely pre-packaged treats. My favorite was Tasty Kakes – if you’re not in the distribution area of a good ol’ Tasty Kake, I am sad for you – but mostly, I loved those little packs of mini chocolate frosted donuts that came in a pack of 3 or 4.