I’m a sucker for holidays, especially family holiday traditions. Scavenger hunts has become an all time favorite with my kiddos. Every holiday I search on various sites for riddles and clues, print them out and then hide them all around inside and outside our home. This year I embellished the clues with some card stock and stickers, before placing them inside eggs. My girls 7 and 4 years old, love to team up and look for new clues. I’ve attached the riddles I used for this years Easter Scavenger Hunt, in case you would like to give it a try.
It’s here! My favorite time of the year and what better way to celebrate, then with a good old tailgating and a nature hike.
I have a little girl here, who is very excited for her birthday. To say that she’s obsessed with My Little Pony, is the biggest understatement in the history of the world. So of course she wants to have a MLP themed party. I have a specific idea I want to implement, I’m thinking MLP Sleep Under Party. I’ve already ordered a bunch of party supplies and I will be sharing them all, once they arrive, but for now, enjoy this mood board I’ve created for the occasion.
We all want our days to be productive and successful and I’m here to let you know it is not as hard or daunting as it may seem. It’s actually quite simple, not easy, but simple non the less!
Research shows that your brain has a five-second time limit, when it’s required to make hard decisions. These choices require what’s called, activation energy. This is the minimum quantity of energy you must possess in order to undergo a specific reaction.
So lets take for instance, your alarm goes off and you don’t want to get out of bed. Your brain chooses to press snooze, and with that you have chosen not to enforce your self to tap into your activation energy. By not disciplining your own behavior, you fall short and into bad habits, which is counterproductive.
Now on to the part on how it’s simple to start your day productive. First things first, don’t press snooze! Get up! No matter how tired you are, that feeling will go away after a few minutes. A refreshing morning shower/rinse wakes your body and then caffeine and nutrition for your brain. Last but not least, something for your psyche. Make an upbeat playlist and play it on shuffle, that way you don’t get easily tiered of your favorite tunes.
Here’s my Good Morning Playlist, which also works as my alarm clock. I wake up feeling pumped and excited to embark on a new day. Since I’ve started this new routine, I no longer have to wake my sleepy kiddos either, as they wake up to music they like and get ready for their day. We sing, dance and get ready together for our days all the way to school. That’s what I call an upbeat start to a productive day!
Alright so I know it’s not spelled that way, but that is what I like to call them, because I usually bring them out under extreme circumstances. It’s not often my girls get bored, but this heatwave we have going on right now has given everyone a severe case of cabin fever. When life gives you heatwave, you bake cookies and play board games, or something like that…
We all want what’s best for our children, but what does that entitle? What is better for them, does one size fit all and last but not least, how do we achieve it?
We envision different futures for our kiddos, but the basic stuff, the building materials for a strong foundation, that we all agree are only a few simple ingredients. Happiness, good health, a well rounded character and education.
Literacy is one of those topics I find most people don’t see the importance in early enough. In a world where technology plays a bigger role day by day, the “old fashioned” reading a book and writing with a pen seems long forgotten. With automatic correction on any device and urban dictionary, where is our language headed to? Like lemmings running off a cliff?
I started on my children’s home library, when I found out I was pregnant. The joy of holding a physical book, bright pictures, words popping off the pages, far away lands, mystical beings, heroes and villains alike, all that and so much more I get to share with my most precious ones.
We have shared our home library with the children from before they could even walk. Books have always been a family time for us. We read to them while they play quite games, bedtime stories, also they have an easy access to the books they like to read them selves or just flip through the pages and look at the pictures.
Reading to me is happiness in doing a task I enjoy, with the people I love the most. A happy mind makes for a happy soul and body. Silly words, enchanting creature and spellbound stories can teach young minds about the real world in a simpler, safe, loving and more controlled environment. Education to me is the red line that goes through all the ingredients, for a strong life foundation.
Here are a few of our all time favorite books by some of our favorite authors, Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl, Nick Bland and Tim Bugbird.
Never before have entrepreneurs taken their jobs more serious, been willing to sacrifice as much, or taken as many risks as now. I’m talking about Millennial’s parenting style.
We want more for and of our children, then any other generation. Grammar preschool leads to stronger educational foundation, music lessons by the time they can go potty by them selves, college funds, tutors in first grade, etc. Overly ambitious parent is today defined as caring and giving a damn. The world is a much different place, then when we were their age and because of that, our approach to life has aligned with the changes made to our societies.
Parenting has never been more challenging, especially in the wake of the internet. How we teach our kids to protect them selves from potential predators alone, is enough to give a person with “old world” views a migraine.
How do you do it all? Millennial mom-ing, running a business, carpooling, meal planning, date night, social life, soccer practice, parent teacher sessions, etc. I don’t know about you, but I live in the 21 century and that comes with a whole lot of awesome gadgets and tools, that makes my life both easier and fun.
We have had the Amazon Echo since 2016, before my girls could even say Alexa. The journey of having an AI as a personal assistant and seeing little children interact with it, has been more then I could imagine. I use Alexa for anything and everything, from setting kitchen timers, turning on/off lights, TV, arming the house, playing games, shopping list, reminders, listening to music and so much more. To say that it has been a game changer, is an understatement!
Mom-ing is hard, but it doesn’t have to be if you keep up with the newest developments that helps you achieve small wins. You can do it all, you just need an AI sometimes and as for me, I never leave the house without Alexa!
It’s National Popcorn Day, Yay! The snack loved by young and old, eaten cold or hot, served sweet or savory, one ingredient and a thousand ways to dress it up.
It’s January 1st and with that, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year! A new year, means exciting new adventures, embarking on uncharted territories, seizing thrilling opportunities and achieving set goals.
December was a joyful month, filled with many fond memories, which we will cherish for many years to come. Birthday parties, end of the very first school year, Christmas, presents, camping in the living room, first bike, theme parks, loosing first tooth, etc. I would also like to mention a few things I have personally loved this passing month, here’s my December Favorites list.
Favorite scented candle.
Favorite kids literature, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Favorite drugstore concealer.
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Favorite sweet tooth quencher.