We rarely eat out as a family, simply because I enjoy cooking and eating in the comfort of our home without having to go anywhere.
But like anyone, there are some nights where I just don’t feel like doing the cooking or cleaning and going out is an attractive option.
As a parent of young daughters (both under the age of 5) it’s tempting to say, “We can’t go to dinner until they’re older”, but how else will they learn manners and behaving in public? So instead, we plan earlier dinners out around 5pm – before the evening rush – and bring supplies to distract if needed.
I’m glad to have Randi on the blog today, sharing some of her favorite tips for keeping the kiddos entertained. Continue reading
Klout has really stepped it up. I feel like the perks I’ve recently received are way more aligned with my “personal brand”, and they’re items I’ll actually use!
Among the most recent Klout Perks, I got the Braun forehead thermometer.
As a mama to two young girls, I fully appreciate not having to shove anything into my girls to get a good temperature reading. As I’m sure they do, too. Continue readingPin It
My daughters and I listen to Disney music during dinner time. Dance parties and loud singing ensue.
The other night, Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid came on.
My four-year-old quickly said, “I don’t like Ursula. She’s a meanie. No one loves her. Only Ursula loves her.”
I started to spiral in my head.
Actually, Billie, even Ursula doesn’t love herself. That’s why she’s such a meanie.
Was this an opportunity to teach my daughter about self-love and bullies?
By the time I formulated my thoughts, Billie had moved on to the third or fourth topic at the dinner table.
But that moment has made me pause. There are and will be countless teaching opportunities with my girls, and boy how quickly they sneak up on you.
I’ve learned a lot about myself this year – including how to truly, wholeheartedly love myself. And strangely enough, it was this quote that hit home for me. Continue readingPin It
Every holiday season I work really hard to stay stress free. It’s the happiest time of the year!
I avoid shopping malls at all costs and keep my Christmas shopping list small. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back – I just really think my family and I do a decent job of staying low-key and to enjoy the true spirit of the season. My favorite days include hunting for a Christmas tree, baking cookies, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts.
But even those of us who don’t give in to the hustle and bustle get exhausted – holiday parties while fun can be tiring and if you don’t watch your sugar intake, energy levels and waistlines suffer.
I’m happy to have guest blogger Anne Scott here today to talk about ways for moms (and even dads, too!) to unwind after the holiday whirlwind.