How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season & Prevent Viruses from Ravaging Your Family

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Sure, Fall comes with its beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, fun holidays, and cooler sweater weather, but it also welcomes us to the less-than desirable cold and flu season. Even as a homeschool family, we are not immune to the spread of germs, viruses, and diseases this time of year. And it is the pits. We are currently on week two of croup in our home with the most recent victim my 14 month old daughter, who I was praying would be spared as it went from one person in our family to the next. My son had croup as a baby, at like 16 months of age, and had to be hospitalized overnight. It was not fun and I did not ...

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Forget Peek-a-boo; Let the Kids Play Speakaboos! {Giveaway!}

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This post is sponsored by Speakaboos, but opinions are mine. Enjoy. My daughters just turned six and we are heading towards the end of our first homeschool year. As kindergartners we've been focusing a lot on reading, writing, and books. But, my daughters are still not fully reading books on their own (yet). They can read books with simple words and such, but they lack major confidence. One of the things we are trying to do to encourage their love of books, and of reading, is to surround them with stories. I recently became an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and have been reading story books to them out loud. ...

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29+ Ways to Celebrate Leap Year Day

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Such a great list of LEAP Themed activities and ideas for the family, couples, and individuals to celebrate Leap Year Day - February 29. A day that only happens once every four years should be fun and awesome!

Leap Year Day is a fantastic excuse to do extra fun things with your kids, your friends, your spouse, or by yourself! It's that one day a year that doesn't happen every year. In fact, Leap Day only happens once every four years when it is a Leap Year. If you have never done anything to celebrate this "holiday" before, Monday, February 29, 2016 is the perfect day to start. The last Leap Day was in 2012, and it was the first Leap Day my husband and I had officially been together (we started dating March 2008). I totally went all out for it, surprising my husband with a Leap-ful day after he got home from work, and treating our ...

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7 Tricks for Ending Your Child’s Endless Snacking

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Great parenting tips for stopping my toddler's endless snacking habits! Hopefully no more meal time battles.

If there is one area that children cost you an arm and a leg, it's in the kitchen. There will come a point when your fast-growing toddler can't seem to get enough and can eat endlessly throughout the day, always begging for another snack. Not only is this hard on the pocketbook, it's taxing to be constantly feeding and cleaning up after your child. It is certainly true that growing children need food more often, and its even recommended to have built-in snack times for toddlers and young children in your daily schedule, but sometimes it gets out of hand. Your bottomless pit of a child is seemingly the one controlling the opening ...

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6 Signs You Are Suffering from Mom-Zheimer’s

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For years I've been living with a common parental illness known as Mom-zheimers. Parents with this affliction forget, sometimes immediately, what things were really like. Constantly saying to yourself "This is going to be fun!" followed by "What was I thinking?!" is the most common symptom of Mom-zheimer's. Warning signs that you might be suffering from Mom-zheimer's include: 1. You take your kids to the playground. When we visit the park, my plan is usually to let the kids run wild while I read a novel or maybe chat with the other moms. But actually, the kids think it's more fun to sit at my side begging for snacks and ...

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Why You Should Let the Kids be Loud!

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Well-behaved kids are the hallmark of good parenting, right? Only if you truly believe kids are to be seen and not heard. Great article!

Today I'm guest posting for my friend Amanda of Dirt & Boogers, because she's busy moving and packing right now. Hopefully I'll actually get to meet her in real life this weekend though. She'll be guest posting for me here in a few months once I have a new baby. Check out my full post here on why you should let the kids be loud. Below is an excerpt: A few weeks ago my husband took my twin five year old girls and my two year old son out to eat at a restaurant by himself. They enjoyed some chips and salsa and a cheap dinner together, when someone came up to my husband and complimented him, saying, “You’re doing a good job. ...

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Improve Your Family Life with a Basic Kids Chore Chart {Free Printable}

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Get your young kids cleaning and helping with this easy, simple chore chart - FREE Printable.

Five months ago now, I posted a picture on Instagram of our first official basic kids chore chart that I crudely made by hand, laminated, and stuck on the fridge with a magnet. One of my main goals for homeschooling for preschool this year was establishing good chore and habits in my children along with life skills. And this simple, basic chore chart was the culmination of that effort, as we had already taught them how to help and do these things, but now they would be rewarded periodically for doing chores. Finally doing a real #chorechart for my kids. The rewards will be trips out. Just hoping it will help with overall ...

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Are Little Boys Really That Different From Little Girls?

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Besides the obvious differences, little boys are often touted as being harder to raise. But, are little boys really worse than little girls?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My son just turned two years old two weeks ago! In his two years of life, he hasn't been all that different in temperament or disposition from his twin older sisters. Certainly his personality is different than both of theirs, or more of a mix of the two, kind of like his looks fall somewhere in between his fraternal twin sisters' very different appearances, too. But, one thing is for sure: he's adorable and I love him like crazy. Having a single child has been so different from having twins. I instantly fell in love with my ...

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Screen Free Quiet Time Ideas that Encourage Independent Play

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We are transitioning out of nap time for my preschooler and into quiet time, so I LOVE these screen free quiet time ideas! Plus, they encourage independent play, which means quiet time can actually last longer than 15 minutes!

We made it a long time. We really did. But, my daughter Lisa, at four and a half years old, is officially done with taking a nap during the day. I am now presented with the new challenge of what to do with a preschooler for 2-3 hours while my other two children are (hopefully) taking a nap at that same time. I need to come up with some great quiet time ideas that encourage independent play. I need her to have this quiet time because nap time is usually one of the blocks of time during the day that I spend on the computer blogging and working on my business (as well as numerous other things, like napping, showering, eating lunch ...

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The Truth About the If and When to Move a Child to a Booster Seat

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. When do you move a child up to a booster seat? When are they ready? What the suggested ages, weight, and heights for a booster seat? What are the laws nationally and in your state regarding booster seats? You likely have these questions if you are a parent or caregiver of a child between the ages of 3-8. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there on booster seats (as well as lots of mommy guilt if you transition to a booster before your mommy peers moved their child). ...

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How to Get Children to Take Medicine Without a Fight

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Tips for getting a child to take medicine, especially if they don't like doing so. Great parenting tips! #DrCocoaReliefWithASmile

There are some things that you are never told you will have to do once you become a parent. One of them is that you will have to hold down and force medicine down your child's throat, because they don't want to take it. Luckily, I've gathered some tips on how to get children to take their medicine, even if they hate taking medicine. As we approach the "cold season," which is generally considered to start in September and last until April, the same time span our children may be in school, it is important to know how to help our children avoid and treat the common cold symptoms. Colds are annoying in how adaptable they are. In ...

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Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway Review – Perfect Toddler Toy!

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What a fun event for the kids to help you figure out what toys to get them this year! #ChosenByKids Holiday Toyland events at Walmarts! #ad

I was given this great new toy to try out thanks to Sverve and Walmart, but all opinions are my own. A couple weeks ago, on Saturday, October 4, 2014, my family and I headed to our local Walmart to check out their #ChosenByKids Toyland Event! There were two nice workers set up at a booth who showed us the toys, explained Walmart's layaway program, and they let our kids play with toys! All three of my kids loved the Fur Real Get Up and GoGo My Walking Pup Pet Plush, one of the two toys available for my kids to play with. They all also really liked the Fisher-Price® Little People® City Skyway.  We went ahead and picked it up for ...

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