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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Green Kid Crafts: The Crafty Way to Get Your Kids Into Science

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Green Kid Crafts Review - Detective Science Kit

Green Kid Crafts may be my favorite educational subscription box for kids to date. Green Kid Crafts is a highly rated monthly subscription service full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities and experiments. As a homeschooling mom who doesn't really like science, I was so thrilled with the Green Kid Crafts box they sent me to review as an affiliate, that I have since subscribed to receive even more boxes. When I first heard about Green Kid Crafts, I totally thought it was going to be some nature filled box of poorly made crafting materials, containing products that were 100% green/recycled. ...

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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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Bunchems – Creative Play Without the Mess

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A fun, creative craft product for kids! They are easy to create with and super easy to clean up! So much fun!

I'll be the first to tell you that I do not really enjoy crafting, and unfortunately it seems like kids love crafting. But, the mess kids make while crafting and creating stresses me out! It's why we eventually did preschool without crafts last year (or without nearly as many as outlined in our curriculum). There's other problems I have with kids crafts as well, mainly that at the end it needs to look a certain way to be, well, Pinterest or Instagram worthy, which often implies a very hands on mom, which can take away the joy of it from my kids, and certainly the joy of it away from me. When it is nap time for my two ...

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33 of the Best Gifts to Get Kids Outdoors

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Awesome list of 33 outdoor play equipment and outdoor toys for kids. Great gift guide and ideas to get my kids outdoors.

A large majority of my best memories as a kid happened outdoors. And I grew up in the age of video games, TV, and computers. I'm only 27 years old. I did indeed play a gross amount of video and computer games growing up, in large part because I had six older brothers who were really into them as well. Our family bought a Windows 95 computer right as it came out, and we paid for our internet usage via a coin jar. Before that computer we had a green screen one that we also played games on. We had the original Nintendo and every Nintendo Gaming System (and a few others) through the years. We owned lots of VHS and eventually ...

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The Cool Way for Kids to Spend Time Outdoors

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5 very good reasons to get your kids into archery! Bows and arrows are so cool!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Genesis Bows for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. From the very first moment that I shot an arrow from a bow, I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. It was at Girls Camp for church, and that year's girls camp was the bomb in large part because I got to do archery for the first time. My first arrow? Completely missed the target. But my second one? Bull's eye! The rest of my arrows all at least hit the target. I felt like a million bucks! I'm pretty I bragged about that for a while (and I guess still kinda am 10 years later).Unfortunately, we were only able to ...

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What an Introverted Mom Really Needs

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If you are an introverted mom, this is a great post for you! Introverted mothers really need to start this habit in order to be happier and better parents.

It’s almost as if a revolution is starting. There are several articles going around the web these days about introverted mothers. You likely saw them on Quitrev and Scary Mommy. And all of a sudden, every single in introverted mom on the planet is out of the closet to affirm, “Yes, I need alone time to recharge and feel happy as a person.” By the time you read this post, those articles will probably far surpass a bazillion likes on Facebook.It’s pretty exciting actually. I am one of those introverted mothers championing those posts, giving them each a like, comment and share. I can’t help it. The articles describe me ...

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How Taking Play On-the-Go Just Got Easier

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This is such a great product for kids! It really makes taking play on-the-go so much easier, which is great for summer roadtrips, errand running, or just general playtime or quiet time.

Summer time is in full swing. Living in Texas now and being pregnant for the first time in the summer, has left me very aware of several things. One, that I am tired, hot, and sweaty all the time. And two, I don't have a lot of energy to keep up with my kids or keep them entertained. So, it's never been more important to me to have toys that are easy to take on-the-go and are able to be played with both inside and outside.Having something for my five year old twins to do every day during their brother's naptime can be a bit, well, taxing on this hot pregnant momma. I am not really a mother who believes I need to entertain my ...

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How Sunshine Benefits Everyone in the Family

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Do you know the benefits of being outdoors are? What about the benefits of quality family time? I love knowing how to combine the two for some epic summer family fun!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As the weather warms up, so does our desire to play outside! We've already ventured to the river, taken family walks, gone camping, and the start of summer isn't even officially here yet! Getting outside, especially with our families, is beneficial to our health and happiness. In fact, sunshine and being outdoors will improve your family life, especially as you take full advantage of summer family fun and keep playing! Benefits of Being Outdoors Getting outdoors, especially in the summer time is so great for you! The natural ...

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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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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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12 Free DIY Popcorn Box Printables for a Better Family Movie Night

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I love popcorn boxes! What a great list of free printable template popcorn boxes so I can DIY and get my craft on (and save money and not have to run to a store!).

This post is sponsored by PopSecret thanks to Linqia. All opinions are my own.  I love watching movies, and I love it even more when I get to eat a giant bowl of yummy popcorn as I do it. As a kid we regularly made and ate popcorn as a family, as we crowded onto the couch to watch a movie, TV show, or Packers football game. It was one of our great family traditions. We would either get out our air pop machine, and drizzle fresh butter on top, and lots of salt, or occasionally get some special popcorn topping to put on it. Most often though we enjoyed microwave popcorn, and several bags, because one bag is not enough to satisfy ...

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