Summer play can be loaded with fun, but can also be hard on hair. Chlorine from the pool or salt from the beach can dry hair out and strip its natural oils. The summer sunny rays can bleach your hair, frizz your locks, and give you split ends. Warmer weather in general means increased humidity which can make some hair types hard to manage. Kids have a hard time taking care of their hair in general and regularly brushing their locks. I'm excited to share some easy summer hair care tips and some amazing kid-friendly hair products that have fun fragrances and most importantly, make managing my little girls' hair much easier!
Summer is just around the bend and with warmer weather comes fun family adventures! Outings, excursions and vacations fill up our family's calendar as we rush to make the best of the beautiful warm weather. I don't know about you, but I always have a bit of dread at the beginning of each adventure as I ask myself "did I forget something?" and try to jog my memory of what I might need for my son during our day (or week) out. As moms, we have to be prepared for anything. If you have any day trips or vacations planned this summer, you may want to add a few more things to your list of kids' travel essentials to prepare for anything.
Looking for some fun Earth Day activities for your kids this year? There are all kinds of fun ways to teach your children about this amazing planet we live on and how to care for it. I personally believe that the best way to do that is to simply get them outdoors and cultivate a love for nature and an appreciation for the beauty of creation all around them! There's no better way to learn than by learning hands on so I love Earth Day projects that get us outside and get our hands dirty. Here are some fun activities we have planned for this Spring and some ideas for practical ways you can celebrate Earth Day!
Changing seasons is the perfect time to do a bit of cleaning and refresh your home and daily routines with a few easy tips. Here are the projects I'm working on to get organized for warmer weather!
If you've ever potty trained a child, you know it can include weeks or months of training. I'm still working on fully potty training my 4 year old. Kids are easy to motivate with treats and privileges and healthy habits can be taught through regular routines. Here are the steps we've taken to teach our kids how to leave diapers behind and use the "big kid" potty.
With 3 kids in my home, I can tell you the clothing can pile up quickly. Now that the kids can "almost" dress themselves and undress just as quickly, clothing ends up everywhere. Here are some of the basics our family uses to minimize clothing clutter so the kids only have access to the clothes that they need.
As soon as it starts getting warm outside, my kids want to go out and play. Keep kids entertained this spring and summer with a few simple interactive activities, nature scavenger hunts, and imaginative play with sensory activities! Of course, one highlight of the changing seasons is the adorable kids' fashion that moms can get out and pack the past season's clothes away! Also don't miss our fun Spring Goodies for the Kiddies Giveaway below!
It can be challenging to take care of your family and promote healthy habits! Shopping for groceries can take up half the day with 3 little ones in tow and folding 3 loads of laundry feels like an accomplishment. With spring weather just around the corner, I'm sure we are all ready to enjoy some sunny outdoor fun and leave behind the winter sniffles. Here are some healthy habits you can practice every day with your own family. We are also excited to bring you a fun Rain, Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop with a giveaway prize that encourages Eco-friendly snack time!
I love changing seasons. I always look forward to winter turning into spring and summer turning into fall. With warmer weather right around the corner, I'm already thinking about all the fun things we can do at the park, going on family walks, and taking the kids to our local lake "beach" for some toddler water play. I've also begun thinking of ways to keep my little ones safe from the sun as well as my own skin. It's easy to take care of your skin with a simple healthy routine. I have my trusty skincare regimen for all seasons. In the summer I break out the natural sunscreen and chemical-free bug repellent and in the winter I use nourishing moisturizers to keep our whole family healthy and happy.
I can't believe my little guy is already 14 months old! Time flies the first year plus a few months. After three kids, 120 weeks of pregnancy, and lots of kid-filled routines and diaper changes, I've curated my own collection of life saving essentials that can make any mom and dad's life a whole lot easier. I mean, what in the world do you do with a baby when they want to get around but can't? How do you read to a baby who only wants to throw books on the floor?
Life with girls can be filled with glitter, tulle, twirls, and mermaid tails. My girls especially seem to enjoy mermaids. We have mermaid pillows, mermaid tail blankets, mermaid toys, and many mermaid costumes. There's something about mermaids that is enchanting for kids. I remember as a child wanting to learn more about mermaids; what do they do? what do they eat? The fun can be whatever you'd like because to the best of my knowledge, mermaids are pretend. Here are some fun ways we like playing mermaids in our house.
Happy Spring! Spring Break is often a fun week for families, with kids out of school and a fresh change after a long winter. If you are a parent, you may wonder how to engage with your kids and entertain them during the change of schedule. Spring Break is great practice for summer vacation, when kids will be able to enjoy much more time at home and your family can make some fun memories exploring, adventuring, and doing fun activities at home. Kids will have lots of fun with this homemade moisturizing glitter playdough and imaginative sensory bins, as well as the recent Swan Princess DVD release! We are excited to share all the details with you!
Do your kids love birthday parties? My daughter starts talking about her birthday party theme months in advance. She loves parties and I love hosting them, planning the party details, and creating a fun theme to celebrate a special occasion. I tend to keep things pretty budget friendly but a party can still be creative with paper, craft supplies, and cute party foods. What's the first thing you do when planning a birthday party? Order party invitations of course! I'm excited to share with you my tips for planning kids' birthday parties to maximize the fun and minimize the cost and stress of party planning.
Kids can be picky when it comes to food. My oldest daughter loved eating a wide variety of foods up until she was about two years old and then she decided to only live off chicken nuggets and yogurt. With three kids now, I've had to set some standards for lunch time to avoid creating different meals for each child or squabbles over the kids changing their minds about what they want to eat. I agree with parents who think kids should eat the food they are given and be thankful. Moms can also creatively encourage their kids to enjoy healthy foods. We never force the kids to eat a plate of peas, but their tastes have developed for fresh fruit, some veggies with ranch, and a good variety of meats and grains. I can help provide nutritious meals too by purchasing whole grain crackers, healthy cheese, Greek yogurt, and making smoothies that include spinach and carrots. I also give the kids a Probiotics supplement to help their little digestive systems. Here are some of my fun healthy kids' lunch ideas!
My 2 year old loves snack time. I love snack time too, especially while I'm nursing a baby! I try to keep a variety of healthy, quick snacks on hand at home so that it's easy for us to make smart snack time choices throughout the week. Being on the go a lot can definitely make it more challenging to choose healthy snacks. Here are a few simple smart snacking ideas for ways to help your kids eat healthily whether you're at home or out and about!
Gummy bears are super fun to eat but I never thought about trying to make them until just the other day. It turns out, homemade gummy bears are very easy to make and you can infuse them with healthy juices, honey, and fresh squeezed citrus! My kids love gummy bears but I we limit the kids' sugar intake each day to help those little immunities. These DIY gummy bears are made with orange juice and sweetened with honey! I don't mind if my kids snack on these relatively healthy gummy bears and it's fun to customize the flavors.
Practicing good hand washing is one of the simplest ways to avoid sicknesses and prevent contamination in your home. Teaching your kids healthy hand washing habits at home can go a long way to prevent picking up nasty bacterial infections or viruses and sharing them with the family. Recently I have been working with my little guy to help him develop healthy hand washing habits. I'm trying to creatively make it fun for him too! By giving him some fun ways to learn and remember how to properly wash his hands I hope to instill long lasting healthy hand washing habits that will come naturally to him even when he's away from home. Here's a few pointers for how to make hand washing fun and easy for little kids.
As soon as we had our 3rd child, we knew we needed to figure out some creative ways to escape the house with 3 kids. I wasn't eager to leave the house with a newborn and two toddlers, so for a few months I only did errands if my husband could watch at least one child. Slowly I got used to the idea and now it's a lot easier to take all three kids with me but I've still experienced some near-impossible events of having to corral the kids through the parking lot or chase them down while holding my purse and a baby. I've found the most effective way to keep track of my two toddlers is to trap them in the stroller, or let my more responsible daughter walk and trap my 2-year-old and 1-year-old in the stroller. I absolutely love our Joovy Caboose Ultralight. It has everything; seats, platforms, secure restraints, pockets, pouches, storage areas, and it easily folds up to fit in the trunk of my Civic. It feels just as streamlined as a regular stroller except that it fits two kids! I'm excited to share why I love this stroller, a basic essential for any family who enjoys getting out with young kids!
An organized life is often a happier life. It's easy to take simple steps towards structuring your day for success, starting with when you first wake up! This year I'm reducing the clutter in our home, identifying ways we can stay more organized, and minimizing the habits that create stress in our family. I'm a mom of 3 young kids and I have to keep my morning routine fairly simple while also completing the tasks to get ready for the day! Here are my tips for simplifying my morning routine even with kids underfoot.
When we first bought our motorhome, I was admittedly very excited about the prospect of not only traveling and camping with our family, but the countless hours of trip planning as well. That may sound strange to some, but I'm sure I am not the only one who enjoys the challenge and anticipation of choosing destinations, routes, stops, activities, and everything involved in a cross country RV trip. I'm excited to share some of the best resources I found for trip planning and some of my personal tips!