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Knock Knock… Who’s there? A Mom… A Mom who? A Mom looking to make her kids laugh and have a little fun each day.  That was not the best punch line, but who doesn’t love some good knock-knock jokes? There are so many studies out there that describe how humor is an excellent benefit to children’s development. Humor helps with self-esteem and creativity and is also a great way to help reduce stress. What better way than to add a little humor to your children’s lunchtime and at a time when they may need it most? How about putting a little joke or special note in their lunch while they are at school? Below are some great ideas for adding funny jokes to your children’s lunchbox.  Many websites offer free printable lunch box jokes, or you can create your own with white cardstock. Finding free lunch box jokes is the…

Being a single mother is the hardest work, a journey that requires tremendous hard work, courage, resiliency, and steadfast resolve. It’s a route where fatigue and exhaustion frequently become close friends, often exacerbated by the ongoing demands of parenting, work, and the persistent challenge of sleep deprivation. From providing for the family to fostering emotional well-being, dedication is the only thing that keeps a single good mother moving forward. Almost every day is rife with difficulties and duties. Finding moments of inspiration and motivation can be a source of crucial assistance while performing these hard responsibilities. The journey is marked by a unique and special place in the hearts of those who navigate it. This compilation of “Inspirational Quotes for Tired, Exhausted Single Moms” pays homage to the extraordinary women who handle the challenges of life during their bad days with dignity, bravery, and compassion. These sayings provide single mothers with a well-earned moment of contemplation by reassuring…

Child development, which we refer to as the biological, psychological, and emotional changes that occur in the life span of every person from birth to the end of adolescence. Its main aspects include physical growth, social and emotional advancements, cognitive development, language acquisition,  and identity and personality establishment. Child development is a fundamental, dynamic, and complex process influenced by genetics, environment, and cultural factors. As a parent of two young children, I aim to be the best mom that I can be. I am a parent molded from each great book I read about parenting. Raising kids can be a hard time but there are an infinite number of reasons to make it fulfilling. For every parent who undergoes day-to-day struggles in parenting, here are the best books to be a better parent. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind A…

One of the things I held on to for a long time was making my kid’s birthday cakes myself. I try to make whatever we have at home for their actual birthday and in the past, I used to make some of their party cakes too. Caveat – I am not a professional baker, not even by a long shot. But, I was determined and a few of these came out pretty awesome so I thought I would share them here. The good news is you can make something special that doesn’t take a lot of skills, you can use a boxed cake mix and store-bought frosting if you want, no shame from me! (I know some of you are cringing right now, and that’s okay, make homemade if you are up for it, but I’m just pointing out you don’t HAVE to!) Just remember the secret ingredients in these…

This is one of those times of the year when parents almost dread the fact that their kids are out of school. Why? It’s because they have to find something to occupy their time, especially if they still have to work every day. For those who can take the time away from work and spend it with the family, I want to encourage you not to dismiss the idea of a staycation, even during Spring Break, and here’s why. Traveling during Spring Break is EXPENSIVE Tourism is at its peak during Spring Break, so the hotel, entertainment, and hospitality industries look to make a lot of money from travelers. This drives up the prices of everything from gas to food prices. Yes, there are deals out there, but they are usually “get them when you see them” and can run out very quickly. You can create a staycation experience that…

As a parent, there’s nothing more precious to you than your children. And there’s something about children that just makes you want to capture every moment. Maybe it’s because they grow up so quickly, or maybe it’s the knowledge that these fleeting moments will never come again. Whatever the reason, capturing great photos of your kids is important – and not just for preserving memories. Photos can also be a great way to show off your little ones to family and friends or to create beautiful cards and keepsakes. Taking those pictures can be a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging. How do you get them to smile for the camera? How do you avoid getting a blurry photo? Read further to learn 10 photography tips that will help you take fantastic photos of your kids! Get down on their level Get down on their level.…

Ah, family pictures! We do them for about every holiday – Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc. While those we give them to fawn and swoon over them, we chuckle and shake our heads for they know not what it took to get those near picture-perfect smiles! In this article, I want to share a few tips to help your next photoshoot to be one for the record books. Capturing those crucial milestones is important because we can all think of a time when we wished we had a picture of something or someone who may no longer be with us. With this in mind, let’s work through planning that picture-perfect photoshoot! Check your calendar The first thing you want to do is ensure that the family photoshoot isn’t during a busy time when the family has a gazillion activities going on at one time. The worst thing in the world to…

The joys of motherhood include so many things from the smell of a fresh, out of the bath baby to the adorable noises your baby makes.  However having a newborn can really throw your normal routines out of sync!  What is a mom to do?  Create a NEW morning routine that includes your little one’s natural infant schedule!  If you are a mom of a new baby PLUS a toddler, believe it or not this can make it even better!  Here are a few hacks to help your mornings go from chaos to calm giving you more bonding moments and less blurry-eyed days! Make a Plan When it comes to morning routines, the best plan is to have a plan!  This means starting your morning routine the night before.  Now, before you start scratching your head or rolling your eyes in confusion or frustration, hear me out.  When you have…

Cleaning your home in half the time with kids following you around sounds impossible. And insane! But it’s actually doable. I know it might be quite difficult initially to attempt to clean your house, especially if you’re a new mom. Your newborn would want to cling to you naturally, which can make doing anything difficult. You might find yourself asking how to get anything done with your baby. But what if you have a toddler or worse, toddlers?? Now that can get really challenging! Don’t worry mama, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed at first. That’s a given. But there is a way to keep your house clean with little kids. And there are also some tricks in saving you more time in cleaning your home, even with your little ones around. So if you’re looking for quick ways and also long-term methods in…

Over the past year or so I have found myself looking for ways to improve on tiresome but necessary processes around the house.  One of those necessities is LAUNDRY!  We all have to do it, some of us have a lot more of it than others, so how can we do it better?  I started by looking at the products we used and quickly decided there had to be a better way! Washing Clothes Those messy jugs of liquid laundry detergent that always drip, are heavy and generate a huge amount of plastic waste, had me wondering was there another option?  So I did some research and found a couple of options.  One was laundry detergent sheets, these are handy, mess free and come in a paper envelope, so there is very little to dispose of.  These worked fairly well and are certainly easy to pack for travel and…