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Are you in a school lunch rut because your kids are tired of the same old sandwiches for lunch time? Here are 11 new ideas and healthy easy recipes for your kid’s school lunch boxes that are NOT SANDWICHES.  Whether it’s for school or camp, the idea of packing a lunch bag every day of the week can sometimes be overwhelming or even trivial especially if you have picky eaters at home. As busy parents, we want healthy school lunch ideas that our kids will like and that are also quick and convenient. Having multiple kids, I can attest to this! Taking into consideration your child’s or their classmates’ allergies or food restrictions can also make packing lunches tough. Last year was the first time we had to deal with that since my daughter was at a nut-free school. I was excited to learn of all the alternatives available for…

Our children are the most relevant beings we could not ever resist. As they become older, our children engage in new skills and play during the early stages of their lives for some reasons and each may contribute to their overall developmental stage which we may discuss in this blog later on.  What is Play? In exploring and understanding the environment and world around them, children participate in playing. Play stimulates cognitive development by promoting problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and insights. It encourages language development as children take part in conversations, describe their actions, and use their imagination to create stories. It enhances vocabulary, communication skills, and linguistic abilities.  Through play, children acquire essential skills that lay the foundation for formal learning. This includes early literacy and numeracy skills, as well as the ability to follow rules and routines. Even if it is a hot day, our little kids tend…

Have you ever been in a grocery store with young children, and for whatever reason, they have a total meltdown? Or do you have older kids who lose their minds when you tell them to turn off the game console? If not, congratulations, you won the offspring lottery and should write a book! But we’ve likely all experienced tricky situations in which we needed to help our children calm down. Kids are full of energy, and more than ever, we need to help teach them how to direct that energy in appropriate ways.  We live in a fast-paced, highly digitalized technological world. Between cell phones, smart devices, and social media, we are constantly communicating and trying to keep up with all the technological changes. As a result, we often find ourselves and our children in stressful situations. Stress can cause a variety of emotional responses. As we get older, we…

Are you looking to decorate your little girl’s bedroom at a low cost? Do you need some great inspiration for toddler girl bedroom ideas? Well, look no further. Whether you have a lot of space to work with or need some functional ideas for small rooms, we’ve listed some of the best ways to decorate your little girl’s room while spending little money.  A toddler’s room is a special personal space where not only the essential things like sleep happen but also where the fun happens. A kid’s room is a great place to create a colorful and imaginative play area without spending a lot of money. Kids’ rooms are also a perfect place for learning and exploring. In this article, we walk through all of the ways you can make your child’s bedroom a magical, functional, flexible space that will grow with them from their toddler years to their…

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…

Kids Bathroom Ideas Bathrooms, restrooms, lavatories, the loo. No matter where you are from or how old you are, we are all very familiar with THE bathroom. How much time do you spend in the bathroom? And how much time do you spend in your kids’ bathroom helping them with all the routines like tooth brushing, bathing, and potty training? As your children grow, you want to help them become more independent, especially regarding bathroom routines. Do your kids get easily distracted in the mornings while getting ready for school? Do they fight over the sink or towels or toilet time? What better way to help them become more independent and focused than to create a fun, kid-friendly bathroom? And you can achieve this without having to go through an expensive bathroom renovation. Whether you have small children or older children in their teen years, we have some great ideas…

I need you to pause just a little bit as this is quite important.  If you look at the reality of it, we may only get one chance to experience pregnancy in our lifetime.  Maybe two, maybe three?  Whatever your situation, the miracle of getting pregnant and then creating your own unique way to have a gender reveal to share the sex of your baby is something only momma can do. Yes, your whole family and close friends want know about your baby and help you spread the good news, but this is your choice. Don’t be shy to be selfish, but also do not be afraid to ask for help either.  Again, this is your song you get to write. When do you find out the sex of your baby? The doctor will do an ultrasound photo between 16 to 20 weeks.  It is highly likely the sex of…

Working out as a parent can be tough! Trying to fit it in between feedings and naps or shuffling kids around to various activities. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working outside-the-home mom, we all have different challenges with our time and energy. To stay healthy and be able to show up well for our families we need to take care of ourselves physically too. Check out this tour of my home gym! Home Gym Set Up and Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnj7YTxH1yk I’ve been through several stages of trying to find time to work out and reach my fitness goals, whether that was on business trips, at home, at the gym, having a personal trainer, etc. When the world shut down due to COVID I shifted to working out at home pretty well. I was doing personal training via FaceTime, signed up for the Peloton App on my phone, and…

Gut health seems to be a buzzword these days, But there is something to it for sure. So much research is discovering just how much of our body’s functions are connected to the health of our gut. I have tried out a few different probiotics on the market for myself and my kids, and also immune support like elderberry gummies, etc. There are so many products out there and it is hard to determine what is best. Now, we had a rough fall and early winter with illness and compromised immune systems in each one of us in the house. Everything ranging from colds and coughs to strep throat and constipation. It was hard to figure out what was going on and how to reverse the cycle. Culturelle reached out to me to try out their probiotic with immune support. They have one for kids and one for adults. We tried…

As a parent, you’re probably familiar with your child’s playtime. It’s a natural thing for little ones, and it can be inspiring to watch their imaginations at work — so much so, you can even join in and enjoy the same activities. It will not only benefit you, but it’ll benefit everyone involved. Specifically, the simplicity of playing and the joy of fun activities with your kids can improve your mental well-being, and you’ll enjoy every second of it. You’re never too old, no matter what your aching back might try to tell you! Let’s take a closer look at some of the cognitive and mental health benefits of playing and having fun with your kids. We’ll also touch on a few activities you and your children can enjoy together, so you’ll both get as much as possible out of your daily play. Strengthening Your Child Parents will do anything for their children. So, when…