Showing posts with label Mommy Moments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mommy Moments. Show all posts

May 23, 2018

Summertime BLUES ~ what happens when the children run amok!

I found this post that I had put on my blog a few years ago.  Summer Break is coming fast and I have only a few outings planned for the kiddos.  I want to keep them busy, yet still give them time for carefree fun. 

I am interested in ideas!  What do you do with your kiddos during breaks from school when you are not gone on vacation?  I do have some chores for them but also want some fun ideas that are low-cost to entertain them and also stimulate their minds.   Here is what happened in the previous post . . . . . .

When in doubt about how to get the kiddos to get along during school breaks - separate them.

Jun 7, 2015

Summer is here . . . Travel tips for Family Vacation, what do you do?

Are you in need of some ideas for your next family vacation trip?  Kids getting on your nerves fighting with each other in the car?  Tired of them always playing electronic games the whole trip?  Well, you are in luck!

I am working on the plans to keep my 3 kids ages "almost 14", 10 and 7 not only occupied and entertained during our LONG road trip to Maryland and Virginia in a couple weeks, but also quiet and not fussing/fighting with each other and driving mom and dad crazy.
I have compiled some tips online, from friends and some that I have personally implemented to share

Jan 23, 2015

Upgrading Your Playroom In Style #craft #diy

If I say to you 'the kids playroom', what do you see? 

A cave of abandoned sippy cups, finger painting gone wrong, discarded toys and scribbles on the wall? Wrong. The kids' playroom doesn't need to mean mayhem. With a little creativity and care you can turn this environment from chaotic, into an area where your kids can roam free and express themselves, without taking it out on the wallpaper. While you're at it, you can even help them learn as

Jan 7, 2015

Turning Winter Blues into Indoor Fun . . .what to do when it is too cold to play outside (or go to school)

Just received an email from our local Inspired Arts Academy  . . . thought I would share some of these great indoor winter ideas.

Some fun things to do on your day in? 

Dance party in the living room! 
Make art out of food or draw a still life of fruit! 
Karaoke to your fav song on radio! 
Do headstands on couch!! 

Some ideas my kids added . . . 

May 29, 2014

{Book Review & Giveaway} Stocks, Bonds, and Soccer Moms by Michelle Perry Higgins

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Are you juggling motherhood, marriage--and perhaps a career? Whether you're a career woman  or a stay-at-home mom, you want to give your all in every part of your life.

Personal time and romance become distant memories and the stress

Jan 19, 2014

Mommy Moments Mondays - Read all about My Date with Show & Tell at School ~ come share your stories too!

Welcome to Mommy Moments Monday
Link Up
Jan 19th, 2014
Each Monday - ML2R will feature a personal story of my Mommy Moments to share with you - then, you are encouraged to LINK UP YOUR posts as well!
This is a fun way to share our special moments with each other!

Sound like fun?

All I ask in return is:

Jan 4, 2014

Christmas Celebrations Continue with a $300 Amazon Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Christmas 2013 was a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together, sharing food, love, conversation and just enjoying being together in one place.  For our family, Christmas Celebration begins with the Advent Services each Sunday leading up to Christmas.  Seeing the lighting of the Advent Candles at church gets my kids excited about lighting them in our own home each Sunday. 

They learn more about the events leading up to Christ's birth and the reasons why we Celebrate each year.  Although we love the beautifully decorated trees, seeing the lights on  many houses around town and finding lots of wrapped presents under the tree on Christmas Morning, we try to remember and Celebrate the Reason for Christmas each year with special traditions.

My children's favorite

Jan 2, 2014

Mom Needs Advice ~ How to best plan for first trip to Disney - shhhh don't tell the kids!

I am planning our first trip to Disney World for this April during Spring Break from school - and I am already overwhelmed.  I have already figured out how to save big on our hotel (off-site but nearby) - and have planned to visit possibly 3 days of our stay at Disney - but alternate a Disney World day with a day in between for rest or going to the beach/pool so not to overwhelm and tire out too quickly.

Now, I am trying to find

Jan 1, 2014

Mom Rings in the New 2014 with a To Do Task List - What is your 2014 going to bring?

Ok it is the very first day of a brand New Year - and what am I doing?  Searching the internet to help me decide what my "New Year's Resolutions" will be and how I can actually achieve them.  After finding that I have been online for nearly 3 hours, I've finally come to the realization that making "resolutions" is the wrong way for me to start my New Year (plus getting off the computer might be a good place to start as well - lol)

So, starting now, I am working on a more reasonable "New Year's Task List" that I will check off as I accomplish each little Step of Each Task - making smaller goals that are easier to achieve and give a sense of accomplishment and purpose to start out this 2014!

Task #1 - Take Care of My Needs

As a Stay At Home Mom in a One income Family - I usually ignore my personal wants and sometimes even my needs in order to take care of

Dec 12, 2013

New VA offers coming Jan 2014 on Mom Loves 2 Read

It's official - I successfully completed my training and I have the certificate and Seal to Prove it!

Have you ever considered becoming a Virtual Assistant?  Here is your chance - I just completed an online VA course through Divas Stamp of Approval Program.

My instructor

Nov 18, 2013

Are You Prepared? Disaster Strikes on a Beautiful Sunny Fall Day in Central Illinois.

 On a beautiful bright and sunny fall day, my family and I were getting ready to leave a wonderful and inspiring Church service to head home.  My husband and son were deciding whether or not to take a drive out to practice for hunting season, when we exited the building.

Overly warm, humid 67 degree weather, bright sun, with lots of white fluffy clouds flying across the sky seems like a perfect Sunday.  Except for the increase of wind and a horrible, frightening sound off in the distance.  It sounded vaguely familiar but was far enough away that I could not quite figure out what it was.  The sky was much darker off that direction, but it didn't phase me much as we headed through the windy yet sunny morning to get in the car.

After arriving home and shooing the kids upstairs to

Sep 29, 2013

Mommy Moments Mondays Hop ~ 9/29 ~ Check out the fun and fantastic Parenting Posts on this week's hop!

Welcome to another great Mommy Moments Monday 
Join in this fun weekly hop that showcases and promotes our humorous and not so humorous parenting experiences from birth on up!  
Have a blog post about something funny, frightening, amazing your child, grandchild or stranger's child has done?

How about parenting advice?  Pregnancy problems?  Advice?

Whatever it may be, come link up!

Post the direct link to your recent or favorite post that tells us about a parenting experience, advice, funny or serious happening, etc
Then spend the rest of the week, hopping around to visit other posts and leave a friendly comment!
 It's that easy!

Sep 28, 2013

35 Ways I Know I'm a Mom ~ More Fun Mommy Moments

As I was searching around the internet, I found a fun and fantastic blog post called
"100 Ways You Know You're a Mom". 

It is such a great post that I thought I'd share my top personal favorites from her list and a few of my own original ones as well.  
How many fit you?

~ 35 Ways I Know I'm a MOM ~

Sep 22, 2013

Mommy Moments Monday ~ 9/23 ~ Link Up your Parenting Posts, Advice, Ups and Downs and More!

Welcome to Mommy Moments Mondays ~ a weekly hop that will showcase each Mom (or Dad) Blogger's personal experiences.  

Post the direct link to your recent or favorite post that tells us about a parenting experience, advice, funny or serious happening, etc
Then spend the rest of the week, hopping around to visit other posts and leave a friendly comment!
 It's that easy!

Sep 15, 2013

Mommy Moments Monday Hop ~ 9/16/13 ~ Come join the fun and share your parenting experiences!

Welcome to Mommy Moments Mondays ~ a weekly hop that will showcase each Mom (or Dad) Blogger's personal experiences.

Post the direct link to your recent or favorite post that tells us about a parenting experience, advice, funny or serious happening, etc
Then spend the rest of the week, hopping around to visit other posts and leave a friendly comment!
 It's that easy!

Sep 1, 2013

Mommy Moments Mondays Hop ~ Week of 9/1 ~ Come share your parenting ups and downs with other Mom (or Dad) bloggers!

Welcome to Mommy Moments Mondays ~ a weekly hop that will showcase each Mom (or Dad) Blogger's personal experiences.  

This weekly hop is for parents who blog to support each other by stopping by each post and leaving a comment!  You have an entire week to read through as many or few as you can.  Share and commiserate with each other in our parenting ups and downs and help support each other as we struggle to balance housework, jobs, parenting, blogging and so much more!

Sound like something you would enjoy?  
Think you'd like to join the fun of reading other parent's fun and not so fun parenting moments?  

Then here is what you do:

Aug 25, 2013

Mommy Moments Mondays Link Up - come join the parenting fun by sharing your blog posts each week.

In order to find a way to make sure I am posting my Mommy Moments each week and not letting the opportunities pass me by, I decide to start a weekly hop that will showcase each Mommy or Mom Blogger's personal experiences.  I'm  hoping that you will all join me in checking out other Mom's parenting moments with their kiddos, while sharing our own each week.

Jul 31, 2013

Baby Plots to keep Mommy Awake All Night - Check it out - so cute!

Here is a spoof on some of the most popular sleep training methods, from a baby's point of view. I found this on a fellow blogger's blog and asked if I could share it with you.  It is so funny, enjoy!

'OK, here’s my situation. My Mommy has had me for almost seven months. The first few months were great. I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, day or night. Then something happened. Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep through the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse. I’ve talked to other babies, and it seems like its pretty common after Mommies have had us for around six months.

Here’s the thing: these Mommies don’t really need to sleep. Its just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep and they just don’t need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle. It goes like this:

Night 1: Cry every three hours until you get fed. I know, its hard. Its hard to see your Mommy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, its for her own good.

Night 2: Cry every two hours until you get fed.

Night 3: Cry every hour. Most Mommies will start to respond more quickly after about three nights.

Some Mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don’t give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I KNOW ITS HARD! But she really doesn’t need the sleep, she’s just resisting the change.

If you have an especially alert Mommy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mommy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it.

Last night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up with. My sleep sack tickled my foot. I felt a wrinkle under the sheet. My mobile made a shadow on the wall. I burped, and it tasted like pears. I hadn’t eaten pears since lunch, what’s up with that? The cat said 'meow'. I should know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL. Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room. Too hot, too cold, just right - doesn’t matter! Keep crying!! It took awhile, but it worked.

She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mommies internal clocks. Sometimes my Mommy will call for reinforcements by sending in Daddy. Don’t worry, Daddies are not set up for not needing sleep the way Mommies are. They can only handle a few pats and shhing before they declare defeat and send in the Mommy.

Also, be wary of the sleep sheep with rain noises. I like to give Mommy false hope that listening to the rain puts me to sleep sometimes I pretend to close my eyes and be asleep and then wait until I know Mommy is settling back to sleep to spring a surprise cry attack.If she doesn’t get to me fast enough I follow up with my fake cough and gag noise that always has her running to the crib.At some point I am positive she will start to realize that she really doesn’t really need sleep.

P.S. Don’t let those rubber things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out. Trust me.

I found this post on "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" blog - thanks Violet for letting me share this!

Jul 24, 2013

Mommy Moments - When Summer Break is too much together time for kids!

When in doubt about how to get the kiddos to get along during school breaks - separate them.

If that doesn't seem to work, or you want them to learn to get along - make them play a game together - come up with a NEW way to play an old game - or work together on a fun project (like a welcome home banner for Dad who is on a work trip) - oversee them for a few minutes to get them started - then tell them to find the best way to work together without arguing!  

You can even offer a prize or incentive for getting along well! (yes I do resort to bribing my kids on occasion)

There is always taking them to a local park to let them run off steam - but during hot and humid summer days the park is not always the best idea.  And what about when mom is trying to get housework (or blogging) done?  Well, again I say separate the little monkeys and give them each something to do alone - read a fun book, color a picture or two, fold towels or washrags (ideas for younger kids) - CLEAN YOUR ROOM - lol for the older ones, or play something alone - 

AND if all else fails - call in the Grandparents for help!

Any ideas?  Please leave comments below with YOUR school break ideas for helping the kiddos not argue, fuss and drive Mom insane! ;)

Mom Loves 2 Read is the Mother of Three Active little monkeys children ages almost 12, 8 and 5.  These are my personal experiences, thoughts and anecdotes and may differ from your own experiences or opinions.

Jul 6, 2013

Mommy Moments ~ Time with my son at the movies

My two girls are spending some time with their grandparents this weekend, so my son is the only kid home for the next few days.  While Dad was at work yesterday, he and I went to see Despicable Me 2 in our local theater.  It was his choice for the movie (I wanted to see Monsters U)

The movie made us both laugh, repeatedly and was a joy to watch.  My son and I had fun spending some quality bonding time together and laughing at what I call "boy humor" throughout the movie.

It is always good for Mom (and Dad) to spend individual time with each and every child.  I get quite a bit of one-on-one with each of the girls, but my son tends to spend a lot more time with his Dad than with Mom.  So getting in some Mom/Son time was a joy for us both and something I look forward to again in the near future.

Have you spend any one-on-one time lately with your child(ren)?  Tell me about it!  leave me a comment and let me know how it went, what you did, where you go?