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    June 24, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Little Bear

    Photo from Baby Names Log

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    June 23, 2015
    Summer Job Ideas For Teens

    I work part time at a movie theater on the weekends, mostly just because I get to watch movies for free. The extra cash isn’t bad either. Working at a theater is an awesome job, especially for teenagers and college kids. If your kids are looking for extra money this summer, there are plenty of opportunities out there. Even if your kids aren’t 16 (or whatever the legal employment age is where you are), check out this post by Bob at Christian PF for ideas (and feel free to use some for yourself!):

    -Sell your old clothes on apps like ThredUp and Vinted

    -Tutor or give lessons

    -Buy and sell on eBay

    -Find odd jobs on Craigslist

    -Become a mystery shopper

    Photo Credit: Dan Foy 

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    June 22, 2015
    Distract A Little One

    The best advice I’ve ever gotten to prevent meltdowns? Distract. Make the kid forget about whatever they’re fixated on. Example: my one year old nephew is obsessed with phones. It’s almost becoming a problem. If you don’t give your phone to him, he will throw an obnoxious fit. My solution? One- don’t give him any phones at all, ever, so he knows that it’s not a toy for him. Two- DISTRACT HIM. If he’s about to throw a fit, I’ll take him outside. Let him play with the dogs. Bring another toy in to fill in for the lost phone. For more ways to distract a toddler and keep them busy, read this post by Katie at Double the Batch:

    -Have a snack ready

    -Make a (controlled) mess- put shaving cream on a table. Finger paint outside.

    -Play with toys that spark the imagination- like building blocks and puzzles

    -Get a ball rolling, literally

    -Play music

    -Toy rotation- toddlers need new things and constant stimulation. Keep everything fresh!

    Photo Credit: madgerly 

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    June 18, 2015
    Father’s Day Ideas

    This Sunday is Father’s Day! It kind of snuck up on me this year, even though it’s usually on the same day as my dad’s birthday. Since I’m an adult, I try to do something nice for him- take him out to lunch, or maybe a movie. Get him a card, or a gift card. I wish I could make him something like I used to do when I was little, but I don’t think he’d appreciate a crochet purse or homemade soaps. Oh well. I think he just enjoys spending time together as a family and a good meal. Anyway, if you’re looking for some last minute, yet still heartfelt gift ideas, look no further than this post by My Frugal Adventures. Bonus- not all of them are too kiddie, so teenagers could make them as well:

    -Father’s Day Gift Basket Idea with Free Printable

    - DIY Beer Coasters

    - DIY Hamburger Seasoning

    -Dad Rocks Paperweight Craft

    -Photo Idea Card

    Photo Credit: Easa Shamih 

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    June 16, 2015
    Hospital Bag For Dad

    There are tons and tons of blog posts out there advising new moms on what they will need to bring to the hospital for the birth. Some of it is definitely necessary (clothes, toiletries, baby stuff, creature comforts), and some of it…not so much. But, Mom is most likely going to be taken care of by the hospital staff, Dad, and other family members and friends throughout her stay. Yes, she needs her stuff, and yes, the stay is all about her and the baby. However, what about the person that’s also going to be staying at the hospital for a week? That’s right- Dad. Check out this post by Babble for a handy list of what Dad should pack in his hospital bag. It’s pretty helpful and has things I would have never thought of, including a watch with a second hand- so you can pinpoint the exact time of birth. Pretty cool!

    Photo Credit: Cherie Joyful

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    June 15, 2015
    Keeping Your Children Safe From Predators

    There are lots, and lots, and lots of absolutely terrifying statistics out there regarding children and predators. Looking at them for more than five seconds makes me almost lose all hope for humanity. However, it is our job to protect them. To know what to look out for, and to teach our kids to look out as well- but without becoming paranoid nutjobs who keep our kids behind lock and key. We have moved past “stranger danger,” and onto “tricky people,” since violence is almost always perpetrated by someone close to the child- usually a relative or family friend.

    When I was young, my mom always told me that if anything or anyone gave me an “uh-oh feeling” to get out of the situation as fast as I could, and tell her or my dad immediately. To not worry about being rude or apologizing. It was a system that worked well for us, and a conversation we had over and over again. For more tips on keeping your kids safe, read this extremely important post by Jackie Ritz at The Paleo Mama:

    -Be willing to possibly offend another adult if they make you uncomfortable. Your child’s safety is more important than their feelings.

    -Tell kids that it is okay to say no to adults! Always teach them that if something doesn’t feel right to come to you. Always listen to them if they seem not to like someone.

    -Never force your kid to hug or kiss someone if they don’t want to. Even Grandma.

    -Talk to them openly about love, relationships, and sex. At a young age. Make sure they know what is appropriate and healthy, and what is not.

    -Look up local predators on your state’s database.

    Photo Credit: Amelia Wells 

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    June 12, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Babyproofing Basics

    For anyone expecting or bringing home a newborn, these tips are absolutely crucial for making your home safe!

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    June 11, 2015
    Imma Let You Finish, But…

    If you don’t know the old knock-knock joke, you and your kids are missing out. This was one of my favorites when I was little, and I laughed for what seemed like hours when my dad told it to me for the first time:

    Knock Knock.”

    Who’s there?”

    The interrupting cow.”

    The interrupting cow wh-”


    Pretty funny stuff, especially if you’re a six year old. What isn’t so funny? Actual people who interrupt and talk over others. I understand that if you are really excited about something or trying to make a point, it can be hard to contain yourself. Again, this is especially true if you’re six years old. The key is to teach kids when they’re young that interrupting is rude, and to avoid it unless necessary. Do you have an interrupting cow/kid in your life? Read this tip by Kate at An Every Day Story:

    I was chatting with my friend one day when her (then 3-year-old) son wanted to say something. Instead of interrupting though, he simply placed his hand on her wrist and waited. 

    After she had finished what she was saying, she turned to him. I was in awe! Her son only needed to wait a few seconds for my friend to finish her sentence. Then she gave him her complete attention. Works every time.

    Photo Credit: Davey Nin 

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    June 10, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Board Game Organization

    Photo from Good Ideas For You

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    June 9, 2015
    Animal Inspired Yoga For Kids

    I took a yoga class in college, and I absolutely loved it! I love how relaxed it made me feel afterward, and how much more connected to my body I was. It’s also a great workout! The best part is, anyone who is any age, or on any fitness level can do yoga- almost every pose can be modified to meet an individual’s needs. Even kids. A great way to introduce yoga to your children is the cater the exercise to them, and make it fun! Check out this post by Chanda at Pink Oatmeal for her take on zoo themed yoga:

    -Bear = Downward Dog pose. Get this pose in motion by walking like a bear on all fours if you’d like!

    -Flamingo = Tree pose.

    -Lion= Lion’s Breath pose. Encourage a BIG ROAR with this pose.

    -Snake = Cobra pose.

    Photo Credit: Mike Tidd 

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