Can you believe Valentines 2017 is behind us? And the results for the cutest and the most hysterical videos have been rounded up. Check out our favorite kids, moms, dads, and whole families as they take part in the celebrations of Valentine’s Day. Get ready to belly laugh and awe! Oh, and a little bit of WOA!!!
If you’re a mom (and you’re here, so I’d bet that you are) you are probably stressed, pressed for time, and running in a thousand directions at once. And maybe the idea of mediating is as foreign to you as Mandarin Chinese does to me. Well, I’ve figured out the secret . . . [Read more…]
It’s that time again. The cool breeze is settling comfortably in, leaves are preparing for their final brilliant display, and everything pumpkin is hitting our favorite coffee shops and bakeries. It’s fall season and Halloween is the star of October. With the season’s festivities highly anticipated, I decided to explore the internet to the furthest corners to find the cutest and most unique kids Halloween costumes!
If you have a little budding artist (or a big one) at home, you will need to nourish the love for the craft. There are lots of art supplies and products to choose from and with so many grey lines in particular concerning the safety of their use that it’s hard to know whether a product is healthy for your family or not.
Believe it or not, there are toxic-free, sustainable, recycled, eco-friendly, and green art supplies out there. You just have to have a bit of information and you’ll have the whole eco art world at your fingertips.
If you are shopping for green art supplies, you’ve come to the right place.
It probably rings true for everyone… motherhood takes your world, shakes it up, and turns it upside down until you hardly recognize your life. This was accurate for me anyway. One day I was a girl who could jump in the car and spend the whole day cruising around, filling my soul with music, and being free to be just me. Not a care in the world. Pretty much literally. As such a person I remember having, what I thought at the time, formed ideas and solid opinions. But, misconceptions stay hidden until they are not. The same holds true for motherhood misconceptions. When I became a mom, and I realized I am a total and udder hypocrite.
It’s hard to admit but it’s meditative and feels good to own up to the truth. After all, the truth will set you free, as they say.
I used to have this soft glow image of motherhood, cooing and rocking with my little angel with butterflies and rainbows all around and little birds singing at my window (wait, is that a Disney movie?). Ah, how it all crashes down the minute you step into your home with your new bundle of joy. Get ready mom, the world as you knew it is about implode and you’ll need every ounce of energy to get the household up and running. Why? Because kids suck from age 0 to around 20, or so I hear (I can only testify up to 2).
Let me enlighten you just a bit on how your life and everything you thought you knew about it is not the life you’ll ever see again.
Whether they are newborns or toddlers, per-schoolers or tweens, these guys know how to get what they want when they want it (or at least they tend to think so). And if you are the kind of parent that is driven to raise them right, you know… respectful, humble, kind, etc… you have your work cut out for you. By nature, and mostly at no fault of their own, they are a hot mess of emotions, impatience, and lack communication skills that help defuse a situation instead of igniting it. So let us take a closer look at how kids will selfishly and unknowingly suck the life out of you (as they should).
Moms need to make friends with other moms. They really are nothing like your friends who are moms. It’s really more important than I ever thought. Sometimes, moms feel like they lose their identity because our lives change so drastically with our first-born. We literally become a different being overnight. That being is going to need friends. Not friends to replace the ones you already have, but to enhance the new and better you. This notion didn’t set in until her second birthday and all but one adorable infant was in attendance. And though she had a total blast, I couldn’t help but feel a little bad. My New Year (her birthday is my new year now … it’s when my new life started — as a mom) resolution was to make friends with other moms if it killed me!
This notion didn’t set in until her second birthday and all but one adorable infant was in attendance. And though she had a total blast, I couldn’t help but feel a little bad for her. My New Years (her birthday is my New Year now … it’s when my new life started — as a mom) resolution was to make friends with other moms if it killed me!
My Life with a Bossy Toddler
Tantrums are a Part of Life. Bossiness is Just the Cherry on Top
So, here I am turning the internet upside down and feverishly flipping the pages of several parenting books at a time, all with broken spines from their regular use. This time, all in the name of taming my wild one and finding a good way of dealing with temper tantrums, hopefully before I go insane!
She’s a beautiful soul. Fearless and tenacious, yet sweet and friendly. She’s sly and sneaky and completely hysterical about it. Sometimes my head spins with the speed of her understanding of the world she was born into.
My little wild one is definitely figuring out that she is her own being in this big, bright world and she wants her opinions not only heard, but carried out, not now, but RIGHT NOW! Otherwise, you’d better watch out and get out of her way!
This is how she earned her well deserved nickname — Bossy. Though I try not to use it around her… that’s all she needs… THAT power. No way! Okay, most of the time I fail because it’s too perfect not to use.
She is a happy-go-lucky kid most of the time but when she looses it, boy, she really LOOSES it! [Read more…]
The Gift of the Circus
I kindly declined. There was outrage. Naturally.I can see the appeal — the lights, the glitter, the excitement. The circus has been around since January 9, 1768 so it’s no surprise to me the backlash I get from friends and family when I tell them that I will not be taking my kids to the circus. EVER. So, thanks for the tickets but no thanks.
“But how can you deny your kid this unforgettable experience?” I’ve often been asked. This post will answer that question, once and for all.
Going to the circus as a kid I can’t deny that I had fun. I remember thinking, “How’d they get that horse to do that?” or, “I can’t believe that tiger just jumped through a ring of fire!” Of course these are the sentiments of a lot of kids who see their first circus act. These kids are misinformed. I was misinformed. And it leaves me wondering if it would have been different had I know the truth behind the tent curtain.
I distinctly recall talking to a fellow mom on this topic and she feverishly agreed revealing her own experience of the circus. Here is the short of it:
When she was a little girl her mother took her to the circus. She was so excited it felt electric, she told me. She couldn’t wait to get to her seat for the greatest show on earth. While on line for the tickets she saw boycotters petitioning at the circus fence. She remembered a feeling in the pit of her stomach that told her something isn’t quite right. “I remember thinking — how can these people be so serious and upset? We’re at the circus for goodness sakes!” Posing that very question to her mother she received but a 4 letter answer — Don’t worry. It’s nothing, her mother said.
When I finally learned the truth in my later years I recall being angry. Really, really angry. I was, first, angry with the human beings that can do this to animals. I was angry with my mother for not telling me the truth. I was angry with all those people who sat alongside me at the shows, cheering and shoving popcorn into their spoiled mouths while starving, beaten animals preformed their best tricks for our pleasure. I’ve loved animals ever since I can remember and I would have never went had I known the truth.”
Before I go ahead, be warned — this was really hard to write and is going to be a tough read. But, read you must (and please share)! [Read more…]
Every Day Show Them Love
To do that, she needs to be confident in her step, light in her soul, and loved through and through. Making sure she hears the words, “I love you!” is part of my everyday ritual. But, you know what they say… actions speak louder than words. So, in the moments that I am not professing my love for my sweet child I do my best to work it into my daily actions. [Read more…]