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8 Easy Art Ideas For Kids (For Non-Crafty Moms!)

8 Easy Art Ideas For Kids (For Non-Crafty Moms!)

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Guest post from Contributing Author, Jessica Smartt of Smartter Each Day

Kids bouncing off the walls? Are you looking for some wholesome, non-screen activities for your kids to do (that don’t require lots of brain cells and creative energy from Mom?) You are in luck! Today I’m sharing 8 Easy Art Ideas For Kids (For Non-Crafty Moms!).

If you are like me, it’s easy during these long, hot summer days for kids (and their parents…ahem) to get a little grumpy. I have two cures: this never-fail trick, and… art projects!

I love having my kids do projects, but I AM NOT AN ARTISTIC MOM. When I shared this post idea with Stacy, she seemed to express disbelief that I was, in fact, a non-crafty mom. Just to set the record straight, I thought I’d share a little drawing I did for the kids last week. (more…)



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Traveling “Unplugged” with Toddlers

Traveling “Unplugged” with Toddlers

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Post by Contributing Author, Becky Norvell of Unabridged Becky

Are you ready to travel like it’s 1989? That’s right, let’s bring it back to the good ole days before technology invaded entered our lives. Now, before I go on, let me just say, I am NOT knocking parents who use DVD players to calm children while driving. Let me say it again, this is not an Anti-Technology post! I love technology as much as the next person and yes, my kids are allowed screen time too.

These are only simple suggestions you can use while traveling instead of technology because (a) you don’t have a portable DVD player, (b) there’s not enough data in the world to make it from your house to Florida or (c) you traveled without technology as a kid so you figure your kids should too…

No, you don’t have to spend lots of money on new toys to keep them busy. I have a few things that I keep aside for times when we travel. But if you need ideas, check out your local dollar store or Target’s dollar spot for cheap toys and books to bring on the trip. (more…)



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That Time I Went Half-Naked to Church

That Time I Went Half-Naked to Church

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Barry will tell you that’s an exaggeration. But I’m sure that by the end of this story, if you’re a woman, you’ll agree. If you’re a man…probably not. Because I think as long as men have on underwear, they consider themselves dressed. :-p I’ve already shared this on Instagram, so it might be a repeat for some. :-)

It was the end of the service. We were leaving…having been at church for about 2 1/2 hours at that point. That’s when it happened. A blessed saint leaned over as I was leaving and said, “Dear, you do know there is a rip down the side of your top, right?” Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m pretty sure I had a deer in the headlights look. I laughed it off and said “No doubt! The kids have been pulling on me today.” I smiled and continued my trip out.

Inside I was screaming “DEAR GOD! PLEASE LET IT BE A TEENIE, TINY LITTLE RIP?!”

You know how sometimes God says “no?” Well….this was one of those times. I had that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I knew it was bad(more…)



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I’m a “No” Mom

I’m a “No” Mom

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Not too long ago, the big thing for moms was the mantra “Be a yes mom!!!” The idea is that we should be trying to say “yes” to our kids more than we say “no” to them…within reason.

I tried so hard to make this work for me. I thought it was a great idea! I saw people using the hashtag on Instagram (613 posts to date). I tried. I really did.

I think I maybe lasted part of a day. I even used the hashtag once. Fail.

The truth is, you guys…I’m a “No” mom. It’s true. I can’t try to be something I’m not. Just yesterday I said to Annie, “Can you please ask me something that I can say yes to?!” True story.  (more…)



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Should You Be Posting That On Facebook?

Should You Be Posting That On Facebook?

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My dad called. The first thing out of his mouth was, “I wanted to call and tell you this before you saw it on Facebook…” I was done. Finished.

I’ve walked away from Facebook for personal use. Mostly because it was driving me nutso. I’m not sure if I’m your average Facebook user, though. I found that it was stressing me out more than helping me out. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

No, this isn’t a post why you should leave Facebook. I’m well aware that most people won’t – and that’s okay. It’s a good tool for those who know how to use it. I don’t.

I’ve stayed on FB for this blog, to announce new posts or something I’ve seen that I thought you might enjoy. Otherwise, I stick mostly with this blog and Instagram. If you’re one of the types of people who can use Facebook to your advantage, not get upset at things you see, or get addicted to being on it a million times a day, that’s why I’ve stayed – for you. 😉 I usually check it about once a day to make sure I don’t have anything pressing to answer…but sometimes it’s every two-three days. Sometimes butt wiping puts me behind on things…pun intended.  (more…)



Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.