Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book-Based Activity Kits for Kids: Ivy Kids Review & Giveaway

Are you looking for project ideas that will keep your child learning this Summer and having fun too? Take a look at Ivy Kids started by a stay-at-home mom and Early Childhood educator. Ivy Kids are book-based learning kits for children ages 3-7 (and even 8 year olds) that are created around the theme of a children’s book.

This post was sponsored by Ivy Kids. I only review and share products and services that I would use in my home in hopes that it can be helpful for you with your children. This post contains affiliate links. Please view my disclosure.

I was recently asked to take a look at the first two Ivy Kids kits that will be launching soon. (You have a chance to win two kits at the end of this post!) In each kit you get over 10 learning and play activities along with a great book to read and keep.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kid-Made Cupcake Toppers

Looking for simple, inexpensive kids birthday party decorations? This is really easy to have the kids participate and make something unique! Idea shared at The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide.

Are you looking for easy ways to decorate for a kids birthday party? I have a really simple way to use the art your children can make to create cupcake toppers. These were fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FREE Preschool Online: CHALK Preschool Review

Whether you supplement learning at home or homeschool preschool, this resource is a great one. CHALK Preschool Review from The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide.

Whether you homeschool preschool, supplement learning at home, or are just looking for some activities to try with your preschooler on a rainy day, I have a free online resource for you. Yep, it is FREE! It is worth the try and is a valuable supplement to activities that you do at home. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Mess of Motherhood

This house has seen some messes. With kids, I think it is inevitable. Without a little mess how do we ever have a need to rely on faith? If we are always able to accomplish everything every day, we may think we are perfect and powerful all on our own. God does not need us on our own. He gave us children.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Corinthians 12:10 

Motherhood is unique-it makes us feel all-powerful and completely weak all at the same time. We birth life-literally-and yet are stumped and challenged by that life on a daily basis. I thought I would have all the time that I wanted to get my work done.The dishes would be clean, the laundry folded AND put away, the rugs vacuumed perfectly. My children teach me otherwise.

I had no idea that in order to be a better mom, I had to be pushed off of my agenda and recognize who is in charge. We can not reach farther into faith if we are never pushed off of our confidence.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

9 Tips for Painting with Infants

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Many moms are always searching for activities to do with their infants. I decided to expand my list of tips for painting with babies to include in The Ultimate Guide to Baby's First Year, because it really is a fun way to play with baby and make a great keepsake or gift!

Painting with infants may sound messy, unpredictable and difficult, but it is not. My two oldest children painted for the first time when they were about 6 or 7 months old. Here are my 9 tips for painting with infants so you can try them too!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DIY Jumbo Building Blocks

Great idea for upcycling old shoe boxes or large food boxes-make jumbo building blocks for the kids. Idea from The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide.
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Kids of all ages love building structures to use in their pretend and dramatic play scenarios. This is an almost-free way for you to make a do-it-yourself version of those jumbo cardboard blocks for older infants, toddlers, preschoolers and even school-age kids, and all you need are:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

9+ Tips for Breastfeeding (Twins or Single Babies)

I wish I would have known these tips before breastfeeding my first baby-9+ Tips for Breastfeeding Twins or Single Babies.

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With four kids in the house two of whom are twins, I have experienced quite a bit of breastfeeding. My first child nursed for 5 1/2 months, my second for a year and the twins are now four months old. Feeding single babies is different than feeding twins, but the 9 tips I share with you here have been learned from all of my experiences and benefit moms of single babies too.

We all know the health benefits of breastfeeding-it is nature's way of nourishing our littlest ones. This post however is not meant to make you feel bad

Monday, May 12, 2014

6 Tips for Getting Dinner on the Table After Having A Baby (or babies!)

6 Tips for Getting Dinner on the Table After Having A Baby (or babies!) from The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide

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I should have prepared more. I should have known it was going to be virtually impossible to cook with new babies while supervising my older children. This list of suggestions is what I wish I had known to prepare meals and stay organized after having a baby (or babies). 

Also in this post, the GIVEAWAY entry and more resources, tips and ideas from multiple bloggers sharing ways to help a new mom, or prepare as a new mom. Let's talk making meals after baby: