Snacks in our house usually mean fruit or veggies. My kids love whole fruits, veggie sticks with ranch dressing and these eggplant chips with marinara sauce. They are so delicious and healthy too!
I am slowly cutting out refined sugar from our daily diet. Don't get me wrong we love an indulgent treat in our house, and I truly believe all foods should be enjoyed without guilt, but on a daily basis we continue to eat healthier. I am loving our new Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffins. They are free of refined sugar sweetened instead with mashed bananas and a small amount of pure maple syrup. Oh they are so yummy!
One look at my website and you know that we like to stay busy! With three children 5 and under staying active keeps us all happy! I was delighted when the team from TogetherBox contacted me to review their product. One look at the TogetherBox website and I knew this was the perfect fit for my family. Disclosure: I received compensation as well as a free box of activities for this review. All opinions are my own.
TogetherBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of children's activities right to your door. Each box has a surprise theme with 3-4 activities and all the materials you will need. My kids were so excited when our mail carrier rang our doorbell and handed us the box. "Open it Mama! Let's open it now!" This moment had the feeling of Christmas morning.
I was so excited to get these photographs edited and this post written because we had the best time ever today! We have over a foot of crusty snow outside and it's cold so there is a lot of indoor play these days. Today we turned our house into an Indoor Car Wash with my little ones as the cars! So much fun and super easy to create!
One of my goals for my children is to teach them to express their love and share it with the special people in their lives. A tool I created and implemented in my classroom and now use with my own children is The Hug Jar. The Hug Jar is a simple tool which helps children (and adults) ask for hugs and attention when they feel they need it. While brainstorming a gift children could give to others I wanted to create an opportunity for them to easily share their loving feelings. Inspired by our Hug Jar we created The Loving Memories Jar. It is filled with happy memories written on painted homemade clay hearts. We gave ours as gifts to my children's Grandparents and their Daddy. It was such a sweet moment to watch them open the jars and look through all the happy shared memories!
It's a bittersweet day when I start to look at all the beautiful baby toys we have in a box and realize those days are over and it's time to move forward. Before I do I thought I would share some of my all time favorite toys for babies.
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My daughter Luca may be Caillou's number one fan! When it came time to choose her birthday theme no one was surprised when she gleefully exclaimed "I want a Caillou birthday party!" And so my almost 3 year old received the party of her dreams!
I adore our Celebrating Moms Series. This series is a place to nurture mothers and cheer each other on as we make unique decisions on this parenting journey. I appreciate all of the mothers who join us to share their stories. Today we have Olga Mecking from The European Mama.
by Olga Mecking
I sometimes find myself in front of the computer, browsing the Internet for… job openings. It is crazy, I know. I have three children under 5 years old. I barely manage to do household chores and find time for myself and care for the children and my husband. I also have my blog that is a great joy to write and an occasional job as a trainer in intercultural communication. Oh, did I mention that I freelance as a translator and writer sometimes?
But if I believed that the Universe is telling me something about my choices, and occasionally I do, I’d be very anxious about the message it is giving me. You see, the day I went into labour with my third child, I received an email from my boss asking me whether I’d be willing to offer not one, but two presentations about cultural differences. They are not only fun to do, but also a great excuse to go to Amsterdam, and earn some money. Obviously, I had to say “no”, as much as it pained me- pun not intended.
After birth I went on blogging like crazy. I was tired, but creative and overflowing with ideas.
Suncatchers make our home so happy! My kids "ooo" and "ahh" when the sun shines though their creations. We are hooked on making our Salt Dough Suncatchers. Our newest creation for Valentine's Day combines the traditional heart shape with the cuteness of a child's feet. I love our Heart Shaped Footprint Suncatchers!
Here's a secret- I never was really into Valentine's Day before having kids, but now with three little ones I love it! I love decorating our home, the cute crafts and Valentine's Day inspired activities. Here are some of my favorite Easy Valentine's Day Activities and Recipes. Click on the images for project details.