5 Fantastic Ways to Help Your Kids Learn New Vocabulary Words
October 28, 2022

When you’re a parent you want to ensure your children have a well-rounded education that enables them to succeed. There are many ways you can help them along, and ensuring they have a rich, diverse vocabulary is one way to give them the tools they need to communicate throughout life. Helping your kids learn new vocabulary words can be great fun and your children won’t even realize they’re being taught something new if it’s through a fun, accessible medium. These five ways to extend your child’s vocabulary will make learning an enjoyable experience for all. Read Together The importance of reading to children is well known and many people enjoy sharing a book with their toddler. As your child gets older there is no reason to stop …

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STEM Toys; The Best Educational and Science Toys For Kids Of All Ages
October 12, 2022

Do you know what educational, STEM, and science toys are? They are toys that help children learn while they play. These toys can teach children about math, engineering, and more. There are many different types of educational, STEM, and science toys available today. Some popular examples include toy microscopes, chemistry sets, and construction kits. Here are some of the best educational, STEM, and science toys for kids of all ages! Benefits of Educational, STEM, and Science Toys STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) toys and games are a great way to get kids interested in science and math. They can also help children develop important skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking. These toys can also be a lot of fun for kids! Many kids don't like doing …

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Religious Crafts for Kids: 18 Fun and Easy Ideas All Children Will Love
September 23, 2022

Do you want to teach your children about religious traditions and customs? Or maybe you are looking for a fun way to celebrate a religious holiday? Either way, religious crafts for kids are surely the perfect solution! They are fun, easy, and most importantly, your children will absolutely love them. I'm excited to provide a variety of craft ideas that will help teach your children about different religious traditions. I have found that it's so much easier to hold the attention of children and teach them about religion if you get them involved in the process! When planning an art or craft for a Christian religious lesson, take into consideration if it is meaningful, age appropriate, and has lots of fun. Kids will easily learn about …

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ADHD Symptom Checklist: Navigating ADHD with Kids
July 25, 2022

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post contains affiliate links. ADHD is something I never thought I'd write about until my son was diagnosed. Then I realized that I also had it. ADHD is sometimes joked about and is a common term that is used regulary with children. However, it is real and it can make one's life unmanagble. If your wondering what the ADHD symptom checklist is, keep reading. My younger son had ADHD. It was obvious to me. He could not sit still, bounced around, and talked non stop. This continued until it was unmanageable at school and we took action. My older son had behavioral issues but I didn't think he had ADHD. The school mentioned it and I …

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Back to School Prayer (Printables Included)
July 12, 2022

School starts soon and we are all feeling the tension this time of year after the last two years. As you search your hearts and admit your fears to God, are you also looking for a back to school prayer? Kids are getting ready for the new school year soon. There is excitement in the air and the boys are looking forward to making new friends and meeting new teachers. As parents, we worry about peer pressure and grades. I know for myself, that we will be tackling some stressful things. For some children, it will be there first time in school and they will be learning new things. The Awful Start to Summer As they head out on this new adventure, tensions arise as we remember the poor …

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Sensory Toys for Autism and ADHD : A Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed
July 7, 2022

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with Autism or ADHD, you know that finding the right tools to help them succeed can be a challenge. Sensory toys can be a great way to help your child focus and learn. In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of sensory toys and provide a list of some of the best options available. Table of contentsWhat is ADHD?Symptoms of ADHD Treating ADHDWhat is Autism?5 Disorders on the Autism SpectrumSymptoms of AutismTreating AutismOccupational TherapySensory IntegrationSensory toysBenefits of Sensory ToysSensory RoomBubble MachinesFidget ToysFiber Optic LightsWeighted blanketsCotton Weighted BlanketCooling Weighted BlanketSherpa Weighted BlanketTactile wallsVibrating pillowsSensory SwingsSensory tablesConstructive Playthings Sand and Water Table with Dry-Erase Top24″H Large Sensory Table & LidWater tablesVisual aidsPicturesVideosFlashcardsPuzzlesAuditory aidsEarbudsNoise-Canceling HeadphonesWhite Noise MachinesBallsPuffer Balls Bouncing …

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Back to School Supplies List: Printable Included for Middle School or High School
July 3, 2022

Getting ready for back to school can be a hectic time for both parents and students. Everyone is running around with their school supply lists. Kid are thinking about their first day of school. To help make the process a little easier, we've compiled a back to school supplies list that is typically required by most schools. Back to School Supplies List Now Versus Two Years Ago Things were a lot different two years ago. The items like masks and hand sanitizer where the first to be sold. My back to school list today is a lot different than the list two years ago. This one has many items that are missing on this list because of school rules and regulations Back to School Essentials Different school districts and …

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Awesome Indoor Summer Activities for Kids
June 7, 2022

Are you looking for indoor summer activities for kids when rainy days occur? We love the beach and the pool but it gets up to 120 degrees here in Arizona, so we like to have a backup plan of fun activities for the younger kids and the older kids to enjoy. Just a few more weeks left of summer vacation and the boys are getting antsy! I don't know about you, but camp isn't feasible financially for the whole summer and I don't want my children to be away the whole time. Summers are meant to spend with the family, going on water park trips and road trips. But there are those days when we just want to pull our hair out and the kids a …

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How to Keep Children's Hands out of Their Mouth: Sensory Processing Disorder
July 30, 2021

Have you heard of Sensory Processing Disorder? Oral fixation and kids' sensory issues are real, and now more than ever, we have to be more proactive about our health and find ways to avoid getting sick. I found a product to keep children's hands out of their mouth. For the sake of our kids' nervous system, it is so important for them to keep their hands out of their mouth, their hands off their face, and to wash their hands. Especially now more than ever we should pay attention to that when we're in the outside world meeting lots of people. What is ARK Therapeutic for Sensory Processing Disorder? ARK Therapeutic sells special need's writing tools, fidgets, chewies and products for oral motor sensory input and sensory stimulation. …

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Essentials for Back to School During A Pandemic
July 25, 2021

What do you need for back to school during a pandemic? Boy, I never thought I'd be writing about that! Here's a list of some items I never thought I'd need until now! I have never written a back to school list where I had to consider remote learning as well. Homeschooling during a pandemic may be a breeze for some parents who have home schooled already but not me! It's a lot to take in. Even with school just two weeks away, I am still uncertain of how things are going to be and what we will need for back to school. We have been buying more disinfecting wipes and taking safety measures when we leave the house like wearing face …

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Summer Camp Packing List for Kids
May 17, 2021

The kids are out of school and ready to roll! If you have enrolled them into summer camps, whether it's sleepaway camps or just day camp, you will need a summer camp packing list. Summer camp is coming up and we are all excited!  This means some alone time for mommy and the kids get to really enjoy outdoor activities.  How do we know if we are prepared to send them off to camp?  We are entrusting them in someone else's hands, sending them out in the summer heat to play so hard they might forget to drink water.  Most of the time, the camp gives us a check list but sometimes we are not always prepared to buy the right things and end up …

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Conscious Parenting; A Parenting Style that Works
January 21, 2021

Do you have a parenting style? Have you heard of conscious parenting? Let me introduce you to a parenting style that is actually all about you! Wow, 2020 has been eyeopening for me when it comes to conscious parenting.  I feel like I have been pushed to my limits; from homeschooling to quarantining.  The stress that Covid-19 has put our world under is unfathomable. This pandemic has changed the course of my kid's life. They will forever remember these years as a time of uncertainty, stress and pain. Losing loved ones just escalates it and being cooped up for weeks has been unbearable. I have definitely been unconscious and totally self absorbed. And disciplining the kids have been harder than …

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Back Yard Activities to keep the Kids busy During Quarantine
April 16, 2020

It's getting hot here in Arizona, but the kids can't get enough of being outside. With the Covid-19 quarantine, they welcome any time outside to ride their bike or go hiking.  This is where we have to start getting creative.  Trying to keep kids busy during quarantine has become a task. Back yard activities are the way to go to keep kids safe from Covid-19 and keep them quarantined without them going stir crazy! I love some fun water toys for the backyard! But I also found some fantastic back yard activities from some very creative bloggers like bird feeders, painting a birdhouse, garden rocks or flower pots. Check them out below! Back Yard ActivitiesLearn about Pollinators; Bees, Butterflies and Birds + Free Activity Printable …

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How to Make Wheat Free, Gluten Free Snacks for Kids
July 17, 2019

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own My kids love making sandwiches out of crackers.  There's something about the ritual of making it.  They get excited about what they are going to put inside the sandwich and it becomes a step by step game for them. They also love the crunch! Sometimes, they get slight skin reactions from snacks that have wheat and gluten in them.  You don't know what you're buying when you get the premade processed stuff. But I found a way to get them to make these fun snack sandwiches by themselves using fresh ingredients that are wheat and gluten free. You shouldn't have to settle for taste …

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When to Buy your Child a Smart Phone
July 1, 2019

My son (Thing 1) starts 2nd grade this year and I just don't know where the time has gone! We are big on electronics in our house, however, we limit time and content.  Our tablets have settings according to their age and have restrictions on in app purchases. But I have always let my kids use my cell phone. But now I have to think about them having one to themselves? Just when I thought I had one thing down as a parent too.  It just doesn't ever stop, especially with technology advancing so much. So, when is the right time to buy a child a smart phone, if ever? Boy, have I been cautiously anticipating this conversation! I asked him below on IGTV what he thought about …

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5 Unique Ways to get Kids to do Chores {Printables Included}
June 16, 2019

Are you looking for unique ways to get your kids to do chores? Look no further as I have a list of different options below. How many of us mom's struggle to get our kids to do chores?  I've tried so many things and I've concluded that kids actually like structure, which includes chores.  So, I've started to give them a simple schedule of chores to do. It's hard with two and I definitely had fears of parenting two.  But every parent makes mistakes. Sibling rivalry is ramped in our house, so, I put a list of chores in between their bedrooms to remind them and myself.  I don't want to hear them argue about who's doing or not doing what chore. But all children are different and …

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How I Balance My Kid's Screen Time
January 25, 2019

With all the craziness going on in the world today, we, as parents need to have more control over what our kids watch and play.  I love getting the kids outside, but some days they want to say in a play on electronics. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet gives me that control and helps me balance my kid's screen time. How Much Screen Time Should Kids Have? Don't beat yourself up about allowing your kids too much screen time in the past. Experts say it's not that bad, after all. Just set limits on how many hours. Does Too Much Screen Time Affect their Brain Development? Screen time can overstimulate the developing brain and shorten attention spans. And it's not always about what they are watching, it's …

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Bringing Back Holiday Traditions with the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
December 18, 2018

It's the Holiday season, which means Holiday parties, cookie making, wrapping gifts, gift giving and Holiday Traditions.  My kids love Holiday Traditions like picking the chocolate out of the Advent Calendar and finding Christmas pajamas on their bed Christmas morning.  But the one thing they really enjoy is reading Holiday Books and watching Holiday movies.  Every year we enjoy this family tradition and I dig out the books and movies at the bottom of the Holiday box stashed in the garage. We all gather on the couch and read.  The anticipation of the next page or next scene coupled with the excitement of the Holidays brings out the child in me. I love everything about the Holidays! There's nothing like curling up with my boys and …

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