Bath & Pool Fun with Nuby Bath Links

Hey Everyone!

We got our hands on some Nuby Bath Links for my daughter and they are quite the hit with her! I won’t lie, even my four-year-old son enjoys playing with them. These are great for learning and having fun all at the same time.

They come with an adorable starfish, crab, and turtle along with multiple links in different shapes.

These bath links are great for little ones six months of age and older. They come in an adorable package of fifteen links. I really like how the package has a handle so it’s easy for even the young ones to carry around. My daughter enjoys carrying them around in their package and they have really helped her with her coordination and development, and it gives her something to play with while I wash her hair.

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They are BPA free, just like most other awesome Nuby products! You can find them on Amazon too! One of my favorite places to shop.

We have used these links in the tub, but since the weather has gotten nicer we brought them out to the kiddie pool to play also. My daughter really enjoy’s this because she can squirt them wherever she wants outside and rearrange them in all different orders.

We also started to pretend that the pool was an ocean for the turtle, crab, and starfish links and we were keeping them safe in their home.

They truly bring out the imagination in my kiddos.

I really enjoy how versatile this product is. We have used them in the tub, the pool, and even without water. They are so fun!

It makes me so happy as a mother to know that Nuby puts out products that help my children develop while having fun at the same time.

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Tips to Help Your Child Become More Independent

Teaching your child independence can be a difficult task. I mean how can you blame them? They are born into a world where we feed, change, and bathe them. They are reliant on us for everything. As they grow older, you struggle to find the ‘right’ time to give them independence (I know I do).

  • We don’t want them making a mess everywhere, so we do it ourselves.
  • You don’t have enough time in the morning for them to change themselves because their muscles immediately become lifeless, so it feels like hours for them to take their socks off
  • They melt your heart because they assume you don’t love them because you are refusing to help (holy mom guilt!)
  • They cry and get frustrated, and you don’t feel like listening to it
  • They get more soap and water on the bathroom floor then their bodies
  • Your anxiety shoots through the roof just looking at the mess they are making

The list could go on and on, but of course you don’t want your child growing into their teenage years being completely dependent on mommy and daddy. Trust me, I’m totally guilty of ‘not cutting the cord’ as my husband would say and helping my kids with everything.

Give yourself (and them) some extra time. You always should remember in the back of your head that they are learning, it doesn’t take a few minutes to completely tackle something you’re not used to doing. Think about it…

  • It’s hard to run a marathon if you’ve never ran before
  • It can take a few tries to perfect a new meal if you’ve never cooked
  • You don’t learn to swim after the first time in a pool

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Things take practice, so your little ones need that extra time. I’ve started giving my son and myself 20 minutes of extra time every morning so we don’t get behind and he can do his morning routine on his own.

Organization. I’ve learned that an organized environment is extremely helpful for a little one becoming independent. My son has an organizing shelf in his room that toys used to be thrown into randomly.

  • Cars mixed with LEGOs
  • Trains mixed with Action Figures
  • Paw Patrol mixed with Blaze and the Monster Machines

That’s no longer happening. We now place each item into different bins so the process of cleaning his room is easier. He quickly knows where everything goes, and he doesn’t get super frustrated during the cleaning process. Now that he is starting to read, I’m going to label each bin so he can read off what toy goes where.

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Use safer and smaller cleaning supplies. A big responsibility I’m trying to teach my son is cleaning up after himself.

  • He leaves his juice boxes laying around
  • gummy wrappers sitting on the couch
  • plates left on the dinner table with crumbs all over the floor.

Luckily my son enjoys cleaning, but only when Mommy is doing it too. When he must clean up his own mess, it becomes devastatingly hard to accomplish. So, to help him out we bought a mini broom and gave him his own little bin of rags, wipes, and a small spray bottle of kid-friendly cleaner. If he gets to spray something, he loves it. So, I try to work around what he enjoys so it becomes a ‘fun’ chore to tackle in his mind.

Let your kids know you trust them. There is where the ‘cutting the cord’ comes into play for me. Give them some freedom when it’s time to play or clean up.

  • Allow them to go outside while you watch from afar
  • Leave their bedroom when it’s time to clean it
  • Have them run out and check the mail while your inside

This can be a huge confident booster for your child and it can help make them believe they are capable of more, but you will always be there for assistance. It could reduce the number of outbursts with them complaining that they can’t do it or that it’s too hard. Maybe it’ll also motivate them to do more independently.

Be there for them. Always be their number one motivator. Stay calm and motivate them along the way. If there’s a mess after they attempt to pour their milk alone, tell them it’s okay and that they are learning. Grab a rag and have them clean it up. If you get upset then that will make them upset, and their confidence goes out the window. Praise and positivity are two great ways to communicate to your child.

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 Independence is a learning experience in the end. There will be multiple failed attempts before you succeed.

That goes for adults too. We’ve gone through it.

With success, comes reward. My son knows that if he successfully completes his chores, he receives a dollar. When he doesn’t complete his chores, or complains then he loses a dollar.

 I do believe in letting your kids be rewarded when they complete what they are asked, but I also don’t want them to become greedy, hence why the money will be taken too.

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June Goals

Happy June Everyone!

Summer is so close and I’m so ready. The month of May went by so quickly that I completely forgot to post my monthly goals. I guess that’s mom life, you forget a lot…

I’m hopping back on it and setting a list of goals for June. I’m hoping to have a better month and can achieve these goals. I’m almost positive that the gross weather has finally broke here in Southern PA, and we can start enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather.

Fingers crossed.

 I always think short term goals are much easier to achieve than long term goals.

I don’t know, they just seem more realistic to me.

So here we go! My list of goals. Do you have any?

Friday pool days. Perks of being a stay at home mom during the summer, pool days! All the time! While we have a couple small blow up pools at our house, my parents have a gigantic pool that the kiddos love. Since my mother is off on Friday’s and my son is only going to summer camp two days a week, Fridays will be designated pool days at Nana and Pops!

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Visit local attractions. My wonderful, hardworking husband can receive free tickets to the Zoo, Aquarium, and Science Center all in our area. Score! On the days that my son is home I want to get us out to those places and have some fun. If anyone knows me personally, I hate being home all the time. I like to get out on some adventures. Plus, it wears the kids out, so they sleep good at night. My son is also begging to visit Knoebel’s too, so that’s on the list also.

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Cardio, Cardio, Cardio. I’ve slacked hard on my cardio. With the cold weather and rainy days, I barely got out to run. I’m hoping to put more time into my cardio sessions and really sweat my butt off. My daughter enjoys being outside, so she can tag along too. She wakes up in the morning, and goes right to the side door to get outside. Luckily, she can’t reach the knob yet. Usually, she gets the better end of the stick when it comes to cardio. She naps.

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Save some extra money for vacation. In August we are going with a bunch of family to the Outer Banks and I can’t be any more excited for it. With now have two little ones coming along, I wanted to make sure to have plenty of spending money to spoil their cute little selves all week long. Plus, I want a date night with the hubby, and I’m sure that can get pricey too. Let’s not forget food and wine… lots of wine.

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Cut out processed foods. Chick-fil-A has been my go to lately. It’s all I want to eat. The craving is real. I’ve been going there at least once a week. It doesn’t help that they always send you free food in their app. As much as I want to hate eating processed food, I love it. I love it a lot. I’d eat some french fries every day if I could. But, my body is telling me to stop. So I want to go a full month with no fast food restaurants! This one is going to be tough…

Have a yard sale. My kids have so many toys that are placed all over the house. Along with clothes. I can’t even fit all their clothes into their dressers and closets. It’s insane. I’m going to spend a day and go through everything. I want to have a yard sale to get rid of some items. They are having one at my son’s preschool in a few weeks, so I think this will be an easy goal to achieve. I just need to make sure my son isn’t watching me while I get rid of some toys, because we all know how they can’t let go of anything. Ever.

With those being said…

Bring on summer, we are so ready!

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Learning To Read

Hi Everyone!

We are at the stage where my oldest is starting to learn how to read. I am so impressed with how well he is doing for only being four years old. He is learning so much at his pre-school, I couldn’t be more thankful!

But it’s not all that wonderful when we get home. I always here how phenomenal he does in school, so I want him to be able to do the same at home.

Besides his occasional homework he must complete, I wanted to find different ways to incorporate learning to read words at home also. We’ve came up with a few ideas that are really helping advance in his reading skills so of course we wanted to share.

Reading. Of course, this a no brainer. Obviously reading books helps you learn to read. What we do is I read most of the book. Any sight word I see that I know he has learned at pre-k, I stop and see if he’s following along and I let him read those words. We go through the books together and both read. It’s a fun way for him and I to have some bonding time, all while learning at the same time.

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Bath Time Letters. We’ve recently gotten our hands on some Nuby Bath Letters and Numbers. These are a must buy for little ones 18 months and older who are learning the alphabet, spelling words, and reading. Let’s not forget there are numbers included, which is great for learning also! These soft foam letters float in the water and easily stick to the walls to make spelling words so simple. It includes all 26 letters and numbers 1-10. They are so fun for bath time.

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My son enjoys attempting to spell certain words I ask him spell (especially his name), or I’ll spell a word and make him read it.  To make it a little more fun, if he gets the word wrong I dump a little bit of water on his head. He loves it and we laugh the entire time while learning.

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You can find these Phthalate and BPA FREE letters at multiple locations including Meijer, www.buybabydirect.com, and Baby Depot at Burlington!

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Word Hunting. This is a fun game we’ve started to play. I write his sight words on separate little sticky notes and place them all around the house. I will tell him a certain site word and he gets to run around the house to find the correct sticky note with that word on it. If he gets them all correct without messing up, he gets a popsicle.

Now that the weather is warming up, we’ll be playing this game outside in the back yard!

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What are some of your favorite activities to help your children learn to read? I’d love to add more in our routine!

 

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What Mom’s Truly Want for Mother’s Day

We all know that us mothers love anything we get from our kids on Mother’s Day. The homemade cards and crafts, beautiful flowers, a gift card to the spa. Trust me they are all great, but if we had the chance to truly say what we really wanted, aside from the traditional gifts, I think we can all agree to the list I’ve created below.

We can always dream, right?!

 Mother’s Day or not, I’m sure we’re still ready to pull our hair out at times because the kids won’t stop complaining or you’ve already heard “Mommy” for the umpteenth time. Those flowers look pretty in that vase on the counter, but you still have to clean up the house at the end of the day that the kids destroyed with their Barbie dolls and LEGO’s.

Well… here’s a few of my not so ‘traditional’ gifts that I think we can all agree sound lovely as a mother.

 

Sleep. All hail sleeping! If I could go a week straight with 8 hours of solid sleep each night I would feel like a whole new woman. No interruptions, no crying at night, no dogs stealing my spot in bed. I’d be one happy Mama. Maybe not even a week, give me the weekend, or even one simple night. That’s all I really need.

One. Night.

Coffee automatically made, just the way I like it. If I could walk downstairs to my Keurig each morning with a fresh 12oz coffee made with a splash of caramel almond milk creamer and two Stevia’s, my mornings would run so much more smoothly. Between waking the kids up, getting them fed, and the getting the oldest ready for Pre-K, coffee is usually the last thing that gets done before rushing out the door. Or it just gets forgotten in general and that ride to Pre-K is excruciating.

Childcare in Target. I think we ALL can agree on this one! How amazing would it be to just walk into Target, drop the kids off at the childcare center and be able to shop… ALONE. I know I’d be a fan, and it would definitely make me visit more often if that meant the kids could get their energy out while playing as I did my shopping. I just hope my husband is ready for multiple shopping sprees going on the bank card.

For the kids to actually ask Dad. Oh, you know, instead of the kids completely walking past dad, who’s just lying on the couch watch sports and asking mom to fix a toy while she’s in the kitchen making dinner for everyone, they stop and see if dad can do it first. We all know that mommy is wonder women, but daddy can do it too. We promise. He is fully capable of just about anything.

For the kids to listen the first time around. Instead of asking for the 18th time to put their shoes on in the morning, they do it the first time asked. Or, when you tell them it’s bed time, they go right in bed and go to sleep instead of insisting they are thirsty or hungry, or need to use the bathroom even though they just used it five minutes ago.

A clean home. To wake up to a clean house every morning is probably a dream for everyone, not only us mothers. Why can’t there be little magical fairies that come into our home every night to clean and prepare for the next day. They’d get a hefty tip from me, no doubt about it.

A hot steamy uninterrupted bath. Just give me thirty minutes in the tub without my little ones throwing in their rubber duckies or yelling in the other room that they need help with something. Some peace and quiet while soaking in the tub with a LUSH bath bomb sounds absolutely wonderful.

 

I would love to put together a survey and get the opinions of other mothers to see what they’d truly want for Mother’s Day compared to the traditional gifts we receive each year. Let me hear them!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mama’s!

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5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Hydrated

It’s always good to start a good hydration routine with your kids, especially over the summer months. Their bodies don’t cool down as easily as adults, so dehydration is at a higher risk for younger ones. I always push water on my children even when they say they aren’t thirsty. Especially since my oldest could be sweating bullets, but continues to insist he isn’t thirsty.

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I put together a list of ways to keep your kids hydrated over the summer. There are multiple ways to get water in their system other than just drinking out of a water fountain or plastic cup.

If you’re like my family, it’s a never-ending battle to get your kids to drink water. I’ll definitely be trying these tips over the summer to increase the water intake in my kiddos.

  1. Add fruits and vegetables into their daily meals.

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Food such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, lettuce, and celery have tons of water in them.

Mix up a smoothie for them if you have trouble getting them to eat green veggies. Add some spinach in there, along with sweet fruit.

Did you know spinach is 92% water?!

You have to sneak those in while you can. Not only will they get hydrated, but they will get their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

  1. Make popsicles.

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Have them make their own popsicle with fruit and water. You can even mix it up a little and use some Gatorade or Propel. I personally enjoy using coconut water.

Surprisingly enough, a two-stick popsicle has enough water to help hydrate a young one. If you don’t want to do popsicle’s, just add some fruit to ice cube trays and freeze it. It can make the water look ‘prettier’ and they might drink it more willingly.

  1. Have them choose their cup.

When a little one gets a something new, they love to use it! So, try mixing up their water bottles.

My son recently received the Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip It cup. He loves it! Especially since it’s his favorite color, green.

This BPA free 12oz (360ml) water canteen is perfect for my son since he’s constantly on the go. There’s an easy to use hygienic cover that keeps the spout clean when closed. It is made from tough durable break-resistant Tritan plastic from Eastman, and has a colorful silicone band for easy gripping. You can find multiple colors at Target.

I’ll be sure to add this into the mix of his favorite cups. It’s the perfect size for him.

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  1. Infuse their water naturally.

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Have them pick out some fruits and let them add it to their water. I love lemon and mint in my water. My children love eating strawberries and blueberries, so I’m going to experiment with all different fruit varieties this summer.

Hopefully, the water won’t taste as ‘boring’ to them and they will consume more.

  1. Be a water role model.

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Monkey see, Monkey do. Show them how much mommy and daddy love drinking water. I try to drink water all day long and show them how good it can be for you. I also let them know that drinking water helps grow big strong muscles.

Kind of like a flower, you water the flower than it grows big and strong. If they put water in their bodies, they grow the same.

Use these tips to go along with my other post, 100 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside!

 

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Cesarean Awareness Month – My Story

 

As some of you may or may not know, both of my children were born via cesarean section. With it being Cesarean Awareness month, I thought it would be fun to tell my story.

Most of us mothers can agree that a cesarean section isn’t our first choice when it comes to our delivery plans but sometimes that’s the way it goes. I never really had a ‘birthing plan’ but of course my intentions were a normal birth. All I knew was I definitely wanted an epidural. This mama wasn’t ready to experience a natural birth, the contractions were enough.

In December 2013, my son was five days overdue. I went to my weekly OB appointment, thinking I was going to plan my induction and continue working until then. So I waddled my way up onto the table for my doctor to check my dilation, and within a few seconds all I hear is

“Welp, I don’t think your heading back to work, I think I just broke your water”.

THANK YOU DOC, I AM READY.

I headed over to the hospital, called who I needed to call and was ready to get this baby out. As much as I was ready to get this boy out, he wasn’t ready. Not one bit. We waited and waited for any teeny bit of dilation change. Nothing. So here came the Pitocin, hours later.

 Finally, the contractions began and a little under 24 hours later I was ready to push. Did I mention they predicted my son to be around 8-9lbs?! Yeah, I was a little nervous to push that dude out. After twenty minutes of pushing, an episiotomy, and a vacuum my sons heart rate was dropping, quickly. So, emergency C-section it was. I was rushed to the OR and within 20 minutes, my beautiful 6lb 14oz boy was born.

Yeah, SIX pounds. So much for an 8-9 pounder. Thanks for freaking me out doc.

In the back of my mind, I felt like I failed at birthing my son. But, after having him in my arms, my entire heart filled with happiness and relief. My little boy and I were healthy, and that was all that mattered. Everything was worth it.

 

After 8 months of being a mother, I had to received emergency back surgery. All from carrying and attempting to give birth to my son. You can find that story here.

A little over three years later, in February 2017 I was preparing to give birth to my daughter. This time was a little different though, my cesarean section was planned.

I met my current husband in 2015, when my son was a little over a year old.

When I found out I was pregnant with our daughter, I knew this was going to be his first child. Fear overcame me when I started to think of my back and what he would think knowing he might not get to experience the ‘normal’ birthing process of his daughter.

I was afraid he would be upset to not be able to experience the labor, holding my hand while I had contractions, and the actual anticipation of me pushing and giving birth to our beautiful baby girl.

Although, there was the risk of uterine rupture, I decided to try for a VBAC.

So that was our plan, we’d wait it out until I go into labor and I would try a vaginal birth all over again.

Everything was going great, I was so excited to be able to attempt a second vaginal birth. We knew she would be a little one, so I thought it would be a breeze. Then we hit about 35 weeks and I was crushed.

My daughter was breech, so a repeat cesarean was mandatory for the health of my daughter. I was heartbroken. The feeling of failure overcame me once again and I broke down. Knowing that there was nothing I could do to change my birthing options now; my husband was the most supportive man. He didn’t care about how our daughter was brought into this world, he just wanted us both happy and healthy. I was the mother of his child and he’d never love me any less then he does now. In fact, knowing that I was carrying his child made him love me even more. To this day, I appreciate him more then he’ll ever know.

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So here came February 6th, 2017. The day we picked to give birth to our daughter. As much as I was upset that I couldn’t attempt a VBAC, the process of a repeat cesarean section was very relaxed and calm. I knew what I was about to go through and I was ready. My husband and I were both ready. He was waiting for this day to come for years. He was so excited to become a father and to make his parents grandparents. We also couldn’t wait to give my son a sibling.

We arrived at the hospital around 10AM, expecting to go into the operating room around 1PM. After waiting and waiting, not to mention I couldn’t eat or drink all day… at 3:30PM I go on back. My husband had to stay back at first while they inserted my epidural and numbed me which slightly made me nervous because all I wanted was him next to me, but once I was ready and that lovely blue sheet went up, he was right by my side, ready to welcome our girl.

The doctor came in, introduced herself, and explained every single step of the process with us during my entire surgery. My husband and I stared at each other the entire time and were impatiently waiting to hear our daughters first cry.

Finally, we hear “here she comes” and at 4PM exactly we heard her first little cry. My husband sat his forehead on mine and we cried together. Our bond felt stronger than ever.

 

After a few moments, he went over to cut the cord, and then brought our little girl over so we could meet her together.

My heart was so full, our little girl was here and she was completely healthy. At that moment, all the feelings of failure disappeared. I just had my second major surgery to give these beautiful little humans life. This wasn’t the ‘easy way out’. Cesarean mothers go through just as much as mothers who give birth naturally. We all have the heal afterwards, just in different ways. We all bleed, we all cry, and we all become new mothers to a beautiful little baby that will love us no matter how they came into this world.

I am a proud cesarean mother, and I wouldn’t change how my children came into this world one bit. They are healthy, energetic, intelligent kids that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

 

Happy Cesarean Awareness Month!

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100 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside

Happy Spring Everyone!

I am so excited that the weather is final warming up here on the east coast! I’m ready for ice cream dates and playground fun. With my youngest now on the go, I’m really excited for what this spring and summer have in store for us. Last year was difficult because she was so young so getting out was a little tough, but this year she’s able to keep up with her brother and I know they are going to have a blast.

I am big on getting the kids outside as much as possible. I like for them to be active, to run around, and just be a kid! My son is old enough to get into sports, so I really want to experiment and see what he truly enjoys so we can sign him up for a team. We’re thinking baseball, so I’m really excited. His cousin is amazing at playing ball, so I’m hoping to get them together a lot during the summer to really get my son into learning to rules of the game.

As for my one year old, I just want her to learn to love the outdoors. We’re a very ‘outdoorsy’ family, so I really don’t want my little ones to be stuck on electronics and television, especially when it’s so beautiful outside. My in-laws are getting the kids a play set for our backyard so I’m excited. That will go great with the sandbox and fire pit we currently have out there.

So why not kick off the beginning of spring with a list of 100 ways to get your kids outside!

Some may cost a little, but others are completely free!

There are options for every budget!

 

Draw with sidewalk chalk

Go for a bike ride/learn to ride a bike

Visit a playground

Have a picnic

Go for a walk

Catch fireflies at night

Plant a garden

Visit a lake

Go fishing

Practice/Play a sport

Go swimming in a pool

Hike in the woods

Visit a zoo

Visit an ice cream shop

Go to a carnival

Visit an amusement park

Play tag

Play hide and go seek

Have a bonfire

Roast marshmallows

Pitch a tent and ‘camp’ in your backyard

Have a water balloon fight

Set up a sprinkler or slip and slide

Visit a national or state park

Identify different birds

Have an outdoors scavenger hunt (see below for a free printable!)

Paint rocks

Play hopscotch

Catch butterflies

Build and paint a birdhouse

Pick different flowers

Go feed ducks

Finger paint

Find shapes in the clouds

Look for stars at night in a telescope

Wash a car

Play I-Spy

Climb a tree

Fly a kite

Make paper airplanes

Play with bubbles

Go puddle jumping

Have a squirt gun fight

Make a time capsule and bury it

Play in the mud

Visit a farm

Have a lemonade stand

Visit a beach

Go to a local baseball game

Make dandelion wishes

Visit a water park

Go frog catching

Collect seashells

Go paddle boating

Go to an outdoor concert

Play in a sandbox

Go on a boat ride

Go swimming in a lake

Paint pine cones

Make a bird feeder

Identify tree types

Make a nature journal

Collect different types of leaves

Collect different types of rocks

Grill and eat dinner outside

Go mini golfing

Skip rocks

Pick berries

Smell different flowers

visit a farmer’s market

Make a wind chime

Visit a drive-in movie theater

Roll down a hill

Dance outside

Visit an aquarium

Go crabbing

Look for bugs

Plant a tree

Take outside photos

Build an outside fort

Go horseback riding

Hula hoop

Watch the sun set/rise

Jump rope

Go go-karting

Make paper boats

Build sandcastles

Have a race

Build an obstacle course

Jump on a trampoline

Make a tire swing

Do a science experiment

Tour a fire station

Visit a children’s museum

Find a four-leaf clover

Tie die shirts

Make shadow puppets

Walk to a snowball stand

Make your own snowballs

Make your own ice cream

Scavenger Hunt

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April Goals.

Happy April Everyone!

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So, as I did for March I am going to set some monthly goals for April. I am really starting to enjoy setting these short-term goals. They seem more achievable than when I would set a long-term goal.

With it being a new month, I’m here again to set my monthly goals for April! But first let’s recap. I want to go back to my March goals and see what I accomplished.

Get Liliana To Walk. Still a no go. But closer! She’s just about there! I give it a week or two and she’ll be all over the place.

Create an Easter Craft with the Kids. Check! Instead of a craft, we made Easter treats! We made Easter Bunny Cake Pops and Spring Flower Chocolate Pretzels. Both were super delicious!

Date Night with my Hubby. We were able to get out more than just once this month! I was so happy to have one on one time with my husband. It was well overdue. We needed it.

Mother and Son Date. We couldn’t accomplish this last month. With my husband working, and other personal conflicts going on, we did fun activities but it was with both kiddos, not just mama and son. He has spent a lot of bonding time with my hubby lately though!

Get Outside. We’ve still had cold weather, all throughout March. Even a snow storm. But, the nice days we did have we got outside. So, I’ll say this one was completed!

Explore New Recipes. I didn’t get to try as many new recipes as I would have liked, but we still tried a couple. So, I’ll say this was half completed!

March was a good one!

 

Let’s get into April.

I’m hoping the weather is nicer this month so some of these goals can be accomplished! Same as last month, I want to get outside.

Start a Garden. I want to spruce up my front lawn and add a flower garden. My mom bought me a Lily flower for Easter, so I’d like to get the mulch down and start off by planting that flower and going from there.

Grow My Own Vegetables. The hubs and I have been wanting to do this for a while. We love our veggies, and we really want to start our own garden in the back yard. We just never had the time. Now that I stay home, I think I can manage a veggie garden.

Add More Cardio into My Workout. With the weather warming up, I’m ready to get the little one and I out on our daily walks while my son is in pre-school, but as for now we brought our stationary bike upstairs and so far, so good with incorporating some cardio into my workout routine. I’m really enjoying it.

Open the House and Clean. Weather permitting, I really want to get the windows and doors open in the house and clean for hours. Crazy, right?! Get all the dirt and dust out of there, along with our millions of germs we’ve have cooped up in the house from all our illnesses.

Save Money for Vacation. Although vacation is in August, I want to start saving now. Just so we’ll have some extra money for the kids, alcohol, and groceries when we are down there and not having to worry about spending too much.

Clean Out the Kids Dressers/Closets. Out with the winter clothes, in with the spring. The amount of clothes my children have is unreal. I want to go through it all, find out what no longer fits and pack them away so I can fit their new clothes in there.

Does anyone else set monthly goals? I’d love to hear what you have going on in April!

 

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