DIY Angry Birds Paddle Balloon Game

The biggest request I get through emails and messages is for MORE Angry Birds ideas for parties. Who knew some naughty pigs and soaring colored birds could be come SO popular! Since I am normally looking for ways to entertain a 4 year-old while his brothers are at school, I made him this Angry Birds paddle ball/balloon game.  […]

Simple Science: Growing Crystals

Lately my boys have been obsessed with science experiments and since my college degree was in the science field, this is right up my alley and yes my nerdy side has been coming out a little bit. ;).  We went to the library and checked out about 7 or 8 books with science experiments for kids.  So, you may be seeing more posts with simple science projects you can do with your boys.  Growing crystals was really easy and it was fun to watch the crystals grow each day. […]

10 Ways to Balance Motherhood So You Don’t Lose Your Mind

And so it begins!  The day that I tried to avoid as long as possible.    We are at the point where all three of my oldest boys are now involved in various activities.  Running two kids around seemed manageable, but three might just be the death of me.  I’ve always thought I was good at multi-tasking but just the thought of running in 3 different directions every night of the week has me feeling very anxious and overwhelmed.  And then I realize that I did this to myself.  I sacrificed my sanity so my kids can have different opportunities to have fun, be active and also to develop their talents.  Do all moms do that?  I think for the most part we do.  It’s in our nature to want our kids to be involved in the things that they are excited about and that teach them new skills.  I also feel like I have too much to do during the day so that my early evenings can be spent running kids around.  So how do I handle this time of my life without ending up in the loony bin? I’ve done a lot of reading on this topic and have come up with 10 ways to balance the demands of motherhood. 1- Learn to say no! I’ll be the first to say that I have a hard time with this one.  I want my boys to be involved in everything that they like but there comes a time where we have to make them choose which activities they like best.  It’s not only important for our sanity but theirs as well.  I know my kids have a heavier school load than I did at their age and getting them involved in too much extracurricular activities at such a young age could really stress them out.  Also,  I feel like I have a responsibility to help and serve not just my family, but people in my church and community as well.  And saying no gets me feeling really guilty.  We have to be able to be honest with ourselves and others and just say, “look, I really would love to be able to do that but I just can’t right now.”  And that answer is okay.  Our lives come in seasons and if you are a young mother with busy kids, your main service will be done in your home.  (And I’m not saying don’t serve others but know your limits and if things start affecting your health and sanity, it’s time to re-evaluate your commitments.) […]

3 Fish and a “Crabwich”

I’ve decided that I don’t know how single moms do it!  My hat goes off to you.  This summer I spent 5 weeks as a partial single parent and part of that time I ventured out and took my kids to swim lessons.  Three kids (not to mention the baby in the stroller), three different levels, meaning we had to be there at 3 different times!  It. was. exhausting.  The first day was meltdown free so I was feeling pretty good about things.  Days 2-5 not so much!  In fact there were moments where I almost packed up our stuff and called it quits.  The last day of class the teacher has them go under the water and open their eyes and smile for a picture.  I’ll let you guess which one didn’t like swim lessons so much. 😉  This will be a fun little game.  Ready: Fish #1 […]

Fun Friday! I’m being watched

I haven’t posted a Fun Friday activity in a couple of weeks.  I love to find activities to make our Friday’s more fun and that can get the kid’s imaginations going.  Today I gave them some self-adhesive googly eyes and then sat back and watched as they made regular objects from our house come to life. Here are some of our favorites: […]

Toothpaste Box Firecrackers

Firecrackers! I'm SO [...]

A Birthday Bash and 3 Lessons I Learned From My Grandpa

Today was my Grandpa’s birthday so naturally we had a party.  There were balloons, cake, singing and Glen’s Great Zesty Trail Drive Goulash (more on that in a minute), but the only thing missing was Grandpa. This is his second birthday we have celebrated since he passed away and I still miss him everyday.   My grandpa was a huge part of my life and my emotions are still close to the surface  but if Grandpa knew that I was sitting around crying over him he’d probably kick me in the rear. So instead, we had a party! I’ve tried to make it a tradition on days like today to celebrate those who have passed on with a recipe that reminds me of them.  Grandpa made up Glen’s Great Zesty Trail Drive Goulash and submitted it into a beef cook-off competition.  He won the “most creative” award. 🙂  It still makes me smile to remember how proud he was of this recipe.  You have to click on the link just so you can read his commentary before and after his recipe.  It might not be a recipe fit for Pinterest but he was always good for a laugh. We looked through a memory book of him, sang happy birthday and had cake, […]

Fun Friday: Mirror Messages

Happy Fun Friday!!  [...]

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