Like most moms, I am dreading those long Midwest winters. Long days stuck inside, trying to entertain crazy toddlers with cabin fever. Battling it out day after day over toys, Paw Patrol vs Daniel Tiger episodes, and countless requests for fruit snacks. I am always in search of fun, free activities that get us out of the house!
Here are just a few activities I always make sure that are on our calendar! They are great ways to get the kids out of the house and share a special experience with them! Continue reading
Ohh Thanksgiving week… a week filled with overwhelmed moms just chugging coffee and praying that the darn bird thaws out in time. Endless to-do list, trips to the grocery store, and placing a store bought pie in your pie pan you have yet to cook a real pie in. The endless begging the kids to keep the house presentable for just a few more days until you surrender it back to them to destroy. The stack of black Friday ads sits on the kitchen table, with countless sticky notes hanging from their pages.
I think every parent on the plant has mumbled a few swear words under their breath as they clean up the countless number of toys every night. They are scattered over every inch of the house, within minutes the next morning!
We have sworn off the toy aisle with a burning passion! We tell family members every year, “NO MORE TOYS!” However, there they are… those big boxes wrapped up waiting for your child to tear off the paper and they end up enjoying the big box rather than the toy inside.
Well we have changed things in our house, and I have to tell you my kids have LOVED IT! We now collect memories and not things. We ask everyone to give the gift of an experience instead of just more stuff that will end up on our garage sale in a few months.
A simple shoe box, it seems so lifeless to me. Something I would discard into the growing pile of Amazon boxes in the garage. Maybe my toddler would fill it with mismatch puzzle pieces. The baby would for sure sit in it and giggle with delight.
A simple box. Nothing fancy.
However, for some it can be everything. It can be hope, love, and comfort.
For real!! No like for real!!
That empty toilet paper roll…. it never fails! It always appears as I sit down. The first time I have been able to sit down all morning.
It stares back at me. Glaring.