Custom Willy Wonka Children’s Book

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We absolutely love Roald Dahl books! Several years ago, we bought a full set of his books and have been reading them one at a time. The very first book that we read was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Soon our obsession with all things Wonka began. That is why I was thrilled when I learned that I could get a custom Willy Wonka book for our family!

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We loved reading this book! It was a total surprise to my daughter that it was a custom book. We started reading the book and then she saw her name! Then she saw her sister’s name! It was so fun to be able to turn each page to see each custom part of the story that was made just for us! [Read more…]

Halloween Classroom Party Ideas

This is the first year that I will be helping out with a Halloween classroom party as a mom. I have helped with several in the past for my husband’s classroom, but I am excited to plan one for my daughter’s classroom. I have found so many fun Halloween classroom party ideas and I wanted to share them with you!

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Disney Pixar COCO Coloring Pages

COCO Coloring Pages

I always look forward to seeing what magic Disney Pixar will create with their movies. When I first started seeing previews for COCO, I was honestly a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure how a movie about dead people would be for kids. I had faith that Disney Pixar would turn it into something heartwarming and that it would be loved just as much as every one of their movies has been. When we went to a movie recently, I saw a new trailer for COCO and I knew that I my suspicions were correct in that it would be a heartwarming film that my family would enjoy. [Read more…]

Clay Ice Cream Sensory Activity

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We love to come up with different ways to create at our house. My 5 year old is constantly crafting in some way or another. As much as she loves to draw, color, and make crafts out of paper, she can get tired of those things and looks for other ways to be creative. That is why I love the idea of having a few little boxes ready with different activities that she can do, but they are considered to be a little more special and are things that she doesn’t play with every single day. I love sensory activities and this clay ice cream sensory activity has been a big hit at our house!

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Monster Bath Bomb for Kids

Kids love bath bombs just as much as adults do! There just aren’t that many “fun” DIY bath bomb options out there for kids. So to get in the Halloween spirit, I made these darling monster bath bombs! They would be really fun to give out at a Halloween party, but they are also something that you could make any time of the year.

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Monster Rice Krispie Treats

Delicious Monster Rice Krispie Treats that will be perfect for your Halloween parties!

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Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

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I haven’t ever really celebrated Earth Day before. Back when we were newlyweds, Dave and I went to an Earth Day celebration at the park and he rapped as Danger Mouth. The crowd was pretty much made of 12 year old girls and they thought he was basically the greatest thing ever. It was one of the funnier memories of our newlywed life and it is what I think of anytime I think of Earth Day.

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Now that I am a mom, I love finding ways to celebrate holidays with my daughter. Since I am pretty sure Danger Mouth is going to be coming out of “retirement” anytime soon, I tried to come up with a few different ways that I could celebrate Earth Day with my daughter. I don’t plan on becoming a major environmentalist, but I do like that we have Earth Day because I do believe that we are so blessed to have the beautiful Earth that we have. I think it is important to do our part to take care of the Earth and find ways to celebrate this beautiful world.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day with kids, without having to completely change your lifestyle.

#1 Take your kids to the park and let them play, but teach them the importance of cleaning up their garbage. You could even have a race to see who can pick up 10 pieces of garbage in the park first. Just make sure to teach them safety as well. Don’t let them pick up dangerous items such as glass, cigarette butts, etc.

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Toy Emporium: Colors and Numbers Toddler Game

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It is really inspiring to watch my daughter’s interest in learning grow each and everyday. I am constantly blown away with what information she retains and how much she knows as a two year old. It is really fun to help her learn new things, but sometimes I get caught in a funk and have a hard time coming up with new activities that she can do that would be educational too. Often times, I will look online for new activities, but most of them down’t keep her attention for too long. Thankfully I discovered [Read more…]

Teaching Kids Healthy Habits

When Dave and I were first married, we would talk about our future family. We would talk about dreams we had for our family and what types of things we wanted to do to create a happy family unit. One thing we both would talk about was our desire to raise a healthy family. Now that we are parents, we are put in the position to make that dream a reality.

It can be tough to make your kids eat all of their vegetables, but one thing that is easy to teach your kids about is exercise. Kids don’t look at being active as exercise. They look at it as play. Have you tried to play some of their activities lately? They can be a good workout! What happens between age 4 and 30 to make us realize that being active is no longer an enjoyable activity, but is looked out as exercise? I think life just gets in the way a lot of times, but I also think it is important to each kids while they are young that being active isn’t a bad thing. It can be fun and should be a natural part of their daily lives.

Teach health through playing with your kids

The best way to teach a child about healthy habits, is through example. Get out there and live a healthy and active lifestyle that your kids can see. Even better? Involve your kids too! Here are five ways I suggest teaching your kids about staying active as an adult.

1. Go for a walk- We love going for walks as a family. It is a great time to get outside, get unplugged from our devices, and to be able to enjoy conversation. It is great exercise too! You can play different games with younger kids if they get restless if they are in a stroller during a walk too. You can have them listen for different things and have you guess what they hear, or have them look for items on your walk too!

2. Do an exercise video- I love doing exercise videos when the weather is no good outside. Although the workout is usually a little more intense if I do it during nap time, I prefer to do my workout videos when my daughter can participate with me. She doesn’t do anything with weights or anything, but she loves to mimic my actions. She isn’t necessarily getting an intense aerobic workout, but she is watching her mom do an exercise while engaging with her. It is all about teaching by example.

3. Play on the playground- This can be a seriously intense workout as an adult. As a kid, I never thought about how much work it was to swing, run up the tires, or climb the monkey bars. Playing on a playground is just natural for kids. Little kids love seeing their parents play with them on the playground. This is a great way to show your kids that you want to engage with them, but you aren’t too lazy to get up and get some physical activity either!

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4. Workout in the backyard- I have recently found my favorite way of working out. I love working out in my yard while my daughter plays on her swing set. I take a yoga mat, a set of hand weights, and water out by her swing set and I do a circuit workout while she plays. When it is time for me to do high knees, lunges, or just a little jog, I do them around the swing set. She thinks it is the funniest thing in the world to see her mom run around her swing set. I love doing triceps dips off of a little ledge on the swing set too. After my daughter is done swinging, she comes in and joins me in doing dips, wall sits, and planks. Have you ever seen a 2 year old plank? It looks more like a two year old laying on a yoga mat while laughing at her mom who’s arms are shaking from being in a plank. It is fun and it teaches kids that you can take your intense workout anywhere!

5. Go swimming- There aren’t many kids in the world who don’t love swimming. Swimming is a great cardiac workout. Although you probably won’t be swimming laps while your kids are at the pool with you, you can still get a good workout in by lifting your kids onto slides, lifting them to help them float, and throwing them into the air to make them splash. Once again, it is all about teaching by example. Don’t be the parent who sits on the side and plays on their phone while they feel bad about how they look in a swimming suit. Do something about it and swim with your kids!

Here’s to a happy and healthy summer! How will you show your kids how to be active through your example?

You can find more great healthy posts on my blog too! These healthy recipes are delicious!

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