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Christmas Kids Crafts

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a restful weekend, I know how crazy this time of year can be, remember to make time for yourself too friend πŸ™‚

My youngest, KC, LOVES to do crafts! seriously this is one of the ONLY things that can keep him sitting still for more than 10 minutes πŸ˜‰

So I found these easy ornaments on Parents.com and thought I’d share: https://www.parents.com/holiday/christmas/crafts/glitzy-ornament-gifts/

Tree Ornament

I also found some clear, plastic bulbs and he filled them with all kinds of fun stuff for his sisters and grandmas πŸ™‚ seriously they cost $2 to make

MERRY CHRISTMAS! May your Christmas and New Year be filled with Blessings!

~Your Working, Blessed Mom

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Here Are a Few of my Favorite Things

Hi friends! I have a few favorite products I have discovered over the years, that I wanted to share with you! Some are time savers, life savers or money savers $$ πŸ™‚

I know for me, if I don’t hear from someone I trust that they like a product, I’m not very likely to spend the money on it (yes, I am cheap….and Dutch πŸ˜‰ )

So please check out my list below:
  1. Crystal Light Energy Drink – life saver! This is how I start my day and Some days I even have 2 of these drinks. And get this – no calories!! 
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  3. Certain Dry Deodorant
  4. This has been a life saver for me and my um…armpits! Yes, I have an issue with underarm skinkiness 😦 You have to apply at night and do not shave beforehand, it might sting a little.
  5. Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream – love it for my curly hair!
  6. Jergens Wet Skin (shower Moisturizer)
  7. This Moisturizer saves time and it WORKS! I hate the feeling of applying lotion after the shower and then waiting for it to absorb, this shower moisturizer has solved that problem. Now its not a deep moisturizer but so far this winter it has worked well for my skin.
  8. Norwex Body Balm – another skin saver! I use at night before bed, on my feet, especially my heels and it feels great!  
  9.  Norwex Laundry Detergent
    • Total Life saver!! check out these pics of my placemat that had ink on it:
BEFORE: 
AFTER: I  had just received my Norwex laundry detergent that week and thought I’d give it try – I am so happy i did! Look the ink came out, with just another cycle in the washing machine and my Norwex detergent! 
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Kids Body Aches

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We have 3 kids, 2 of which play a lot of basketball! Our whole family loves basketball πŸ€But this summer just being active outside and then when the girls started playing on their basketball leagues this fall, they were complaining of soar heels. So we started giving them ibuprofen after practicing or before a game, but I hated to just keep giving them medicine.

So I did some research and sounds like this is pretty common in 6-12 year old. I found some stretches they could do and that resting and/or icing helps as well. However, one thing I have tried for them is the good, ole’ Epsom salt soak. I found this Epsom salt specifically forΒ  aches and pains, my girls tried it and said it worked GREAT! We soak at least once a week, especially after a Saturday full of basketball games.

Found great info on Healthline:Β Healthline – more info on heel pain

**And please be cautious that heel pain can be something more serious, such as a fracture, Achilles tendinitis, Plantar fasciitis and something else. Please always refer to your child’s healthcare provider for direction on your child’s health. (Please know that I am NOT a professional and I am just sharing, a simple suggestion, that worked for our family. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any question you may have regarding a medical condition.)

One quote I love from this article on https://www.healthline.com/:Β “As children grow, they may encounter various pains and strains. It’s your job as a parent to encourage rest, healing, and recovery”.

I added the Amazon link below to purchase these Epsom salts:

Dr Teal’s Therapeutic Solutions Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution 6 Lb Bag

Dr Teals have some other great Epsom salts, however I have not had the chance to try them yet, however I am anxious to try the Eucalyptus and Lavender..and it’ll be just for me πŸ˜‰

Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, Eucalyptus and Lavender, 2 Count – 3lb Bags, 6lbs Total

AGAIN – Please know that I am NOT a expert or healthcare professional.Β Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any question you may have regarding a medical condition.

Please know that as an Amazon Associate, if you purchase any of the suggested items above, I earn from those purchases. And I thank you for the support!Β 

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October 31st (otherwise known as Halloween)

So over the years Halloween, has become my least favorite “holiday”. I’m not sure why, I used to love dressing my kids up in costumes and getting FREE candy! But the more I seeΒ  Halloween decorations, it feels like it just gets more “evil like” every year and I am not into that.

So below are some options to try and maybe start a new family tradition:

  1. Movie Night – check these out! some for the real young ones and some for your older kiddos. And if you are looking for even cheaper, head to your local library and find them there.

2. Hotel – this really only works well when the 31st falls on a weekend, but go to a hotel for the night that has a pool or water park.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch, pick up a pizza, then go home and carve the pumpkins out.

4. Have a family game night! This is defiantly a budget friendly option $$$

5. Camp out and tell scary stories! Vote on whose was the scariest!

Here is a link to a post about tips on how to tell the scariest (of course, know your audience and if there are young kids, keep it G rated…just a suggestion for your future self πŸ˜‰Β  Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

http://positivewriter.com/how-to-tell-a-scary-story/

6. Visit an orchard – many will have specials for Halloween night, that don’t require dressing up. Check you local orchards and farms.Β 

7. Check out your local churches! There are great opportunities to take advantage of a fun,clean environment with lots of great activities! Typically they have a snacks or even a free dinner – talk about budget friendly! πŸ™‚ $$$

7. My favorite – have a date night and leave the planning to the babysitter πŸ˜‰

Have a blessed week friend! No matter what you decide to do this week, look for the blessing!

**Please know that as an Amazon Associate, if you purchase any of the suggested items above, I earn from those purchases. And I thank you for the support!

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Another Summer Season

In the past, our summers still consisted of a pretty defined schedule, because while my husband and I are both working, we had to bring our kiddos to babysitters (usually family) but with drop offs and pickups, we had to have a schedule; which I am sure many of you can relate too! And my kids HATED it! However, with me working from home, this summer, we had a little bit more flexibility, , which was VERY helpful, it was honestly quite great!!Β 

However, I STILL had to work and that was something the kids had to get used too; that even though I am home, I’m home working.Β 

But being a WAH (work at home) mom, we still didn’t have family vacation all summer πŸ˜•Which is tough because majority of my female family and friends do not work, so they can plan all kinds of fun things and vacations… (mommy guilt = βœ…check ) but we make the most of what we have, looking at the blessings and enjoying the time I do have off πŸ‘πŸ»

Below are a few fun times our family had this summerπŸ•πŸ–πŸš²β˜€οΈ

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Children Of Working Moms Better Off Later In Life, Study Finds

Children Of Working Moms Better Off Later In Life, Study Finds

Children Of Working Moms Better Off Later In Life, Study Finds
β€” Read on philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/07/20/children-of-working-moms-better-off-later-in-life-study-finds/

Great little clip I had to share! Just because it made me feel a less guilty about being a working mom πŸ™‚

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Mom Tip #110 – School Prep βœ…βœοΈπŸ“–βœ‚οΈ

Start preparing your kids for school ahead of time, like more than the day before πŸ˜‰

All 3 of my kids have some type of anxiety around school (really who doesn’t?) so starting to prepare them (and reminders for me)Β is key for our family!

Here are some tips we use at our house:

  • Ready Checklist βœ… created a simple checklist for my girls, so they know what they need to do before they leave for school. (However, for my son this year, I’ll have to create one with pics, because he can’t read yet) I put it up on the door, just a very simple reminder…for them and me πŸ™‚
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  • Forms/Appointment – did you hand in all the forms and complete all the needed doctor appointments? Hair appointments? Medication refills that your child might have to take to school?
  • School Calendar – Once I have the final school calendar, I put all those dates into my home/work calendar.
    • I also ask for any days off from work I may need for special school occasions.
  • Lunch Notes πŸ“ this is something my mom would do just once in awhile and I loved it! it was just a nice reminder in the middle of the day that no matter what your mama is thinking, praying and will ALWAYS love you… no matter what happens at school!
    • here a few suggestions, I ordered from Amazon:
      • C.R. Gibson CN63-13645 Lunch Box Notes
      • Lunchbox Jokes: 100 fun Tear-Out Notes for Kids
      • Sprinkled Joy – Designer Lunchbox Notes – 2 packs

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  • I hope and pray everyone has an awesome start to the school year and everything goes smooth πŸ‘πŸ»
  • Stay safe! Blessings πŸ’•