This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Good morning, friends. I come to you on this our 203958249674235th day of summer. I’m sitting at my computer, drinking my umpteenth cup of coffee (that’s already been reheated because summer) and I thought I’d pop in and share some of my favorite “survival” tips for summer break. *wink*
Tip #1 Send the kids outside to play. Trust me when I say that BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR THEM! I’ll repeat it. . . . BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR KIDS! Kids NEED to be bored so that they can grow from it. Imaginations come out during “boredom”. Encourage your kiddos to be bored, to find something to do, to put the technology down, to play outside. I watched my younger two play with beanie boo stuffed animals in our wheelbarrow for almost an hour. Two stuffed animals and a wheelbarrow, y’all. That’s it. An HOUR of play!
Tip #2 As long as they’re fed, you’re good. Listen… summertime is a strugglebus. We all know that. Some days are glorious and some just are NOT. Invest in frozen pizza. Red Baron is my go-to. It’s budget friendly, doesn’t taste like cardboard (you guys know the frozen pizza struggles, right?!). There have been so many days that I’ve forgotten about lunch. Thank goodness for the Red Baron stock pile I keep on hand now! They’ve been such a life-saver! And the kids just gobble them right up!
Tip #3 Tell that “Mom guilt” to jog off. I know you’ve probably seen the quotes about how you only get 18 summers with your kids and while that’s true-ish and kind of bittersweet, that does not under any circumstances mean that you need to feel mom guilt for anything they eat, how long they sleep, how much coffee you drink, how long they game for…. let that shit go, people! Summer breaks are just that…. summer break. And that means some days are adventurous and amazing. That also means that some just flat out fly by and it’s bedtime before you know where the day went. And some just flat out rub your wrong and you’re a grumpy pants all day. ALL OKAY! Be real. Don’t try to be the perfect Pinterest mom, you’ll just exhaust yourself and that’s no good for anyone.
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Seriously, if you have kids… you need to go to Target (as if you even needed a Target run excuse *wink*) and grab some of these! They’re great for hands and/or face! They come in 3 packages: Gentle, Sensitive, and Germ Removal. With three kids still at home, you can bet your butt we go through so many wipes, tissues, paper towels, etc etc on repeat. These won’t break the bank, they’re totally budget friendly at only $1.49 each. You can totally order em online as well. Grab your Kleenex Wet Wipes here.
Jam hands are a real thing…. my oldest is almost 11 and he’s my messiest eater. He comes home with mustard stains on him and if sandwiches were made for lunch, I always know which one to call to clean up his mess. Haha.
Maddie is my neat freak. She likes everything arranged a certain way and gets really annoyed if you mess with it, move it around. She likes things neat and tidy, so I keep the germ removal wipes on hand specifically for her.
Then there’s Owen… this kid is just an all around mess. We keep a pack of wipes in the car at all times specifically for this kid’s face! I don’t know how he does it, but he constantly has stuff all over that face. He’s always been my messy faced kiddo… but man, we’ve reached new levels now that he’s a full time kindergartener. Markers, paint, snacks, juice, food, you name it… he’s wearing it on his face.
“This wipe smells goooooood, Mom!!!” – Owen, age 6. “Okay, buddy…..whatever you say” -Mom, age 32.
Know that you know and have met my top three wipe carrying reasons, tell me about yours?!
They’re also great for our Colorado adventures – hiking, camping, snowboarding, even just park trips… they get tossed into a bag and even though everyone insists we don’t need them, we always end up using them. ALWAYS. I will never not carry wipes. They’re just HANDY!
You can find em in the Kleenex aisle, or pretend you didn’t read that part if you just need a good wander around Target.
Hello, friends. Today I have some super cute printables to share with you from my friends at Shari’s Berries, just in time for Valentine’s day! Are you excited? I am! And if you’re not…just scroll…. you’ll get excited too because they are so stinkin’ cute!
I have a favorite sweater. I love it. I love seeing people try to read it. I love when people comment on it. I LOVE THIS SWEATER.
I love David’s more. I fall over laughing every single time I stop to look at it.
When boohoo emailed me wanting to send me some sweaters, I quickly agreed because HOW FREAKIN’ FUN! I mean, just look at them!
David wore his the other day to “work” and had Owen with him. I can only imagine the strange looks he got, walking around Ft Carson with a 5yr old while wearing those sweaters. You know they made people’s days.
While wearing mine, I had someone hold the door open for me while saying, “How dare you call me a filthy muggle” in a joking tone. I laughed so hard. You have no idea the amount of people I saw trying to read my sweaters silently to themselves, but their lips would be reading it. So funny seeing people cock their heads trying to catch what it says as I walk by.
Fin & Maddie wore theirs on the last day of school and bounced out the door with excitement over the very idea.
You bet your butt, I tossed them in the washer so we could wear em again the next day! I planned to take the kids out for breakfast and then shopping for an early Christmas dinner with my Mom (Surprise, kiddos!)
Overall, day 1 of Christmas break started off wonderfully. And we all have some really cute Holiday sweaters.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveWell Colorado . The opinions and text are all mine.
If you saw my post about this last week, then you know already that Colorado adults are some of the healthiest in the country. Big shocker there, right?! But our kids rank 24th out of the 50 states for our physical activity. 24th! THAT IS MORE SHOCKING! More than 1/4 of Colorado kids are obese, increasing their likelihood of suffering from health problems like high blood pressure and symptoms of prediabetes in the near future. That is not okay! This is where the campaign, No More 24 comes in. The NoMore24 campaign aims to increase Colorado’s awareness of childhood obesity and to encourage people to sign the No More 24 Pledge. The pledge is a movement to change our communities, schools, and our state to put an end to childhood obesity once and for all!
Kids today just do not have the freedom to play outside nearly as much as we adults did when we were their age. Like I mentioned in my first post about the No More 24 campaign, when I was growing up, my siblings and I spent our afternoons running wild in our “backyard”. Our backyard was an old saw mill, miles and miles of open space full of cows and creeks and sanddunes. My mom once had to get on the four-wheeler to come hunt us down after we’d spent the day following a creek just to see where it went. We hopped off hay barrels into hay piles without knowing what was under them! It’s kind of scary to think about all we did without knowing better, without all of the worry in todays society. I wish I could give my kids that freedom now, but this is a different time now and that is why it is so important that kids have recess and PE. My daughter came home from school the other day and said that she’d played outside THREE times that day! THREE! I jumped for joy and then threw her stinky sweaty bum in the shower.
I had the chance to attend Open House when my kids first started at their current school and I’m so glad that I did. Their principal talked about how important recess is, about how important school lunches are, discussed walking routes and covered important issues with us parents. She spoke openly and honestly and I really appreciated that. So, while my kids go to a good school that encourages physical activity, I know that that is NOT the case for all of Colorado! I’ve seen some unhealthy kiddos and I’ve seen some run down parks. It’s heartbreaking. We need to remind schools that recess is important! Safe routes for our kids to walk or bike to school are important! Healthy lunches are important! YOU CAN HELP! You can do something as simple as talk to a friend about it, encouraging your friend to speak up, writing a letter to a city council member, or even talk to your local school’s principal about it.
Do you see it? How are kids today different than from when you were a kid? Did you get more play time? If you’re like me and think that there should be more PE in schools, safer sidewalks and bike paths, and healthier lunches then join me in signing the pledge to end childhood obesity at NoMore24.org. Childhood obesity ends with you. No more 24, Colorado! Are you in?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LiveWell Colorado . The opinions and text are all mine.
Did you know that Colorado adults are some of the healthiest in the country?! Makes sense right? All the gorgeous hiking trails, swimming holes, snowy adventures, and outdoor beauty it’s no wonder that we spend our time being active outdoors. But, did you also know that Colorado ranks 24th out of the 50 states for our kid’s physical activity? 24th! What is that?! Isn’t that sad? We should be #1 or at least the top 10! I’m happy that my husband and I enjoy spending time outdoors and that we involve our kids in everything that we do, but that’s not the case for everyone.
We lucked out really. We live walking distance from a beautiful park with awesome climbing trees. We’re a couple of miles from family friendly hiking spots. The kids go to a great school that encourages healthy choices & outdoor play. My 4th-grade son’s teacher told the kids on their first week of school that they only homework they’d have would be whatever they didn’t finish in class. She said she wasn’t going to give any homework this year in attempt to help kids get more outside play time. I jumped for joy when I heard that and I’m sure they all did too! I wish more teachers took this route!
Unfortunately, not everybody is as lucky as we are. More that a quarter of Colorado kids are obese, increasing their likelihood of suffering from health problems like high blood pressure and symptoms of prediabetes in the near future. That’s NOT okay! That’s where the NoMore24 campaign comes into play. The NoMore24 campaign aims to increase Colorado’s awareness of childhood obesity and to encourage people to sign the No More 24 Pledge. A movement to change our communities, schools, and our state to put an end to childhood obesity. Kids don’t have the freedom in today’s world to play outside nearly as much as I did when I was their age. When I was growing up, my siblings and I spent our afternoons running wild in our “backyard”. We spent time hopping off hay barrels into hay piles and following creeks just to see where they go. My mom literally rang a big ole cow bell to call us home for dinner. I wish I could give my kids that freedom now, but this is a different time and we don’t live in the backwoods of a small southern town anymore. That’s why it is so important that kids have recess and PE. We need to remind schools that recess is important, safe routes to walk or bike to school are important, and healthy lunches are important.
Join me in signing the pledge to end childhood obesity at NoMore24.org. No more 24, Colorado! Are you in? Childhood obesity ends with you.