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5 Fun Ways To Celebrate International Women’s Day With Kids

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I only learned of International Women’s Day about five years ago when I worked at a school in Seattle with three other girls.  Two of the three were Russian.

One day the office was flooded with bouquets of flowers & cell phones were blowing up with well-wishes.  I was intrigued.

Come to find out that International Women’s Day is a pretty big deal in Russia, so everyone was celebrating!

I’ve since heard my sister, who lives in Moscow, speak of it.  And noticed that Facebook even highlighted it a year or two ago.

So why do we not actively acknowledge this here in the US?  I think we need to change that!

Particularly in today’s climate.  We need to celebrate women.  We need to look back at the strong women who came before us and look ahead at this new generation that we are raising.

It’s so important that we show our girls how valuable they, and their voices, are and to instill this respect in our boys as well.

So please take some time to celebrate the women in your life and pay homage to those who are no longer with us on International Women’s Day (and Women’s History Month).

In honor of this special day, I invite you to check out some fun International Women’s Day ideas for celebrating with your family.  Enjoy!

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10 Best Oscar Night Ideas For Families

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Oscar Night Ideas | Kids Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | Toddler Activities | Toddler Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | Preschool Crafts | DIY Crafts | Crafts for Kids Winter | #Crafts | #OscarNight | #AcademyAwards | #DIY

Don’t you wish you had time to do it all?  To spend uninterrupted time with your littles cultivating the perfect Instagram worthy childhood for them using inspiration from all the good stuff on Pinterest?  Cute things like Oscar Night activities…

Does the #momguilt get you down when you realize how unrealistic all of that can be because of your busy life?

Believe me, I am right there with you! But part of my identity is “blogger” so that means part of my “busy” includes finding solutions to combat that pesky #momguilt!

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I get to take the time to identify + track down solutions to make YOUR life easier. And one of the things that I find most fun is to collect super cute, fun, simple and easy craft + activity ideas that are also kiddo friendly!

I prefer to highlight the simple ones that meet the following criteria:

  • Easy for little hands
  • Budget-friendly
  • Quick for busy families and
  • Super cute [for obvious reasons!]

Below you will find some of my absolute favorite ideas for Oscar Night activities that even your tiniest star can create!  Smile for the camera!

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5 Best Quick + Easy President’s Day Crafts for Kids

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President’s Day Crafts | Kids Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | Toddler Activities | Toddler Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | DIY Crafts | Crafts for Kids Winter | #Crafts | #PresidentsDay | #DIY

 

Don’t you wish you had time to do it all?  To spend uninterrupted time with your littles cultivating the perfect Instagram worthy childhood for them using inspiration from all the good stuff on Pinterest?  Cute things like President’s Day crafts…

Does the #momguilt get you down when you realize how unrealistic all of that can be because of your busy life?

Believe me, I am right there with you! But part of my identity is “blogger” so that means part of my “busy” includes finding solutions to combat that pesky #momguilt!

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I get to take the time to identify + track down solutions to make YOUR life easier. And one of the things that I find most fun is to collect super cute, fun, simple and easy craft ideas that are also kiddo friendly!

I prefer to highlight the simple ones that meet the following criteria:

  • Easy for little hands
  • Budget-friendly
  • Quick for busy families and
  • Super cute [for obvious reasons!]

Below you will find some of my absolute favorite ideas for President’s Day crafts that even your tiniest lovebug can create!  Happy crafting!

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10 Best Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

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Chinese New Year Crafts | Kids Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | Toddler Activities | Toddler Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | DIY Crafts | Crafts for Kids Winter | #Crafts | #ChineseNewYear | #DIY

 

Don’t you wish you had time to do it all?  To spend uninterrupted time with your littles cultivating the perfect Instagram worthy childhood for them using inspiration from all the good stuff on Pinterest?  Cute things like Chinese New Year crafts…

Does the #momguilt get you down when you realize how unrealistic all of that can be because of your busy life?

Believe me, I am right there with you! But part of my identity is “blogger” so that means part of my “busy” includes finding solutions to combat that pesky #momguilt!

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I get to take the time to identify + track down solutions to make YOUR life easier. And one of the things that I find most fun is to collect super cute, fun, simple and easy craft ideas that are also kiddo friendly!

I prefer to highlight the simple ones that meet the following criteria:

  • Easy for little hands
  • Budget-friendly
  • Quick for busy families and
  • Super cute [for obvious reasons!]

Below you will find some of my absolute favorite ideas for Chinese New Year crafts that even your tiniest lovebug can create!  Happy crafting!

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10 Best Quick + Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Valentines Day Crafts | Kids Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | Toddler Activities | Toddler Crafts | Crafts for Kids Easy | DIY Crafts | Crafts for Kids Winter | #Crafts | #ValentinesDay | #DIY | #ValentinesIdeas

 

Don’t you wish you had time to do it all?  To spend uninterrupted time with your littles cultivating the perfect Instagram worthy childhood for them using inspiration from all the good stuff on Pinterest?  Cute things like Valentine’s Day crafts…

Does the #momguilt get you down when you realize how unrealistic all of that can be because of your busy life?

Believe me, I am right there with you! But part of my identity is “blogger” so that means part of my “busy” includes finding solutions to combat that pesky #momguilt!

One of my favorite things about blogging is that I get to take the time to identify + track down solutions to make YOUR life easier. And one of the things that I find most fun is to collect super cute, fun, simple and easy craft ideas that are also kiddo friendly!

I prefer to highlight the simple ones that meet the following criteria:

  • Easy for little hands
  • Budget-friendly
  • Quick for busy families and
  • Super cute [for obvious reasons!]

Below you will find some of my absolute favorite ideas for Valentine’s Day crafts that even your tiniest lovebug can create!  Happy crafting!

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Ultimate Gift Wishlist for 8-Year-Old Boys

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These are the best gifts for boys for Christmas, birthdays, or just because! So add these to your gift guide or wishlist! Happy shopping + giving! #giftguide #toywishlist #giftsforboys

 

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Gift Guide for the Nursing Mom

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The perfect gift guide for pumping or nursing moms. All of the tools to make her breastfeeding journey a successful and comfortable one!

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How To Find Cheap Jogging Strollers

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Tips to find cheap jogging strollers for the mom & baby on a budget. These strollers are a must-have for the postpartum mama trying to lose the baby weight!

by Sarah Snyder-Castañeda | Parenting Blogger

I’m not going to lie – I use my stroller for way more than its intended purpose. I use it to unload groceries, I put my child in it and walk around the house to entertain her. Let’s face it – strollers can become a pretty important staple in our lives. Whether you are expecting your first child or fifth, you may have wondered if you need a jogging stroller.

I’m going to argue that you don’t need one, but once you’ve tried one, you’re not going to want to go back. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a jogger to appreciate them! While baby stuff is expensive, there are ways to ease the burden of buying a jogging stroller. Here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips for doing that.

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Why Stay At Home Moms Have It Easy

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Why the Stay-at-Home-Mom Has it Easy | Frugal Nesting | This is why I think being a Stay-At-Home-Mom is not actually the most difficult job. There is one specific reason. Let me know what you think.

 

Stop…Call off the Mob!

 

Yes, I realize that is a CRAZY thing to say, but I knew it would get your attention!  And it worked didn’t it?  Now before you get too angry with me and go on the defensive please hear me out.

 

Some of My Best Friends are Stay-At-Home-Moms

 

My own mother was a stay-at-home-mom and I couldn’t be more thankful for having that amazing experience growing up.  I saw just how hard she worked to run our household like a well-oiled machine.  And I saw how challenging it was for her.  Yet she did it with skill and grace and made it look easy.

 

So, no… of course being a stay-at-home-mom isn’t actually EASY.  Being a parent is hard work.  And being at home with the little ragamuffins and away from regular adult interaction all day is even more difficult.

 

Then pile on taking care of everything that goes into running a household.  Including cleaning, groceries, schedules, entertaining, and on and on.  All that “mental load” stuff is exhausting.

 

So please know that I am the first to agree that being a stay-at-home-mom is worth AT LEAST the $143,102 per year that Salary.com estimates.

 

But Wait There’s More

 

Then what if you had to do ALL of that (household management) PLUS work 40 hours per week, commute, AND pay someone else to raise your children?  Who in their right mind would do that?

 

But that is exactly what many working moms are expected to do.  All while carrying the ever present mom guilt and constantly hearing how being a stay-at-home-mom is the hardest job there is.  But no kudos for the working mom.

 

So I’m standing up in an effort to rock the boat and tell you why stay-at-home-moms have it easy. Or at least maybe ‘easy-er’.

 

More than anything it boils down to one thing and that is TIME.

 

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The One Creative Thing Every Pregnant Mom Should Do

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If you are a newly pregnant mom this is one of the first things you should do for yourself. It's so important to document your journey and maintain a method of self-care.

A Creative Idea for Every Pregnant Mom

Hey, Mama!  I am so excited for you…congratulations!  I am one of those crazy gals who truly loved being pregnant and I so hope it’s the same for you!

Pregnancy is such a wild time filled with excitement mixed with anxiety. Add to that a million questions about the unknown and some serious planning and you’ve got a lot on your plate as a newly pregnant mom!

One other thing that I recommend you add to the list is starting your very own personal blog right now.  And, “Why?” you might ask.  Well, I have some very good reasons for you!

Self Care Journaling

Pregnancy is such a crazy time.  It’s like a hormonal & emotional rollercoaster.  So self-care is truly vital for the well-being of every pregnant mom.

One great outlet for self-care is journaling.  And as much as we would all love to be those bullet journal people…for many of us it’s just not realistic.  However, journaling online is a much more sustainable option.

And blogging is, in many ways, like a form of online journaling.  It’s such a cathartic outlet to release your thoughts, emotions, struggles, and elation as you navigate these 40-ish weeks.  And doing so online is so simple and easy to maintain.

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