Every year it’s the same thing. I promise myself when the kids are back in school I SHALL GET SO MUCH DONE! Seven hours to myself. If I can get everything done in the summer when they’re home I can practically take over the world with seven full hours a day, five days a week, no?
Our summer vacation took a bit of a detour when the resort we normally go to went bankrupt. Thankfully, we got our money back but instead of booking something similar we decided to forgo our summer vacay and booked a winter trip on a Disney Cruise instead.
This led me with the conundrum of trying to figure out how to entertain two boys for two months while I still fit in work. Essentially we’ve been doing lots of day trips.
Yesterday my husband and I took our boys canoeing and it was by far one of my most favourite excursions to date.
Requirements: Large hard surface such as driveway, sidewalk, garage, or basement room, large round ball such as basketball or soccer ball, old milk cartons or plastic drink bottles, small amount of sand or soil
I love reading/writing about ways to get active so when I received an email from Lara over at NKPR inviting me to an obstacle course event for kids, I was gungho to go! Unfortunately, it coincided with something else with my calendar but I persuaded her to send over fun ways you can get your kids moving courtesy of Active For Life!
My kids have been bugging me since early winter to go camping this summer and even though I have great childhood memories of camping, I had no interest in taking them—because I am 43 years old and like to sleep in a bed.
Painting rocks is a perfect outdoor activity for days when it's too hot to be running around but you don't want to be stuck inside. Kids from toddler to tween can participate and the pieces of rock art can be proudly displayed in your garden.
Craft Level: Easy Craft Clean Up: Easy Age Level: Toddler To Tween
Errrrr…..can we talk about this aging thing just for a minute?
This is not a woe-is-me post. I’m proud to be 45. My 40s have, so far, been good to me. I’m in kick-ass shape and have better cardio capability than I did in my 20s. There is a freedom in 40 that I didn’t have in my younger years. A what-the-hell-I-might-as-well-try-who-cares-if-I-look-stupid attitude that makes life more fun.
But there are also things people never told me about getting older. Things that are quite shocking to say the least.
It's no secret that many moms drink. We settle down after the kids go to bed and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) or we go out with our girlfriends or enjoy a drink with dinner. We joke on Twitter and Facebook asking if it's wine o'clock. We ask if it's cocktail hour. I get it. I love my glass of wine in the evenings.
But this? Holy Hannah. I don't know how I stumbled across it but stumble I did.
“Which teachers do I give an end-of-year gift to?” is the nightmare parent equivalent of “Who do I tip at a salon?”
My older son has a class teacher, a music teacher, an art teacher, a french teacher, and an educational assistant who helps out in the class. My younger son has his class teacher, a student teacher, and a gym teacher.
Let us not forget the crossing guards who help them get across the streets safely.
I knew this would come up sooner or later in your life. You've reached a point where friendships are based on so much more than a love of lego or because your parents set up a playdate based on who they like. So, this is in answer to your question about what makes a good friend.
You don’t have to spend money to create a memorable Father’s Day. Here are five free ways your kids can let dad know how much he means without spending a cent.
Make a Dad Date Have the kids and dad sit down with a calendar on Father's Day morning to choose a special day each month where they can spend a few hours of one-on-one together. With the dates set and marked, the countdown is on for fun!
It never fails. The first warm weekend of spring and my children chomp at the bit to have their bikes brought out from the garage. What also never fails is that I can never get the bikes down off their hooks and we all have to wait for my husband to get home to lift them down to the ground.
In what is known around our house as an “of course you did, Sharon” moment, it turns out I have bought a lazy bird. My cute little Skittles who keeps me company during the day is supposed trim his beak by rubbing it on rough surfaces to prevent overgrowth. But there are some birds that aren’t the best at personal hygiene so they don’t do this. Skittles lacks personal hygiene.