Easy DIY Calm Down Bottles

calm down bottle

Ever heard of a calm down bottle, calming bottle, sensory bottle or timeout bottle? Well, they’re all basically the same thing and shockingly easy to make. Buddy, Pap (my dad) and I decided to give it a shot and made two using corn syrup and the third using baby oil. (Heads’ up! This post contains affiliate links.) Calm Down Bottle Backstory … Read More

One more [car activity] for the road!

This past month was full of road trips for our family! I’m happy to report we successfully entertained both kids for the big trips with some toys and games. But I have one more car activity (and road trip) for ya! The kids have one more 3.5 hour drive to look forward to on Friday night. After this, we’re done traveling for a while. … Read More

The question that saved our family dinners.

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“Eat your beans.” “One more bite.” “Just try it.” “You liked it the 1,200 other times you ate it!” “Get your hands out of your pants!” These are all things I say at dinner on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, our dinners are pleasant. But there is always at least one kid who needs a lot of encouragement to eat. And by … Read More

Prepping for a road trip with kids

road trip

I don’t want to sound like I wish life away, but I look forward to summer vacation all year round. And guess what? We hit the road on Saturday! This year, we’re heading to Hilton Head, SC and have a 10+ hour road trip ahead of us. With 2 kids under 4, I’m prepping more for the car ride than for the … Read More

5 Reasons why I love Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime

Word on the street is that Amazon Prime Day (July 12) is going to be bigger and better this year. This shouldn’t be too difficult since last year’s Prime Day completely fell flat of expectations. I am optimistically skeptical about this year’s deals, though. I will have my eye on things (Christmas is comin’ up, after all) but I’m not … Read More

{Easy} Backyard Obstacle Course

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I’ve seen a number of very elaborate backyard obstacle courses floating around the interwebs recently. Some involve a boatload of pool noodles, others even required hammers and nails.  I love the idea but have to say, you really don’t need to put in that much effort to entertain or have fun with your kids. Don’t get me wrong, if you WANT … Read More

Play dough: An easy indoor activity

Summer heat hit hard this year! Last weekend we were up to 95° and 76% humidity. Normally I would suck it up and get the kids out side but that is well over my limit. We went for an early walk on Saturday morning thinking we would beat the heat of the day but I couldn’t hack it. I “feared … Read More

Terrible Threes outdo Terrible Twos

terrible threes

It’s happened. My 3 1/2 year old is starting to act like he’s 3. And not in a good way. The terrible threes We breezed through the “terrible twos” with very few problems. We had warning (by real people I trust) that the hardest age is actually 3, despite the 2-year old’s catch phrase. I took that to heart but … Read More

Dinner isn’t ready but your kid wants to play.

We’ve all been there. That moment when you get up to start making dinner and your little angel stops you. He grabs your hand and says “Mom, will you play with me?” It’s heart-wrenching to say no but, holy cow, you’re hungry. And, depending on how old your child is, offering to let them help in the kitchen may not … Read More

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

Stickers, crayons, markers, paint…those are the go-tos every time Buddy asks to watch TV and my answer is no. He’s not always gung-ho about the stuff that is easy on me (stickers, crayons, markers) but he never balks at the idea of painting. So we do that, a lot. And then we played with sidewalk chalk paint at a friend’s house and it was the coolest … Read More