As featured on WSPA Greenville CBS, check out Motherstucker’s ideas for after school (kid-friendly & healthy!) snacks 😉
As featured on WSPA Greenville CBS, check out Motherstucker’s ideas to make Sunday meal prep for school lunches easier!
As parents, we know that instilling a love of reading in our kids is one of the most important things we can do. Reading exercises the brain, improves concentration, reduces stress, sparks imagination and even helps develop empathy. Plus, it can become a lifelong habit that provides a whole lot of FUN for your family. So in honor of #NationalBookLoversDay, we’ve put together some great tips to help parents inspire the next generation of bookworms.
- Research shows that it’s never too early to start enjoying books with your little one. Reading aloud to your newborn is a great way to introduce words while soothing baby with the sound of your voice. Older babies will start to associate words and sounds with pictures, getting them on the path to reading right from the start. Plus cuddling up with a book is the perfect way to bond!
Ready, Set, Reward
- Try using a reading log or reward chart to encourage older kids who are starting to read on their own. Jot down the title of each book they read, or tally the number of pages and celebrate with an ice cream cone or a family picnic when they reach a predetermined total. Stickers work great, too! Some schools host reading challenges of their own, and most local libraries offer summer reading programs with a similar reward system.
Seek Out Literary Events
- Make reading part of your family’s everyday entertainment by attending kid-friendly events. Hit up story time at your local library, or go to an author signing at your neighborhood bookstore. Shop your school’s book fair together or visit a used bookstore to hunt for forgotten treasures as a family. The idea is to associate books with fun memories and quality time.
Take a Listen
- Audiobooks are gaining in popularity—and for good reason! They’re made for multitasking by allowing you to get immersed in a story while you’re otherwise occupied with household tasks like cooking or cleaning. They’re also great for road trips! Get invested in a classic as a family by listening to a family-friendly title in regular installments. Try an app or subscription service, or even borrow books on CD from your local library.
Follow Their Interests
- Although you might be tempted to steer your kids towards educational books, let them choose subjects that capture their imagination. By encouraging your child’s passions—whether it’s superheroes, animals or even their favorite animated character—they’ll be more likely to stick to the habit of reading and eventually expand to other subject areas.
- Enter for a chance to WinGo Organically Fruit Snacks has teamed up with First Book to provide one lucky school with Back-to-School kits filled with items they need! Vote for a deserving school—and be entered for a chance to win an e-reader, beanbag chair and more. Learn more here. (NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be 18+. Ends 11:59 p.m. ET 8/29/18. For Rules, visit www.goorganicallysnacks.com/GOGivesBack)
Happy reading from Motherstucker & Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great accompaniment to your kid’s favorite book. Toss them in their backpack and off they go! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas.
Motherstucker shares 2018 (MEAL) Lunch Prep Hacks for MOM! As seen 8/17/18 & 8/20/18 on WSPA-TV & WYCW-TV (Greenville/Spartanburg) – Best of the Best for Back to School!
♥Chef Giant Thermoses – Just add your favorite homemade soup or beverage <3 Great for HOT or COLD use with great pitcher dispenser & easy handle that kids love. Available in 24 oz. 33 oz. stainless steel both with drip free lid & double wall vacuum insulated design. Lid fits securely – just toss in your kiddo’s backpack 😉
♥SIMPLYESTA Glass Food Storage Containers – Meal prep READY! – Reusable, Microwave Safe, BPA Free, Lunch Containers with Smart Snap Locking Lid Guarantee 100% Airtight Leakproof. STACKABLE!
♥Don’t miss Motherstucker’s TIP to keep sliced apples FRESH… HINT! A rubber band & the Utopia Kitchen Apple Slicer/Corer/Divider/Cutter (Stainless Steel & 100% Rust Resistant) are MUSTS!
♥Breathe. Taste. Savor. Smile with Kinsho Compartment Lunch Boxes. Kids love the Bento Box design. Moms love that these lunch boxes are BPA-Free, Dishwasher & Microwave Safe & Leakproof! Set of 2 Blue & Pink Kits.
♥No foods need to touch each other on Moms watch – Not even at school! Divide portions with VERSATILE, EASY & FUN TO USE Silicone Baking Cups (24 count/stand alone!) from The New York Baking Company. Why stop at cupcakes or muffins? The perfect receptacle for mini cheesecakes, baked eggs (try ‘em with bacon!), frozen desserts, & so much more. Use them for portioning out the kids’ snacks. The possibilities are endless!
When the kids go back to school, Motherstucker is jumping into a new full time job! Even though the first day of school for the kids & the first day of my new is a week away, I already see the extreme need for home, life, & professional organization. Central information management will be crucial moving forward successfully!
As a family, we need to work together to accomplish weeknight dinners, after school activities, care for our pets, household chores, travel plans, family shopping needs, etc. Personally & professionally I will need to organize business expenses for tax purposes, hotel reward points for out of town work, business forms, expense reports, install uber app on my smart phone, & more!
Seeing as I personally need help with the info management process, I’m certain every business could use assistance in the master data management process! The good news is, there is HELP!
Parenting.com advises a Working Mom Balancing Act with spot on advice, such as:
“♦TAKE TIME FOR YOU… When it comes to keeping on top of things, lists are essential!
♦Chores are not just women’s work—they’re everyone’s work 😉
♦Reconnect with Your Spouse. “We” time is just as important as “me” time. Weekly “date nights” are a great idea, but if you can’t find the time—& the babysitters—to regularly make that happen, there are other ways. After the kids go to sleep is a good time to spend some quality time together… It doesn’t really matter what you do but that you do it together in a focused way so that you’re really paying attention to each other.
♦Make Technology Work for You. We hear so much these days about how technology is hurting our kids, but if you’re a working parent, technology can be so helpful… For instance, it enables you to be at your kid’s basketball game & still be able to check for important e-mails from your boss on your iPhone. Although you’d probably prefer to live in the moment & just do one thing at a time, if high-tech multitasking means you don’t have to miss an event & disappoint a child, it’s all good.
♦Form a Support Network. Connect with other parents in your neighborhood or children’s school so you can help each other out. If a friend offers to pick up one of the kids & it’s one less trip I have to make, then yippee!” says Kim Lytle, a massage therapist & mother of three in Saratoga Springs, New York… & I’ll feel good about reciprocating & giving that family a break. Not only is the help great, but knowing that you’re not alone in your crazy-busy life can be a real mood-booster, experts say.
♦Do Less. Simplify family life by consciously scaling back on outside activities & commitments. If your child gets invited to 2 birthday parties in the same weekend, pick one to attend instead of both. Two extracurricular activities are more than enough for most kids… & don’t overschedule yourself either. For instance, you don’t have to volunteer for every single classroom thing that comes along, says career expert Tahmincioglu: At the beginning of the school year, find out what school field trips are being planned & then choose maybe two that you’ll chaperone,” she says. Keep a family calendar to figure out how really over-committed you are, then scale back.!”
MOMS! You know shopping online saves you time in checkout lines & helps you to avoid traffic (& crowds!). There is so much to love about online shopping as you can compare prices easily & shop 24/7 at your convenience. Online shopping has an extremely high chance for customer success! Here are Motherstucker’s online MUST shops!
ASOS – When you need an outfit for literally any occasion, THIS is the first site you should be looking at. http://www.asos.com
Brooklinen – This new-ish luxury bedding company should be on your radar for two reasons: 1) Its sheets, towels, & blankets are made out of some of the comfiest material on the market 2) Its affordable without sacrificing quality. https://www.brooklinen.com
Cuyana’s – Think “fewer better things”. Known for its minimal, high-quality clothing, bags, & accessories. The site’s highly underrated & a great option if you’re looking for one brand rather than heading to a major retailer with an overwhelming amount of styles to choose from. https://www.cuyana.com/
Etsy – When the tiniest of wonders feel impossible to find, 99 percent of the time Etsy will have it—which makes the website the perfect destination for everything from vintage finds to home decor to personalized jewelry, clothes, & shoes. Unique Everything! https://www.etsy.com
Free People – This bohemian clothing line will have you shopping for next season’s outfit months in advance, simply because you can’t get enough of what’s trending in their shop. The site will give you inspo for days. https://www.freepeople.com
Genuine People – Plenty of under $30 buys you’ll want to snag throughout the year. From https://genuine-people.com, “We capture emerging trends, fuse them with urban edge and attitude, and present them in meticulously curated collections. Light, clean lines cut with sharp sophistication. Bold, edgy flair tempered by the understated feminine.”
Icanvas – We heart art? YES! https://www.icanvas.com/ Search by subject, styles, artists, room, new arrivals, & more <3
Kendra Scott – From decorative trays to nail polish, earrings, necklaces, bracelets & more, shop https://www.kendrascott.com Since launching her Austin, Texas-based company, designer/CEO Kendra Scott has grown her brand to a global enterprise focused on family, fashion, & philanthropy.
Shop the latest & greatest from brands like Dolce & Gabbana or Gucci through this user-friendly site & even request on-demand customer service from its 24/7 shopping aide MyStylist. 😉
Experienced MOMS know the Back to School Season starts NOW. While you are out & about locking down the best deals on 2018/19 school supplies, don’t forget to lock down a plan for yourself! Make this the year you start your own business (right from home if you like). Sure, it’s a learning experience – but Motherstucker wants to help make Back to School Business Ideas as easy as A, B, C!
♦A is for assistant, as in Virtual Assistant. Choose your business structure & decide which services you’ll offer your clients. Start pitching & networking to build relationships.
♦Buy a franchise. Browse home based franchises by category: https://www.franchisedirect.com/
♦Consulting could be your career! From wedding consultant to blogging consultant, become a highly paid consultant!
♦Dog sit &/or dog walk. Make a post on your neighborhood online directory & print up flyers for community boards advertising your pet services.
♦Etsy/Shopify online sales. Millions of shoppers can’t wait to see what you have in store…
♦Freelance – Get paid to write! A search engine query for “Freelance writing jobs” will likely bring you to the homepage of Upwork. As one of the biggest communities for freelancers, Upwork is the #1 website for those seeking and providing freelance writing services. If you are just beginning your career in freelance writing, Upwork is a good place to start building your portfolio.
♦Grocery shop – Check the careers section of your neighborhood grocery webpage. You are likely to find part time personal shopping employment opportunities. Also, companies like Shipt.com are hiring for grocery delivery in most markets (think Uber/Lyft… but for groceries).
♦Houseclean – Who couldn’t use some help around the house? Make a post on your neighborhood online directory & print up flyers for community boards advertising your superior cleaning services.
♦Influencer – Join the amazon influencer program with a qualifying YouTube, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account! Get your own page on amazon & earn money.
♦Jewelry Maker – Take your love of creating jewelry & become online jewelry entrepreneur. Approach brick & mortar stores about your jewelry, sell them through your own in-home parties, & see the Etsy info above 😉
♦Kitchen Helper/Menu Planner – WOW clients with your culinary skills! Personal chefs are hired to prepare meals for people who don’t want to cook, but are tired of eating out or taking out fast food. Personal chefs often work out of their own kitchens & deliver the meals to their client’s homes. According to the American Personal Chef Institute & Assn., there are about 9,000 personal chefs in the U.S. serving 72,000 clients.
♦Liscensed Day Care Operator – This is an actual post from my neighborhood Facebook page made by a neighbor this week. Feel free to make it your own!
“Looking to watch 1-2 kids after-school in my home this coming school year. I have a 4yr old and 6yr old. I was an elementary school teacher before I started to stay home with my girls. Would help with homework, have snack, and time to play inside and out. Please contact me if you’re interested by direct message & we can discuss what you are looking for!”
There is no time to waste! Invest in yourself & get started today 😉
July is National Ice Cream Month! Motherstucker shared the hottest & healthiest ice cream treats for 2018 on “Morning Break” (WBTV Charlotte NC) & with YOU! http://www.wbtv.com/clip/14478541/ice-cream-with-motherstucker
Mad Minis: These delicious, bite sized, ice cream sandwich treats are made with clean, quality ingredients, & packed with flavor (vanilla, black raspberry, blondie, chocolate, etc.). Just 60 calories each, so go ahead, go snacking mad! Available locally at The Fresh Market!
Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, & Sorbet Maker: This electric, countertop appliance produces up to 1 & 1/2 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet in 20 minutes. Easy to use – no salt or ice required!
Keebler Ice Cream Cones: Show your family the love with a special fudge dipped cone – no mess! Made from 100% real cocoa. Kosher dairy.
Smucker’s Shell Toppings: Remember the old fashioned dipped cones from the ice cream stand? Create that taste at home! Freezes in seconds & beats the competition with only 210 – 220 calories per tablespoon.
Cowlick Cow Ice Cream Scooper: Super fun & budget friendly ice cream scoop that is dishwasher safe (hurray!), FDA approved, & BPA free (high density food grade durable plastic). Look for Peppy Penguin, Snowy Seal, & Wacky Walrus too!
Aroma Ice Cream Maker: The original old fashioned ice cream maker with 2018 convenience 😉 Extra large 6 quart capacity, includes recipes, electric motor, & hand crank if you feel so inclined.
Ice Cream Sundae Glasses: The gorgeous look of a waffle cone without all the waffle cone calories <3. Come in a set of 4 perfect for sharing! Dishwasher safe.
Frosty Mates Color Changing Spoons: Resuable! Dishwasher Safe! 16 per pack will captivate kids & kids at heart 4 color combinations per pack (blue to white – yellow to green – pink to purple – white to pink)!
BONUS! Motherstucker found a dreamy ice creamy no cook, no churn lemon ice cream recipe from Food52 -Dori Sanders topped with Estela’s Candied Sesame Seeds. Both recipes are no sweat & have 5 ingredients or less making them a perfect family friendly activity! Get the directions here. <3
BONUS! BONUS! Enter to win all the goodies seen on on “Morning Break” WBTV Charlotte, NC) here: http://motherstucker.com/mom-giveaways/
My first born turns 16 on THURSDAY! I used to think the cost of diapers, daycare, & formula were oppressive. I’d welcome those expenses these days compared to the cost of insurance, gas, & a vehicle. As a parent, I’m sharing these cost concerns with my 16 year old in hopes of having teaching moments regarding finances. Our increasingly cash-less society can make it hard for children to understand the true cost of spending. Experts recommend parents take the time to walk teenagers through their financial transactions.
In the words of financial guru Dave Ramsey, “You are the parent, so act like it. Sit down with your kids one by one & show them how to make a budget. Find out what they spend their money on & work out a plan with them. Don’t make it for them. Let them give mature input. Let them know that this budget is theirs. If something is out of whack, you can correct it, but you’re not babying them. You are letting them set their own priorities. Make sure that they know that.”
Speaking of a budget – all teens learn by example. Be sure that your finances are in order & try to practice what you preach 😉 Teach teens how to track their money before they start earning a paycheck & how to read a paycheck). If a teen has a cash flow from a part-time job or an allowance, set up a budget that documents how much money is coming in & how much is designated for spending/saving. Parents can also show their children their own family budgets. If they aren’t comfortable with divulging their own finances, parents can also create a fictional scenario of an income & living expenses. Bonus points if it’s based on the teen’s wanna-be profession & living location. Also, if you have invested in a college fund for your teen, SHOW your child your initial investment, as well as the ups & downs over the life of the investment.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional for for help for family financial help! Chase Rubin has served the financial industry for more than twenty years. He is currently sharing his knowledge & expertise regarding the investment industry to inform the general public. There is no doubt Chase Rubin is currently one of the most successful private investors. He moved to New York to further his career in finances & investments & works & lives in the East Village. The expertise he gained as the result of the economic crash of 2008 has prepared him for whatever the market brings in the future. Chase realizes it sounds strange but believes the best day in his career was when the markets crashed in 2008. He said he was unable to find words to describe the panic he felt when he heard the news. He also began examining his career in investing. He wanted to make the right changes to improve his life in the future and began rebuilding his portfolio. He managed to remain motivated and said the only way this will ever change is if he decides he needs to change his career. He is excited about the numerous investment opportunities and he wants to explore as many as possible. He feels he could spend every single day researching the developing economies, retail sectors, and new technologies just to locate his next opportunity for investment. He is driven forward each and every day by the thrill of new investments.
Now is the time to talk to your teen about money. Establishing good habits now can pay dividends well into their future! <3
Father’s Day is fast approaching, & this year, think beyond the tie! Though traditional gifts have their place, most fathers could probably do without another “World’s Greatest Dad” mug or hobby-themed tchotchke (we’re looking at you, golf ball statue!). So in the name of doing away with dust collectors, Motherstucker & Go Organically Fruit Snacks put together these five creative ideas for celebrating Father’s Day that dad is sure to love.
- Take a hike. Buy dad a cool piece of hiking gear—like a trendy, insulated water tumbler or an old-school compass—& attach an invitation to go hiking together that very day. After all, what better time to hit the trails than a Sunday in June? Up the stakes by printing out Nature Bingo cards that let you check off items as you see them—from squirrels to berries to ant hills & beyond.
- Make a memory book. Get those pics off your phone & into dad’s hands! While social media is convenient, there’s nothing like showcasing photos & preserving memories in a tactile, hard copy format. Print a dozen or so favorite family snapshots, & paste them in a mini scrap book along with handwritten captions & mementos like ticket stubs or hand-drawn artwork. Dad will be proud to display the book on the family coffee table or at his workplace.
- Have a “favorite foods” feast. Make a meal out of all of dad’s most-loved eats—even if they don’t seem to go together! Set the table with a plate of bacon, a bowl of mango, a side of potato chips & a meatball sub…or whatever suits his fancy!
- Send him on a wild goose chase. On Father’s Day morning, present dad with a rhyming “clue” written on an index card. One clue should link to the next clue, ultimately leading dad to the final destination—& his gift! For example:
- Clue #1: “It’s Father’s Day morning. Get up & go! Start your day with a cup of joe.”
- Clue #2 taped to coffee pot: “Breakfast in bed is what you crave. But first wash up & have a shave.”
- Clue #3 taped to bathroom vanity: “You’re on the trail & your gift is near. Behind the wheel is where you steer.”
- Clue #4 taped to car steering wheel: “We couldn’t get you a brand new ride. But open the glove box * look inside!”
- Inside glove box: Include a Happy Father’s Day note along with a handy car accessory, such as a gas card or a USB phone charger.
Little Known TRUCK Fact #1: Motherstucker, Hubby, & Baby #1 (6 months old circa 2003) went to the car dealership to find a vehicle better suited for our expanding family. Hubby was sure a SUV would be a good fit. However, one look at the Wedgwood Blue Ford F-150 King Ranch & Mothert̶r̶u̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ (ahem 😉 ) Motherstucker was in LOVE! After 15 years with that pick-up truck, our family is now currently on the hunt for another! <3 Related factoid? That “baby” turns 16 this month & now has a NEW South Carolina drivers license. ACK!
Little Known TRUCK Fact #2: Mack Trucks was founded by brothers John & Gus Mack in 1900. Their first products were buses. Along with trucks, they also made rail cars & locomotives.
Little Known TRUCK Fact #3: “Smokey & the Bandit” was the #2-grossing movie of 1977, behind only “Star Wars.” Most of the script was ad-libbed.
Little Known TRUCK Fact #4: Chevrolet is celebrating 101 years of truck sales this year!
Little Known TRUCK Fact #5: The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 safety equipment includes blind spot warning, pedestrian detection, & automatic braking at low speeds.
Little Know TRUCK Fact #6: The Dodge Ram is Exclusive to Six Areas… Besides the United States, the Ram truck series is only available in Canada, Mexico, Peru (only the Ram 2500 is available), Brazil (only Ram 2500), & the Middle East, where the Ram 1500 is the only truck from the series available for purchase.
Little Known Fact #7: If you have a truck, CONGRATULATIONS! Trust me that you’ll want to know AmericanTrucks.com. They offer aftermarket products for domestic trucks like Silverado, Sierra & RAM. Be sure to enter their Sweepstakes now through June 30, 2018! Be sure to enter DAILY for a chance at 1 of 3 $2000 prize packs – 3 winners picked!
Irie Sleep! 3-in-1 AMAZING night light, wireless speaker, & white noise machine! Check out the color/sound options <3 Make sure you follow #IrieOutfitters on Facebook at @irieparents & @irieoutfitters & on Instagram at @irieoutfitters GET YOURS: https://t.co/DGJNWoGjr5 #momlife pic.twitter.com/3pvbjiTPJZ
— Christy Stucker (@christystucker) May 31, 2018
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MOMS, Have YOUR family try these delicious, sweet strawberry snacks for National Strawberry Month! XOXO, Motherstucker <3
Delivering the same quality consumers love in Welch‘s Fruit Snacks, in a new, irresistibly fun format. Featuring fruit as its first ingredient, kids & parents alike can unroll the fun during National Strawberry Month with Welch‘s Strawberry Fruit Roll!
The term ‘yoga mom’ conjures up social media images of an elite woman in super expensive yoga pants, toting her expensive yoga mat, & driving her fancy car. The reality about yoga? Yoga is a way of life, a holistic perspective & a way to see the world. It has a physical, psychological, & spiritual component. Over the past decade alone, yoga has exploded into a multi-million dollar industry. Thankfully, I’ve found this Canadian brand, Lapasa (not very famous all over the world but with a great number of loyal customers on Amazon) that is a perfect mix of comfort, quality, & price. Why spend 80£ for a pair of leggings when you can spend less than 15£ for the same quality product?
The Lapasa high waisted yoga pants are comfortable & durable with a soft, no-dig waistband which lies flat against your skin & prevents “Muffin top”. These leggings are suburb quality great fit & feel incredible comfortable on, they also stay in place while running with a hidden pocket inside for keys. They can be found at this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0777GJHKS/ they are free delivery with prime and they arrive in 24 hours.
Although the greenest day of the year – Earth Day – has come & gone for 2018…. there is no reason to stop celebrating with your family! In honor of Earth Day, check out these creative ideas to switch up snack time, courtesy of Go Organically Fruit Snacks.
You know what they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This rings even true as we teach our kids about keeping items out of landfills. For us, it’s the perfect excuse to get creative and give new life to everyday objects by turning them into upcycled crafts. Check out our step-by-step instructions for making this awesome DIY dreamcatcher, then read on for additional super-simple craft ideas using household items like paper tubes, coffee cans and plastic water bottles. What better way to celebrate Mother Earth?
Originating in Native American culture, dreamcatchers are believed to offer protection to little ones by “catching” bad dreams in mid-air while they sleep. With a web-covered hoop to snare nightmares, dreamcatchers traditionally feature natural decorative accents like feathers and wooden beads. Try your hand at making your own upcycled dreamcatcher with our easy tutorial!
What You’ll Need:
- A piece of decorative fabric from an old shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner
- Embroidery hoop
- Sharp scissors
- Wooden or plastic beads with a 1/8″ hole or larger
- Feathers and/or ribbons
- Safety pins
What You’ll Do:
- Dig through your closets to find an interesting old T-shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner that you no longer use. Look for an eye-catching graphic or interesting material that’s lacy or crocheted. Cut your fabric so that it’s slightly wider than the embroidery hoop, and at least twice as tall.
- Unscrew the top of your embroidery hoop and separate the two hoops. Drape your fabric over the inner hoop, lining it up so that plenty of extra fabric hangs down at the bottom.
- Place the outer hoop on top and press down into place, adjusting the fabric and pulling it tight. Once you’re happy with the fabric placement, tighten the top screw.
- Take your scissors and cut the fabric hanging from the bottom of the hoop into long, thin, vertical strips. Trim any excess fabric from around the rest of the hoop.
- String beads onto the ends of your fabric strips and knot them in place. Use safety pins to attach feathers and ribbons onto your fabric strips at random places for an eclectic effect. Loop a longer piece of ribbon through the hardware at the top and hang with pride!
Repurposed Household Items
Why toss these everyday objects when you can turn them into useful, kid-friendly crafts?
Paper Towel/Toilet Paper Tubes
- Birdfeeder: Spread peanut butter on the outside of the tube using a butter knife. Roll the tube in loose birdseed, covering it completely. Slip your birdfeeder onto a tree branch, then compost tube once birds are finished snacking.
- Wrapping Paper Cuffs: Prevent rolls of wrapping paper from unraveling with paper tube “cuffs.” Simply slit tubes lengthwise with a pair of scissors and slip over either end of your wrapping paper roll to keep it contained.
- Cord Corral: Roll up power cords and stuff them inside decorated tubes for a cute storage option that will prevent cords from tangling.
- Pencil holder: Remove the lid and label from an empty coffee can. Cover the entire outside with colorful duct tape in a fun pattern. Fill with pens, pencils and highlighters for an instant desktop accessory.
- Bank: Remove the label from an empty coffee can and paint the outside a bright color. Add a dollar sign with stick-on gems. Cut an opening in the lid to use as a coin slot.
- Planter: To make a rustic-looking planter, wrap the outside of an empty coffee can with a sheet of burlap and glue in place. Tie a simple raffia ribbon around the center and fill with dried flowers.
Plastic Water Bottles
- Sensory Bottle: Calm rowdy kiddos with a mixture of water, glitter glue and loose glitter inside a plastic water bottle. Just add the ingredients, put on the cap, and let kids shake the bottle like a snow globe for an instant dose of zen.
- Bowling Pins: Fill 10 plastic water bottles with two inches of water or a bit of sand at the bottom, then put the caps back on. Arrange your “pins” on the floor and let kids roll a ball to knock ’em down.
- Penguin Pal: Fill an empty clear water bottle with cotton balls, then use foam sheets or sturdy construction paper to add the wings, head and feet. Don’t forget the googly eyes!
Happy Earth Day EVERY DAY from all of us at Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more kid-friendly ideas!
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– Chest Support Belt, reduce the burden on the back
– Able to hang on stroller
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Paydays give us an endorphin rush & the living like a boss sensation is pure bliss. So why should a budget be anything less?
Life, right? Just when we’ve mastered the cash flow & expenses….Boom! Life shows up in a different form, demanding extra cash. Whether it is a car, a baby shower, a wedding, a graduation, a retirement, a community cause or a global vacation, some experiences open the floodgates to goals deferred. Not anymore boss! This books unveils the tools to have it ALL.“Budget like A Boss!” translates your hard-working hours to goals realized. Give each dollar a goal! Watch the life you want unfold. Design a budget that funds life’s eight different experiences boss style.
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Hello, I am Aline Santos. I am a stay-at-home mother of 3 beautiful children. I am an advocate for people with Sickle Cell Anemia, since two of my children (Caesar and Marie-Anita) have the disease.
My son, Caesar is a violin prodigy, but the disease has caused him to have three strokes. This eats away at his lifespan & causes him to re-learn everything each time it happens. Marie-Anita so far has not succumbed to the terrible consequences of this disease. My little, Helen does not have the disease, & is my miracle baby. She gave the gift of life to Caesar when we saved her cord blood for his bone marrow transplant. We are trying to save money for that transplant, & it is very expensive. You can also find Caesar’s story at http://www.caesarviolin.com
My husband & my children are my life! I needed something to keep me strong, & this business is something all mine. I am looking forward to this new journey & to build not only a career but many wonderful relationships & memories with this company…. It Works Global!
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Nobody objects to having fun! Did you know that children learn the best when they are playing & having fun? The founder of Kid-Krazy is a pediatric nurse, & a mother of two! She knows it is important to provide her own children, & the children she cares for, with the best available opportunities to learn. This is the foundation that Kid-Krazy was built on, where their motto is “Play, Learn, Grow”. Their mission is to offer new & unique educational products for babies & kids of all ages that help them learn & develop while playing & having fun.
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Hello Mother’s Day Gift Idea! Celestial Wreaths specialize in & offer a wide range of quality, 100% handmade wreaths for a variety of seasons. Their wreaths are handmade right here in the USA & designed to accentuate your home with an inviting flair. Every wreath is made by hand — focusing on detail, beauty & durability — At a fraction of what you would pay in a craft store. Check them out on Etsy!!!
National Infertility Awareness Week® starts April 22nd 2018. This week unites millions of Americans who want to remove the stigmas & barriers that stand in the way of building families. Be prepared & READ UP before Monday with a MUST read for anyone who has ever Loved or Lost! Chasing Kites: One Mother’s Unexpected Journey Through Infertility, Adoption, and Foster Care by Rachel McCracken — Going from zero to four adopted children through a Colombian orphanage & then from four to seven through the US Foster Care System, Rachel writes a masterful memoir of the good, the bad, & the beautiful with purpose-driven life lessons learned from each — If you have ever experienced loss, grief, or heartache this book is for you. If you are struggling to create a family or to blend a family this book is for you. If you are trying to support someone you love through any of these things, this book is for you. Lose yourself in this delicious tale of love both lost & found.
Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain when you can’t seem to think straight & it’s driving you insane? Monkey mind is what this is called, please don’t be worried though, it happens to all. MOMS, when it happens to your child… what can you do? Check out “Your Chime: A Book and Mindfulness Tool for Children”! Watch your child calm down & breathe whenever they feel that “monkey mind” coming on. Delivered as a beautifully illustrated children’s book and a calming tool packaged together to bring a sense of calm to your whole family. Appropriate for boys & girls ages 3 & up. Join Motherstucker & back this Kickstarter to get YOURS August 2018!
Child intelligence is determined many years before birth by educational backgrounds of parents. Parents need to know how to influence and stimulate in each step of baby brain development. Parents should also know and take control over the factors that determine their baby intelligence. This book teaches you facts and tips to improve your child IQ starting from conception until early school.
Do you look for a book that can help you understand better of the process of pregnancy? Do you hope that you can have a baby with high intelligence and high IQ? Do you simply try to learn more about how to get pregnant easily and get through your pregnancy and baby delivery smoothly?
This book of IQ Baby is right for you and will meet your needs. It is written by a group of professional writers including medical doctor, psychologist and IQ baby participant to offer you useful knowledge from multiple and reliable resources. It offers you step by step guides and meaningful images from getting pregnant, early and late stages of pregnancy, to baby delivery and post birth education, to guide you through one of the most important moments of life – to have a healthy and smart baby of your own.
To improve the general intelligence (IQ) and the emotional intelligence (self-esteem and confidence, EQ) in a baby, parents need to know how they can take each step to influence positively the development of their baby brain and other cells in the body. This book teaches you what to do with facts and easy tips, and step by step guides from the time before the conception happens until the early school age of your baby. The full coverage of the most important period of time in your baby brain growth in this book is exactly what you need.
Childhood development is all about wiring the brain with the appropriate steps and methods through experience. Between conception and age three, a child brain undergoes an amazing amount of changes. At birth, it already has all the neurons it will ever have. It doubles in size in the first year, and by age three, it reaches 80 percent of its adult volume. So the more chances or opportunities you give your child, the more these connections will be built.
Every single chapter of this book will guide you through all of the possible ways in daily life to stimulate the baby brain development, and to improve the basic components of his emotional intelligence (self-esteem and confidence, EQ) and general intelligence (IQ) by simply playing games and music, or simple and easy activities at home. Both EQ and IQ make up the complete intelligence of what your baby needs to become a healthy and smart cutie.
Thousands of women out there want to have smart and healthy babies, but they do not even know what to do, and where to begin with. Your family doctor or physician will not be able to tell you about these knowledge and methods, because this is not their jobs, and are not included in their professional training. Medical doctors, including gynecologists, do not learn anything of these in their medical school years, because what they have learned is for fighting health problems and diseases, but not for assisting parents to have babies with high IQ!
Motherstucker knows the rule #1 to have an intelligent baby is to have a good book to guide you step by step about what to do from the earliest time possible, as early as before your pregnancy. If you or your partner did not have chance to receive pregnancy and baby related education, you still have hope: you can just read carefully every chapter of this IQ Baby book, and try your best to follow the guides and instructions. Take a look, and you may fall in love with this fascinating and resourceful book! MUST HAVE!