My sister gave me a letter board for Christmas (#bestsisterever) and I was beyond excited to get started using it! The funny thing is as soon as I sat down to put some cute little message on the board I totally drew a blank. So I went on the hunt for some totally adorable quotes about family.
A few things I want to mention before I share my favorite quotes.
The letter board in these pictures is from Wishlist Things and it is totally adorable. All the quotes you see in the pictures used letters from the standard set, meaning I didn’t have to buy any extra letters or shapes.
Finding indoor activities for the kids to keep busy on days that are too cold or wet to go outside can sometimes be challenging, especially if it’s a long stretch of cold and wet days. I know that playing with toys will only take us so far and that getting out of the house is sometimes just not an option.
And I don’t know about you but when my kids get bored things go south really fast! Don’t get me wrong. They are great playing by themselves or with each other….to a point.
Sometimes I have to step in with activities to get their little minds working or their bodies moving.
Here is a list of 20 indoor activity ideas for your kids. Most of these are geared for children in K-5, though some will be appropriate for younger kids too.
For some of these indoor activities, you’ll need to have a few items on hand. Most of these you can get at the dollar store. I like to stock up and have these items on hand for when the kids are getting cabin fever.
Put together a scavenger hunt by make a long list of items you have around the house the kids have to find. You can even take turns and have each child create a list for everyone else!
Hide and Seek
This is a go to around our house. We have some expert level hiders and have had to end games just to find one of the kids!
Blow up some balloons and let the giggles start. From “don’t let the balloon touch the floor” to “how many times can you bounce the balloon in the air” this is a great way to get the kids moving.
There are tons of easy to make origami tutorials online. This is one of my favorite posts with lots of ideas for simple kid friendly origami. We like to use plain white paper and color our creations once we’re finished folding!
Popsicle Stick Structures
With some Popsicle sticks and glue, you can create all different types of structures! We’ve built garages for our cars and farm houses for little animals and much more. Building these little houses takes time and then they have something to play with after!
Card Board Box Race Track
We always have some empty amazon boxes lying around and they are perfect for building tracks for race cars! We have about 1 million hot wheels in our house (maybe a little a less) so this a favorite activity. Again, it takes time to draw the track and decorate it and then you can race all day!
This is another favorite activity in our house. We have to eat, so on those days we need some extra activities, I’ll get the kids in the kitchen. We might bake chocolate chip cookies or I might have them help me peel potatoes.
This might take up a ton of room in our family room, but this always provides hours of fun! For my older kiddo, he loves to take his flashlight in the fort and read his books and my youngest loves making it a school for her babies.
We bought these laser tag guns for my son’s birthday party and they have been the best purchase to date. With four laser guns in the pack we can each play. There are no bullets to clean up or worry about anybody getting hurt and the kids run around forever. They even build bases and try and play a laser tag version of capture the flag!
Make your own puppets from old socks or paper bags. Or use some pre-made puppets. Have the kids make tickets and put on a puppet show!
Family Game Night
Break out all the board games and have a family game night. It can sometimes be hard to find games we can all play but a few of our favorites are Mancala, Go Fish, Money Bags, and Monopoly. The 5 year old loves Monopoly, mostly because she gets to play with the money.
Silly Fashion Show
Have everyone dress up in their silliest outfits and put on a silly fashion show!
Set up some sleeping bags, pack a cooler or even put up a tent in the family room and let the camping fun begin! Tell scary stories, make smores and play flashlight tag!
Perler Beads are a favorite in our house and always keeps everyone busy! There are so many great Perler designs online the kids can follow or they can make up their own!
Put together a classic relay race: a (hard boiled) egg and spoon race, “potato sack race”, crab walk and wheelbarrow races.
Create a Stop Animation Movie
This is one of our favorite activities. To make a stop animation movie, you use an inanimate object and take pictures of it moving. Each picture is a movement in a sequence. When you stitch the pictures together (I use the google photos app on my phone) you can create a little movie.
There are tons of videos online for kids to help them get moving. One of our favorites is go noodle! There are plenty of silly games or dance videos to get everyone up and moving!
DIY Laser Maze
Using just toilet paper and tape, create a “laser” maze for the kids to try and climb through! It’s easy set up and even easier clean up.
Make a Book
Get out your paper and markers and make a book! I like to give the kids a topic (for example a scary or a silly story) and let them work on their creations. If your little one is still not writing, have them draw the pictures and you fill in the words. Then, everyone can read the stories to each other when they are done!
Some of these have turned out so good, I’ve scanned the images into Snapfish and have had the books published.
Bowling with Plastic Cups
Use plastic cups and set up your own game of bowling! You can get silly and assign points to each cup and tally up the points for each turn!
Marshmallow Toothpick Building
Using mini marshmallows and toothpicks, let your kids get creative and build some amazing structures! Just make sure the kids are safe and don’t poke themselves with the toothpicks. You can always cut off the sharp edges just to be extra cautious.
I hope you and your little ones find lots of indoor activities on this list that keep you busy and happy on those long days indoors.
What are some of your favorite indoor activities for keeping the kids busy and staving off cabin fever?
Are you looking for a planner to help you maximize your time, increase your productivity, and just keep track of family life?
As moms, there are so many moving parts to our day. Between the kids’ school activities (read: pajama day, food drive, and school performances) and your own day-to-day tasks if you don’t have a planner to keep you organized you are bound to drop the ball at some point.
Before I share my list, I want to say I am a total planner snob. I started investing in good paper planners about 8 years ago when I realized the $10 Target planners were just not cutting it.
I use a combination of paper and digital planner.
Cozi is a digital family organizing calendar and I absolutely love it. I can share the calendar with my husband and I get lots of reminders and alerts.
As awesome as it is, I prefer a paper calendar where I can jot down notes, check things off my list (feels so good!) and do more in-depth planning and goal setting.
This list includes planners that are not only super functional but they are also beautiful. They are what planner dreams are made of.
I love the passion planner. This planner is laid out in such a way that you can organize both your personal and professional life.
There is lots of space for goal setting and reflection at the end of each month. It’s super high quality and the binding never breaks. You also have the choice between a Sunday Start or a Monday Start.
This is more than just a planner. In addition to weekly and monthly views, this planner includes space for a yearly vision board and is designed to help you create and focus on 30 day challenges.
Each month you create a new challenge to help you focus your intentions. There is also 40+ blank pages for doodling, dreaming, or note taking.
The 360 degree planner is completely customizable so you get exactly what you want. You get to choose your layout and cover.
Daily greatness has a planner for every person – gratitude planner, business planner, yoga planner and parenting planner.
The parenting planner is designed to keep your family organized and to set you up for success as a parent. The planner is undated making it easy to start at anytime. It also includes a self care goal planning system and daily gratitude journal. BUY NOW!
Planner accessories are a great way to keep your planner looking beautiful while still marking it up and keeping track of all the things.
Christmas Gifts and Stocking Stuffer lists allow you to create your shopping lists and track your spending. Also included is the Christmas sales tracker so you can stay on top of all the best deals on Christmas gifts!
Christmas Card List
Create a list of Christmas cards you need to send out and track your progress.
Christmas Dinner Menu
Plan out your entire Christmas meal and create your grocery shopping list!
To Do Lists
Keep track of all your to do’s with individual lists for 3 weeks, 2 weeks, 1 week, and 1 day before Christmas. Also, included is a master calendar for December.
This planner is the busy moms guide to staying organized during what often is one of the most stressful times of the year.
I recently shared a piece over at Imperfectly Perfect Mama about the benefits of teaching children meditation and mindfulness.
When I was little, my parents taught me how to meditate, though I didn’t really know I was meditating at the time.
As an adult, I’ve incorporated those techniques into my daily life. These techniques have helped me through times of stress and anxiety. They have helped me through sleepless nights. They have helped me regain balance when momming got hard.
I knew I wanted to teach my own children these same techniques so that as adults they could also benefit from meditation.
One of our kids favorite ways to meditate is to use a guided meditation book. We use the book “Nightlights”. My 8 year old says this book is magic because he can’t help but calm down and relax. You can buy it here:
At bedtime, I help to get him comfy in bed and then I choose a guided meditation. They are about 5 minutes long and are really simply and soothing stories. At the end of each guided meditation are a list of affirmations.
Have you introduced meditation to your children? Do you meditate?
There is so much on your plate you don’t know where to start or you are caught staring at your screen with only the sound of crickets playing in your head.
Does this sound familiar?
Whether you run your own business, work outside the home or in the home, you have probably struggled with productivity at one time or another.
We have all been there.
I started working from home 4 years ago when our second child was born. While I am so grateful for the opportunity to work from home it took some time, and a really awesome babysitter, to find ways to be productive in order to fulfill both my roles as an employee and a mother.
During that time, I came to realize that the foundation to being a productive working mom is good time management.
Female Entrepreneurs Share Their #1 Productivity Tips For Working Moms
So how do you set yourself up for success and increase your productivity?
I talked to female entrepreneurs that are rocking it in their online businesses to find out what their number 1 productivity tips for working moms.
My best tip would be to set timers. I am someone who usually focuses too much time on one specific task. What I like to do is list out my tasks from most important to least important. Then I will set a timer on my phone (usually an hour depending on the task) Once the timer goes off I will stop the task and focus on my next “to do”! If I don’t complete my task by the time my timer is up, I will bring it to the bottom of my list and work on it again after I work on all other items on my “to do” list! -Ell Duclos
Ell is the creator behind Boss Girl Bloggers and ellduclos.blog and has turned her passion for writing and inspiring others into a full time career.
It’s so important to be intentional with your time. Create an hourly schedule, set an alarm, and stay focused on your work during work hours. It’s really the best way to get things done and excel in your business. – Cate
Cate Rosales is the mommy-of-two and blogger behind SweetandSimpleLife.com. She helps aspiring female entrepreneurs start a blog and earn passive income, so you can live life on your own terms!
Avoid over-scheduling your time. Plan no more than 60% of the time you have available during a work session. You will be able to tackle unexpected items and allow yourself to go slower, so that you can be more creative and thoughtful about your work. – Jenny
After years of juggling work and home life, Jenny left her job to be a full time mama to her three littles. She loves encouraging other mamas to find the right balance so their families can thrive. Read about Jenny’s tips for Spending More Time Doing What You Love, on her blog Home After Three.
My number 1 productivity tip is to practice single tasking. When you turn off distractions and focus on one task at a time, you can put 100% of your energy into that project. What’s more, you don’t waste time refocusing your thoughts while jumping from task to task. Single tasking helps you quickly reach your “flow state” and stay there, which allows you to plow through your to-do list with much greater efficiency. -Paula
Paula is the voice behind I’m Busy Being Awesome, a resource for busy women looking for balance in their lives. Working together, she helps women create strategies to manage their time, get organized, maximize their productivity, and find time for fun. Read all about Paula’s “3 Simple Steps to Singletasking” to learn more!
Staying productive as a WAHM is essential because it is easy to fall into the trap of doing household chores instead of working. One of my biggest tips is to be consistent in your planning. Before I start each week I plan my days with themes. Monday may be an admin day, Tuesday a writing day, and Thursday a promotional planning day. Having a theme allows me to create a plan for each day according to how it’s themed. This keeps me organized and on task! – Autumn
Autumn is an honest, real and never perfect bad-ass wife, mom and PPD, anxiety and life survivor. She’s also behind the blog She’s A Wreck that brings you practical parenting and motherhood tips.
I feel that the best strategy to increase productivity is to stop multitasking. I have found that when I focus on one task at a time I am more efficient and focused. As a mom this means that I often work when my children are asleep or outside with friends.- Lauren
Lauren’s site Simply Well Balanced, helps moms create balance and find the joy in motherhood. She shares tips about practical minimalism, homemaking and family activities.
Sometimes we bypass the most practical things for what’s new and flashy. However, when it comes to getting more done, as much as possible, you should get more sleep! -Rose Barnett
Rose Barnett knows what it means to struggle as a mom and that’s why she compiled 97+ Successful Mom Resources to help you find purpose, get organized and generate an income.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Now that you have these awesome tips to help you with productivity, I want to share with you a few tools I use that help me stay on track and keep me moving towards my goals.
Planners are kind of my thing and this one rocks. I have used a Passion Planner 3 years in a row. This planner is laid out in such a way that you can organize both your personal and professional life. There is lots of space for goal setting and reflection at the end of each month. It’s high quality and the binding never breaks.
These are some of my favorite tech tools that work wonders for my productivity. And they are all FREE!
You can create text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more with google drive. Plus, since everything is web based you can access your documents from anywhere, even your phone. And the autosave function is a life saver.
Think of google keep as your virtual sticky notes. I use google keep to take quick notes, or write down an idea or something I need to add to my to do list.
StayFocused is a free Chrome extension that restricts the amount of time you are allowed to spend on “time-wasting websites” like Facebook.