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Kids & Parenting

Letter Board Quotes About Family

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.


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The letter board stands on it’s own and comes with a little bag for all your letters. It also came with lots of cute shapes and emojis which are so fun to add to the letter board.

Best quotes about family for your letter board. #familyquotes #letterboardquotes

I used a pair of wire clippers to clip the letters off. If you’re not careful to cut the letters properly, you’ll be able to see the connection points on the letters which makes it look really messy.

Let the fun begin!

Letter Board Quotes About Family

"Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten" Lilo and Stitch Quote of Black Letterboard

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” – Lilo and Stitch

 

"Family is not an important Thing. It is everything" Quote on letter board

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

 

"Family Gives Your the roots to stand tall & strong." Quote on letter board

“Family gives you the roots to stand tall and strong.” -Unknown

 

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven". Quote on letter board

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – George Bernard Shaw

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces" letter board quote about family

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” – George Santayana

 

 

"Some people are worth melting for". Quote on letter board

“Some people are worth melting for.” –Olaf

 

"Our family: just the right mix of fun & chaos" Quote on letter board

“Our Family, just the right mix of fun and chaos.” -Unknown

 

"The most important time is family time". Quote on letter board

“The most important time is family time.” -Unknown

 

"The love of family is life's greatest belssing". Quote on letter board

“The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing” -Unknown

 

"Fun. Family. Home. Laugh. Play" Quote on letter board

 

If you love these quotes but you don’t have a letter board I highlight recommend the one from Wishlist Things! It’s budget friendly and has all the letters you need to make these beautiful quotes!

 


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indoor activities for kids
Kids & Parenting

20 Indoor Activities for Kids

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.

20 Indoor activities for kids that are sure to beat cabin fever! These are the easiest and funnest ideas! #indooractivities #kids #parentinghacks

 

Scavenger Hunt

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!

Scavenger Hunt - Indoor Activities for Kids

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!

Balloon Games

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.

Origami

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!

Popsicle Stick House - Indoor Activities for Kids

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!

Hot Wheels DIY Race Track Indoor Activities for Kids

Baking/Cooking

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.

Blanket Forts

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 use the Crazy Fort building kit and have been able to create a ton of different forts with this! They are easy to store and easy for the kids to work with!

Crazy Forts,Purple, 69 pieces

Laser Tag

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!

Laser Tag - Indoor Activities for kids

Puppet Show

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.

Family Game Night - Indoor Activities for Kids

Silly Fashion Show

Have everyone dress up in their silliest outfits and put on a silly fashion show!

Indoor Camping

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

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! 

Perler Beads - Indoor Activities for Kids

Relay Races

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.

 

Stop Animation - Indoor Activities for Kids

Movement/Exercise Videos

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.

DIY Laser maze - Indoor Activities for Kids

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. 

Toothpick and marshmallow building - Indoor activities for kids

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? 

This list of of boredom busting activities are sure to keep your kids active and keep cabin fever at bay! Fun gross motor and fine motor activities for Winter (snow days) and Spring (rainy days)! Activities for toddlers, preschoolers and school aged kids! Super simple and super fun indoor activities for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children! These boredom busting activities are perfect for rainy days or snow days!

yearly planner and pen
Schedules & Routines

Best Planners for Moms 2019

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.

Mange your time better with these amazing planners! These planners and organizers are the BEST of the best out there and will help you keep everything and everyone on track! #planners2019 #plannersandorganizers #bestplanners

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.

Passion Planner

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.

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Mom Agenda

These planners are designed especially with moms in mind (hence the name).

The desktop planner is my favorite. The weekly view is uniquely organized to include individualized spaces for up to 4 kids.

This makes keeping track of everyone’s activities super easy. It also includes a monthly view. Check out their free printable section for more tools to help you get organized.


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Commit30

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.
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Daily Greatness

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.
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Planner Accessories

Planner accessories are a great way to keep your planner looking beautiful while still marking it up and keeping track of all the things.


Life Planner Stickers Set. Monthly, Weekly & Daily Planner Stickers 20 Sheets Set of 1,000+ stickers for women


Essentials Weekly Planner Stickers (Set of 575 Stickers)


Me & My Big Ideas MAGC-15 The Happy Planner Magnet Bookmarks, Rose Gold


bloom daily planners Assorted Magnetic Bookmarks, 3 Pack Planner Bookmarks

 

Ready to get organized and manage your time better? Check out the best planners for moms! #planner #getorganized #bestplannersformoms

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Schedules & Routines

The 2018 Christmas Planner

Once Halloween is over I feel like it’s time to hit the ground running and start getting organized for Christmas.

It’s time to finalize the Christmas budget and start making my list and checking it twice!

To be honest, I’m planning for Christmas all year round. I make sure each pay period we put some money aside for Christmas so we don’t run the risk of over extending ourselves during the holidays.

I like to keep the holidays simple, but even so, there are lots of things to do and keep track of. Shopping, meals, decorations, cleaning and more.

christmas planner | get organized for the holidays

In order to stay more organized this year, I decided to create my own set of Christmas planning sheets and I’m sharing them all with you!

The 2018 Christmas Planner is your go to tool for Christmas and includes:

Shopping lists

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.

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Bonus! Find out more about how to have a Festive and Frugal Christmas this year.

How to teach your child to meditate
Kids & Parenting

Teaching Kids Meditation and Mindfulness

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.

In “How to Teach Your Kids Meditation and Mindfulness” I share how we have started teaching our kids about meditation and the different strategies you can use to build a meditation routine for your own kiddos.

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:


Nightlights: Stories for You to Read to Your Child – To Encourage Calm, Confidence and Creativity

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?

 

 

Best productivity tips from female entrepreneurs
Motherhood

Best Productivity Tips For Working Moms from Female Entrepreneurs

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.

Related Article:  “Time Management Tips for Moms

best productivity tips from female entrepreneurs

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

Passion Planner

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.


Academic Passion Planner Pro Aug 2018 – Jul 2019 – Goal Oriented Daily Agenda, Appointment Calendar, Reflection Journal – (B5) Monday Start (Radiant Rose Gold)

Productivity Planner

This is another planner that I absolutely love. This planner provides some guided list making and helps you beat procrastination!


Productivity Planner – Daily Planner – Non Dated 5 x 8″ – Accomplish your 2018 Goals

 

Motivational Books

If you are looking for some books to give you a kick in the butt and jump start your productivity, here are a few of my favorites:


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business


The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life


You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth


Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

 

Tech Tools

These are some of my favorite tech tools that work wonders for my productivity. And they are all FREE!

Google Drive

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.

Google Keep

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

StayFocused is a free Chrome extension that restricts the amount of time you are allowed to spend on “time-wasting websites” like Facebook.

Cozi

The all in one family organizing suite. It includes a calendar, to do lists, recipes and meal planners, and a family journal.

Remember The Milk

The BEST To Do list app out there right now.

 

Armed with your new set of productivity tips for working moms and some awesome new tools, it’s time to set some big goals and get to work!

What do you struggle with the most when it comes to productivity? What’s something that gets you motivated and keeps you on track for meeting your goals?

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