Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Resources for Parents -

There's a new parenting website in town -  They cover a range of subjects, from nutrition to sports to money to resolving conflicts to family fun to siblings to cell phones to bullying - and everything in between.  They divide their information into age levels, so caregivers can easily access ideas for children ages 0-18.  If you have a parenting question that's stirring in your heart/mind, this is a great place to explore possible solutions. 

Happy exploring!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pool Days at Home

Gramma bought the kids an inflatable pool from Target this week, so we put it up on our patio.  Here are some things you might consider if you get an inflatable pool:
  • Borrow an air compressor to pump it up.  (Thanks to our neighbor for inflating the pool with his mega air compressor!) 
  • If it's blazing hot like it has been here this week, create a little shade by putting up a pop-up tent canopy over the pool.  (Thanks to our other neighbor who helped me assemble the tent!) 
  • Put a protective surface under the pool to keep the plastic from getting holes - a tarp or landscaping fabric are sufficient, but I love Gramma's idea of using those large interlocking foam puzzles (they look like this) under the pool
  • Old yogurt containers (washed of course) make great buckets for dumping water on each other.
  • Set up a sprinkler or water guns beside the pool for an extra splash while playing.
  • Put a towel on the floor inside the door nearest the pool, so your floors don't get wet.
  • If the pool is large enough, your kids will love it if YOU get wet too!