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Is Your Child Old Enough to Babysit? 7 Signs to Watch For

Is Your Child Old Enough to Babysit? 7 Signs to Watch For

Babysitting is a great first job for many. It can also be a great responsibility for a child who has younger siblings. How do you know when your child is old enough to begin babysitting? Here are seven things to consider.

#1. What is your state’s law?

Whether you think your child is ready or not, every state has a law for a minimum age in which children can be left home alone, or in the care of other children. Look into your state’s laws before you continue on.

#2. Does Your Child Follow Directions? read more

5 Tips for Indoor Container Gardening

Here are five great tips for indoor container gardening:

  • Have proper drainage – It’s very important that you have nice, big holes in your pots for proper drainage. If not, the soil will not drain well and the roots of your plants will die.
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    How to Cut a Watermelon For Kids

    I don’t know about you… but when I think of summer I think of

    Watermelon!

    Fruit is such a healthy choice for kids. When they are hot, watermelon helps them stay hydrated because it is mostly made of water… They never turn it down… Plus, it is in season!

    The biggest problem I have with watermelon is that it is.

    Messy!

    Finally, I’ve found out how to cut a watermelon for kids to easily pick up! Plus, it turns it into a finger food which is great when they are running around outside or at a picnic or party. read more

    My 3rd Home Birth Story

    Is Home Birth Right for You?

    SIX MONTH AGO… I had a baby in my bedroom.

    (That’s one way to start a conversation, right? Haha!)

    I was 3 days away from my due date… feeling pretty miserable…

    I was not feeling like the pregnant Goddess in the picture above…

    I WAS OVER IT.


    I was not sleeping. My stomach felt so HUGE! It was so hard to get comfortable at night…

    I’m just telling it like it was… I was laying in bed praying that I would go into labor because I really didn’t think I could make it much longer. read more

    13 Must Have Baby Products in 2019

    If you are new around here… I just had my 3rd baby 6 months ago!

    Read My Home Birth Story Here

    There is a little bit of a gap between my middle child and my now baby (5.5 years!) so I sort of felt like a new mom again this go around.

    It was really hard for me to remember what I actually needed for a baby… not what I was “supposed” to buy… but what I was ACTUALLY going to use.

    So that’s why I’m coming here… 6 months into this baby mama thing… sharing what I’m actually using and what you really should have on your registry. read more

    Two Healthy Halloween Treats

    Can I be honest… Halloween isn’t my favorite. 
    Because all I am hearing lately is…

    “Can I have a piece of candy?” 
    “Can I have a piece of candy?” 
    “Can I have a piece of candy?”

     

    I usually can avoid this battle altogether… but during Halloween…

    CANDY IS EVERYWHERE!!! 

    Besides the obvious… SUGAR IS MY NEMESIS. 

     

    It really can be detrimental to our health (and our kid’s health too!)

     

    When our kids eat too much sugar they are more likely to get sick, get cavities, and just BE CRAZY PEOPLE!! 

     

    So here are some  Healthy Halloween Treats  my girls get excited about (without any of the sugar!)

     

    Two Healthy Halloween Treats

     

     

     What are your BEST tips to help your kids limit the sugar during Halloween?

    How To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth… And Have Fun!

    If you have little ones around the house, then you’ve probably had this issue.

     

    Your kiddos don’t want to brush their teeth!! Or they do the absolute minimum and you have to hound them to even do that.

     

    Imagine this… Your kids BEG you each night to run and go brush their teeth!

     

    Would that change your morning or bedtime?

     

    Could it really get done WITHOUT the struggle? 

     

    Our 7 year old had a specific thing she wanted for Christmas, an Amazon Dot, which is a little hockey puck like device which is voice activated and plays music, games, plus a ton of other “Smart Home” features.

     

    We have decided as a family that we don’t have TVs in bedrooms and tablets and what not aren’t used in bedrooms (especially at night) but this ended up being a way that she could play music, dance, and enjoy herself in a way I could monitor.

     

    Now, what does this have to do with Brushing Teeth?

     

    Alexa (the platform that the Dot runs on) has add-ons called “Skills” and there is a brand new skill that has transformed Brushing time!

     

    It’s called “Chompers“!

     

    Chompers basically is a 2 minute Podcast for kids where they will hear jokes, riddles, stories, fun facts, silly songs and more!

    It’s designed to “Keep them giggling – and brushing – for the full two minutes that dentists recommend.”

     

     

    And guess what? It works!

     

     

    My kiddos have begged to go “Do Chompers!” for the last 4 days, so I wanted to share this with you!

     

    You can check out Chompers here, and you can even use it directly on your phone as a Podcast if you prefer!

     

    I know that just having a little less stress around taking care of our teeth has been so nice for me! I hope this helps you too : )

     

     

    P.S. Another big factor healthy teeth is getting enough fruits and veggies, check out 4 ways that I sneak more healthy fruits and veggies into my kids diets here!

    Don’t Forget to Send Love to This Person on Valentine’s Day

    As moms sometimes we send love to everyone else…

    our kids

    our husbands

    our parents

    our siblings

    our neighbors

    our mailman

     

    But then we forget this one very important person….

     

    Watch to Learn the Four Steps to Change That Today

     

     

    P.S. If you are ready to make the steps to take care of your health today, Click Here to be my Product Tester and start getting results you will LOVE!

    Melted Crayon Halloween Pumpkin

    ‘Tis the season for all Fall Crafts! 

    And of course when the leaves start dropping… It’s Pumpkin Time! 

     

    I personally love finding cute ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t involve carving… 

    When you carve a pumpkin, it gets MESSY – Plus I just get nervous with the kids around sharp objects lol.

     

    This is a SUPER cute idea that will give you a unique pumpkin + PLUS use all those broken crayons you have laying around your craft room.

     

    If you want a HACK to help your pumpkin stay cute all season long, check out three tips to help your pumpkin last.

     

    How to make a Melted Crayon Halloween Pumpkin

     

    First gather all your broken crayons.

    Wipe down your Pumpkin (we used Tea Tree Oil to clean and kill any germs)

    Then we laid the crayons on top of the pumpkin.

    When we turned on the hair dryer – the crayons FLEW!

     

    PRO TIP: We used a glue stick to glue the crayons in place – just to give the crayons a little more stability.

     

    It took less than 10 minutes to melt the crayons, some melted faster than others! You can use the hair dryer to direct where the melted wax is going to flow.

     

    After the crayons were melted and dried, the girls hot glued some googly eyes and drew a silly face on the pumpkin.

     

    From the top, you can see all the melted crayon colors! It looks so fun and cute! 

     

    Here is our silly melted crayon pumpkin welcoming all our visitors this fall! read more