63 Family Activities to beat the heat this Summer

We all know, the summer heat is not going away anytime soon. So, your kids may be spending a lot of their time inside the house.

Here are some DIY craft/activities to keep the kids busy.

12 DIY Crafts

-Wooden Peg Dolls are all the rage but it can get expensive to buy individual dolls, especially if you have more than one child. They are very easy to make and the materials are inexpensive. Check out this tutorial to make your own wooden peg dolls.

-Felt boards! A twist on paper dolls… Felt Monsters you don’t have to make them into monsters you can make princesses or knights and dragons. Your children’s imagination has no limits 🙂

-Homemade musical instruments… kids love making noise, what better way to teach them that with musical instruments? Tin Can Drums

-Choose your child’s favorite colors and make these cards. Craft Foam Sewing Cards

-These ABC Game Pieces are a fun learning tool for tracing or letter learning.

-Are you a mom of an infant? This is a great learning tool. Infant Sensory Boards Bright colors, a variety of textures, and fabric colors.

-Two words…. Homemade Playdough

-A Marble Run is a great way to prevent boredom. Hours of fun and laughter with this great activity.

-Make learning fun with this Sight Words Treasure Hunt. Somewhat like a scavenger hunt, but they are looking for letters to spell out the words.

-Always a winner with young children is Homemade Finger Paints.

-The Hot Air Balloon Craft is a really fun activity for kids and parents to enjoy.

-Tic-Tac-Toe is a fun game for everyone. Make this DIY game set out of durable fabric so you and your children can enjoy it time and again.

51 Activities for Hot Days

  1. Run through the sprinklers
  2. Visit a water park
  3. Take a picnic to the beach, Pack lots of cold, refreshing drinks.
  4. Visit an ice cream parlor
  5. Fill water toys with ice cold water and chase the family outside
  6. Go to the bookstore and browse all the great new releases
  7. Go to the movies
  8. Read a book together
  9. Make your own ice pops
  10. Rent a DVD or stream a Netflix movie for the whole family
  11. Let the kids have fun washing the car (with your supervision)
  12. Go to a Baseball game
  13. Help the kids set up a lemonade stand
  14. Go to a bowling alley
  15. Visit a local aquarium
  16. BOARD GAMES
  17. Box fans are great for robot voices
  18. Go to the library and show your kids your favorite old books
  19. Get the kids together and do a random act of kindness
  20. Get out the coloring books and color in silly ways
  21. Play a game of hide and seek
  22. Build a fort with pillows and blankets
  23. Do some baking
  24.  Get the kids interested in dusting by making it a game
  25. Dance (make up silly moves and have a contest)
  26. Learn a new song
  27. Have an indoor picnic
  28. Legos
  29. Have a tea party
  30. Make roads on the floor with painters tape and race toy cars
  31. Play kitchen and pretend to cook for each other
  32. Dress up       
  33. Put together a large puzzle (put it in a place where it can stay out for a while and work on it a bit every day)
  34. Create your own song with your kid’s toy instruments and encourage them to use their imaginations
  35. Sticker Collage (have the kids put stickers on paper n any way they want
  36. Take a nap (Hot air can make you very tired.  Drink a glass of water and then take a nap with the kids)
  37. Have a painting party with watercolors
  38. Play a card game
  39. Guess what? (put an object in a paper bag, and have your children close their eyes and they feel it and try to guess what it is)
  40. Grocery Store (let kids “shop” around the house and chek out with fake money)
  41. Go see some local indoor attractions
  42. Set up a small tent in the house and pretend to go camping
  43. Put on a puppet show
  44. Play with a train set
  45. Make a craft basket (anything that can be used to craft goes in the basket. whenever they are bored they can get the basket and make something
  46. Take silly pictures       
  47. Make shadow puppets on the wall
  48. Balloon toss (make sure the balloon doesn’t touch the ground
  49. Gather some medium sized rocks. Wash them and paint them into “pet rocks”
  50. Scavenger Hunt
  51. Push each of the kids around in the laundry basket (extra points for getting them to help with folding and putting away before the fun ride in the basket).

 

 

Extremely hot days can be boring for the kids. Hopefully, this list gave you some ideas for fun family activities to fight the boredom and the heat.

 

Is there anything not on this list that you like to do on those hot summer days?

Let me know in the comments and please share if you enjoyed this post.

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

The Daily Dozen Best Odds for Toddler’s

 

“You can’t pour from an empty pitcher”

 

I did a post very similar to this a little while ago. I have learned a few things since then. If you would like to check that out first before you go through this you are welcome to click this link.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

It’s hard enough to get toddler’s to eat three meals a day. With their resistance to anything new or green and leafy, and weird adversity to strange textures. If helping a child learn to eat well may never be easy it is especially difficult during toddlerhood, yet it is most important.

Eating habits formed during these years will pretty much last a lifetime. Those busy little bundles of endless activity need a steady diet of nutrients to fuel their never ending, on-the-go lifestyle.

A good diet is very important for growth and development. This doesn’t guarantee good health and long life but “the Best-Odds Toddler Diet can give your child the boost in that direction.

The Best Odds 9 Principles

 

  • Every Bite counts: With toddlers little bellies and fickle tastes, there are just so many bites we can expect them to take. It’s very important that each bite they take be as nourishable as possible.

  • All calories are no the same: always keep the quality of the calories in mind. (The 110 calories in the sugary cereal is not equal to the whole grain bran muffin)

  • Skipping meals isn’t a great idea but it’s a toddler’s prerogative: The toddler who skips regular meals can be prone to irritability and temper tantrums. Try to make up for the missed meal with a nutritious snack.

  • When possible, offer foods that satisfy more than one nutritional requirement. For the child who may be gaining weight slower that others foods like peanut butter, meat, avocado, cheese and beans are good choices.

  • The issue of carbs is complex: when offering carbohydrates to your toddler try using whole grain flours, bread’s, and cereals; brown rice, millet, quinoa, and other whole grains; legumes (dried peas and beans); and whole grain or high protein pasta.

  • There is nothing positive gained from sweet treats: Some studies on the effects of sugar on the behavior of some children have agreed on the idea that children “under the influence” of sugar exhibit hyperactive behavior. Whether you believe that or not, there are still plenty of reasons to limit your toddler’s sugar intake. Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever. There are no vitamins and no minerals, nothing but calories.

  • The most healthy foods remember where they came from: Gone are the days when we ate what we grew. But, the closer we stick to the natural food chain, the better. Foods that remember their “roots” are much more likely to have the nutrients they had when they were harvested. Try to select baked goods, fruits, and vegetables that are fresh (or fresh frozen) rather than highly processed, canned, or overcooked.

  • A family that eats healthy stays healthy: You will succeed in your efforts to teach your toddler to eat healthy if you and the rest of the family show the example as well.

  • A good diet can be sabotaged by bad habits: the lure of seeing other children eating sugar filled foods and drinks can be tough to ignore. But, staying true at home will make it easier for your child to stay true out of the home.

For now, junk food is the biggest detriment to your toddler’s diet. Make the example for your child as they grow. Don’t indulge in excess with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol,

We know feeding a toddler can be tricky enough without turning food prep into a lab experiment.

Here is an example of an easy guide for The…

Best Odd’s Daily Dozen for Toddler’s

 

  1. calories- an average of 900 to 1,700

  2. Protein: four toddler servings (about 25 grams) one toddler serving is about… 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, or 1 whole egg

  3. Calcium foods: four toddler servings: 2/3 c milk 1/2 cup yogurt, or 4 oz orange juice

  4. Vitamin c foods: 2 or more toddler servings

  5. green and leafy veggies and fruits- 2 or more toddler servings: 1 medium apricot, 1 slice of cantaloupe, 1 nectarine.

  6. Other fruits and veggies: 1 to 2 or more toddler servings- 1/2 apple, pear, or banana. 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/3 c grapes

  7. whole grains and other complex carbs: 6 or more toddler servings: 1/2 slice whole grain bread, 1/4 whole grain bagel or English muffin, 2 to 3 whole wheat crackers 1/4 cup brown or wild rice

  8. iron rich foods: a little very day- iron-fortified cereals, beef, baked goods made with carob or soy flour, whole grains, wheat germ.

  9. High-fat foods: 5 to 8 toddler servings daily- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, butter, or mayonnaise, 1 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 small avocado, 1 egg

  10. restrict added salt: While everyone needs a fair amount of salt in their diet. But, not the amount that the average American consumes. Restrict your toddlers salt intake to prevent a salt dependency in the future.

  11. Fluids: four to six cups daily- pretty much self-explanatory

  12. supplements: little research has been done to the need of toddlers taking supplements. But, if you think your toddler can benefit from a daily vitamin, I highly recommend Flinstones gummies complete

 

A sample toddler menu as a reference:

breakfast

  • 1/2 c orange juice

  • 1/2 c whole grain breakfast cereal

  • 1/2 c sliced banana

  • 1/2 c milk

 

Mid-morning Snack

  • 1/2 c milk

  • 1/2 slice whole grain bread

  • 2 tsp peanut butter

 

lunch

  • 1/2 grilled cheese on whole wheat

  • a wedge of cantaloupe

  • 1/2 c milk

 

afternoon snack

  • whole wheat pretzels

  • 1/2 c 100% juice

 

dinner

  • 1 oz pasta

  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 c cooked carrot slices

  • 1/2 c milk

 

bedtime snack

  • pear slices

  • fruit cookie

  • 1/2 c milk

 

I have been told by Allie’s doctor that it is a good idea to give her 3 main meals and 3 snacks every day. It seems like a lot, but considering she doesn’t eat all that much in one sitting, it works out well for us. The daily Dozen Best Odd’s is a great comprehensive guide. 

This has been a long post, but I have done some extensive research because Allie is on the smaller side of the weight chart. She is as tall as she should be, but a few pounds under for her curve.

If you have any other advice that works for you, please let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Chores for Toddlers: If they can walk they can help

“Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it”

Chores for Toddlers’

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Chores for todlders are a very good idea. There is no doubt that children are messy. It seems that they always leave a path of destruction in their wake. We are constantly picking up after them. It is a never ending story of stepping on Lego’s and doll parts.

But, if they can walk, they can help! Start giving your child little things to do around the house. Depending on their age, there are a lot of things they can do to make life easier. Also, it will teach them the value of having a clean place to enjoy with the family.

There are a bunch of things toddlers can do to help around the house. I’ve chosen 12 chores that Toddlers can do with supervision. This list should help get things done faster and hopefully make it more fun.

These chores for toddlers should be a big help for you and the family.

Chores Toddlers’ can Tackle

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1- Pick up and put away their toys

to make this easier, have a cubby system at their level so they know where their toys go and it’s easy to sort them

2- Put their dirty clothes in the hamper (laundry basket)

this is easy enough just put the clothes in the basket when they take them off

3- Help sort the laundry

this one is pretty easy just dark and lights, also helps with learning colors

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4- Unload the cooled down dryer

Allie loves helping mommy take the clothes out of the dryer 🙂

5- Help get the mail

they can put outgoing mail in the mailbox and bring in the mail for the house

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6- Dust unbreakable items around the house

this is especially good for the meticulous child who likes things just so

7- Unpack and put away unbreakable groceries

Allie really enjoys putting the boxes in the pantry for mommy

8- Sweep the floor with a small broom and dust pan

they will get a kick out of pouring the dirt and dust in the trash

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9- Tear lettuce for salad

a very easy and fun task to prepare for dinner

10- Water the outside plants

having their own small water pitcher makes this a fun experience

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11- Pull weeds

this is a fun chore with supervision so they don’t pull everything

12- Snap green beans

Allie loves doing this with Mommy, she  thinks  it’s silly to hear the snap each time

Including the kids in helping with the chores teaches them responsibility and takes some of the work off of your back.

Knowing how to keep things clean is a great lesson. Children also really love to help out wherever they can. They love to be included in the daily happenings.

I’m sure you can figure out a few more chores for toddlers to help  around the house.

Here is a link for a great chore chart to get you started with your toddler

Wishing you stress-free house cleaning and more fun with your children.

Are there any chores that your children love to tackle? Maybe there are some they absolutely hate? Let me know in the comments.

Have a Wonderful week!!!

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

14 of my top favorite blogs for 2016

 

My Top Favorite Blogs of 2016

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I am addicted to reading blogs. All different types, from food and family to fashion and lifestyle. This is a big reason why I decided to start blogging.

The bloggers on this list are the ones I have been reading most this year. Some a lot more than others. They are in no particular order. But, most of them are mom blogs.

I get a lot of inspiration and also helpful tips from these bloggers. They are wonderful and creative people. Definitely, check them out and add them to your blog reading list.

My top favorite blogs 2016

14 Blogs I’ve really loved this year:

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http://www.everythingmommyhood.com/ blog reviews, recipes, giveaways, DIY and owns a blogging community https://www.facebook.com/groups/MommyhoodMediaBloggers/

http://www.powered-by-mom.com/ about connecting, sharing and building community

http://www.lifeofasouthernmom.com/ reviews, giveaways, recipes, and helpful tips

http://theblogdiva.com/ product reviews, gossip and everyday life experiences

http://www.momalwaysfindsout.com/ family life, recipes, crafts, travel and much more

http://livingwellmom.com/ Everyday ideas for healthy living and Realistic inspiration for real moms

http://www.sahmsue.com/ dedicated to making life less stressful and more fulfilling for moms. You’ll find ideas for stressing less and enjoying life more, organizing ideas, activities for kids, real-life parenting insight, easy recipes, and realistic tips for living life more naturally

http://www.thesahlife.com/ life, favorite recipes, crafts, parenting tips and ideas, budgeting and money-saving tips, and more

http://www.imasillymami.com/ real-life experiences with humor and lots of sarcasm

http://womenwinningonline.com/ Jen teaches you how to Start your own online business, tips for More effective marketing of your online business, how to Get more followers for your online business, How to Earn more money in your online business, and how to Add tools to your business to make your life easier.

http://mummyswritingdarling.co.uk/ Writing about motherhood to keep above water. If I can’t make you laugh- then we can cry (and drink) together.

http://www.momadvice.com/ a community for women that are looking for ways to stay organized, stay sane, and stay within their budget.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/ Cheers to doin’-it-yourself, always learning, trying, failing, dreaming big, enjoying the small stuff, and above all else … embracing imperfection. Life is better when it’s a little bit messy. home decor projects, recipes, and crafts

http://www.ladolcevitablog.com/ design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamor and an infusion of color. Through her design approach, Paloma is able to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal.

These really are some great bloggers. I highly recommend checking out at least one of them. You will not be disappointed.

Who are your favorite bloggers this year?

Do you have a blog in mind that has helped you out a lot this year?

Let me know in the comments so I can check them out as well.

Have a wonderful Weekend!!

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Ideas are not easy….. sometimes we have to pick each others brains

Ideas are not easy…

sometimes we have to pick each others brains

Ideas are not easy….. Which is why today I am borrowing an idea from Amy Clark over at Mom Advice

Notebook…

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She puts together a list of interesting blog posts as a way to “highlight other fabulous bloggers”.

Here is an example… Notebook 9-21-2016

Mom Advice is my favorite blog. It has all the things about a blog you could possibly want to read. Especially as a mom. She is serious and humorous. She has an incredible way with words and is both hilarious and inspiring. I only hope to be as great a blogger as she in the future.

Next on my list is…

Mommy Shorts

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Mommy Shorts

This is my favorite post right now… How you use your phone before and after kids

She writes about life, wisdom, children, her favorite things, AND she wrote a book!!!

Check it out HERE

Another great blogger on my list right now…

Enjoying the small things

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This one is more on the serious side. I check out her blog when I feel a bit down and her writing brings be back up.

Enjoying the small things

Pick any one of her posts and you are in for a great read.

I love her outlook on all different subjects. It is very easy to get lost on her site for longer than I plan.

One more of my favorite blogs….

To Love Honor and Vacuum

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Sheila writes about marriage, faith, social issues, parenting, sex and organizing. Very inspired and helpful.

Sometimes life is hard and you need a little insight.

To Love Honor and Vacuum

My favorite post right now

Open Letter to My Toddler: Why You Need Time Alone

So, those are my top 4 favorite mom blogs right now. Next week the list will be different. I love reading other mom blogs. They have so many different writing styles and personality’s.

You can find a blog to read in every subject and style of writing that fits your personality.

That is one of the big reasons why I started a blog of my own. I love reading others ideas on life and family.

Home organization and DIY bloggers that I follow

The Inspired Room

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The Inspired Room has some really great posts on home decorating and organizing.

I really love the Seasonal/holiday section.

Seasonal Decorating

They even have a really cute Home Decor Coloring Book that I think could help pick out a style and color scheme for anyone looking to update their decor.

In my own Style

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I absolutely love In my own Style

Affordable DIY decorating and Creative ideas to inspire your style

I can’t pick just one favorite post. They are all so amazing. The images are incredible and colorful.

The Thrifty Decor Chick

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The Thrifty Decor Chick

The before and after in this post is incredible! I love the style Here

This is my top favorite DIY Home blog. I absolutely love the fun of it.

Vintage Revivals

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I am linking to her about page because the image is so funny. She is so down to earth and it shows in the picture.

Vintage Revivals

I can’t even express how great I think this blog is. Mandi is an amazing person. But, don’t take my word for it. Go check out this post

Lifestyle bloggers that I just looovvveee….

Virtually Yours

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This blogger writes about travel, food, entertainment and other lifestyle topics.

Virtually Yours

These are some really great diet friendly Halloween treats. Even if you aren’t on a diet they are still very good to try.

Go check out some of her other great posts from Apple spice scones to Luscious Coconut Brown Sugar Body Scrub.

Living Well Spending Less

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I absolutely love planners. All shapes, sizes and types. I haven’t quite perfected how to effectively  use them yet. But, I’m working on it.

The Living Well Spending Less blog I love. Such a great read and so many resources.

I really love this Planner The Living Well Planner

The Everygirl

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The Everygirl

The life map for everygirls everywhere

This is a great read

What Mommy Does

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This is a blog after my own heart…

I only wish I could be anywhere near as great as she 🙂

She writes about a little bit of everything in regards to motherhood and running a household.

This is a great post I mean, who doesn’t like free stuff?!

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I love blogging. I am not great at it, but I’m getting better and I want to be successful.

Reading all of these great blogs gives me the drive I need to push forward and make myself the best I can be as a blogger.

Thank you so much for reading and being here. Even if its your first time, it means a lot to me.

In the comments below, Tell me one thing that you work very hard at, that you are proud of yourself for accomplishing or that you wish you could do better.

Maybe we can motivate each other to succeed!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Park trip: Allie and Mommy had a great time at the park today

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Allie and Mommy had a great time at the park

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Park a.k.a playground time is fun time. We love going to the playground.

Park time for Allie. This is an extra post for this week because I got some great pics today. I want to share our trip to the park and pics I took.

It has been so hot this summer that Allie and I have not been to the mark as much as we normally would have been. But, today we just had to get out in the sun and breeze and take a walk.

There are only few things at our park but she gets a kick out of every one of them. There are a few different slides but she won’t go down any of them by herself so I did not get and pictures.

First, she has to go on the swings and say wee-hee-heeeee. Not weeeeeee… cause thats wrong. But, wee-hee-heeeee!! She is such a cutie 🙂

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Then. she does one of three things… the whale…

which I did not get any pictures of because the lighting isn’t very good at that corner of the park.

The horsey…

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This is when she starts to say, “Mommy motorcycle”

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I love this picture. This is where I said, “Come on Allie smile for mommy one more time” 🙂

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And then, without fail every time, she wants to go back on the swings before we leave.

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And now as I do sometimes. A little history about the first playground…

A playground is a place with a specific design to allow children to play there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors. While a playground is usually designed for children, some playgrounds are designed for other age groups.

Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the seesawmerry-go-roundswingsetslide, jungle gym, chin-up bars,sandboxspring rider, trapeze, playhouses, and mazes. Many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment. Common in modern playgrounds are play structures that link many different pieces of equipment.

Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult sports, such as a baseball diamond, a skating arena, a basketball court, or a tether ball.

Public playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of parksschools, child care facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.

My baby girl tired herself out and she is now taking a much needed nap.

Look at this little sweetie pie

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And, all that running around made mommy tired as well. On to a much needed shower!!!

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Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Motivation and inspiration for every day life of everyone

Motivation and Inspiration for every day life:

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Ever since I was very young I have always taken comfort in quotes and sayings from others. My earliest memory of this is when my grandmother was speaking of growing older. I had never thought of the subject before then and was very curious. I asked her if she missed her younger days. Her answer to me was quite simple. She said, “Age is a matter of mind, If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter”. I’ve carried that with me and have used it several times in my life so far.

Years later as I recall, my mom was comforting me after a particularly upsetting day. I do not remember what was so upsetting at the time, but I’m sure it was horrible in my mind at that age. She said to me that day, and on so many other occasions when I was upset. “This to shall pass”, meaning, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time, the pain will go away and you will be happy again. She still uses that with our family to this day and I’m sure it is as comforting to the rest of them as it still is to me.

Today I want to share some more quotes and sayings that help me through some tough times. Being a stay at home mom is a lot of fun but it does get frustrating and difficult at times. These sayings and quotes help a lot and also just put a smile on my face.

Quotes and Sayings from some great people-

 

Ruth Gordon said:

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“Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it with use”

Virginia Woolf said:

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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people”

Rosalene Glickman Ph. D. said:

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“Every situation is an opportunity to do your best”.

Fred Devito said:

motivation to CHANGE

“If id doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.

Wilma Rudolph said:

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“The reward is not so great without the struggle”.

Wayne Dyer said:

choice

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, its always your choice”.

Zig Ziglar said:

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“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job”.

Jim Rohn said:

RUNTHEDAY

“Either you run the day or the day runs you”.

Motivation through inspiration-

“It’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that is where transformation happens. That is how change occurs”.

-Jillian Michaels

As I said in the beginning quotes have been a big part of my life for so long. I hope these inspire and motivate you as much as they have for me.

What are some of the quotes or sayings that have helped you through your life? Are there any mantras that help you when you are going through tough times? Please share them with me in the comments.

Thank you for reading and I hope you come back again. Have a wonderful day!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Giveaway

I am doing a giveaway on my facebook page Allie’s Mommy Blog. It is not very mommy specific but I think it’s a great book and a lot of people will enjoy it. I am giving away a copy of YouTuber Shane Dawson’s new book It gets Worse. He is a very funny, very interesting person. Check him out Here. He is very free speaking so if you do not like things like that this is not for you. That is okay though because I have many other things for you to enjoy in the future 🙂

Click the link to get to the giveaway 🙂

Shane Dawson It Get’s Worse

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.