My Favorite Inspiring Internet things in October

I absolutely love social media (minus the negativity), there are so many people who build each other up and just talk about their daily lives in hopes to convey a sense of normalcy for people who feel as if they are alone in their struggles.

I can tell you from experience that no matter what you are going through as a mother or how alone you feel in a situation, you are not alone. We as mothers need to stick together and build each other up not tear each other down when we don’t agree with the decisions we make for our own families.

Here are the uplifting social media posts I have enjoyed in the month of October.

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Remember: YOU are everything they need and more!!! ❤

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Strength grows in the moments you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway. . Over the past couple of years we have walked through the fires of hell. . Injustice. Deceit. Betrayal. Character Assassination. . There were moments where I just wanted to give up. Run away. There is nothing worse than when someone accuses you of something that isn’t true. It was in these moments, I found out who I was and how strong I was created to be. . I knew that I had two choices. 1) To Get Bitter or 2) To Get Better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you better or you allow it to tear you down. The choice belonged to me, not my circumstances. . You can feel like the flames of the fires are engulfing you and that there is no escape. I PROMISE you, truth always wins and justice always prevails. It may take longer than you would like, but those flames are refining you, they are not destroying you. They are a part of your story in becoming all you were created to be. . This week was a beautiful and life breathing week for our family. A close of one chapter and an exciting beginning of the next. It hasn’t been easy, but we made it and we are stronger for it. Believe when I say, when I look into a fire, I smile. The flames inside of me burn stronger than any fire around me. . Friends, there is going to be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in the matter of minutes. Let them make you stronger, kinder and smarter. But don’t you dare go and become someone you are not. . You are stronger than you know.

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.. especially after a night of tricks and treats & sugar highs 😳 . Tag a Mom who gets it!

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Especially with #twoundertwo!

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All of these that I’ve listed so far are very inspiring and help me to realize even on my worst days, that I am not alone.

I hope that this post has helped you in some way to motivate and inspire you to keep going no matter how hard it may seem at the time.

Here are a few quotes and pretty images for an extra boost 🙂

            

  It has been proven that even just the action of smiling (when you don’t feel happy) can greatly improve your mood.

Take some time to live in the moment without rushing around trying to get everything done.

October went by in a hurry because we had so much to do. It can get so hectic and we forget to savor the moments we can never get back.

So, this November, be thankful that you are able to rush the kids all over the place but also take the time and be thankful that you can spend it with those you love.

Have a happy and healthy week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Team Umizoomi Review: Should your child watch

Team Umizoomi Children’s Show Review:

 

Team Umizoomi is a children’s show on Nick Jr. where this super alien team helps children, around Umi City, solve everyday problems with their tiny superpowers.

Let me just say first before I get into this review that Allie loves Team Umizoomi so very much. At first, I didn’t like this show at all. It was so far-fetched and silly with these mini-aliens and their friend robot. who also drove around in a car that could talk to them. But, now I find myself walking around the house singing their silly theme songs.

 

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Let’s just get right into this….

Team Umizoomi first aired on Nick Jr. back in 2010 on January 25. They are Mini mighty math superheroes coming to save the day. They use preschool concepts of counting, measurement, shapes, patterns and comparisons to teach the viewer math skills.

 

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Each episode consists of a few or all of the following:

  • A task or quest to complete, in order to assist a child in need. Doing this requires smaller tasks along the way. There are sometimes unforeseen difficulties that must be dealt with to proceed. They generally involve math reasoning with patterns, sequences, counting, geometric shapes, and other age appropriate math skills.
  • They almost always “break the fourth wall” where the characters on screen communicate directly to the child viewing the show and encourage them to participate to help solve the problem.
  • A mixture of live action and animation. The team and the surroundings are animated, but the person being helped is often a real child, or even an adult. In the city or other crowd scenes, other real people are shown in the background. In comparison, the team is less than a foot tall.
  • Once the main problem has been completed, the team sings a song and performs a dance called the crazy shake which involves shaking and wiggling back and forth quickly.

In some episodes, a simple explanation is given of an everyday process. Such as, how milk gets from farm to market, or how packages are sorted at the post office.

 

Core Cast consists of:

Milli: A 6-year-old super alien who can use pattern power to solve problems

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Geo: Milli’s 8 year old brother, who can use shapes to build things they might need to solve the problem

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Bot:His abilities are more functional than math-related. His arms and legs can be extended to reach things, by saying “Arms Extendo” or “Legs Extendo” Sometimes “Jaw EXTENDO!”. He has a small receiver (like a satellite dish) on his head to receive calls (called the Umi Alarm). He also has a screen on the front (called a “Belly Belly Belly Screen”) that they can view videos/pictures on as well as have a video call with someone who needs their help. He also has a storage compartment on the back of his body, called a Bot-o-mat, which frequently is carrying whatever the team happens to need.

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The Trouble makers: Their only goals in life are to cause havoc, chaos, and trouble in Umi City, as well as defeat Team Umizoomi. They have a secret weapon called the Trouble Ray, which fulfills their malicious trouble making ways

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Door mouse: he always seems to be around to hinder things even further when there is a locked door or something in the way

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Umicar: the talking car that drives team Umizoomi around Umi City

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This show is very educational and teaches helpful skills for children. Not just the math skills, but sharing, caring and safety as well.

 

I actually enjoy this show. It is only annoying because kids shows these days don’t seem to update very often. I’ve watched the same episodes of a few different shows for about 2 weeks now. But, Allie doesn’t seem to mind. She loves watching the shows no matter what episode it is at the time.

 

In conclusion, I think this show is very good for children around 2 to 4 who are just picking up on some skills. Allie is 2 and she has learned so much from just the short time she has been watching Team Umizoomi.

Now here are some coloring pages for you to print out and give to your Umizoomi loving child 🙂

 

http://www.coloring-book.info/coloring/coloring_page.php?id=292

 

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If your little one loves Team Umizoomi as much as Allie does I have a great deal for you.

I am planning on buying this for Allie this Christmas and I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

Hope you have a wonderful day!

 

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.

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

Eating and your Toddler:

Getting your toddler to eat can be pretty difficult. If your one of those parents who can’t seem to work it out maybe some of these tips will help you. Hopefully, some of them will give you the confidence to stick it out and figure out what works for you.

I think, I lucked out as far as not having a “picky eater” Allie loves most foods. She will eat pretty much anything I give her. But, I have noticed recently, after only a few minutes she gets bored with it and wants to go play. Now, that may be a result of being able to run around the house easier and get into everything.

I have tried a lot of different things to get her to sit and finish a meal but I have yet to find the right combination that clicks for her and the rest of our family.

I researched a few different techniques and have compiled my own list of tips I think might work for me. Hopefully. some of them will help you and we can share in mutual success 🙂

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  27 TIPS TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO EAT (AND FINISH) A MEAL

  1. First of all, let us just be clear… As long as your child is eating SOME of their food it is a great accomplishment. Especially around age 2 when they want to do anything but what you ask them.
  2. Allow only two to three snacks a day. Such as fruit, cheese, crackers or raisins. Children who over snack will not be hungry for meals. snacks
  3. Avoid to much juice or milk as it takes up their calorie intake for the day. (16 oz. milk and 6 oz. juice) banana-juice-in-glass-13929203836Q6
  4. Give your child smaller portions and only give more if they ask. To much can overwhelm and discourage. Also, giving them this little bit of control will make them want to do it for themselves.
  5. Try to incorporate all four food groups at each meal. (Carbs, fruit, veggie, and meat)
  6. Try, as much as possible, to eat as a family. When the child see’s others eating and enjoying themselves they will want to do the same.
  7. Maybe, change the appearance of the food to peak the child’s interest. (use cookie cutters for fun shapes)
  8. Avoid negative reactions or even positive praise. The child should want to eat to please themselves not anyone else.
  9. If you feel like your child just isn’t getting enough try a multivitamin.
  10. Don’t judge from just one day, as long as your child is getting a variety of foods over a week long period, they are fine.
  11.  As a rule, only make one meal for the entire family.Show that if you are eating the meal everyone else eats the same food.
  12. One bite rule, at least try each thing once.
  13. No substitutes! They must have the same meal as everyone else.
  14. Don’t offer any snacks at least two hours before dinner. To insure they are hungry for the meal.
  15. Get them excited for the meal.  “Almost dinner time, lets set the table!” table-setting
  16. Try to have a tray stocked with anything you might need for the meal. Constant up and down to get forgotten items disrupts the flow and children tend to get distracted fast. eating tray for the table
  17. Offer special rewards for eating a certain amount like stickers or dessert. educational-rewards-prizes-poster
  18. No punishments. but make the rules clear. They must try at least one bite of everything at every meal no exceptions.
  19. Keep your expectations low. These things take time. One day might be great and they eat most of their food and everyone has a great meal, and the next day spaghetti is on the wall and in your hair and the dog ate most of the food. The more you do it and stick to your guns it will get easier.
  20. Keep your eye on the prize. That being, a smooth family experience, not etiquette school. Since it is your house you get to decide what the difference is for your family.
  21. Keep the meal short. As we all know, children have very short attention spans. Get to know your time frame and try to stick within that time slot.  look-blocky-text
  22. Try to make after dinner dessert more of the fruit variety. Cakes and pastries will give them a sugar rush. fruit-mix
  23. Don’t give up! It takes time to form a good habit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, keep up with it.
  24. Keep offering new and different foods. No matter how many different times, you never know when they will be in the right mood to try and like a new food.
  25. Do not try to put so much effort into the preparation of your toddlers food. They will most likely reject a lot of it. Don’t feel defeated, it happens!
  26. Be sure to have dinner long before bed time. Tired children are notorious for being very cranky and not wanting to eat anything no matter how hard you try to feed them.big-ben-wall-clock
  27. Don’t get to crazy! If you hit the end of your rope its okay to give in and make a PB&J. (but only once in a while)

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Keep your head up! We can’t all be stepford wives 🙂

So, these tips may not work for everyone. But, I do believe they are a great starting off point to find what works best for you and how you would like your meals (and overall life) to be for your family.

That is all.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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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.