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Holiday family activities

This holiday season is going to look a lot different than we are used to. If you have been wondering how in the world are you going to keep your kids busy and pay for this holiday season, It is time to get creative. I have thought about a few ideas that you can do with the family and I wanted to share with you.

Take a drive around your neighborhood

See everyone’s festive lights and then everyone can talk about which one was their favorite.

Holiday movie night

Get everyone together, pop some popcorn, and get cuddled up watching everyone’s favorite holiday movie

Make a gingerbread house

You can not go through the holiday season and not make at least one of these.

Make red and green paper chains

You can make these to hang around the house, on the tree, or even for a countdown for how many days left until Christmas Day!

Make gingerbread ornaments

You can look up a gingerbread recipe and make cute little ornaments for your tree.

Make a snowman, fort, igloo, etc.

If you live in an area where you normally get snow, try to make the best of it! Forts, snowball fights, snowmen, etc. are a fun way to keep kids entertained for hours!

Advent calendar

You can get inexpensive ones, and they are something your children will look forward to everyday until Christmas.

Go through gently used toys and clothes

Before the kids receive their new clothes and toys, have them go through their items to give to a child who could use it more.

Make cookies or other treats

Make some treats even if you do not want them in the house you can deliver them to your local fire department, neighbors, or other family members. Consider those who may not have family close by or have to work during the holidays.

Write a letter to Santa

If you have little ones that still believe in Santa, this is a great way to have them practice their writing skills with a letter to the North-Pole.

Holiday books from the library

Even with COVID, the libraries are doing curb side pickup for books so you do not have to go inside if you do not want to.

Have a slumber party

Kids love indoor “camping” so grab your pillows and blankets and have a cozy night sleeping by the tree.

I hope these come in handy for you and your family. If you have any other ideas you are planning on doing this year or what you normally do I would love to read them in the comments.

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After birth must haves

It seems like everyone makes sure to prepare for the baby by making sure your bags for the hospital are packed, the car seat is installed, and the nursery is ready. It is rare that we think about what mom will need after delivery. This list I have put together is what helped me with my son and it is what I will be doing when I have my daughter. With my son I had to do a lot of research since I was a new mom and had no idea what I needed. This list is not a pretty one but it is definitely an essential one!

Numbing Spray- I used before and will use again Dermoplast. This is what the hospital gave me with my son and this time I bought an extra one so I wont run out.

Peri-Bottle- It will sting a bit when you use the bathroom after birth. This bottle was a life savor! You simply fill the bottle with warm water and spray while using the bathroom to help with the sting.

Nipple Cream– This is a huge necessity for breastfeeding moms. I chose to use Earth Mama’s Organic Nipple Butter (You can find it below in the link to my amazon storefront.) It is natural and safe for baby, meaning you don’t have to worry about wiping it off before nursing. It is amazing to help soothe, moisturize, and protect sore or cracked nipples.

Breast pads- I have decided to use reusable this time, I feel like it will be easier and help on having to buy them all the time. You can find the link below to my amazon storefront to find them.

Padsicles- If you put witch hazel and aloe on a pad and freeze it, it will help with relief.

Nursing tanks/bras- These are amazing if you plan on breastfeeding, it makes it a lot easier to snap and unsnap the straps. I also have these in my amazon storefront.

Water and Snacks- This is so important and so easy to forget at the same time! The baby is taking most of your nutrients, you need to make sure your not getting dehydrated. Keep taking your prenatal and have water by you at all times. While breastfeeding, your appetite will grow, so make sure you have snacks near at all times.

Haakaa- I wish I knew about this with my first. This goes on your boob that you are not nursing on and will catch the letdown so you do not waste any milk. I did end up purchasing one for this time around so there will not be any wasted milk!


I hope you found this helpful! Please share with your expecting mama friends or postpartum mamas! I hope everyone has a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery and a quick and smooth recovery!

What was/is on your postpartum must have list?


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Old wives tales and my pregnancies

Now that you found out that you are expecting, I know one of the first things women think about is wondering what the gender will be. I know with both of my pregnancies I liked to look at different old wives tales just for fun to see what they said about what the gender might be. There are so many and a lot of them are just silly, but it is fun to just try them out and be curious. I have decided to gather up five old wives tales and put them side by side with both of my pregnancies.

1. If you are carrying high, it’s a girl!

Now I know there is no scientific reason that this is true, but with both of my pregnancies this is the case.

With my first, who was a boy, I carried him low and with this pregnancy I am having a girl and she is definitely high.

She is always playing on my ribs, haha.

2. Lots of morning sickness? It’s a girl!

I think this is true with me, this pregnancy I did have morning sickness the whole first trimester, to the point that I lost weight.

With my son, I never had any kind of morning sickness and never had an issue with weight gain or eating.

3. Craving salty foods? It’s a boy! Craving sweet foods? It’s a girl!

This one is silly in my opinion.

With my son I craved just about anything sweet or salty. With this pregnancy, I am five days away from my third trimester and I have not had any cravings at all.

4. Low fetal heartrate? boy. High fetal heartrate? girl.

Some people believe that if the heartrate is above 140 bpm then it is a girl, and if it’s under 140 bpm then it’s a boy.

With my oldest his was between 140-160 bpm and with my daughters, hers has been between 160-170 bpm.

The heartrate can change from one movement to the next, no matter what the gender is.

5. Partners weight gain

This old wives tale says, if your partner gains weight with you then that could be a sign that you are having a girl.

This was not true for me.

With my oldest, who is a boy, my husband and I gained a ton of weight. With this pregnancy, who is a girl, neither one of us have gained a lot of weight.


I am curious if anyone else had the same or different outcomes with these, and what other ones have you checked out?

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How to have a Virtual Baby Shower

With everything going on in the world right now, having a virtual shower is a great option to still bring all of your friends and family together digitally to celebrate the expecting mother to be. I know that this is very emotionally and anxious time for all pregnant women right now, including me, and it is very hard not to think about what will happen. Having a virtual shower will help the mom to be feel loved and supported during these times.

Virtual showers have been around for awhile for other reasons including: bedrest, family that is too far away, or mother’s/guest health.

What forum could you use to have the virtual shower?

Thank goodness technology has came as fat as it has, there are many options for you to choose from to have your shower. Zoom, Facebook Live, Google Hangout, and Skype are some options you can use for your shower.

Skype: This is very well known all around the world. Many people already have an account, and you can have up to fifty people for free on the chat.

Facebook: You can make a private group for family and friends to keep in touch. Mom-to-be can share videos, links, and photos.

Zoom: This is big with video conferencing especially at this time. There might be a lot of people who do have an account already because of everyone working from home and doing online schooling. The free plan you can get from them includes video conferencing for up to one hundred people!

Google Hangout: This one has been around for awhile and many people do have google accounts. You can video call with up to ten people.

Who should host the virtual shower?

I noticed that a lot of moms to be will host their own virtual shower, but you do not have to. During this pandemic I know a lot of us did not plan on even thinking about switching to a virtual shower, so you probably already had someone hosting one for you. Just talk to them about switching to a virtual shower and you can even plan it together if you want.

Are virtual baby showers difficult for guests who are not tech-savvy or elder relatives?

Absolutely not! Once you have it set up, you just send your guests a link to log into the video call, Easy peasy!

What gifts can guests buy, and how do they get it to you?

They can buy anything they want. A lot of registries are online now anyways. Guests from all over can buy something off of your registry and have it sent to your house. My favorite registry is Babylist. You can add items from any store and it is all in one registry and link.

What do you do at a virtual shower?

You can do a lot at a virtual shower! Some mom’s play games, virtual toast, diaper raffle if anyone sent you diapers. Guests are asked to send their gifts directly to the mom and she opens them during the shower, so everyone can see what she received.

Do I still make invitations?

You can send out e-invitations or regular ones through the mail. If you choose to send an e-invitation, there are a couple sites that you can use to personalize your invitations.

Canva: They have a free editing platform to create personalized e-invitation with photos that you can send via email, WhatsApp, or text.

Etsy: They have some great e-invitation options that you can instantly download and customize.


I hope this post helps some moms-to-be out there worried about what they are going to do about a shower. We are all in this together! If you have any other ideas or if you have had your shower virtually, I would love to hear what you have done.


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Five Easter crafts and food ideas

I have decided to put a list of Easter crafts and food ideas that you can do with your kids this year since we are stuck inside for another thirty days. I will be posting links for items that if you do not have them already at home you can order them online. I know this year is going to be hard for families and their normal traditions will have to be changed but at least you are home safe and able to still do something with your kids. I wanted to make some kind of light out of these crazy times and help some families still have fun and have something to do. So here is my list I have found and put together for you, I hope you enjoy!

  1. Easter chick fork painting

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All you will need for this craft is: Yellow paint , plastic forks ,  googly eyes , orange felt , scissors, glue, and a black pen.

This is very simple, you just dip the fork in the paint and go around in a circle, once you are finished with that you take the black pen and make your chick some cute little legs. Add your googly eyes with your glue and put the beak on with the cut out piece of felt. Now you have a cute little fork painting chick!

2. Egg carton flowers

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All you will need for this craft is: acrylic paint , non foam egg carton, glue, paper straws , paint brush ,  pom poms , and scissors.

After you are finished with dying eggs you don’t have to throw away the cartons, you can just make them a fun art project for your kiddos. First cut out four container of the egg carton to make four sides. I would get a plate and put a little bit of each color of paint on the plate so your kids can pick what colors and where to put them at. After the paint is all dry you can glue your pom pom in the middle of your flower and glue the straw on the back. Simple and quick craft for any age child and you can put them in a vase if you want to.

3. Toilet paper roll bunny stamps

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All you will need for this craft is: white paint , cardstock paper (cardstock hold up better in my opinion),  toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls), and a black marker.

This one is very simple and super cute! First you tape three toilet paper/paper towel rolls together and make sure they are all level. Then the top two bend them a little bit to make them look like bunny ears. I would use a paper plate and pour some white paint on it and then let your kids make stamps all over the paper. After they are finished making their bunnies, you can draw the faces on them using a black marker.

4. Rice krispies Easter egg treats

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What you will need for these adorable egg treats are: marshmallows , rice krispies cereal, food coloring , butter, non stick spray, and plastic easter eggs

Melt 10oz of marshmallows and 6 TBSP of butter in a bowl in the microwave, make sure to stir occasionally. After the butter and marshmallows are melted, separate them into two separate bowls and add food coloring of your choice to each bowl and about 3 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal into each bowl. Once it is all mixed together, put non sick spray into the plastic eggs and put some of the mixture into the eggs. Remove the Rice Krispies from the eggs and YAY you have delicious Rice Krispies Eggs.

5. Easter bunny pancakes

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What you will need for these cute bunny pancakes are: pancake mix , bananas,syrup (if you like syrup with your pancakes), and blueberries.

What a cute way for your kids to eat their breakfast Easter morning! All you have to do is make pancakes, cut a banana in half for the ears, use the blueberries for the eyes and you can even use it for his nose, and you can either use cheese (which I find strange) or you can use whipped cream for the whiskers even  though it wont be as neat and perfect.


I hope you guys enjoy these cute ideas for Easter this year. I know it is not the way we like to do things but lets try to make the best out of a not so great situation! Let me know if you try any of these ideas with your kids!

 

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