I would like to introduce to you Courtney Stiver, she is sharing one of her valentine projects. Check it out and let me know what you think I always enjoy feedback
KID FRIENDLY BATH BOMBS- VALENTINE’S DAY STYLE!
THE CRUNCHY MINIMALIST
Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that people either LOVE or hate. For me, it's a total love. Growing up, my mother always made sure to celebrate each and every special occasion in the biggest way possible. This didn't always mean spending a fortune on new and unnecessary toys and clothes but by spending time together- decorating, making a big dinner and enjoying the day together as a family.
Now, as a mother myself I enjoy celebrating with my children in the same way my own mother did. Holidays are exciting; they give us something to look forward to in the midst of the everyday busy lives we live. I'm not sure I've met anyone who hasn't enjoyed a celebration and for children- celebrations are almost magical.
A tradition that I've carried from my mother is a hands-on craft to celebrate the day. Some of my fondest memories are being in the kitchen with my mom getting our hands dirty and spending time together. It didn't exactly matter what we were making or doing, what mattered most was that she let us help, she let us learn with our hands, she let us be kids.
Valentine's Day is about loving yourself, loving others, doing something you love- and for my kids, that's bath time! One of our favorite hands-on and safe DIY crafts is bath bomb making. Taking a bath is without a doubt our favorite time of the day- throw a bath bomb in there and it's almost impossible to get them out before their fingers start to wrinkle. The scents are amazing, the colors are captivating and the possibilities are endless. Below you'll find the step by step instructions on how to make your very own Valentine's Day bath bomb. While fun, keeping my children safe and healthy is my top priority. All off the ingredients in these bath bombs are all natural and/or organic and the best of quality. The links to each is included.
What you'll need:
1 cup- Baking Soda
1/2 cup- Citric Acid
Food grade and organic
1/2 cup- Cornstarch
1/2 cup- Epsom Salt
2 TBSP- Coconut Oil
Organic, cold pressed and unrefined
1 TBSP- Vanilla Extract
Organic is best
10-12 drops- Food coloring
*artificial food coloring has been linked to ADHD, food sensitivities and allergies.
(silicone works best)
In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients- coconut oil, vanilla extract, food coloring
Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Mix together with your hand until completely incorporated.
Be sure the mixture is soft and squishy, though not too wet.
Be sure the mixture is soft and squishy, though not too wet.
Distribute the mixture in the molds. Be sure to pack down the mixture into the mold firmly.
Allow to dry overnight. Pop the bath bombs out of the molds.
Store in sealed container.
*All of the specific items used in this tutorial can be found in this link.
*Please be sure to use an essential oil that is safe for children.
It’s February and cold outside! Come on in and warm up and relax as we introduce Brook Pittman mother of three autistic children. Brook is going to take us on her journey of how she copes with her children.
1. What is it that you would like the world to understand about raising children with autistic diagnosis? I would love for the world to understand that raising kids who have Autism is difficult, our path is hard to navigate and you are always second guessing yourself and your choices, almost as much as the never-ending train of people closely watching you. We all feel this as mothers at some point I believe, but when things are as complex as they are in our life, those eyes seem to be waiting for something to criticize. I know many people are talking about how beautiful and eye opening it is and what a blessing it is to have a child with Autism. Truth be told, I have three children with Autism, beautiful, amazing, smart, and charming little souls, but if Autism did not grip their lives the way it does, my life would be complete. It absolutely breaks my heart to see them struggle with everyday things that people take for granted.
2. What resources have been most helpful to you? I have had so much help, thank goodness! It truly does take a village, and more so as your child gets older. I think some of the best advice I got was to bring my kids out in the community as much as possible (which is not often as it can be extremely overwhelming) but to make sure that people in the community know them from when they are young and see them as they grow. People will recognize them, and help them and treat them with respect. The more people know. The more people care. I have had some great community resources that have helped. Respite workers, therapists, Other families, behavior consultants, friends, families. Make a team for your kids. People who are invested in the well being of your child.
3. What educational choices have you made for your children? Are they homeschooled, private school, public mainstream or a specialized program? We have actually had experiences with all of the educational choices. We started with Public school for our oldest in her first year. After that we felt it was best to put her and her younger brother into a private school (which we had to drive to a neighboring town everyday to get to). they went there for two years and it was wonderful. The kids thrived and progressed. Then we had to move away. The place we moved to did not have a private school that would accept us, so we ended up in the public school. That was an absolute disaster. At best. We ended up pulling the kids out half way through the year, as it was actually making our children both greatly regress. At that point, for lack of any other options, we tried home schooling. Thankfully I was able to have some help (with funding) so we made it through (barely). I must give mad props to anyone who is able to home school their kids. The amount of work and patience that goes into that is well beyond my scope or ability! I also am physically disabled (I have a brain and spinal condition that affects me in a million different horrible ways, but i won;t get into it! lol, but it makes this journey a little more taxing. )
We have now put our girls into a new private school and our son into a specialized therapy/school (we moved to another town again to get access to these). All of the children are doing AMAZING in their new places. The progression is astounding. The change in behaviors. The reduction in aggression from our son. I could go on and on, but point is we are all VERY happy with the change.
4. For parents just starting their autism journey what do you feel are the most important first steps to take.
I think the starting of your journey with Autism it would be good to remember
1. Your child is still the person they always have been. A diagnosis will never change the wonderful little person that they are and that you love.
2. Don't feel guilty about grieving when you get the diagnosis. You have to let go of your expectations of what their life was going to look like, so you need to grieve that loss.
3. Don't ever be embarrassed by their often wacky behavior. People will stare, people will give you weird looks, and sometimes they might even say rude, jackass things. Don't let it get to you. Easier said than done, but you will learn that other people's expectations and judgement weighing on you takes your patience away from your child. and your child needs it more. Your child is the important one. If other people want to judge and be asses then so be it. It is none of your business what other people think of you, right?
4. Don't wait to get help. If you suspect that something is not quite right, don't wait to get help. So many people wait, put it off, think, oh well, they will get over it. they will outgrow this. he is just a late talker. She just really likes to spin. I know it is scary. I know you don't want your kid to have "something wrong" but don't let your ego make their journey even harder. The earlier they get help, the better they will do! :) Make sure to find a behavior consultant (they may call them something else in different places) but someone who is able to help guide you to the services that will benefit your child.
5. Have you read any books on autism that have helped you? I have read a few books that have helped. I know that there are some mixed feelings on Jenny McCarthy but I liked her books, I read them as we were just in the midst of the diagnosis process and they helped me have some hope and opened my eyes to looking at different ways to help the kids. I have also read the Un-prescription for Autism which has tons of great info. AND Nutritional Deficit Disorder super awesome.
If you would like to find out more about Brook
check out her website www.brookpittman.com/
I am introducing Nick Kidd he today who is sharing his thoughts on being a father. I found it a very interesting read and thought some of you might enjoy this post.
5 Delightful Truths I Will Teach My Kids I’m only 26 years old, but the thought of being a father has always been on my mind. I have amazing parents who taught me so many lessons that made me the man I am today. And it makes me wonder, what lessons would I pass on to my kids?
After a lot of thought, this is what I came up with.
Don’t be afraid to actually try and make your dreams happen What is that little idea in the back of your head you keep putting off— that opportunity you keep letting pass you by? Why haven’t you tried it yet?
All of us have some idea, big or small, of what we want out of our future. Some of us have big dreams, like becoming an astronaut, being elected president, or being a Hollywood actor. Others have ideas we keep locked away because we’re scared to actually try them.
Quit saying “One Day.”
Too often, we have an idea and we just sit on it. We think and ponder, but we never act on it. Then it eventually slips away and we say, “Eh, that’s a crazy idea anyways,” or “Maybe one day.”
Quit talking yourself out of trying. One day means never. Turn your dreams into plans and act on them. My dad always told me, “Look before you leap, but do leap!”
Give yourself permission to fail
I’d rather fail than never try. I’m impulsive and as soon as I get an idea, I charge into it full force. I have piles of failed projects, but those are my favorites because they taught me the most. The greatest champions also failed the most.
Legends are more than their achievements — they are the result of their sacrifices and failures.
It’s all about iteration. Hell, I’m an artist; my life runs on iteration. Trying new things, then trying again and again in different ways until I get it right.
It’s okay to fail. You learn more when you fail. No one remembers you for your failures. You don’t think of Jordan as a failed baseball player, right?
The most common life regrets are the things we didn’t try.
Travel the world as soon as possible, as often as possible. Make little trips and big trips. Go on adventures and go alone if you can. Buy experiences, not material things.
I took 10 days off to backpack through Italy and it was the best thing I ever did. Now I’m obsessed with traveling.It’s not as expensive as you might think.
Use apps like skyscanner to find flights and stay in hostels or use Airbnb. It’s not as scary as you think. The people who stay in hostels are usually there for the same reasons you are. They’re just there to travel and meet new people, so you end up making new friends.
Never settle on happiness
Be a little selfish. It’s okay to sacrifice and give for those you love. But you should never settle for scraps just because you think it’s all you deserve.
If you are not happy, admit it. Say it. When I was in an unhappy place in my life, I pushed it away. I said “Maybe things will change. This is just the way the world is.” I had settled for a life that I wasn’t happy with, just because it was the one that was given to me.
Throwing away the cards you’ve been dealt feels like madness, but I can promise you this: when you let your desire to be happy guide your decisions, you inevitably find it.
Fill your cup so that you can fill others.
When I was young, I was overflowing with wonder and joy. I wanted to help everyone around me, so I let them walk all over me. I just wanted to be loved and make others happy.
But when I got older, I realized I was letting the opinions of others dictate my decisions. I wasn’t making decisions for my own happiness. Thus, I had little of it to share with others. I became cynical and spiteful.
How are you supposed to be this radiant bundle of joy when you aren’t actively consuming it? Yes, fill the cups of others, but How are you supposed to be this radiant bundle of joy when you aren’t actively consuming it? Yes, fill the cups of others, but fill yours too. fill yours too.
True love does exist
There are a lot of fairy tales we learn when we’re young. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Olive Garden’s unlimited bread sticks, and our movies and books are filled with love stories.
Love stories are filled with ridiculous situations and characters, but they give us something to hope for. When we’re older we realize that the world doesn’t work that way. However, don’t lose faith. True love is one fairy tale you should believe in.
Don’t settle just because you think soul mates don’t exist. Keep searching until you find someone you can’t live without, someone who can’t live without you.
Find someone you don’t deserve.
Find someone who might actually love you more.
Find someone who makes you feel free.
Check out my story on True Love for more.
Be better than me
We have a responsibility to ensure that the next generation is better than our own. This is exactly what I’m going to tell my children. It’s a challenge, not just to them, but to me.
We should challenge ourselves to pass down not only our successes, but our failures. Our failures are what made us who we are. Our failures corrected our ps and altered our paths. There is no better teacher than failure.
“We are what they grow beyond.” — Yoda
Challenging them to be better than us makes it our responsibility to set the bar high and enable them to succeed.
I want to share a story of Christmas long ago.
Growing up in family of nine, Christmas was a lot of fun. First there was the tree: Daddy was always late picking out the tree, and he was always waiting until Christmas Eve he claimed he could get a bargain on it My goodness, he would come home with some ugly trees! Once decorated, the tree looked amazing; the sparkling ornaments and beautiful lights truly made it shine.
The lights were first. Daddy would have us inspect the tree to make sure they were displayed with no two matching colors touching. When that was done, the tree decorating began. We made sure the big balls were on top and the little ones on the bottom; oh yes, Christmas tree decorating was an art like no other.
Now for the presents, My mom would always tell us “if you see a toy on TV, don’t ask for it.” My parents refused to go around to every store while shopping for presents, because the toys we saw on TV were popular they were sometimes hard to find or out of stock. Mom would have us look throw a toy catalog and pick things out as it made it easier to shop. Christmas morning, Santa would come bright and early as all our eyes and hearts would glow with excitement and anticipation for the presents placed neatly around the tree.
After the presents were opened, we went to church. We would have a bit of time after church to play with our new toys before we were off to the Bronx to visit my aunt, where we would pile nine children and my mom and dad into her into her apartment it was a little squashed but a lot of fun being with family! I would have to say the favorite part of the day is being with my family “Oh the joys of Christmas long ago.
Today I am here to introduce Elva Fisher from Pursuingdelights.com she is sharing a thanksgiving project with us.
To my wonderful American friends, I know that your Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon. So I'm thankful that Marcie is giving me this opportunity to share with you the wonderful activity that I did with my family for our Canadian Thanksgiving. It was an activity that helped teach my children gratitude and to be thankful for all the wonderful things they have in life.
What I did is make a thankfulness tree! It was such a rewarding activity to do with my kids and husband. It was a wonderful way to hear from my girls and what made them happy that day. Now for the first few days, my girls did just copy whatever my husband or I said but they very quickly caught on and were able to express what they were thankful for or as I would sometimes ask them "What made you happy today?"
Sometimes their answers were silly (fish poop being the silliest) or they said whatever they saw first, but there were also many days when you could tell their answers came from deep in their hearts as with their little words expressed what meant the most to them that day.
Often it was their baby brother who they were so thankful to have in their lives. Or it was a sweet expression of love to an Uncle who gave them hours of attention, playing whatever games they wanted. Whatever they were grateful those days wither it was big or small, they truly meant it.
It was also a wonderful activity for me. It gave me the opportunity at the end of the day to stop and reflect on the things that mattered most.
I can recall one day that was particularly stressful and where I didn't get done half of the things I want to. One big thing (or so I thought at the time) is that I didn't get my kitchen cleaned. So as I got out the markers and things to share out thankfulness thoughts, I started to get upset and mad at myself for not cleaning up in the kitchen, then all of the sudden it hit me, at least I had a kitchen that could get messy. At least I had plates and utensils that could pile up. In that moment I had forgotten how truly blessed I was to have a wonderful home where my children and my husband and I can learn, laugh and grow together as a family. That day the thing I was most grateful for was a lovely messy kitchen.
So how did I make it!
Things you will need:
Lots of brown construction paper
Yellow, orange, red and pink construction paper (or really whatever color you want)
Regular Scotts Tape
Painter Tape (just to make sure you won’t damage the walls)
When making the tree, I first laid the brown construction paper on the floor and drew out the truck part of the tree.
Then I taped the paper together and cut the outline of the truck. Then using the painter's tape, taped it to the wall.
For all the branches, I just cut the brown paper into strips. And then again with the painter's tape, I attached them to the wall off of the truck.
Then to make it fun for the kids I did draw a few little extras, like a squirrel and the owl. But those were just for fun and you don't have to do that.
For the leaves, I did use my circuit machine to make this step go a little quicker but one could just as easily freehand it, no matter what your drawing level is at!
It did look a little funny, but the kids didn't care! They thought it was the best thing ever!
Then it is the best step, writing down what you are thankful for! We found doing this at dinner or right bedtime worked the best for us. But one could really do it anytime!
Now if making a tree isn’t really your thing, you could very easily use something else! You could have a thankfulness jar. And just write what you are thankful for down on a little piece of paper and just put it in the jar. Or my sister-in-law used some sticks that one of her children picked up and put them in a vase and hung little pieces of paper with what they were thankful for on the sticks.
There are many different things you could do!
Really the important thing is taking the time and reflecting on the day and expressing what and/or who you are grateful for! So I hope that you all would use this wonderful time of year to take a moment and remember all the wonderful things and people you have to be thankful for.
I would love to see you all again, so come and visit my blog at www.pursuingdelights.com
I am still looking for thanksgiving projects or stories to share stop by and let me know if you’re interested the more the merrier! If you liked the thanksgiving tree don’t forget to stop by and visit and see what Elva has been working on.
things you will need
1. paper plate
Take the paper plate and paint it black and put a side to dry. While the paint drys take the .paper and cut eight strips of paper . When the plate is dry take the strips of paper and glue them on the plate. The finishing touch add goggle eyes.
Let me know if you have any Halloween stories or projects you would like to share. I Would love to hear your ideas!
Seema Adnani is sharing some great ideas with us on back to school activies. sit back and check out the post and let me know your ideas.
Interesting Excitement-Filled Back to School Party Ideas You Must Check Out
As the popular cliché states, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” it is necessary for us to make the school a fun place for the kids. The school is about the come back to life soon and it requires a flavor of fun to make it interesting. Here are a few back to school party ideas that will fill your kids with the excitement to go back to school after the long summer vacation.
Art and Craft Party
Creativity is best expressed in form of art. You can host a DIY craft and art party at the school to welcome the kids with an enthusiastic approach. You can gather the necessary stationery for the kids and ask them to paint their summer vacation adventures on a canvas. An educational coloring book can serve as a parting gift for the kids who participate.
If you have the infrastructure to accommodate pets,you can invite the kids for their first friendly pets while you get to click some great pictures.
A fashion show and a costume party are two of the only kinds of events that are popular amongst both kids as well as adults. Your kids can dress up as their favorite superheroes to this party and have a fun-filled first day at the school.
Other Unique Back to School Ideas
If you wish to let the kids enjoy something absolutely different, here are some more ideas:
Author Bio: Seema Adnani is an entrepreneur by passion, a blogger by choice and a workaholic by attitude. She’s a crazy content writer who loves perfection and enjoys connecting with like-minded people. Apart from writing, she loves learning new things and spending time in solitude. YouandKids.com is her blog where she writes about Kid’s crafts, Parenting, Kid’s Safety and more.
I am sharing with you children's book author Jean Reagan's interview.Where she reads one of her books with us and shows us some of the work that goes into being a writer.
Calling all Moms and Dads it is your time to be in the spotlight! I am looking for some back to school guest posters. It can be a recipe, a back to school story or craft. Now is your time to shine come share your back to school stuff.