May 232016
 

Marshmallow Boo Boo Ice Pack

I am a boy mom and while they are not so little anymore (le sigh), boys are naturally prone to all sorts of cuts, scrapes and bruises. They love playing outside all summer long, so we definitely see our fair share of boo boos.  I have to bust out an ice pack at least once a day every day from the day they get out of school in June until they go back to school in September.  I’m not exaggerating at all.

The thing about ice packs is that they can be messy.  They drip everywhere once they start to melt and if one of the kids hurts someplace like their knee or elbow, ice packs aren’t flexible so they don’t really work well for jointed areas.  Well, here’s an awesome summer hack for you.  Make a cold pack out of marshmallows!  Yes, I said marshmallows.  Marshmallows get cold, but won’t be hard so they can mold to the body. Plus they are way more fun for the kids.

It only takes a few minutes to make and trust me, it will make the kids forget all about their boo boos in no time.

Here’s what you need:

  • Ziploc bag
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups of mini marshmallows (will depend on the size of your bag)
  • Food coloring in choice of color
  • Masking tape or washi tape (optional)
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Plate or cookie sheet

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May 182016
 

How to Talk to Your Child About Strangers

From tackling peer pressure to learning to achieve five whole minutes without a cell phone in hand, addressing tough topics with your kids head-on can be hard. Even with the littlest ones, it’s not always easy to explain why you can’t get them that cute puppy and why they need to be nice to their sister. But with Netflix, your kid’s favorite shows can open the door for these tricky, sometimes awkward (hello parents of tweens and teens!), conversations.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids came with a stranger danger warning attached to their brain? Every parent wants to instill the common sense of staying away from strangers into their children. However, every parent knows that isn’t possible. I wanted to share some tips with how you can talk to your children about the danger of strangers.

Talk about adults you can trust.

Kids are way smarter than we give them credit for, but it’s still important to talk to them about adults they can trust. Talk to your child about who they can trust and who they can’t trust. I’m pretty straightforward with my kids and tell them that no one else will pick them up, unless I tell them that personally. I tell them that if they don’t feel right about something, then go with their gut instinct.

Talk about acceptable behavior.

It’s best to be honest with your child than to sugar coat anything. Stranger danger doesn’t just happen when your child is on his or her way home from school. Stranger danger can happen anywhere. It’s important that kids know what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Continue reading »

May 092016
 

How to Throw an Outdoor Movie Party

Spring and summer are a great time to mix up your party styles. You can easily move your typical parties outside to enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up during the dreary winter months! One great way to have some fun outdoors is by hosting an outdoor movie party. If you need some tips on how to throw an outdoor movie party we’ve got you covered! These tips and tricks will have you set up and ready to go in no time; your party is sure to be the talk to the town and a big hit with all your family and friends!

Supplies:

  • Projector
  • Screen (Use a flat white garage door or the side of your house!)
  • DVD Player or Laptop
  • Movies
  • Speakers
  • Extension Cords
  • Snacks
  • Blankets (to sit/lay on)

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May 032016
 

8 Signs You Are Not Ready to Have Kids

Last week I had a conversation with someone and what they said to me literally made my jaw drop. That conversation is what ended up inspiring me to write this post today. This person is a married adult in his mid 30’s and the conversation progressed from talking about how he wants kids of his own to taking about changing diapers.  As soon as I said it he said that he doesn’t have to worry about changing diapers because his wife will be changing them all.

What??

I tried telling him how that’s completely ignorant, unfair and just plain immature.  His response was, and I quote: “I can’t deal with poop.  I will end up puking all over the baby”.  So, what, he can never be alone with his own child because he won’t change a diaper?  I am sure his attitude will change if he ever becomes a parent himself, but frankly I hope he thinks long and hard before procreating – especially since this same person can barely take care of himself.

Being a parent is the hardest job there is and it’s not for the feint of heart. I was infuriated when I walked away from that conversation and as a result I compiled this list of other signs that someone might not be ready to have children of their own. In addition to not being able to deal with poop.

1. You cringe when you go out to eat and get seated at a table next to a family with small kids.

I’ve been on both sides of this scenario (hey, I was young and immature once upon a time), so I truly do understand how loud kids can get under someone’s skin.  With that being said, I have also been that mom who had to take her child out of a restaurant and wait with him in the car until the rest of her family finished their meals.  It’s one of those things that you don’t fully comprehend until you are a parent and find yourself in that situation. And if you think for one minute that it won’t happen to you – BWAHAHAHA!!!!!! Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 

7 Creative Ways to Use Old Crayons

Do you have a bucket of old crayons sitting around? If so, you might be wondering what to do with them. Well don’t pitch them just yet. Instead, take a look at these 7 creative uses for old crayons. You will find that old crayons can actually come in handy. Take a peek!

1. Make your own rainbow crayons.
Peel off the paper and place the crayon bits into cupcake tins. Spray the tins with non stick spray before you do, then bake them at 300 degrees until melted. Remove and allow them to cool. Pop the crayons out and you now have your own crayon discs in all sorts of colors!

2. Make your own fire starter.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to start a fire, you can use crayons to make your own fire starter. Simply melt the crayons (remove the paper first) in a microwave safe dish. 20-30 seconds in your microwave on high heat should do the job. Then, pour the wax over pinecones. When you are ready to start your fire, just light the pinecone and set it on top of the wood. It will work great!

3. Make some melted crayon art.
Hot glue some peeled crayons to the top of a canvas. Use the hair dryer to melt the crayons, allowing them to drip down the canvas. The end result is some out of this world melted crayon art. Continue reading »

Apr 242016
 

Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that play dough is great for kids with sensory issues.  I happen to be the mom of a child with sensory issues and he absolutely loves to play with play dough.  As much as I love the smell of the store bought kind (and I really, really do), I tend to make my own.  The thing is when you make your own, you can get really creative with it. I have made dough in all sorts of colors, added sprinkles and my latest creation: Cinnamon Play Dough.  This recipe will yield 1 cup of all natural, edible cinnamon play dough and since May 5th is quickly approaching, it is a perfect Cinco de Mayo craft!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup boiling hot water

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Apr 102016
 

Hot Air Cold Air Science Experiment

Both of my boys are SO into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) with a huge emphasis on the science part.   It’s funny because I hated Science class when I was in school.  Hated it! Now that I am an adult I have a whole new appreciation for it and am trying to catch up with a lot of what I missed while I was sleeping in class all those years ago.  Lucky for me, my boys love all things science related and get so excited when we do science experiments at home. This hot air/cold air experiment was a lot of fun to do with the kids and the results are absolutely fascinating.

Here’s what you need:

  • Two containers
  • Empty drink bottle
  • Large balloon
  • Ice cubes
  • Hot and cold water

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Apr 052016
 

The latest and greastest from Hasbro for Tween Boys

Has the Yo-Kai Watch craze hit your house yet?  It hit here right around Christmas time and has been going strong ever since.  Each of my boys got the Yo-Kai Watch 3DS game for Christmas and when we found out there were a line of Yo-Kai Watch products out there, my kids were thrilled.

Now that my boys are getting older (they are 8 & 11), finding toys they like is getting to be a bit of a challenge.  My little guy still loves toys, but his tween bother is too cool for a lot of things these days.  Luckily Hasbro has toys for every age group covered and here are a few of their latest and greatest toys for tween boys.

Yo-kai Watch Season 1 Watch

Experience the world of Yo-kai Watch with the Yo-kai Watch and Medals (watch sold with 2 exclusive medals, watch and additional medals each sold separately, subject to availability). Fans can imagine summoning Yo-kai characters, and when used with the medals, the Yo-kai watch plays sounds, music, and phrases. Insert one of the collectible medals displaying a Yo-kai into the watch to hear the character’s name, tribe song and more sounds. The Yo-kai watch recognizes over 100 collectible medals planned to be released through December 1, 2016. (Dates and number of medals subject to change. Check yokaiwatch.hasbro.com for planned release dates. Website not available in all languages or markets. Watch and medals each sold separately and subject to store availability.) The Yo-kai watch toy comes with 2 exclusive medals and batteries. Kids can get started exploring the wacky world of the Yo-kai with the Yo-kai Watch! Continue reading »

Feb 142016
 

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun holiday for the whole family! It can sometimes be difficult to come up with ideas to make a St. Patrick’s Day party fun for kids. It’s easy with adults but just in case you are looking for some great ideas for St. Patrick’s Day kids parties you’ve come to the right place! These ideas are sure to be a hit with all of your little leprechauns!

Green Food

This is a classic for St. Patrick’s Day and can’t be overlooked at a kid’s party! Some great foods that go green easily are rice crispy treats, cupcakes, jell-o, and sugar cookies! You can even make some green savory treats like popcorn and the chip dip! Try dying the ice cubes for a fun, fizzy, surprise in the soda!

Games

St. Patrick’s day is all about gold coins and leprechauns so try putting a classic spin on some themed party games! You can pin the hat on the leprechaun, or pin his gold coins in his pot! A great way to keep kids busy during a St. Patrick’s Day party is to set up a fun scavenger hunt! You can have the kids hunt for the rainbow or a pot of gold; chocolate coins make a great prize for figuring out the clues! Continue reading »

Feb 092016
 

Helping Your Child Succeed At Math

Do you have a child that seems to have trouble with math? You’re not alone. Many children and adults alike struggle with math, but just because math doesn’t come easily doesn’t mean it won’t come at all. Here are a few simple ways you can help your child succeed at math.

Start with the Basics

Although your child might not agree, math is really a simple subject. There are rules for everything, and if you know those rules, you can solve any problem. If your child is struggling in math, you might want to take a closer look at the basics. At some point, your child might not have properly learned an important rule that serves as a foundation in math. If you can start with the basics and work your way from there, your child will be much more successful at math.

Take it Slow

Some math concepts are more difficult than others. Your child might breeze through addition, but struggle with multiplication. Don’t be afraid to take it slow when your child gets stuck on a skill. Slowing down on those tricky skills will give your child the time they need to actually learn what’s going on. Since advanced math skills usually build on the basics, it’s important to make sure your child had a solid foundation to work from. Continue reading »

Jan 242016
 

Avengers Printable Valentines

This year Valentine’s Day is going to be a little bittersweet for me.  While my husband and I boycott it choose not to celebrate it, my kids have always gotten excited to exchange valentines at school with their friends.  This year my oldest son is in middle school and wouldn’t be caught dead handing out a valentine.  Well, that and the fact that they don’t hand out valentines in middle school.

My little one is in third grade, so at least I still have one that’s little enough to get excited about handing out valentines to his friends. Since we love Hawkeye in our house, and by we I mean me, my little man is going to be handing out these super cool Avengers valentines featuring the very handsome Hawkeye and friends.

Or maybe just the Hawkeye ones. Continue reading »

Dec 172015
 

Kmart Fab 15 Toys are Awesome

Holiday shopping doesn’t exactly evoke excitement in most people I know. In fact, it’s more like dread. When The Most Wonderful Time of the Year rolls around, shopping becomes an exercise in torture for me, but with the Kmart Fave 15, holiday shopping goes from “Oh man…” to “Aww YAY-uh!”

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Role Mommy Writers Network and Kmart. All opinions are 100% my own.​​

Holiday Shopping Like a Boss

Holiday Shopping has always been a game of chance for me. Occasionally, I’ll hit the mark, but not always. I think that’s been the most frustrating part of holiday shopping for me. If I could just hit the mark every year, that would be awesome. Luckily, I have the Kmart Fave 15 to help me out. Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

Fun Gingerbread & Friends Craft for Kids - massholemommy.comWhen the weather gets colder we like to find more things to do indoors. We are from Canada but that doesn’t mean we all like the cold or want to be outside in it, because we don’t – at all!

We like to do more crafts, make more sweets, and even watch more movies together as a family when we can’t be spending excess amounts of time outside. I think our favorite besides making (and eating!) sweets is doing crafts. Especially Winter or Christmas themed. Who doesn’t love having homemade crafts for decorations especially with a house full of kids? We do!

So, today I’m sharing this fun craft for kids to make Gingerbread and Friends!

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Nov 182015
 

Are your kids full of excuses when it comes to going to bed?  My oldest has always been pretty good about going to bed, but my little guy on the other hand is full of reasons why he can’t just close his eyes and go to sleep. The thing is, I used those same excuses back in the day, in fact I think I invented the art of bedtime stalling, but now that I’m the mom, by 8 pm I am just too tired to argue with him.

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Here are just a few of the excuses he’s given us as to why he can’t go to bed:

  • I just slept yesterday
  • I want to stay up to watch the moon
  • I’m afraid there’s a monster in my closet.
  • I just don’t feel safe
  • I need a drink
  • I have to pee (even though he just went 5 minutes before)
  • I don’t like my pajamas
  • My feet are hot/cold
  • I need a tissue
  • I need another blanket
  • There is a dog barking loudly outside

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Nov 032015
 

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5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Enjoy Reading

Reading is one of those “things” that kids either seem to enjoy or dislike. Luckily in my case, both of my boys truly enjoy reading, but I know that’s not the case with every child. Even if your child seems to dislike reading, there are things you can do to get your child to actually enjoy it instead.

#1. Try Community Reading Programs

Sometimes just reading for your own sake isn’t enough. Kids want to be recognized for their hard work and determination. Community reading programs are perfect for helping kids get excited about reading and making it more enjoyable. During these programs, kids get rewarded for the amount of hours they read… It’s pretty exciting!

#2. Try Reading Together

Sometimes adding a little bit of fun in with reading makes it more enjoyable. Parents, read with your children to spruce up the idea of reading. Spend time talking about the book and even using goofy voices while reading. Take the time to teach your child about how high or low inflections in their reading voice can add a little spin to their reading fun. Continue reading »

Oct 282015
 

Mini Travel Pouch For Kids

Over the weekend my family and I traveled to NYC by train to visit Comic Con! It takes us just over 2 hours by train for us to get to the city. I was worried about how to keep the kids occupied and reasonably quiet during the ride. I also do not like carrying a ton of stuff so I had to make sure I had all our essentials covered and that everything was light weight and portable.

Thankfully, my kids carry their own back packs. I knew we had a lot of walking ahead of us so I didn’t want to overload the packs. I packed a change of clothes and left enough room for an extra sweat shirt, some snacks and a mini activities pouch. I carried my own light weight pack filled with small snacks and my own essentials.

I knew after the initial excitement of the landscape whizzing by our train wore off the kids would start getting antsy. That’s when I planned to pull out these mini pouches filled with small, quiet activities and require only the power of their imagination. Continue reading »

Sep 212015
 

Dear Parents in the School Pick Up Line - Put down the smart phone, stop your convo and PAY ATTENTION to your KIDS. - sixtimemommy.com
This week my kids started back at school. I’m going to just jump right into what I want to say because today on the walk home from drop off, and then again on the walk home from pick up I was shocked at what I saw.

Moms, Dads, Older Sisters and Brothers, Neighbors and Friends who pick up kids from school:
Please put down your smart phone and greet the children. I noticed a very sad pattern this week and it is kids being ignored at drop off and pick up for a phone or person next to them chit chatting. The convo, the text, the instagram, the phone call and voicemail can wait 5 minutes while you say good-bye to the child who obviously is having a hard time adjusting to this new schedule of 6 hours away from home. When the child is crying and not wanting to go inside, but your too busy looking at your phone and typing a message to give a second thought. Scooting them inside, and turning away to walk towards your car. How sad it is for these kids to have to feel alone, scared, and more than likely unimportant during a very critical time of the first week back to school. Continue reading »

Sep 162015
 

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Marvel Avengers Bento Lunch Idea

When my boys go to school, they are allowed to buy hot lunch once a week and the other four days, they bring their lunch.  I have very distinct memories from my own childhood of fun lunches that my mom used to pack for me.  Sometimes she would draw me a goofy picture that I would find when I opened my lunch box or sometimes she would make fun shapes out of my sandwiches.  She was very creative when it came to packing my lunches as a child and I loved those little surprises she sent me off with.

Now that I’m the mom, sadly I am not as creative as my own mother, but every now and then I totally rock the lunchbox and such was the case recently when I decided to make a MARVEL Avengers bento lunch for my little man to take to school.  We’re all very big fans of The Avengers, so I knew he’d be blown away when he opened his lunch box and fun a fun surprise in there.

With my MARVEL Avengers themed lunch, I covered Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America.  Here’s what I did:

First up were some Thor Hammer Snacks.  They are simple to make and you’ll only need two ingredients to put them together – pretzel sticks and cheese that you can cut up in to small cubes. Continue reading »

Sep 152015
 

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Complete Karate Mom Checklist Printable

I’ve been talking a lot lately about my journey towards getting my black belt in Krav Maga, but did you know that my son has been testing along with me?  Because Krav Maga is meant for adults and my oldest son is only 11 years old, he’s in the karate program at the same dojo.

He started around the same time as I did (only a few weeks before me) and has been training hard ever since.  The kids and adults follow the same process when it comes to black belt testing, so he & I have been going through our testing side by side.

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Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications at our dojo and if you pass, you move on to what they call “boot camp”. Once you’re in boot camp, you meet every Friday night over the course of three months for extra training with the instructors. That’s where they review the specific techniques that they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then, once a month over the next three months, you test. Continue reading »

Sep 082015
 

10 Ways to Deal With Being the Only Woman in the House

You would think that being the only woman in the house was easy, but it’s not. Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair, but I get over it and move on. (Don’t get me wrong, I do love my boys). I have found several ways to deal with being the only woman in the house.

#1. My Kids Think I Have Superpowers

I’m not kidding, my kids sometimes really do think I have superpowers. Some days they think that having me cook their favorite meal is a superpower.

#2. I Have My Hobbies

Just because I’m a mom of all boys, it doesn’t mean I can’t do my own thing. There are some things that I enjoy doing around my house that the boys don’t like. It’s just one way I deal with being the only woman in the house.

#3. Take a Long Bath

If I ever need to just clear my head and remind myself of my mission, I head to the bathroom to take a long bath. The boys are old enough to let me have my peace of mind for a little bit, while I relax and collect my thoughts. Continue reading »