One thing that I really love is when my daughter sees me cooking and asks if she can help. She is only 5, but has been helping me in the kitchen from time to time since a very early age. Cooking with kids can be extra messy, take a lot of extra time, and the end result isn’t always pretty, but the experience that I am giving my daughter is something that I hope translates as she gets older. I promise if you have give it some extra time, it can be a fun experience for you and your kiddos!
When I was in high school my grandmother had a roll top desk that I adored. When I became a Freshman in High School, she decided to let me have it and I was ecstatic. Just one week after receiving this wonderful gift, there was a tragic fire and her house burnt to the ground. To this day, that roll top desk is one of my prized possessions. It has completed many military moves with us and held together with minimal damage- despite its age. One of my favorite things about the desk is when you open the drawers there are old stickers and writing on the outside but, you would never know just looking at it. The secret stickers and markings always fascinated me so, I decided one rainy day that my boys and I would make our own little hidden masterpiece on a piece of our furniture.
I decided we would use our kitchen table for the project. This is where we have gathered together to play Play-Doh, paint and it too has moved around with me since I was in my early twenties. Oh- and its a hammy down piece from my cousin!
The boys had so much fun creating this hidden gem. We added some hand prints, the date and signatures to finish it off. They loved doing this and it is now our own little secret! I catch them peeking under the table during meal times to make sure its still there. It was so fun doing this together and I hope my boys not only get to see their masterpiece but remember the laughs that we had completing it.
- Paints (My kids picked their favorite colors)
- Paint Brushes
- Towel or Napkins
- Sharpie Markers
I let my boys be creative within the area under the table that would not be seen. Try this secret art project with your family. You can choose a table, headboard or even the back of a draw like my grandmother did.
A couple weeks ago, I posted some yoga inspiration here on the blog. Yoga has become very important to me and as my practice evolved that meant squeezing yoga in during the day while my daughter watched a show. At first, she just loved that she got to watch a show, but as time went on, she was excited to try out some of the yoga poses. It wasn’t long until she got her own mat and we were able to find yoga that was tailored to kids. Continue reading “Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids”
Some of my fondest memories have included taking walks through the woods or along paths surrounding the waterways of Minnesota. My family has all developed a passion for nature and each show it off in different ways. My mom is an artist and has a great appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us, from the the very large scale landscapes to the tiny details on a branch or plant. Continue reading “Nature Imprints”
Now that Summer Break has arrived, bedtime becomes a little relaxed. With the extra time, I love to spend some quiet one on one time with each of my children. It usually involved creating something (crazy snack, gift, art project, ect) My older son loves anything art related. I find that this time we spend together, he is so talkative about all aspects of live not just the art project. It is a great time to create something beautiful together but, also a wonderful bonding experience. This undivided attention is a great opportunity to build and foster love, trust and guidance. Being present and engaged is not only fun but also therapeutic. Keep on Reading!
I am a true believer in aromatherapy and using essential oils. They can be used for: relaxation, headaches, muscle aches, common colds, sleep enhancement, bug repellent and more. I have diffusers throughout the house and I keep little roller bottles in my purse for when I am feeling anxious or tired. They are a great pick me up and I feel comfortable because they are all natural and made without synthetic ingredients. Keep on Reading!
With the start of summer right around the corner, more and more families will be thinking of packing up and heading out on an adventure. Whether it is by car or plane, it is so fun to bring kids along and expose them to new places and experiences.
I often get asked how we travel with our daughter, especially on road trips. Today I am sharing some tips to make those trips a little easier and more enjoyable for everyone! Keep on Reading
Life can get hectic some times. Whether its a job, family, friends, and/or relationships, we are all jugging a lot of tasks. Sometimes I can feel my anxiety levels rising and I realize that I need to take a step back and asses the situation. There are a few things that I have learned over time that has helped to ease my anxiety and I thought I would share them with you. First, I want to reiterate that anxiety is not necessarily a bad thing when it is steered in a positive light. It helps in times of preparation (EX: Presentation). It can even make me do the best that I can as I have high personal standards of myself, thanks to that bit of worrying. Anxiety used in the right ways is a great motivator! Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like your anxiety isn’t justified. We all feel anxious at some point in life and some of us are more in tuned to our body’s reactions to stress more then others.
“The days are long but, the years are short.” We all hear it, that piece of advice from every parent before us and, oh how true that one little sentence can be. Being a mom, gave me a new found respect for my own parents because to be honest this
shit stuff is hard! Are the kids getting enough vegetables, and too much TV!? Did they go to school with underwear on? (yup, real topic in this house) I mean the list goes on and on. With all that said, at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love my crazy kiddos and couldn’t imagine life any other way. Keep on reading!
As a parent, there are so many things that we are responsible for teaching our children. We help teach them to communicate, to have compassion for others, to work hard to accomplish their goals, and how to care for themselves. Equally important is teaching them to care for this planet and our environment. We only have one planet and we all need to work together to make changes and preserve what we have for our future generations. Keep on reading!