Best Mom Advice 4/26/2015

Every week is new and exciting at The Mommy Club. This week there were 189 great things shared! Out of the things shared there were fun kids crafts, yummy recipes, and mommy solutions! Below are the five most clicked on submissions from all of the ideas submitted this week.  If you didn’t have to chance a check out all of the great tips from last week, you can checkout all of the ideas shared here!

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BEST MOM ADVICE

1) Crafty Journal shared Homemade Mother’s Day Gifts.

2) Frugally Blonde shared My Pinterest Fail.

3) Macaroni and Mascara shared Confessions of a Tired Mom.

4) Vibrant Homeschooling shared Ultimate List of Kids Audio Dramas.

5) Saving You Dinero shared 40 Crockpot Freezer Meals.

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189 MOMMY SOLUTIONS

Did you miss last weeks party? You can check out all 189 ideas HERE. If you are a blogger come on over on Wednesday’s and linkup your latest and greatest ideas! (The post actually goes live Tuesday night. Sssshhhh!)

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Also remember, just because your idea is not listed here does not mean we didn’t love it. We regularly share your links on FacebookTwitterPinterest and in my newsletter.

THE MOMMY CLUB: SHARE YOUR RESOURCES AND SOLUTIONS #196

Need great mom advice, recipe ideas, or kids crafts? Look no further! Last week was a huge success with  178 great mom ideas shared!

Mother with baby outdoors

The Mommy Club is a great resource and full of new ideas each week! If you missed any of last week’s solutions feel free to check them out here!

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BEST MOM ADVICE

1) Intoxicated on Life shared Grain-Free Banana Nut Butter Donuts.

2) Frugal Coupon Living shared Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Bean Scone.

3) Modern Christian Homemaker shared Organic Hot Cocoa Mix.

4) Year Round Homeschooling shared Why I Homeschool and What I Have Learned Along The Way.

5) Bits of Positivity shared Teaching Kids To Be Kind.

 

Now, it is time to share again!

Remember, what you share is seen on all four of these blog; Shannon from Milk and Cuddles, Sherri from Luv a Bargin, Kelli from 3 Boys and a Dog and Crystal & Co. This means quadruple the exposure for every post you link up.

Make sure you hop over and check out Shannon’s favorite three picks from last week over at Milk and Cuddles.

By submitting a link to this party, you are giving Crystal & Co., Milk and Cuddles, Luv a Bargin and/or 3 Boys and a Dog permission to feature your post on their blogs and/or social media platforms and utilize your post images in order to facilitate this feature.

 

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Kid Color Pages for St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is coming and my boys are so excited.

Here are some kid color pages to celebrate. Matthew and Nick had so much fun with these earlier this week.

There are six pages. One is a leprechaun, a four leaf clover, a rainbow,  a pot of gold, a hat and horseshoe.

Matthew colored his page all green.

Kid Color Pages for St. Patrick's Day

You Will Need:

I colored the rainbow and then Matthew wanted to finish it up.

Kid Color Pages for St. Patrick's Day rainbow

 Download the entire packet of six pages.

st patricks day kid color pages

 

The four leaf clover is fun to color too. You can incorporate counting by counting the leaves.

 

four leaf clover

 

Talk about colors when you do the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet.

Your kids will notice how similar the last three colors are.

 

rainbow

 

Color the pot of gold that is at the end of the rainbow.

pot of gold

 

Use markers or crayons to color. You can even add some glitter for the gold if you want.

hat

The horseshoe is for good luck.

horseshoe

Which page is your favorite? Your kiddos will have so much fun with this!

More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts:

 

27 Books for Kids About Winter

Are you on the hunt for some amazing books you can ready with your kids that are all about winter?

Here is a collection of twenty seven books for kids that are all about the season of winter.

These are perfect for reading with your little one or preschooler and many of them can be read independent by your grader schooler.

Take this list to the library with you and check them out.

If you want to learn more about the author, click through the link to read more or to order on Amazon.

While you’re here, check out all of my lists of books children must read!

twenty seven awesome childrens books about winter

 

Twenty Seven Books for Kids About Winter 

  1. The Snowy Day
  2. The First Day of Winter  
  3. Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)
  4. Winter is Here!
  5. Let It Snow
  6. Winter
  7. Snowballs
  8. The Mitten
  9. Frosty the Snowman
  10. George Learns to Prepare for Winter
  11. 12 Snow Days of Winter
  12. Sneezy the Snowman
  13. Snowmen All Year Board Book
  14. Biscuit’s Snowy Day
  15. Snowman’s Story
  16. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!
  17. Snow
  18. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder
  19. Snowmen at Night
  20. 100 Snowmen
  21. Snowzilla
  22. Snow Dog, Go Dog
  23. The Snowman
  24. The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
  25. Wonderful Gifts of Winter
  26. Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations around the World
  27. It’s Winter!

We have tons more book lists for kids. Make sure you check them out!

Best Mom Advice 12/27/2014

Hope all is well with everyone following this awesome holiday week! Although the week was overwhelmed by holiday fun and family time there were still  65 wonderful ideas shared last week at The Mommy Club! The continued input by everyone with tips, crafts, and recipes help make The Mommy Club a huge success! It is so exciting to see all of the helpful tips, crafts, and recipes you all share every week! Below are the five most clicked on submissions from all of the ideas submitted this week.  If you didn’t have to chance a check out all of the great tips from last week, you can checkout all of the 65 ideas shared here!

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BEST MOM ADVICE

1) Bits of Positivity shared the Best Christmas Light Shows on YouTube.

2) Powerful Mothering shared 20 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids.

3) Pre-K Pages shared the Best Winter Books for Kids.

4) Growing Book By Book shared Favorite Literacy Ideas for Preschoolers.

5) Growing Book By Book shared ideas for Table Topics.

65 MOMMY SOLUTIONS

Did you miss last weeks party? You can check out all 65 ideas HERE. If you are a blogger come on over on Wednesday’s and linkup your latest and greatest ideas! (The post actually goes live Tuesday night. Sssshhhh!)

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Also remember, just because your idea is not listed here does not mean we didn’t love it. We regularly share your links on FacebookTwitterPinterest and in my newsletter

Girl Elf on the Shelf Marshmallow Bubble Bath

I love fun and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas like this one!

What girl does not love a bubble bath? Well our girl elf has been dreaming of a bubble bath!

All you need is a fancy coffee cup and some marshmallows.

Let me show you how awesome this is!

girl elf on the shelf ideas marshmallow bubble bath

Just sit your elf in the cup and pour miniature marshmallows inside.

The cup serves as the tub and the marshmallows are the bubbles.

I put on her black fur boots that came with her paid skirt that I shared with you in the date night post.

girl elf on the shelf pictures

 

Super easy and this one works great when you’re in a pinch for a quick idea.

You can let the kiddos enjoy the marshmallows too! First count them and make it a little educational!

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Elf on the Shelf Printables: Planning Calendar

Have you started planning your Elf on the Shelf Ideas for this year? My kids are so excited for Jack to arrive! I have an additional surprise for our family this year. We have a girl elf joining us. We’re creating an elf family.

If you need help coming up with ideas, make sure you check out my Elf on the Shelf Printables that I have here on my site as well!

Then, take the calendar below and start plugging your ideas in so that you’re planned and ready to go for the season.

 

elf on the shelf printables calendar planner

 

Print the calendar here or by clicking the image above. 

It runs from Thanksgiving Day until the Day after Christmas. This allows you to prepare ideas for the entire season, or you choose which date span you’ll do Elf on the Shelf. We generally do the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.

Have fun with it. Your kids will love it!!

And start filling your calendar up with some of my 139 Elf on the Shelf ideas!

139 elf on the shelf ideas

 

Don’t have an elf? Order one and have it delivered to your door step! Here is a place you can  to buy Elf on the Shelf

Fall Activities for Preschoolers: Our Fall Bucket List

Fall is at its peak here in Northern Ontario, Canada. The leaves have already changed their colours and have started forming a thick blanket on the floor. The squirrels are busy collecting their acorns for colder weather and we are loving the cooler weather. To celebrate this colourful season, I will be sharing our Fall Activities for Preschoolers Bucket List. This is simply a list of activities that J, my preschooler and I would love to do this fall.

Fall Activities for Preschoolers- our bucket list

 

Fall Activities For Preschoolers Bucket List

1. Create A Fall Sensory Bin

This activity was inspired my preschooler J. She saw the over abundance of acorns and loved looking at the scampering squirrels from a safe distance. She would pick up an acorn, and then excitedly say, “Look Mommy, an acorn! I can’t eat it. J not a squirrel.” (Let me state that my preschooler is almost 3, so proper grammar or complete sentences is not a huge emphasis right now.) Courtesy of her interest in acorns, I created an acorn sensory bin.
fall activities for preschoolers-fall sensory bins

2. Play in the Leaves

What preschooler , or adult for that matter, does not love playing in a huge pile of dry leaves? I will admit, this is one of the things that I love about living in a colder country. Sure in Jamaica the leaves would fall off but they were always a yucky brown.

3. Apple Bobbing

This is a fall activity for preschoolers that I am sure J would love as we do our own little version of apple bobbing at home. The real thing is generally better than the knock off version of an activity.

4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Just recently I found out from a friend that there is a pumpkin patch near by in the town we live in. They also have gourds as well as a donkey rides and hay rides. I am looking forward to J picking out the pumpkin she likes and decorating it. Which leads us to number 5 on the list.

5. Decorate a Pumpkin

6. Corn Maze

I am not sure if this is the Jamaican in me speaking but I have NEVER heard of corn mazes. Why would I want to go in a maze of corn? Well even though I am not too happy about this idea, I am sure J and the rest of our family would love to experience it. Why should I ruin the fall party?

7. Bonfire

We did our first bonfire with J this spring in the fire pit hubby created and I am sure she would love to experience it again. It should be even better without all those lovely spring bugs. We might even do some marshmallows seeing that J is certain that she loves them even though she has never had them.

8. Have a Picnic with a Twist

J loves having picnics as well as the idea of a picnic. Luckily we can cross this one off. Our family went on a hike and had a picnic lunch on the top of a cliff with close fiends. Seeing all the colours from that view was nothing short of AMAZING.
fall activities for preschoolers- have a picnic on a cliff with friends

9. Read Books About Fall

There are so many books that exist about fall. Our favourite so far is The Pumpkin Patch Parable.

10. Make Apple Butter and Apple Sauce

11. Nature Walk

Here is a great nature walk list courtesy of Raising Boys Homeschool.

Well there you have it, our fall activities for preschoolers bucket list. What plans do you have for fall with your preschooler?

How to Have a Reading Party

We are so ready for Fall here at our house we can hardly contain ourselves. We have officially started a countdown.

We’ve stocked our bookshelves with books all about the seasons changing, pumpkins and apples and all things Fall.

What better than to have a pajama reading party? You can too!

Let me show you what we did.

pajama reading party

Everyone put on their pajamas. Even the 13 year old. (He was actually pretty excited to do this!)

We popped a camo tent in the living room and thew some comfy blankets in there.

We gathered up our favorite books like Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Pumpkin Circle, Going on a Leaf Hunt and more!

We made some easy and mess-free snacks like this Chex Mix. We mixed Chocolate Chex, Rice Chex and pretzel sticks in a large bowl.

reading snack

We also filled a bowl with gummy worms. Sour ones of course.

It would not be a book party without some book worms, right?

books to read to kids that celebrate fall

And we grabbed our EVEREADY® flashlight and hopped into the tent.

They had so much fun and never left the living room.

Anthony read to his brothers. They love wearing pajamas in the middle of the day (ok, we are homeschoolers…. pajamas in the middle of the day happens!).

The snacks were yummy and everyone laughed and had a blast.

kids reading in the dark with a flashlight

Any opportunity to play with flashlights is always a great time at our house.

My husband is a gadget man and literally owns no less than 20-25 flashlights. He uses them for work and our kids use them for play. All the time!

bookworm candy

Want to host your own reading pajama party? Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help us shine a light on reading, even in the dark! Hop over and check out their reading party tool kit! They have fun printables (I love the bookmark), party theme ideas, music and food ideas and more for hosting your own reading party in your living room! This is perfect for a family sleepover.

And, you can also earn free Scholastic books when you purchase EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights which can be purchased at Dollar General or Target.

How do you celebrate reading at your home?

Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark! EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights are reliable and affordable and can be purchased at Dollar General or Target. 
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of EVEREADY®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Kid Color Pages: A Sick Day and Spreading Germs

What better way to learn about germs and resting when you’re sick than to do so with kid color pages.

These pages are perfect to share with your kids at the beginning of the school year and before cold and flu season.

They remind kids of basic things they need to keep in mind when they feel like they are getting sick and when they see friends who are sick.

Have a child home sick who is bored? These are the perfect color pages to help them pass the time!

kid color pages sick day and spreading germs

You Will Need:

Print out your kid color pages that are all about having a sick day and how to not spread germs.

You can click on the link above or on any of the images to print the packet.

kid color pages and germs

There is fun facts and information on each page you can go over with your kids.

kid color pages about germs

Let’s take a look at this 10 page packet!

kid color pages sick day We remind our kids that micro-organisms cannot be seen with our eye. They are super tiny.

They come in different forms like viruses, bacteria and fungi.

kid color pages sick day cold and flu

 

Micro-organisms  help us by breaking down waste and such but they can make us sick.

color pages for kids sick day and spreading germs

Remind kids how quickly germs can grow and spread.

Also remind them how important it is to wash our hands and cover our coughs and sneezes!

cover your cough and sneeze

When we are sick it is very important that we stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

kid color pages sneezing spreads germs I love chicken noodle soup and broth when I am sick.

So do my kids!

kid color pages chicken noodle soup Sometimes when we are sick we have to go to the doctor.

Sometimes we just need plenty of rest.

 

kid color pages sick day at the doctor

If we have to take medicine when we get sick, we need to ensure we read the labels and take the medicine exactly like the doctor and/or instructions indicate.

kid color pages sick day cough medicine

Coughs and sneezed can travel 3 meters!

Covering our mouth is super important so that we do not get our friends and family sick.

kid color pages sick day spreading germs

 

Sometimes we do not have a tissue handy when we cough or sneeze.

I tell my kids to give it the elbow and cough or sneeze inside the crease of the elbow. This can help keep germs away from others.

kid color pages sick day spreading germs

 

I hope that you and your kiddos enjoy these color pages!

What is your most important advice when your family gets sick?

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