Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts

Sunday, January 22, 2017

MY KIDS EXPERIENCE WITH COZY PHONES

Alternative to Ear Buds
(Photo Courtesy of CozyPhones.com)

*I received a free pair of Cozy Phones in exchange for an honest  & unbiased review.


Little Simplicity loves his tablet (Mine Craft anyone?) & loves to tune out his 3-year-old brother EVERY DAY after school. I am always on the hunt for safe, kid-friendly headphones for both of them. So I can get a little peace & quiet. I am not a big fan of ear buds. I just feel like kids do not know their limits & turn them up way too high. When I find headphones that go over ears & not into them I get a little excited.

We received a pair of cozy phones that my kids have tried out this week. The packaged arrived and the kids were excited. They love the design, and how soft they are. It only took my 8-year old a few seconds to adjust the ear phones to his ears. They are a like a fuzzy headband with earphones inside. The sound is clear, but not muffled or too loud. While the headband is not adjustable both boys 3 & 8 were able to use them.

These are a great alternative to ear buds. I mean we only had one set, so there were a few fights involved. I will be placing an order for the same exact pair. 

As you can see (below) he loved them. Now the only problem is getting him off of his tablet to do things like eat, drink, & do homework. 


Headphones for Kids
(Little Simplicity playing his tablet)
Pros:

  • Sturdy
  • Washable
  • Easy to Carry
  • Comfortable
  • Multiple Styles
  • Volume Limited
  • Perfect for Travel
  • Safe to sleep in 
  • Great Gift
Cons:

  • Not adjustable
  • Too hot in the summer 


I do believe in limiting screen time, but all moms know that it just comes in handy sometimes. Ok, maybe you have to resort to using it daily, but I have found that cozy phones will allow you to do some things in peace without the distracting background noise of Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Blaze, & video games…..etc.

These would be great for adults and they do have an adult line without the little fuzzy bear face. They also make a great gift. 


Photo Courtesy of CozyPhones.com

So please support a small family/veteran owned U.S. based business.




Which type of headphone does your family use?



Monday, November 7, 2016

The $1.00 Christmas Gift

Cheap Christmas Gifts (Books)

*Affiliate links have been used in this post, which means if a few of you click on these product I may be able to buy a new mascara & a lip gloss....so I thank you!!! :)


Isn’t it a little depressing how Halloween and Thanksgiving kind of get the boot after October 31st. I mean the Christmas decorations have already taken over the stores. All stores have announced that their Holiday Shops have arrived & that Christmas is here! Ouch, so for me I began to go into panic mode because little simplicity has a December b-day & Christmas is in December.

Starting Nov. 1st I no longer purchase toys, books, or anything for the kids in order to get ready for Christmas. With all of the stress that comes along with the Holidays. I have a quick tip to help you save on books, DVDs, and select CD’s. My local public library often has a for sale section of books & items that have been withdrawn from their system. Books are usually $.50-$1.00, Magazines $.25, CD’s $1.00, DVDs $2.00. This is an awesome way to cut on Holiday cost (buy used books). To me paper never goes out of style and you can sometimes find books that are almost brand new on the sales rack.

The sale rack really is hit or miss. This week I found 10 books for the kids, 2 books for me & 2 jazz CD’s for $9.50. I do spray the book covers with Hand Sanitizer& wipe them off when I get home. I am not ashamed, and I can admit that I am a germa o phobe!!! Back to the book talk….I rummage through the shelves every week looking for books that my family may be interested in, or some educational books that I would like them to read & buy them.

I usually buy a nice little Basketand add wrapping paper inside and give each one of my kids their own book basket on Christmas morning. They don’t know the difference! I mix in old & new because a book is a book. And when we wind down at night they look through the baskets and lie in bed & read. Also, let’s not forget that they don’t go back to school until after the New Year so they have a lot of free time to read.

I don’t know if all public libraries dispose of their withdrawn or old books this way, but it is worth a look.


How do you save on books? Let me know below

Sunday, October 16, 2016

7 WAYS KIDS CAN HELP WITH THE NEW PUPPY

Ways Kids Can Help With The New Puppy/Dog


*Affiliate links have been used in this post, which means if a few of you click on these product I may be able to buy a new mascara & a lip gloss....so I thank you!!! 

Little Simplicity saw a sign posted at our local Farm Store saying “free puppies.” Free & Puppies is an instant warning for adults.....so proceed with caution. A couple of days went by while I was thinking & I could no longer ignore his request to visit them. 

I wasn’t really sure if WE were ready for a puppy. I took a picture of the sign so I would have the telephone number in my phone…..just in case. I left it at that! Days went by, time went by and then he asked AGAIN. “Mama when are we going to see the puppies?” So I knew it was time for us to go. But I told him that we would just go there and look. Who was I fooling?.... we came home with a puppy & “Sasha” is her name.

At 8 years old I felt as though my son was old enough to take on some of the responsibility & we explained that to him before we left with a puppy.

So if you ever do see a “free” puppy sign, here are some of the responsibilities that kids can help with.


Food & Water- I keep measuring cups (from the dollar store) in the dog food bag so he can measure out exactly what she needs. He feeds her on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Mr. Simplicity & I take care of M-F.

Snacks -Everyday she has a snack at 3pm. We use whatever fruit or vegetable we have on hand. (Bananas, strawberries, carrots, etc.) As soon as Little Simplicity has his snack, Sasha knows hers is on its way.

Brushing-There is no specific schedule for this. We just kind of do it when we feel like it or at least once a week.

After School Walk-We walk her in the mornings, after school (3pm) & at night. Little Simplicity walks her after snack.

Helps Bathe-Usually he just stands around telling me what I am doing wrong, but he can run & get any supplies I forgot to bring to the sink in our garage.

Occasionally picks up poop -Yes, the gross side of owning a dog. Piles of it! I showed him the proper way to clean it up. This happens occasionally on the weekends. Guess what? I am potty training a toddler & a puppy. 

Play-Just pull out her dog toys and play with her. Simple

Attending vet visits-We go monthly to get her vaccinated. He comes with me just so he knows what else goes into caring for her.

I think helping in these ways teaches responsibility, & trust with the dog.

Ways Kids Can Help With The New Puppy/Dog

How do your kids help with the family pet(s)? Let me know

Sunday, September 25, 2016

FUN FALL ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS FALL

So Yesterday was the first day of fall. Now that we're cooling off, I thought I would write a list of some fun activities that I love to do this time of year. 

Fall is the time for all things pumpkin, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins. Ok, I will stop now because I sound like a Starbuck's commercial. I do love when I drive up to a Starbuck's & all things pumpkin are back! 

If you need some ideas for fall activities check out the list below. 




Fun fall activities that you can do with your kids


  • PUMPKIN PICKING




  • VISIT A CORN MAZE


  • GO FOR A HAY RIDE


  • JUMP IN A PILE OF LEAVES


  • VISIT LOCAL FALL FESTIVALS


  • BAKE PUMPKIN GOODIES


  • WATCH A SCARY MOVIE (without kids of course)



  • DECORATE OR CARVE A PUMPKIN


How do you like to celebrate the fall? Let me know below

Saturday, September 17, 2016

IT'S SEPTEMBER, TIME TO PICK YOUR OWN APPLES


I could not wait for the orchards to open up their fields so that I could take my son's apple picking. It was my youngest son’s first time. Well, we went despite the fact that it was 90 degrees out, despite the fact that we had to drive 1.5 hours. 1.5 hours to pick some apples??? I forgot that I live in NC now; it can take an hour to get anywhere! Despite the fact that it was almost nap time and I wasn't too excited about the drive...off we went! I WANT TO PICK APPLES TODAY!


Picking your own apples


Through the fields we went. I pulled this heavy wagon up & down the orchard. What was I thinking? It rolled when we got near hills, it ran over my feet, and it was SO HOT. I needed somewhere to place the camera, water bottles, snacks, purse, & my 2 year old. 

They gave us some tool to pull down the apples that were too high. The only problem was that my husband had to work & my 8 year old wanted to be in charge of the tool. This was an issue because it became a weapon. As we walked down the paved orchard road he almost knocked out at least 5 people. I had a 2 year old bouncing around a wooden wagon and an 8 year old swinging some tool around….ugh. 

“Pull me mommy”
“Faster”
“Go”

Breathe mama just breathe! It doesn’t matter if your kids are already complaining. It doesn’t matter that your oldest son is knocking people out with an apple picking tool. It doesn’t matter that your 2 year old is yelling at you. We’re here to have fun, so just breathe. 


Well, you have a recipe below so you know that we ALL survived. We made it home with two large bags of apples and two sleepy kids. I did not cook that night, we stopped at a restaurant close to home. Reason being I was setting up bedtime. Drive. Apple Picking. Drive. Dinner. Bath. Bed. 


10 minute Slow Cooker Appesauce



Slow Cooker Applesauce

Adria Roach

Ingredients

  • 8 Medium Apples
  • 3 TBS of Coconut Sugar or 2 TBS of Honey
  • Juice from half of a lemon
  • 1 TBS Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Toss all of the listed ingredients into the slow cooker for about 8 hours. Then Stir & Serve.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 08 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 8 hrs. 10 mins.
Tags: Applesauce, Snack


*This is a chunky applesauce so if you like it thinner you can add 1C of Apple Cider & use an immersion blender to thin out. 
*Adjust sweetness to your families taste. 

After our long adventure, the kids had a great time. It is something that we don’t do often so it was a perfect activity for them. After the exhaustion subsided I had a great time as well. If you plan accordingly, apple picking is a great activity for the entire family. I also love showing the kids where our food comes from. Throughout the years this has encouraged them to try foods they may not have. 



Apple Picking with Family

You know what? For the next week, they can eat applesauce, apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple cake, APPLES!

What does your family like to pick? How did it go?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Number One Thing You Must Do this Long Weekend


So I was supposed to be doing something completely different tonight, like sleep.  I felt compelled to encourage some mom’s to do a little self-care this weekend.  Do something quick!  If you have more time, check out my previous post (HERE& choose 1, 2 or 3 things to do. These are just some quick suggestions to go do when Dad or whom ever is available to take the kids. On a day of your choice, possibly this weekend though. 

Finish your daily activities. Have dinner cooked, don’t cook, order out, or …..whatever. When Dad comes in, greet him, & say "I am taking a break".

I.WON'T. BE.TOO. LONG.!!!!  You’ll tell Dad. So what if we lie a little, the kids won't find out. Then run upstairs.


Do you need to pluck, tweeze or wax your eyebrows? Do it now!

Do you need a hot bath without intruders? Do it now!

Do you need to paint your toenails? Do it now!

Do you need a facial? Do it now!

Do you need to blow dry or flat iron your hair? Yes, I do!

Do you need to close the door & turn up YOUR music? Do it!

Do you need to shave in places that you can’t with your 2 yr. old there? Please do so now!

Do you need to get back to a pin from 2 weeks ago? Do it now!

Do you want to put on some makeup? Do it now, but remember you'll be washing it off very soon because it's probably close to bed time. 




Do you want to put on that Charcoal face mask that you grabbed at Walmart for $2.50, without babies & kids looking at you screaming “Where did mommy go?” I DO & I AM!

Do you want to read a magazine? Of course, books went out the window years ago.

Do you want to sneak and eat a candy bar? I might.




Ahhh, now we’re relaxed & ready for tomorrow.




Don't fall asleep.       

Oh wait………….

The kids are calling, dad is calling, & the puppy is calling! Puppy, yes (she’s our newest addition) that story will be continued in a later post. Read about her here......

This was just a quick reminder to do a few things that you skimped out on while being home with the kids all summer. You know what I will be doing & if you participate, let me know below.


Have fun Mama’s!



Monday, August 8, 2016

TRUE MOM CONFESSIONS




I live off of 6 hours of sleep

There are days I don’t get a chance to shower

I forget to brush my kid's teeth some nights

They eat yogurt and fruit for dinner

Sometimes all I want is wine for dinner

I yell, I get cranky

I look for my cell phone and car keys often…when their already in my hand

I have left the house without putting real shoes on 

I backed out the garage into my husband's car

Some days my kids watch TV all day

I hate pool season

I hide the Halloween candy, but then end up eating it myself

When I'm really tired I act like I can't hear anyone calling 
my name

I don't wash my 2-year-old every day



How about you mom? Let's keep this going in the comment 

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Friday, August 5, 2016

7 BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS THAT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY




  • Sort out everything from the previous school year and see what can be used again. I found a handful of things in my son’s room that he could use again this school year.

  • Just buy what is on the school supply list. Hey, mom’s we know that kids ask for any and everything. So Stick to your list!!!! Don’t let the kids persuade you to buy extra things they may not need.

  • Check your local dollar store first. I spotted some composition notebooks there two weeks ago.



  • Buy clothes on clearance since it is usually still warm enough to wear summer clothes. Those first few weeks back are still very warm (in the northeast) so buy some clearance items. Mix & Match clothing until the weather changes.

  • Buy in Bulk. Meaning get extra packs of pencils, markers, folders, & glue sticks. If they ask for a roll of paper towels, send in a case. This way you are done for the school year, & you will already have everything on hand when the kids say they “lost” it.

  • Check your weekly sales flyers to compare prices. This week Target had the best deals for me, but check all stores in your area.

  • Use apps such as/Cartwheel, Shopkick, Snip Snap, Ibotta, & Red Laser to save money or to add onto your rebates 



We purchased a book bag at the end of the previous school year, so we will be using that again.  Also, I have a couple of lunch boxes that are in great shape. Number 2 pencils (we have an abundance) so I didn't need to buy any.


Let me know how you save on school supplies. Do you need any other tips from me?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

HEY MAMA, TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOU


Life is busy mom!

Here are some quick ideas of things that you can do daily when you take a break.




Take a walk...

Oh those days when my 2 year old is screaming, yelling & punching me. I put him in his wagon and walk around the neighborhood for about 15 min. The ride in the wagon & the walk calms us both down.





Take some pictures.....

When was the last time you took a picture?Not a selfie or a picture of the kids, but something different? 





Smell the flowers...


I have found it relaxing to just stop, breathe the fresh air & notice beautiful things that surround you everyday. 



Write in your journal...

This is something I try to do at least once a week. Especially since I haven't finished my baby books, so I write milestones about both of my kids for future reference. 



Read a book...

This is rare! I am determined to start reading books again just like my kids do daily. Here is my post about that: http://www.thebeautyinsimplicity.com/2016/06/how-to-get-your-kids-to-love-reading.html



Grab some coffee...

When both of my boys are fighting(each other). I pack them up in the car & go to the Starbucks drive thru. Without caffeine how could you make it through the rest of your day?



Go for a swim...

I am not a big swimmer. I do suppose if I could go to the pool by myself then this would be a great way to relax.




Take a nap...

My #1 pick. It is self explanatory. With school out for the summer I try to sneak in a 15-20 min. nap daily. 


Yes mamas everywhere, take some time for YOU....

Happy Saturday!!! 

Share below what you do when you take some time for yourself.

Monday, June 20, 2016

HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO LOVE READING THIS SUMMER




I started reading to my 7-year-old, when he was 8-months-old as a part of his night time routine. Ok, I actually started when I read that babies need consistent routines in order to sleep through the night. Dinner, bath, read...hopefully = SLEEP.

Little did I know that I was instilling a lifelong love of books. Each night he begs to read, bargaining with me for even more time with his books. Yes, really! He doesn’t ask to watch more TV or play his tablet, he wants to read. Who am I to ever discourage that? Unless it’s close to 9 pm which is my cut off for the night.

Every morning before he eats breakfast my 2 year old likes to be read as well. We read a handful of books in the morning and throughout the day. On any given day we read through 10-15 books (Toddler based books that is).




Here are some tips to encourage reading in your house:


  • Placing books in all rooms (bedroom, playroom, living room). I have a book case in each kid’s room, a basket of books in the living room, and a basket of books in the playroom with bean bag chairs close by to get cozy in.
  • Visit the library often & sign up for summer reading. My oldest son visits the school library weekly.
  • Read to younger children daily & older children occasionally.
  • If there is a movie based on the book, have them read the book before they see the movie.
  • The key is to enjoy reading their books no matter what level they are on. Make silly voices, faces, songs. Whether it's David peeing in the snow, Diary of a Wimpy Kid watching grandpa's teeth fall out onto the kitchen table, or watching the cow jump over the moon in Goodnight Moon.
  • Purchase books frequently, this doesn't have to be expensive. I purchase books at the library weekly. They have a rack of books that have been pulled from the shelf that are only around .50 cents each. Marshalls and TJ Maxx have great prices on books. Apply for a library card. Ask for books from family members as gifts.
  • Visit Barnes and Noble.
  • Always allow time for reading (before school, before bed, and weekends).


It's never too early to instill the joy of reading a good book.

Yes, sometimes I end up making fart sounds or discussing boogers because those are the books that currently interest him (my 7-year-old). Or do I just think this is normal behavior because I am surrounded by boys all day?

What are your tips for getting your children to read often? Let me know below