Minecraft 101 for Moms

Minecraft 101 For Moms

Affiliate links present in this post.  This summer my six year started playing Minecraft.  My oldest has been playing it for a while, but he's never needed "help" with it like she does.  He's pretty intuitive and if he has questions he goes to YouTube to find his answers.  We have a collection of Minecraft books that he has to help him (most are pretty advanced resources), but again, that's not something she's ready for yet.  At six, she just wants to know how to play!  My son did attempt to teach me how to play once, but I was left being buried in lava and attacked by zombies (he sabotaged me).  I decided to do a little homework, we'll see who sabotages who now! I was gifted an e-course on Udemy, Minecraft For Dummies video and eBook bundle, and it was incredibly simple to follow. The first few courses walk you through some of the basics of playing Minecraft on your computer, but most of the tutorials apply for the app and game system versions also. Minecraft For Dummies ... [ Read More ]

6 Reasons Why Tweens With Braces are Just Like Toddlers!

Tweens With Braces are Like Toddlers

Tweens!  Now that my oldest is twelve we're entering stages of parenting that I've never experienced before.  Tweens are already a mess with all that puberty stuff and just as much fun as our own emotional pregnant and PMSing selves.  I have a feeling that parenting through this stuff is going to be a lot like parenting a toddler.  This week we added braces to our lives (his teeth, not mine) and it's been....hilarious!! Here's a video I took of him of the first day after getting braces....oh how quickly the joy and excitement wore off!   1. Do teething drops work for braces? I'm not one to medicate my child, but braces do hurt.  I remember them from when I was his age and they hurt for a while, and again every time you get them tightened. He only relied on the pain reliever for the first few days and I think he's finally getting use to the feeling of his braces. 2. Buy a splatter shield for all the spit!  There is so much spit coming from their mouth.  He hasn't ... [ Read More ]

Parenting Isn’t Always Easy, Neither is Marriage

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Sponsored post. Tonight I'm wiping up the tears and putting on my game face for the next seven weeks.  Last week my husband got a job offer that will require him to be out of town for the next seven weeks to train for the new position; leaving me to hold down the fort at home.  I'd like to say that I'm excited about this new job, but in reality I'm scared. His new job will require him to travel...a lot! Earlier in our marriage, I was the one who had to travel upwards of 60 days out of the year.  I look back at those years and wonder how it was so easy for him.  I don't ever remember him complaining that I had to leave, or worrying about getting our toddler off to school AND make it to work on time.  He just....managed.  Part of me really enjoyed traveling and getting to see new parts of the country; but the reality was I spent most of my time alone in airports and hotels. Right now we share most of the joys of parenting.  He's able to help get the kids to and from ... [ Read More ]

Working through mom guilt…

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It happened, my six year old told me something brutally honest this morning. "Mommy, put your phone down! You're always playing on it. Won't you play with me instead."   (silence - let that soak in)   ...I immediately set the phone down and finished helping her get ready for school.  I made a conscious effort to not pick up my phone for the rest of the morning.  I dropped the kids off at school, came home and went to work, but those words stuck with me ALL day! Am I really on my phone THAT much? Clearly, if a six year old thinks I'm on my phone too much then it's got to be true. Here's the thing though, I have made an effort for the past year to be more present in my kids lives.  Not that I'm a absent mom (absent minded maybe, but not absent), but it's so easy to focus too much effort on the wrong things.  I've made an effort to leave my phone on my desk when the kids are home from school in the afternoon, during dinner, and while they get ready for bed. ... [ Read More ]

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

Today was one of those days as a parent that I had to improvise and come up with a new plan. Late last week I had to take away some of my oldest's privileges due to some missing grades.  I took away the typical things; television, video games, electronics, etc.  The only problem with these punishments is that I'm also punished because now I have to find a way to entertain him because he's bored.  I know I'm not alone, we've all been there with our kids at different stages in their lives.  My goal today was to find that balance so that I could get some of my weekend chores done and he would not be bored. In a moment of venting I posed the following question to some of my Facebook friends, "I need a list of creative punishments that don't punish the parent! Taking away TV, computer, etc just isn't cutting it! I'm the only one that suffers." By the time I had asked this, both kids were being punished.  Don't you love it how the one child in trouble finds a way to antagonize the ... [ Read More ]

Chronicles of the Absent Minded Mom – Episode 1

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I'll be the first to admit that I have my "blonde moments" and that I can be very absent minded. If I don't set alarms and reminders for myself, I would likely forget everything.  For instance, I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me when to leave to pick up the kids from school.  Please don't laugh, it's true! Do you notice anything different on Monday? I don't pick the kids up until later because they are involved in after school activities.  Well on Monday of this week I realized that my alarm didn't go off at its regular time, so I got in the car and drove to school.  I sat in car line just like every other day, but when I got to the front of the line my kids were nowhere to be found.  Anyone want to guess why? Because it was Monday and they were in clubs and I was 45 minutes early to pick them up!  Thank goodness the teachers know me well, they giggled at my mishap and said, "we'll see you in 45 minutes!"  Off I went to grab an iced coffee and return to school ... [ Read More ]

Surviving Parenthood…..one bag of hair at a time!

Surviving Parenthood one bag of hair at a time

Parenting is hard, yo! There are no owners manuals to raising kids.  Just when I thought I was starting to grasp this parenting thing, my daughter thought it would be fun to write a new story in her childhood. It was just an ordinary day; I had left the house to go pick the kids up after school, stop off at home for a few minutes to change clothes before heading off to Girl Scouts.  We have our routine conversations on the way home.  You know, "How was your day?" and all that jazz. I had just pulled out of the school parking lot when I asked that question today.  My son started by telling me about a project he was working on.  We made it about 1-2 miles down the road when my life was changed forever!! It started with my son.  I honestly can't remember what he said, but my daughter must have handed him the bag of hair.  He asked her a few questions before I realized what was going on and he handed me the bag of hair. It was at this time that I think all the breath left my ... [ Read More ]

Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents

Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents

...and when I say parents, I really mean you - mom! At 11 years old my son has only had about 3-4 sleepovers and they've all been at our house.  I'm starting to wonder if sleepovers are still a "thing" that kids do.  Regardless, this past weekend my son convinced me that he should invite 2 of his good friends over for a sleepover. It gets better... ...he also invited the 5 year old sister of one of the boys to have a sleepover with my 5 year old daughter (they go to school together also). That's right, my son convinced me that having 5 kids in my house this weekend was a good idea!  Did I mention that I decided to go buy a car on the same day as the sleepover?  With 2 kids? By myself?  Um, yeah.... After visiting 3 car dealerships with 2 bored kids and signing the papers to my brand new Jeep Cherokee, I rushed home to a messy house to welcome 3 additional kids over for the night.  I must have still been on my "new car" high because I welcomed these kids with a huge smile ... [ Read More ]

5 Reasons Skating Rinks Need Open Bars for Parents

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We are nearing the end of the second week of school and I just survived the first school skate night of the year....barely!  I am convinced that every skating rink needs to have an open bar for the parents and taxi's waiting outside to take them home afterwards. 5 Reasons Skating Rinks Should Have Open Bars for the Parents 1. Your kid doesn't know how to skate!  It's only been 2 months since she last practiced with her friend but she was terrified because of all the big kids on the rink.  She decided to cry instead. 2. Your child's friends skate better and faster than they do!  Her little BFF just wanted to skate and had no fear.  They both had their little PVC trainers (see here if you don't know what I'm talking about), but her friend was faster than her.  She decided to stop and cry instead of catch up with her friend. 3. Big brother is skating with his friends and not little sister!  Big brother is (finally) confident with his mediocre skating abilities and is off ... [ Read More ]

Best Summer Ever!

We started this summer with a plan, I even made an official Summer Bucket List with a few things each of us wanted to do this summer.  I was looking back over my Instagram account this afternoon with my youngest and I'm so excited about how much fun we had this summer.  I'm not writing this to brag or gloat over all the cool things we've done, but rather for me to look back over the best summer ever! It's really hard for me to believe that our 10 week summer is already coming to an end.  I've been a little emotional all day thinking about it.  This was the first summer that I didn't stick my kids in summer camp most of the summer while I worked.  I decided that, as much fun as they have at camp, I really wanted to be part of their summer too.  I have an amazing boss and a flexible job that allows me to sneak away from time-to-time to make memories with my family.  I've paid for that fun by staying up past midnight many nights completing projects, but it's been so worth ... [ Read More ]