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Toddler Time: Sharing Feelings and Emotions

Introduce toddlers and little kids to emotions using a feelings chart. It'll help them express themselves better.

A month or so ago I made a fun emoji pillow project  with the hopes of it helping my littlest guy express his feeling. Well, it worked.

At first it was a toy; he'd have fun playing with it and giggle when we switch from happy to sad faces. Then he started using it to tell us how he was really feeling. After a temper tantrum, usually through tears, he'd eek out, "Me happy now," with his arms outstretched looking for a hug.

It is his way of switching gears and starting over. There's nothing wrong (in fact it's an essential part of living) with feeling bad when you've acted poorly or made mistakes, but it is not healthy to hold onto those sour emotions after their importance has dissipated. I tell my kids all the time, "be like Elsa and let it go."

Back to the little one, since he's mastered the basic emotions we thought we'd introduce him to a few more by creating a Feelings Wheel, or Circle if you're looking at the pictures. It's super easy to make and perfect for older kids to put together.
Erin Sipes
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Fresh Fruit Summertime Smoothie Pops

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Keep cool with this quick and easy frozen summer treat! With only two ingredients it's perfect for making with the kids!

Guys, it's hot outside! Thankfully the youngest is at an age when he can eat a popsicle without turning into a sticky mess so we've dubbed this the summer of the frozen pop. We're going to be sharing various freezer pop recipes over the next couple months because: 

1. They're delicious.
2. They're easy.
3. They're cold.

Erin Sipes
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Kids Craft: Fish Mobile

These are a fun kids craft to make and use to decorate your little one's bedroom! Fish Mobile

I have given serious thought to year round schooling, but when we're nearing the end of our school year I always think, "NO WAY! I need a break!" Then after a couple hours on the first day of our break I remember why I considered year-round in the first place. Because that's when my daughter starts following me around the house professing her extreme boredom. 

Guess that means it's time to bring out the craft supplies and get creative! Honestly, if feels like forever since I crafted with them, so I'm filling the calendar with projects we all want to try! 

Let the little ones get creative making fish faces and patterns for this kids craft: fish mobile.

Here's the first on the list, a wee little school of fish to hang on the wall. 

Erin Sipes
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What You Can Save by Shopping Online

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Shopping online can help make your life easier and offers a greater variety of products..

As a mother of four, a trip to Walmart, though usually necessary, can quickly turn into an all-day affair. There's the prep work (packing diaper bags, combing hair, tying shoes, etc.), then there's all the little side trips while you're in the store (to the front of the store, to the bathroom, to the back of the store, etc.), and finally there's the loading, unloading, and putting away only to realize you forgot what you went shopping for in the first place! 

Over the past year I’ve started shopping online, as a way to avoid the crowds and busyness that can bring on a migraine. During that time I’ve come to realize I’m saving myself from more than a headache! 

So what exactly does shopping online save me?  
Erin Sipes
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