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Category: Activities for Kids

The 10 Best Educational Apps For Toddlers: Guest Post

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to give you all a heads up that my most recent post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

When I first became a mom, I was dead-set on never letting my son play on my phone, tablet, or even watch much TV.  I was sure I’d be soooo good about keeping him away from screens and being a low-media mom.

That’s one of the many things I’m now totally eating my words on 🙂

Don’t get me wrong:  there’s definitely a time and a place for electronics.  My son isn’t consuming media all day long, every single day – but I’ve found that electronics can be useful tools.  And not just to give me a short breather, but also to help teach him different concepts in a new way.

How To Teach Little Kids About First Responders: Guest Post

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to let you all know my latest post on My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

I think it’s so important to teach kids about the importance of first responders in society, especially when they’re young.  Luckily, it’s easy to broach the subject with my little boy because he gets ridiculously excited whenever he hears a siren.

The other day we were at the playground and he saw a police car go past, and he clapped his hands over his mouth, gasped, and did this funny little dance.  I mean, seriously – he freaks out.  He loves them so much.

33 Creative Ways to Make Learning More Fun: Guest Post

Hey there! I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

For those who aren’t familiar, My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily for Christian homeschooling moms.  They have lots of tips and tricks to make homeschooling more doable, and encouragement for moms who are struggling.

As someone who is planning to homeschool in the future, I’m a big fan… which is why I really enjoy writing for them!

My latest post focuses on the creative things you can do with your kids as a homeschool mom.  Because you don’t have to have a lesson plan suitable for 20-30 kids, you can tailor what you want to teach to suit your kids’ interests.

3 Reasons to Study Genealogy With Your Kids: Guest Post

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

If you’re not familiar with My Joy-Filled Life, it’s a blog mainly for homeschooling families.  While we don’t yet consider ourselves a homeschooling family (simply because A is only a year old), it’s something we’re really excited about doing in the future. 

Both my husband and I love to learn, and would love to teach our son to enjoy learning just as much.

15 Random Acts of Kindness for Police: Guest Post

This past Friday, my most recent contribution to My Joy-Filled Life was published.  Yay!

My newest post was inspired by some of my friends and family.  I’ve gotten a lot of messages from them asking how they can support their local law enforcement.  They’ve said they couldn’t figure out a way to show appreciation that doesn’t come off as bribery, that officers can enjoy without worrying that the treats have been tampered with, and that they could actually get to police officers (since, as you know, they’re constantly on the move.)

50+ Ways to Incorporate Service Into Your Summer: Guest Post

As I mentioned last month, I’m a newly chosen contributor for My Joy-Filled Life!  My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily about homeschooling, but also has lots of recipes and craft ideas, as well as encouraging posts mostly aimed toward those of the Christian faith.

If you didn’t catch it, last month’s article was called When You’re In the Planting Season, where I described the similarities between my first actual planting season and the planting season happening in my life.

This month, I wanted to write about service.  I mention that a lot, but it’s because I think it’s so important.

Not only does service help those in need, but it also benefits those who serve.  Like many others, I struggle with depression sometimes. The one foolproof cure for it is to do something nice for others.

Creative and Budget-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I had a pretty riveting conversation with my toddler the other day.

“Sweetie, can you say mama?”

“Da-da!”

“Say mama.”

“DA-DA!”

“Mama!”

“…Kitty!

Needless to say, I’m pretty sure I know who’s the favorite around here (and who’s the backup… and who’s the second backup… except if he’s grumpy or poopy of course, then it’s all me :))

Free Printable Treat Bags for Police Appreciation Week

Do you know how hard it is to find individually wrapped candies that are either blue or wrapped in blue?  Way harder than I expected.  I thought I’d at least be able to find a blue raspberry candy or something.  I mean, there was something funny about Mary Jane candies – but those might make a good 4/20 gift.  I swear, police officers and stoners are equally likely to make pot jokes – just in completely different circumstances.

I really wanted to put something together as a gift for the department for Police Week, and I was hoping for something clever – but it just wasn’t happening, apparently.  So, I went with an old standby: Hershey kisses.

Free Printable Lollipop Wraps for Police Appreciation Week

Sometimes, my husband has days that just straight-up suck.

Granted, we all have those.  I have those.  But his sucky days always seem just a little suckier than my own. (How many times can I use the word “suck”?)

Seriously, though.  I might complain that our son would not. stop. throwing. tantrums. all day long, but when he gets home and has gotten into a fight with someone high on drugs or seen something he really, truly wishes he hadn’t, that pretty much takes the cake.

I can’t tell you how much I admire him (and his fellow officers) for the sacrifices they make.  I’m glad they’re willing and able to do the things I’m not.

So for police appreciation week, what better way to say thank you than with a little humor?