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February 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Quick Tips to Lose the Mommy Weight

photoAre you dealing with losing that last 10-15 lbs that you gained while you were pregnant? Here are some tips your can use to help lose the mommy weight.

Portion Size – Think about the actual portions of food you are eating. Make sure the plate you are filling has the correct proportions according to the food pyramid plate. Also, while you are filling that plate be sure to look at the size of the plate you are using. A regular dinner plate is a lot bigger than what you should be using. I like to use a salad plate because it looks like it is overflowing when I fill it up.

Snacks – One of my biggest downfalls is snacking throughout the day. Part of the downfall is the portion of the snack I am eating. Do you ever eat your child’s snacks and end up eating a lot more than you should? Think about pre-bagging your snack selections. Always have a snack in your purse or diaper bag to grab on the go when you are hungry.

Breakfast – You’ve heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. This is so true! It starts your day off right and sets your hunger for the rest of the day.

Water – Drinking water will help curb your appetite. While you are eating be sure to sip some water between your bites. This will help you feel fuller faster!

Exercise –  Exercise isn’t easy when you are a mom, especially a new one.  Try to get some exercise in while you are going about your day. Check out this Pinterest board for ways to exercise with baby.

Planning – If you schedule your meals, snacks and exercise then you have less decisions that are made with your stomach instead of your head. Also, try to eat at the table when you are hungry. Distracted eating makes you eat more than you planned on or need to!

Hope these tips help you to lose that last chunk of baby weight! What are some of your tried and true ways to shed the pounds?

 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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November 11th, 2013 at 9:04 am

Everyday Ideas for Baby Play

9-2-05 LaundryWe all know that one of the most important jobs of a baby is to PLAY! It helps them to learn about their world and is crucial for their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. I know that I overthought play as a young mother. I would feel overwhelmed by all the toys sold for young children, spending time trying to play with them while doing “learning activities” and never wanted them to do anything messy.

But, that is what play is all about. The child exploring and touching things, especially messy ones.

Here are some great activities to build play into your day…

In the kitchen: Use wooden spoons, bowls, and other items to play with. These are great to bang together, stack, and show off shapes and colors.

In the bathtub or even a sink: Bring the bubbles inside. Not only do babies love to interact with bubbles, it helps them to develop good visual skills. In the winter, bring some snow in the tub. This is a safe and warmer way to play with snow without having to bundle them up so much they can’t move. Turn your hair dryer on them for a quick second while you are drying your hair.

In the basement: Get out those boxes you are saving. The imagination runs wild when a simple box is produced. This is a great toy for babies, toddlers, and older kids alike.

While your cleaning: When my oldest was little he loved the vacuum cleaner. Bring it out to vacuum and have your little one watch. Press one of the hoses near them to show them what it does. Put your child in the laundry basket while your folding or putting away the laundry. Wouldn’t you love to lay in a warm pile of clean clothes?

In the bedroom: Do some tummy time or fun stories or songs while laying or bouncing gently on the bed.

All over the house: I know I am always thinking about stuff, so when my kids were little I just thought out loud. The best part about babies is that they always agree and interrupt. A conversation can go a long way!

Incorporate play and communication into your day and your baby will have a grand old time!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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November 8th, 2013 at 9:31 am

Keeping Track of the Things Kids Say

blue-quotesDo you ever have times like this?

Ian tells Connor this morning – Halloween is over and next is Christmas! That’s when we get all the gifts we order from Santa!

Kids say some great things when they are growing up. How do you keep track of all the great things? I wanted to share some wonderful ideas you can use so these moments are preserved forever!

Use a good old fashioned journal. Make one for each kid and keep track of all the hilarious things they say. Or better yet, the inspirational things your child says. Read through these every so often and relive the memories.

Facebook it! A favorite choice of mine. A great way to share your child’s wit with family and friends so everyone can have a smile brought to their face.

Twitter it! Set up a private twitter account to share the musings in 140 characters or less.

Set up a chalkboard or dry erase board. This makes it easy to jot it down quickly … where everyone in the family can see it.

Frame it! Add the quote to a black and white photograph and hang it on the wall. You can make a fun wall of quotes for visitors to enjoy.

Make it unto art! Fill the walls of your house by painting or stenciling famous family sayings. Use some old wood or some canvas to make it unique. You could even make a canvas like these.

Use technology. Jot it down in Evernote or use the app Kid quoter.

Make a quote book filled with quotes and photos like this one.

Blog it! I blogged about one of my kids funny moments here.

I’ll leave you with another fun quote from the past…

 I was just explaining what a charity was to Ian- I said “They buy stuff for poor people” Ian says “You mean US?”

How do you keep track of your children’s funny quotes?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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November 4th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Keeping Kids Occupied with File Folder Games

file-folder-gamesEver been waiting in the doctor’s office and wishing that you had a quiet toy or activity for your child to play with. A lot of us resort to our smartphone, but that isn’t always an option. File folder games can be played quietly and are a fun way to introduce educational activities. You can make these your own by coloring, laminating, and using magnets, velcro or anything you have to make the pieces stick. They are great to use on road trips, while waiting in the doctor’s offices, in church, and they easily fit on a shelf.

Grab a box of file folders to get started! You just need to find a fun printable and assemble. Make each game to your child’s personality. If they like trucks, make a game of counting trucks, another with names of trucks and the alphabet, and another with matching colors of trucks. These are great games to keep your child occupied without them even knowing they are learning.

In my picture, I made a matching file folder game. I used leftover valentine cards and glued them to the file folder. I laminated both the folder and the individual matching cards. The cards are stored in a pocket on the front of the file folder. It provides loads of fun, especially because it has some of the kids’ favorite characters.

There is a great tutorial on how to make them here and  some great printable games that I have found for you:

Preschool File Folder Games – included in this collection are colors, numbers, science, memory and alphabet games

20 Easy to Make File Folder Games

Caterpillar File Folder Game

Counting Template – add shapes of your toddlers favorite things cut in a bag attached to one side of the folder. Have them count the items by putting them in the boxes.

Worms in my Apple Game – encourages lacing and counting

Home or School Game – identifying where certain items belong

Shape Town

Printable Preschool File Folder Games

Fun Games

File Folder Games to Purchase

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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August 26th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Online Mom Resources

As a blogger, I have an obsession with sites on the internet. From deals to decorating, and cooking to party planning, I wanted to share some of my favorite Mom Resources found online.

Money Saving Mom - this site is amazing for deals. You can subscribe to certain store deal newsletters weekly so you get the greatest coupon deals for your stores.

Weelicious - a great site for “kid-friendly” meals that are also healthy. There are some great recipes on here.

Tip Junkie - One of my favorite places to go for party ideas, crafts, and other tips. I use this site all the time!

Babycenter - I found this site when my youngest was born. Information regarding children, pregnancy, and all things mom!

The Bump - A sister site to “The Knot” is a great pregnancy site.

She-Knows – A site covering everything from makeup to home decor.

Organizing Junkie - Lots of organizing ideas along with printables.

Modern Mom  – A magazine like site covering all things mom.

Babble- A site for  parents containing advice, recipes, news and resources.

Pinterest - My favorite site that highlights things from all sites above and more. A great way to look for ideas.

What are some of your favorite sites?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 8th, 2013 at 10:10 am

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner…a day completely dedicated to celebrating amazing moms (like you)! It’s a day to feel appreciated for the hard work you put in day in and day out. Let’s not forget that moms have moms too! Whether you’re looking for a nice DIY gift for your mother, or you’re helping your kids make something to show you how much they love you, here are some great gift ideas.

I’m a big fan of gift baskets because they can fit any budget and can be personalized. Here are some gift basket ideas for different types of moms:

Green Thumb Basket

Seed packets or bulb bags, a small bag of potting soil, plant food, a garden trowel, gardening gloves, etc. placed in either a large watering can or a basket that can double as a gardening tool holder or planter.

Spa Mama Basket

Scented candles, bath balls or salts, shower gel, lotion, eye mask, spa pillow, scrub brush or loofa, soft socks, and a CD of soothing songs in a nice wicker basket that can be used for holding bath items.

Movie Critic Basket

DVDs or Blu-rays, different types of candy, and a gift certificate for 2 tickets to the local movie theater packed into a microwavable bucket of popcorn.

Sweet Tooth Basket

A variety of candy, cookies, and other sweets. You can buy them yourself or you can make delicious items such as chocolate covered pretzels, yogurt-dipped raisins, chocolate chip cookies, etc.

Yoga Basket

A yoga mat, yoga DVDs, and a water bottle. You can add extras such as a hand towel, a gift certificate for local yoga classes or yoga attire, etc.

Culinary Creations Basket

Cookbook, set of wooden cooking utensils, measuring cups, measuring spoons, a bag of special pasta, and a jar of pasta sauce. You can personalize this to a baker by changing out the pasta and sauce for a bag of chocolate chips and a cookie mix, and including baking spatulas instead of the wooden utensils.

What are you giving YOUR mom this year?

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April 29th, 2013 at 5:00 am

What I Have Learned from my Children

As I approach my eighth Mothers Day I want to share some things I have learned along the way. There are so many little lessons that your children teach you as they grow. They aren’t the only ones growing up, you are too…

Sleep when the baby sleeps, especially with your first. When you have two you will just have to learn to survive without sleep.

I can’t wear the color white anymore. Actually, the darker the better! Plus, my body will become a human tissue for chocolate, runny noses and dirty little hands!

You will lose it sometimes. They will test your patience to no end. It’s these times that I’m not proud, but I know my children forgive me on these rare occasions, although the neighbors probably think I’m nuts!

Food cures all ills. A warm meal of their favorite comfort foods will create lifetime memories of family meals. And every once in awhile it is OK to indulge them with some treats. A bag of snack mix, homemade cookies, or even a simple Tootsie Roll can help always. Plus, a lot of the time this can help mommy too!

Smile! Your children watch and react to your emotions; send them the good ones!

Sometimes you will do things just to get through the day. This may be giving in to tantrums or letting them have something they probably shouldn’t. There will be those days that will be long and hard and you just need to make it through them!

My car will always contain hand wipes, kleenex and a garbage can. This one goes along with eating in the car; you just shouldn’t eat certain things. It’s amazing how my youngest took a bowl of frozen yogurt and managed to get it all over himself and the seat he was sitting in. I knew better!

You should never trust your child when he is ill and it is the middle of the night. I learned this lesson recently when my son was going to throw up. I took him in the bathroom and told him to throw up in the toilet. He was to out of it to lift the lid, so you can just imagine the mess that was there.

Murphy’s Law LOVES children. When you need to be on time… all heck breaks loose. When your children need to stay clean, they will ultimately get dirty.

Hugs always cure the bad times. They come second to food and work almost as well!

Your house will always be dirty. Wether it be baby toys, soccer shoes, or legos filling the corners. The house you kept before you had children will never be the same. If it is, you need to stop and spend more time with your kids.

Your toddler can operate technology better then you. Go to them with a question, they can help you better than anyone else.

Even though it feels as if certain stages are taking forever, you will look back and wonder how the time went so fast and how your kids grew up right before you eyes.

The biggest lesson I have learned is that I never could love someone as much as my children.

What have you learned from your children?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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April 12th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Guilty Pleasures

Recently, I watched the Glee episode on the musical Guilty Pleasures. I started thinking about my personal guilty pleasures. I regularly talk about taking time for yourself on my posts, and your guilty pleasures are a great way to think about yourself. Treating yourself with these things can lift your mood and release your stress.

I’m sharing some of my guilty pleasures so you can start thinking about the possibilities!

Flowers – I love flowers. I the spring you will find me wandering around the Garden Center just looking at all the possibilities!

Reality Television – I am definitely a reality junkie! Whether it be the Real Housewives series, a cooking competition show, or pretty much any reality show, it’s on my DVR list. These definitely make my husband roll his eyes.

Hot Fudge Sundae – Just writing about this has me drooling. Some vanilla custard covered with Hot Fudge trailing down, YUMMO!

Sleeping in – I used to love mornings! As my kids get older I covet these. On the weekends when they are quietly playing downstairs, you’ll find me laying in bed trying to fall back asleep or laying in bed playing on my iPhone.

Office Supplies – I truly think I have an office supply obsession.  There is nothing better than a new notebook and a nice pen or a freshly sharpened pencil.

80′s Movies – Wasting time watching pretty much anything with Molly Ringwald or Meg Ryan in it just makes me happy!

Yoga Pants  You’ll find me in my yoga pants anytime I am at home and even sometimes while I am in the drive thru at school picking up my son. They are so soft and heavenly!

Playlist –  This is littered with Madonna, ABBA, the Wicked Soundtrack and old school rap music. Thrown in there is my favorite classical composer Vivaldi. Weird… I know!

Tote Bags –  Another small obsession… you can never have enough!

iPhone/ipad – I can never get enough time with these…

So, here are some of my indulgences. What are your’s?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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April 1st, 2013 at 5:00 am

Favorite Me Time Indulgences

Time for just me? What is that… in between the diaper changing, house cleaning, working, and everything else I have to keep under control how could I possibly have time for ME?

It’s hard to put yourself first and take some time to yourself, but it is absolutely necessary to be a good mom. I’ve talked in the past about having a Mom’s Night Out , but what if you can’t organize a group of friends or only have 1/2 hour to yourself? I wanted to share some  At-Home Me time that you can work into your day! You may be already having some Me Time, but just not realize it.

The most important part is that you are going for quality time with yourself. Time when you are alone. This might be after everyone is in bed. That was always my mom’s favorite time. She loved to stay up late. For others it is early morning, before everyone gets up. A good way to start the day! I myself love the late mornings. Everyone is gone at school and I try to block a little time to do something I enjoy before the craziness starts again after pre-school ends.

Some easy ways to have some time to yourself can involve some of our favorite sites:

Peruse Pinterest, sort your boards, or just look back over some of the older pins you had made.

Play Facebook games or download some fun apps for your phone or tablet.

Catch up on a new show. Recently I got hooked on Downton Abbey, so I took a little more me time to catch up on all three seasons.

Read a good book.

Exercise. Wether it be a walk outside, on the treadmill or an exercise tape. This is a great way to take some time while benefiting yourself.

Spend some time doing your favorite hobby.

Give yourself a pedicure or manicure.

Enjoy a good cup of coffee or treat. I like to grab a coffee or cupcake from one of the local shops in town. I bring it home and enjoy it in silence. You can actually savor each sip or bite… it’s well worth all the calories!

Having a hard time carving 20 minutes out for yourself? Try these tricks:

Spend a little extra time in the bathroom reading the ending of that great book or playing some games on your phone.

After that routine doctor’s appointment, take some extra time to sit in the parking lot and just listen to the radio, run through the coffee shop or even park somewhere and read your book.

Just take some time to relax, have fun, rejuvenate and re-charge. If Mom isn’t happy, nobody is, right?

What are some of your favorite Me Time ideas?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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March 29th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Stop Judging Other Moms

We’ve all done it and experienced it… judging of other moms. We get the pressure of other’s questions and we put a lot of these pressures on ourselves.

It starts from the minute we become pregnant. Will we be a good mother? How can we do everything possible to not screw up our child? Then we feel the pressure from others about breastfeeding, sleeping arrangements and even what kind of toys to buy or colors to paint the child’s room.

Once the baby comes, you feel the pressure of not loving every minute of it or moments that you may question why you even decided to have children. Other moms start to ask questions about things you are doing or not doing. We feel like we have to defend each decision we have made for how we are raising our child.

When I had my first son, I tried to breastfeed. I was exhausted, was recovering from a cesarean and it wasn’t working. My son was constantly hungry and never seemed to get enough, so we started formula feeding along with pumping. Every time I had to feed my child in public or around friends I felt ashamed because of the judgements of other moms. (and now I am feeling like so many of you are judging me, even though my children are little boys)

Now I feel the pressure of grades, behavior, sporting abilities, reading skills, and other talents. It truly never goes away. We put enough pressure on ourselves, so why do we feel, as moms, we need to put pressures on other moms. I’ve given the looks and asked the questions. I’ve put pressures on other moms without even knowing it. I have even heard that because I help at school so much other moms feel pressured to be like me. It’s hard.

So here is my challenge – Let’s try our best to not judge other moms. Let’s uplift each other.

When a toddler is having a tantrum in the store… go up to the mom and say “I’ve been there, it isn’t fun.”

If you are talking with a mom about breastfeeding and she has formula say, “Isn’t it great that we can give nourishment to our children.”

A good mom is one that is at her best for her children. Kind words only help a mom be at her best and the pressures of doing everything right lessons. I’ll be taking up this challenge along with you all.

When it comes to parenting, how have you felt judged or how how have you judged others?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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