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August 1st, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Displaying Medals and Trophies


With two boys who are actively involved in sports, we have to anticipate that sooner or later, medals and trophies will be won and the kids will be eager to display them. My son recently earned his first medal in a soccer tournament, and I wanted to find a fun way to display it so he can remember his accomplishments.

I took a regular towel bar found at your local hardware or department store and attached it to the wall. Then, I looped the medal over it so it hangs nicely. A quick and easy way to display! As you can see, I have displayed his trophies on a shelf underneath as well. I think I might even add some type of quote or word art about hard work or success to finish it off!

It’s important to remind your kids that with some hard work they can accomplish so much!

How do you organized/display your kids’ trophies?


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April 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Outfit of the Week


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This outfit of the week is a cool 3-piece set from our infant/toddler boys line. We know that every child has a variety of interests, so having the ability to mix and match their clothes and choose outfits that fit their mood is great for self esteem! The ribbed waist cargo shorts are comfortable and durable, with pockets for carrying all sorts of things! When they’re feeling edgy, the “loud rock” guitar tee with striped sleeves is the way to go. When they’re feeling sporty, the casual blue henley tee with soccer graphic works perfectly!

You can find this set at your local Walmart and on!

Garanimals Infant/Toddler Boys 3-Piece Tee and Short 

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March 19th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Outfit of the Week


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If you have a little monster crawling around your house, you know that they need comfy clothes that are soft and flexible because they’re always on the go! This three-piece set features a breathable cotton athletic pant in navy with white side striping. Pair it with the adorable creeper with colorful little monster graphics, or the bright and bold orange athletic tee with sports graphics. Three pieces, two outfits…you can’t go wrong!

You can find these items in Walmart stores and on!

Garanimals Newborn Boys 3-Piece Creeper and Pant Set


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February 5th, 2014 at 10:43 am

Outfit of the Week


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Straight out of our spring line, this three-piece set for newborn boys is the perfect combination of athletic and fun!  The athletic pants are breathable and comfortable, perfect for babies who are crawling and just learning to walk. The grey color compliments the two awesome shades of green in the shirts. Stick with the athletic theme by pairing the pants with the sporty tee featuring striping on the arms and a football bulldog graphic. Or, you can go casual cute with the robot “Dancing Machine” creeper. You can’t go wrong with this set…three pieces for under $12!

This set is available in Walmart stores and on now!

Newborn Boys 3-piece Creeper and Pant Set


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July 16th, 2012 at 5:00 am

It’s Not Whether they Win or Lose, its How they Play the Game!

This past weekend the soccer season came to an end for our family. After 10 weeks of practices and games it came down to this weekend,  the annual Soccer Saturday tournament. All teams started fresh and could go all the way to win a medal. This is our third year in the tournament, but it was different this time.

Both boys were in the tournament and several of their games were at the same time which meant my husband and I splitting up to cover various ends of the park. My younger son, Connor, is in the lowest age range  that plays two games just to be part of the action.  They don’t count wins and loses, just play to play. His favorite part of the day was getting his hair colored.

My older son, Ian, was playing in the actual tournament for a medal, which brings me to the next difference.  Ian was playing to win, so he could advance. This meant it was much more intense this year. In previous years he played in the age range that Connor was in. Ian also had to play several more games than in previous years if he advanced.

As a parent, I think I felt the pressure more than my son. After a season of tremendous improvement and teamwork I wanted them go all the way. But, I learned a huge lesson from watching the grace with which my son handled it all. He never had nerves, unlike myself who had a sour stomach the whole day. I loved to watch him smile just from having fun with friends playing soccer. His confidence was overwhelming; he knew his team would do their best and what would be, would be.

The most amazing part was watching him during one of the games when he got hurt. A boy kicked a ball and it came flying at his forehead pretty hard. It hit him and he was in shock, so the ref told him to sit down, which causes an injury timeout. He started crying as the coach helped him off the field and I was worried if he was okay. He sat on the sideline holding a cold juice box to his head. I watched him and saw him cheering for his other team members after a while and knew he was okay. After the game I asked him if it really hurt and was that why he was crying. His response, “No, I was sad that they had to take me out of the game.” He truly loves soccer and playing with his friends.

It reminded me that it truly isn’t wether they win or lose……it’s how they play the game!

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


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June 18th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Getting Kid’s Involved in Sports

One thing I have learned as a Mom to two boys is that sports WAS going to be part of my life. I think they were playing with balls since they were little. I didn’t realize it would start so early and all the intricacies that would be involved in managing that part of our lives.

Sports help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn to play as a member of a team, learn to play fair, and improve self-esteem. As a parent, I think it is important for me to help my children develop good sportsmanship. I saw this sign posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and it rang so true to me.

Sports are so much fun and you truly can get caught up in a great soccer game, but you always need to remember that what you shout really can affect the children.

This past week, I really found how self-esteem can alter how a child will perceive a sport. My son mentioned this spring that he wanted to take Golf lessons. I thought this was a great idea. Whenever my children want to try something new I am all for it; although they are reminded that our families rule is that once you start something new you have to see it through at least one season or end of lessons.

Last week was his first lesson. He was so excited and so was his dad, except his dad was out of town so the lessons were left to me. The lessons we signed up for involved parent help, but the catch was I have NEVER played golf, nor even stepped foot on a golf course. Once I got there I found out I would be driving a golf cart and helping him to do his stroke after the pro gave instruction. I had NO self-esteem for this and that translated to my son. I found him to give up easier and get more frustrated. It truly was a lesson for me in self-esteem; once I relaxed he seemed to have more fun. From now on, his Dad or Grandpa will be taking him to golf lessons since I am more of a hindrance than a help.

I think good sportsmanship can go right in hand with self-esteem in sports. It is important to provide emotional support and positive feedback to your children while having realistic expectations and supporting your child’s involvement by attending some of their events. It is also a good way for your child to learn how to handle disappointment and losing.

It is important to find sports that your child is interested in. We all think of baseball, football, soccer, and basketball for our kids, but have you considered swimming, bowling,karate, golf, tennis, or even frisbee golf as other alternatives? Different personalities work for different sporting events and your child can find a lifelong love of a non-traditional sport. Experiment and expose him to different ones.

“People always think kids’ sports are about fun. The kids have fun playing, but that’s not why they play. The real reason they play is to find out about who they are…It’s a vehicle for self-discovery.”

 – Paul Clements

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

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February 1st, 2012 at 5:00 am

Puppy Bowl VIII

The excitement is mounting. In just four days, the most highly anticipated game of the entire bowl season will finally be here—so stock up on your favorite munchies, pour yourself a cold one and gather the family around the television for Puppy Bowl VIII. Kickoff begins Sunday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m. ET on Animal Planet.

The tongue-in-cheek Superbowl “alternative” puts a bunch of puppies on a fake football field, as they attempt to score touch downs by carrying a chew-toy football across a goal line. There’s a lot of sports lingo and high-level cuteness involved. This year’s bowl will be officiated by rookie ref, actor and television host Dan Schachner, who will be responsible for such calls as unpuppylike behavior and timeouts to refill the water bowls.

Spoiler alert: the Puppy Bowl is not a live show. It’s filmed over several days and some shows have used as many as 60 puppies during filming. Don’t worry, it’s all carefully monitored by an on-set veterinarian and representatives from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

If you’re more into felines than canines, wait for the Halftime Kitten Show. The show also features piggy cheerleaders and hamsters in a blimp.

Puppy Bowl animals are supplied by a variety of animal shelters and most are up for adoption. The serious message behind all that fluffy cuteness is the importance of adopting shelter pets. Animal Planet offers a preview of the “starting lineup” for the 2012 Bowl, as well as some tips and resources for adopting a pet.

In my world, there are two kinds of people: pro football fans and college football fans; puppy people and baby people. I’m all about the Big 10, so the Super Bowl means nothing to me; and when walking down the street, I go for the baby carriage every time. Apparently, though, I’m missing out on a whole lot of adorable. Last year, more than 9 million people watched the stars of the Puppy Bowl cavorting on the astroturf, and all signs are that this year’s show will be at least as successful.

“I love the Puppy Bowl,” said my good friend and puppy fanatic. “It’s my favorite show of the year. I can’t wait.” Guess I’ll have to tune in to see for myself. Fair warning to my family, though: absolutely no more puppies in this house, no matter how cute they are. Unless, of course, they make the Michigan starting lineup. Then all bets are off.

Related Picture Books

Puppy Bowl Yearbook and Sticker Activity Book
Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Susan Meyers

Susan Bearman also writes at Two Kinds of PeopleMike&Ollie: 24-weekers Who Beat the Odds and The Animal Store Blogas well as being a regular contributor to The Chicago Moms and Technorati.

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April 11th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Planning for Summer

Even though I am ecstatic for warmer whether, I am having a hard time believing that summer is just a few months away!

This time of year starts the endless papers and books offering lessons, classes, and sports activities for your children. Most of these activities are on a first come, first serve basis so you need to sign up as soon as the window opens to get your pick of time and activity.

This is the first year that both boys can be involved in some things and I just don’t feel as prepared with signing them up. Every year I debate how much is too much. We still want time to just be in summer.

Last year we were involved in soccer, swimming lessons for both, playground time throughout the summer and week long sports interest, safety, science and vacation bible school programs. I kept afternoons open since we still took naps and we did some other activities in the evening. If I remember right, it was a little crazy so I want to take a step back.

It’s all about finding that balance. This year we are more able to take short day trips, bike rides, hikes, and trips to the pool or beach. The boys are more self sufficient so I want to be able to do this with them. Plus we can do trips with friends also.

When choosing activities I look at my sons interests coupled with things I may want to expose them too. This summer we will be doing soccer for sure, most likely some swimming lessons along with vacation bible school and a safety program put on by the local police department. My youngest will probably try some “wee” activities at our local YMCA, also.

So, this week will be about filling out class paperwork for the activities we do sign up for and getting our summer schedule organized, but that does mean that warmer weather and lots of fun are just around the corner.

How do you balance your summer activities?

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




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