30 Days of hugs, love and challenges

Can a 30-day Challenge lead to a better you, or even a better family? When I am in the car, at the gym or cooking, I eagerly fill my ears with the most interesting Podcasts I can find. From news to history, entertainment to enrichment – if the topic interests me and the hosts are […]

Posted June 25, 2017 by Heather in Fun Stuff, Parenting / 4 Comments

Last-minute Father’s Day Gifts!

Need a Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift? Amazon Prime has you covered! Please note, these are NOT affiliate links. Father’s Day is SUNDAY! I woke up this morning with that vague¬†thought in the back of my mind, then the sudden realization that I am not prepared! The girls have not made any crafts (except those made […]

Posted June 14, 2017 by Heather in Gifts / 0 Comments

30 Day No Screen Time Challenge Update

It has been 18 days since we started the 30 Day No Screen Time Challenge… and everyone is still alive! We’ve had our ups and downs, but so far, things seem to be going well. No Screen Time Challenge Update How are the girls handling it? At first, it was difficult for both of them. […]

Posted June 6, 2017 by Heather in Fun Stuff, Parenting / 0 Comments

The ‘No Screen Time’ Challenge

The ‘No Screen Time’ Challenge

We are starting something new in our household, something that is long overdue- the no screen time challenge. I’ve pulled the plug on ALL screens – this includes the TV and the overly loved iPad. We are Day 5 into the adventure and things are starting to calm down. The whining for television is lessening, […]

Posted May 23, 2017 by Heather in Fun Stuff, Parenting / 2 Comments

This is 4…

This is 4…. I am loud I am stubborn I am joy and innocence I am magic wrapped in curiosity I still need you, even when I don’t I want you to watch me and to play with me always I want to show you my tricks and the new things I have learned I […]

Posted May 5, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 14 Comments

5 ways to entertain your children when you have to wait

5 ways to entertain your children when you have to wait Lately we’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Doctor’s Offices. From the Optometrist for my eldest to the E.N.T. for my youngest, we’ve been racking up hours in a waiting game we have no choice but to play. As the visits became […]

Posted April 21, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 2 Comments

How I am Learning to Speak so my Children Listen

Post Updated: 06/21/2017 I’m learning a new way to talk to my children…(Post updated!) There are so many times that I struggle to get my children to listen to me. Let me be honest here, when I say ‘listen’ – what I really mean, ‘do as I ask’. All too often parents label it just […]

Posted April 11, 2017 by Heather in Children, Life as a Mom, Parenting / 8 Comments

Benefits of reading aloud to children

The many benefits of reading aloud to children (This post was originally published on www.gilbertcreations.com and has been re-posted here, with changes) Parents, caretakers and educators have long known that reading aloud to children increases bonding, encourages brain growth, strengthens vocabulary and a helps foster a curiosity for the world around them. We all know […]

Posted April 2, 2017 by Heather in Children, Parenting / 8 Comments