I hope you will join in the 30-day challenge and take a candid, no filter, shot with your kids every day and share it with us! All of the contest details are here: www.momishere.com
Day 30 – May 10, 2015
Day 29 – May 9, 2015
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If you’re reading this, I know you’re a parent, and if you’re a parent I know you’re just as crazy-busy as I am. Most of the time I find myself caught up with just keeping up! Life with little ones is not easy. Usually I can be seen with some version of large tote bag/diaper bag hanging from my neck, water bottle in one hand and half-eaten banana in the other while the girls attack the playground. Regardless of how hard it is, I know that these hectic everyday moments really do matter! Days like this are an important part of the fabric of our family life. I’ve realized that thinking like this allows me to start to feel more joy. It truly does. I am so very lucky, grateful and joyous to have my daughters. Yes, I feel stressed, I feel pressured, I feel pushed and pulled, but if I can remind myself to embrace the craziness and just step right into it, I can actually feel the joy too!
Let me be honest, it often takes a nudge from someone outside my inner circle to remind me to think like this. I forget that it’s important to insert myself into the moment. That instead of creating and fostering moments for just them, I could consciously create moments for us together. And that’s what I love so much about Sprout’s #MomIsHere initiative. It’s the nudge I needed!
Spring has sprung and seeing colorful flowers in bloom make me so happy! I happened to have plenty of tissue paper and pipe cleaners on hand, so why not make our very own bright, colorful flowers?
It’s really quite easy and there are steps that my daughter’s nimble little fingers can do as well. These flowers can be used as decorations for anything from a birthday party to a backyard BBQ. The pipe cleaners make it easy to attach them almost anywhere. I wanted to make my plain white flowers a little more cheerful for our Spring celebration so we sprayed them with a light mist of liquid watercolors. (I ordered mine here. Easy to wash off and clean up!!) If you don’t have liquid watercolor I’m sure a bit of water with a few drops of food coloring would work as well. Just be sure to use a spray bottle with a fine mist so that you don’t wet the delicate paper too much! If you do have colorful tissue paper, then have fun with layering different colors colors together. Each flower will be beautifully unique!
Step 1: Gather your supplies – 6 sheets of tissue paper per flower (cut your rectangular sheets into squares), pipe cleaners (I used green so that we could have green stems), safety scissors
Step 2: Stack the 6 sheets of tissue paper neatly and fold one side over about 1″. Turn the stack over and fold back the same width. Continue until it’s all folded up like a fan Continue reading →
Lentil soup: So nutritious, so yummy, so why not make some for dinner tonight? I grew up eating this on a regular basis and I’ll admit there was a time when I couldn’t stand it! I went through a “picky-eater” phase which was tough since lentil soup was in regular rotation in my mom’s kitchen. But then I grew up! And I realized that I really love to eat and I that I really love lentil soup! I’ve been making this soup for years now. My girls have been eating this pretty much since they could eat solid food! (pureed at first, of course!) And, believe it or not, they love it! I made it tonight and they both ate huge bowls without so much as a whine.
This recipe makes a huge batch so you’re either cooking it for a crowd or for freezing (which is what I always do!). You’ll thank me later when you have no idea what to make for dinner, didn’t have time to run to the store and/or have no desire to cook…just pop a container out of the freezer and Presto! Dinner is served!
Sopa de Lentejas
1/2 onion, diced
3-4 garlic cloves, diced
In case you missed it, Chica and I were invited to visit The Today Show to make a special announcement: Sprout has launched its “Kindest Kid Contest” again and they’re looking for submissions! (The deadline is Sept. 30) As mommy to two little ones, the topic of kindness is really important. I want my girls to know that being kind matters and any act or demonstration of kindness, big or small, counts towards making the world (even if it’s just our little corner!) a better place. It seems so obvious, even to me now as I read what I just wrote, but it’s interesting how quickly it’s forgotten. I think about the last time I saw someone coming through a door behind me, or struggling to carry packages, or attempting to merge into my lane of traffic…what did I do? I’m the first to admit that I’m far from perfect and there have been so many times where I’ve been too busy or distracted to hold that door open.
But, to be honest, now that I have those two little girls I have found myself making a conscious effort to have more patience, slow down, and pay a bit more attention. These little ones learn from my example at home. Now it’s on me to make sure that I’m showing them how to be kind to themselves, to each other, to our pet and other animals, and, of course, to our environment.
I’ve had many parents ask me what sort of “act of kindness” does their child have to do in order to enter. That’s a great question and the answer is simple: anything! To me, the point of the contest isn’t to name one winner who did some amazing deed, it’s to get a conversation going in every family about what being kind means, why it matters and how we can all be a bit more kind everyday.
So, if I were to enter Bianca, my 2 year old, into the contest I would say she was very kind yesterday. She saw a candy jar with mints at a restaurant and asked me for one. I took her to the jar, she picked one, and without hesitation and with a look of concern, she asked if she could get one for her sister too. Of course I said she could. That only satisfied her for a second! Then she asked if she could get one for me and her father too! So sweet and thoughtful. To me…that’s kindness!
Now, if I were to enter my 4 year old, Gia, I would have to say her act of kindness was when she picked up the scraps of paper from the table (after some crafty project we did) and walked to the kitchen and threw it away in the garbage. This teeny tiny act was kind in so many ways! First, kind to me! She saved me the trouble of asking her to do it or having to do it myself. Second, kind to the environment! Perhaps she doesn’t understand the importance of recycling or of not littering (because she’s only four!), but this is how and when that learning process begins.
So, as you can see, my kids aren’t out there forming non-profits or organizing fundraisers! They are doing little things here and there, like I’m sure all of your kids are doing. It’s when we shine a light on all of the kind acts – big and small – that we see what a big difference we can all make together! The deadline for submissions is coming up on Sept. 30 and I can’t wait to see what acts of kindness you’ll share with Sprout!
Hold on to your hats Sprout fans! A brand new show is launching on Sprout in 2 days! Astroblast is filled with fun (and really adorable) animals that live in outer space on a space station. In celebration of the launch of the new show, which is produced in partnership with Scholastic Media, Sprout hosted a luncheon for some wonderful moms and their Sproutlets in NYC…at the Sugar Factory, no less! Those present were lucky enough to watch a sneak preview of the show, but worry not dear reader! Check out sproutonline.com for a full episode and sneak previews. And, if you just have to see it on TV you’ll only have to wait until Saturday July 12 at 1pm EST or 8pm EST to watch on Sprout!
And, speaking of July 12….we will be broadcasting the Good Night Show LIVE from 6-9pm EST on Sprout! It’s been a while since Star and I took over the Sunshine Barn (which is where the Sunny Side Up Show lives) and I can’t wait! We have a few surprises planned, but rest assured that we won’t deviate too much from our trusted nighttime routine that gently eases our little Sproutlets to bed every night. We are just so excited for the launch of Astroblast that we felt it deserved a huge welcome!
I hope you’ll visit sprout’s website and take advantage of the printable coloring pages and really cool interactive games they’ve created to support the launch of Astroblast.
As promised, here is a list of the lovely ladies I met in Dallas and links to their websites! Thanks again for coming out to meet the Sprout crew 🙂
Jamie, Roubinek Reality
Holly, Kids Activities Blog
Autumn Rose, Mama Challenge
Lee Ann, Mommy’s Wish List
Emily, Sweet Bella Roos
Dawn, The Frugal Mom
Trista, Mommy Upgrade
Molly, Digital Mom Blog
Debra, A Frugal Friend
Jennifer A Real Posh Mom
Channa, Life as a Coaches Wife
Arena, The Nerd’s Wife
Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings