Friday, August 31, 2012

Wooden Spoon Trick

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I can't tell you how many times I've put water on the stove to start boiling, walk away and totally forget about it.  Several minutes later, I hear the unfortunate sound of water spilling all over the stove.  A while ago I heard that if you put a wooden spoon over your pot, the water won't boil over.  I really wanted to test this out, but to my dismay, I didn't have a wooden spoon.  I finally ended up getting some wooden spoons back in March and lo and behold it totally works!  So cool!  Sometimes a little water will drip down from the condensation that builds up on the spoon, but other than that you're mess free. Genius!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wish I'd Known: Teething

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Our first "Wish I'd Known" tip is from Carlin:
"I wish I'd known to give my baby Ibuprofen while he's teething."

Her son is currently teething.  She has been giving him tylenol and it just didn't seem to be doing the trick.  She had heard from several different people to try giving him Ibuprofen.  Well she finally tried it out, and she said he's a totally different baby!

Here's a dosage chart I found at
Make sure to consult a doctor if your child is under 6 months of age.

I've also heard good things about the teething tablets.  My daughter didn't get her first tooth until she was 15 months old and was a pretty good sport about it.  So I never had to deal with a really fussy teething baby.  I may end up using this tip with my son when he starts teething.

If you have a tip you'd like to share please send it to me using my contact form!  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mommy Moment: Streaker

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One Sunday, our family was getting ready for church.  My daughter decided to strip down to absolutely nothing, put on some of my flip flops and go on a walk.  Imagine her walking around our complex scooting along in those large flip-flops in the NUDE....if that isn't funny enough, picture my husband chasing her down while only being half dressed himself.  He was mortified, but it gave me a good laugh.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Helping Kids Adjust

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I was talking to my sister-in-law the other day and she mentioned that her first grade daughter was having a difficult time adjusting to school.  This was the first time she hasn't been in a class with her twin brother, and it was taking it's toll.  I was trying to think something simple that could help her get through her day a bit easier.  

The first thing that came to my mind was to paint a little rock and either write a message or paint a smiley face on it.  The child can put it in their pocket as a little reminder.  That way anytime they start to feel sad, frustrated or homesick they can rub their pocket and be reminded that they "can do hard things".  To make the rocks I used acrylic paint and then a small black sharpie marker.  Your child could easily make the rock themselves.
I realize that sometimes little girls wear skirts that may not have a pocket, so another idea I came up with is to have matching mommy/daughter bracelets.  That way she can have a simple reminder that her mom loves her.  You can tell your daughter, "Whenever you look at the bracelet think of me and whenever I look at the bracelet I'll think of you."  These bracelets were purchased at a Farmer's Market, but you could totally make your own matching bracelets which would be a great little activity to do with your daughter.

Sometimes it really is just the simple things that can help a child through hard times.  Try it out and let me know how it goes!

Intro to blog

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Welcome to my new blog!  For those of you who already know me, you might be wondering why I'm starting a new blog.  Well, rather than continuing my Sharing the Wealth blog, I wanted to create a blog that's more focused on "mommyhood".  When I was trying to figure out what my blog should include, I thought about what things I would want a blog to have if I only had the time to visit ONE blog.  That blog would include, crafts to do with my kids as well as a few to do on my own, recipes, parenting advice, guest posts, and a section where I could read stories and laugh.  So that's exactly what this blog is going to have.

 Now, I don't claim to be the best mom out there, in fact I'm far from it, but I'm hoping that by centering this blog around children and mothers that I can grow from it and help others along the way.  If you have any advice/tips you'd like to share or if you'd like to be one of your guest posts, please shoot me an email!