Stars and Toothbrushes

Another fun jar project that is multi-functional. Can’t wait to make with the kids!

My Crazy Blessed Life!

For the last few weeks in science my kids have been learning about our Solar System. We have studied the Sun, Moon, stars, planets, and other bodies in the Solar System. It has been a lot of fun teaching and seeing them get so excited about our Solar System! I was trying to come up with a fun craft project while we were studying stars and I was in the middle of brainstorming how to get my kids to brush their teeth long enough. I put both things together and came up with this…

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Relax Bottle/Time Out Timer

I love this idea…can’t wait to try this for my boys.

My Crazy Blessed Life!

Sooooo… I have a three-year-old little girl who is full of drama.  Probably not the only one in history, but one of my current dilemmas.  When time out time comes for bad behaviour I find myself with a little girl on the bottom step screaming, kicking walls and not able to even calm down enough to learn her lesson.  This was getting worse and worse until I told my husband, “there has to be a better way, I’m going to research this.”  So I went online and read other mom’s advice, dr’s advice, psychologist’s advice, etc.  Nothing was really working.  Finally I saw something called a mind jar.  This was a mason jar filled with water, clear gel glue and ultra fine glitter.  You shake it and the glitter settles slowly as you watch you relax.   The original ones I saw were to teach children to meditate (not my goal).  I loved…

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My Shy Guy?

My youngest son, Russell has always been my shyest. Always clingy, even around family & friends. But when it comes to the camera, he loves to make silly faces. Sometimes when I look at these photos, it’s hard to believe how shy he can be.
Do you have a shy little one? Do they like to be silly for the camera too? Share your stories in a comment below.

Have a great day!
Cheri

Mom’s Job Never Ends

When my oldest son was born I was working full time in an office. I was lucky enough to be able to work part of the time at home. My days still were very structured, I had a lot of office work with dead lines for clients that had to get done. I only had the one baby, so it was fairly easy to keep up with the house and work. Fast forward 11 years, I now have a 3, 5 & 11 year old and have been home with the kids since the 5 year old was born.
Being a stay at home mom, definitely makes for some interesting days.
 
I love being able to be home for my kids, I am definitely grateful for that. I do find it much harder to constantly keep up with household things, like laundry and dishes. I always thought it would be easier to do that, but with kids home during the day there are more dishes & more laundry from cleaning up spills or toddler accidents.
No matter whether you are a stay at home mom or work outside the home, a mother’s job never ends.
I’d love to hear your stories. Are you a stay at home mom? Are you a working outside the home mom? What have your experiences been?
Have a good night!
~Cheri


First Pitch at Lowell Spinners

This summer we attended a Lowell Spinners baseball game with members of our church. My 5 year old son, Ryan, got the privilege of throwing out one of the first pitches of the game.

This photo was taken by the photographers at the game! I love how it shows him having thrown the ball, the ball in mid-air and you can see his name on the big screen to the left of him. A very cool photo shot!

The kids all had a blast at the game. Characters from Star Wars were in attendance and took pics with the kids. My 11 year old son, Nathan, was done on the field with Ryan & I at the beginning of the game to get autographs from the Lowell Spinners players. They are all great with the kids and very accommodating. They also had the Mystery Machine driving around, throwing out shirts to the crowd.

What a fun day, with great activities – and a memorable first pitch opportunity for Ryan!

Have you been to a Spinners game or other sporting event with the kids? What types of sporting events have you enjoyed? Did they have fun activities for the kids throughout the event?

I look forward to hearing your stories,
~Cheri

Puddle or Leaf Pile?

Which is better to jump in: a leaf pile or a puddle?
 
For me it would depend on the weather. During a warm rain it is definitely a lot of fun to run around with the kids and splash in the puddles. Living in New England, I love the variety of the seasons! What better way to celebrate a beautiful Autumn day then jumping in a great big pile of leaves.
Definitely hard to choose! Which do you prefer?
Have a great night!
~Cheri

Apple Picking!

One of my favorite fall family activities is apple picking! This year we went twice, once early on in the season at the beginning of September and then again today. Today was even better because it was FREE!

Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA had such a great crop this year that they opened up their apple orchard for FREE picking today (11/2) and tomorrow (11/3) from 9-4.

What a great way to give back to their customers and community!

If you live in the area and are available tomorrow, bring your own bag and go get yourselves some apples. Just in time to start prepping and freezing pies and apple dishes for the upcoming holidays.

Have you been to Smolak Farms? Where do you like to go apple picking? What types of fall activities do you and your family enjoy?

Have a great night!
~Cheri

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