What kid wouldn’t want an old rowboat reading nook, or an art table made from a cupboard door, or how about a fancy armoire for their dress up clothes? Kids love creative, unique furnishings! Better yet, if you DIY these pieces, they’re super budget-friendly and super eco-friendly (it’s called ‘upcycling’). Figuring out how to take someone’s junk and turning it into your child’s treasure is definitely a skill worth learning. Today we’re sharing some totally genius DIY kid’s furniture hacks that will get your creative gears going to make your own one-in-a-million piece!
Sleep is not a luxury even for new mothers – it’s a medical necessity. As Postpartum Depression for Dummies states, chronic sleep deprivation can cause postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety as well as other mental health complications, and it’s the most ignored causal factor for postpartum depression. Read more
Your phone buzzes in your pocket, the tv is on in another room, a laptop is open on the counter, and one of your kids is playing a game on a tablet. Is that what it’s like around your house? For many people, it’s the scene from a normal modern day. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. That laptop might be open because you’re finding a new recipe that’s yummy and nutritious. The tablet game your child is playing could be a spelling challenge that’s introducing him to new words. There are so many benefits to technology, but the truth is sometimes the family needs to unplug. As in – EVERYTHING TURNED OFF. No distractions. Just the family spending time together laughing, telling stories, and creating wonderful memories. Remember the things you used to do as a kid? That’s what we’re talking about today. Here are some suggestions for how to unplug and have some good, old-fashioned family fun.
All across the country it’s that glorious time of year when you can easily eat freshly harvested food just days after it’s been picked by a local farmer. Farmers markets are not only the perfect place to support local farmers, they’re also great for teaching your kids where their food comes from (and for getting them to try new, healthy foods!). You’re spending your money helping keep a local farmer in business; you’re eating delicious, nutritious food; and you’re spending a lovely day outside with your family. What’s there not to love about that? Although it’s an awesome way to spend your day, it can be a little overwhelming if there are a lot of vendors and you’ve never done this before. So, we’ve put together some tips for how the smartest moms shop the farmers market. Keep these easy ideas in mind to make the most of your money while buying the bestest foods!
The rules of parenting are ever-changing and each generation looks to the last as slightly un-evolved. A few months back, Mommyshorts blogger Ilana Wiles asked her readers to submit childhood photos that showed how different parenting was in the 70s and 80s. What people sent her was hilarious (like, you can’t breathe because you’re laughing so hard hilarious). These photos demonstrated acts of parenting so far from what we’re used to now that it seems impossible that they were ever seen as acceptable. Today we’re sharing some of the photos that were submitted, as well as other examples we dug up from the interwebs. Enjoy these funny things our parents did that would get us arrested!