Get the kids moving!The kids are out of school and while you want them to go outside and play, they want to sit around inside and chill. out.
Hello, lazy days of summer.
Here's the thing: The kids may not want to be lazy; they just don't know what to do with themselves. After months of school where their every moment is scheduled out, kids sometimes lose their get-up-and-go.
Boredom is okay...until they're driving you insane with their incessant whines of, "I don't have anything to do!"
So inspire them. Kick start their summer vacation with some outdoor fun that the whole family can enjoy:
Go on a neighborhood walk. Start out with a leisurely early-morning stroll around the neighborhood. Let your kids notice the different sounds and sights at an hour where they're normally sitting in their desks at school.
Geocache in your neighborhood or a local trail. Let your kids hunt for treasure with geocaching! If you believe your area doesn't have any geocaching, think again. Check out Geocaching.com, drop in
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Get the kids moving!The kids are out of school and while you want them to go outside and play, they want to sit around inside and chill. out.Read More »from 8 Ways to Get Your Kids Moving This Summer!
And it needed an overhaul in a big way.
I cleaned out cabinets, got rid of old/expired food in the pantry, and organized art supplies in the "kids" section.
And then my favorite part of prepping the kitchen for summer: I started mapping out summer meals and breaking out the summer cooking gear. If a meal needs to be cooked, I try to make it on the outdoor grill. It keeps our kitchen clean and our home cool. But most important, it helps our family stay to the season.
How do you prepare for summer?
July 7, 2011
Do you have secret cleaning tips to make your kitchen sparkle? We recently hosted a contest to give a $100 Target gift card to the Shine user with the best kitchenRead More »from UPDATED: Home for summer!
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Moments Of Motherhood – Fri, Jun 1, 2012 4:47 PM EDT
Do you get tired making of the same, tired snacks for your kids? We do. And we know they probably get tired of eating those snacks, too. It's hard not to smirk at their subtle groans when presented with the options, "Carrots? String cheese? Sliced apples? Popchips? Ants on a log?"
So change things up this weekend. We present you with some of our favorite homemade snacks. And we think your kids will dig them.Read More »from Fun (healthy!) Snacks to Make with Your Kids This Weekend
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Moments Of Motherhood – Fri, May 25, 2012 5:06 PM EDT
You really should make snow cone cupcakes this weekend. (Or, at least, dream about them!)While Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, it's also a time to remember and pay respect to those in the military who died while serving the U.S. Sometimes the latter gets lost in flurry of backyard parties and festive celebrations that take place over the holiday weekend. How do you encourage your kids to take part in this patriotic day while also acknowledging "Yay! Summer!"?Read More »from 8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day with the Kids
Simple. We'll get you started with our list of eight ways to celebrate Memorial Day with your kids"
-Bake red, white and blue Snowcone Cupcakes. (They look tough to make but it's not as hard as you think!)
-Create patriotic chalk mural on your driveway.
-Plant red, white and blue pansies or red poppies, a symbol of fallen soldiers, in your garden.
-Make a star-spangled cake.
-Participate in local Memorial Day events.
-Play patriotic balloon volleyball!
-Have a flag tag relay.
-Make patriotic pinwheels!
How do you get your kids involved in your Memorial Day celebrations?
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What crazy pizza toppings to your kids love?I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't like pizza. When asked about pizza toppings, the requests are simple: cheese or cheese and pepperoni. Those choices definitely work when you're at a restaurant, grabbing a quick meal on the go, serving up a team dinner or feeding a group of kids at a party. But when you're making homemade pizza, it's time to push the envelope on the food front.Read More »from 5 Pizza Toppings Kids Will Devour
I admit it can be tough to convince kids to try new foods or ask them to change something about their their favorite meal. But these simple, delish and (mostly) healthy toppings just might cause them to reconsider.
Pineapple adds a tropical touch to any pizza. Normally you'll see it with ham or Canadian bacon, but we like it solo with a generous heap of monterey jack cheese. Whether you use freshly-sliced pineapple or canned pineapple, let it dry on a clean kitchen towel or in an colander before you add it to the pizza dough. Otherwise you'll have a soggy slice of 'za.
Sweet bell peppers are a good pick if
What will you do on Mother's Day?I sympathize with husbands and kids who are trying to plan the perfect Mother's Day for their respective celebrants. I'm a daughter. I help organize my mom's day with my siblings, and the pressure is high to orchestrate a blissfully wonderful day.Read More »from Who Plans Mother’s Day at Your House?
I'm also a mom to two boys. And I have no expectations for Mother's Day. Okay, I do have one expectation: a simple card that my boys make on their own. But my kids are really generous with their hugs, kisses and words of thanks every day. On Mother's Day, I really feel like I should be celebrating my kids because even in their messiest, tantrum-y, emotional moments, they are plain awesome and make me smile every single day.
So when the boys and their Dad are planning a Mother's Day celebration for me, I always make sure that they know the only thing I want -- besides the card -- is to spend the entire day with them.
Who plans Mother's Day at your house? And what are your expectations?
Share your Spring photos and any other fun,
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Moments Of Motherhood – Thu, May 3, 2012 3:53 PM EDT
Do your kids love to grab your camera and pretend their photographers? Encourage them to develop a keen eye for great shots by giving them this spring photo challenge designed especially for kids.
Share your Spring photos and any other fun, embarrassing or incredible moments that you have captured on the Moments of Motherhood Flickr Group. While you are here take part in discussions with other moms.Read More »from Kid + Camera: 6 Spring Assignments for Your Budding Photographer
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Moments Of Motherhood – Fri, Apr 20, 2012 6:32 PM EDT
Enjoy spring!We're one month into spring but the weather already feels like summer! We don't mind at all. Happy to see that April showers have moved on their merry way, we'll just take our spring celebrations outdoors. We'll add a little summer spice to it, too.Read More »from 10 Ways to Celebrate Beautiful Spring with the Kids!
Celebrate spring with your kids by adding one of these 10 activities to your weekend fun:
-Plant flowers. (Herbs and other edibles are fun for kids to grow because they can enjoy their bounty!)
-Make homemade lemonade. Let the kids host a lemonade stand!
-Have a picnic at the beach.
-Grab a blanket and some books and hit the local park for outdoor story time.
-Go for a hike.
-Have an outdoor movie night.
-S'more party, anyone?
-Take an evening stroll and listen to the birds as they end their day.
Share your Spring photos and any other fun, embarrassing or incredible moments that you have captured on the Moments of Motherhood Flickr Group. While you are here take part in discussions with other moms.
We love everything about spring, even if it brings April showers. The gorgeous flowers in bloom, the scent of fresh Jasmine flowers in the air, the sight of our kids running around the park on a bright, sunny day. (Yes, we'll also admit that we love that spring means summer is rapidly approaching.)
While you're celebrating spring, make sure you snap photos of your family enjoying the awesomeness of the season. And we have five photos you'll want to capture.
Share your Spring photos and any other fun, embarrassing or incredible moments that you have captured on the Moments of Motherhood Flickr Group. While you are here take part in discussions with other moms.Read More »from 5 Kid Photos You Must Capture This Spring
Looking for a way to add some fun to breakfast with the kids? Whip up a batch of waffles and decorate them with the silliest faces you can make. Better yet? Let the kids get their creative juices flowing and they can design their own funny waffle faces. Use all sorts of fruit and whipped cream (if you want). Turn it into a competition! Game on.
Share photos of your child and any other fun, embarrassing or incredible moments that you have captured on the Moments of Motherhood Flickr Group. While you are here take part in discussions with other moms.Read More »from What's for Breakfast? 5 Hilarious Waffle Faces