Category Archives: Preschool

Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars

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Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

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Writer Road Trip: Ever Wonder What My Typical Day Looks Like?

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Writer Road TripFor the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.

6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.

7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.

7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)

7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.

8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)

8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.

8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.

8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.

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Not All Play-dates are Created Equal

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I was actually shocked by their [short-lasting] bravery

We’ve lived in our new home (I swear I’m going to blog about this more specifically soon) just under 3 weeks now. We didn’t have a ton of friends at our old house but we did have some local themed Facebook groups that gave us ideas for places to go.

Conversing with other moms while keeping an eye on my running-in-opposite-direction-twins is near impossible so most of our play-dates include me smiling politely at the other moms while their kids play nicely and my kids running in every direction like they’ve never left the house. We also have the fun dynamic of twin-dom which is like having a super secret club only identical look-a-likes can join. “You didn’t come from my mommy’s uterus, you can’t play with me,” seems to be their mantra.

Nonetheless I continue making the effort because one day they will in fact need to socialize with someone other than me or each other. I found a group of local moms on Meetup.com. I really like this website because it’s not on Facebook and because it has an app. It’s a nice size group that is monitored for trolls and active participation and the moms seem very friendly and like-minded. Read the rest of this entry

Guest Post: Effective Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Self Esteem

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by Erika Schmidt

SelfEsteemI can’t” is a statement that signals low self-esteem. If you happen to hear this coming from your child’s mouth, it is a sign that he might have low self-confidence.

This is not just a minor issue. It is something that, if not corrected, may lead to the child’s inability to do what he is potentially capable of doing.

As a parent, it is our duty to give our child a self-esteem boost, especially if he or she is not quite confident at school. Here are four effective ways to enhance your child’s self-esteem. Read the rest of this entry

Twilight Run: A Family Running Event

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Our Happy Runner Family

Our Happy Runner Family

This past Spring, on May 17th, I completed my second 10k run. This one was a local event and featured runners of all different fitness levels AND it was held at night. I was a little skeptical about having enough energy in the evening but having the cooler temperatures and better shaded patches was wonderful. Princess Daddy also ran the 10k, also his second. My official time was 1:18:27. My average pace was 12:38 min/mil. This was 10 seconds faster than my average pace for my first 10k. Score! Princess Daddy also CRUSHED his personal record. I can’t recall his exact stats but he took off a good 10 minutes if I remember correctly.

At the last-minute, on the Friday before the race, Orange voiced that she really wanted to run as well. She had started to do a lot of running with us and she is a strong little thing. The event hosted a 1 mile fun run complete with a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. It was the perfect first race for Orange. Read the rest of this entry

Product Review: K5 Online Learning

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Deep in Concentration

Early this year I was invited to try out an online learning program with my children. K5 Online Learning  is an after school learning tool for children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. I looked around the site myself and decided to give Orange a shot at it as she is a fast learner. She was very excited about the lessons and seemed to have a great time with the website. We played around with the games over her Christmas break and into her extended time off due to multiple snow days this year. We practiced math, spelling and reading and she really caught on and loved it. Her favorite part may have been creating her own avatar but she definitely never caught on to the fact that she was learning and not just playing a game.  Read the rest of this entry

Writer Road Trip: Therapeutic Limit Setting Part 1

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Writer Road TripLast month I compiled together some notes from a seminar I attended through Orange’s school district on Therapeutic Limit Setting. This is something we’ve started practicing in our home ever since I took the class. I am absolutely hooked. It has a very natural feel and has been correcting a lot of bad habits and unwanted behaviors while still keeping everyone happy inside the home. Is there anything better than that? The seminar was first recommended by Orange’s teacher. I have such great respect for her and this is just another reason why. This was a major game changer for us.

My notes turned into a wonderful blog post that I send over to Mumbling Mommy to publish. Mumbling Mommy features over a dozen moms that write on a variety of parenting and life experiences. There’s literally something for everyone over there so when you are finished reading my post, stay awhile and look around.  Read the rest of this entry

#TenThoughtsTuesday … I’m Baaaaccckkkk!

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Ten Thoughts Tuesday1. I may one day type up a whole post about following my dreams and why I decided to come back to WordPress instead of owning my own domain and flying free but for now, this will simply have to serve as your official notice. I’m back.

2. You can expect anywhere from 0-7 posts per week from me. Those are the kind of promises I make to readers.

3. I’ve been blogging for YEARS. I think I can officially even say a decade. Blogging is for me. It got complicated somewhere in the schpeal of trying to make money. I still doing freelance writing though. I don’t exactly count those as mutually exclusive in any way. Read the rest of this entry

National School Choice Week Family Night

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20140113-194156.jpgNational School Choice Week is coming up QUICKLY… January 26 – Feb 1. I’ve been actively sharing links on my social media pages on how everyone can get involved so be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook.

Recently, I received a complimentary kit to host a family night to help out with the initiate. The idea is that every family has the right to pick the education system that will work best for them. One size does not fit all when it comes to imparting knowledge on today’s youth. To see more about how I feel on this topic, be sure to check out my previous post, “Teaching Our Children: You Have a CHOICERead the rest of this entry

A #babywearing Journey: Looking Back at All My Carriers and Carrying Styles

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20140103-192517.jpgI have been wanting to compile this post for a long time. It’s been in my drafts for months. So much of my heart and soul is in this topic: babywearing. I will happily post how-to’s and give advice and answer any questions you may have but for this post is for me, a mom who has worn her babies (who aren’t really babies anymore at all) for nearly five years now. I get strange looks and a lot of comments but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Nothing feels better to me than having my loves so close and warm and safe. And even Princess Daddy will agree, babywearing is extremely practical and convenient.

So here it is… My story in pictures… Half a decade of babywearing: Read the rest of this entry