5 Things You Need To Know About…Mom De-Stressing

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, overworked and wearing way too many hats?

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There are plenty of times that I wish for a magical fairy who would go to the office for me, then come home and cheerfully tidy up the house, pay the household bills, settle disputes among the kidlets, do the grocery shopping and put dinner on the table.

Ahhhhh, if only I could plant myself on the sofa for even one evening and read a book, watch TV, or flip through my favorite magazines without having to get up a million times to either change laundry from washer to dryer, let the dog in/out, answer work emails, it would feel like such a luxury!

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How An 8 Year Old Unwinds, Playing Video Games #YOKAIWATCH Review & Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

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How do you like to unwind after a long, tough day?

I’ve got friends who listen to music, knit, write in a journal, get a mani/pedi, go to the gym or even cook.   Personally, I like to fold laundry (it’s calming, try it!) or curl up in bed and catch up on some of my favorite TV programs.

My eight-year-old son, after a long day of school, activities/sports and third-grade math homework, likes to unwind by playing video games.

You can often find him sitting intently in our living room playing various games on his Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held game system.

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Kid Lit: Bunny Books

With Easter just around the corner, this edition of Kid Lit is devoted to books about those cute cotton-tailed creatures – bunnies.

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Easter How To: Hand-Dipped Chocolate Covered PEEPS® Pops #PEEPSEASTER

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Love them or hate them, PEEPS® are one of the most iconic Easter treats ever.

PEEPS® were once simply yellow and white chick and bunny marshmallows that came in conjoined strips only at Easter time. But these cute and delightfully squishy iconic candies have been morphing and expanding beyond the Easter basket and now can be found year-round to celebrate all holidays and everyday events!

This Easter there are more than 30 varieties of PEEPS® on shelves – colorful confections ranging from bunnies to chicks and eggs in both traditional and new flavors such as sour watermelon, chocolate dipped mousse, orange delight, and party cake! I even read someplace that 1.5 billion Peeps are consumed during the Easter season, that’s certainly a lot of sweet treats!

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Tater Tot Love: A Kidfresh® Giveaway {$50 in Coupons}

THM-TaterLove-Kidfresh-TaterTotsCloseUpJust say the words “tater tots” and people get excited, both kids and grown-ups alike!

I wondered what it is about these little potato creations that have elevated them from dirty little school lunch tray secret to become beloved by the masses.

After an informal survey of friends on Facebook, I’ve come to the conclusion that tater tots are the ultimate finger food!

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5 Things You Need to Know About….Getting Rid of Boy Stink & Renuzit® Sensitive Scents Giveaway

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Snips and snails and puppy dog tails might be what little boys are made of, at least according to that old nursery rhyme. But I can guarantee that’s not how they smell. Let’s face it, boys are stinky!

All you have to do is take one step into my eight-year-old son’s room, and you’ll wrinkle your nose at the variety of odors wafting through. It’s like entering a life-sized dirty gym locker — a rancid combination of perspiration, humidity, sports equipment, dirty clothes, and sneakers. It’s a unique odor combination that can only come from a boy’s room. I’m not looking forward to when he’s a teenager because, at this rate, I’m going to need to wear a hazmat suit to enter!

Keeping the house, and especially my son’s room, smelling fresh and clean is a daily struggle. So this month’s “5 Things You Need to Know About…” is devoted to solutions that have worked for me to get rid of that “boy smell” in the house, but in particular, his bedroom!

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One Pot Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Weekends are busy for my family. We’re running around doing errands and going from one kid activity to another. By the time we get home, it’s usually late in the afternoon, and I have to start thinking about dinner. The last thing I want to do after a busy day is make an elaborate meal, but I also don’t feel like spending a fortune eating out.

Pasta is always a favorite in our house, and when a care package from the folks at Botticelli Foods showed up, I knew exactly what I’d make that next weekend after a busy day of being out and about.

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The first time I ever made a one pot pasta, it was a revelation! All you have to do is throw ingredients into one pot, and 20 minutes later you have a delicious pasta meal coated in a luscious sauce! It’s so easy to make, and the best part for me personally is that there is only one pot to clean afterwards.

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Kid Lit: Books About Friendship

This month’s Kid Lit column is dedicated to books about friendship, aimed at elementary school aged children.

Friendships aren’t always easy for adults to navigate, let alone children. For some children, friendship skills come naturally, but for others who are shy and timid, it can take a bit more practice. A great way to help children grasp the dynamics and importance of friendship is by reading books about being a good friend. Children’s books about friendship can offer powerful lessons about communicating, sharing, appreciating differences and just plain getting along.

Here are some of my favorites:

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By Linda Sarah and illustrated by Benji Davies (Henry Holt and Co.)

Birt and Etho climb up Sudden Hill and sit in cardboard boxes every day. Sometimes they’re kings, soldiers, and astronauts, but they are always big friends. When Shu, another boy with a box shows up one day, Etho welcomes him, but Birt is wary. Birt who loves the “two-by-two” rhythm that he and Etho have, becomes upset because he feels like he’s losing his friend, so he smashing the cardboard box and hides out in his house, avoiding the two boys. But what do friends do? They don’t give up, and Etho and Shu are determined to play with Birt again and make him the most amazing monster-creature box thing. Can the two friends become three?

This book is recommended for children aged 4-8 years old.

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Inexpensive Ideas To Show “I Love You” & Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Which do yvalentines-dayou think is more important in life: to love someone or to be loved by someone?

I think that most of us would agree with the poet George Eliot (who was a woman – Mary Ann Evans, but that’s another story) who said: “I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved.”

That is never more evident than on February 14, better known as Valentine’s Day, when love is in full swing!

But you don’t need to break the bank with gifts of diamonds, five-star meals or dozens of roses – though all are lovely ideas – to show someone you love them. Some of the best gifts one person can give to another involve sharing time along with a little thoughtfulness.

Here are some simple, creative and inexpensive ideas to show your loved one how much you care for them this Valentine’s Day:

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How To Create A Winter Care Package For A College Student #MeAndMyTea

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Sending a child off to college might be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences ever for a parent. Luckily I have at least a decade before I sent my oldest off. It’s a different story though for my children’s sitter. She has a daughter who is a freshman in college.

Sending her off to college in Boston last fall was tough, but I know it was even tougher the first time her daughter called her and told her she wasn’t feeling well. It took every ounce of her being not race immediately to her school and nurse her baby back to health! It’s in a mother’s nature to take care of our kids, but at some point, we have to let go and let them take care of themselves.

So to help my sitter’s daughter survive the cold and flu season, I thought I’d send her a winter care package. What college kid doesn’t love getting a care package? It’s a fun way for them to stay connected to family and friends who care about them back at home.

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