Saturday, May 23, 2020

Hey Moms, 5 Quick Tips for Maintaining Your Home


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Lately, it's been a hard time for us moms trying to handle everything. Never mind the usual responsibilities of having to cook, clean, work, and take care of our kids. Because of Pandemic, some people must work from home and also help their kids with distance learning. Trust me, when I say most of us are in the same shoes. I started consuming way too much coffee to help me get through the interminable days because, by mid-day, I'm looking for a nap. Unfortunately, things were becoming unmanageable at home and needed to get fixed. So I started making some simple changes.  Here are some ways to help you in your home.


Create a Cleaning Schedule

Select one day that you can devote a few hours of nothing else but for thorough cleaning of the home. If your children are young, pick a day that you can keep them occupied for a few hours with cartoons or even a movie. Then every day, do one room in the home, but bathrooms, dishes, and beds do daily.


Meal Planning

Try to plan out your meals for the week or even monthly. Select the meals you and your family enjoy eating. Then see what ingredients you have and don't. If you are missing something, make a list. Don't be like me plenty of times, I have forgotten to get many things from the store and had to change my meal ideas.


Plastic Bins

These containers are huge lifesavers when you have small kids. You can have one in any corner of the living room to keep your child's toys, dolls, blocks. It helps keep your living room, and their things organized. 


Keeping Control of Papers

It is easy to hoard papers. To prevent you from that is by using a small container to hold it all. Then, once a week, go through it and throw out what you don't need.


Tidy Up Every Evening

Right before you go to bed each night, do a quick walk-through of your home, and clean up anything is out of place.



Thank you for reading until next time 😊





Saturday, May 16, 2020

You Can Still Celebrate Your Child's Graduation During the Quarantine



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Around this time of year, many families are planning their child's graduation ceremonies. Unfortunately, the pandemic is still keeping schools closed. So some schools are rescheduling, canceling, or doing their graduations virtual. I know it's a hard time for anyone who has a child that supposed to graduate this year. Especially knowing and seeing how hard he or she must have worked to complete this goal in their life. Here are some tips to help you and your family celebrate this special day.



Live Ceremony

You can make a graduation ceremony for your child through Zoom with family and friends. Make it as much fun as possible and don't forget to take pictures. Could even make it as a surprise or include him or her in planning it. Also, another option is YouTube on June 6 is having a virtual "Dear Class of 2020" with the Obamas headlining. It will have commencement speeches, and music performers such as BTS, and Lady Gaga, to name a few. Then afterward, there will also be an after-party. If you're interested in is on June 6 at 1 pm PST.



Graduation Party

Pick a time and day to have a party through ZoomYou can do two different ones. Have one for your child and their friends, and one with family. And let your child decide on music and activities.



Car Parade

See who lives close by and select a time and day to have a drive-by parade. Ask them if they could decorate their cars with signs and balloons for that day. Your child can dress up in their special graduation outfit and be outside, ready to wave as the cars drive by.



Picture Time

Have your graduate wear their Cap and Gown and take pictures of him or her in unique areas of the house. Make it kind of fun for them. There are plenty of options out there to make photo books of all the photos to store them for memories. You could either get one from Shutterfly, Amazon or at any department store.




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Thursday, May 7, 2020

5 Virtual Ideas to Help Celebrate Mother's Day



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Mother's Day is in a few days. Many people are wondering how to celebrate it while practicing social distancing. At first, I was going to treat it like any other day, but that isn't right, because of my kids, they made me who I am today. Plus, with all that has been happening, it's good to try to keep some normalcy in the home. There are plenty of ways to celebrate this day without jeopardizing social distancing. Here are some helpful ideas for virtual distancing on either a laptop or tablet while using Zoom. 


Beverage Hour

You can set a time to have whatever type of drink you and your family prefer, such as coffee, tea, or wine, and socialize. It would be nice to see everyone and socialize.



Cook a meal

All the women in the family can plan a meal that you all can cook at the same time together. So everyone could eat the same meal even though they are all in their own homes.


Eat Together

Have the whole family eat at the same time together. Use this time to talk with each other and even include the children in the discussion.


Watch A Movie

You and your family can decide on a movie that everyone can watch at the same time and have a discussion about it. Be sure to have snacks such as popcorn, or chips, and some drinks. To make the experience even more enjoyable, especially if there are kids in the family.  


Pedicure and Manicure

You can also do a Mani and Pedi hour. All the women in your family can get together to talk, do their nails, and show them off to each other at the end. Also, include your daughters if you think it would be appropriate depending on their age.



Happy Mother's Day! Thanks for reading 😊 





Saturday, April 25, 2020

5 Indoor Activities to Keep Your Child Busy During the Pandemic



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Since the schools shut down, are you finding it hard to find different activities to do with your child? Nowadays, kids act like they bored easier than when we were younger. Thanks to technology being so fast-paced, it keeps us looking for more engagement all day with it. Either it's going on Social Media, gaming, texting, and watching movies or news. So I have been trying to limit their time during the day by doing other activities with them, even if it's only an hour. Here are some activities to try out with your family and enjoy some family time. 


Scavenger Hunt 


There are so many ways you can play this game with your kids. All you need is a sheet of paper and write either colors or items in it, that you must find in the home. It can be about ten to twenty items, depending on their attention span. Think of some rules like no running, cheating, and work as a team or have a competition to see who finds it all. Also, include a reward once the last item found. It can be anything you want it to be.


Have a Dance Party 


Create a playlist of all you and your family's favorite music. Put some snacks and drinks out and start having a party with them. You can also take pictures to have it as memories.


Make an Indoor Camp

Set up a tent in the living room using sheets or blankets and use chairs to hold it up. Involve your child in creating it. You can all take turns and tell each other stories.


Game of Charades



You don't need any items. No talking allowed. One person acts the thing or things out, and the other person guesses it. Set up teams if there is more than one kid.

Board Games

If you have any games, bring them out or play a different one each night with your child.



   
If you have any tips to share, please comment down below 😊








Friday, April 17, 2020

How to Help Your Kids Cope During the Pandemic?



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During this pandemic, we all had to change our lifestyles, including our children. How are your kids coping? It's understandable if your child is having a rough time. So many changes occurred so fast if you think about it. I was talking with my oldest yesterday, to see how he was feeling, and he asked how long will this last. Unfortunately, I don't have an answer to that question; I told him. It bothered me to see how all this has affected him and having to do his classes online, not being able to see his friends. I had to relearn new skills for dealing with my children during this time. Here are some tips I have found to be helpful and want to share with others.


Talk with your child

Set some time aside to talk with your child daily. It can be at any time during the day. Listen to him or her express any feelings that may bother them. Offer any advice if needed or be sympathetic to their needs.


Practice Social Distancing

Your child may want to see their friends or have their friends come to the house. Explain to him or her, that for now, we have to practice social distance. Offer him or her other alternatives to seeing their friends. If your child is old enough to use social media and has been using it already, then encourage its use. If they aren't, then there are other ways, either phone calls or install an app called Messenger Kids. It's through Facebook, and it gives you complete parental controls. Don't worry, your child will not have a profile on Facebook.


Encourage the use of a Journal

Offer your child a notebook to write their daily thoughts and feelings. It's a great way to help him or her express themselves when they aren't able to.



Please share any tips you may have in the comments 😊




Saturday, April 4, 2020

Virtual Field Trip Ideas During Self Isolation With Your Family




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The pandemic has hit many parts of the world and has caused people to change their lives around. It has been difficult for us all, especially having to stay home and only go out when it's necessary. Have you been looking for different things to do with your family? Some Museums, National Parks, Zoos, Aquariums to watch from home. You can watch any of these on desktop or mobile devices. I found these to be helpful for my family and hope the same for you and your family. There are many options to choose from, so grab some snacks and have fun.


Museums



-The Louvre

It is a museum in Paris, France. They are offering free online tours to view four of their popular exhibits. One named the Egyptian Antiquities.


-Smithsonian National Museum of National History

You can take a tour online of their few selected exhibits from the past, present, and future. It's in Washington, D.C.


-NASA


They are showing several choices of tours that you can take either on desktop, mobile, and tablets. You can even download their apps on almost any device.


-Google Arts and Culture 

It is a website that offers a listing of over 2000 museums and galleries from all over the world. They also offer a downloadable app.



Zoos



-Atlanta Zoo

A zoo in Atlanta, Georgia, shows a live panda cam. It also has a free app called Wildverse which is a virtual reality zoo that comes to you.


-San Diego Zoo

It's in San Diego, California, and has live cams, videos, games, and activities for kids.



Aquariums



-National Aquarium

In Baltimore, Maryland is offering several types of tours you can see and activities.



-Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California, is showing their animals on live cam.





Please share any tips you may have down in the comments 😊


Monday, March 30, 2020

Reading Resources for Your Child During the Coronavirus School Closures



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Children should still get exposed to reading, even though their schools closed. It helps develop their brains, social skills, imagination, and communication skills. All these are important to your child's development and success in life. Everything in life requires reading. There is no getting around it. Times have changed, and technology has advanced. Reading has become more accessible because of audibles, kindle, resources online, and YouTube. When my kids were younger, it was easier to read to them, but I regret not encouraging it more, but I have been able to get my younger one to enjoy reading by using these tips I'm about to share with you.


Amazon Audible

The company is giving all kids free access to their library of audibles while schools closed.


Vooks


There is an extensive amount of digital animated books. The stories are being read aloud and watched at the same time. They are offering a 30- day free trial period, and afterward, it's $4.99 a month.


Epic


It's an online digital library that has over 35,000 different genres of books for kids up to the age of twelve. They also have 30-day free access to all their books and pay $7.99 a month. You can use it either on a mobile device or on a desktop. The books read either in ebook, read to me, or audible. 


StoryNory


It offers a wide variety of free Audiobooks, either as podcasts or on the website for kids of all ages. They also have download features for later use.


Barnes and Noble

Are doing their Storytimes virtually  YouTube.com/BARNESANDNOBLE.




Do you have any other tips? Please share down in the comments😊








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