It’s not just day 1 of “distance learning,” but it’s also #nationalcrayonday so we thought it would be fun to make some art with @crayola crayons. ⁣
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This is such an easy and fun project. Just hot glue glue crayons to a canvas and melt with a blow dryer. ⁣
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐮𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲?⁣
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It’s not just day 1...

Want to know how the last two weeks have been? This about sums it up. ⁣⁣
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Need more reasons to giggle? Head to the blog for my top 20 funny parenting quotes. It’s linked in stories and my bio. ⁣
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Follow @loud_momma for more laughs. ⁣⁣
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Want to know how the...

My self-quarantine meal schedule consists of:⁣
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afternoon snack⁣
almost dinner snack⁣
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Anyone else winning at eating these days?⁣
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My self-quarantine meal schedule consists...

Being forced to stay home for the next who knows how long, is not going to stop us from celebrating the seasons and the various holidays that keep my kids looking forward to traditions like homemade baked goods and fun little crafts. And although there seems to be a huge shortage of all-purpose flour, luckily we had enough in our pantry to create these delicious baked double chocolate chip donuts with fresh banana icing for Spring or Easter! ⁣
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Recipe is linked in stories and bio. ⁣
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Being forced to stay home...

#ad This is a time of uncertainty throughout the world. As a self-employed family, we are having to make important decisions, to make sure that we are saving and spending our money wisely.⁣
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After spending this past week looking at our bills, we realized that our mobile bill is way too high. We need to be able to stay connected, but we don’t need to spend a fortune to do it. We just switched Super Dad over to @mintmobile. ⁣
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There are so many reasons to love Mint Mobile (and not just because Ryan Reynolds is the owner… yes, that Ryan Reynolds)! Mint Mobile lets you keep your number. They offer nationwide coverage and their 4G LTE runs on the nation’s fastest, most advanced networks. The company is online only so they cut out the middlemen and can pass the savings onto us! ⁣
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Their plans start from just $15/mo! 𝐏𝐥𝐮𝐬, 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝟒/𝟐𝟑, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐭 $𝟏𝟎 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐚 𝟑 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝟖𝐆𝐁 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧, 𝐩𝐥𝐮𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐓𝟏𝟏𝟎.  #mintmobile ⁣
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#ad This is a time...

Thank you so much for this incredible digital portrait, @dreamart.workshop! I’m blown away. I can’t wait to print it and hang it in Falynn’s room. ⁣
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𝐈𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠?⁣
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Thank you so much for...

Personal space? What’s that?! ⁣
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Follow @themotheroctopus for more relatable laughs. ⁣
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If you want to check out my favorite funny parenting quotes, I linked it in stories!⁣
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Also, if you are looking for free educational sites for the kids, I shared all of the ones I found this week on the blog today. You can swipe up in stories or click on the link in my bio 😉⁣
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Personal space? What’s that?! ⁣...

It’s officially only been a few days since the schools in our state closed, due to the coronavirus global pandemic. Our family has decided to self quarantine. We aren’t going anywhere aside from the occasional quick trip to the grocery store (and by quick, I mean 2 hours because that’s how long it took for Super Dad to pick up the handful of things on my list). Don’t worry though, he put on his gardening gloves (yes, gardening gloves) and stays a safe distance from others.⁣
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There are so many things I should be doing but I need structure. Otherwise, I fall off course and my house looks like a tornado went through it. So when I saw my friend Amy had created a cleaning and organizing calendar, I asked her if I could share it with all of you and she was gracious enough to agree.⁣
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𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.𝐜𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞! I’ll post the link in stories again in case you missed it!⁣
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It’s officially only been a...

I LOOOVVVEEE a good thriller that keeps you guessing. #sponsored Whether it’s a book, a tv show or a podcast, I can’t get enough, especially now that we’re spending extra time at home. ⁣
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Thanks to @grandcentralpub, I’m about to start the brand new book, The Boy from the Woods by @harlancoben! ⁣
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𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐨𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝗪𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐰 - 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧!⁣
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I LOOOVVVEEE a good thriller...

Today starts the first week of “homeschool”. ⁣
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Can I be totally honest? The idea of having to homeschool my kids terrifies me. Mostly because I don’t know if I can give them everything that they get at school. We rely so much on our teachers because they are AMAZING at what they do. We are going to try to make sure we make enough time in each day for every subject. I also want to make sure we incorporate some fun arts and crafts projects and outdoor time. ⁣
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We are grateful for the schools providing a list of online resources. I can only hope that we can keep them on the right track. ⁣
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Today starts the first week...

Explaining the Las Vegas Shooting to my Kids

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Waking up to the news that there had been yet another mass shooting saddened and shook me more than I could ever explain.  Over 500 injured and more than 50 dead in a mass shooting in Las Vegas.  What has happened to our world? As a human being, it’s frightening to realize that we aren’t safe anywhere but as a Mother, it’s even scarier trying to keep our kids free from the fear that we so rightfully feel.

It used to be that if you “kept your nose clean” (as my grandparents would say), you would stay out of harms way, but these days, we have to worry about places like the movies, concerts, clubs, malls and even school.  When I read about what happened last night in Las Vegas, I had to take a moment and mourn for what this world has become.  I want my children to be able to do things, go to local events, travel all over the world… but should we have to be constantly worried about what may happen or who might be there? How do we live our lives knowing that what happened in Vegas to these innocent concertgoers, could have been any of us?

I’ve read so much about these shooters over the last few years and it seems that the majority of them are struggling with something internally and wind up attacking people that they don’t know or have no problem with personally.  People find themselves dying or injured just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It’s frightening to think of the number of concerts that we’ve been to and how that could have just as easily been us fighting for our lives.  Why are so many innocent people being punished for one person’s misery?  How does that solve anything?  What could have been done differently that might have prevented these tragic events? Would stricter gun control help?  Would more security help?  Would the lack of media and notoriety for these unstable individuals make them second guess their actions?  Or… are they even doing it for the attention?  I’m afraid we’ll never have the answers to these questions… at least in our lifetime.

I struggle with sitting my kids down again today and explaining the “why”.  How do I assure them that they don’t have to lock themselves in our home to stay safe?  How do I encourage them to live their lives to the fullest and not to live in fear?   And worse… what if they don’t ask? What if this evil has become the norm for them because they hear about these tragedies so often?  I’m not even sure which is worse.

When the shooting in Orlando happened, which happens to be only a couple of hours from our home, I sat down with my two older girls and tried to explain.  I found myself focusing more on the positives than the negatives.  I spoke about the first responders and volunteers who risked their lives to save so many and how we should be grateful for each and every one of them.  I spoke about kindness, acceptance and love and how important it is to treat others with respect, regardless of their beliefs, views and opinions (which of course is difficult with the current situation in our country and the lack of positive role models in Washington… but that’s a whole different subject).  I spoke about the importance of smiling at strangers because you never know what they are going through and what your smile could do to change their entire day.  I spoke about the power of prayer and positivity.  And toward the end of our conversation, I found my girls coming up with their own ideas on how they could help.  And I cried.  Oh how I cried.  Their hearts are so pure and in a time where we are watching these mass shootings, all they wanted to do was make hand drawn cards and set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the victims.  And I prayed that they never change. I prayed that if anything positive comes from these tragic events, it’s that we use the opportunity to spread kindness just a little bit more.

Our kids deserve better, don’t they? They deserve to live in a world where they can live their dreams without allowing fear to stop them.  They deserve to have kids of their own and not have to inherit the burden of sitting down to explain these situations to them.  While I know there will always be violence, my only wish is that we embrace one another, look out for one another and spread positivity whenever and wherever possible.  If we can come together in horrifying times like these, why can’t we come together all of the time?  Let’s do it for our future.  Let’s do it for our kids.

**Featured image by David Becker/Getty Images
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