Kids, Parenting

Why this “18 Summers” nonsense has to go

For one too many times this summer on social media, I have seen the whole "We only have 18 summers" bit on memes and stuff. At first, I was like, yes, we need to cherish our time with our kids. Goodness knows, I am very aware of how short that time is. I have a… Continue reading Why this “18 Summers” nonsense has to go

crafts, Homeschool, Kids, Party Planning

How to host a memorable playdate with some Disney Magic

This post is sponsored by Disney as a part of the #DisneyKids Play Date campaign. All opinions are my own. I love hosting playdates, so Miss Crankles and I decided to host a special Mommy and Me Disney Princess party for Mother's Day a few weeks ago! We started off by adding a bit of… Continue reading How to host a memorable playdate with some Disney Magic

Homeschool, Kids

Fairy Garden Fun

The key to making this fun has been telling a story as we have been creating this garden. Miss Crankles is small, but she has a big imagination and loves being told how the fairies are going to visit the garden at night and stay in our little fairy houses and swing on our fairy swing. Adding whimsy to your life can make you feel like a kid too. Telling her the story and seeing her excitement makes me want to believe that maybe at night while I sleep, the fairies will play in the little garden we made.

Kids, Parenting

The frustrations of Testing

My daughter puts entirely too much pressure on herself and does not like the testing environment. She cried that she did not want to go to school today because she did not want to take the PSSAs. If this continues during the rest of this week and the upcoming weeks of Math and Science PSSAs, I will definitely have to opt her out of PSSAs for next year.

Kids

Why do all my kid's Barbies live in a nudist colony?

Recently, Crankles has become obsessed with all things Barbie! Granted, some of this stems from Sissy having a large collection of them and Crankles wanting to be like Sissy. The large reason is because she recently began torturing us with Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. (Yes, I realize my first paragraph has probably caused some… Continue reading Why do all my kid's Barbies live in a nudist colony?

Kids, wordful wednesday

Strike a pose

Toddlers crack me up! The other week, my husband got some new photography backdrops and was testing them out. Miss Crankles decided she needed to strike a pose! By the way, you should all ignore the fact that she is wearing her pajamas backwards because the kid is a known diaper digger. Just focus on… Continue reading Strike a pose

Kids, Parenting

What ADD Feels Like

I am in sensory overload. I can’t stand the volume of my thoughts, let alone the volume of her voice. I am not saying that I hear voices, but someone who truly has ADD, not the myriad of people who are getting over-diagnosed, knows what that feeling is like. When the thoughts in your head are running so very quickly that at times it is like your own brain is shouting at you, it is difficult to tolerate external sound. I have times where I sit in my house once my daughter has gone to bed and just turn everything off and have silence.

Kids, Parenting

When you live with a toddler…

...It is kinda like living with a pint-sized dictator. They make no sense. Their word is law. It is subject to change, and if you do not tow the line, you will be punished (usually with thrown food or flailing on the ground while screeching in a high-pitched noise). Let's take a look at all… Continue reading When you live with a toddler…