Don’t stop sharing #MeToo but don’t forget to support those who have been traumatically altered by the experiences they have already had.

You Are Not Alone :: Hope for #MeToo Victims

Many of you have probably seen the #MeToo floating around social media. It’s important for the world to see how many women this affects. It is a sad and scary aspect of this world that is not localized to any specific country or socioeconomic status. It affects everyone. Letting people know isn’t enough. It will hopefully bring about lasting, sustainable change but it doesn’t help those women struggling now. Those women like me who have been so affected that we are broken. It has taken many years and lots of therapy to get to the woman I am now. Although this is incredibly difficult to share, my hope is that one woman can walk away from this post know that she is not alone and that she can heal. Don’t stop sharing #MeToo but don’t forget to support those who have been traumatically altered by the experiences they have already had.

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Don’t stop sharing #MeToo but don’t forget to support those who have been traumatically altered by the experiences they have already had.

A Bit of My Background

Some of you may already know that I grew up in an abusive home. What you may not know is that my view of women and worth has been skewed since birth. The nature of domestic violence often includes isolation as was the case for our family. That meant the most prevalent parameter I had was my mom. A woman who didn’t value herself coupled with a husband who didn’t value her either. She was a possession to be used and abused as he saw fit. That was my foundation of self-worth, or lack thereof. By the time my parents got divorced when I was 13, the damage was done. I had no idea how to be a strong woman with self-esteem and respect.

 

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Prominent Incident One

I learned as a teenager that boys and men alike would take what they wanted regardless of my thoughts and feelings. It started out small. When playing truth or dare, boys would dare me to strip and I would do it. I didn’t know there was anything wrong with it. I mean, a dare is a dare, right? For the record, these weren’t the burnouts and delinquents I was hanging out with at the time. These were “good kids” who performed well in school or even went to expensive private schools. These were the kids that every parent hopes their children choose as friends. This was their idea of fun when it came to me.

 

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Prominent Incident Two

As my friend groups transitioned and time progressed I started partying. One night at a party we were drinking heavily and I passed out on a bed. I woke up later with a guy’s hand down my pants. I froze and pretended to be asleep because we were in a room full of people and I was scared, but I knew who it was. Eventually I rolled away from him and he stopped, leaving the room afterwards. I tried to muster the courage to say something to him Of course, I was only 14 and this guy was much older than me. He was beloved by a ton of people in my circle of friends. He was cool and fun. I was just an ignorant young freshman slut, right? So all I could manage to say to him was, “Next time, ask.”

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Unfortunately I couldn’t get over the incident. Shortly thereafter I confided in my friends about it. They encouraged me to file a report about it, so I did. When the girls found out that I had told him, “Next time, ask,” they slut-shamed me. Told me that if that was my response then he didn’t do anything wrong. They stopped being friends with me. I felt so ashamed that I never pursued any further legal actions.

 

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Prominent Incident Three

Fast forward to a year or so later. I am dressing in my bedroom. My mom’s boyfriend at the time comes downstairs to “check on me” (I cannot for the life of me remember what was wrong that prompted it). I’m standing there in nothing but a bra and jeans and he comes up behind me, asking if I’m okay. I’m uncomfortable but, at this point, my ingrained response is, “I am being oversensitive”. I smile and say, “Yeah”. He then begins kissing my neck at which point I pull away and scramble to put my shirt on. I find an excuse to leave and quickly do so.

I didn’t want to tell my mom because I knew it would break her hear and I had never seen her so in love. Unfortunately, I was a teenager and it eventually came out in an argument… not the opportune time. At that point in the argument we were both so angry that I had lost all credibility and she was beyond rationality. She swore that I was making it up to try and get out of trouble. Given my behavior at the time, I can’t say that I blame her.

 

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Prominent Incident Four

By the time I am 16, I have zero self-esteem and even less self-respect. Sex meant nothing to me. It was something that guys wanted that was occasionally fun. One night, a friend set me up on a blind date with a guy. He picks me up (I’m sure I was sneaking out of the house to see him) and takes me to a party in the middle of nowhere. At first it is a lot of fun. He seems nice, the people are cool, and there is a big warm bonfire. We are all laughing and having fun but then things start to get fuzzy. The last thing I remember is leaning against a tree talking to a few people while sipping from a solo cup.

Waking Up

The next thing I know, I woke up on a mattress on a floor, surrounded by people and light, with a blanket ripping off of my naked body. A girl is screaming at me and calling me names, telling me to get out of her house. I get up and see that there is blood everywhere because I was on my period. This enrages her further and she takes it all out on me, not even addressing the naked guy that was lying right next to me. All of the people are laughing or calling me names as she shoves me down her steps, out a door, and into her yard (the same yard that the party was taking place). She threw my clothes at me. I scrambled to get dressed, feeling confused and more than a little embarrassed.

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Aftermath

I had no idea where I was or how to get home. This was before cell phones were prevalent and I didn’t own one. My only option was to allow my blind date, the guy that had just raped me, to take me home. I remember he actually was laughing and joking on the way to my house. I went straight to be when I got home. Then I cried until I fell into a nightmare-filled sleep. Not only had I snuck out of the house to go to the party but experience had taught me that there was no reason to tell anyone. It was my fault for sneaking out. My fault for drinking. It was my fault for being such a slut.

 

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Why Am I Sharing This

At this point you might be wondering where I am going with all of this. Why am I sharing these horrible events with you? Believe it or not, these are not even close to all of the abuses from guys that I have suffered. These are just the four that truly shaped me. However, I hope that there are a few things that you can learn from my mistakes.

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Lessons and Takeaways

  1. No one is immune. I don’t care how affluent, well-behaved, or etcetera that your child is. You need to educate your sons and daughters. Let your sons know how to treat girls/women. Teach your daughters how to be strong and make intelligent, safe choices. Talk early and talk often.
  2. Women are just as culpable. Even as my social circles changed, not one female ever told me that any of the incidents that happened to me were wrong. When I shared what happened, it was turned back around on me. How can we expect men to treat us with respect if we don’t even treat each other with respect?
  3. You are worth it. If you don’t know your worth, as I didn’t, know that you matter. You are valuable. I don’t care if you’ve slept with 100 people or are still a virgin; your body is still yours. No one has the right to use, touch, or manipulate it without your permission. This can be a hard lesson to learn when you have already reached adulthood without learning it. Trust me, I am still learning it.

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Don’t stop sharing #MeToo but don’t forget to support those who have been traumatically altered by the experiences they have already had.

This is why the conversation that #MeToo sparks is so important. It lets us know that we are not alone. More people will be empowered the more that people speak up. Remember this: It doesn’t matter what you are wearing. It doesn’t matter how you are dancing. You should be able to flirt without fear of violation. It doesn’t matter how many shots you have had. It doesn’t even matter if you were making out. You have the right and, more importantly, the power to say “No.” You deserve to walk down the street without whistles and catcalls. You shouldn’t have to worry about a stranger coming up and grabbing your behind. Find that strength so that you can teach your daughter how to embrace her self-worth and her power. If you ever need a reminder, email me and I will remind you.

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7 Free Ways to Practice Giving in Daily Life

Giving to others is important and something you know that you want to teach your children. Of course, children learn best from watching their parents model the behavior. What do you do when you don’t have the money to give to causes that need it? How do you donate your time when you have 3+ kids who are actively involved in school and extracurricular activities? You find ways to fit giving into your day-to-day life. You encourage cultivating selflessness in yourself and your family. These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

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Donate Old Kids’ Clothes to Foster Parents

The expectations of foster parents can change on a dime. Some coworkers of a family member were suddenly put in charge of an 8 month old who had been extricated for his safety. They had only ever fostered older kids and were in desperate need of clothes. We had a ton of old baby clothes so we boxed them up and sent the clothes to them.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Make Cards to Send to Deployed Service Members

This is a great one to get the kids involved in. Let them decorate cards, draw pictures, and write letters to service members thanking them for all that they do for our country. Once you have finished your cards give them to a group that sends them to the service members. Military Missions is a great place to send your finished cards to. They send out thousands of cards in care packages all year long. See their site for tips and the mailing address.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Send “Thinking of You” Cards

Speaking of sending cards, don’t wait for a special occasion. Send out handmade greeting cards to family and friends simply to brighten their days. Everybody loves getting a surprise in the mail. It lets loved ones know that you’re thinking about them. Don’t forget to get the kids in on this one too. Let them draw pictures or write letters to add to the card before mailing.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Pass Along That Gift Card

I firmly believe that you never know what someone is going through and the smallest gesture can have a huge impact. The next time that you’re at Target and your purchase gets you one of those free gift cards, pass it along. Let the cashier know that you would like it put towards the total of the person behind you in line. Think about the wonderful surprise of getting $5 or $10 off of your total for no reason except someone’s kindness. That’s pretty great!

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Make Baby Books

If you have a talent for scrapbooking, use it to surprise new parents at the hospital. Use those extra supplies that you have around and create some sweet little baby books. When creating, be sure to leave areas for the parents to add photos of their baby’s milestones. If you need some inspiration you can check out this DIY Baby Book Gift.

 

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Infant Rocker

Speaking of babies, did you know that you can volunteer to rock babies in the hospital nursery? While this one will take more of your time, it won’t cost you a dime. Talk about one of the best ways to give back in the world. Check with a local hospital to find out about their volunteer policy and availability.

 

Free Child Care

One of the hardest things for busy parents to do is find time to have a date night alone. Offer the gift of free child care to friends and family. You can help mom and dad get some much needed time to refresh together. Grab free printable gift certificates to give at the links below. One has a pre-determined 3 hour time specified and the other does not have any time-frame specified.

 

Why not make your next family night a service project? These 7 free ways to practice giving will help your family be philanthropic in your daily lives.

Now you have 7 free ways to practice giving in your busy life. Which one will you try first? Don’t forget to get your kids involved in addition to modeling a spirit of giving for them. Many of these ideas can be done as a family, such as the cards and the baby books. Why not make your next family night a service project? It’s as easy as grabbing some cards, stickers, and markers and gathering around the table to create together. In what other ways does your family choose to practice giving? Let me know in the comments!

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Free Printable Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets

Goldfish® crackers are one of our family’s favorite snacks. The kids especially love snacking on the Goldfish® Colors. Ever wonder how Goldfish® Colors get those rad colors into those little crackers? In addition to being made with 100% real cheese they use colors sources from pants. That means that all of that color doesn’t come from artificial dyes making this snack one you can feel good about giving your kids. Learn more about vegetables and take your next snack time to the next level with these free printable fall vegetable learning sheets. They will infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, and color matching fun. Learn more about where Goldfish® get their colors and grab your free printables below.

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Goldfish® Colors: Colors Sourced From Plants

How cool is it that Goldfish® source their colors from plants? The exact plants used very by color:

Red

  • Red Goldfish® crackers get color using a mix of beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers.

Green

  • “The green comes from watermelon & Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted turmeric.”

Red-Orange

  • “The red ones are colored with paprika extracted from sweet peppers.”

Orange

  • “Annatto extracted from the seed of the achiote tree” is used to color the orange crackers.

Learn More About Goldfish® Colors

 

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Get kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. They'll infuse snack time with fun facts, sorting skills, & color fun. #ad

Fall Vegetable Learning Printables

These are so much fun! The kids loved sorting their Goldfish® crackers to outline the vegetables. Each sheet also includes 3 fun facts about the vegetables. Not only will your kids learn about vegetables they already love but they will also learn about new vegetables that they haven’t tried. Grab each of your free printables at the links below:

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Carrots Fun Fact Sheet

 

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Beets Fun Fact Sheet

 

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Pumpkin Fun Fact Sheet

 

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Bell Peppers Fun Fact Sheet

 

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Eggplant Fun Fact Sheet

 

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Squash Fun Fact Sheet

 

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Plant Your Vote

Now it is time to Plant Your Vote. You know how Goldfish® uses colors source from plants and they want to know what your family’s favorite color is. A limited edition bag comes out next spring that features the favorite color! Voting closes on October 31, 2017. The limited edition bag will be available in April and May of 2018 so keep your eye out to see if your favorite wins!

Plant Your Vote Now

 

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Now you can your kids excited about their veggies with these free Fall Vegetable Learning Sheets. Be sure to have Goldfish® Colors on hand for the fun! With these printables you can be just as excited for snack time as your kids. Looking for more awesome snack time ideas? Check out these Snack Time Conversation Cards. They are perfect for busy families on the go. Don’t forget to plant your vote for your favorite Goldfish® color. Voting ends soon so vote now!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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How to Make Fall Cleaning Fun and Easy

It came to my attention back in May that my kids thought that I loved cleaning. Say what?! I clean because I have to but to say I love it is more than an overstatement. Fast forward to now when it is time to start on our fall cleaning and that revelation from May has been on a my mind a lot. What if you could make fall cleaning fun and easy? Take those boring chores that have to get done and turn them into a fun activity that you actually enjoy doing. Now, with the help of The Libman Company, I am doing just that. Find out how to embrace life’s messes with the right tools and a heap of fun.

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I’m totally mopping and taking a photo at the same time!!

Start With the Right Tools

Let’s face it: no matter how much fun you make something, if you are using the wrong tools you are still going to dread the task. That is why the first step is choosing the right cleaning tool for your arsenal. The Libman Wonder Mop is the perfect tool to keep your home clean. Don’t let the fact that this is a mop fool you.

 

  • The Libman Wonder Mop is perfect for all kinds of surfaces such as tile, vinyl, wood, and granite.
  • You can literally clean every room in your house with this one tool.
  • Clean hard to reach areas without stretching or crouching.
  • When you’re done, toss the mop head in the wash to clean it and reuse it up to 50 washes!
  • It makes cleaning a breeze so we can focus on making more messy memories.

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Play Music

Play upbeat music while you clean. It helps motivate you to mover and makes the cleaning feel more like a dance party. Or, if you’re like me, it becomes a literal dance party with you twirling and dipping all over the house…

 

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Have a Race

Something I’ve learned from my kids thinking I love to clean is that they should get in on the action more. Grab your kids, set a timer, and see who can get their room clean first. The timer creates a sense of urgency while the competition keeps it fun. Don’t forget to have a victory treat ready at the end.

 

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Wear Big Fuzzy Socks

How many times have you mopped the floor and found that your kids trampled through the area immediately after? Frustrating, I know. Instead, put pairs of big, fuzzy socks on their feet and let them dance around while you mop. That means less drying time for your clean floors all while they play.

 

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Mop Karaoke

This one is another great way to get the kids excited about cleaning. Everyone picks a song to sing and they mop while singing the song into the mop handle. Make sure that everyone gets a turn and continue singing until the job is done. Mop karaoke seriously has my kids begging me to mop the floor. It’s hysterical.

 

Reward Yourself

When you take on your fall cleaning like a boss, don’t forget to reward yourself. Plan a picnic with your family, rent a movie you have all wanted to see, or make delicious cookies together. Whatever it is, savor it for a job well done.

 

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Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

DIY Colorful Family Game Night Turn Stick

Family game night is a fun, frugal way to spend time together. As your family grows, so does the fun. Laughter and conversation are a fantastic part of game night but they also lead to losing track of turns. Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating, especially with younger kids. That’s where this DIY colorful family game night turn stick comes in. Now you can keep all of the fun and lose the frustration. If the turn stick isn’t passed to you then it is not your turn. It’s as easy as that.

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Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

 

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Materials

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 1

First, cut 2 pieces of each color of plastic twine that is the length of the paint brush.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 2

Next, know the ends of 2 matching color pieces of twine.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 with the remaining pairs of twine.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 4

Next, add 3 beads on one piece of twine and push them down to the knot.

Step 5

Then add a second knot above the beads.

Note:

  • See picture above step 4 for reference.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 6

Add 3 more beads to the twine and knot above them again.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 7

Repeat steps 4-6 with the remaining knotted twine pairs.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 8

Next, knot the opposite ends of each beaded twine roughly 3 inches from the loose ends.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 9

Again, add beads 3 at a time and knot below them as you did above.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 10

After you have added 2 sets of beads to each pair and knotted them, trim the ends.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 11

Next, fold the beaded pieces of twine and attach to the paint brush with your duct tape.

Tip:

  • Fold the twine slightly off-center, not equally in half.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 12

Wrap the remainder of the paint brush with your duct tape.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Step 13

Lastly, separate the beaded sections and wrap tape around 3 of them to secure them to the paint brush more.

 

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

How easy is this DIY colorful family game night turn stick? The kids absolutely love it! It has made games, like Trouble, that don’t have any other discernable way to keep track of turns so much easier. Of course, your family will love this colorful stick so much that they will want to pull it out for every game. Bonus tip: this is also a great tool to keep little ones who aren’t quite old enough for family game night entertained when you are playing Scattergories or Trivial Pursuit. If you want even more awesome accessories to make family game night easier, check out this easy DIY family game night board. It will keep the board from sliding around and turns to allow players to reach pieces easily.

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Constantly asking, “Whose turn is it?” gets frustrating. This DIY colorful family game night turn stick lets you keep the fun and lose the frustration.

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Make Time for Fun with Family Snack Time Conversation Cards

Our family has been having an absolute blast this summer. Every week is filled with summer parties, visits to family, and awesome adventures. The school year is approaching quickly and it is the time of year when busy families, like ours, get even busier. Once school starts so do clubs, sports, homework, and more. You know that family dinners are important but unfortunately busy schedules can make nightly ones all but impossible. This year we are planning ahead for the busy school year with these Family Snack Time Conversation Cards. Snacks, like our favorite Goldfish® crackers, are easy to enjoy with zero prep time. That means more time for fun at home or on the go. Bring Goldfish® crackers and your Family Snack Time Conversation Cards to practices and club meeting to find for smile worthy family moments anywhere.

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Materials

 

Step 1

First, print out your Family Snack Time Conversation Cards on heavy cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Next, cut out all of your cards and set them off to the side.

 

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Step 3

Remove any stickers or packaging from your plastic container.

 

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Step 4

Label the lid of your plastic container with your letter stickers.

Some Ideas for the Label:

  • Smith Family Snack Fun
  • Snack Time Conversation Cards
  • Family Snack Time

 

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Step 5

Next, add decorative sticks and embellishments to your container to add your family’s personal style.

Step 6 (Optional)

Seal your container with acrylic sealant and allow to the sealant to dry completely.

 

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Step 7

Load your cards into your container and you are ready to go!

 

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Make a Travel Kit

We made 2 sets of Family Snack Time Conversation Cards. One set will stay at home for quick, after school family time. The second set is placed in a family fun travel kit so we can enjoy meaningful time together on the go. To make your own travel kit, fill a drawstring bag with the following:

  • 1 Set of Family Snack Time Conversation Cards (and Container)
  • Goldfish Snacks Multi-Packs
  • Napkins or Wipes for Clean Up
  • Plastic Bags for Collecting Any Trash
  • A Small Ball for Outdoor Fun
  • Sealed Containers of Bubbles for Entertaining Little Ones
  • 2-3 Books for Indoor Fun

 

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Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

With a travel kit you will be set to fit in some family time fun whenever and wherever you can. It is a great way to make your family a priority no matter how busy life gets. Goldfish® crackers and Family Snack Time Conversation Cards are your family’s go-to tools for keeping the summer fun going. Don’t let the back to school season end all of that awesome bonding! Now it will be easier than ever to continue strengthening the bond with your children and create memories that will last a lifetime. What is even better is that Goldfish® crackers are always baked with real cheese and no artificial flavors or preservatives so they are a snack you can feel good about serving your kids (or snacking on yourself). Don’t forget to check out Goldfish® crackers on Pinterest for even more back to school and snack ideas! You will be ready to dominate this school year as a family.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

DIY Kids Behavior System

Summer break can be a blast. It can also be a head-ache with all of the kids home and schedules thrown out of whack. That is why the first craft in our summer series is this DIY kids behavior system. Nearly all of the materials come in the Michael’s Creative Play Kit which you can read about on Bust Summer Boredom with Weekly Crafts. If you already got your kit then you are ready to get on to the tutorial. Let’s get ready to rock your summer parenting!

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Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Materials

  • Craft Stick People
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
  • Colored Pencils
  • Clear Tape
  • Empty Drink Container (I used a Crystal Light container)

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 1

Tear a small stack of construction paper into fourths.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 2

Next, give each child a craft stick person, a fourth of paper stack, glue stick, and scissors.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 3

Allow kids to decorate or dress their craft stick people.

Note:

  • My 8 year old carefully traced his craft stick outline to make a shirt and pants for his. Then he drew the face and shoes with colored pencils. The 4 year old wanted to cover every part of hers with different pieces of paper. The 3 year old cried the whole time because he couldn’t have googly eyes. Hopefully, that illustrates the diversity of this process. Lol!

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 4

While the kids are decorating their stick people, clean your drink container.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 5

Next, cut a rectangular opening in the top.

Tips:

  • Use a very sharp box cutter to do this.
  • I recommend scoring where you want to make your cuts first. I didn’t which is why I ended up with a jagged cut-out.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 6

Cut a strip of red construction paper that is roughly as wide as a third of your drink container’s length.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 7

Next, use the red construction paper as a guide to cut out strips of green and yellow construction paper.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 8

Take your lid off of your container and cover the right third of your container with the red construction paper strip. Secure it with tape.

Tip:

  • Start in an area so that your overlap doesn’t fall over the opening on top.

Step 9

Cut through the paper covering your opening and fold down on the inside.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 10

Next, attach your green strip to the left side with tape.

Step 11

Repeat step 9 with the green paper.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 12

Lastly, wrap your yellow paper around the center of your container and secure with tape.

Tip:

  • I secured the end of all of my strips to the container with tape before wrapping them. You don’t have to do that with the red and green but you need to do that for the yellow strip.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 13

Cut through the yellow paper over the opening and secure folded inside with tape.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 14

Carefully reattach your lid to your container.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 15

Next, wrap a yellow pipe cleaner around the seam of the red and yellow paper strips and twist to secure.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 16

Then create a loop by twisting the ends of the excess together.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 17

Repeat steps 14 and 15 on the green and yellow seam.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 18

Use the loops to hang your behavior system on the wall and add your kids’ craft stick people.

Tip:

  • You may want to label the stick people to help you keep them straight until you learn whose is whose.

 

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How to Use the DIY Kids Behavior System

The behavior system works as a visual indicator for kids. If their thick people are in the green then their behavior is good. If they get a warning for bad behavior the sticks go to yellow. Red means that they lost out on any reward for the day.

Rewards

Daily rewards should be something small but still incentive for good behavior. You can use candy, such as Skittles or M&M’s, or extra game/TV time. Stickers or temporary tattoos also work very well for younger kids.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer. We have added in the addition that you can earn your way back to green from yellow with exceptional behavior. However, once you hit red, you have lost the chance of a reward for the day. Another option is a bigger reward for ending the day on green and a smaller reward for ending on yellow. Choose the method that works best for your family. If you haven’t snagged your Creative Play Kit, check it out here!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. You’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough.

The Parenting Tips No One Tells You

Any woman who has ever been pregnant knows that everyone on the planet has parenting tips. They feel compelled to share those tips with you constantly and unsolicited. They tell you the “correct” way to feed your baby, hold your baby, whether or not you should co-sleep… if you can think of it, it has probably been said. What you don’t hear is, “If you let the toddler roam the car while buckling the baby, then check all of your dials before leaving.” Or that baby gates are challenges more than actual baby-proofing. With that in mind, I’m sharing the parenting tips no one tells you to help you prepare for where the baby books run out.

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Always Take Your Keys

Any time you step outside without kids, take your house key. Whether you are walking the oldest to the bus stop or grabbing the mail, always take your keys. Little hands love to explore and that little tab on the door knob is like a magnet for them. Don’t think you are safe if they are in the pack-n-play either. The second your back is turned they transform in acrobatic little ninjas who will escape.

Interior Door Keys

Speaking of locked doors, stock up keys for your interior doors too. Independent 3-year-olds will lock themselves in the bathroom. Teenagers will be naïve enough to think they “own” their room. We keep one of these above every door in the house and have used them so many times I have lost count.

Handle Guards

If you are using the rubber ones to prevent head bashing, great! If you are using those crazy contraption ones to prevent little hands from opening doors, you are wasting your money. We had one on our front door. The irony was that the toddlers it was supposed to keep safe were the only ones who could work it. Save yourself the trouble and money; invest in a door chain. They can get the door open but not enough to get out of the house.

Bonus:

  • Remember to unlatch it before your husband gets home. Turns out he gets cranky when he’s chained out of the house after work… especially if you’re downstairs and don’t hear him yelling.

Move the Baby Gate

These are fine on the floor when baby first starts moving. Once they become toddlers, though, the baby gate turns into an obstacle to overcome. It is their baby Everest and they are up to the challenge. That is why you should move the gate up a few inches during the toddler years. It will be harder for them to climb.

 

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Utilize Stickers

Stickers are your new best friend. They are inexpensive and can be used to re-enforce everything from potty training to acts of kindness. Yes, you will find stickers everywhere but which would you rather clean: a sticker mosaic or a feces Van Gough?

Bonus Tip:

  • If you do find yourself forced to clean up that Van Gough, use a foaming bathtub cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles. It will stay in place on walls to make cleaning easier.

Tie Up the Play Yard

At some point after the “throw all my toys out and watch you pick them up” phase of the pack-n-play your child will move on to a new game. This fun game is called “run and throw all of my weight against the side”. My son could move his clear across the living room in 2 runs at 2 years old. You can prevent this by tying the leg of the pack-n-play to a sturdy furniture leg like the couch or a sturdy coffee table.

Use a Pizza Cutter

Don’t use a pizza cutter only for pizza. This little miracle can cut up tons of foods quickly and easily. We have used it on salads, spaghetti, hot dogs, fruit, and cookies. It will save you a ton of time!

Set Up 2 Wi-fi Accounts

Did you know that you can set up 2 accounts on the same router that both pull from the same internet? You can even choose the speed of each one. Use one wi-fi to connect all of your household devices to like your Fire Stick and DVD players. Use the other one for all of your kids’ devices like phones, laptops, and Xboxes. If the kids are grounded you can easily disable their electronic with affecting your own.

 

You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. You’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough.

You’ll be the smartest parent on the block with these parenting tips no one tells you. Hopefully you’ll be less stressed, too, because parenting is stressful enough on its own. Want more super-simple parenting ideas to save you sanity? Check out these DIY Busted Cards and these 5 Tips to Get Kids to Sleep. Do you have a parenting tip no one tells you? Share it with us in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

The Best Karaoke in Northern Kentucky

I was recently inspired by Eventbrite to create a post about a local business that I love for winter activities (this is not a sponsored post). What a task! You know how much I love supporting local events from 5 Ways to Find Free Summer Activities. These are the same ways I find winter events to attend with my family. In fact, a local park had an amazing winter event in December that we had a blast at despite the freezing temperatures. However, if you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

 

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If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Why it’s the Best Karaoke in Northern Kentucky

The Host

Roy Sharp, the host and owner, is amazing. His sound quality is unmatched because he personally adjusts the sound for each singer. He will make sure that you sound your best each time you sing. Even more so, he is very friendly and supportive so don’t worry if you’re nervous.

The Sound

He also takes pride in his equipment because he cares about his show and the wonderful singers who attend it. He has invested his time and money to find the best mixer, digital programs, and wireless mics to make your experience awesome. Not only is his equipment phenomenal but he knows how to use it meaning less technology delays and more fun. He also has a huge selection of songs from Disney movies to heavy metal. No matter what style you sing, you will find something at his show.

The Show

The shows are fair. Any karaoke-er knows that a lot of local shows play by the “good ‘ole boys” systems. That means that the host will bump you down the list if the host’s friends or family members stop in to only sing for an hour. This doesn’t happen at Roy’s shows. He keeps a list of the singers as they come and consistently keeps that order.

Does that mean that if you come in late that you go to the bottom of a list of 40 singers? It absolutely does not. He works that fairly, too, by weaving in new singers between existing singers who have been at the show longer. This helps ensure that everyone who comes to sing gets their opportunity.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Family Friendly Option

Did you ever think you could find a family-friendly karaoke night that wasn’t on a cruise? Sharpsounds Karaoke has managed to do that too! On Wednesday and Thursday nights you can find him at the Green Lantern Café in Latonia, Kentucky. If you haven’t been to this venue since they re-did it, you are missing out.

The restaurant is non-smoking, serves up delicious food, filled with the local games on the big screens, and, of course, karaoke. Your kids can get in on the singing fun while you enjoy a family meal (until 10 pm EST). You also don’t have to worry about inappropriate songs coming on during dinner. Roy won’t let other singers sing songs (such as “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails) during the hours that children are allowed in the café.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Adults Only Option

For an adults-only night out you can check out Sharpsounds Karaoke at Average Joe’s in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Found right off of interstate 71/75, it is the perfect option for a fun night of singing. In addition to the awesome karaoke show there is also a billiard table, video games, and an outdoor patio. The many options make it easier to find a place to sing that even your non-karaoke-ing friends will enjoy.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Winter Activities

There is one more awesome aspect to Sharpsounds Karaoke that truly makes it the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and that is the free parties. Every year during the holidays there are Christmas parties, a New Year’s Eve celebration and countless other celebrations. Each one of these is totally free to attend and will include freebies like food or favors. On New Year’s Eve you even get a free champagne toast at midnight, again absolutely for free. There is no cover charge or minimum purchase to be included in the fun.

 

If you’re looking for a fun local activity that fits your schedule all winter long, you can’t beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. It is the best karaoke in Northern Kentucky and has family-friendly options as well as options for an adults-only night out!

Seriously, if you love to sing your heart out at karaoke you cannot beat Sharpsounds Karaoke. Once you go you’ll feel like family. Plus it doesn’t hurt that you can make a family night of it with the kiddos. Now that you know my favorite place to do karaoke, come back for tips to save money on girl’s night out. You’ll be ready to grab the girls and head out for a night on the town.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

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These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.