Break the Boredom of Summer with Avid 4 Adventure Camps!

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Winter is coming to an end, FINALLY!!

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to a break from the cold as well as the school grind as much, if not more than my kids! I love watching my children be adventurous during summer, experiencing and learning through play!

There is one thing about summer I don’t look forward to, however. Five whiny little voices complaining that they are bored; “There’s nothing to do!” “It’s too hot to play outside” “There’s nothing fun around here!”

Ugh! This drives me nuts. I want my children to play outside, to be adventurous and learn from their environment. I want them to scrape their knees, climb trees, make friends, and BE CHILDREN for Pete’s sake!

Thankfully, I have found the perfect solution! Aviid4 Adventure Camps throughout Colorado and California! These camps teach pre-K-12th graders the power of authentic outdoor adventure with climbing, paddling, biking, and hiking! I wish I was a kid again so I could go too!

Plus, I have a special offer for my readers at the bottom of this post! You can sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873 Now!

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10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me As A New Mom

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Sleep when the baby sleeps; seriously just

f*cking do it

This is one of those pieces of advice that EVERY new mom gets and that EVERY new mom scoffs at.

“How am I supposed to sleep when the baby sleeps?! I have cleaning to do and laundry to drown in! AHHHHHH!”

I didn’t listen for the first few of my babies either ladies…And then one day after baby #4 I was so exhausted, so needed to heal my body and mind, that I said F*ck it and took a nap with my baby each day for a week.  Guess what? My house didn’t explode, my husband thanked me for not being an a crazy-sleep-deprived-wacko, and no one judged me that I had dirty dishes in the sink.

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That Time My Kids Touched The Elf

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The Elf On The Shelf is a tradition that….

drives parents crazy!

Sure this guy/gal is loveable to the children it watches over so carefully. However, it is also almost irresistable to the sticky fingers that so desperately want a tangible way to interact with Santa!

As we all know from the CAPTIVATING Elf On The Shelf move, our children, sadly, cannot tough their elves lest they lose the magic that allows them to fly home to Santa each night.  So what are parents to do when tiny fingers won’t listen?

We came across this problem when our Elf, Huckleberry Snow, made a particularly funny appearance for my daughter’s birthday.

The little jerk made chocolate turds in my wine glass!

Of course, my 4 and 2 year old couldn’t resist sneaking all the chocolate on the table. Totally understandable. However, when my four year old picked up the elf to pop more of his poops into his mouth…I called a halt and reminded him that Huckleberry Snow would lost his powers now.

Selfish/Stealing Child = Dead Elf

Why did I say that!? How was the elf going to lose his powers? I wanted to make my point about taking things without asking and also avoid breaking all their tiny hearts!

The solution? The elf turned up the next morning…

BROKEN!!!

That’s right. He propped himself on a cot on our tree and prominently displayed his bandaged leg to my kids.

He came complete with a letter from Santa:

My son felt so bad that he insisted on baking our elf cookies to help him feel better and asked for in writing an apology letter. my other children chimed in as well and helped bring huckleberry Snow extra Christmas cheer while he recovered!

Best of all?

we got a 3 night break from remembering the elf!

Have your kids ever touched the Elf?

If your elf ever forgets to move, check out this post, “10 Reasons Your Elf Didn’t Move Last Night”! Or if your fed up with him/her, read this, “Daydreams Of Ending An Elf!”

 

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10 Fabulous Homemade Gifts For Teachers and School Staff!

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Our children’s teachers are not just educators. They are a part of our kids’ daily lives and a part of their hearts.  In fact, for many people, their kids see more of their teacher on any given day than they do their parents! For all their hard work, their patience, their devotion and personal and monetary contributions, teachers deserve recognition and appreciation from all of us. However, The holidays can be a difficult time of year for many parents. For us, with 4 kids in school and an already tight budget, it’s hard to find an appropriately appreciative gift that also fits our monetary constraints. Therefore, we often make gifts for our teachers. Here is a list of the best homemade gifts for teachers and school staff!

Book Page Apple

I love this idea from HymnsAndVerses.com. If you can find out the favorite book of your childs’ teacher you can order it used for only a few dollars. Or you can simply go the thrift store and pick up a book for a dollar or two! Bam! You spent less than $5 for a gift that shows a love for reading and for the teacher who taught you how!

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Excuses, Excuses

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We all have flaws. And we all find certain characteristics to be weaknesses in other people.  Lately, however, there is a trend toward taking these flaws and turning them around so that they indicate a strength. What?! Bad habits are just that, BAD, and we need to stop making excuses for them.

For Example, just yesterday I saw a headline entitled “People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful and Creative.” First off, I’m pretty sure this was written by someone who is never on time as a comeback to all his friends who are sick and tired of waiting on his A$$.

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Display Your Family Beautifully With Canvas On Demand

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I don’t know about you, but family photos are a huge part of my decorating motif! I love to see the smiling faces of my children throughout my home. This can be surprisingly difficult to do, however.  At least, if you want your home to look tasteful. This is why I love to display my favorite photos with Canvas On Demand. And right now you can get a whopping 60% off with this special code USFAM at CanvasOnDemand.com

Trying to pick out frames to match your decor as well the other frames you own, is exhausting, and, I dislike the glare from the glass on traditional frames. Canvas displays, on the other hand, are classy and beautiful to look at. 

Canvas On Demand makes it easy to upload and create beautiful canvas photos! Despite tons of options to make the perfect display, the site is easy to navigate and makes all choices easy!

While canvas is a great way to go when showing off your pictures, it is also a fantastic medium to create your own art! Canvas On Demand has a huge selection of canvas coloring boards! I love our Christmas themed coloring canvas, it is such a wonderful keepsake and a fun way for us to spend quality time as a family! They also make great gifts for the artist in your life!

Canvas On Demand has awesome gifts for everyone on your list and is a great way to get your shopping done early.

From incredible photo-to-canvas art for parents, Coloring Canvas for kids, and customizable photo gifts, including ornaments & more, Canvas On Demand can help with your holiday gift list in just a few clicks!

Don’t forget, for a limited time, they’re offering my readers a whopping 60% off your entire order at Canvas On Demand with code USFAM. Select from canvas prints and more! Valid until 12/12/17. #mycanvasondemand

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Find Your Perfect Sleep With The Nectar Mattress

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I don’t know about you, but sleep often eludes me. I’m not talking about nights when my brain won’t stop, those are awful, but ultimately my own fault. The worst nights for me are when I am exhausted and i simply can’t get comfortable. Nights when I finally fall asleep only to awaken a few hours later due to hip or back pain. With no injuries to speak of, there is only one explanation; our mattress is terrible! This is why I was so happy to have the opportunity to work with Nectar, whose mattress is hailed as having unmatched comfort and support for perfect sleep.

Perfect sleep?! Yes please! In our house of 6 children, the youngest of which is only 8 weeks old, sleep is difficult to come by. Thus, any sleep we actually do get, needs to be great to keep us from being grumpy parents.

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