The Perfect Season

I am at the pool and have been holding my breath for 2 hours. No, I am not under water. I have three young kids. AT THE POOL. Enough said.  I glance around at the mothers of older children, relaxing, sun-bathing, reading a good book. My first thought is…LUCKY. My next is… when is the last time I read a book? My third is- I AM NOT READY FOR THAT!

As luxurious as it sounds, lounging on a chair is not what I signed up for in this season of life. My kids are already growing too fast. Since when can Jake jump off the side and paddle across without floaties to me? Why aren’t the babies strapped into their newborn car seats under an umbrella? Where is that pregnant belly that turned my tankini into a bikini? Time truly does fly. Sigh… Alas, this my present reality.

I am in the hold-your-breath, “get down”, “be careful”toddler chasing, boo-boo fixing, story book reading, ever-exploring, constant praying, busy playing,  booger wiping, hand washing, diaper changing, snot sucking, baby-proofing, endless question answering, “stop fighting”, being hung on, being climbed on, imaginary playing, obsession indulging, constant clothes washing, pants peeing, always juggling, not sleeping, being clung to, sucked-clawed-spitup on, clothes folding, sock searching, play group going, accident dodging, spill wiping, mess cleaning, vomit catching, germ fighting, sweet cuddling, always helping, hand holding, leg hiding, tower building, constructing, kite-flying, dirt digging, worm finding, bug collecting, potty talking, always learning, ever-growing, toppling, risk taking, butt wiping, sand eating, “please share”, tantruming, rigid carseat maneuvering, food cutting,  fruit pureeing, swing pushing, constant vigilence, tickle torture, snuggling, bed wetting, nightmare reassuring, belly hurting, food throwing, toy fixing, belly laughing, full-of-wonder, ABC singing, cartoon watching, hold my breath season. And embracing every single second of it before it goes away.

I am exhausted but when the lounging in the chair time comes, I will wish for these days again. Maybe not when there is a pina colada in my hand and I am in the middle of a really good book, but I will. I know I will. Because when I look at newborns I already do.

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Embrace each season as it comes.  No matter where you are in life, it is where you are meant to be.

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

I don’t know about you, but my son has been excited for Earth Day for weeks. I’m not kidding- the kid lives for holidays and celebrations. We started discussing it right after Easter, wondering what our next holiday was. I told him it was Earth Day and explained what that meant. His immediate response was “Every day should be earth day”. And he is right.  We adapted an Easter craft we were doing to to create these fun Earth Day projects.

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Step 1:  Spray shaving cream onto a flat surface.

Step 2:  Drizzle green and blue paint over the shaving cream. Swirl the paint around with a mixing stick (we used a kebab stick.)

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Step 3. Cut out circles.

Step 4:  Press the circles onto the painted shaving cream. Gently lift it off.

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Step 5: Let it dry for a few minutes, and then squeegee it off. (We used a plastic paint level.)

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Step 6:  Write down ways you can help protect the environment.

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Getting kids excited about and accustomed to positively impacting the earth at an early age will  increase the likelihood of continually protecting this incredible planet throughout their lives. Trust me, there is nothing better than your kid stopping in the middle of playing, jumping to his feet and declaring “WE HAVE TO SAVE THE EARTH!”

 

How to Lose a Facebook Friend in 10 Posts

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People unknowingly lose friendships over social media. It’s not usually through direct hurtful comments (which as we know are far too easy from behind the “safety” of your screen), but from the incessant over posting and poor etiquette. I am often tempted to un-friend people that I really do like and consider friends because they are annoying on Facebook. Save yourself and your friendships by pausing to consider these most criticized Facebook shares when posting:

1) Bragging

No one likes a boaster. This includes the “humble brag” – a fault most of us have without realizing it.  “I am so selfless I donate tons of money to charity”. (A- if it was totally selfless, you wouldn’t feel the need to tell everyone.  B- you just bragged about your finances.) Other exaggerated examples include “It is so hard having such a perfect child”. “The weather really sucked on our luxurious tropical vacation”.    In general, if you are posting in order to get “likes” or recognition, it is probably best kept to  yourself.

2) Over Sharing

While I absolutely love seeing what friends and family scattered across the country are up to, there is a line. People feel the need to post EVERYTHING. In doing so, I feel like I know far too much about your personal life. I know what you are doing on your vacation, how you look in a bikini,  why you are fighting with your spouse, your son’s baseball stats, and random inside jokes between you and one other person. Share key events, important moments, or favorite photos, but please not all day every day!

3) Food Photos

We REALLY don’t need to know what you had for dinner. Really. There is nothing more annoying than a photo of a beautiful meal with hashtags about it’s awesomeness with NO RECIPE. If you must post food pictures, have the decency to help us taste it too- either by including the recipe or hand delivering it by 7pm.

4) Too Many Kid Pics

Kids. They are all adorable, and say the darndest things. Try to share glimpses of their personalities, so we can know them.  However, on the same token,  most of us log on for a break, not the angst of seeing your little brat love throw another tantrum. Also, to be infinitely clear, no one needs to see a picture of their poop. Ever.  Refer back to #2-  some people post so many pics of their kids that I forget I haven’t seen them in awhile. When we do come face to face I am shocked when they regard me as a stranger.

5) Negativity

I really hope I don’t have to explain this one.  There is enough negativity in the world. Spreading it around doesn’t help.

6) Workout Pictures

Occasional posts if focused on motivating others are okay, but please refrain from daily mileage updates or videos of you working out. Unless it is a great pic, accomplishment, or story from a fun race or event, no one really cares. There are special interest FB groups if you find that form of accountability helps you.

7) Self/Business Promotion

With all due respect for your business ventures, if a person hasn’t shown interest in your at-home sales product, then guess what? They aren’t interested!  If they didn’t  buy something at your first three parties, they aren’t going to at the next. Don’t add them to parties unsolicited. While a great tool for marketing, don’t oversell.

8)  Agenda

Whether you are pro-life, pro-breastfeeding, pro-vaccinations, anti-meat, anti-sports, politically one-sided,  etc., keep your plight to a minimum. We all have our own views, and while certain articles are great to be shared occasionally, please don’t shove it in everyone’s face all the time.

9) Ambiguous posts

“I am so upset” or “I have such great news!”  Obviously you are just seeking attention. If you are upset and need advice, start with your closest friends. If you really need the help of FB, then don’t string them along, cut to the chase so we can actually offer some help or support.

10) Linking all of your accounts together

Use your various social mediums for different things. If you have them linked up, your Instagram photo is already posted to Facebook, so there is no need to clog newsfeeds with an additional post about the same thing. Don’t bombard your followers with sharing the same thing over and over again.

Stalking

This isn’t a post per se, therefore I didn’t include it in the list of 10. However, it is equally important. It is very annoying to find out that people read your posts and can’t be bothered to respond with so much as a “like”. Why should you know what is going on with everyone else without ever sharing anything about yourself or at least engaging in the most basic means of interaction?


Before posting, stop and ask yourself these questions: What is my purpose for this post? If someone else posted this would I “like” it? Will this brighten someone’s day? Is this a moment I want to remember and share? Is this better kept between family? Would this serve better as a private message to a friend? Is this hurtful or insulting? Will this create turmoil?

Perhaps if more people start following these guidelines, our feeds will be less clogged, allowing more time to get to the important things in life- cherishing those relationships that matter most.

Share this post if you know anyone who is guilty of any of the above! No need to mention names- I am pretty sure we are all guilty at times!

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Children’s Fitness Easter Egg Hunt

Although Let’s Eggercise can easily be adapted for children, here is a cutesy rhyming version to get them engaged and egghausted.

Here it is, sweet and simple:

Print the rhyme below, cut each couplet below the dashed line into strips, place the strips inside the eggs, hide the eggs in your yard.

Start off by reading these first three stanzas aloud to set the challenge.

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The Easter Bunny is very wise,                                                                                                                                      He knows to stay healthy he must exercise.

So join him on this hunt for eggs,                                                                                                                                Let’s run and jump and stretch our legs.

Hop to the first egg and do as you’re told.                                                                                                              Open the egg and uncrease the fold.                                                                                                                 ————————————————————————————————————————————

Cut up the following ideas (or use your own) and place one inside each egg.

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My ears are long and like to flop.                                                                                                                                 Stand on one leg, and do 5 hops.

My feet are very big and long.                                                                                                                                        Do a dance and sing a song.

My coat is very soft and furry.                                                                                                                                       Run as fast as you can. Hurry hurry!

I have a bushy white cotton tail.                                                                                                                                     Pretend to swim away from a whale.

I have white fur on my back.                                                                                                                                          Do 10 super jumping jacks.

I have a pink, twitchy nose.                                                                                                                                        Reach up to the sky, then touch your toes.

On my cheeks you will find whiskers.                                                                                                                        Lay on your back and make your legs do scissors.

I can use my teeth to saw a log.                                                                                                                                    Squat down low, do 5 hops like a frog

It doesn’t matter where you are,                                                                                                                                 For 30 seconds, jump like a star.

I carry my basket on my hip.                                                                                                                                           When you go to your next egg, be sure to skip!

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You could always conclude with a game of Easter Bunny Says.

Share photos or exercises you create! Be sure to #strollersavvypinchallenge