Do you have a budding scientist at home? A kiddo whose curiosity just can’t be satisfied? This round up of 30 Science Experiments You Can Do At Home is just for you! We’ve personally tried out the bouncy egg experiment, the Mentos & Diet Coke experiment, and the overnight crystal garden. All were great fun and a huge success. Happy Experimenting!
It’s Tuesday morning. Back-to-school day 2 wasn’t quite as successful as day 1. There was substantially more whining about being tired and not wanting to leave the house. I get it kids, I really do. I didn’t much want to get up and be out of the house before 7 AM either, but I don’t control the bell schedule at your new school. Earlier bedtimes are a must tonight. Late summer nights paired with our new morning schedule (the kids have to be at the bus stop over an hour earlier than last year) and we’re already chanting “I’m tired” before the day even begins.
We moved to a new house over the weekend. I’ve known it was coming for a while and have been preparing. The one thing I didn’t do? Call ahead to set up cable and internet. I have failed as a technology addicted human. At least my kids think I have. I’ve been getting by ok, watching a lot of DVDs and killing my eyesight by staring at my tiny phone screen instead of a laptop screen. I made the call yesterday and all should be right with the world by the time we get home this evening. I have pictures and things to share with you, but uploading them from my phone is a pain, so they will have to wait.
We went on a whirlwind vacation a few weeks ago. It was a “fly by the seat of our pants” kind of adventure, which included the kids’ first times on a plane. We also got to see a very special movie star you and your kids will surely know, but I’ll save that for another post. Coming back to reality – work, moving, school, everyday normal – was a bit of a drag, but we’re all adjusting. I’ve often wished I had the chance to travel more, but every time I travel I come home realizing just how exhausting traveling is…especially with kids.
What’s new with all of you? I haven’t had time to share as much here as I’d like, so I’m not hearing as much from you guys either. Are your kids back in school? Are you excited about it? What does Fall have in store for you? (I can’t wait for Fall!)
It’s only August and Summer isn’t nearly over yet, at least not here in the South. The kids head back to school in just over a week (wow – I am SO ready!) but there’s plenty of heat left before we’re graced with the cooler Fall weather. In the meantime, I’m rediscovering my love for Prosecco. It’s light, it’s bubbly and it’s just fun.
I snagged some cool popsicle molds through a blogger promotion a few weeks ago and decided to put them to use with some of my bottle of Prosecco. It was hot and I was feeling inspired to find a more adult way to cool off. A trip to the grocery store or some fresh fruit and a mixer (in this case, a few varieties of Snapple) and I was good to go.
Mango, Strawberry Kiwi and Peach Tea were the flavors of my choosing. What fruit we didn’t use in the pops made a great fruit salad for the kids. They loved it! I chopped my fruit into bite size pieces, actually a little smaller, and set up my popsicle molds for filling.
I decided on two pops of each flavor and dropped a little fruit in the bottom of the molds accordingly. I like that the mold handles are three different colors. It makes it easy to keep up with which pops were which flavor. Also, we made 2 non-alcoholic pops for the kids, so those were assigned a specific color handle.
I filled each mold about 1/3 with Prosecco, then filled them the remainder of the way with the appropriate Snapple flavor. In the freezer for about 4 hours and these pops came out a perfectly cool, slightly more grown up way to enjoy a Summer popsicle.
You could go crazy with the possibilities! Substitute another alcohol of your choice for the Prosecco, use different fruits, another mixer. Go crazy! There’s plenty of Summer left. What’s your favorite way to cool off on hot summer days?
I’m “that” mom. It’s ok if you hate me. Yes, my 8 year old has a cell phone. Yes, I let my kids have soda and Starbucks and a myriad of other “no-no”s. No, I don’t do much to limit screen time. If they ask to play Minecraft on XBox (or Kindle, or iPad, or PC – yes, we have 4 versions of Minecraft), I’m probably going to say yes.
Yes, I let my son spike his hair, or wear a mohawk or pretty much whatever else he wants to do with it. Yes, I not only agreed to let my eight year old dye her hair purple, I did it for her. And yes, it is permanent. We actually bleached her hair first so the color would pop more. Now my son wants some color in his hair too. We’ll probably do it.
I’m the parent who’s child goes to school and talks about all the cool things their mom lets them do, and then your kids come home and beg to do those things too.
I’m sorry for that, and it’s ok if you hate me, but know this – my kids hear “no” plenty too. It’s just that my “no”s and your “no”s aren’t the same. There are just as many things that my kids come home begging for, things that just aren’t going to happen.
They will only be kids once, and if I can say yes, I probably will. And don’t worry, I’m having the purple cut out of my daughter’s hair before she heads back to school. I wouldn’t want an entire school of little girls begging for purple hair.
Our job as parents isn’t easy. We have spent countless hours rocking our children to sleep, late nights helping with homework, and days upon days teaching them life skills so they will be able to thrive in the world as adults. Unfortunately, the ever changing social media and digital landscape is a new problem developing in the parenthood arena.
Signs A Child Might Be Hiding Online Activity
Our kids are spending a lot of time connected to their devices, cell phones, social media, and consoles. It is estimated that a typical teen sends and receives 100 text messages a day. While our children are turning to technology to express themselves and communicate authentically with their peers, they are also engaging in risky behaviors that have serious implications.
The CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) have released a study that found 1 in 6 teens contemplate suicide and 1 in 12 actually attempt this act. Those are frightening numbers for parents to digest, but even more terrifying is that the surveyors contribute this spike to online bullying and risky digital behaviors that include sexting, online dating, and oversharing personal information.
Cyberbullying is so rampant among our youth, that over half of the teen population has been targeted online. These online behaviors are difficult for families to talk about and often children take efforts to keep parents in the dark about their activity. Our clever children have developed techniques to hide their app activity and online behaviors.
Listed below are six prevalent methods used to cover their tracks:
● deleting browser histories
● lowering screen brightness to make it difficult for us to read over their shoulder
● erasing messages
● using “fake” social media accounts: one is for family and the other is for friends
● using their handheld devices so parents can’t have access to their Internet records
Dangerous Apps Parents Need To Know
In our efforts to keep our children safe many parents are turning to the social media giant Facebook to friend or follow our children online. In response to our growing digital presence, our teens are looking for other apps in favor of more obscure or unknown sites and apps away from parents.
The following list is a compilation of common dangerous apps teens regularly use:
● Whisper- This anonymous app allows users to post secrets and sorts them based on location. Sexual predators and cyberbullies have been known to frequent this site.
● Yik Yak- Another anonymous messaging board that allows the closest 500 users in location to view posts. This site is known for sexually explicit and aggressive messages.
● Kik Messenger- This app allows teens to send text messages without using their cell service. It has fun features to dress up the messages and can save money for families on the cell bill. The problem with this site is that it is difficult to identify people you know on Kik and can be a problem when teens share their usernames on other sites.
● Hot or Not- This is a site that allows users to rate a person’s appearance. It can be devastating for a teen’s self esteem.
● Hidden Apps- These apps use false disguises like calculators or other harmless apps to hide other apps parents might not approve.
● Omegle- This anonymous app is meant to connect people with strangers that they may share common interests with. This can be a dangerous place for our children, because sexual predators often seek victims in this environment.
● Snapchat- This is a disappearing app that allows users to set a time limit on messages before they are erased. This is a favored medium for sexting and cyberbullying.
Monitoring To Protect Our Children
Parenting was difficult already, but now our children are exposed to hidden threats lurking behind a keyboard. Apps can be wonderful tools, but they can expose our children to many detrimental situations. Similar to how we taught them to look both ways before crossing the street, we need to take a few moments and make sure our children are safely navigating the Internet and social media.
We need to teach our sons and daughters social media etiquette, help them identify cyberbullying, and stay current on their online activity. Parents need to monitor a child’s activity by knowing what sites or apps they frequent, checking their contacts, helping them set their privacy settings, and being involved in their lives. After all, taking the time to offer guidance is the loving thing to do.
– Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics.
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Like I mentioned before, my kids are kind of over the whole summer thing. The bulk of the last week has been spent talking about how we’ve spent our summer, the things they’ve done with summer camp, and how they wished I could be off work all summer like they are off school. My daughter suggested I become a teacher. Bless her. Teaching is not my calling.
I reminded my daughter that not all teachers get the summer off. For example, the teachers at summer camp – the teachers I’ve shared my children with all summer. I’ve shared my children with them and they’ve shared their summer with my kids. A lot of people don’t realize how big of a deal that is. The teachers who are there taking care of my kiddos everyday, making sure they have a great summer doing all the things I can’t take them to do, they make it worth every penny.
We want them to know that they are special and that we appreciate that they’ve given their summer to us, so we made them these delicious treats – REESE’s Peanut Butter Cup Truffles – using the new personalized REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups available only at Walmart. You can’t have peanut butter treats without a little something to wash it down, so of course we grabbed some of the super cute personalized 20oz Coco-Cola bottles too. Walmart has the widest selection of personalized bottles available – 1,000 different names!
These truffles are super easy to make, especially if you have a mixer (stand or hand-held). You can get the full recipe below (printable version too!) The recipe makes about two dozen truffles, and they are pretty rich, so two dozen goes a long way! Pair them with a Coca-Cola and you’ve got the perfect treat to #ShareYourSummer
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REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Truffles and How We Shared Our Summer
Don’t those truffles look amazing? They are SO tasty! How are you sharing your summer and making special memories with those who are important to you? Any fun or super exciting end of year parties or gatherings on your agenda? Share with us!
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Seven weeks down and three to go. Summer, the childhood paradox. So ready for school to be over, yet bored out of their minds in a matter of weeks. Summer camp has been a huge life saver during the day, and we’ve stayed pretty busy in the evenings. It’s only in the last week that they’ve really gotten to the point of being over it – over all of it. They don’t want to go to summer camp, they are tired of the pool and it’s just too hot for anything else outside. We’ve spent a lot of time watching movies. We’ve seen a lot of them two or three times (except Pacific Rim – we saw it for the first time last night).
This week, we’ve had a huge change up in our normal routine. My sister’s family headed to the beach for the week and we’ve moved in to house/dog sit. Of course, Fenway is with us. Then there is my sister’s cast of furbabies. There are three of them – Emma, Sadie and Blue. I am surrounded by flying fur this week.
I thought the change of scenery and the idea of playing with someone else’s toys would be appealing, but apparently not. Both kids have passed on the toys for the most part, opting instead to enjoy having separate bedrooms (they share at my house now) and being able to watch Netflix on their Kindles without being interrupted by each other. The dogs are doing more playing than kids, and at this point in the summer, I’m ok with that.
This is Emma. She’s a Great Dane, a very old Great Dane. Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane. They really are a little clumsy, just like Scooby is! She’s pretty happy that the kids are doing more Netflix watching than running around. I think she’s over Summer too.
How are your kids feeling about the summer? Are they over it like mine or are they loving it and dreading Back To School?
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I don’t know about you, but I struggle to keep my house clean. With two kids, a dog and two rabbits, clean is also a relative term. One thing I’ve found helpful is to approach each room, one at a time, and tackle the space task by task. Having a detailed list of exactly which items I’m going to tackle in each room is also a big help. I have my daily list, my weekly list and my monthly list. Today, I’m going to share my daily list with you in a printable format, and it’s free.
Just click the image to open it in full size, right-click and save as. From there, you can locate your file where ever you saved it and print it out. If you have access to a laminator, you can laminate the printable and use dry erase markers to check off your tasks as you work through the day, then just wipe it off and reuse it for the next day!
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What cleaning tips do you have to help all of us keep up with our household chores? Do you go room by room or task by task?
We love summer, so very much. The heat and humidity aside, we enjoy spending a lot of time outside doing various things – and sometimes nothing at all. We’ve spent time at the pool, baseball games and we’re heading to the beach in a few weeks. We’ve spent time inside too. Believe it or not, our only summer injury so far has been a sprained ankle for my daughter, and that happened inside at a fast food play place. Go figure. It’s funny how accidents happen in the least expected places.
We had several near misses at the ballpark. There were the flying foul balls, the multitude of concrete stairs and the bounce houses and slides they had for the kids to enjoy. Why my kid feels the need to fling himself down the bouncy slides, I will never know. The kids got the chance to walk around the field the last time we were at a baseball game, and despite being told not to run a hundred times, 90% of the kids on the field were doing just that. I was waiting on my boy to bite the dust the entire time.
Cullen is all boy, and while I have no desire to repeat our emergency room adventure from March, I’m also not going to stop him from exploring and doing the things boys do. Climbing on rocks? Yep. Crazy jumping into the pool? Yep. Those are just fun parts of growing up, even if they scare the pants off of the adults. What’s more scary than the rocks climbing, running and general disregard for their own health? The bill that shows up after a trip to the ER.
Our little adventure back in March, the one where the boy fell over the dog and up the stairs, left him with 4 stitches, 2 scars, and a healthy respect for what an ER trip at 2 am is like. For me, it left me with a $1400 bill I had to figure out how to cover and still pay my rent. If only we’d had accident insurance. Yes, we have health insurance, but as our luck would have it, we were no where near our deductible for the year. Aflac’s voluntary products, which supplement major medical plans, are designed to pay policyholders directly for costs associated with a covered serious illness, injury or loss. In addition, the cash benefits can be used for rent, gas, groceries, child care or any other out-of-pocket expenses a worker may have. It would’ve been nice not to have to worry about taking an unpaid vacation day because I spent all night in the ER.
Through its trailblazing One Day Pay ℠ initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. It takes me that long just to get someone on the phone at my insurance company. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2.6 million kids under the age of 19 old are treated in the ER each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. As you can imagine, the likelihood of an accident is higher in the summer.
If you have an accident-prone kid, check out this info from Aflac on the policies they offer and how you can benefit from things like One Day Pay ℠ and all of the supplemental policies Aflac has to offer.
Do you have an accident prone kid in your house? What types of injuries have you suffered through with your kiddos and what did you learn from the experiences? Tell us your story!
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