Thursday, March 23, 2017

4 Must Have Podcasts for Moms Part 1

What was I doing before I discovered podcasts? Who knows, but now podcasts are my thing! If you don't know what a podcast is, it is an audio talk show available to listen to through an app on your selected device. I listen to podcasts every morning, it's like having a friend over to talk but without having to clean up your living room! I wanted to share a few podcasts that I think are worth a subscription. Check them out below.

1. This Mom's Life - I think I stumbled upon this podcast by searching for "mom" on the podcast app, and I am glad I found it. I listen to this podcast almost every morning and it is hilarious! 2 moms discuss real life parenting, the good and bad, and how they manage to cope. This podcast is something we can all relate to.

2. Affirmation Pod - Affirmations have been a daily habit of mine for a few months now. I was completely hooked on daily affirmations after reading The Secret. Learning how to re-train my brain into releasing and replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, this podcast is perfect for reinforcing the Law of Attraction.

3. Extraordinary Moms Podcast - This was the first podcast that I ever listened to and the first episode was "When You Don't Feel Like An Extraordinary Mom." This episode turned my whole day/week around! It was so inspirational, positive, and reminded me that I don't have to be perfect to be a great mom. I highly recommend this podcast.

4. Stories Podcast - This isn't a podcast for moms, but for children! This wonderful storyteller performs original stories as well as classic stories for children. The storytellers voice really makes the characters come to life. We like to listen to this station in the car. It would be great for road trips.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Must Have Outfits for Toddler Girls

I have to be honest here, I'm not the best at dressing my daughter! I also have to honestly say that I have no experience in actively shopping for and buying clothes for her because we have been so lucky to receive clothing for our amazing friends and family. But this spring season, I am going to head to the mall and treat Ava to a few special outfits. Here are a few budget friendly outfits from some of my favorite stores.

The first outfit is from H&M, one of my favorite stores.
Click for direct links: Jacket  Dress  Shoes 

The second outfit is from Old Navy. How adorable would this be to wear to a birthday party?!
Click for direct links: Shirt  Skirt  Shoes

This outfit is from Target. It would be cute for a casual day at story time or the playground.
Click here for direct links: Shirt  Jeans  Shoes

My favorite outfit has to be the one from H&M. I could see myself wearing an adult version of it. Let me know if you purchase anything from this list! What stores are you purchasing kids clothes from this spring season? Until next time!
April K.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Our First Craft for Spring 2017!

It has been super cold here this week, between 35-40 degrees! With Spring arriving next week, I wanted to do something fun to get us into a springy mood.

We needed new window art for Ava's homeschool room. I found these wooden plaques at Dollar Tree, I always find good stuff there. I picked up this Crayola paint for Ava to use, I didn't want her using my acrylic paint lol.

I decided to paint mine with water color paint that I picked up from Michael's. I wasn't sure if the water colors would show up on the wood, but the quality of this paint is really good. .

Our plaques came out cute! Ava had a fun time painting and now we have decorations for the window. I'll be sharing other spring crafts soon, Ava loves art so we do it all the time. Until next time! April K.

Monday, March 13, 2017

How to Find and Keep Mom Friends!

Mom friends, how many of us have them?! Since becoming a stay at home mom, it is hard to get together with my non mom friends. They don't understand working around nap time or having to be near a restroom. They are free on the weekends and I am beat on the weekends! But this is where your mom friends come in, the ladies who understand your daily struggle lol. Here are some tips to find and keep your #MomTribe.

How to FIND mom friends:
1. Leave the house! Mom friends aren't going to magically show up at your front door, you have to get out and socialize.

2. Spark up conversations at the playground or other kid friendly places. Chances are the moms that are out and about during the day are stay at home moms and you should have an easier time connecting and meeting up with them.

3. Join Facebook groups for moms in your area. There are groups for practically groups for everything on Facebook.  I have meet some of my best mom friends in Facebook groups.

4. Search local hashtags on Instagram. I do this all the time and I follow some wonderful local mommies. Maybe ill have the courage one day to ask them on a playdate!

How to KEEP mom friends:
5. Keep in touch! You don't have to call everyday but a text every now and then to check in is great.

6. Write down your playdates. It sucks to have a playdate planned and you get stood up, not only for you but your child who wants to see their friend. Write down playdates in your planner or use your phone to keep track.

7. Set up mom dates too! I love seeing my mom friends on weekends without the kiddies. Something simple like ice cream or go all out for a moms night out! Either way, it forms a deeper connection that just being moms.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Mom tribes are everything! Until next time!
April K.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Atlanta Kid Friendly March 2017 Happenings!

It is the beginning of March and I am not so patiently waiting the arrival of spring. In Atlanta, March is the unofficial start to festival season and I couldn't be more excited! I wanted to share some kid friendly, FREE events that your family will enjoy.

1. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck - I am the biggest fan of Hello Kitty, having a daughter makes my obsession worse lol. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be at Atlantic Station Central Park on March 11, 2017 from 10am-8pm. Check out Hello Kitty Cafe for more info.

2. St. Patricks Day Parade - March wouldn't be complete without a St. Patty's Day parade! On March 11, 2017 12pm to 1:30pm, the parade will be in Midtown and will go south on Peachtree Street from 15th Street NE to 5th Street NE. Click here for more information.

3. Piedmont Park Green Market Opening Day - On March 18, 2017, the farmers market is starting back up. This market is fun because they have kid programs! Piedmont also has one of the best playgrounds around. Grab some fresh produce and let the kiddies blow off some energy.  The market entrance is at Peachtree Road and 12th Street and runs from 9am to 1pm.

4. Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival - Happening on March 25-26, 2017, this festival looks like great family fun. Arts and crafts, a pet parade, costume contest and more, click here for more information.

I don't know about you, but I have our weekends planned out for the month! I'm always excited to participate in all the fun FREE activities that Atlanta has to offer. I hope this post is helpful and you are able to find an activity that you like. 
Until next time!
April K.

Monday, February 27, 2017

What's On Ava's TV?

TELEVISION!!! Yes, I said the dreaded word television. I occasionally let Ava watch TV when I need a little break, when I am combing her hair, and when I need to bribe her a little lol. But I am very picky about what I let her watch. I wanted to share some really awesome shows that she and I both like to watch.

1. Reading Rainbow on Amazon Prime - I was so excited to find out that a show  I used to watch when I was a child was on Amazon Prime! Reading Rainbow showcases different books and encourages children to read. Anything that encourages Ava to read is a win for me!

2. Magic School Bus on Netflix - Another show I used to watch as a child! I love science and Magic School Bus teaches science in a fun way. With episodes about the solar system, ocean life, and germs, Ava will definitely learn something watching this show.

3. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS - This is Ava's favorite show. It is a remake of a show I watched when I was younger, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. I love this show for Ava, it teaches valuable lessons and offers solutions for three-nager problems lol.

4. Baby Animals in the Wild on Netflix - This is an adorable documentary following baby animals in the wild. We are vegan and do not support animals in captivity, so I like showing her where animals really live.

Watching TV isn't a big thing in our home but these are wonderful shows to indulge in every once in a while. Do you let your child watch TV? What shows are your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.
April K.

*Pics from Google

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

6 Tips to Help Your Day Run Smoother

Being a stay at home mom or any type of mom can feel like a constant state of exhaustion. As soon as you open your eyes, there is a kid asking for food, you aren't awake for 30 minutes and the living room is already taken over with toys! You still have to make breakfast, get dressed, dress the kids, and hopefully you will be on time for your playdate.
A chaotic morning can make for a chaotic day. I wanted to share some tips that help my day run smoother.

1. Wake up before the kiddies - My days goes so much better when I am awake before Ava. She wakes up at about 7:30/8am and I wake up at about 5:30/6am depending on what workout I am doing. I can exercise, shower, and maybe read before she wakes up. As much as we love our kids, no one wants to be woken up with a little human screaming that they are hungry in your face!

2. Recite an affirmation - When my alarm goes off, I'll start repeating an affirmation to myself. Positive affirmations replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Thoughts become things and I only want good things! My favorite affirmation is "Life is amazing and only good things happen to me." I'll even listen to affirmations on YouTube while I shower and get ready for the day. Inspirational podcasts are great too.

3. Have a plan for the day - Kids tend to go bonkers when they are inside for long periods of time. Plan somewhere to go for the day, it doesn't have to cost money, just something fun. If weather is a problem, have indoor activities ready. Ava loves art and can draw, color, and paint at her easel all day. Pinterest has tons of activities for indoor fun.

4. Load the dishwasher during the day - Immediately unload the dishwasher in the morning. (Remember, you have to wake before the kids!)  After breakfast began loading it with the dirty dishes. It makes the kitchen seem cleaner and it is less work than loading all the dishes at night after dinner.

5. Have an idea for lunch - Whether you decide to pack a lunch for your outing, eat out at a restaurant, or cook up a quick meal, try to have an idea in mind so you aren't scrambling at lunchtime.

6. Work on dinner during nap time - It's so tempting to nap when the kiddies go down for a nap. It feels good for the moment but then you wake up and realize how much work needs to be done. Go ahead and start cooking dinner while the kiddies nap so you aren't scrambling in the evenings either.

I hope you found this list helpful and are able to put some of these practices to use. The one tip that I highly recommend is waking before the kids. You may feel like crap for a few days getting adjusted to your new waking time, but your great day will make up for it! Until next time!
April K.