Tuesday, July 18

Good SAHM Habits to Embrace

Habits, those little things that we do and don't even realize we are doing them. We all have habits, I like to think that I, as well as most people, have a more good habits than bad. Some of my personal good habits include waking up before my daughter, preparing breakfast daily, and using a planner to plan our days. 
Good habits are necessary for all moms especially stay at home moms. It's so easy for us to fall into bad habits, I wrote about a few HERE. I wanted to share a few habits that are good to embrace whether you are a stay at home mom or not.
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Planning playdates - One of my best SAHM habits is planning playdates and meetups with other moms! I adore getting together with my mom friends, it makes everyday mom life seem less mundane. Most of the mom friends that I have, I met them at a meetup or just struck up a conversation at the playground. I have even met mom friends through Facebook groups. Usually I will text my friends a few days in advance about getting together or I'll even plan larger meetups through Facebook groups.  I like to keep playdates simple, by meeting at a playground, the library, splash pad, or every now and then, at someone's home. A planner is a good way to keep track of your playdates. Playdates are fun, not just for the children, but for the moms as well. 
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Doing Crafts -  Amazon Target dollar spot and the Dollar Tree are my BFFs when it comes to crafts. Crafts can make a long rainy day at home bearable lol. I like to keep art supplies on hand like paper, crayons, paint, and sidewalk chalk. But for special projects, I'll head to the store to pick up what I need. Ava likes to paint and draw. One of her favorite toys is her easel. Sometimes, we will head to a local art museum to do crafts.

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Daily reading - Reading is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your child. We set a small goal to read at least 5 books a day. Reading helps with brain development, is wonderful for bonding, and what child doesn't love reading! I like to read for myself at night before bed. Sometimes I'll read when I wake up in the morning. I prefer an audio book if I am reading in the morning. I also set a goal for myself of reading 1 book a month.

We are all striving to be the best mom that we can be to our children. I like to think that these few good habits make me feel like super mom. What are some of your good mom habits? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

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April K.
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Wednesday, July 5

July is World Watercolor Month!

Looking at the National Day Calendar website has always been fun for me. It gives me fun ideas of things to celebrate with Ava. From National Donut Day to National Popcorn Day, there is something for everyone to celebrate. According to the National Day Calendar, July is World Watercolor Month.  Ava loves to paint, she actually loves all types of art. We try to do some sort of art everyday to foster creativity and also as a part of tot school.

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The other day, Ava asked to color and instead of coloring, we decided to paint a picture and use water colors. I prefer watercolor paint because it keeps the mess down. Kids paint, although washable, is messy, and acrylic paint stains. I usually get Ava's paint from Dollar Tree and my paint came from Michael's. My water color set has great color payoff. I've even painted some of Ava's wooden dollhouse furniture with this paint set.

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The coloring pages are from a Melissa and Doug jumbo coloring pad that I picked up from TJ Maxx. The pages have really big and simple pictures which are easier for younger children to color.

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Check out our masterpieces. We may be on our way to having our own art exhibit in a museum! I love doing activities like this with Ava, we both enjoy it. What activities do you enjoy doing with your little? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

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Monday, July 3

Awesome things my 3.5 year old is doing.

I've been knee deep into the blogging world and I have seen the sweetest posts where moms are documenting their child's milestones. I completely dropped the ball on digitally documenting milestones for Ava. I have things written down and scrapbooked, but nothing online. I thought maybe it would be a great time to start writing about her development. She is doing some pretty amazing things, so why not?! Here are some awesome things that my 3.5 year old is doing!

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Talking - My kiddo talks All. The. Time. All day long, non stop lol. #helpmypoorears But talking is great, it shows that she is paying attention and understanding the world around her.

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Being creative - If I let her paint all day, she would. She loves all types of art work, drawing, gluing, coloring, but she loves painting the most. We like going to the High Museum for Toddler Thursdays where they have crafts and toddler tours.

Pretending - One of Ava's favorite ways to play is pretending. She pretends with her animals, her doll house, her kitchen set when she wants to "cook mommy a salad," and with her baby dolls. Now of course when I play with her, I have to pretend exactly the way she wants me to or it's not the same lol. She definitely has a mind of her own.

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Making friends - Ava is very friendly. I hear her on the playground going up to other children saying "My name is Ava, what's your name?" "Come on, let's play!" Yes, my little un-socialized homeschooled child knows how to make a friend lol.

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"Reading"  - Ava loves to sit and look at books alone. If it is a book that we read often, I hear her saying the words from memory. We go to the library weekly, we read at the library and of course at home, and I think it's adorable that she tries to read a book to herself.

Wanting to "help" - I am working on my patience because now Ava wants to "help" with everything!! From cooking, to cleaning, to even helping mommy in the bathroom (she told me I can't use the potty alone lol). I definitely don't mind her helping with cleaning, but cooking, no thanks lol. Ava can help me clean after I cook!

I definitely have a 3 going on 30 year old lol. I love her literal logic, her spunky personality, I can also appreciate how head strong she is. I'm excited to see what her soon to be 4 year old mind brings as far as development and personality. It seems like documenting annually or biannually may be the way to go. Until next time.

April K.
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Sunday, July 2

Our Trip to the Central Library!

So normally on rainy days, I like to stay home because I don't like driving in the rain. But it's literally been raining for a month and Ava and I were going bonkers in the house. I decided to take her to the Central Library which is in downtown Atlanta.

A trip to the Central Library is quite the adventure for us. We have to find parking, we get to see the streetcar, and we get to walk between tall buildings to get to the library. I used to go to the Central Library every now and then when I was in high school, I remember it having the biggest selection of books.

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The Central Library has drastically changed since my childhood. The children's area is now on the bottom level along with the auditorium  and art exhibits. The children's area is so adorable, you enter through a tree canopy! It's very bright and inviting.

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Today we did a bird craft based on the book Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan. Of course my little lady wanted a pink bird.

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We browsed the book rows to find a few to take home. Whenever we go to the library, Ava just has to take home a new book lol.

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We also stopped to pose for a picture with The Cat in the Hat. Overall, my little lady had a fun time venturing to a new library. Not sure how often we will go back since we have to pay for parking downtown and the library that we go to weekly near us is pretty great. Until tomorrow!

April K.
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