Talking to Kids about Sex

 

 

The JOY of Parenthood…. It comes with great conversations with your little ones. NOT….. but if someone has to do it I’d rather it be me. My 7 and 9-year-old brought up the word SEX the other day and I pretended like i didn’t hear them. Yea I’m that mom. What the heck… why are kids learning about this stuff so early? Kid come on now be a kid don’t grow up so fast.

 

I didn’t wanna have that talk when I was a pre-teen, I never asked about it. I do remember one of my father’s girlfriends having a talk with me while I sat on a bar stool in a bar in Southern Maryland about the Birds & the Bee’s I was about 12. It was uncomfortable, to say the least, I may have wondered about it I suppose but nowadays kids are starting out so early.

 

So the question is when is the right time to talk to your child about SEX?

 

When your child is ready.

 

Since my daughters have already asked about their private parts around age 4 I’ve opted to give them the correct name from the start instead of backtracking later. When my daughter came home from school and said her kitty-cat …………. It was time to teach her that its called a Vagina and boys have a Penis ( no daddy doesn’t pee out of his hand. )

 

My girls have asked me several times where babies come from? Do you get them from kissing because if you do I’m never kissing a boy. I explained to them that when you are married a mommy and a daddy create a baby together.The basic understanding of intercourse. You can say, “Nature [or God] created male and female bodies to fit together like puzzle pieces. When the penis and the vagina fit together, sperm, like tadpoles, swim through the penis and up to the egg.” Explain what you think about sex and relationships. For instance: “Sex is one of the ways people show love for each other.

 

Many moms believe their children are not ready or mature enough to know anything about Sex at all but I assure you, they are hearing about it at school. Wouldnt you rather they hear the facts from you than hear twisted info from someone else.

If you talk about it from an early age it won’t be taboo as they get older & hopefully, they’ll be more willing to talk to you when the time comes. I honestly didn’t think about talking about rape. I know it’s important to discuss, but it didn’t cross my mind.  There are some scary statistics out there. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. If you use the proper terms and teach them what to expect and to say no, then hopefully their chances of being victims decreases or if they do (God forbid) become a victim, they will feel better coming to you. We will teach abstinence, but also talk about using protection and living with consequences of actions. I wish I could be naive when it comes to this, but I can’t. This isn’t the world we grew up in.

 

Storybooks can help get across the concept of sex to your child or further explain what you’ve already discussed. Check your local library, set aside time to sit and read together, then offer to answer any questions. Don’t just send your child off to read in a room by herself, though. Being involved from the get-go will show her that she can come to you when she has more complicated or sensitive questions as she gets older.

 

A few books I like that helped me thru the process are It’s Not the Stork and What’s the Big Secret

 

Do you have any tips on talking to your kids about sex? Let’s talk about it.

 

 

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5 Road Trip Games for Your Kids to Play

Taking your kiddos on a road trip can be a really crazy experience. I mean they are impatient, they get bored, and they begin to bug you with the “How much longer?” And “Are we there yet?” questions! We all know how frustrating that can be to answer those questions over and over. The best solution to make for a fun, calm, and enjoyable road trip is to keep those kids busy and having fun! If they’re having fun, they won’t be so worried about the timing and they will actually have a good ride. So, it can get pretty messy to bring along a bunch of toys to play with and it’s pretty much impossible to play a board game in a moving vehicle, but don’t worry! I have the solution! I’m going to be sharing with you 5 easy and fun games to play with your kids in the car that require absolutely no tools, just your brains and you talking to one another! So let’s jump right into the fun!!

1. I Spy: I Spy is always a fun game for kids because they get to be little detectives and find things that they may not have thought to look for already. So although it can be a bit difficult to play this game with objects on the outside of your vehicle because well, you’re constantly moving, you can play with the things inside your vehicle! This is where it pays off to have a ton of stuff in your car because this game could go on forever!
2. Alphabet Game: Another really fun game that requires looking for things! Here are the rules of the game, you have to find a word somewhere, whether that be inside the vehicle or on the outside, that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Whoever gets all the way through the whole alphabet wins the game, really simple but definitely takes a good amount of time!
3. Name That Tune: This is a good one that only requires the radio! Turn it on and hold a competition to see who can guess the song that is playing the quickest! This is super fun and a great way to hold a little friendly competition!
4. Guess the Celebrity: This one is super fun if your are ones that follow the celebrity world! All you have to do to play is simply take turns describing a celebrity and whoever guesses who you are the quickest, gets a point!
5. Punch Buggy: This one may not be the best idea and the parents probably won’t suggest it, due to the punching part of the game! LOL Typically when this game is played, every time a person sees a buggy car, they have to punch the other person. However, that’s not very nice, to make it a more appropriate game  just have them simply say “punch buggy!” When they see one and track the points!
Next time you are taking a road trip with the kiddos, be sure to keep these in mind! I promise it will definitely make for a more exciting and enjoyable road trip because they will be having a blast and stay occupied during your long drive!
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Babytime Playful Wash

 

Young children have sensitive skin, you wouldn’t use regular soap on their delicate skin, would you?  Babytime! is the only skincare brand to make baby-safe, all-natural skincare products that with PROBIOTICS to support skin immunity and help treat common skin conditions, like eczema, cradle cap, and common dehydration. With clinically effective formulas designed to support the health and development of both the skin and body, Babytime! provides a protective barrier to insulate vulnerable skin, offset environmental contaminants, and help keep children safe.

 

 

I was given the opportunity to try out Babytime Playful WashPeaceful Bubbles and Active Repair with my girls and absolutely love the natural smell of them. Made with ingredients I can pronounce. I also love knowing that the scents are naturally-derived instead of being created with harmful chemicals. Non-irritating and eye safe my kids had a blast in the bath and a little goes a long way with Babytime.

 

Playful Wash 

Enjoy an ultra-gentle all-over cleanse with this fresh, sudsy bath-time favorite. The Episencial 2-in-1 hair shampoo and body gel blends the natural cleansing properties of pure tangerine oil with calming and conditioning calendula and aloe for extra sensitive skin. pH-balanced to be eye-safe and quick-rinsing.

  • Ages: timeless for all ages, 0 – 150 years  Uses: 2-in-1 shampoo + body gel Benefits: moisturizing, extra gentle + quick rinsing
  • Safety: #1 Organic wash chosen by hospitals and NICUs

Peaceful Bubbles

Soak up some comfort for the skin with this extra gentle, non-irritating and ultra soothing bath treatment! Peaceful Bubbles is packed with moisturizing extracts that calm and soften skin, while fruit extracts soothe and balance for ultimate skin health and immunity. Sugar-based foaming agents create bubbly fun while adding natural healing skin oils. pH-balanced to be safe, quick rinsing and eye-safe. Safe and non-irritating for boys and girls.

Ages: Timeless for all ages, 0 – 150 years

Uses: All-in-one Bubble Bath + Shampoo

Benefits: Calming, softening, soothing + pH balancing

Safety: Doctor developed, won’t irritate sensitive places

Smells Like: Calming lavender plum

 

 

Active Repair

Bring comforting relief to dry, irritated, inflamed, cracked or eczema-prone skin without the use of steroid creams. Active Repair uses 95% organic ingredients like healing calendula, zinc and ceramides to soothe, protect and moisturize severely bothered skin. Formulated to create a barrier and promote fast-acting healing, this luxurious cream ointment will help improve the quality of life with the first use. Helps to reduce itching and overall irritation. Moms and dads can be confident that this gentle yet effective formula will safely and effectively protect and repair their children’s skin and can be used on babies and kids of all ages.

Ages: Timeless for all ages, 0 – 150 years
Uses: Nourishing, skin barrier protectant for eczema, severely dry or cracked skin
Benefits:  Helps actively repair cracked, itching and oozing skin associated with rashes, eczema, poison ivy, oak, and insect bites.
Safety: OTC grade ointment made with solar power in a pharmaceutical grade lab
Smells Like: Refreshing and cool, medicinal- like tea tree, familiar
Feels Like: Relief, like sitting under a tree on a blazing summer day
Ingredients: Calendula, ceramides, coconut oil, tea tree & zinc

 

You will feel great knowing your baby’s skin is safe with Babytime and bath time will be that much more fun.

 

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5 Tips for Saving & Getting Free Groceries

 

Groceries are one of the biggest expenses for a household. Wouldn’t it be nice to get free groceries from time to time? Believe it or not, there are ways to get free food. Does it take a bit of work? Yes, but it can be well worth it. In some cases, you may even make money. Let’s take a closer look at five tips for getting free groceries.

 

  1. Sign Up for Rewards Cards

 

Did you know that many grocery stores and even drugstores often have items you can get for free? It’s true. For example, Kroger grocery stores have a free item of the week. Walgreens also often offers items you can purchase and then get a register reward for the cost of the item. Sign up for as many rewards programs as you can.

 

  1. Shop Clearance Racks

 

Stores often have clearance items that are still in stock, but the store has decided to stop selling the item. This usually lowers the price quite a bit. In some cases, you can use coupons to get these items for free. In some stores, you may even get an overage that can be put towards your other items.

 

  1. Utilize Overages

 

Speaking of overages, some stores, such as Walmart, allow you to use coupon overages towards other items. The way an overage works is that you have a coupon that is worth more than the value of the item being purchased. If you’re shopping at a store that allows overages, the money will be used to cover other items being purchased. This is how couponers get items like meat and produce for free.

 

  1. Use Rebate Programs

 

There are so many rebate programs out there.CheckOut51 and Ibotta are two of the most popular. The way these programs work is that you can scan the item and your receipt and are given money back on the item. In many cases, there will be items listed that you can find on sale and can find coupons for. Once you snatch up your rebate, the item may be free or you may even make money.

 

  1. Contact Your Favorite Companies

 

Spend a bit of time emailing your favorite companies to tell them how much you love their products. In many cases, you will receive coupons, including coupons for free items. Sure, it takes a bit of time to email these companies, but it can be well worth it.

 

Do you want to cut the cost of your groceries? Take the time to do a bit of work and you could get some of your groceries for free.

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5 Cheap Hacks for Healthy Summer Treat

 

Summer has arrived and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep the kiddos fed. While meals may not be a problem, what about snacks? Do you have healthy snack ideas in your arsenal? Ice cream and popsicles purchased from the store can be loaded with fat, calories, and questionable ingredients. Thankfully, you can use some cheap hacks for healthy summer treats.

 

  1. Freeze Yogurt Cups

 

Do you have some yogurt that is getting close to expiring? Poke a popsicle stick into the cup through the lid. Freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours. Once frozen, dip the cup into hot water to loosen the yogurt and pull it out. You’ve got a yummy treat that your kids are going to love.

 

  1. Make Fruit Kabobs

 

Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat fruit? Make it fun. Cut fruit into chunks and skewer it on a kabob stick. You can even add a couple fun treats, such as marshmallows or miniature candy bars. You could also drizzle the fruit with chocolate sauce. Chances are you’ll have no trouble at all getting your kids to eat this fruit.

 

  1. Cut Foods Into Fun Shapes

 

If your kids are small, they are going to love this. You can cut so many different foods using cookie cutters. You can make fruit flowers, bear-shaped luncheon meat and cheese, or even dinosaur-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Just have fun with it. You can even get your kids involved.

 

  1. Create Your Own Smoothie Pops

 

In the morning when you’re making your smoothie, make an extra batch and pour the mixture into popsicle molds. This can be a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your kids diet. Plus, you’ll be making smoothie bars that would cost a fortune in a health food store.

 

  1. Play Food Bingo

 

Want to get your kids to eat more healthy foods? Create bingo boards featuring the different foods. You can then offer your kids snacks throughout the week that feature these foods. If your kids eat the right foods, they can win a prize. It’s just a fun way to get your kids to eat healthier.

 

Summer doesn’t have to be a constant fight to get your kids to eat healthy. There are so many fun hacks you can use to get your kids to eat healthier. Whether it’s cutting foods into fun shapes or playing food bingo, you’ll love these cheap hacks for healthy summer snacks.

 

 

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Frozen Banana Granola Pops

 

Bananas are not just for the morning they can be great snacks in the summertime too. I love freezing bananas and making it into ice cream and for a special treat you can whip up Frozen Banana Granola Pops with this healthy recipe.

 

I make sure to have bananas on hand all the time, who knows when the kids may want a banana milkshake, sliced bananas, and strawberries for lunch or a peanut butter banana sandwich.

 

Ingredients:
4 bananas
3 tablespoons Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola
6 ounces dark chocolate chips or shards
8 popsicle sticks

Directions:
• Peel, cut bananas in half crosswise and insert Popsicle sticks.  Place on a parchment-lined tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 3 hours.
• Place Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola into a shallow dish. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over slightly simmering water, over low heat, constantly stirring. Pour the chocolate into a tall glass.
• Dip each banana into the chocolate and roll in the granola straightaway. Place on a parchment-lined tray.
• Serve immediately or wrap individually in parchment paper or plastic wrap in the freezer.

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25 Kid Made Mothers Day Gifts

 

Mother’s Day is May 14 and sneaking up fast. and you’re probably already thinking of what you’re going to get mom this year. Mom’s love and appreciate homemade gifts, they have more sentimental value than flowers or chocolates, don’t get me wrong I do love flowers and chocolate but flowers die and the chocolate will just make me fat. These fun craft ideas are a creative way to show mom how much you care. Here are 25 DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas that she’ll love.

 

  1. Wooden Spool Flower Craft
  2. DIY Coloring Page Bracelets for Mom
  3. DIY Garden Markers
  4. Mother’s Day Photo Cube
  5. Egg Carton Flower Box Craft
  6. Mom and Me Printable Book
  7. Tissue Paper Flowers
  8. Monogrammed Recipe Box
  9. DIY Kitchen iPad Holder
  10. Mother’s Day Card with Pop Up Flowers
  11. DIY Marble Cutting Board
  12. Breakfast in Bed Tray
  13. Mother’s Day Gift in a Jar
  14. Mother’s Day Wall Art
  15. Helpful Handmade Gift
  16. DIY Mother’s Day Photo Candle
  17. Cozy Slippers Gift Idea
  18. Table Top Herb Garden
  19. Gardening Gift Idea
  20. DIY Cork Coasters
  21. DIY Gold Striped Vases
  22. DIY Mother’s Day Mug
  23. Spa and Pampering in a Jar
  24. Child’s Handprint Craft
  25. Mother’s Day Personalized Watering Can
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25 DIY Kid Made Bird Feeders

 

Each spring, I look forward to making bird feeders with my kids. There are so many tutorials and creative ways to make them, and kids love watching birds visit their homemade feeders. Here are 25 awesome kid-made bird feeder ideas to make with your kids this year.

 

  1. Star Bird Feeders
  2. Pop Bottle Bird Feeders
  3. Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder
  4. Juice Carton Bird Feeder
  5. Pinecone Bird Feeder
  6. Orange Bird Feeder
  7. Recycled Bird Feeder
  8. Butterfly Bird Feeder
  9. Colorful Bird Feeder
  10. Natural Heart Bird Feeder
  11. Milk Jug Bird Feeder
  12. Frame Bird Feeder Craft
  13. Popsicle Bird Feeder Craft
  14. DIY Rocket Bird Feeder
  15. Wipe Container Bird Feeder
  16. Recycled Can Bird Feeder
  17. Orange Birdseed Ornaments
  18. Toilet Paper Bird Feeder
  19. Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder
  20. Cheerio Bird Feeder
  21. Tin Can Bird Feeder
  22. Tinker Bell Bird Feeder
  23. DIY Bird Feeder Buffet
  24. Peanut Butter Bird Feeder
  25. Homemade Donut Bird Feeder
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Five Money Saving Tips for Moms

 

It can cost a fortune to have kids. And the more you have, the more money you need to spend on clothing, shoes, food, doctor’s bills, etc. There are many ways to cut corners when it comes to taking care of your family. Here are five great ideas to help you save some cash!

 

  • Thrift Stores

 

While we’d all love to deck our kids out in designer duds, doing so is just plain foolish. For one, kids grow fast. That fabulous dress that little Suzie wore last month, probably looks more like a shirt on her now. And kids can be messy, in case you didn’t know! No reason to spend a lot of money on shoes that will become mud-covered in short order. Thrift stores are an excellent place from which to purchase kids’ clothes. Jeans especially, which usually end up with holes in the knees, are the perfect item to purchase at these types of establishments. For the same amount of money that one pair of new jeans costs, you could have six pairs from the thrift store. Totally worth it!

 

  • Save on Jammies

 

Speaking of stained and damaged clothes, they’re perfect repurposed as pajamas. No need to waste money on PJs when you have an entire pile of imperfect clothes sitting in your laundry room. If little Johnny spills some grape juice on his favorite tee shirt, wash it and let him wear it at night to sleep in. You can save a small fortune by doing this. You could always have a pair or two of pajamas on hand for each kid to wear for sleepovers.

 

  • Buy in Bulk

 

Warehouse stores are excellent places to buy food, and other items, in bulk. It’s worth the initial membership fee to save big in the long run. School snacks are a great thing to buy at these types of stores, because you can get huge boxes with twenty, thirty, forty, or more individually-wrapped items. Often too, coupon books are available at the entryways, by mail, or online. Win-win!

 

  • Make Your Own Toiletries

 

Purchase a large tub of coconut oil, along with a few other common household ingredients, and make lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, and other toiletries for your family. There are countless recipes for these cheap and non-toxic concoctions available online. Not only will you save a ton of cash by doing this, but you’ll also know exactly what your putting in, and on, your family members’ bodies.

 

  • Cut Your Kids’ Hair

 

This is easier than you think. Luckily, girls wear their hair long and straight these days with few, if any, layers. You can save a lot of money by attempting to trim their hair yourself. Watch a few You Tube tutorials if you’re unsure of your skills, and then have at it. Purchase clippers to cut boy’s hair. If you make a mistake, it will grow back!

Having kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you use a little planning and ingenuity to save a few bucks. These tips can help you be a thrifty mom!

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Five Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

You may take for granted that your kids know you love them, but, in many cases that may not be true. Kids need constant reassurance, especially from Mom and Dad. The world is hard and kids can face a lot of troubles and difficulties out in society. A strong foundation of love and security at home can go a long way in giving your child the strength to get through each day in a positive way. Try these ideas:

 

  • Small Gestures

 

Place sweet notes in lunches, tape them to their bedroom door, or write loving messages on their bathroom mirror. These are all ways to remind your kids that you love them and are thinking about them. Buy them a treat, or watch their favorite show with them. Little things like this go a long way.

 

  • Expect a Lot From Them

 

This may seem counterintuitive, but expecting a lot of our kids makes them know that we think very highly of them. Challenge them and expect them to help around the house. Teach them life skills that will set them up for success once their out on their own. Give them a purpose and make them feel like they have a mission in life. They may not see the value in this now, but when they’re older, they’ll thank you for expecting a lot of them and believing their capable of accomplishing a lot!

 

  • Care About Their Health

 

Don’t feed your kids junk and let them sit around all day. Nor should you let them stay up until all hours and then sleep until noon. Teach your children self-care and guide them about what kind of food they eat and how much sedentary time they engage in, especially staring at screens. Make them feel like you care about them – mind, body, and spirit.

 

  • Set Limits

 

Give your kids boundaries. Check their phone and social media accounts to make sure they’re on the up and up online. Don’t indulge their every wish and desire. Don’t allow them to be disrespectful to you or others. Again, they may see this as mean and oppressive now, but later in life they’ll look back and see how much you cared about their safety, character, and well-being.

 

  • Tell Them

 

Tell your kids that you love them when you wake them up each morning. Then again when you drop them off at school. And when you pick them up. Tell them when they walk into the room and again when they leave it. Email them and tell them that you love them. Post it on their Facebook page. Tell them multiple times at night before they go to sleep. Let it be the last thing they hear from you before they close their eyes at the end of each day. The point is, you can never ever tell them enough that you love them. Not only will they know for sure how you feel about them, but this practice will help them to become loving, caring people as well.

Everyone loves their kids, right? Hopefully. But not every parent shows their kids that they love them. Use these little tips to show your children in a big way just how much they mean to you!

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