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~ 6 Things You Can Do With Your Kids This Valentine’s Day


6 Things You Can Do With Your Kids This Valentine's Day


Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year and I know I can’t be the only one who doesn’t have a baby sitter.  Finding a baby sitter for Valentine’s Day isn’t always easy to do let alone one that will watch a bunch of boys;  I normally can leave my oldest babysitting but this year Joseph is here and I don’t think they can handle a 1 year old for more than 30 minutes.  Anyway, this year I decided to celebrate Robert’s birthday on Valentine’s Day but I decided to share some ideas that we’ve done in the past.

1. Heart Shaped bake off.  I don’t have a lot of time to bake so my kids love when we have a Valentine’s Day bake off and bake a ton of stuff in the shape of hearts.

2. Have everyone dress in red and have a Valentines Day photo shoot.

3. Have a candle lit dinner for the entire family.

4. Watch everyones favorite movies.

5. Read younger kids Valentine’s Day books.

6. Invite your younger kids best friends over for a Valentine’s Day party.

However you decide to celebrate, I hope Valentine’s Day brings you love.



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~ Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water ~

Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

I alway try my best to encourage my kids to drink lots and lots of water, especially since it’s always hot down here in Florida. Right now we’re in full on back-to-school mode. That means lots of after school activities, like sports, and a lot of time spent driving them back and forth. I have to be prepared to keep them hydrated at all times. In a survey* recently conducted by Nestle® Pure Life® , drinking water is one of the biggest “healthy habit” struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like “eat your fruit” (29%), “get enough exercise” (23%), and “eat your breakfast” (19%). It’s not always an easy task to get five boys to get their recommended eight glasses of water, but there are certain tricks that I’ve learned along the way to help keep them hydrated without them feeling forced.

Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

Per Robin Plotkin, one of the best ways to keep kids hydrated is to prep ahead with a week’s worth of bottled water for lunches or on the go events. Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water is my choice. Store them in the freezer and remove them when needed to stock lunches, backpacks, or gym bags. The water will be ready to drink when your child is ready.

In my fridge you will also find other healthy options for kids. I believe that allowing kids to make their own decisions in drinking water, and in life, helps them feel in control. In my opinion, that is a healthy way to guide them into making the right decision.

In a survey* recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®, kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits, such as getting their own water when thirsty, eating their fruits and vegetables at meal times without reminders, and requesting healthy food and beverage options for school lunches. I keep the bottles that we buy at Walmart stored in a cooler in my trunk along with a healthy snack or meal that they help pick so that even when we’re busy, we have a healthy option. According to 88% of moms surveyed*, water is the beverage their child most regularly drinks in the car. Make this a healthy habit by making sure that each child has a bottle of water in hand before they leave the house as well!

Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

Five Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Drink More Water

Another great tip from Robin includes keeping the kids  motivated to drink more water by making it fun Try adding crazy straws or special cups.

When all else fails, I turn drinking water in a friendly competition by buying each of the boys their own package of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, and whoever drinks the most at the end of the week will get to ride shotgun for a week. Now I don’t know about you, but riding shotgun is a big deal in my house, so everyone ends up trying to out drink the other. Try it and you can thank me later.

Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to providing nearly one million eight ounce servings of water to kids this school year at over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country through After-School All-Stars. To inspire other moms to join the Ripple Effect movement, they’ve enlisted mom ambassadors across America to share their tips for making healthy changes in their lives and the lives of their children. To help families drink up and be a part of the Ripple Effect – a movement to keep kids hydrated – visit pureliferippleeffect.com  and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect. Follow Nestle® Pure Life® on Facebook for all the latest.

How do you keep your kids hydrated ?

*Online survey conducted in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.



This is a sponsored post by Avery and these opinions are 100% my own.

Moms with a ton of kids like me know all too well the stress associated with buying school supplies. Because I have five boys, I get a pretty long supply list from their teachers, so I try to stay ahead of the curve by getting an early start on shopping.

To me, the hardest and most costly school items are clothes and shoes, but I have always found the most fun buying school supplies.  Throughout the years I’ve come up with a few ways to get the boys motivated and prepped for school while maintaining my sanity. Check out some of my life-savers below!


1. Get Organized: My kids LOVE to pick their binders in their favorite colors and style. We try to find ones that are big enough to act as a workspace with folders. These are two very important must-haves in our house because they often like to sneak off to a quiet corner instead of a desk. Binders like UltraLast from Avery make it easy for my kids to be mobile at any time and place while staying organized. 
* Make sure you don’t forget dividers! Dividers are extremely important in keeping paper neat and organized. Avery’s dividers have big tab pockets and durable write-on dividers with pockets (my kid’s love this feature because it allows them to be creative and give dividers an individual style).
2. Set goals with incentives: My boys are competitive so I set up treats like headphones for their bus rides or iTunes cards for new music for those who get their stuff done first. They get such a kick out of setting goals and seeing which one of them hits their mark first.  This can be anything from getting organized, cleaning out their draws or seeing who gets their summer work done first. For this, we use a tracking list of things to do and each kid highlights what they’ve done. It works – trust me!


3. Label everything: I know it may sound a bit neurotic to be labeling everything but when you have a bunch of kids, especially all boys like me, they tend to like to buy the same thing. Labeling helps to find things so much easier for them. I’d say labeling has become my boys’ favorite thing to do. They also label their lunch boxes, school supplies and backpacks. My favorite is the clothing labels by Avery. I can’t tell you how many times a son of mine has left his jacket on the bus (and if it wasn’t for labeling we’d never find it).
4. Have school friends get together: The one thing I’ve always heard from my older kids before they went back to school was, “I wonder if my friends will be in my class?” It didn’t always work out that their friends would be in the same class each year but I tried to alleviate the anxiety by having them invite their friends over before Back to School orientation to help them stay in contact with friends. It’s something that I still do now with my son Robert and he looks forward to it ever year. He calls a few close friends and invites them over for ice cream and sleepovers.

5. Get yourself organized too: Back to school prep and organization isn’t just for kids. After all how can you help them if you’re a disorganized mess? Whenever I head to Walmart (which normally has Avery supplies up to 50% off) to pick up some school supplies, I buy myself some fun supplies like these cute glitter binders and dividers from Avery. They can be used to organized recipes, school functions, to do lists and if you’re like me and work from home then buy yourself a few in different patterns or designs and set up a schedule. I plan on using mine for a blogging schedule and ideas.

I’m all about function, variety and more importantly products that last. That’s the best thing about all of Avery’s products – they offer an enormous variety of school supplies and solutions that help support the immediate need of the student.

And best of all – they offer a “hassle free” product replacement guarantee to ensure every Avery product lasts the duration of the school year.
Find your favorite Avery school supplies at Target, Wal-Mart, and other major retailers.

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How do you get your kids organized and motivated for back to school?

My kids love the 4th of July! My older ones buy themselves some fireworks and go nuts out on our lawn, while the younger ones watch and wave sparklers. This is Joseph’s second Fourth of July but this year he’s much more aware and we wanted him to join in on the fun in a safe way. Robert, my crafty one, came up with a great idea to make Joseph some DIY sparklers so that Joseph can wave them on the Fourth of July.

We headed to our local Dollar General looking for pipe cleaners but when I saw the red, white and blue balloon weights at our local Dollar General, I knew right away they’d be perfect! By the way, I spent less than $10 on all my supplies. I thought I’d be running around a few stores and spending double!

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids


Wooden popsicles sticks
Double sided tape
Three balloon weights
Foam glitter stars


Cut strands off balloon weights.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids

Grab a bundle and wrap up ends in double sided tape and set aside.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids

Add glue to the end of the star.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids

Place the popsicle stick on the glue and let it dry.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids

Criss cross double sided tape across entire back of star with glue (the more the better). Repeat on another blue star and set aside.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids


Take bundle of strands and place down onto the back of the star with the popsicle stick.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids

Take second star and press down until both stars and bundle of strands are all firmly in place.

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids

That’s it! I can’t wait to see his face when we hand Joseph his very own sparklers!

DIY Fourth of July Sparklers for Kids