Reasons I Have Cried This Week

I cried

Before becoming a mom I had a friend who would cry at (what I thought) were the silliest things. She also refused to read or watch anything to do with a child getting hurt.  I used to tease her so much for being such a mush.

Then I became a mom and I understood.  I am now also a part of the “big mush” club.  I cry because sometimes I’m sad; but there are plenty of other reasons I cry now -for being proud, being nostalgic, being discouraged, being overwhelmed…well the list goes on.  Before kids, I NEVER cried over so many things.  But here are some of the reasons I have cried this week.  Perhaps you can relate to some of them?

  • I cried watching my 5 year old who has a huge fear of the “deep end” of a pool swim from the instructor to the side of the pool. 

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  • I cried because I totally lost my cool after asking both boys to stop arguing in the car about a billion times.
  • I cried watching the pure joy of the boys playing for over an hour with some paper birds I helped them make from a Chick Fil A Kids meal.
  • I cried when at that same Chick Fil A trip my 5 year old said he would like fruit with his meal because they were “healthier” than fries.
  • I cried reading the posts on the Megsmiles page-I don’t even know this runner mom but I feel so connected to the story.
  • I cried watching my husband make salsa with our sons because I was thinking how lucky I was to have married such a great dad.
  • I cried because my 5 year old was rewarded with an icee pop because he was the only kid in the Y’s stay and play that listened to the teacher and cleaned up the entire play area.  I cried from pride and relief because he tries so hard but his methods don’t normally get recognized by other adults.
  • I cried while on a trip to Target with my 3 year old, I rewarded him with some fruit snacks and he said “Mommy can we get Will a treat too since he’s probably having a good day at school?”.
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Sweet Zack

  • I cried reading this story about a mom who misses her mom after her death 18 years later.  I cried because I still miss my dad 16 years after his death.
  • I cried watching the movie “Hall Pass” when Owen Wilson describes the spot on his chest that held his wife the first time she fell asleep on him and that was the same spot he held his children when they were babies.
  • I cried from pride after my run yesterday because it was my first run in the snow and it was HARD.  Running is a journey for me and something I thought I’d never do-and love to do.
  • I cried at nap today when I asked my 3 year old what his favorite part of the morning was and he said playing with you and Daddy.

 

Wow, it looks like I am a big cry baby uh?  I’m not saying that each instance brought a gush of tears, but tears formed in my eyes and each situation touched my heart.

What’s brought you to tears this week?

Stitch A Monster Pillow Kit Only $5.99!

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I am loving this craft!  My kids are all about monsters so I know they would love this as well!

Right now you can get the MONSTER CAMP: Stitch A Monster Pillow Kitfor only $5.99!  This is normally priced at $12.99 so you’re saving over 50%!

  • Have Fun Making Your Own Monster Pillow
  • Easy-To-Follow Instructions
  • Find Fun Ways To Make Your Monster Unique!
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  • Creative Project For Little Monsters

 

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

vday snacksI love Valentine’s day-it is so much fun with the boys! And who doesn’t love Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks?

If you’re looking to win someone’s heart or just make their day with some delicious snacks, this list will surely cure someone’s sweet tooth!

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

 

White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Spoons

Popcorn Hearts

Cupid’s Arrows

Homemade Gumdrops

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

Valentine Brownie Pizza

Valentine’s Day Neapolitan Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day Thin Mints

Valentine M&M Samoa Blondies

Soy Milk Truffles

S’Mores Mason Jar Valentines

Puff Pastry Pudding Hearts

Nutella Love Letter Pancakes

Barcelona Hot Chocolate with Strawberry Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Tutorial

Heart Shaped Pizza

 

What are your favorite Valentine’s day snacks?

Halo Sleep Sacks 50% Off!

If you have followed me for a while you know how much I love Halo products.  These products are amazing and we never would have survived Will’s infancy without them!  He slept perfectly in them and I didn’t have to worry about him smothering in his sleep.

Zulily has Halo sleep sacks on sale for 50% off right now. Prices start at just $6.50!!

Even if you don’t have a baby, if you know someone who is pregnant, these make the perfect shower gift!

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Coolest Christmas Toy Ever

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Today we finally opened and braved putting together what I now think is the coolest Christmas present ever (well, of the material/toy kind)-the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleball!

My oldest is really into puzzles and misses his globe we sold (because he NEVER played with it), so Santa brought him the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleball.  I thought this was going to be a monster to put together but it was AWESOME!

You simply follow by number order and each piece has an arrow pointing to where the next piece should go. It only took like 45 minutes to put together and amazingly it seems very stable!  The kids LOVE it!

Right now the Ravensburger XXL Children’s Globe 180 Piece Puzzleballis currently on sale for $16.46 (normally $24.99), but they have limited numbers in stock so hurry over if you want to try it out!

The Magic School Bus-The Complete Series Over 50% Off!

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When I taught public school, my students loved The Magic School Bus movies.  Now that I’m a mom, I am always looking for educational deals and this one is great!

Right now you can get the The Magic School Bus: The Complete Seriesfor only $39.41.  This is over 50% off the normal price of over $79!

This 8-DVD set containing all 52 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated science-adventure series. Based on the bestselling books, kids everywhere can get charged up about science with this collectible, first-ever The Magic School Bus Complete Series.

Ride with Ms. Frizzle, teacher extraordinaire, and her enthusiastic, inquisitive students as their Magic School Bus takes them on cliff-hanging field trips inside the human body, back to prehistoric times, far out into space, and everywhere else in between!

Grab a seat and hang on for all four seasons of the longest-running kids science series ever! Inside find a full list of episodes, science topics, experiments and more!

Remember, Amazon can and will change prices at anytime!

 

I Want My Kids To Know They Can Mess Up

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As a mom, I mess up ALL THE TIME!

Before having kids, I knew exactly how parenthood was going to be, exactly how I would handle problems, melt downs, etc.  And honestly, with my first son, things were going pretty smoothly and according to my plan.  Then came my second son-and everything went out the window.  Our oldest began competing for attention, and by this, I mean he started making some pretty bad behavior choices.  And as an exhausted mommy, so did I.

It’s not everyday that I feel proud of my parenting ability.  Sometimes it takes a few days to go by to feel as if I’m doing anything right.  Have I cried myself to sleep after a stressful day full of meltdowns? Absolutely.  Have I gone to sleep with my last thought being how my sons showed amazing manners to a complete stranger?  Yes.  As we all know, there are good moments and there are bad moments.  On days when the bad outnumbers the good, it’s HARD to feel like you’re doing anything right.  But I know I try.  And I try, and try and try…but the patience runs out and other life stresses take their toll.

There is one thing I know I am doing right.  I am letting my kids know it is ok to mess up.  Every single night I talk to my boys about the day and I make sure to apologize if I’ve lost my temper or handled things the wrong way.  We also review our day together and discuss what was the most fun, what we thought was best, and also we talk about situations that went wrong, how they could have handled things differently to make things better, and what choice they can make the next time.  I make sure to also discuss how we all could have handled things differently in certain situations.

We talk EVERYDAY about how it is ok to mess up.  That EVERYBODY does it.  That every single person on the face of the earth makes bad choices and/or has a bad day.  But how you handle the mess up defines who you are.  You can fix the mess up and make things better or you can throw a tantrum (or a toy) and make things worse.  You can try to blame someone else (“but he hit me first”) or you can take responsibility for your own actions and FIX THEM.  You can be the solution to the problem or make the problem even bigger.

So yes, I probably raised my voice today.  Yes, I may or may not have threatened to take away a Christmas toy or a future playdate-BUT-I said I was sorry and I FIXED the problem.  I talked it out, kissed it out, and hugged it out-and we moved on.

My kids know it’s ok to mess up.  But they also know they need to fix their mess ups and try to make things better.

 

New Year’s Eve Activities & Crafts For Kids

I love creating crafts with my sons and love making more traditions as well!

Here is a great round up of  New Year’s Ever crafts and activities that can be done in under an hour (some just minutes) and are all frugal to help you bring in 2013!

 

New Year’s Eve Shakers

rocket boosters

New Year’s Eve Rocket Boosters-Blast into the new year!

New Year’s Eve Bubbles

New Year’s Hand Print Comparison-Simply have your children leave their hand prints on paper labeled with the year and compare them each year!

 New Year’s Time Capsule (love this idea and will be doing it this year!)

Year in Review Sheet

Exercise/Go for a Run (what better way to help with your “Get Fit” resolutions than involving your kids?!

25 Kids Books For Only $1 Each!

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I love that my boys enjoy reading and what’s better than $1 kids books???

Right now you can get 25 Kids Books For Only $1 Each!

There are a lot of great titles included in the sale but here are some of my favorites!

 Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming! (Things That Go)

Pirates, Ho!

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Don’t have a Kindle, no problem!  Simply download this appto read the book on your phone, PC, or iPad!

DIY Santa Christmas Ornament

santa ornament

We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy DIY Santa Christmas Ornament that was super easy to make!

DIY Santa Christmas Ornament

Materials:

Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament
Red & Black Paint
Gold Glitter
Glue
Paint Brush

Directions:

1.  Paint the entire ornament red to create your Santa suit.

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2.  Have your child paint a black line all the way across the middle and allow to dry.

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3.  Using glue, draw a square in the middle of the black “belt” and then cover in glitter.

4.  Shake off extra glitter and allow to dry.  It’s now ready for your tree or a gift box!

These ornaments are easily personalized-simply paint your message on the front or using a Sharpie marker write on the back.  We leave the back of our ornaments paint free if we are planning on using a Sharpie marker because the marker will take the paint off.

Christmas Crafts For Kids-Lots Of Ideas!

christmas crafts for kids

If you’re looking for Christmas Crafts for Kids, look no further than this list!

 

My friends and I have come up with a huge list of awesome Christmas crafts for kids this year!  Don’t forget you can find more crafts for kids under my Kids Frugal Fun page and if you’re looking for Elf ideas, check out my Elf on the Shelf Ideas page!

 

Paper Plate Santa

Christmas Mouse

Countdown to Christmas Bell and Chain

Christmas Handprint Wreath

Snowmen Handprint Ornament

DIY Snow

Snowman Lightbulb Ornament

candy cane ornament

Candy Cane Ornament

Homemade Gift Tags and Bags

Thumbprint Ornaments

Footprint Reindeer

santa toilet

Toilet Paper Santa and Rudolph

Mistle”Toes” on Canvas

Gingerbread Man Candy Dish

Twine Candy Cane Ornaments

Graham Cracker Santa Snack

DIY Snowman Shirt

 

More Christmas Fun:

Christmas Jokes for Kids

Christmas Traditions and Fun Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

candy cane ornament

We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy Candy Cane Christmas Decoration that was super easy to make!

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

Materials:

Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament
Green, Red, and White Paint
Paint Brush

Directions:

1.  Paint the entire ornament Green to provide a nice background.

2.  Have your child dip one finger in red paint and one finger in white paint.

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3. Help your child create a pattern with the red and white paint that will create a candy cane design.

4.  Allow to dry and it’s ready for your tree or a gift box!

These ornaments are easily personalized-simply paint your message on the front or using a Sharpie marker write on the back.  We leave the back of our ornaments paint free if we are planning on using a Sharpie marker because the marker will take the paint off.

 

LeapPad 2 Explorer Only $39.99!

leappad 2

This is a HOT toy item for the holidays and my boys absolutely LOVE their LeapPad!

Right now GameStop is offering the LeapPad 2 Explorer for only $39.99!

Here’s how to score this deal:

Click HERE to go to GameStop.com.

Search for “leappad2 explorer learning tablet.” and you will see the price as $39.99

To make the deal even sweeter, use the coupon code SAVER to get free shipping on orders of more then $24!

Happy Shopping!

Thanks, A Frugal Chick

Cloub b Products As Low As $18.99!

cloud b

My boys ADORE their Cloud b turtle-like really really love it!

Right now you can get Cloud b products as low as $18.99 via Zulily!  I priced checked the prices with Amazon and most if not all are cheaper in this sale!

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Elf On The Shelf Ideas: How The Elf Returns!

elf returns

Do you have an Elf of the Shelf?  We purchased The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition last year and loved every second of it!  We are always looking for new Elf on the Shelf Ideas and when my friend told me about this one, I HAD to do it.  Don’t forget to check out all of our Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

The boys and I have discussed the need to clean out the playroom and put some toys aside for other little boys who would love to have them.  My friend told me yesterday about seeing somewhere that someone’s elf had arrived with boxes to help with this chore. So I decided to do our own version of this.  Our elf does not arrive for the season until we put our tree up for Christmas, but this morning he made a special appearance!

He came with a note and shopping bags explaining for each boy to fill up a shopping bag with gently used toys and that he would return around Thanksgiving to see how they did. When the boys went in the playroom to fill up their bags, I quickly hid the elf and replaced him with some treats.  They were thrilled at his visit and said they can’t wait for his return so they can thank him for his candy!  I promised I would email Santa with a picture of their filled bags.