Crafts For Kids – Balloon Beanbag Balls

These totally tossable, super fun and easy to make balls are lightweight and easy to grip, making them perfect for beanbag games or a good old game of catch. My kids love them!

Materials Needed:
9 (11-inch) balloons (for 3 balls) *Let your kids pick 2 of their favorite colors
Plastic funnel
2 1/4 cups of dried lentils
Scissors

Stretch the first balloon by inflating it halfway, holding it closed for about 30 seconds, and deflating it.

Place a funnel in the balloon’s neck and gradually pour in 3/4 cup of lentils, pushing them in as you go. The balloon should be firm but squeezable.

Snip off the balloon’s thick rubber lip. Cut the neck off a second balloon and gently stretch the opening.

Ease the second balloon over the filled balloon, tucking in the neck as you go. You will have to help your child do this.

Cut the neck off the third balloon, stretch the opening, and ease it over the other two. Repeat this process to make a set of three balls, or however many you’d like.

Now go have some summer fun!

Tuesdays Ramblings….The Joy of Motherhood

Being a mommy…..
It’s the most joyful, but also the most overwhelming feat of my life. When I say overwhelming, I mean it in the best possible way:
I am overwhelmed at the:
Ability to love another human being more than myself.
Strength it takes to correct your child(ren) right from wrong.
Patience that is needed in order to best understand your child’s desire to be independent.
Encouragement needed to balance my life, parenting and marriage on a day to day basis.
Grace needed to reassure myself that it’s okay to make mistakes; we are all human. Me included.
One of my favorite quotes:

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving

What do you love most about being a mommy?

TOP TEN TUESDAY ~ Top 10 Family Movie Classics

Our family loves watching movies together. Here are the top ten most watched family movie classics. I would have to agree that some of these are fabulous and have been watched many times in our household. How about you, mom?

10) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
9) Ella Enchanted (2004)
8) E.T. (1982)
7) Freaky Friday (2003)
6) Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
5) The Sound of Music (1965)
4) Spy Kids (2001)
3) Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
2) Whale Rider (2003)
1) The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Tuesdays Ramblings – He Said, She Said….

Disagreements? Of course….It’s only natural that we disagree occasionally with others. Whether it be a spouse, a child, a friend or even a co-worker.
Choosing where and how to disagree in front of your children is something that is not thought about often. Oftentimes we choose to express how we feel with our partner or spouse when the subject arises…the time and place usually doesn’t matter. Whether we are sitting at the dinner table or taking a walk.
But, our children, young toddlers and pre-teens know when somethings “up”. It’s important to consider what you bring up in front of your children. Is it an appropriate time to discuss the matter? What is it that you are disagreeing about? Is it appropriate for your children to overhear? 
If your children are around and you feel the need to discuss an issue with your spouse or partner and it is not child-appropriate, it is best to leave the room, wait until the children have gone to bed or schedule a time to discuss it when your children are away (outside playing, at soccer practice or at a friends house). 
It is not wrong to disagree about something. But, you should always consider what little eyes and little ears are around.
Do you have a time and place to discuss issue with your partner or spouse without the children around?

Monday Mayhem…The countdown to summer vacation

No more teachers, no more books…..
When the Easter holiday hits, the reality of summer break on the horizon hits home. School is dwindling down, and your children are pumped about leaving the school bell behind for the next 3 months.
So, what do you do with the last few weeks of “freedom” before the herd comes home?
Here’s YOUR countdown list, mom. Take part in a little “me” time before it becomes “What are WE going to do today, mom…..I’m bored”!
1) Lunch With The Ladies…Grab some of your favorite gal pals and head to lunch at a favorite restaurant. You are going to have plenty of time for greasy pizza and loud play areas at your local fast food hangout soon enough! 
2) Me-Time Movie…I always thought it was weird for a person to go to the movies alone. That thought changed after having children. Any “me” time was awesome, but a movie that didn’t involve 3D glasses and a dancing goat; awesome. A chick flick, some buttery popcorn, a large soft drink and the ability to watch a movie all the way through without someone having to go potty. Bliss…..
3) Non-Chaotic Clothes Shopping…Enough said. Being able to look at clothes and try them on without telling a toddler to not open the door, to not pick the gum off of the mirror to chew in the dressing room and to not point out that you are wearing pink underwear with flowers on them and then proceeding to say it loud enough that the entire dressing room of women hear it. Kids and dressing rooms don’t mix…ever.
4) Pedicures Are Not A Pastime…So, take your tootsies out for a day of pampering. Pick a vibrant color and even pay extra for the cute little flower they paint on your big toe. You deserve it you know.
You’ve got about 6 weeks, mom. So use your time wisely. Soon enough your tribe of indians will be having a pow-wow in your living room. Just don’t teach them how to start a fire using two sticks.

Tuesdays Ramblings….What does being a Mother mean to you?

What is the definition of a mother?
Mother – A mother is a woman who has conceived, given birth to, or raised a child in the role of a parent.
Being a mom is the most amazing job in the entire world. No woman can tell you what being a mother is like. You have to experience it for yourself first hand to truly the know the joy & unfathomable love this role carries.
What is the definition of motherhood?
Motherhood – The kinship relation between an offspring and the mother.
I think you can take “motherhood” a step further. It’s not only a kinship, it’s an eternal bond. The bond between a mother and her child is like no other. The emotional ties of knowing what your child needs when he or she needs it. The life giving ties of knowing you would lay your own life down for your child’s life. The protection ties of watching over your children while young and even when grown, thinking about them and wistfully wishing them a happy and healthy life. 
A mother is a fond word, one of great meaning and love. But it is also a word of countenance and respect. For each of us has a mother we should thank for giving us life…and kissing our cares away.

Tuesdays Ramblings….Love the “Little” Things In Life

Call it a play on words or what have you…but remember to savor those sweet little things in life. The little things being:

  • Tiny baby feet. They don’t stay “little” long. Before you know it they are running through the grass, kicking a soccer ball and walking across the stage during Kindergarten graduation.
  • Itty bitty baby clothes. Laundry required washing onesies, burp clothes, infant socks and blankets. You’ll soon find your washing machine full of cargo shorts, grungy ankle socks, glittery designer jeans and Justin Bieber t-shirts. 
  • Little cat naps. Ever just sat & watched your angel drift off to dreamland? Enjoy those moments. My son used to fall asleep in his carseat before we even left the driveway. His favorite place to nap was the car with the radio playing softly. Soon enough there will be no more naps, later bedtimes and sleeping in. 
  • Small, sweet chubby baby cheeks. So kissable….am I right? Seriously, was my favorite thing about my children. Those delicious little cheeks.
  • Teeny tiny fingers and toes. Enough said….