Monthly Archives: September 2019

Fall and Winter Hats

Early morning temperatures have finally dropped so low here that the kids have asked for their cold-weather hats! I love those frosty mornings when we can wear our comfortable sweaters and cover our ears and heads. I love when we finally get to bundle up and be cozy. So when the kids ask for their hats I am excited to look for nice new ones and get all cold-weather ready. Thank goodness for the great selection of brands and styles available at The Boy’s Store.

Little Boys’ Jet Striped Hat by Rabbit Moon): This sweet little hat is perfect for the littlest guy in your life. It will keep him bundled up in the colder weather and it will keep him stylish and hip.

Boys’ Trick Hat by Appaman): Appaman hats are always a hit with the older boys. They are comfortable and cool. This hat is a slouchy, chunky knit hat that is lined with fleece for comfort.

Boys’ Peace Y’All Pom Pom Beanie by Tiny Whales: This fun Tiny Whales hat is perfect for the boy that is always full of witty come-backs. Just like his wit this hat carries a fun response of “peace ya’ll.”

Making 30 minutes Count: Cleaning and Parenting Time Hacks

We have been very busy with school and work, which means that some things are getting lost in the shuffle, or we have less time to do the things that we usually do. Cleaning, organizing, and one-on-one parent kid time have been getting lost in the shuffle. So we recently decided to make sure that we take a few extra minutes each day to do these things. All we really need is a few minutes. If you have limited time but want a few easy ways to make sure things get done try these simple hacks.

Bathroom cleaning: We have been so busy this has been low on the list. When I do not have time for a deep clean I make sure that I do little things. After the kids hop out of the shower and bath I use a sponge and a little spray bottle of Dawn Dish Soap and water and give the shower a quick spray after the kids hop out an then wipe it down. This slows down the growth of water build up and soap scum.

Toilet cleaning: I always keep Clorox wipes in the kids bathroom. A few quick swipes after everyone goes to bed cleans any outside mess. I also keep a little bit of toilet cleaner in the toilet brush holder. So that the brush is always immersed in a little cleaner, then I just give the bowl a quick scrub and voila, less mess!

One-on-one Kid Time: We try to make sure we get a little one-on-one time with each kid, which can be hard. We recently started making sure that when one is in the tub, the other is getting their story time. This means one parent can do some organizing a quick clean up while the oldest showers. The other parent can do story time with the younger kid. While the younger kid gets his bath (now the parents switch) and the older kid gets story time.

All of these small little hacks have been helping us utilize small amounts of time in big ways. Now we are able to get a lot of things done in a small window, usually about 30 minutes each evening. It may not seem like much, but it can help make a huge difference.

Fall Art Projects: Autumn Tree Painting

Art projects are always a great idea. I love to work on seasonal projects, and fall is my favorite season with its beautiful colors. I love to hang all of the beautiful projects my kids create to give my house a little more color and life. With the trees starting to change color I want to bring all of the bright colors in to my house. So I found this fantastic project that will let me do just that!

This autumn tree painting with cotton balls project from Projects With Kids is exactly what I needed. It gives my little guy the chance to play with paint and practice his fine motor skills, while my older daughter gets to try out her artistic skills. The project is so simple to create, and can be changed according to the colors or style you want to use.

Head on over to Projects With Kids for the full tutorial and enjoy every bit of the fall season with this fantastic art project.