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Summer Survival: Parent Car Hacks

We normally discuss things that make life easier with our kids, but sometimes what makes life with our kids easy is our sanity. Now I don’t know about you But I LOVE my car. I am in my car a LOT. Especially when the kids are home for the summer. We go places to get out of the house and avoid boredom, we go on family trips, and we go back and forth to summer activities like swim lessons and playdates. My children destroy my car on a daily basis. I have learned to pick it up a little everyday. Get toys, food wrappers, books, etc out when I drop them off somewhere. But with them home all summer I find it more difficult to keep it clean because they are always with me.

I recently stumbled upon a few ideas that are helping me to keep my sanity this summer by ensuring my car is a lot more organized and I am a lot less stressed. I found this great blog post on I Heart Arts and Crafts and I am so excited to share it with you. Be sure to head over and check out her secrets to keeping your car clean this summer.

One of my favorite ways to keep my car clean is to keep a little vacuum with my all the time, after all kids + food = mess. I love this little guy from Amazon. I use it ALL the time!

I always feel better when my car isn’t such a mess. It is the same with my house, if it is organized I feel less stressed, and if I am less stressed I can spend more time enjoying my kids. I hope that some of these tips are helpful for you too! No one wants to be stressed on summer break!

Books that Teach: Daniel Goes to the Potty

It has happened again in my house, a child is ready to potty train. It doesn’t matter how many times you go through this stage — it is ALWAYS different. The last child I trained was a girl, but I have trained two boys, and I am back to training a boy now. In my experience, girls are easier. but this time around my son seems very interested in training so we shall see how it goes. In my experience having something that helps to show that the potty is not scary is a huge help. I usually give my child a doll or toy that will use the potty just like they will, and a book that makes the whole experience understandable.

Each of my children loves a different cartoon character. My youngest is in love with Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. So for his book I chose to pick up Daniel Goes to the Potty. My son loves the episode when Daniel learns to go potty, and we already sing the song, so the book was an excellent addition to our new potty training routine. It follows Daniel as he learns the routine of the bathroom: “when you have to go potty stop, and go right away.” He learns the process of going potty, washing his hands, and going back to play. We love that it explains what to do when he feels the urge, since like most children, my son does not want to stop playing when he feels the need to go. It even shows what happens when he doesn’t stop to go.

As we embark on this last round of potty training Daniel is along for the ride with us and we are ready to be potty trained and off to play.

Ice-Cream Cookie Cone: Summer Treats

Summer has officially started at our house. School is out! As a way to celebrate the last day of school we planned a whole day of fun at school, a field day. Each grade level was in charge of an event. Luckily I was in charge of dessert, because I did not want to be in charge of the water games or the races. Instead I enjoyed a nice cool afternoon in the shade with a very large tub of ice-cream and some really delicious cookie cones.

We found this fun recipe on Pinterest, Thank you Ashlee Marie for a fabulous and fairly simple recipe. We followed the recipe and tutorial and made the cones ahead of time to be ready for field day. Since the recipe only makes 8 cones and we had to have one for each kid in the classroom we had to triple the recipe. But the results were fabulous. We made sure we had plenty of ice-cream and we were ready to go.

The kids were absolutely obsessed with these cones. They tastes amazing, they held up well, and they were just like eating chocolate chip cookies with our ice-cream — only better! They would make an excellent dessert at a party, summer barbecue, or just for one night after family-dinner. Be sure you check out Ashlee Marie for the full recipe and tutorial — including a video — and be sure to check out her other amazing ideas and recipes!