5 Things I Try To Do With My Toddlers Each Day

5 Things I Try To Do With My Toddlers Each Day
5 Things I Try To Do With My Toddlers Each Day

Most of our days are filled with a little “school work’ that consists mostly of art, crafts or educational play, lots of unguided play between the two of them, naptime and bedtime routine. There are a few things though, I try to get into every one of their days, except for the days they have gymnastics or dance lessons.

As a stay at home mom I do have some advantages. Having my toddlers around all day is certainly a blessing for me but even though I love to have them around, it can also be difficult as there are always things that need to get done…

Like writing blog posts for instance…

I wrote about screen time in THIS post. My oh my how difficult it is to do stuff in the house like cleaning or cooking when you have busy toddlers making sure you are needed each and every waking (and sometimes sleeping) hour of the day.

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Top 5 Ways to Help Your Child Improve Focus *Guestpost*

Top 5 Ways to Help Your Child Improve Focus *Guestpost*
Top 5 Ways to Help Your Child Improve Focus *Guestpost*

In this digital era, it is easy and affordable to purchase the latest gadgets and gain access to technology. One often finds children riveted to tablets, smartphones or a computer screen, engrossed in playing games, or their attention is glued to the television set. Studies have shown that the usage of gadgets can cause children to have a limited attention span. Such habits lead children towards a sedentary lifestyle from a young age. This can cause multiple health issues, both physical and mental. It also affects children’s reasoning power, the capability of thinking logically and hampers their creative mind. Initiating children into a sports activity or helping them inculcate a hobby or enrolling them in a creative / performing arts class can serve as a great motivation for kids to break the monotony of their usual routine and spend some time doing something fun and creative.

Here are my top five ways to help your child to improve their focus.

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GetFit Series #3

GetFit Series #3
GetFit Series #3

Yes I am still going strong whoop whoop!!! and yes I am still mostly sugar free… apart from one or two cheat days I have been sugar free for 27 days now! I almost can’t believe it myself, I even said no to cake that my 12 year old niece baked and felt terrible for it but I am happy to say I stayed strong and I am no longer binging on sugar.

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Flash Cards and Poster Free!!

Flash Cards and Poster Free!!
Flash Cards and Poster Free!!

This one is A3 size but you can set your printer for A4 if you wish to print smaller size. I highly recommend that you take the high res file (10MB) to a printer and print out 2 copies of the A3 and laminate both. The one is for the wall as a poster and the other can be cut in the middle of the green lines to make flashcards.

The smaller file (250kb) can be printed A4 without quality loss but might be too small for a poster and way too small for flashcards. The low res A3 might be a little less on quality but still ok if it doesn’t bother you.  Read the rest of this entry

Play Doh Mats Printed Version Now Available (Afr/Eng)

Play Doh Mats Printed Version Now Available (Afr/Eng)
Play Doh Mats Printed Version Now Available (Afr/Eng)

Finally as promised, you can now have the Play Doh mats in English or Afrikaans delivered to your nearest Pep (South Africa only). As a bonus, the Flash cards and Poster is also included.

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Kids Coding App Review

Kids Coding App Review
Kids Coding App Review

Kidloland has the most amazing app with multiple different educational games that is really worth it to join at least for a few months. I wrote about it HERE!

So they also brought out a coding app which is really great. My 5 year olds find it fun but also challenging. There’s a few free games within the app to try out as well as a free game of the day so download the game to give it a try!

Check out the video below for a preview.

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The Friday Box

The Friday Box
The Friday Box

Guest Post by Ivie from Homeschool on the Range

Yvie practices the art of simple living with her chickens, goats, dogs, rabbits, and house full of boys in rural America.  She loves acoustic guitar, historical novels, and anything with dark chocolate!  You can find her at Homeschool On the Range, or on Facebook and Instagram.

It’s human nature to remember the bad more vividly than the good – it’s how we evolved to make sure we stayed safe – by remembering those negative experiences vividly so that we could avoid them in the future.

However, with the advent of massive connectivity, negativity now surrounds us from every direction….and it’s pervasive.  Turn on the television, tune into social media, or pick up a paper and you’ll typically be bombarded with negativity.  

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My Declutter Schedule

My Declutter Schedule
My Declutter Schedule

I wrote this post about Decluttering your brain way back when and also this one about Dealing with Toy Overload, but honestly I am still figuring out how to declutter my life! Being the little crafter that I am, I keep almost everything because I constantly think I should be able to do something with it.

Well I have a whole new schedule planned so I am getting to the end of this madness…

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GetFit Series #2

GetFit Series #2
GetFit Series #2

I have to admit, that first morning after I wrote this post I woke up thinking’ “What have I done? Why did I do that?” I had a feeling of impending doom… like failure was sure to follow, but now, 6 days later I am still hanging on so I guess I’m really doing this!

So there was a few things that really dragged me down and I knew those things would have to be addressed first.

What did I change…

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Sticker Chart: Barbie Spy Squad

Sticker Chart: Barbie Spy Squad
Sticker Chart: Barbie Spy Squad

Oh yes we are still doing the sticker chart thing and we even pay money these days at the end of it… well it all gets saved so I guess we are at a good spot there. I am not proud of the fact that we use sticker charts to get the kids to do things but its just so much less effort… I know I know its terrible. So if you want to be terrible with me, heres a chart for the Spy Sqad!

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GetFit Series #1

GetFit Series #1
GetFit Series #1

Even just thinking of words to start this post is hard. The truth is what I am about to start is exposing me in so many ways…

I may fail at this but I refuse to not do it because I am afraid of failure. I have failed so many times in my life I can’t even count, but it doesn’t mean it will stop me from trying again… I am one tough cookie, I can give myself that one!

So the truth is even though it always looks like things are going so well and I am always looking good on photos (because I am taking photos for the blog from the neck up only), is that I am actually really getting

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iPad Sketch Tutorial

iPad Sketch Tutorial
iPad Sketch Tutorial

This one is a great project for the homeschoolers and also great fun for all kids and young-at-heart adults who love drawing cartoons or anything for that matter!  Sketching is one of the things I love to do in my free time and now with one of the wonderful Apps Apple brought us, called “Paper by 53”,  it has become so much easier and quicker to create a work of art on the fly. All your palettes, pencils and erasers are right there in one place so it doesn’t take so much time to set up and pack away a whole art set.

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Coloring Calendar 2019 Printable!!

Coloring Calendar 2019 Printable!!
Coloring Calendar 2019 Printable!!

I am so excited to share my Etsy Shop that I have re-opened with you. To celebrate, I made a printable Coloring Calendar yay! I had a brain wave while trying to figure out how to keep printing cost low for my followers when I thought of making it black and white coloring pages. Something to colour each month

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Lost Kitties Unbox and Reveal… Collect and Swap with Littlest Pet Shop and Lock Stars!

Lost Kitties Unbox and Reveal… Collect and Swap with Littlest Pet Shop and Lock Stars!
Lost Kitties Unbox and Reveal… Collect and Swap with Littlest Pet Shop and Lock Stars!

We were not familiar with Lost Kitties or even Littlest Pet shop when we received these cute little gifts in pretend milk cartons from Hasbro. My kids loved them though and I think there will be some more collecting in days to come… oh boy! You can buy them at Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Hamleys, Takealot and other major retailers. Please click on the video below to see the cute little babies and subscribe to my channel for updates! Read the rest of this entry

9 Tips for Flying with Children

9 Tips for Flying with Children
9 Tips for Flying with Children

It’s not often that we fly these days, I mean Cheap flights are getting hard to come by, so I was a little rusty on what to do with my kids when we recently went on a flight to Johannesburg. Thinking about what to bring or how to prepare for a flight can be stressful, so I compiled this list with my tips for flying with children. Read the rest of this entry

Kids Say the Darndest Things in English and Afrikaans!

Kids Say the Darndest Things in English and Afrikaans!
Kids Say the Darndest Things in English and Afrikaans!

We all have things we will never forget that our kids had said at some stage… I personally write everything down in my notes and even copy them to a little special book that I will show them when they are older. It’s something you just don’t want to miss as a parent, but as adults we all can appreciate the funny things these little creatures come up with.

I have asked Moms from groups combining around 200 000 members all across South Africa, what were the funniest things their kids said and they did not disappoint! Here are some of my favourites! Read the rest of this entry

Alphabet Printable Z for Zulu FREE!

Alphabet Printable Z for Zulu FREE!
Alphabet Printable Z for Zulu FREE!

Finally we have come to an end of this range… do look out for the complete alphabet Flashcards and A3 poster coming up next! I hope you had fun with these, if so, please SHARE SHARE SHARE!!! TIA xxx

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