out with the old

Out with the Old in with the New

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Out with the Old

Hello, wonderful moms! As we wrap up another bustling week filled with crafts, learning adventures, and the everyday magic of homemaking, I’ve gathered some treasures to share with you.

From the corners of our cozy reading nook to the creative chaos of our craft table, here are this week’s gems to inspire, educate, and simplify our lives as moms, homeschoolers, and homemakers.

This Week’s Creative Finds: In with the New

New Discoveries:

Finding resources that support the multifaceted role of motherhood is key to managing the daily juggle of tasks, from parenting and homemaking to self-care and education. Here are three websites that offer a wealth of information, ideas, and community support tailored for moms:

Scary Mommy Scary Mommy started as a personal blog and has evolved into one of the most inclusive and no-holds-barred communities for parents on the internet. It covers everything from pregnancy and parenting to relationships and personal wellness. The site is known for its honest, funny, and often heartwarming content that resonates with a wide audience of moms looking for both advice and a good laugh.

The Kitchn While not exclusively for moms, The Kitchn is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to feed their family. It offers a plethora of recipes ranging from quick 30-minute meals to elaborate holiday feasts, alongside tips for meal planning, food budgeting, and kitchen organization. Its community forums and how-to guides make it a great site for both novice cooks and seasoned home chefs.

Common Sense Media In the digital age, navigating what’s appropriate for children to watch, play, or interact with online can be daunting. Common Sense Media provides detailed reviews and age recommendations for movies, TV shows, books, apps, and games, making it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the media their children consume. Additionally, it offers advice on parenting in the digital age, covering topics such as screen time management and online safety.

These websites offer a blend of practical advice, emotional support, and useful tools to help moms navigate the joys and challenges of motherhood. Whether you’re looking for parenting tips, meal ideas, or guidance on digital parenting, these resources are worth exploring.

Book Nook: Out with the Old in with the New

Recommended Reads:

Here are a couple of interesting books I’ve recently discovered.

For the Little Ones: Escargot and the Search for Spring by Dashka Slater (Author)  Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)

Bonjour! After a long winter spent indoors, Escargot can’t wait to look outside for the first signs of Spring. Will he find a new friend in the fluffy white bunny he meets along the way?”

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For the Moms: Everything is Figure Outable – by Marie Farleo

‘While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it’s “a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward.”‘

I’m not quite through this one, but this book has hands-on exercises, which add to the experience and get you thinking about your life, choices, and dreams. It is very eye-opening.

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Homeschooling Hints:

When children receive mail with their name on it, they get a little boost of joy. With CaptainMail they will be taken on an educational journey through interesting places.

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Homemaking Harmony:

One of the perpetual challenges in our home has been keeping the floors clean and free from dust lint and crumbs, which seem to accumulate faster than I can keep up with. Between our daughter coming in and out, to the man of the house bringing his work (dirt) home, finding a cleaning tool that could keep pace with our busy household felt almost impossible.

That was until I discovered the “flippr” – a cleverly designed broom that transforms into a cordless vacuum at the flick of a wrist. This innovative tool has been a game-changer for us. Not only does it allow for quick sweeps, but with its easy transformation, picking up larger debris or tackling unexpected messes has never been simpler. It’s streamlined our cleaning routine, making our home feel more manageable and leaving us with more time to enjoy the moments that matter most. For any family feeling overwhelmed by the daily dance of dirt and debris, the “flippr” might just be the helping hand you’ve been waiting for.

Craft Corner:

My daughter received a “dot painting” craft kit a little while back. She has decided this is the week she wants to do ALL the dot paintings… every day. It’s a lot. :/ But, she enjoys it, so it’s worth the mess. 

I will say that this particular set only comes with tiny little bottles of paint. She barely got through the paper and canvas that were provided in the kit before the paint ran out. But, we shook as much of that paint out of those little bottles as we possibly could.

Tempura paint is easily washable until it fully dries. This is why I believe that it is a great choice for children’s arts & crafts.

I don’t think our set is worth the price since the paint ran out so quickly. I am linking to a set of tempura paints, art scrapers, and watercolor paper. This way you can create your own set and the paint will last much longer.

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From Our Community:

This week, I’d like to turn the spotlight on you, the heart and soul of this community. As moms, we each have our unique journey, filled with both challenges and triumphs. I’m curious to know, “What’s the one piece of advice you wish you had received as a new mom?” Whether it’s a practical tip that makes the daily routines smoother or a piece of wisdom that brings peace to your heart, your insights could be a guiding light for others walking this beautiful, complex path of motherhood. Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s weave together a tapestry of support and understanding that can uplift and inspire our community.

Words of Encouragement to Moms:

As we embrace the mantra, “out with the old, in with the new,” let it not only apply to the clutter we clear from our homes but also to the doubts and pressures that cloud our minds. This season of renewal is a perfect time to shed the guilt over what we haven’t done and celebrate the opportunity for what lies ahead. Remember, with every sunset, there’s a chance for a new dawn. Let’s welcome fresh starts, new learning experiences, and the joy of small moments. Your journey is about progress, not perfection. As you step into this new phase, carry with you the lessons learned and the love shared, knowing that each day offers a new canvas upon which to paint your unique story. So, here’s to moving forward, to new beginnings, and to the incredible journey of motherhood that we navigate together. You are crafting a legacy of love, one day at a time.

In the grand tapestry of motherhood, each thread weaves a story of strength, love, and resilience. To all the incredible moms reading this, remember that your efforts, big and small, shape the world in profound ways. On days when the weight of responsibilities feels overwhelming, know that you are not alone. Your journey is shared by countless others, each step marked by victories and lessons learned. Celebrate the wins, forgive yourself for the setbacks, and embrace the beautiful chaos of raising the next generation. Your love, patience, and dedication create the foundation upon which your children grow and thrive. So, here’s to you, moms: for your boundless love, tireless work, and the extraordinary difference you make every single day. You are the unsung heroes, the heart of your families, and the architects of tomorrow. Keep shining brightly, for you are truly remarkable.

Closing Thoughts for Out with the Old In with the New:

This past weekend, as we celebrated Easter surrounded by the warmth and laughter of family, I was reminded of the beauty in simple traditions and the joy of togetherness. From the excited hunts for hidden Easter eggs to the serene moments shared over family meals, each moment was a precious stitch in the fabric of our memories. It’s times like these that reinforce the essence of what we cherish most: connection, gratitude, and the enduring light of hope.

As we step into the new week, let’s carry with us the spirit of renewal and love that Easter symbolizes.

I’d love to hear how you and your loved ones commemorated this special time. Share your stories in the comments below and let’s continue to inspire each other with moments of joy and togetherness.

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Out with the Old in with the New

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