If you are like me, you are in need of some new ways to entertain your kids during this “social distancing” time. I got searching around and found that Jane.com has great entertainment items for kids, some are great for learning, others for fun…and even better they come at a great price!
Hang in there…we will get through this Covid 19 pandemic in time!
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Customized Coloring Books:
When it comes to coloring, this customized coloring book is great! What a fun way for your child to color for hours.
Even better, the price is great! It ships for $9.99
Wednesday March 18th about 7:15 am I was laying in bed next to my baby I had just fed, and was starting to fall back to sleep…..when my bed, my bookshelves, my dresser all started rocking like a boat. It sounded like a freight train was in our house and my mind raced…..EARTHQUAKE!
I grabbed my sleeping baby in one arm and started running quickly for my children’s room on the other end of the house. The noise had woken my sweet children up and I grabbed my daughter who is two years old out of her crib and yelled for my son to stop crying and to get out of the bunk bed. We stood under the doorway and the shaking continued….a 30 second earthquake seems like ETERNITY when you’re in panic mode.
(They continued to stay under the table for breakfast just to be safe)
After the biggest rumble was over, we ran for the dining table and went under the table to hide. In retrospect, we were probably safer under the doorway…but again, my mind was still processing what happened. In fact, I text my brother down the street “Earthquake?” Could it have been anything else?
His reply “Yes, you ok?”
My reply: “Yes…you?”
After I realized what was going on I immediately called my husband who was at work. I came to find out he also had been in the earthquake, and they were evacuating his building because the earthquake had created a power loss, they were using flashlights to get out.
Next….I wondered how my parents were?! My parents live two yours south of us, but I didn’t know where the epicenter of the quake was. As my dad answered my phone I was relieved and also on the verge of tears…it doesn’t matter if you are 34 years old, theres something about hearing your parent’s voice that makes you feel vulnerable and at peace to spill your emotions. I told them my experience quickly and then hung up to watch the news.
The news was on and informed us that the epicenter of the earthquake was only 7 miles away from our house and it was a 5.7 earthquake.
To some who have lived through many earthquakes 5.7 may be moderate, but for someone like me who has only been in two earthquakes now….I was completely on edge!
However, when you’re the mom, you have to put on the brave face.
My two-year old daughter was petrified and refused to come out from under the table for a while.
The MANY aftershocks did not help my daughter, as she heard each aftershock she sprinted for the table again.
The texts and the calls from neighbors and friends and loved ones came in.
In my mind…I was still processing.
Still processing because I had already been social-distancing the kids for quite a few days and it was hard enough…throw an earthquake into the mix and I was a BALL OF NERVES to say the least.
In your mind you always go to “could’ve, would’ve, should’ves.”
Things like: we should have talked to our kids about earthquake preparation, we need more definite 72 hour kits, where is THE best place in our house to go when there’s an earthquake? I should move pictures from above my daughters crib…..and the list goes on…..
And then your mind flip-flops and the GRATITUDE seeps in. Your emotions are so OVERWHELMED with joy and gratitude that your family was ok and that nobody was hurt. Were we scared and shaken up? You bet. Could it have been worse…yes, much worse.
As I started picking up the pictures and books, and random items that fell off of walls and shelves, etc….I came across this quote that had fallen off of my kitchen windowsill:
This quote meant more to me than it ever had before. It was a reminder that God is in all the pieces of our lives. God has “his people” reach out to you in times of need. Even if “his people” are going through the same tough experience as you are, just knowing that someone cares, and someone wants to lift your burdens is more “God-like” than anything I know.
And you know what else this quote made me think of?
It made me ponder what TRULY is important in life.
Notice I NEVER once wanted to check how cable was working, or how my clothes were, or if my car had a scratch from something falling on it. I wasn’t worried about all the decorations on top of my kitchen cabinets that I had spent time and money on to look just right in the house..and the reason being is because NONE of that mattered. None.
The ONLY thing that mattered during and right after the earthquake were my family, my friends, my loved ones, and my Heavenly Father that kept us safe through it all. That’s it.
What a reminder that the temporal things, the things you can buy….you can lose so quickly, but they didn’t every bring you true JOY to begin with. It’s the people, and the relationships that always matter the most when tragedy strikes. And yet, how ironic that we tend to, at times, put those loving relationships on the back-burner and place the “temporal items” on our “top priority” list.
(*the actual quote I’m holding here)
Maybe it’s watching “your show” instead of playing with your kids, or shopping online, instead of connecting with your husband….the list goes on.
Am I hear to give you a guilt trip?
Nope. Just perspective…because you better believe this 5.7 Earthquake gave me perspective.
And maybe, just maybe…that’s what God can foresee in the long run…..
After an earthquake “his people” tend to shake up their priorities a bit…hopefully for the better.
I can tell you, that my focus shifted a lot just within those few seconds of a 5.7 earthquake. And as I sit down to write this, I keep telling myself…”Don’t let it take an earthquake to remind you of what is and has ALWAYS been most important in life.”
So during this time of social-distancing…
Take time for those things that really matter.
Send that text, make that phone call, stop and enjoy some time to talk and play.
Because we all know that those will always be the things that makes life worthwhile.
I would add from my religious standpoint to take time to PRAY to the Lord not just for help and guidance but thank Him for all the many things we are blessed with daily. I believe the Lord can help us and heal us through any amount of pain and struggle. The Lord is always there for us, no matter the time of the place, and His comfort He provides is beyond anything else in the world.
I will stop here so that I can take the oh–so crucial time with my family that I love.
2. This cute TropicalLife Cactus Flower diaper bag is on my “wish list.”
I have a new baby girl and my husband doesn’t love that our diaper bag is “pink” for him to carry around. After looking through a variety of diaper bags I felt that this cactus one was more “unisex,”wasn’t very expensive, but has the quality that many people love in a diaper bag. And don’t you just love the print?
Price of this cute diaper bag is: $36.99 + $2.00 shipping. Click here to purchase.
3. 3 Pack of Boogie Wipes for only $9.36
Not only are baby wipes wonderful for ALL my children, they are especially nice for babies so that you can gently wipe their nose and help take away that unfortunate buildup of mucus.
This is a great deal for boogie wipes! To purchase click here.
4. Another great baby item to own is the nose frida
Pricing for the nose frida is: $17.71
Which is the best price I could find because it includes a pack of filter refills as well. If you look at Target, where they also sell this item, you would be spending about $19.00 for both items.
My pediatrician recommends using the nose frida because it truly does suck out all the mucus sooo much better than the bulbs.
I think we can all relate to the idea that being “present” with family and loved ones is a new challenge in 2020.
We live in a world of everything at our fingertips….literally.
If we want ANY information, really just about ANYTHING we want to find is on our phone.
We all know the internet and social media are such amazing technology advances, but did we think about the downfall of these incredible tools?
The downfall, is getting so “caught up” on your device that has endless information…that we forget to PRIORITIZE relationships that really matter, that really count. Our family relationships.
I personally, catch myself getting zoned into my phone and I hate that. I want my kids to remember me as a mom that was “present.” I want my kids to remember me as a mom that created memories and actually enjoyed playing with my kids. NOT the mom that was “too busy” for my kids.
My goal is to learn to have limits and boundaries with my technology. Of course we are blessed to have the technology we have today, and it can benefit us greatly…but I just want to make sure I am utilizing my time productively and focusing my PRIORITY on my sweet family.
I love my family, I waited a long time to be a wife and mother, and I don’t want the years to fly by and to look back with regretting thoughts like:
“was I on my phone too much?” “Did I only cook and clean when my kids were home?” “Did I ever get involved and actually play make-believe with my kids?”
I don’t want to be haunted with the concern of how much I was distracted by technology so this months priority is to be “present” with family.
As always, I will keep you updated on how this monthly goal journey goes.
I would love to hear any tips and advice on this topic.
And I would love to share my goal calendar with you so click on the link below.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that some of the days can nearly break you.
Between dealing with tantrums, cleaning up messes, and making lunches there are constant fires to put out.
Your laundry is a bottomless pit.
Your dishwasher seems to never be empty.
You want to clean but they want you to play and you know playing is more important...but sometimes you just want to sit and breathe.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that you can get to your wits end day in and and day, and you feel like you may be failing your sweet kids.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that you have this guilt that you carry. That guilt that you carry around says things like:
“I should play with my kids more,” “I should only let my kids eat fruits and vegetables,” “I should never yell at my kids no matter what they do…” and the list goes on.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is how emotionally and mentally breaking it can be. You know you shouldn’t expect your children to act perfect every day, but sometimes you just need ONE good day. One. Is that TOO hard to ask? Because sometimes, in parenthood..it is.
You see, what they don’t tell you about parenthood is that it’s trial and error the entire ride.
What works for some parents, won’t work for other parents, and those “other” parents beat themselves up because they must be doing something wrong in their mind.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that these souls you are raising…well, they are all very different from each other. There are no two alike, even if you have twins, you are parenting differently all the time and sometimes it can make you crazy…
When theres tantrums, and messes, and trials of potty training, and then homework, and sass, and attitudes… there’s NO “sick day,” or “Clock out,” …..
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that yes you are constantly learning and improving and you feel bad your kids have to go through that with you…but guess what? It can make both of you stronger.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that no matter how much you need a break or vacation from the stress of parenthood…when you physically are separated from your kids…you miss them.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is how great that feeling is when you see your kids accomplish a task they have been working towards….you see their eyes light up and there’s no amount of money that could make you happier than to see your child feel happy and successful.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that when you get a genuine “I love you” or a great big hug, your heart could literally burst with love.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is there’s a lot more “hard stuff” than you ever imagined. Watching your kids suffer from illness, bullying, struggle of any sort…feels unbearable to watch at times. Knowing as parents we should be able to “fix” their problems, and when we can’t…your heart feels shredded.
And yet, what they don’t tell you about parenthood is that through all the growing pains, and struggles, and tantrums and cross words… theirs a light.
That light is constant love.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that no matter how hard it is, or how enduring it can become…you never cease to love those beautiful souls you call children.
Despite seeing the VERY worst sides of your children…you have the power to see the incredible and amazing sides of them too.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that you have a “Superpower”…you can see through all the bad qualities within your child…and find the beauty and power within these beautiful souls.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that when you realize your child looks up to you…you want more than you ever have….to be better.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood is that the love you can feel for a beautifully imperfect person is indescribable. There are no words, and there never can be.
You see, parenthood tests you to your deepest limits and strongest lines, but what always wins is the love you have for your children.
Those beautiful souls smiling at you, or waving good-bye to you….you realize, that piece of you is more important than any tangible item in the world.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood, is how amazing it can be. And amazing encompasses all the flaws…because parenthood wouldn’t be parenthood without the struggles.
The struggles make us love stronger, to care deeper, and to encourage more.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood, is that you will never sign up for anything more enduring in your life. There is no “finish line” in parenthood. You will still be worried about those beautiful souls–your children, when they are fifty years old.
But guess what?
You wouldn’t have it any other way.
The memories you have with those precious, beautifully imperfect souls, will be the highlight of your entire life. No trophy, no raise, nothing will come close to those tiny, precious moments you create with your children.
Yes those moments are wrapped in trials, and difficulty….but all good things are right?
So my advice to YOU and mostly to myself. Is cherish the chaos, try to see the good moments in every single day.
Because we all know, the years move fast. And one day, we will long for the chaos we once had.
What they don’t tell us about parenthood is that it takes more perseverance than you ever imagined. Even at seventy years old you will lay awake in bed worrying about your children.
What they don’t tell us about parenthood is that their choices, good or bad, affect us parents deeply. The love we have for our children is indescribable, and when they hurt, we hurt.
You yourself may have never dealt with an addiction, or gone through a divorce, or dealt with a chronic illness….and yet, if your children have gone through any of these, you have gone through it and then some.
What they don’t tell us about parenthood is that it’s life-changing. Everything is at a different level of hope, love, and faith when you have children.
No matter the age, the love for your children holds strong.
What they don’t tell you about children, is that you can’t tell anyone all of this. It has to be experienced, it has to be your own journey.
No walk of parenthood is the same, there is no way to prepare you for what is ahead.
But what you always have known, will hold true to the end. You LOVE your children. Parenthood is not a walk in the park, but it is a true gift from God. Enjoy your journey of parenthood that may be filled with happiness, sorrow, joy, and tears.
Parenthood brings on an entirely new life that you never could have imagined on your own. Your heart is pumping not just for you now, but for your children, and the joy and journey of parenthood truly creates a life that is indescribable.
What they don’t tell you about parenthood, is that it is a blessed experience that will continue to increase in love and devotion.
Go experience parenthood with love and grace and you too, will see how truly indescribable your parenthood journey will be.