The Arrival of the Paci Fairy

I have to say that during my years as an early childhood educator I heard about a lot of tricks that parents would do to get their kids to try something new or move on from a certain behavior. Honestly, I thought most of them were silly. Now I am like, sign me up for every gimmick in the book, because kids are tough and as parents we need all the help we can get. Enter, the Paci Fairy. No she’s not one of the characters that you will find on the shelves of your favorite store, she is purely a desperate ploy that I’m utilizing so I hopefully don’t traumatize my paci loving child. Call me crazy, but it’s working. Like, if I had to rate it on a 10 point scale with 10 as the highest, it would be an 8. I’m not even kidding! Before I get into all the details, here is the cutest freaking video of when the Paci Fairy came to our house on Monday.

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Whatever Mama Wants, Mama Gets

Oh, if only that were true. Then I would have two kiddos who slept through the night and napped at the same time, someone to clean my house, a chef, and a private shuttle service from my house straight to Disneyland. Too much? I think not! Well, I will say that there are a few things that us mamas want that are more realistic and to help you spoil whoever you are celebrating this Mother’s Day I have complied a quick list of some great gifts in three price categories. Whether you have $30, $75, or you’re planning to spoil your mama, I’ve got some options that she will love!

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Hippity-Hoppity Easter Shop-pity

Okay, I know a it’s a lame excuse for a rhyme but I couldn’t resist making myself giggle. I am here to talk about last minute Easter shopping. This year we are hosting Easter at our home which means that my mind has been on all things menu and getting the house in order. Then I realized that my children need Easter baskets, and I have a two year old who LOVES holidays and celebrating with every fiber of her being, so I have to bring my A-game. Well, here I am a week away and finally pulling together some pretty top notch baskets, if I do say so myself. Here are some of the actual things I’m giving to my kiddos in their baskets this year. Most of them can be snagged at Target because that’s just how I live my life. I did also include a few things from some of my favorite small ships that were just too good to pass up on, and if you hurry there’s still time for you to order them and have them show up in time for the Big Bunny’s special delivery.

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The 3 Items You Need to Survive Shopping with Kids

We’ve all been there, only halfway through a shopping trip when one of your kids enters into full on meltdown mode. You could leave, but then you’d be without your groceries and your “mom stash” of M&M’s Easter Peanut Butter Eggs (If you haven’t tried them, it’s fine there will just be more for me). You could get into a debate with your tantrum throwing toddler, but we all know those are hardly successful. You could pull a really enticing toy off the shelf to keep them occupied for the rest of the trip, but then you either deal with another meltdown when you don’t purchase said toy at checkout or actually have to fork over $24.99 for a toy that will be forgotten or broken by the weekend. Your last option is to get into the fetal position in the middle of the cereal aisle and hope that a fairy godmother will come grant your wish and magically poof you back home and put your kids down for a three hour nap. Yeah, none of those scenarios are great but I’ve been in all of them. Alright, I might not have exactly gotten into the fetal position but I’ve sure wished for a fairy godmother, or a magic lamp with a genie, or even a magical amulet that would send me a helpful princess. Well, I’m here to very happily tell you that I’ve figured out the magic combo to shopping survival, and it includes three simple things, want to know what they are? Keep scrolling sister!

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A Letter to the Mama

Alright folks, I’ve just got to share a little bit about what is on my mind. As a teacher we’d say “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Maybe for you it’s the Golden Rule or WWJD. Whatever it may be, the bottom line is that we should all do our best to be nice. It seems like an easy enough thing to do, but sadly we all fail. I do my best to take responsibility for the times when I mess up, so it’s so discouraging to see others who go out of their way to make someone feel bad about themselves. I’ve seen countless other mom friends get these sorts of comments on social media and their blogs, but I’ve been fortunate enough to never encounter it, until today. I was tempted to delete it and move on, but that’s not how I roll. Instead I am choosing to replace those negative vibes with a whole lot of positive ones. So mamas, if you are staying at home, working full time, working part time, or work from home, no matter what sort of category or non-category you fall into this one is for you, because you are AWESOME.

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