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Month: November 2017

My Number One Go To Indoor Activity for Kids

Winter break. The pure sound of which can cause many parents to go into a paw patrol ridden panic. And while keeping the kids entertained the half of the year where it’s too cold to even look out your window is no easy feat, I have a game for you today that is guaranteed to spare you at least 30 minutes of pup pup boogie.

And all you need is painters tape!

I present my Indoor Obstacle Course. Filled with skill building movements your developing little one craves and so much fun they will forget they are ‘working out’.

Below I have pictures of my recent course. I try to include lines to hop from, dots to tip toes, curves, zig zags, and lines to walk backwards. I ended with a star at the end to hop on and I think that was the biggest hit of all. The kids took turns seeing who could hop the highest/ hardest and so on. Once you have let the kids have fun just going through the course, you can mix it up and time them (I would recommend timing them against their own previous time, and not anyone else’s). Or changing the ‘rules’ by walking backwards when they normally walked forwards and such.

And my favorite part of this game? The clean up is fun! The kids loved tearing up tape and throwing it away. No mess and nothing left on the carpets. In fact, it probably had a lint roller affect more than anything 😉

(My running blur)

We also tried a Christmas themed “present hopscotch if you will!

So there you have it!

Let me know if you liked this and would like to see more indoor game options!

I hope you all have a healthy happy meltdown free winter break 😉

Love always,

Ashley

What It’s Like Having Seasonal Depression

Ah summer. Now that is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Hiking and beaches and walking without umbrellas. There is nothing quite like a beautiful sunny day with your loved ones and no plans other than soaking up all of the delicious warmness summer has to offer.

Much like super girl and her solar powered gifts, I get a surge of energy on sunny days. I literally feel like nothing can stop me when it’s so gorgeous out.

And then, it’s over.

The feeling I get when the weather turns can only be described as paralyzing. It’s suddenly a struggle to keep up with day to day tasks. Responding to friends and loved ones takes more energy than I can handle exerting. Sure I can fake it for a little while, all to go home and crumble into a deflated mess.

Seasonal depression is real, and it’s hard.

And unfortunately no amount of lightbulbs can seem to do the trick.

But if you are like me and coping with this, I just want to let you know you are not alone. Sometimes a sense of community and understanding can be the most effective form of help available.

And please do not feel ashamed to go talk with your doctor. The more we open up about these struggles, the more we pave the way for others coping too.

Thank you for reading and always making this a place to share and grow. If you feel like sharing I’d love to hear from you.

Big warm hugs,

Ashley

Categories: Blog

School Safe Trail Mix

My eldest started school in September, and I was shocked at how much of a mental shift I had to get into in order to pack allergy free snacks!

Now that I’m finally in the swing of things, I thought I’d share what I pack my 5 year old for his snack (his school lasts 3 hours in the morning).And share with you my ultimate favorite snack, DIY  allergy free trail mix!

I feel silly posting this because it’s just two ingredients but my son loves this, so I thought why not?

To make this “trail mix” you will need

  • 1 cup of Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 cup of Sunflower seeds

Pumpkin Seeds are the unsung heroes of the health world. Coming in with 0% cholesterol and a whopping 42% DV of magnesium in just one cup!

And did you know that sunflower seeds have 58% DV of protein? So crucial for your little one’s growing mind and body.

That’s it! Simple and sweet! Before I sign off just a couple more tricks I picked up. I always do my best to make my son’s snack super special. I make a huge deal about letting him pick out his lunch box and tupperware he uses. And then try to give him a few options in which snack he would like. Alot of kids around him tend to bring sugary snacks, and we have to be proactive about making him feel good about the snack he brings.

So embrace the cheesy character lunch equipment, and thrown in lots of encouraging lunch box notes. And don’t forget to tell your little one how proud you are of them for eating foods that will make them strong. They will still occasionally want the treat foods their friends have and that’s okay! Be proud of yourself as a caregiver knowing you are setting up the ground work for healthy adults who don’t have any issues against food.

I hope this article inspired or helped you in some way! Let me know in the comments what other recipes you would like to see made healthier and possible school friendly!

~Ashley