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The Minimalist Guide to Birthdays: Easy Decorations & Snacks

Last week we started the “Minimalist’s Guide to Birthdays” series. I explained why I’m doing the series and discussed birthday party mom-guilt. Another reason we have minimalist parties in our home that I forgot to mention is that it cuts down on overstimulation for Dr. J.

Today we’re talking easy decorations and snacks. Let’s get started! Continue reading

Read this long list of things to do when your kids are antsy this winter! via manyhatsmommy.com


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Winter Parenting: 68 Ways to Survive Cooped up Energy without Going Insane

Winter provides a different type of parenting problem

I live in the Midwest. Winters get cold.  I have two boys. Add in extra need for movement, developmental delay that causes lack of control, being a one-car family, apartment living, and you’ve got a potentially perfect parenting storm.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post “12 Ways to Grab your Child’s Attention without Yelling“. Sometimes you just need more than ways to talk to your kids. You need things for them to DO! After my day today, I’ve decided I must not be the only parent who needs a list of things to do when the kids are going stir crazy. I know not everyone can do each of these, but hopefully this list gives you some choices. Grab a pen–here we go!

Read this long list of things to do when your kids are antsy this winter! via manyhatsmommy.com

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Home Educating Family’s Blog Has a New Look!

If you’ve been around Many Hats Mommy for a few months, you know I’ve been working for Home Educating Family. Well, one of my duties is the newly updated blog that is launching today. Here’s an invitation to you to take a few moments and see what I’ve been up to.
Now, if you know me, you know I’m not artistically inclined or tech savvy. All of the beautiful images on the pages are the result of the creative genius of Rebecca Keliher (co-founder of Home Educating Family) and her daughters! I’ve been editing, writing some of my own posts, and gathering future posts. If you are a special needs parent, you’ll be happy to know I will have articles just for you on Saturdays. Everyone is welcome. Whether or not you homeschool, you still educate your children at home!
OK, enough of that. Let’s just get to the inviation:
Home Educating Family is proud to announce the launch of its updated blog! Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of water before you click over. You’ll want to spend some time browsing articles from past issues of Home Educating Family Magazine and peek at new features. Our blog is also another place for you to chat with others in the homeschool community. We invite you to leave comments with your own opinions–tips, tricks, questions, insight, etc. The more that people interact, the more we can learn from each other’s experiences!
On Thursdays you’ll find a new feature called Beyond the Planner where we discuss real life: the good, the bad, and the funny. Saturdays you can stop by for special needs articles and Saturday Select, a short list of interesting reading around the internet. Make sure you visit on Wednesdays to find out what the new Weekly Giveaway is! Of course you’ll find great guests and information on other days, too.
So, do you have your beverage of choice in hand? Get comfy and visit us now at HomeschoolConvention.com/blog. Be sure you let us know you were there!


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Gabby Mom Review–Welcome Home, Daddy

OK, moms. You are reading this, and most likely no one else is reading over your shoulder. Time for a moment of evaluation. When your husband comes home from work–whether it’s in time for dinner, breakfast, or somewhere in between–do you stop to say “hello” and make him feel glad he’s home? How about the time your family spends together–are you surviving or thriving? (No one is listening to your mental answers, don’t worry.) Continue reading


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Guest Post: Creative Ways to Exercise During a Busy Day

OK, as I added “guest post” to the title up there, I laughed to myself. Notice this exercise post is coming from someone else! Ha! Anyway, there are some good ideas in here for helping busy folks still keep their bodies healthy and working well. Enjoy!

Creative Ways to Exercise During a Busy Day

Many people are struggling with ways to fit exercise into their busy lives. Experts agree that individuals need only to become more active on a daily basis to reap the benefits. While hitting the gym on a regular basis or engaging in organized sports are great ways to fit in more activity, many individuals simply do not have the time. At least that is the most common excuse given. Fact of the matter is that the average American spends nearly four hours each day watching television every day!

The importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet is even more paramount when an individual is getting little to no physical activity on a regular basis. There is no room for the occasional treat in this scenario. The good news is that there are many creative and fun ways to fit exercise into any daily routine, even for families with small children. Continue reading


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Get Real–A Gabby Mom Review

Let’s get real. Most of you reading this are women. Among that set, most of you are moms (and if you’re not, you can still read on). What’s life really like?

Real women face messes. Real women love the ones who make the messes. Real women yell raise their voices. Real women try to instill good character in their children. Real women have many roles. Real women often have too much to do. Real women face exhaustion.

This month’s Gabby Mom review for Eternal Encouragement magazine is Lorrie’s latest video product From Exhausted, Irritable, and Overwhelmed to An Energized and Fulfilled Woman of God. Continue reading


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Wednesday’s Woman–Bobbie Padgett, Mrs. Kansas

Well, this is a FIRST for Many Hats Mommy! Remember Bobbi Sheahan, author, from a few weeks ago? She recommended her friend Bobbie for a Wendesday’s Woman spotlight. I confess I’m not much of a pageant girl, but I love her adoption focus, and I also thought it could be a lot of fun. So, here in her own words is Bobbie Padgett.

Hi my name is Bobbie Padgett. I live in Topeka, Kansas and was crowned Mrs. Kansas 2012 on Labor Day 2011. I am excited to be representing the fine married women from the great state ofKansas. I married my high school sweetheart and the love of my life, Barry, over 17 years ago and we have five amazing children; Sylvia (16), Catherine (15), Thomas (13), Anna (11) and Alexander (15 months). Our youngest is adopted. Continue reading


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Guest Post: Making Fitness Fun for Both You and Your Child

Today we have a guest post by Emily from Primrose Schools. Get ready for some encouragement about fun fitness for kids!

Teaching your children at a young age that being active is an important part of their everyday lives is an invaluable lesson. Maintaining a fit body means balancing exercise and a healthy diet, and while some preschool centers are offering healthy food options and encourage more physical activity, this trend needs to continue at home as well. This may seem a bit complicated to teach to your young one, but it doesn’t have to be; simply by offering healthy snacks and getting active with your child is the first step to getting them used to a fit lifestyle. Continue reading


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Wednesday’s Woman–Mikki Rogers

I found today’s Wednesday’s Woman on Twitter, and she’s about to take off on an amazing adventure around the world! And now, here is Mikki in her own words…

I see myself as just another woman who has a strong desire to make a difference in the world.  I am honored to be a part of Wednesday’s Woman.

My name is Mikki Rogers and I love to dabble in lots of things such as cooking, reading, decorating and singing.  But there is nothing I love better than being a mom.  I am a proud mother of 4 beautiful children and an even prouder grandma of 3, almost 4, gorgeous grandchildren.  I feel blessed in my life to have been able to stay home all the years I had my kids home to raise and nurture them. Continue reading