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Momwhoknows snow day or school closure fun!

Snow days or school closures can be predicted or unexpected, so why not make it fun!

Some of my, “must” tips….

The night before if the school sends a message regarding school being closed due to the weather, order take out!  This makes life easier to enjoy a day with your children without cooking!

I always freeze homeade soups, meatballs chicken cutlets, Nan bread for pizza, tomato sauce in jars for quick lunches which I do monthly. Just double a recipe when you are making a family favorite meal and freeze one!

Arts & Crafts are a staple on a day off! Keeping a few kits in the house are a great idea to keep your children busy and doing something fun!  Michael’s or your local craft store have a world of options.

Whether you like to bake or not cookies are always a great idea! Homeade or keeping a roll of cookie dough in the fridge or freezer makes one sweet day!

Want to see your children busy for an hour or two? Then build a fort! Use the couch, the dining room table, or a rope with sheets blankets for a simple creative hideout! Grab a few flashlights, toys, dolls, books and let the kids use their imagination screen free!

Hot chocolate or lemonade depending on your climate is always a plus on a cold or warm day. Having the staples on hand are a must!

Lasty a movie is a perfect way to decompress and enjoy the day off!  Homeade popcorn a cozy blanket are all you will need for some downtime!

When in doubt for ideas… Pinterest for food, crafts, recipies and fun!



Want to bring the snow indoors without melting for fun sensory play?


Then make sensory snow!  This activity can be done with children as young as 16 months with supervision.

With just two ingrediants and a few accessories, your toddler/child will have a fun afternoon!

Sensory play is so important, as well as is a great way for children who live in a warm climate to experience snow!

Below is a basic recipie with ingredients most people have in their own home.

Snow Recipe

*3 cups of baking soda

*1/2 cup of any white conditioner

*disposable foil turkey pan or large sterno pan one per child

*measuring cups, spoons, figurines, cars, twigs, snowman mini accessories (found at Michael’s or most craft stores)

*disposable table cloth


1.) Cover a workspace with the disposable table cloth.

2.) In the foil pan pour the baking soda into the pan.

3.) Next add the conditioner and mix with your hands until a snow like consistency. Note- Some children might enjoy mixing with a spatula versus their hands.

4.) Afterwards give your child a variety of things to use with their sensory snow like small figurines, cars, cups, spoons, mini snowman accessories, etc.

Note- I usually double the recipe for older children to have more snow to play with.

One of my friends in Florida took my recipe to the next level and let her daughter and friends use it for a snow ball fight outside! ~Love it!

Take it from a Mom who loves fun winter activities with the kiddies!



Looking for a teachable moment over the holiday with your children?

Then do something for someone in need!

Every year our children choose something to do for others.  This year our son chose to, “Elf” a family who lost a loved one.  He thoughtfully wriote a letter, and each night for 24 nights has been leaving a small gift at their door.

Our daughter choose to take all of her gently used or new toys that she didn’t want and wrap them for homeless children.  We purchased gift basket bags and ribbon at Michael’s craft store to make them easy to give out.

She and three of her best friends worked for over four hours separating, packaging and wraping each gift to make it special.  It was one of the most memorable days we all will treasure!

Afterwards they packed our truck with NINE garbage bags to deliver and disperse the gifts.

The organization invited them to bring the gifts inside and visit their food pantry, clothing and toy room which was a teachable moment!

Doing something for others is one of life’s greatest gifts, as well as appreciating what you have is so important to teach your children.  It is that moment that is a priceless gift!


Looking for your children and family to use less electronics?

Then order a charging station and set a time limit!

In today’s world we are all guilty of using hand held devices including myself!

Children and teens are up all hours of the night causing many issues in school!  Tiredness, lack of focus, and some grades are affected as well!

I found that by powering off at a particular time truly works, and is life changing!

We keep a charging station in the kitchen which is a common space, as well as a great place to see all devices.

Set up a time in which all devices are checked in and powered off for the night at a charging station.  As I have mentioned to clients of mine, “You are the parent!”

This tip will do wonders for your family and you will not regret it!

Amazon has a variety of colors, how many docks you need, as well as seperate plugs for each Smart decive.

It is one of my top pick gifts for families! Enjoy!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!



Are you looking for a way to stop arguing with your child about chores, homework and more?

Then come up with a few reminders for your children!

As the morning, afternoon and evening routines can be challenging, I came up with a way to stop the insanity!

If your child can read then he/she can take care of their responsibilities and personal hygiene!  (It can be modified using pictures and words as well.)

Depending on your personal rituals you can hang up reminder signs for wherever they do their homework, in the bathroom, their bedroom, and even in the playroom!

Above are a few examples of an idea I worked with a family on and it helps!

Simply type up a list, print it and have it laminated at Staples or an office store.

Enjoy less nagging, screaming and watch your children learn to be more independent!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

Summer of experiences!

My goal in life has been experiences!  We have one life to live and exposing your children to the world is priceless!

So far this summer we have…

*watched many different sunsets

*taught our children to cook something new

*made sea scape paintings on the beach

*volunteered to make sandwiches for a homeless shelter

*went to a local farm and made a variety of pies

*have taken our children to a Cold Play concert

*explored culture in NYC

*taken long walks and spoken about life and goals

*tried new things

*collected shells & beach glass

*watched the stars

*observed sea life

*had a weekly movie night

*making a summer photo movie

*went fishing

*made sea glass wooden photo frames & recipe boxes

*had a smores contest

*taught our children new things

*had a lunch/dinner picnics on the beach

*did fun things with family & friends

*helped someone in need

*had a lemonade stand donating half of the profits to a children’s charity

This is just to name a few, but the time you spend as a family is one in which you are creating everlasting memories!  From simply doing things at home, a local park or area, even taking a family day/weekend trip, seek something new!

If you are one who is lost for ideas, check on Pinterest for endless things to do!

Enjoy and happy summer!

Take it from a Mom who knows!