The importance of giving to others…

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Throughout the year our children volunteer for various causes and charities in which we choose as a family.

A few weeks ago Bambino Chef in Jersey City, New Jersey hosted a day for children to make sandwiches for local homeless shelters.

They tirelessly made over 800 sandwiches with the help of many little amazing hands topping their quota!

What drove them you ask?  Hearing from others how those very sandwiches were for some the only meal that they had, which had an impact on all of the children.

Whether it be giving of your time, items, or a donation teaching your children to help others and to be empathetic is one of life’s greatest gifts!

Take it from a Mom who is grateful for teachable moments!

Looking to make forever memories with your children?

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Then find an experience or a, “first” to do with them!

This year I am all about, “experiences” with our children, or giving the gift of experiences!

Today on our children’s day off from school I took them to the top of One World Trade Center in New York City.  Watching their expressions, wonder inquisitiveness, and knowledge brought tears to my eyes.

Our daily lives, schedules, routines, and technological advances in the world can sometimes make us loose sight of things.  It’s not the materials things children really want, it is time with you!

Whether it be a, “first”, place to visit/vacation, with one or both parents, family or friends, this will be most memorable and forever ingrained in their minds!

Think about the mind of a child, they might reflect about a specific toy/electronic and forget about it in time.  What they will remember are things like when you taught them to ride a bike, baking cookies, the first time they went swiming in the ocean, being a guest in their classroom, going on vacation, coaching their sport’s team, a family movie/game night and the list goes on!

Seeing things through your children’s eyes is one of life’s greatest gifts, and in turn will be in theirs!

Take it from a Mom who knows!

 

Looking for things to do on a snowy day with the kiddies?

Then enjoy doing special things indoors and outdoors, putting the f in FUN!

There is nothing I enjoy most then to have our children home experience things on a day off from school.

Doing things that you normally wouldn’t do on a daily basis, makes it even more surprising for your children!

A few of my snow day fun activities, tips, products and things to do will make a day off a memorable one!

Trying to keep the kids busy before you are ready to go outdoors can be challeging.  I find that begining the day with arts and crafts and projects is the way to go for sure!

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Crayola arts and crafts, Magic Science or experiment kids are fun for your little scientist,  CraZ My Look spa kits for your little diva are fun to do pedicures/manicures, Lego sets are always wonderful for your arcitect, Fortamajog DYI tents/forts are one of my top choices, and a DVD or rental of a movie your child has wanted to see is a plus!

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Whipping up white or milk chocolate hot cocoa, baking cookies, making pizza, snacks or lunch have so many wonderful skills.  Math, science, understanding directions, promoting life long skills, as well as doing something special together.

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Take going down the hill and make it a little bit more adventurous! Fun tubes from Big Mouth Toys, new and improved snow disks, snowboards, scooters, and snow skates!

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Playing in the snow is now at a different level!  The IDEAL company’s cool products like castle and snowman moulds, snow lights, snow ball makers, paint, snow cylinders, snow rulers make playing in the snow that much more fun!

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Getting the kiddies back in the house is always difficult until now!  Before going back in I fill a Rubbermaid tub with snow and place a beach towel on the floor or table, grab figurines and let the kiddies have a blast!  Have them keep their gloves on to prevent frost bite or cold fingers, while you make some cocoa and coffee or tea for yourself!

Snowballs in the house?  YES!  The Snowtime company has inflatable forts, shields and soft snowballs make staying in the house a piece of cake tantrum free!

Take it from a Mom who knows how to make a snow day a fun and memorable one!  Enjoy!