Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A mom's car survival guide

Prior to having kids, I kept a pretty clean car.  Living in San Francisco, it was required not to have anything  in view - or your window would probably be smashed the next day.

Now, three kids later, my car is fully stocked with everything I could possibly need ... and more.   I realized how lucky I was to have all of these things, yet again the other day when my middle daughter got sick.  Yes, sick in the car while driving down a busy street.  Really sick.

So, I thought I'd give a list of all of the things I am now going to keep in my car & maybe you'll add some "must haves" too!

Non-perishable healthy snacks (special treat when they are a little crazy & hungry).
Books & small activities.  Love the travel etch-a-shetch!
Diapers & wipes.  Wipes will be a staple now forever.
Change of clothes for all kids (including underwear!)
Change of clothes for mom (especially if you are nursing!)
First Aid kit, including travel packs of benadryl.

I have used all of these items.  They have all made their way into my car because I didn't have them & wish I had.  The first aid kit was one of those items.  Out playing & Vivienne fell, scraped her leg.  Not too badly but I realized I didn't have anything "just in case."  Also the benadryl was used by a friend who had a child having an allergic reaction & we were about 15 minutes from any store.

What things do you keep that you wouldn't leave home without?  What is my list missing?  Would love your comments!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Doughy Fun

I've decided to do a BLACK WEEKEND Doughy Fun Special.  Through Sunday, enjoy 25% off your purchase.  Just enter coupon code BLACK (click Black to go to my shop)

Doughy Fun is a home - made play dough that kids love.  Long lasting & a lot softer than the "mass produced" stuff.  It comes in an air tight container, that keeps it fresh & soft longer.  Great for STOCKING STUFFER or gifts for the kids in your child's class. 

I can do custom orders, just email me through ETSY .   I am also selling solid wood rolling pins.

Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It takes a village - I admit it!

Years ago, before I paid attention to politics, then First Lady Hillary Clinton wrote a book, It Takes A  Village.  I remember the controversy surrounding this book & what it implied, but I didn't really care at the time.

Now that I am a mom, I have much more appreciation and knowledge as to what is actually involved in raising a child.   I realize, it does take "a village".   I wonder, why as moms, so many of us don't acknowledge or thank our supportive "villages"?  We all see the interviews of the Hollywood mom who got back into shape just three months after the birth of her baby.  She just smiles as she is asked, "How did you do it?" and replies about working out three hours a day with a really tough trainer.  I am thinking, with a newborn ... I was happy getting three solid hours of SLEEP!!  Why do so few admit they have 24 hr nannies, cooks, housekeepers etc ... so they can do these things?  (Did you know there is a thing called a night nurse who is a night time nanny that brings your baby to you to breast feed & then takes the little angel away after they are done so you can go back to sleep???)
Vivienne & Coco playing with friends

In this season of Thanksgiving, I am saying THANK YOU to my support.  My village.  I don't do it all with out a lot of help, and even with help fall short in so many areas.  I have parents who babysit, drive, and cook for me & my family A LOT.  Many a phone calls have been made by me saying, "Can you please be here in 15 minutes to take the girls to school today? ... " I have grandmothers who offer to come by and babysit just so I can "get things done".  I have an amazing babysitter who gives me peace while I am away.  I have a husband who is extremely involved in the care of our children.  There are countless ways that I have been blessed with an amazing support system.

So, today .... I say THANK YOU and admit .... I can't do it all!

Some of my village!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nature Walk

It was a beautiful fall day (yes, we have Fall in California!) and I decided to take my girls to Markham Park in Concord.  We've been going to a "playground" park almost every day (that I'm not working) for about two weeks.  My girls have so much energy!  A daily trip to the playground about 3:00, does us all good!

Today, however, it was a nature park.  When I was little my grandmother used to take me to Markham Park as she lives just a short walk away.  I also went to some special classes there when I was in elementary school.  I don't think I have been there in over 20 years ... and it has changed!

There are so many places to run, things to explore, and learn about.  The girls picked up leaves, threw rocks, and looked at the stream.  We spend over an hour there & could have stayed much longer. 

Have fun with your kids and just take them out exploring!  Really, my girls had as much fun today exploring nature as they do when they go to an amusement park.  So often, I think people believe that kids need "things" to stimulate them.  A kid can find fun & joy almost anywhere they want to.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Learning with Doughy Fun (play dough)

Doughy Fun - my line of home made play dough is always being played with at our home.  The other day, however we (the girls and I) played with a purpose.  I used the doughy fun to teach them about colors & how colors are made.

We started with the three primary colors and white.
We then talked about making other colors ... "Let's see what happens if ..."

and then we mixed, kneaded, and kneaded ... People who buy "stress balls" should just play with play dough!!

She could see bits of orange!!

Making purple!
Even Audrey love the sensation of playdough.  Fortunately, she doesn't eat it anymore!!

The next time your kids are playing with something ... think of how you can "teach" them something.  You may even surprise yourself at what you come up with!