In this day and age it’s so hard to keep up with our kids. Even though it seems things are so much more convenient and accessible there isn’t enough time. Even though I have extremely strict rules about electronics (and I’ve been successful so far!) Kids are just built differently these day and we as parents have to adjust and know when to give and come to a mutual agreement about it all….
The girls have been wanting to have their own YouTube channel for some time and I’ve prolonged it as much as I can. Until one day Jennah came up to me with her notepad and we finally set some YouTube rules.
So this summer we will keep everyone entertained with what my girls think is the theme…. Stay tuned and as they always say “Please Subscribe!”
I’ll leave you with their Intro….
Well as it turns out my kids even go by my motto without me intentially teaching it….all about Making Life Memorable
I think it’s so important to make reading a part of your child’s daily routine. We have all sorts of rituals in our house from reading corner, reading minutes and car reading but the most exciting thing is the reading challenges that the girls’ elementary school come up with. Gotta Love A.S.K.
This season our amazing librarian sends this………..
Needless to say Jennah and Zeenah are more motivated than ever.
This year I’ve made it a point to make weekly visits to the library with Zeenah to choose books with her. Now that she can read more on her own I’ve made a rule that she has to choose books that she can at least read 3-4 words in sentence. I found it helps strengthen what she already knows and ease her into newer vocabulary without getting frustrated.
One of my most recent favorite books that we checked out was “Good Night iPad” it’s a modern day twist on the old classic “Good Night Moon” (still a favorite of mine!)
I highly recommend ordering it from Amazon, you’ll probably enjoy it a little more than your kids.
Off course you can always alternate reading time with Good night Moon if you have a love for the classic as I do.
On the other hand I have my more independent reader Jennah. I don’t need to accompany her to the library anymore and she has made good choices of books. Some that she is totally engrossed in from the first page and others that she seems to force herself to finish because she doesn’t want to miss out if the book gets better halfway through.
Her ultimate favorite series these days is The land of stories by Chris Colfer. I must say she’s continuously talking about it to everyone she meets and urges them to read. July 2016 can’t come any sooner for her to get her hands on book 5!
I think every once in a while i’d probably post what my kids are reading because I never know who might benefit in getting ideas.
After all it’s also Making Life Memorable for everyone!
One of my favorite things that my best friend Terri taught me was how to scrapbook. It used to be so much simpler before….You get all your pictures printed choose your favorite and start crafting!!! Oh what fun…..stickers, markers and all.
Things have changed since then….printing my pictures is much rarer than before. They all seem to be on the could, on my hard-drive or google+ and God knows where else they’re automatically saved. So I’ve then turned into other modes of creating albums and that’s through Shutterfly…just upload the pictures add your comments and they print it all for you. Simple as that.
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This really does help in Making Life Memorable!
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I was reading this post and just kept thinking about how my daughter Jennah is having her MAP testing this week.
How can they mess up answers??? It’s hard enough for us parents making sure our kids are well equipped let alone worrying about some system being faulty.
So to all those parents out there how serious do you prep or take those tests?
I really don’t want to be a teacher I just want to be the parent that does fun stuff with her girls and concentrate on Making Life Memorable….is that too much to ask??
Halloween has to be one of the most creative holidays ever!! There’s so much one can do yet I find myself struggling to find the time.
I love being creative and will use every excuse possible to do something useful. Holidays like Halloween and Christmas give me that fulfillment, if life just didn’t get in the way I would do so much more!
Off course costumes are just the tip of the iceberg. Oh and let’s not forget my obsession with pinterest that has a gazillion inspiration boards.
Do you plan anything special for Halloween??
Well I would like to share a few of my favorite pictures and links for all those “Halloween” and “DIY” enthusiasts.
do you have your COSTUMES picked out yet?? Check out Simply Kierste for some costume inspiration.
What about a special homemade TREAT like Popcorn Balls?? This is a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time.
One of the many traditions we have at our house is the carving of the pumpkin. Off course Zeenah looooooves getting her hands dirty taking all the seeds and gutting the Pumpkin.
We tend to do traditional Jack-O-Lantern because it’s just that much easier with 2 kids but I always wanted to venture out and trying something new.
I would love to be able to paint a set of pumpkins or doing glitter designs.
Unfortunately with the lack of Pumpkin Patches in Kuwait and the obscene prices of a traditional pumpkin I’ve resorted to just admiring all the designs online.
Of course I could always venture out into making Paper Mache pumpkins and then doing whatever design but I’m almost afraid to get something like that started and end up with too many pumpkins and no place to store them!
I hope that these few ideas and links helps you get inspired and assists in Making Life Memorable for you and your kids.
Being a mother doesn’t come with a guide or a manual of how too. Probably because no 2 children are the same. Any book out there that preaches this or that method as a “matter od Fact” I believe is a SCAM and
At the end of the day one just has to focus on good upbringing and do what’s convenient for you and your family’s sanity.
I know this first hand. I have two daughter and they are by far almost the complete opposite of each other. Sure they have a few similarities but as for their temperaments they are entirely different.
So if you are in need of a good night’s sleep and your child keeps stomping into the bedroom don’t stress yourself out, let them have a one nighter with you in the bed, they’ll eventually grow out of it. Ever heard of a 15 year old sleeping in their parent’s bed???
Or this whole peeing “accidents” I know it’s a pain and a real drag but your child will do it when they’re ready, don’t beat yourself up about it. Yet again I’ll say “Eventually” they’ll grow out of it.
The things I would say one has to put their foot down is number 1 Safety and secondly manners. These thing you do have to stress about because the earlier you instill those values in your child the more of a guarantee they’ll grow up to be descent human beings.
So yes I may not exactly practice what I preach because I do stress out about the littlest of things….but I thought maybe sharing this with the world will give others comfort that no one Mommy REALLY has the answers, because what works for one parent or childe for that matter won’t work for another.
So as that book says “Don’t stress the small stuff” just get on with Making Life Memorable and things will fall into place!
I have been struggling the past 6 months or years with weight loss and going back to my previous size.
Trust me it’s not having children because I have proof I look awesome after having my second child with my shirt tucked in too.
I think I have gave yoyoing dieting and body resizing a new image.
So inevitably I go online to find a solution.
This post was a good read and I really hope that I can go back and do something about getting back to my old self.
So here’s to getting back in shape to all mommies out there that have been busy Making Life Memorable that have forgotten to take care of themselves!
No matter how fun, relaxing or enjoyable ant vacation is its always good to be home.
After making very many memorable moments this past few days with my girls and mom I’m happy to say “I’m glad to be home”
Special Thank you to my thoughtful husband that was waiting for us with a rose each.
Making Life Memorable with small gestures of thoughtfulness goes a long way!
Some parts of this article made me chuckle because we all think certain thoughts about our children or how we have towards our spouse regarding parenthood.
A truth that probably many don’t actually admit.
It’s amazing how this is universal around the world and not just in America.
So grab your favorite drink and enjoy this light read that I had to share.
So my advice is Making Life Memorable isn’t just for our kids but for us parents too!!
I’m not a big fan of going to the mall when on vacation (especially if I don’t intend to shop)
Yet I found myself in City Center Mall in Bahrain walking around with the girls after going to the movies and then in the corner of my eye I saw something that I absolutely fell in love with.
A store called the YellowMoon Gift company.
Such a lovely little store with every size box imaginable.
Rows and rows of ribbons and wrapping paper.
They also had a selection of gift bags, shred and sachets of different colors & sizes.
I loved the smell of ribbon and gift Wrapping paper.
I think if I would let myself go I would buy everything in sight!
Of all the things I thought I’d see this defiantly was Making Life Memorable for me!