The Blue SAHM

“Snap Out of It” they say, “Find something to do”, “Can’t you see how lucky you are?  You have a beautiful baby!  You should be grateful.”I’ve even heard, Is that what you went to  college to be? ” and “Go bake a cake.”ooh, and let’s not forget…. “Get a job, a real one if you’re not happy.”

SAHM's Rock!

SAHM’s Rock!

My sweet lord! Why do moms have to go so far to justify their choices and feelings? We all have different circumstances and reasons for choosing to be a stay at home mom. I had no idea which would be best for my kids,but I knew that I had to do what was in the best interest for our family. Motherhood is tough enough, being a sahm is no picnic. At times it may even seem like a competitive sport. Who needs another stick! Don’t let it beat YOU! Here’s my rules for sticking it to the oppressors:

I felt stuck–like I was falling deeper into a hole I’d never be able to escape.

1st Rule – Don’t cause yourself trouble. You can’t turn on a facet and get mad when the sink fill up.

2nd- Even after a thunderstorm, the rain stops and there’s a rainbow. Never see your situation as permanent.

3rd- Make it ok. Find free and affordable tehun did thatcommunity based events, groups that fit you and time for yourself. Ultimately it’s you that’s going to make it ok. Not hubby, grandma, or baby sitter – just you.

4th- Walk away.  It’s ok to do it. Make sure the child is safe and go. (Come back though)

5th- Guard your heart. People say hurtful things with out thinking. detach and dissolve if you must. most times you’ll just need to let them know that you aren’t crazy and to back off.  It will be harder if you are the baby of the family as I am, but they’ll get the picture when you stop responding.

6th- Give it ambition- If you are going to be home with the children, be there! Create incredible children on purpose. Pull your hair in a ponytail and go out. You and the children will love it. If the house isn’t impeccable, who cares? You and the kids can make a game out of cleaning it once you return.

‘I use all my skills and intelligence – negotiation, patience, problem-solving, creativity – to bring up the children’

When you read the lists below, keep in mind postpartum depression and anxiety are sometimes “comorbid.”  This means you can have a bit of both, or all of both.  If you have symptoms on both lists, that’s not out of the ordinary.

Some days do suck! I would  not lie and say different. But there are more good ones than bad! And when I get old, I have 8 helpers to take care of me. :)

Some days do suck! I would not lie and say different. But there are more good ones than bad! And when I get old, I have 8 helpers to take care of me. 🙂

Okay.  Here we go. You may have postpartum depression if you have had a baby within the last 12 months and are experiencing some of these symptoms:

  • You feel overwhelmed.  Not like “hey, this new mom thing is hard.”  More like “I can’t do this and I’m never going to be able to do this.”  You feel like you just can’t handle being a mother.  In fact, you may be wondering whether you should have become a mother in the first place.
  • You don’t feel bonded to your baby.
  • You can’t understand why this is happening.  You are very confused and scared.
  • You feel irritated or angry. You have no patience. Everything annoys you.  You feel resentment toward your baby, or your partner, or your friends who don’t have babies. You feel out-of-control rage.
  • You feel nothing. Emptiness and numbness. You are just going through the motions.
  • You feel sadness to the depths of your soul. You can’t stop crying, even when there’s no real reason to be crying.
  • You feel hopeless, like this situation will never ever get better. You feel weak and defective, like a failure.
  • You can’t bring yourself to eat, or perhaps the only thing that makes you feel better is eating.
  • You can’t concentrate. You can’t focus. You can’t think of the words you want to say. You can’t remember what you were supposed to do. You can’t make a decision. You feel like you’re in a fog.
  • You feel disconnected. You feel strangely apart from everyone for some reason, like there’s an invisible wall between you and the rest of the world.
  • You feel like you should be able to snap out of it, but you can’t.
  • You might be having thoughts of running away and leaving your family behind. Or you’ve thought of driving off the road, or taking too many pills, or finding some other way to end this misery.
  • You know something is wrong. You may not know you have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, but you know the way you are feeling is NOT right. You think you’ve “gone crazy”.
  • You are afraid that this is your new reality and that you’ve lost the “old you” forever.
  • You are afraid that if you reach out for help people will judge you. Or that your baby will be taken away.

You may have postpartum anxiety or postpartum OCD if you have had a baby within the last 12 months and are experiencing some of these symptoms:

  • Your thoughts are racing. You can’t quiet your mind. You can’t settle down. You can’t relax.
  • You feel like you have to be doing something at all times. Cleaning bottles. Cleaning baby clothes. Cleaning the house. Doing work. Entertaining the baby. Checking on the baby.
  • You are worried. Really worried.  All. The. Time.  Am I doing this right?  Will my husband come home from his trip?  Will the baby wake up? Is the baby eating enough? Is there something wrong with my baby that I’m missing? No matter what anyone says to reassure you it doesn’t help.
  • You may be having scary thoughts. Ones that you’ve never had before.  They fly into your head unwanted and you know they aren’t right, that this isn’t the real you, but they terrify you and they won’t go away.  These thoughts may start with the words “What if …”
  • You are afraid to be alone with your baby because of scary thoughts or worries.  You are also afraid of things in your house that could potentially cause harm, like kitchen knives or stairs, and you avoid them like the plague.
  • You may feel the need to check things constantly. Did I lock the door?
  • You may be having physical symptoms like stomach cramps or headaches, shakiness or nausea.  You might even have panic attacks.
  • You feel like a captive animal, pacing back and forth in a cage. Restless.  On edge.
  • You’re having trouble sleeping.  You are so, so tired, but you can’t sleep.
  • You are afraid that this is your new reality and that you’ve lost the “old you” forever.
  • You are afraid that if you reach out for help people will judge you.  Or that your baby will be taken away.

And then there’s the sahm that have toddlers (or older) and is simply frustrated. This video is for you.

Now that you’ve gone through these lists are you thinking “How the heck does this lady know me? Is there a hidden camera in here?”  Nope.  What this should tell you is that you are not alone and you are not a freak and you are not highly unusual.  If you are having these feelings and symptoms then it is possible you are experiencing common illnesses that 15 to 20% of new mothers have, and they are completely normal..

Come hang out with me and Queen City Stay At Home Moms. We’re here to support you!

 One mom chose prozac: She she shared: My doctor listened to me carefully, asked some pointed questions about my sleeping, eating, and moods before pointing out the obvious: depression doesn’t always look like my narrow imagination assumed. It isn’t always being unable to get out of bed; it can be getting out of bed muttering obscenities before the day has even begun. It can be clenched teeth and yelling too quickly and tearful apologies. My depression rendered me a very unhappy SAHM. My doctor said: “When other coping strategies aren’t working, it’s time to call in the big guns. Your family deserves it. You deserve it.” Jenna Marshal from Babble

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Postpartum Depression & Related Illnesses

Signs of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

 I’ll stick with my green tea and Queen City Stay At Home Moms as I enthusiastically applaud ANY woman who knows what she wants, knows what will make her happy/be the best mom she can be, and goes for it. Let’s get on a new wave of feminism and be happy for everyone’s individual choice.

 

Enjoy motherhood now,

QC Supermom

Friday Four: Women’s History Month for SAHMs

This month we are celebrating women by acknowledging their purpose and influence in our lives. 

My children ask on a regular “Mom, when are you going back to work?” The teens want the freedom that comes with both parents away from home and my young sons see many women in a place of business. So yes, I understand where they are coming from. However, one day they understand and appreciate the history I’m building now for their future was well worth the investment.

No, she can be anything she wants except UNGRATEFUL, a prostitute or drug dealer; I might step in then.

I’d rather not be in some high end, drudging career myself.- QCSAH mom

Like many other mothers, history is being made right now while we raise our children.   If you’re anything like me, you decided that you wanted to see every 1st of your child. That choice alone comes with consequences. I have chosen to make the most of this time by making sure I give them everything they need to survive,  Let me connect Women’s History Month to Stay at Home Moms.

Here are 4 Things You Shouldn’t Say to A SAHM during Women’s History Month

1. Well, maybe one day, you’ll do something worthy to be remembered.  We SAHM’s are tremendously influential in helping our children thrive and give them countless amounts of encouragement and support to foster their independence and self worth. Being able to stay home is a blessing that many children don’t have and many need.

2. Why do you think you should ever be considered special? Somehow we have embraced the idea that in order to be successful, women have to be CEOs of Fortune 500s. But that’s not true. I am a leader raising leaders at home. As they say, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”

3. SAHM’s aren’t famous for anything  in any history book. Here’s just 1 for you dear! Abigail Adams raised President John Quincy Adams while advocating and modeling an expanded roles for women in public affairs during the formative days of the United States. Eat that.

4. When are you going back to work?  UUugh, I do work. My job goes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There are no sick days, no vacation days and relatively few breaks and quiet times. (Also see this great link about today’s SAHM)

As a woman that has worked both in and out of the home, it is easier to answer to one boss for a few hours than multiple little bosses all day and night.

Somewhere in there they attend a PTA meeting or some sort of charitable or neighborhood committee, or bake something for a bake sale. These are all things that contribute to our community. But admittedly a lot of working moms just don’t have time for such activities- QCSAHM

It’s great that we have a month devoted to women, but we should celebrate and educate ourselves daily on the women who have made our world a better place.

Happy Women’s History Month.  I appreciate the women who fought so that I can have a fulfilling life. I’m glad I’m able to help my children follow their dreams.

My Good Night message to all my fellow SAHM’s 

QC Supermmom

Wednesday Wow! Being a SAHM

pinn teachus-001I am a proud mother of 9. Yes, I said NINE. Three short of a nice round dozen. I have been a stay/work at home mom for over ten years now, and have learn to enjoy every minute of it! I love, love, love being with my children and watching them grow every step of the way and I am constantly amazed at the things they do and say-and how quickly they learn. They are like sponges -and constantly absorb the world around them. Yet,

being a stay at home mom is anything but easy. I don’t try to have a perfectly clean house, ironed shirts, or gourmet meals. Walk into my house between 8-noon,you will see my 2 year old writing(on walls) or in front of the TV watching PBS or Nick Jr. You’ll see my 4 year old on his laptop or study book, the 5 year old inside his study book or other manipulatives, the teen girls engaged in their self guided assignments or at the library doing research. By 3, it’s free time till 5:30 dinner and bedtime by 9pm.

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 I have been told you have your hands full more times than I would like to have been. Well I do. I go to the market daily. Twice a week we go to story time,Kid Yoga & UNC Charlotte Early Educator learning stations at the library. The 1st Saturday of each month, we go to the Kids Workshop at Home Depot, on Thursdays we eat dinner at Earth Fare (kids eat free*)  and on Mondays, we are at Monkey Joes. Since I also home school, we do a science project every 3 weeks and the remainder off the week are intensive study days. Sundays I’m day off. My husband take over.

Motherhood is a full- time job.  I think the key is making sure you get some grownup talk and support routinely. I am a founding member of Queen City Stay At Home Moms, and it’s wonderful if I do say so myself. Since everyone there was on single income, most of the activities are affordable. Try to find something that you can do that’s just for you, and do it with out the kids. And last but not least, don’t forget to squeeze in a date night with the hubby every once in a while! 😉

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Hopefully, I’ve alleviated some fears of  becoming a productive Stay At Home Mom.  At the end of the day, if given the choice, stay at home!  The financial aspects of it have never been easy, but so far it’s worth all the conservative spending, home made veggie pizza, and the millions of educated play dates we’ve attended. Ultimately, it’s up to each family to decide what is right for them. Just make sure you have a good support group of friends, and try to enjoy every minute with your little ones. They grow up way too fast!

If you know a SAHM or dad, forward them this blog post and consider it a round of 

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applause for all they do. You deserve it!  Well, till the next “boo-boo”, take care,  QC Supermom

Friday Four: 4 Things Not to say to a SAHM in 2013

HELP! NEW STAY AT HOME MOM.BORED TO TEARS, GAINING WEIGHT, GETTING NOTHING DONE AND FEELING GUILTY AND SAD EVERYDAY 😦

Stay-at-home parenting is harder than I thought. Maybe it’s the fact that my child was colicky for the first six months of his life, and that even at eight months old, he—and, consequently, I—have yet to sleep through the night. Maybe it’s my own fault for setting unrealistic expectations for what sort of stay-at-home mom I would be: the kind who preserves her own produce, makes her own laundry soap, and still has time to put on makeup every morning.

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Bye-bye pearls and casseroles— “We are still reminded of the mom in the 1950s, Mrs. June Cleaver. The face of the stay-at-home mom has changed since the days of June Cleaver. Today’s Stay-at-Home Mom is sexy, nurturing, resourceful, fun, innovative and creative!

Forget everything you’ve heard about stay-at-home moms. A new generation is starting their own businesses, learning through educated play dates, and enjoying opportunities to help others all while enjoying motherhood.

1. Girl, I couldn’t do it! All them kids, whew! 
I surround myself with friends people like myself.When someone asks me what I do, I tell them I stay home with my children and I’m not in the least ashamed or embarrassed. I have learned that most people who don’t think much of stay-at-home moms (SAHM) don’t know what’s involved and how much a family benefits and appreciates what we do. I am raising healthy,loving, productive, beautiful and well educated citizens.kokok

2. Let’s go to the thrift store, it’s cheap. You can afford that it. 
Uurk! Hit the brakes! Sure, but let’s swing by the bank first. Being a great stay at home moms includes being resourceful. It’s not what we bring in, it’s more about how we spend it. I make most of my cleaners, crafts, birthday cakes, curtains,and gardening. But I also shop at the farmers markets, Micheals, Earth Fare, Forever 21, and other great value stores we choose. I personally prefer to wear clothes we have designed than to pay someone to market their design.Shopping the way we do has allowed us to keep our bills paid, have an emergency AND big ticket savings. So sure, let go, I’ve got my stash of coupons intow!.

3. You must never get time to yourself.

I don’t get nearly as much girl talk as I used to, but I know, as my children get older and more independent, there will be more time for me. As for keeping working girlfriends close – live your life, care for your family, and if these old friends want to keep in touch they will. You can offer a meeting, but don’t be surprised when you see less and less of most working friends. Just remember that the true friendships will last. Also I enjoy my stay at home moms group, Queen City SAHM’s, it’s a two’fer, a friendly outlet for myself and playtime for the kids. We go many places together, Usually we have my oldest. daughter keep the kids for a small fee.

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4. Can’t find a job huh? While that maybe true for some. Personally, I consider day care to be neglect and child abandonment.  There has been sufficient research over the years demonstrating the negative impact of day care on children. I decided to stay at home after our second daughter was born. My husband work and the hours from my job were just awful. I love that I get to stay at home and I can still use my two Johnson and Wales University degrees working as a product reviewer, blogger and cooking with with kids class instructor. Staying at home is so much more work than my job ever was but I wouldn’t change it for anything, even if I have to scrub that my sons walls my 3yo has marked up 4 times every day.

Having your infant or toddler at home being cared for by either a loving parent or grandparent is the ideal.  Whether that’s possible for you or not, it’s still the ideal.Till next time, QC Supermom.

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Bonus Keeper: 30 Rainy Day Entertainment ideas for the kids

How to Survive a Rainy Day with Children:

What kid likes rainy days? Mine do! Take a look at these incredible ideas!

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This collection is ever lasting. It’s great for the very young to the older ones. A real keeper.  which will you try?

Binocular Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of outdoor things you can see from various windows, using—surprise— binoculars. Be sure to vary the items from the teeny-tiny (say, a broken but beautiful bit of

plant in glass green glass) to the exceptionally large (say, an oak tree in the shape of a jolly giant), as well as from the very far to the very near. The first child who checks off every item on the list as “spotted” gets a prize. Our favorite reward: freedom from sharing toys for 15 minutes.

Create an Art Gallery

Take a cue from The Style Files, and put the kids’ original artwork on display. If you have an excessive amount of old paintings and drawings, then use this as an opportunity to have them sort through and organize the keepers vs. those that they (and you!) can do without.

Shoot Your Own Movie

There are really only three acceptable plots: robbers, ghosts or Daddy slipping on a banana peel.

Play Hide and Seek

There’s nothing more classic than a game of hide and seek, but playing in the great indoors is much less stressful on Mom and Dad (fewer places to hide!). It also helps young tots learn the concept of object permanence. We recommend getting in on the action and hiding yourself. You’ll love seeing the smile on your kids’ faces when they find you! Button-Jewelry

Build Your Own Terrarium

A glass vessel, some sand, some dirt, and a few plants make a fun rainy-day project that will last long after the sun comes out. For simple, step-by-step instructions, click here.

Bake a Rainbow Cake

With a little effort and a lot of food coloring, whip up a masterpiece worthy of Betty Crocker.

Make a Ruffle Cake

Ruffle cakes are not only extremely beautiful, but they’re also surprisingly easy to make. Watch atutorial here, and then let older kids practice their cake-decorating skills!

Write Letters to Relatives

Whether they’re states away or right down the block, what relative doesn’t appreciate a letter from their favorite little one? Set them up to practice the lost art of letter writing with stationary or construction paper and crayons.

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Have Fun With a Cardboard Box

They say tots love the box a toy comes in more than the toy itself. Pull one out on a rainy day and watch a child’s imagination come alive. Convert the box into acostume, transform it into a vehicle, or use it as a fort for some great indoor play.

Family Fashion Show

Each person in the family draws the name of another out of a hat. Everybody dresses up

in the clothes and accessories of the person they picked, then saunters down the catwalk, posing wildly, while Mom takes pictures with the camera set to flash. Added fun: Include the family pets…unless Grandmother is involved. Grandma does not swap clothes with the dog. Grandma does not wear a leash.

Magic Sack do

Have the kids decorate a magic paper bag. Put seven or eight books into the bag. Draw one book out slowly, slowly, slowly and—presto!—the kids will instantly want to read that book. You’ll never understand why, and they’ll never be able to tell you why. Nevertheless, the miracle will repeat itself until all the books are read.

Create Kid-Friendly Pizza Bagels

Making your own dough can be daunting, but grab a couple bagels, slice them up, and let your kids add their own toppings. If you want to get really creative, then make these adorable pepper, tomato, olive, and pepperoni critters from Betty Crocker! Who knew

eating pizza could be even more fun?

Source: Betty Crocker

Have a Classic Game Marathon

Put away the video-game controllers and go old-school with classic kids’ games like Candy Land, Twister, Chutes and Ladders, and Operation. They might not be as high tech as the PlayStation or Wii, but there’s a reason companies have been making them for decades.Get-Active

Sort Through Old Toys and Plan a Garage Sale

Use the promise of an upcoming garage sale as motivation to get the kids to sort through

their old toys. Have them propose prices for each of the items they’re giving up, and discuss what you’ll do with the (eventual) profits. You may want to consider making a donation to a charity of the kids’ choice to make the project especially meaningful.

Create Your Own Personalized Decoupage

This fun, original decoupage activity is an easy way to bring all the kids together on one project! Simple and quick, it’s an easy way for them to create some new decor while spending some quality time with you.

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Let your little one’s inner moon man come out by building a DIY rocket-fueled jet pack from cardboard, two-liter bottles, felt, and straps! Practice for takeoff with some indoor flying until sunny skies return.

Spa Day

Break out the nail polish for at-home mani/pedis. To create an extra-authentic spa environment, have everyone wear bathrobes, cut up some cucumbers to soothe the “clients'” weary eyes, and turn on some New Age tunes.

fullMake Your Own Pompoms

If you have a budding cheerleader on your hands, then use layers of tissue paper wrapped around dowels to create your very own rah rah-ready poms!

Make Your Own Ice Cream

The kids will all be screaming for ice cream with this easy recipe — best of all, no ice cream machine is required, just a few active hands!

Hanging Crayon Hearts

These translucent hanging crayon hearts, made from waxed paper and crayon shavings, can cheer up a room in your home.

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Get Active

Crafting isn’t only sedentary. Pull out those empty cans and create something that gets kids moving like these elephant feet. If you have several cans stored up, get multiple kids on their feet and have elephant races across the room!


Make Noodle Necklaces

Create a dye solution with food coloring and rubbing alcohol, and then transform ordinary pasta into a rainbow of shades. String the noodles on a piece of yarn or ribbon to create a one-of-a-kind necklace or bracelet.

Newpaper Forts

Forget the traditional blanket and pillow fort and followAll For the 

Boys instructions for these fun and eco-friendly hideaways.

Write Letters to People You Admire

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Brainstorm favorite politicians, athletes, or any other role models that your kids might have, and embark upon a letter-writing project. Who knows? It could end with your kiddos


Make a Fingerprint Family Tree
scoring an invitation to the White House!

Use an ink pad and kiddie thumbs to create afingerprint family tree. It’s a great way to teach your lil ones about their family history.

Have a Tea Party

Every little girl loves a tea party, so gather up the stuffed-animal guests (and maybe this eco-friendlytea set from Land of Nod) and start brewing. The addition of cakes, tea sandwiches, and British accents is optional but recommended.

 Finger Paint

Get messy with finger paint — no explanation required! Make-Your-Own-Play-Dough

Croon to Karaoke

If you have a karaoke machine or your cable provider offers a karaoke channel (it sounds silly, but many of them do — pay your “On Demand” section a visit and check), then unleash your inner rock stars and start singing!

Give Play Dough a Makeover

Who needs plain old play dough, when you can make your own Sand Dough. The easy to make recipe is made for lil helping hands!


Make a Sock Monkey
 

Everybody loves sock monkeys—even the parent who supervises making them. Why? A sock monkey doesn’t really look like a monkey. So, should you lack sewing skills and end up with a sock monster, nobody gets frustrated, flings themselves on the ground and turns into a child monster.

All-Room Obstacle Course

Jump off the bed. Roll across the room. Crawl under the table. Run upstairs. Hide under the armchair for 30 seconds. Stick your head in the fridge and smell the milk. Skip around the dining room table three times. Then, the long, hard, do-or-die dash to the finish: Lie down on your bed for 20 minutes. Without moving one muscle.

Marble Racetrack

It’s one thing to race cars around the house, but it’s another to race marbles. This fun activity involves little more than a cut pool noodle (follow My HomeSpun Threads’s instructions and a marble!

Create an Indoor Herb Garden

While you probably want to mount the herbs with the help of another adult, your kids will love getting their hands dirty to help you plant herbs in mason jars. It’s a great way to add fresh flavors to your family dishes all year round!

Make No-Bake Granola Barsno-bake-granola-bars-32

Kids can help stir, measure, mix, and press theseno-bake granola bars into shape. Just pop the yummy, chewy bars — full of toasted oats, nuts, coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and molasses — into the fridge for a bit to let them set, and you’ll be snacking healthfully in no time.

Make Wooden Block Prints

Try a new use for all of the blocks in your home with this wooden block print that’s as simple as collecting a few of your toddler’s wooden blocks and adding some paint.

Build a Fort or Tent

For some good, old-fashioned fun, hit the linen closet and construct a fort or tent with sheets and pillows. The process of creating the hideaway is only the beginning; as once they’re done with the hard work, playtime can begin!

Make Glow-in-the-Dark Drinks shaved-ice-glow-stick-430x286

If you still have some glow sticks hanging around from Halloween, then pull them out, along with a few paper and clear plastic cups, and in no time, you’ll have glow-in-the-dark drinks (get a full tutorial here), best consumed with the shades drawn and lights out!

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Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint  – And Use It

Chalkboard paint’s expensive, but this easy recipe for homemade chalkboard paint and fu

n craft to do with it, is the perfect indoor activity.

Search For Buried Treasure

Create a treasure map, and hide some special prizes around the house — scavenger-hunt style. Spray paint spare change to make it look like gold coins, or use candy prizes.

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Make Some Goop

No, we’re not talking about Gwyneth Paltrow‘s site, but some slimy, silly concoction that only requires three ingredients.

Pull Out the Puzzles

puzlPuzzles are great for brain development, but be sure to pick one that’s age-appropriate. This vintage Superman option should appeal to kids ages 3 and up.

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Combine Science and Crafting

Here’s a project that’s perfect for your lil science geek. Even if your child doesn’t care for the flavor of mushrooms, he’ll totally be a fan of this fungi afterdoing this crafty experiment.

Create a Bubble Wrap Print

The next time you get a Bubble-wrapped item in the mail, don’t toss that wrapper. Along with being a fun way to encourage fine motor skills by popping those itty-bitty plastic bubbles, your lil one can use it for creating a really cool painting.

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Turn a glue bottle into a drawing tool with this funsand painting craft. Between squeezing the glue and focusing on pinching and sprinkling the sand, this art activity is perfect for honing fine motor skills and boosting hand-eye coordination in kids!

Button Jewelry

A button necklace or bracelet is easy to make, inexpensive and super fun! Have the tots help you sort, pick and thread the buttons.

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Tear Up Some Paper, And Then Do Something With It

If you’ve got a tot who’s not thrilled about getting crafty, this torn paper collage craft will

ctMake Life-Size Paper Dolls have his fingers excited about creating.

Forget little dress up paper dolls that can easily be lost after use, go big with life-sized versions that your tot can play with day-after-day.

Create Art For Grandparents

Nothing will make Grandma and Grandpa happier than receiving a package with your child’s original artwork! Ship paper pieces (signed by the artist, of course) in mailing tubes

. Or work that technology again and transfer a piece to a postcard, magnet, note card  or mug. These days, the art-sharing and gift-giving possibilities are endless!

Make No-Bake Cookies

“Baking” doesn’t get easier or faster than no-bake cookies, and these chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal versions from Brown Eyed Baker look simply divine. The only ingredients are butter, sugar, milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and quick-cooking oats. Thirty minutes from start to the in-your-mouth finish!

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My families favorites:

Here’s one Deada doing tonight after dinner- click to see i

Cassie’s trying this pom-pom idea and these Crayon Hearts

Eaim will do this simple science project!

With Amen, & Tehun, I’ll make dough and paint with them. Try one of these today & share the fun indoors while recycling, reducing and reusing!

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As a mom, you must be able to think outside of the box, save money and look for learning or bonding moments. The suggestions listed are all afordable and simple to do. Go ahead and pick a few. Come back & share what you’ve done. I want to know! Till next time, QC Supermom

Friday Four: The Secret To Being A Super SAHM

You can be at home and be happy. The choice is yours…………

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I was the guest speaker at a WIC meeting  yesterday, and it was a success!

 I’m still honored yet humbled to be a part of that wonderful learning opportunity. 

 I announced it in Wednesday Wow post.  

Click here if you didn’t read it.- 

The breastfeeding peer counselors wanted to know how to better serve their clients. That means they are open to learn & listen. Our voices were heard! (thank you to all that shared) And we had fun! I even learned something new. Well four things.

1. I speak fast! (I knew that already though)

2.All breastfeeding peer counselors must have children be hold their position and must have breastfed her own children.

3.www.Zipmilk.com  ( a service of state breastfeeding coalitions, providing listings for breastfeeding resources based on ZIP code. ) It now available.

4.  When you decide to be a sahm,and breastfeed, you should not have  any regrets.

This could easily be the shortest post to date as my household is 85% under the weather. And I think from being puked, sneezed and grabbed on all night, I’m about ready for a nap also. This is mentally and physically DRAINING.

“Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established” (Prov. 15:22). In other words, there is wisdom in the counsel of many. Praying for wisdom in the midst of a difficult decision and seeking wise counsel is, well, wisdom. But ultimately you still have to make the decision yourself.

First make the decision- Any decision that you make causes a chain of events to happen.

Research shows that mothers earn 4 to 15 percent less than non-mothers with comparable jobs and qualifications, that as job candidates, mothers are perceived as less competent and committed than non-mothers. Not sure if those numbers are current, but I do know that business loves stability, motivation to do a good job, productivityand a strong appearance with communications. You will definitely need to upgrade skills.  So here’s what to do.

1.  Find support. A mom’s group that fit’s your needs.  The landscape of support, companionship and resources will amaze you.

2.  Think about pursuing your dreams while you’re home with the baby. Now is a great time to volunteer/practice in that field*.

“You won’t believe how fast those years go by,” my aunt said. “Try not to miss them, if you can help it.”-Katy Read

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3. Get busy! Find things to do today that will enrich, stimulate and empower you.  This allows you to stay mentally ready for life transitions while sharing it with your little one (s).

4. Never loose sight of yourself in the down time. There is no such thing as a Supermom, I know I play the part well, but seriously. Go for a ride. Lock the bathroom door, do whatever you need to do to protect your sanity. After all, as a sahm, you do not get a time clock, so punch out your own time to rejuvenate!


Have a great Friday -QC Supermom

Noah