Spread a Little Happiness with Kindness Rocks

When we first moved to our new neighborhood at the beach, I kept running across these pretty painted rocks stuck in random places. At first I was afraid to take them. I’d pick it up and admire it and then put it back, afraid maybe it was meant for someone else. I eventually realized it was meant for me to take it! It was left there for anyone who is lucky enough to find it. If you’ve stumbled across these little painted rocks, than know they are meant to be taken and hopefully bring a little happiness to your day.

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We found a rock!

They are often called “kindness rocks” and are painted with whatever people want to put on them. Some just have nice messages on them like “smile” or “be kind,” and others may just be swirls of color. We’ve found some that look like intricate art pieces! Sometimes people use different materials like shells or rocks that appear to be shaped like something already, but the most popular rocks are medium size with a good smooth surface for painting.

Once we started collecting painted rocks, we also got into painting new ones to hide. You can use lighter colored rocks and paint or draw right on them, or paint darker ones white first. I’ve also seen light ones painted black. Acrylic paint, paint markers and Sharpies are great for doodling on rocks. You can also spray them when done with a coat of clear paint sealer.

Dark river rock painted white and ready to be transformed in a Kindness Rock

When you find a rock, be sure to look on the back for a hashtag or instructions on sharing. Most will tell you where to post on Facebook and a hashtag to include so the person who hid it can see it was found. Most people re-hide the rocks they find so they travel around. It’s OK to keep them too! We save our favorites for our garden. But if you are keeping them, make sure you are making new ones to put out so other people can enjoy them too.

If you are interested in getting started painting and hiding rocks, just search your area and add “rocks” on facebook. For example – I live in Atlantic Beach so our rock group is called Atlantic Beach Rocks and the hashtag is #rockinthebeaches. And if you don’t have any rocks handy, you can order buckets of rocks for around $20 on Amazon or even get an entire kit with ready-to-paint rocks:

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So have you found any rocks in your area or gotten into rock painting? If not, you can always start something in your area! Also, a funny thing happens once you start looking for the rocks- you’ll start seeing them a lot more. You get a little more conscious of your surroundings and notice little spots that look like a rock might be stuck there. And sometimes you’ll find spots that becomes “regulars” and you can usually find a rock there, or leave one there yourself. Rock painting, finding and hiding is a great creative activity for kids and adults and a nice way to brighten someone’s day when they run across a surprise hidden gem.

Happy New Year! Changes to Sponsored Posts in 2019

I know it’s only New Year’s Eve, but I haven’t written on here since Christmas so thought I would stop by and drop a little Happy New Year. Also, I woke up before my son today so a mom has to steal that time when she can.

I only started this blog about six months ago and am still unsure of exactly where I’m going with it, but I know it’s going somewhere. I already renewed the domain for another year. If you just stumbled across this one, my main blog is GeekMamas.com and I started this one as sort of a “sister site” where all the total mom stuff can go. Geek Mamas is a little more personal and humorous, so I was trying to start a more normal “mom blog” with this one. A place I could put articles that might not fit as well on my main site.

And sponsored posts of course. I was wanting to do a lot of sponsored content over here and make it a bit of a money-making machine! But a funny thing happened along the way and I found out I still don’t like dealing with a lot of the sponsored content stuff unless it’s actually something I would read. I have some sort of built-in journalistic integrity where it just gnaws at me if I post something really lame or salesy. So I have been going through and weeding out some of the earlier unpaid contributed content that has links to businesses. I’m all about linking to bloggers and helping other mom bloggers get exposure, but I started to feel like businesses were taking advantage of me asking for me to publish the article as if I had written it and sneaking links in there, all while submitting boring re-hashed articles.

I just couldn’t do it. I tried. I really tried.

So while I still plan to accept sponsored content here, (it would be nice to cover my hosting fees at least), I’m going to be more picky. There will be a small fee for businesses, it has to be introduced as a guest or sponsored post and it has to actually be something people will read. Blogger guest posts, promoting their blog, will always be free.

So I hope to write more and publish more guest posts here in 2019. I think there is a big blogging year ahead for both this site and Geek Mamas! And feel free to contact me to pitch guest or sponsored content.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!

 

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The Imaginary Bellyache

My son stayed home from school today. And by stayed home sick, I mean he’s standing next me begging to put on his coat so he can go outside and play.

It started with crawling into our bed early this morning and then making vomiting noises. I grabbed him, leapt out of bed and rushed him to the bathroom. He finally threw up a little liquid, but not much. I took him back to bed and he went right to sleep. He seemed fine this morning so I continued with plans to take him to school.

We usually leave at 8:15. By 8AM he was still laying on the couch watching PAW Patrol, and suddenly his belly hurt again. Once again I rushed him to bathroom and he spit up a little something. I was starting to suspect he was just pretending, but I couldn’t send him to school if he was really sick, so I finally called to let them know he wouldn’t be in today.

Guess who’s belly magically felt better about 10 minutes later?

Guess who else is a grumpy grumpy mommy today?

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Healthy Homemade Remedies for Pregnancy Headaches

Today’s post is by Kayla from the lifestyle blog OurStart.com. I had a lot of headaches when I was pregnant (and still get them) so I thought her idea for an article about natural headache remedies would be helpful for both myself and my readers!

Healthy Homemade Remedies for Pregnancy Headaches

Your body goes through a lot of changes while you’re pregnant. Some of those changes will cause an increase in the number of headaches you get. Unfortunately, while you’re pregnant you need to be careful with the medications you take, which can make it difficult to get a handle on your headaches. That’s where natural and homemade headaches remedies come in handy. Having an arsenal of natural and homemade remedies you can rely on for headache relief during your pregnancy can make a world of difference. Here are four natural and homemade headache remedies you can use while you’re pregnant.

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Relax with a Hot Cup of Tea

If you’re suffering through a pregnancy headache, sit down and relax with a hot cup of tea. This tea will take that headache pain right away. Place 1 teaspoon each of chamomile and lemon balm, and a half teaspoon each of fennel seeds and lavender into a mug. Fill the cup with hot water and steep for about 15 minutes. Drink while still warm.

Add Some Honey to Your Milk

Pregnancy headaches can make it difficult to get the sleep you need. If your headache is keeping you awake, reach for a glass of warm milk. However, to make the milk a powerful headache reliever, add a dash of honey and cinnamon. This relaxing milk concoction will help you soothe your headache so you can get to sleep.

Soak in a Warm Epsom Salts Bath

When you’re dealing with a pregnancy headache, all the muscles in your body can get tight and achy. When that happens, you need to get relief fast. You can do that by soaking in a warm Epsom salts bath. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add about one cup of Epsom salts. Soak in the tub for about 20 minutes. If getting in and out of the tub is difficult, be sure to have someone there to help you.

Increase the Amount of Water You’re Drinking

You might not realize this, but getting dehydrated during pregnancy can cause problems, including headaches. If you’re experiencing frequent headaches during this pregnancy, it’s time to increase the amount of water you’re drinking. The best way to make sure you’re getting enough water is to keep a bottle of water on you at all times. Another way is to fill two-liter container with water each morning and place it in the refrigerator. Once the container is empty, you’ll know you’ve had enough water for the day. If the taste of plain water is a problem for you, try adding fresh fruit, such as berries, watermelon or lemon slices. You can also add fresh cucumber slices to your water for a fresh new flavor.

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Don’t let pregnancy headaches slow you down. Use the natural and homemade remedies provided here to give you quick relief. Natural and homemade remedies are a safe and effective way to combat headache pain during pregnancy. If your headaches become more severe, be sure to speak to your healthcare practitioner.

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bio picKayla Clough is the email specialist at OurStart and is a recent graduate of Eastern University in PA where she majored in Marketing and Human Resources. Kayla loves all things fashion, her golden retriever Max and coffee. When she is not working, you can find her binge watching Sex in the City and baking her latest find on Pinterest.

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5 Kids Fashion Trends You Should Know About

My guest blogger today is Sarah, writing for the kid’s fashion website, BambiniFashion.comAs a boy mom, one thing I’m not up on is kid’s fashion. Today my son wore a pair of size 18 mo. old pants that looked like capris and a shirt with a snowboarding ape. He picked these things out himself so I just went with it. When Sarah pitched the article, I thought it might be interesting to see what the fashionable kids are wearing! Read on to find out yourself – 

5 Kids Fashion Trends You Should Know About

Dressing your kids is easy when they’re little. You can dress them in any cute outfit you choose. But as they get older and start developing their own opinion and fashion tastes, you may find that these tastes may not be the same as yours. But don’t be too hard on your kids. Rather, allow them to reasonably explore their creativity when it comes to fashion.

Today, there are so many kids’ fashion trends, and keeping up with some of them can be a daunting task. However, here are some popular trends you need to know about.

Denim
There is so much to love about denim. One of the greatest advantages about it is that denim can be worn everywhere with just about anything. If there is a single area you need to be on the lookout for besides their shoes, it’s their jeans. The good thing about denim, besides being attractive, is that it’s comfortable, easy to wash, and quite trendy.

Prints and Patterns
In the kids’ fashion industry, geometric motifs are quite new. Diamonds, zigzags, circles, and triangles all mesh together to create a multi-colored design.  These kinds of motifs feature greatly on kid’s latest dresses, shirts, blouses, and T-shirts. Even kids’ slip-on and sneakers are emblazoned using these bold designs. Patterned outfits are therefore ideal for your kids’ trendy look, especially during the summer vacation.

Glam Rock
Young kids are now stepping back in time with a toned-down style of the glam rock designs of the seventies and eighties. Studs, black faux leather, and an extra glitter are an amazing interpretation of such a retro-style when put on by your “little dolls.” For kids who are active, leggings are super cool and animal prints make them stand out with this look. Since glam rock has never been skewed towards any specific gender, it is an excellent look for little boys and girls. Some pair of shades would most likely complete this look. You can skip the afro or big hairstyles, but the latest trend of platform shoes for kids are quite amazing.

Faux Fur
One fashion trend that is quite popular with kids is the faux style. Not only will a little fur clothing add some excitement to a wardrobe of cooler weather, but it can also be worn in different ways. If your kid is furry shy, you can try the faux-fur vest on their mini to add some playfulness to their look.

Colorful Creations
Celebrate the summer and the sunny days with an array of colorful outfits for your boys and girls. The girls are going for various pastel colors including powder pinks, lemon yellows, and pale blue garments. On the other hand, boys are sporting in bright colors and prints of polos and T-shirts just to be in line with the current fashion trends.

Final Word
Today, even kids have to worry about what they wear and as a parent, it is important to let your child have the confidence they need by ensuring they put on something that is not only appealing to you, but to them as well. You can pick from one or more of the trendy outfits above to guarantee your kids are always in style!

My Momologue

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Mom Life gets a Momologue

That’s right Google, this is not a typo. I meant to put in “Momologue” even though it keeps insisting on trying to sway me into searching “monologue.”

It was one of those things where you wake up early and lie there in bed thinking about what you have to do and then come up with some idea that you have to write down before you forget it.

The idea this morning was my “Momologue.”

So that’s my new category for basically just talking about mom stuff. Not pushing a product or advice…just momologueing. Just talking it all out without worrying about links, SEO, keywords or whatever.

I actually think it would make a great blog name, but I already bought the domain name here and run GeekMamas so it’s going to stay as a category for now, lol.

 

 

5 Tips To Make Your Child’s Bedtime Easier

Today’s post is from Mary Held, mom and maker of custom pillowcases! She shares her tips on getting kids to bed a little easier:

As a mom of 3, I know the ‘throes’ of bedtime. Whether it’s a complete meltdown because “it’s bedtime” or twenty reasons to do “one more thing” trust me, I understand. Sleep is important for both mamas and kids

Let’s face it: being a parent can be hard. By the end of the night, sometimes, we’re exhausted. And kids sometimes  want to “stay up later”. This is just a kid thing. I did it when I was a kid. Some nights are easy nights, when kids just fall asleep from playing hard that day, but there are many nights of arguing back, asking to stay up later, or excuses and rebuttals on all the reasons why they need to go “do one more thing.”

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So here are some things I found make it just a little easier for kids to go to bed:

1) Security. We’re going for peaceful, relaxing mood meets happy. How you and your kids feel when you go to bed is usually the same feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. Bedtime is a time of relaxing, chilling out, and feeling good. The challenge is to help your kid WANT to go to bed. Does your child have a personalized pillow, favorite stuffed animal, favorite story, favorite bedtime song or cd they listen to? Whatever brings your child comfort, and helps them to feel happy, safe and peaceful is incredibly valuable at  bedtime. You can find personalized pillow cases at www.marymonica.com,  enter code: MOM at checkout for 10% off. 🙂

2) Repetition. Whatever is the bedtime routine, is the same routine every night. Kids need structure. If a child listens to the same bedtime cd every night, they will naturally relax when that song plays. Their biological responses match the overall feeling they usually feel when that song plays, or when that story is read, or when they get to hold their favorite teddy bear. My kids take a warm bath after dinner every night, then we do a “family movie” then they brush their teeth and go to bed with their night light and stuffed animals. If I try to switch this routine for any reason, it’s “but what about family movie!?” So the kids need that routine and repetition. It helps them feel secure, and relax.

3) Temperature. Whatever your child does with their blankets when they sleep, that is how you determine the temperature of the house. For me, sleep is a big priority. One of my children will not sleep with a blanket. For that reason, the house stays at a temperature that is not too cold for her, but also not too warm for my other two kids (and myself) who all use blankets. (I choose 75-76 degrees, which works for my family, and we are Floridians, if I was a northerner, I might choose 72-73, or whatever feels comfortable and not too cold/too hot.)

4) Pajamas and Sheets. As common sense as it sounds, it’s important for kids to wear something loose and comfortable for bed that doesn’t let them get too cold if they kick blankets off, or too hot with the blankets. Certain outfits/nightgowns and flat sheets can all get bunched up and make things uncomfortable in sleep. I personally do not use a flat sheet anymore with my kids or myself. We all use blankets. The sheets get wrapped and bunched up or kicked to the bottom, never to be used, so now I save 30 minutes per week by not dealing with washing, folding, and/or using flat sheets. So you’re welcome for that extra time saving tip on saying adios to flat sheets. Lol. No offense, flat sheets. 🙂

5) Interest Questions. When I am putting my kids to bed, sometimes I will go through a range of questions about their interests. What’s your favorite color? Favorite food? Favorite animal? Favorite place? Favorite dessert? Who is your best friend at school? Who is your favorite teacher and why? All of these questions help your child to feel special and helps you to get to know your child and their ever changing interests. When my kids are feeling important and answering questions about their interests, I’m not only building their self-esteem, and bonding with them, but I’m also causing a positive mental distraction from the idea of a monster under their bed, a toy they need to get, one last thing they need to get/do, some shadow on the wall that looks scary, and all the other fears or distractions kids use to extend bedtime. I give my children things to think about instead of letting their minds wander. Letting minds wander is a positive and healthy thing to do (usually in the right time, like daytime when they’re free to play, etc.), but at bedtime, if there are issues of being scared of the dark, etc. I come up with a steady stream of questions to keep them mentally occupied with something positive that will actually help the relaxation process. What do you want for your birthday this year (even if it’s 6 months out). This also helps to mentally train them to think forward, which is sometimes necessary in life. Any questions that will help them be distracted in a good way, from fear or other negative feelings at bedtime, will work.

When kids don’t get enough sleep,  it affects their ability to control emotions, concentrate, and make good decisions, among other things. A kid is just learning about the world, their emotions, and social interactions. Making sleep a priority is important. Sticking to a routine, using security items (favorite stuffed animal, personalized pillow, same bedtime stories/songs, dim night light) can help create the positive and relaxing feelings for kids at bedtime. Know that if your children test you to get up “one more time” you are not alone! Stay calm and remind them it’s bedtime, everything else can wait until tomorrow. Think happy thoughts. Sweet dreams to you and yours!

~Mary Held

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