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DIY INDOOR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

DIY INDOOR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Many of us are stuck inside these days due to Covid19 and social distancing. If you're a parent, you're probably looking for cheap/free activities to keep your kids entertained (or keep them busy while you have to work from home). Previously, I shared an idea for a daily planning chart. Today, I ha...

DAILY PLANNING CHART FOR KIDS

DAILY PLANNING CHART FOR KIDS Young children thrive on routine, but the current global health threat has thrown us ALL out of routine. That doesn't mean we need to start making strict schedules or routines that fill every minute of every day - that's not realistic. With many of us working from home and trying to juggle parenting, homeschooli...

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR KIDS

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR KIDS This is the oil routine I generally use for my son, though it might vary slightly depending on the day or if he is dealing with any specific health issue. Note, these times are approximate. 6:30 - doTERRA children's vitamins, omega oil and probiotics 6:45 - roll on daily oils: Stronger (immu...

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR MAMAS

DAILY ESSENTIAL OIL ROUTINE FOR MAMAS With so much illness going around, I thought it would be helpful to share how I protect myself daily using essential oils and natural solutions. Note, these times are approximate. 6:00 - doTERRA Balance deodorant, and ClaryCalm roller on my lower abdomen 6:15 - take LifeLong Vitality vitamins and su...

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

Mom/wife tip: even when you can do something yourself, it's still good to ask for help for bonding moments like these I could have put this together while my son was napping, but instead I decided to save it as a project for my husband and son to work on together. My husband is way more patient than me when it comes to teaching our son new skills ...

Mama Tip Monday

MAMA TIP MONDAY First tip, get your kids involved in the cooking prep - especially if it involves vegetables. They are more likely to taste the veggies if they helped prepare it! Including them in dinner preparation also helps them have a sense of belonging and significance. Those moments of quality time help lessen bored or attention seeking mis...

Caption this

CAPTION THIS I don't even know where to start, but every time I see this picture I smile I can see his independence through the outfit he picked out, even if it doesn't exactly match. His favorite shirt because of the material and the football (soccer) on it, even though he has no idea how to play football (soccer). His favorite jacket because it...

Hello fears

HELLO FEARS At the doTERRA convention this year, our keynote speaker was Michelle Poler of @hellofears. She was a powerful motivator, as well as funny and authentic When I came across this photo on my phone, I felt compelled to share about one of my fears that I conquered as an expat. Some of you might think I am always brave and adventurous sinc...

Working mom life

WORKING MOM LIFE I am so blessed to work at a school with a Montessori attached for this dude to attend! When we first moved to Hanoi, I stayed home with him to help us get settled into a new culture and new city. But that stay-at-home-mom life wasn't working for me emotionally. After a year, I finally found a school where I could work and he cou...

My top 5 tips to promote good sleep in preschoolers

Do your kids have a bedtime routine? Routines in general are so important, but especially to encourage good sleep - for ourselves or our littles. I tried to establish a bedtime routine early on, since my son struggled with sleep as an infant due to his reflux. It helped my sanity and his mood, and now he is such a good sleeper! Here ...

Two basic needs - reflections from a mama and a teacher

Everyone has two basic needs - to belong and to feel significant. This is something that has stuck with me each time I have gone through positive discipline training at the schools I have worked at. But I feel like this can be applied beyond the classroom, and to all ages across cultures (from a girl who has lived and taught in three different...