5 Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

5 Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

Cabin fever is brutal during the winter, but having some super fun indoor winter activities for kids on standby can help a mom out in a pinch.

I literally just spent this entire day feeling like I was losing my damn mind. I had kids crying, whining, watching too much TV, snacking nonstop, and just being all around pains in the ass. I’m in desperate need of some indoor winter activities for kids.

So I sat down and made a list of 8 things I can do with the kids to help with this cabin fever, and get them out of my hair for at least a few precious moments.

When the weather is decent, I usually bundle them up for a walk or just let them roam our backyard. If I’m feeling adventurous we will go for a hike, the local park, or maybe even a museum. But lately, the weather is so wet and chilly that I just want to stay bundled up inside my nice warm home.

Indoor activities it is then!

One big piece of advice I have though… prepare ahead of time. Don’t just pin this article to come back to later, because chances are when you actually NEED an activity you’ll be too frazzled and annoyed to do it with any joy.

Instead of waiting until the kids are climbing the walls to get things prepped, do it now! Like today, or this week. Then you’ll have all the activities ready to go.

Indoor Snowball Fight

This is seriously fun. It makes you feel like a little kid again.

You can either DIY some snowballs by making pom-poms out of yarn, or you can get fancy and order a kit off of Amazon.

But basically it’s just a bunch of snowballs made of soft materials safe to toss around indoors.

I made pom-pom snowballs, and while the making of them is a little tedious, it was definitely worth it! Using a pom-pom making I got for cheap off of Amazon made it a little easier and faster, but you can do it with just your hands or a piece of cardboard too.

Once done, just divvy up the balls and go at it!

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting

I had never done this type of painting until I found it while researching Waldorf education, where it is über popular.

You just take some watercolor paper, soak it in water for about 10 minutes, then lay it flat on a painting board and go to town with painting.

I like to just give my kids 1-3 colors at a time, and I only give them primary colors (blue, red, yellow). By limiting the color choice they have, they will naturally learn how just a few colors can blend together to make many other colors! So fun.

Even my 2-year-olds paint with us and have been since about 18-20ish months. For them, I just give them each one color to play with.

When you put watercolor on wet paper is moves around and makes cool patterns. Easy and fun.

I love this tutorial from Sundays with Sarah on YouTube.

Bake or Cook Together

Even if your kids are still pretty small they can help in the kitchen.

My 5-year-old can make popcorn from scratch in the air popper, toast for herself and her brothers with butter and honey, and she even cuts up fruit herself.

The 2-year-olds have started learning to cut with safe crinkle cutters. Their skills are pretty rough, but it’s a start.

Winter is such a great time for baking because the warm oven heats up the house and the scents are so cozy and welcoming. Talk about embracing some hygge this winter. This is an essential indoor activity for kids.

My favorite things to make with my kids are pancakes and cookies, though I want to start baking bread with them and even churning out own butter in small churns.

Build a Fort

I still vividly remember gathering up all the blankets from my home when I was a kid and building my own personal fort during one, particularly snowy winter season.

Just like with the indoor pillow fight, this simple activity is fun for parents too. How long has it been since you made a fort?

I know for me, it had been years until I remembered this time-honored tradition and showed my daughter how to do it.

You can go old fashioned and just grab whatever is around the house, or you can get all fancy with a fort making kit from Amazon. Another option to really splurge is to invest in some giant playsilks you can use.

Create Sensory Bins

My kids love love love sensory bins. I mean, who wouldn’t?

I went over all the details on sensory bins in this post, but to cut to the chase, you fill a bin or box with some sort of filler like rice, oatmeal, beans. Then you add in various items and let the kids go to town with their hands or tools like scoopers.

For example, around Halloween I created sensory bins filled with rice and bunch of skulls, bats, and pumpkins I got at the dollar store.

They will keep kids entertained for soooo long, but one piece of warning… they get messy. So have the vacuum on hand.

What do you think, mama? Will you try one of these? Which of these indoor winter activities for kids makes your must-do list? Share in the comments.

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This is What an Overwhelmed Mom Looks Like

This is What an Overwhelmed Mom Looks Like

I snapped this photo to remember this moment when I realized I was totally an overwhelmed mom, and even if I was #blessed, life was also really really hard.

I was a little over 24 hours into being a mom of three, and I was already an overwhelmed mom.

After a long long long labor, I gave birth to twins, and within a day brought them home to my 2-year-old daughter.

I had no idea WITAF I was doing.

I’d like to say that being a completely overwhelmed mom was due to the fact that I had twins, but to be honest, I was just as overwhelmed when I brought my first home from the hospital too.

No matter how seasoned, or new, of a mom you are, whenever you bring new life into this world, your life changes too.

With that change comes not just an emotional overwhelm, either from the postpartum hormones or just all the feels, but also a feeling of intense overwhelm trying to figure out how to make all the things work together now.

When you have kids, a lot of what keeps the peace in the home and your sanity is your routines.

There are periods of upheaval and difficulty, like illness or teething, but for the most part, you fall into patterns that help everyone stay on a somewhat even keel.

Nothing messes up a routine like a new baby and makes you feel more overwhelmed.

New babies have routines and minds all of their own.

In those first few days and weeks of being a new mom, or becoming a mom again with a new baby, you can easily become an overwhelmed mom trying to get to know this new little one.

There is not one single cure for the overwhelmed mom.

At some point, all of us will become frazzled and pushed to our limits, and for different reasons.

Sometimes it’s a new baby. Sometimes it’s a baby becoming a toddler. Sometimes it’s a threenager. Sometimes it’s not even the kids, but our partner stressing us out.

But eventually, you realize you’re hardcore on that strugglebus and need to get off fast.

If there is one panacea for being overwhelmed it is this… admitting it.

How often do you see other moms on Instagram, at Target, at the bus stop, at your kid’s ballet class, or maybe at the park and think that they have it all together? They’re really nailing this whole mom thing.

The truth is, they probably look at you and think the same thing.

We have been trained not to bother others with our needs or our feelings. We have been trained to act like we have it all together and aren’t overwhelmed moms when we don’t. We’ve been trained to pretend we aren’t overwhelmed when we are drowning.

The idea that we might be feeling overwhelmed by motherhood, even just for a day, even just for an hour, is full of so much shame for most of us, we can’t even admit it.

I have no problem divulging my feelings here on this very public blog post, but when it comes to “real” life, ya know like in-person real life with friends and people I know, I clam up.

It’s oddly easier to share with a big group of people than to share with an individual.

Last weekend my daughter had her first ballet recital. I was a little worried she might freeze up because she was being shy about practicing her routine in front of people.

But when she walked on that stage, she beamed! She hit every mark and totally rocked it, even though she’s only 5!

See, when you perform or share for a big group, even when you are being “vulnerable” there is a mask that is up. There is still some separation. You can’t be truly intimate with too many people at a time.

And this happens in social media too. We share memes that joke about how tired we are because it’s easier to turn it into a joke.

But what if you were able to just open up to one person about how overwhelmed you really were? Or maybe even just admit it to yourself?

A lot of times acknowledging that my life is a shitshow and I don’t know what I’m doing helps me get a bit recentered.

Admitting my low point helps me start figuring out how to get back on track, and when I admit it to someone else there are a couple things that happen.

The first is I realize that even though we are all adults, we still all kind of feel like we are kids who don’t know WTF is going on…

The second is we realize that we *might* have been catastrophizing things in our head. Making a mountain out of a molehill. Shaming ourselves to the nth degree instead when things are that bad.

Of course, the pressures of motherhood are huge, and yes we do get overwhelmed. But when you bring yourself back to reality, you realize that the overwhelming might be all in your head because you try to do it all at once.

Maybe you can just focus on the next thing you can do right now?

What do you think, mama? What helps you when you’re feeling like a totally overwhelmed mom? Share in the comments below!

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Being a Mom is Hard. It’s Not Just You.

Being a Mom is Hard. It’s Not Just You.

Today was one of those days when it all just hit me. Being a mom is hard, and sometimes it feels like you’re failing. Like maybe you’re just not a good mom. But it’s not you. It’s just that hard.

A few months ago I was chatting with a new mom who on the outside seemed to have it all together. She was barely past the fourth trimester and already not just doing yoga, but teaching yoga classes.

She went on hikes with her baby and boyfriend. It all seemed picture-perfect… at least on Facebook. Motherhood seemed to just suit her, and she was thriving as a mom.

But then as we got a little deeper into talking she said she was struggling. A lot. Really struggling.

Even now that I am not a “new” mom since I’ve been at this gig for five years with three kids in total, I still sometimes lose sight of the fact that I’m not the only one going through motherhood right now.

I’m not the only one who knows the defeats and triumphs of being a mom. I’m not the only one who knows being a mom is hard. We all do, and we have all had our struggles.

Do you ever think back on all those times before you had kids when you complained about being bored, that you didn’t have anything to do?

All those hours you spent procrastinating studying for finals? All the weekends spent lazily going to brunch and a farmer’s market after being up all hours of the night dancing?

Do you ever want to go back to that girl/woman you were and just… bitch slap her?

I mean… damn… she had it so easy didn’t she?

And even as I type that I know that when I was that 20something woman who had it so easy with disposable income and time to spare, all I really wanted was what I have now.

The house, the kids, the husband, and a 14-year-old teensy blind dog that looks like a little toy. I have all that I was searching for all those years.

But unfortunately, life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows.

It’s more like yogurt sticks and debating on whether that brown mark on the carpet is chocolate, old banana, or poop.

Or sticking with the poop for a sec… finding rogue turds in your living room that can’t be linked to a specific child.

The thing is that a lot of the things we joke about being so hard in motherhood are in fact hard, but they aren’t the hardest part.

For me, the hardest part is never feeling good enough.

The thing about becoming a mom is that it has a tendency to heighten a lot of things. Those PMS emotions or even the teenage hormones of puberty were nothing compared to the postpartum emotions and that giant tsunami of feels that creates.

It also heightens the feeling in me that I am not and never will be enough.

Because when I was just a single gal out on the town worrying about whether to get black or red for my manicure, the stakes were low.

I felt like I had the entire world at my feet and a lifetime ahead of me, which I did for the most part. But at that time, I didn’t have one tiny bit of respect for what responsibility was.

That lack of responsibility that I sometimes crave now is what simultaneously made my life less meaningful and so much easier.

Now? As a mom?

This is high-risk and high-reward living at its finest.

The reason being a mom is hard is because we care so damn much.

If being a mom didn’t matter to us, if we didn’t love our kids infinitely, if we didn’t want to be perfect at this job, then it would be easy.

Yes, there’s the exhaustion, the physical exertion, and the tasks that need to get done that add to why being a mom is hard. But really the hardest part is mental and emotional.

It’s heart-breaking when you realize your baby has the legs of a little and not a toddler anymore.

It’s gut-wrenching when in the middle of a tough day you lose your cool and yell at your kids, then have to figure out how to apologize in a way they understand.

It’s terrifying to have to make big decisions for your children that could impact the rest of their lives.

There is only ONE part of motherhood that is easy. Loving them.

But is it? Is it really easy loving your children?

Sure, you love them unconditionally, and it’s not hard to just fall in love with those teeny squishes that grow into toddlers and kids that melt your heart.

That love though? It’s so intense it literally hurts you.

Again. The caring so much makes it hurt. The loving so much makes being a mom hard.

We could talk about all the tips and tricks to help motherhood be a little easier, and I find those to be extremely valuable. However, we also have to admit that no matter what we do, it will never be is.

It will always be hard.

The best thing for me is to accept that and try my best to just live in the moment with my kids as often as I can. Enjoying it.

It does, after all, go by so quickly.

So I embrace the mess and the chaos, and I’m also learning to embrace myself and give myself some love and grace because being a mom is hard… so hard.

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…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

…and Now I’m a Dance Mom (No One Warned Me How Intense it Is!)

Today was my 5-year-old daughter’s very first dance recital, ever.

I was not prepared.

When she started soccer, I was not prepared emotionally for it, but this time, I was pretty well armed for all the feels. Especially when it came to realize how much she’s growing up. (It does happen as quickly as they say.)

But I was not prepared for the whirlwind intensity of dance recitals.

I anticipated the chilled out environment of the school plays I had been to when I was a kid. This wasn’t that.

Everything was as well organized as can be for the number of little girls in tutus running around, but I had no idea that I’d be walking into a room of hundreds of little ones with over 20 acts going on!

Even getting there 30 minutes early meant having to hunt for a couple of free seats, and we were one of the last there!

My daughter’s class is on Monday mornings. The only other class going on is a little Mommy & me class, and her actual class only has three little girls total.

It’s so chill.

I just had no idea the scale of what we were walking into.

I also had no idea how much I wasn’t as prepared as I thought emotionally.

The nerves I felt were way more than any time I ever played a sport or performed on a stage myself.

Of course I was wondering how she was doing backstage without me, but even though we had practiced and had dress rehearsals, she has never been on a stage in front of hundreds of people before.

Would she freeze up? Freak out? Cry?

She was brilliant. 

I mean I’m biased, and at 5-years-old the bar isn’t set that high. But she went out on that stage, with no fear, and she did the whole dance with a smile. 

The feeling I wasn’t prepared for was pride. 

It’s not as if I haven’t been proud of my kids in the past, but this kind of pride was different. I am always proud of my kids just because of who they are. 

But today I was proud of one of my kids for their work, dedication, and talent. She went to her ballet class every week, learned the dance, practiced at home, and was brave enough to go out on that stage and show off her work. 

I have been just floating on a cloud of pride since this morning. 

The last five years since I gave birth to my tiny ballerina have been really hard. Adjusting to being a mom, not to mention being married, then having twins throw into the mix when my daughter was just 2 wasn’t exactly easy.

But as I watch my kids grow older, I start to see the fruits of my labor. They become more and more their own person, and it’s beautiful… and terrifying.

As a mom, I want nothing more than for my kids to grow up, learn, explore, have lives of their own… and yet, I want to freeze time and just keep them with me forever.

It’s all emotional, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Motherhood has brought about bigger and deeper feelings I couldn’t have understood before. That’s part of the gig.

This little ballet recital today was just a small reminder of that.

So here’s to me officially joining the ranks of dance moms. All advice welcome. lol.

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20 Mom Memes We Can Totally Relate To

20 Mom Memes We Can Totally Relate To

Sometimes you need some inspiration, and sometimes you need to laugh. These are mom memes we can all relate to whether they’re funny, true, serious, or silly.

I don’t know about you, but on those tough when that I just need a little distraction from the chaos of motherhood, I love to find the best mom memes.

These mom memes are my current favs that I’ve seen floating around Instagram, and I knew there were other mamas out there who would relate to them too.

We love mom memes because they create community

And I think that’s what we are looking for the most when we either look for mom memes, or find some on social media that really speak to us. It’s looking for someone or something we can relate to. Being a mom is awesome, but it is so hard. It can also be really isolating to be stuck in a house with tiny humans.

Not having any adult interaction is tough. We can start to feel like all the things we are going through are only happening to us, but they’re not. I can’t tell you how many times I felt like I was the only one who was feeling a certain way, and it turns out every other mom had the same issue.

There was one new mom I was following on Facebook. She looked like she had it all together like she was just made for motherhood. But when I interviewed her for the MomUp Show, she told me how she’s actually struggling a ton!

It might sound a bit dramatic or silly, but we are so desperate for a village. For a group of moms, we can support and be supported by. Mom memes are this phenomenon that glues together the tiny bit of village and community we do have.

So enjoy these 20 mom memes!

There you have it Mamas. Our favorite 20 mom memes. What’s yours? Tag us on Instagram or share in the comments!

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Stomach Bug? Try a Smoothie for Flu that’s Toddler Approved

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Need to get some nutrition in your little one ASAP when they have a stomach bug? Try a smoothie for flu that is delicious AND nutritious.

A few years ago, when my daughter who was then a toddler had the stomach flu, I jotted down this post to give other moms some ideas of what to feed their sick little ones. This smoothie for flu symptoms worked really well for my daughter then and might help you get through this flu season.

(Just a quick heads up that this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase something I recommend then I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

Fair warning. This post may get a little gross. But I’ve come to realize that is one thing motherhood is… gross.

Yes, there are those beautiful moments of cradling your sleeping child and feeling like everything in the world is right.

Then, there are the times you’re cleaning poop out of your bed.

Today, we’re talking about the latter. 

We are currently on day six of my toddler, Carolyn’s, first real stomach bug. Thankfully we have had no vomiting (fingers crossed it stays that way).

However, I’ve been up to my elbows in the nastiest poop with which I’ve had the pleasure of coming in contact. I keep expecting it to pass, and I haven’t been super concerned because she shows no signs of dehydration. Besides the occasional crankiness, she’s mostly been her normal self.

But I’ve reached the point where I feel I need to do something to help.

Google is my number one mommy tool (besides calling a doc when it warrants it). Unfortunately I got a ton of conflicting information on toddler tummy troubles.

What do you feed a child with a stomach virus?

The most recurring advice was to follow the B.R.A.T. diet for them. That stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.

Supposedly these are easiest for an upset stomach to digest. Then, I read that this diet is too restrictive and that there’s not a lot of evidence that it helps at all, or parents stick with it too long. In fact, some sources pointed said it is better to try to give your kid a more rounded diet to keep them well-fed, making it easier for them to recover from the illness. 

So, what’s a mommy to do?

Well I decided to kind of combine all this into a pretty simple strategy.

First, keep pushing the fluids on her. If breastfeeding, that’s a great way to get fluids and nutrition to babies and toddlers, but water is also awesome.

Then I’ve come up with this smoothie concoction that includes some of the B.R.A.T. foods, probiotics, and some supplemental nutrition.

Of course, if your kid is sick, don’t just take my advice but call your pediatrician, please!

Smoothie for flu symptoms

Honestly, I totally eyeballed the ingredients, but I will try to give you an idea of measurements as well as why I chose each ingredient.

Once you have your ingredients, just throw them in the blender and liquefy! 

1 Banana – This is recommended as part of the B.R.A.T. diet

1/2 cup organic vanilla greek yogurt – You could really use any kind of yogurt you like, but this is our favorite. I added this because she loves yogurt and because it contains probiotics to help with digestion.

1/2 cup applesauce – Another food recommended in the B.R.A.T. diet

1/2 cup of white grape juice – I saw this recommended as an alternative to sports drinks or Pedialyte to help with hydration. 

1 tbsp Green Vibrance – There are a ton of different products you can use like this, but this is the brand I like and have been using for years. It’s basically green drink in a powder, lots of superfoods in powder form. I add this to give her a little extra something in her diet. 

Let me know how you and your little one like this recipe for a smoothie for flu in the comments below!

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