Friday, May 22, 2015

A Poem Is An Inspirational Gift For Mom To Lift Up Her Mood

Mums do get tired from the daily grind every now and then. A little inspiration in the form of Inspirational Books for Mom, a poem for mum along with jewelry with quotes for mums or Relaxing Songs For Mom will lift mum up from her day to day weariness.
I particularly like this "Mom" A Gift For A Mother Poem With Frame for Mothers. The Poem reads...
Mom, for all the times that I forgot to thank-you
For the special, little things you do
For all the words that sometimes go unspoken
I need to say , I love you, Mom, I do
I love you for the way you stop and listen
And for your kind support throughout the years
For teaching me the meaning of compassion
And sharing in my triumphs and my tears
And, if at times, I may have seemed ungrateful
I want to say, I truly hope to see
That nothing you have done has been forgotten
And day by day you just mean more to me
Sometimes moms need to be told "I Love You". It's so simple, yet it means so much to mum. Have you told your mom you love her today?
Touching poems with frames not only tell mom you love her, it is also a nice decoration for the home and reminds her of your love every time she sees it. don't you agree?

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mothers Taking Care Of Themselves

Quote For Mothers

Mothers, do you take care of yourselves? I do. I take care of myself by spending time on me and my own personal development.

First there was me.... before I became a mother.

I started blogging on my Parenting blog called Parenting Times, 11 years ago in 2004 because I had breastfeeding problems and I wanted to reach out to other mothers who were in the same position as me, other SAHMs. Eventually, that Parenting Blog became a blog for my children to record the funny moments with them, the time we spent doing crafts together etc. As they grew, the blog evolved to include educational items and sites for children because I was using them for my children.
Then I wanted a voice for the Mother in me. So I started my blog for mothers and called it Mothering Times. It was the same as my Parenting Blog. At first it was to share stories about pregnancy, childbirth and bringing up babies, it moved on to toilet training, teething, sleep, looking after babies, then toddler hoods, preschoolers and now grade school children.
But there was nothing for me, personally. I had to have a voice for myself. That was how my Personal Blog was born.
I believe that whether you are a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom), a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), a FTWM (Full Time Working Mom), you need to remember to take care of yourself first before you can take care of your family. You must remember to take care of yourself physically and mentally. My personal blog is my place to take care of me mentally. I find writing extremely therapeutic. So I spend several hours each day focusing on me.
How do you take care of yourself?
If you are a SAHM

Guides for SAHMs

Are you a Stay At Home Mom? More importantly, are you a happy SAHM? I believe we all have choices. Whether you are a working mom, a housewife or more popular known these days as a Stay At Home Mom. We have a choice to choose happiness. If you are a SAHM who is lost, perhaps you might like to get back on the track with some of these books for SAHMs.

Guides for the Working Mom

Stress Loads are high for the working mom. Even when both partners work and the man of the house actually helps around the house, there is no denying the fact that at the end of the day, the 'nurturing' part of parenting still falls heavily on the mother.
With work, family balance to juggle and relationships between family, co-workers and bosses to manage, it is sure to drive any woman insane.
You are not alone, some of these books are aimed at working moms who want to stay sane. Check them out.

Guides for the Work at Home Mom

The Work at Home Mom... do you have the best of both worlds or do you have to manage the load of both worlds? It is up to you.
Here are some guides to show you how to work from home and reap the benefits of the stay at home mom as well as the working mom.

My Other Blogs

A blog for mothers to explore their personal side. I am a nerd. I like to write about my home here and all my other how tos or tutorials for fixing things around the house. After marriage and kids, you are still you. Don't ever neglect your personal development and self.
A cyber filing cabinet of Parenting Articles and Tips. It even has exciting crafts to do with kids and useful links for kids. These days I fill it with educational posts.
A blog created by a mother for mothers. Mothers, come and share your joy, sweat, tears, frustration about being a mother..... and wife too. That's what this blog is about. It is for mothers young and old who have kids young and old.
A quote a day keeps the blues away. Come here to get your fill on quotes, sayings to inspire, motivate and bring out the positive in you.
I believe that we are what we eat. I hope you will join me in my quest towards healthy living. This blog was created to record my journey and search for a healthier lifestyle.
I like to take pictures. I also do a lot of my own illustration, drawings, diagrams, photography, slideshows and more for my writing. This blog features some of my own photos for free use by online writers everywhere.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Motivation For Stay At Home Moms

Stay At Home Mom Quote

Stay At Home Does Not Mean Rot At Home

An Article Just For Stay At Home Moms

I am a Stay At Home Mom for almost 15 years now. Stay At Home Mom is the preferred term to housewife these days. I totally agree with that. After all, I am not a wife to my house. However, I did choose to Stay At Home from the time my child was born so I am a Stay At Home Mom rather than a housewife.
I am a Stay At Home Mom but does that mean that I am rotting at home? Certainly not! Thank goodness for technology and the internet, I have realized my dream instead. I have always wanted to write. I am a taciturn person but give me a pen or a keyboard and all the words locked up inside me flow out easily. My writing journey began because of my children. I had difficulty breastfeeding my kids so I started a Geocities page on breastfeeding. Geocities by Yahoo is no longer around so I have moved some of my original breastfeeding stories to my blog instead.
One thing led to another. From a static webpage, I moved on to blogging on one blog, then another and another. Now I have 5 blogs. That meant that I had to be actively involved in Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Pinterest to maintain my blogs! That is such a lot of work. I do not have time to rot! I have also recently started writing articles on Hubpages. Hubpages is a popular free platform for creating single webpages of your interests and recommendations.
Before I knew it, I have been writing online for over 10 years! Sometimes I receive emails from other mothers who are afraid to make the switch from being a working mother to being a stay at home one. "Aren't you afraid to sacrifice so much?" they ask me. I tell them that it is not a 'sacrifice' to stay at home and look after your kids if that is what you want. Do it only if it is what YOU want. "Don't you feel bored staying at home all day everyday?" is another question I often receive. I hardly have time to be bored. When the kids were little they required a lot of my attention and I was happy to spend that precious time with them. Now that they are at school for half a day, I hardly have enough time to do all the things that I want to do!
There are plenty of things a SAHM can do.You can bake or sew, make crafts or take photographs. I chose to write instead. Recently, I realized my dream of becoming a writer by self publishing my books online. I also have an online shop on CafePress. It is called Stuff For Moms. I sell T-shirts, mugs, and other personalized iPhone or iPad covers etc, personalized with my own designs that is. I design mostly items with funny quotes for mothers on them. My books and stuff on Cafepress are POD (Print On Demand). That means I do not have to come up with any capital. The books or items will be printed and shipped to the customer whenever they order and I do not have to handle any of those details. It is surprisingly easy to publish a book or set up shop online. You can do it on your own without any help.
So does Stay At Home mean Rot At Home? No, certainly not for me. In fact, I wake up each day eager to write another article or design another new item. I hope that by writing this article, other moms won't fear the Stay At Home Mom or Housewife title so much. It can be the start of your dreams. It was the start of mine.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

10 Simple Ways To Organize Your Child's Playroom

If you wish to remove clutter in your child's playroom, then you are on the right page. Here are 10 simple yet creative ways to organize your child's playroom and clear your head from all that mess.

1. It's A Toy, No It's A Storage Solution

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"A toy can also double up a storage space. If you have little space, remember this when getting big items for the room. Find one that allows you to keep things as well."
Storage Solutions For Your Child's Playroom Should Be Able To Double Up As Toys

If you have not enough room for toys and storage, one way to go about this problem is to have a toy that is both a plaything as well as a storage solution.
I like this lemonade stand toy which can double up as storage. Children love to role play and this will give your child an opportunity to role play at being a shopkeeper.
This one is excellent for kids who love to play with toy food. I wish I had one of these when my kids were younger. We used our playhouse tent as a shop. My kids loved to play pretend shopkeeper and they had a lot of toy food. This would have been just right.

2. A Place To Organize Your Child's Books Is A Must!

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"All children must be taught to love books from young. The best way is to encourage reading by having a reading corner with a book rack for favorite books"
You Can Organize Your Child's Books By Putting Them On Bookshelves Or In Book Racks

I know this is a hub about organizing playrooms but I would like to mention that kids should be taught how to love reading from a young age. I hate how the many electronic devices are taking our children away from books at a younger age.
One way of encouraging your child to read is to set up a reading corner. If you have a bookshelf, that is great, however I also like a book rack. A book rack makes it easy for your child to get to his or her favorite books.
I like how colorful this book rack is. It can fit into most themes or brighten up a dull room but best of all, it can keep books, wonderful books that all children must be taught to love.

3. A Quite Place To Sit And Play Can Also Be A Storage Solution
Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"A specialized chair for arts and crafts is just right for a child who enjoys drawing and crafting"
Art Materials Can Be Organized With A Specialized Table And Chair For Little Artists

Kids who love to draw should ideally be provided with a place to do just that. A table and chair that has many storage compartments will help you to organize all the art and craft materials, the glitter pens, pains, colored pencils, crayons, glues and more. This makes it so much easier than looking for them if you stash these materials in a cupboard somewhere.
This table is great for a quiet rainy day at home.
However, do remember my table above where I mentioned that your storage solution should be able to grow with your child.If you think that your child will quickly outgrow this one, then perhaps you should think twice before buying something like that. If you have several children, then it is okay because it can be passed along to siblings or if you have spare cash, then why not?

4. Storage Solution For Kids Who Love Legos

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"Just like any other part of your house, you must also have a place for everything and have everything in its place for your child's playroom."
How To Organize Legos And Other Toys With Small Parts

If you have a child who loves Legos and play with them often, then it is a good idea to get a specialized box just for storing Legos. This idea can be used for any other toy with small parts too.
A storage box with many compartments is excellent for this purpose. I like the idea of putting away toys in categories. Legos go in the Lego box, food toys go in the food box, arts and crafts in the arts and crafts tray. Organizing toys like this makes it so much easier to find the toys.
Don't make the mistake of getting a few plastic containers and then throwing everything inside. That, is not organizing. Hiding toys away is different from organizing toys.
5. Store Your Child's Toys In Storage Benches Or Chairs

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"A toy bench storage is good if you have the space, if not then opt for box chairs or chests."
A Chair That Doubles Up As A Toy Chest Is A Very Clever Organizing Idea

Those people who invented benches that one can sit on but with drawers underneath are brilliant. They are a smart and clever way to clear your child's playroom quickly to get the clean uncluttered look. So too are the toy boxes that double up as seats. I love them.
These chair or benches toy chests are clever because your child can sit on them. Make sure they are made of sturdy material and won't topple over. If you are getting wooden toy chests that double up as chairs, make sure that the lid won't hurt little fingers when opening or shutting the chest.

6. Organize The Wall Space In Your Child's Playroom

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"Don't Forget The Walls When Organizing. Walls can be used for shelves and magnetic boards to organize artwork"
Don't Forget The Wall Space When Organizing Your Child's Playroom

One way to organize your child's playroom is to think about the walls as well. I like using chalkboards or magnetic whiteboards to temporary put up my child's current favorite painting or art project. They are also great for sticking reminders to myself or to them using magnetic buttons. It is one of the best ways to organize your time and the room.
Another way is to frame up your child's drawings and display them. This adds story and interest to the room without burning your budget. I also like peel and stick stickers like this peel and stick chalkboard because they are versatile. You can use it to write reward stars for your child for good behavior or for recording important events.
7. Get See Through Storage Bins So You Know What's Inside
Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"I like the fact that boxes with lid keeps the toys dust free and reduces the time I have to spend wiping toys."
Find A Place For Your See Through Storage Bins

If you do not have the time to sort your child's stuff into categories (although I highly recommend that you should do so as a little time spent doing that can save you hours of time searching for toys.) Anyway, I digressed. If you don't have time and just want to throw everything into boxes or if your child is keeping them (children can be taught to sort as they keep too). Anyway if you just want to throw them in because you are always in a rush (as most parents are), then see through storage boxes are for you.
You can easily see what's inside the boxes. You can stack the boxes up or find one that comes with a frame that fits your boxes. After that it is just carry and play whichever box your child happens to fancy at the time.

Here Is Another Storage Bin Unit With Frames

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"Colorful Storage Bins Can Be Used To Color Code Toys For Siblings Or To Sort Into Different Categories"
This Option Is Useful If You Want Your Child To Be Able To Get To Their Toys Easily Themselves

If you don't mind wiping toys, then you can consider the open storage bins. I like how this one is colorful and easily accessible to kids.
If you have several kids, you can color code the storage bins. Blue for big brother, yellow for younger sister and green for the youngest boy. Something like that. Or you can color code the toys. Blue for Legos, Green for food toys, Blue for others or Big boxes for big items, small boxes for small items.

8. Pull Along Storage Are Very Versatile

Where To Buy One Like This
Quick Tip
"Think Versatility And Flexibility When Looking For Storage Solutions"
Flexible And Versatile Storage Should Be Considered

If you like to move your children's toys around perhaps to another part of the house, then versatile storage is for you, one with wheels. It also allows your child to pull his toys along and you won't have to lift heavy toy boxes. After playing, just put everything back into the box and pull it back to its original position.
I really like the flexibility the pull and store container gives. It allows you to "move" you children's "playroom" and playthings to whenever you are at the moment. They will also enjoy pulling their toys along.

9. Tables Are Not Tables But Storage Organizers

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"Remember that little children grow very quickly. So unless you have several children, or you don't mind spending, I would choose other storage solutions (there are plenty on this page) rather than kid sized furniture."
Get Furniture That Allows You To Store Your Child's Things

In a child's playroom, you must think multifunctional. A chair is a toy box, A table is a container and organizer. A toy is a storing solution. This not only helps you to save space but it also helps you reduce clutter in your kid's rooms.
With that in mind, a table that has storage containers and organizers definitely scores with me as one of the best ways to organize your child's playroom.

10. Storage Does Not Have To Be Ugly Containers

Where To Buy One Like This

Quick Tip
"Make organizing your child's room fun and find creative ways to brighten up and make the room look better not worse, like a store room."

Storage Can Be Decorative In Nature

Instead of having ugly plastic containers in one corner of the room, you can use storage as the focal point of a room like this dollhouse shaped toys and book shelf. It would look wonderful in a girl's room.
For boys, you can consider themes like sports, space, dinosaurs etc when looking around for toys chests etc.
Decorative storage units make a room more cheery and welcoming. Use that idea to your best advantage.
Good luck in your organizing efforts! I hope you enjoyed this post.

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