"Coping" sounds a little dramatic to me, because I have it better than most. I'm used to my kids being at home, and my husband will now join us- AND keep earning a salary. We live in a house with a yard, so we can escape each other. No one is on any medications or has allergies. We're not in the stage in our lives where we'll be missing out on high school or college memories, weddings, or big travel. I feel very grateful.
But, I'm me, so I also feel much more sane and safe with a PLAN. God bless the moms and teachers out there who are creating and sharing content for our kids. We will all adapt and overcome with this e-learning in place. There are so many good ideas out there, so this post will contain a structure for implementation, plus a few creative ways to connect with people without physically being around them.
Weekday Schedule (explanations at bottom; outside time based on hourly weather)
A Star Wars birthday party sounds easy enough. Pinterest abounds with ideas on how to decorate and make cute signs for food such as HAN Burgers and HOTH Dogs.
As a friend of mine pointed out, though, the kids don't care about that stuff. They want to munch on pizza, scarf down cake, but mostly play with their friends.
Pizza? Check. Death Star cake
Playing with pool noddle light sabers for a full 90 minutes...? That's just asking for trouble.
When researching, I found a few activities, but I wanted a full fledged scavenger hunt that touched all seven episodes. I couldn't find one. So what's teacher mom to do? Create it herself.
Click on the gallery to view the scavenger hunt, Jedi tunics, light sabers, Death Star cake, goody bags, and more...
We are one week away from “May the Fourth be with you” memes filling our Facebook feeds. Search your feelings: you know it to be true! I didn’t like Star Wars for the first 32 1/2 years of my life, but I’d still chuckle every May 4th when I’d view the catchy play on words.... Read more »
Nikki Miner Makeup is back with her Fall Fashion Formula and must have basics for the stay at home mom. Can you believe that this lady had a baby less than eight months ago?! Thank you to Nikki and to my readers who requested a fall fashion guide.
I’m so excited to be back and talking about fall fashion! Out of all of the seasons, I LOVE fall clothes the most! The layers, colors, and general cozy vibe are what get me excited for cool weather clothes. Getting dressed for fall weather is so easy, too! It comes down to a very simple equation. Follow it and you will create a great outfit every time!
FALL FASHION FORMULA:
BASICS + COMPLETER PIECE + ACCESSORIES/SHOES = GREAT FALL OUTFIT
What do I DO with these kids all summer?! Here's your answer:
Plan, plan, plan.
Here are six ways to keep you and yours from going crazy:
Check out the gallery below for 5 DIY Valentine’s. The most expensive one will cost you a whopping $2! Please LIKE Social Butterfly Mom on Facebook and subscribe below! Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any... Read more »
In the interest of this post's topic, let's cut right to it. While reviewing my six bullet points below, I realized that I was losing most of my time 1) on my phone
AND 2) in the kitchen.
Here are six ways I've become more time efficient...
If you suck at art like I do, but you feel
moved by the Christmas season, then these are the crafts for you.
My three year old is good at a lot of things, but, like his mother, fine motor is not one of them.
After getting the call from the pre-school teachers that we needed to practice, I
started researching projects we could complete together.
In the gallery below, you'll view my kolachkys (that sounds dirty) and five art projects. The crafts hail from this book
by Annie Rigg and Catherine Woram. I struggle when removing Scotch tape from the roll, so believe me: you can do this...
This $12 care package for the mama-to-be can apply to first time moms or a friend who is about to be mom for a second, third (or eighth) time. With the exception of the Starbucks gift card, all items hail from the Dollar Store.
I created this care package with two intentions:
- That it would be sent to mom around her 36th week. It's fun to receive a package in the mail, and these items are useful, but most likely won't be found on a registry list.
- That it would not be given to her at the baby shower. Mama-to-be is already a hot, pregnant mess at her shower. She doesn't need to be opening seven Dollar Store gems with an audience present.
You can put your own personal twist on a mama-to-be care package. Check out the gallery below to see what seven gifts I chose. ...
You should know that if I'm
posting a DIY project, it truly is DIY. I am quite craft-challenged.
It's possible to use an old sock for a puppet without adding a darn thing. It has the same
But, I'm going the extra two inches to demonstrate how to add the most important features on a puppet: mouth and eyes...