Planning Successful Play dates That Wow!

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Planning successful play dates isn’t difficult. It does take a little bit of planning ahead but with these tips you’ll be rocking your next play date like the rockstar mama or dad that you are. Parenting is overwhelming as it is, these tips will let your breeze by these play dates.

I’ve noticed more and more how much my son craves interaction with other children. He truly loves being around other children and asks me to take him places to play with other kids. He says hi to every single child he sees, he’s so eager to play with them.

I invited a few children for a messy artsy play date and these are the steps I’ve followed. Not to brag or anything but the kids had to be dragged out crying cause they wanted to stay. I’d say that makes for a very a successful play date.

Tip 1: Decide on a few activities

Little ones get bored easily and will leave an activity as quickly as they picked it up, only to go back to it a few minutes later. Having multiple play options will hold their attention better/longer and make for more successful play dates.

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For this play date you’ll need:
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Regular Paints
  • Play-doh or modeling clay
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors (I’m teaching my 2.5 year old handle scissors early, but can be used with older children)
  • WaterWipes (For easy & safe clean-up)
  • Old or new plastic shower curtain

TIP 2: Pick up supplies and set up ahead of time.

This includes any snacks you might be serving. I had a variety of snacks laid out, pão de queijo(Brazilian cheese bread) and juice. I have to say snacks were overlooked with the cheese bread laid out. The kids were fed first and during play time. Fed kids always behave better in my honest opinion.

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TIP 3: Downtime & Clean-up

This goes back to my first tip. Toddlers have an attention span of a fish, so having something to divert their attention from the messy play and easing into closing credits is a must. I wipe all of their little hands, arms, legs and faces with WaterWipes.

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WaterWipes contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Safe and effective for cleaning up even the fun messes. Natural ingredients safe from harmful chemicals.

We then set them off to Water play. Kiddie pool and or Water table will work or even a pouring station (Large recipient and smaller recipients to transfer water to and fro)

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** Extra tip: The shower curtain is to make your life even easier. Can be easily thrown if too much of a mess was made or can be washed and re-used for the next play date.

And Voila! You have just delivered a successful play date mama! Congrats to you for rocking it. Here’s to many more successful play dates in your near future. Thanks to WaterWipes to keeping the safety and well-being of our little ones in mind.

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Healthy Back to School Habits Made Easy

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It’s hard to keep up with a good schedule during the summer. With so many different activities we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. A healthy and diverse diet is so important in boosting our immune system but we sometimes, especially during the summer months tend to let some of those healthy school habits slip.

Start by creating some healthy back to school habits to get the ball rolling.

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I certainly am guilty of this. Now that kids are back in school it’s time to get those routines back into shape. Dust your calendars out, write down all of those soccer meets, ballet, play-dates and grocery runs.

Next time you’re at your local Target (which as I know is always) stop by the vitamin aisle and stock up on some Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies for your kiddos. Easy to spot, great price too and your kids will love the flavors.

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12 essential nutrients for age-specific nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D and E, B vitamins, and minerals like iodine and zinc. Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® is gluten free, contains no preservatives, no yeast and natural fruit flavors and Colors derived from natural sources which means no synthetic dyes.

nature made kids first gummiesI also grabbed Nature Made Vitamin C for some extra immune system support, cause who doesn’t need that? So be sure to stop by your Target store and pick up a bottle of Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies.

While you are at Target you should pick up some Nature Made® high quality vitamins for yourself too.

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Take Your Photography Skills to the Next Level

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZTE Grand X Max 2 for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Raise your hand if you take a million pictures of your children? (Raises hand) Well, I’ve come across this awesome phone!!! There are so many milestones happening on a day to day basis. It’s important to have a reliable phone with a high quality camera to capture those special first days of school and first games.

I’m not super technical or a professional photographer but I like my photos, especially ones of my child to be good looking.

The ZTE Grand X Max 2 from cricket wireless does a great job at that and at an affordable price. Phones & tablets are getting pricier by the minute and finding something that has great quality, delivers a solid performance and doesn’t drain your wallet isn’t easy.

Now everyone can have access to that, the ZTE Grand X Max 2 delivers exceptional entertainment and photography capabilities as well as excellent value.

This phone or “phablet” features:

  • A large 6′ FHD LCD Display
  • Wide angle front camera and dual rear camera as well as a bokeh effect(The aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens) setting, which I personally find way cool.
  • Dolby Audio and Hi-Fi Music
  • High powered LTE smartphone running android Marshmallow Operating System  for a great quality streaming.

Budget Friendly! 

Cricket Wireless offers customers easy and affordable plans starting at $35/mo after $5 AutoPay credit, with monthly taxes and fees included.

Cricket Wireless has a great selection of phones customers love, and a reliable 4G LTE network with more coverage than T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Sprint and Boost.

If you’re an existing Cricket customer, the ZTE Grand X Max 2 is available for purchase for $169.99 at cricketwireless.com and Cricket Wireless authorized retail locations.

If you are not an existing Cricket customer, they currently have a great deal! Customers bringing their number to Cricket can buy the ZTE Grand X Max 2 for $129!!!

Head on over to Cricketwireless.com for more details or to Locate a Cricket Wireless authorized retail location.

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How To Start A Blog – The Do’s & Dont’s of Blogging

So you’ve been wondering How to start a blog but have yet to pull the trigger.

I’m here to help you out with some tips on what to do and what not to do.  I’ve been blogging now for two and half years and I’ve been able to get some decent income out of my blog although I’m an on and off blogger.

If extra income isn’t what you are looking for, this isn’t the post for you. If income is what you are looking to ultimately reach with your blog, lets talk strategy.

Let’s start with the DO’s of blogging to get you going fast.

If you are looking for income then there’s only one way to go, and that means you should be on a self-hosted blog. What does that mean? It means you own your content. You are paying to have your site up on the web. My blog is hosted on blue host and so far I have nothing but good things to say about them. You can start your own blog by signing up here or click on the banner below, with paid hosting you’ll get a free domain name.


DO choose a niche

A niche is a subject you’ll be writing about, it can be about knitting, cats, airplanes… You name it. Some niches are more popular than others but popular niches are also over saturated because it’s a common theme.

DO write in your own voice.

Everyone that wants to write can write, but only you can write like you. There are countless of blog posts about how to start a blog on the Internet from all different points of views. This is not a novel idea, write in your own voice.

DO create a catchy blog name.

Blog name (i.e. Domain Name) You don’t want something too long or too short but something unique to your niche. You want something that your readers can easily remember.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how to start a blog, I mean… I did it…. I’m no rocket scientist. But it does get rather confusing down the line if you don’t start the “right” way.

I started on a free platform, then purchased my own domain name, then I switched over to self-hosted. It took me a long time to do that because it does get a little technical and who has time for that? But I bit the bullet and signed up for a self-hosted blog.

If you just want to write as a hobby, than feel free to start on a free hosting site like blogger.com (which is how I started) or WordPress.com

If creating an income for yourself is what you are looking for then definitely self-host.

Now on to the DON’Ts

Do NOT sign up for a free blog if you plan on earning income from your blog.

Why? Because you don’t own your blog and it can be taken down any minute for whatever reason. I never had that problem but I heard of big bloggers that had that happen to them. So start right!

DO NOT take it lightly.

When I started I had no clue what I was doing, I just wanted to write.  I would read other bloggers posts and that’s about it. Blogging is hard work, it takes commitment and a lot of self discipline. No one is forcing you to write, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck. You are in charge of it all, you are your own boss… You little business owner you.

DO NOT post half-assed blog posts.

Pardon my French but if you intend for people to follow you and read your content be ready to provide them with good quality information. People like well-written posts and good quality photos. Everyone has something they are good at. Maybe you are fabulous at multi-tasking, maybe you rocked breastfeeding (not me). Listen, I know it can be a daunting task, you might say I can’t do it and I’m here to tell you can.

There is certainly a learning curve, but you CAN do it. You can bring in some income to help support your family or support your Starbucks habit. Whatever your reason might be there’s always space for your voice.

Share your expertise!

These are not all the DO’s and DON’Ts of blogging but will certainly get you thinking. Is blogging right for you? Are you passionate about a certain topic? Then start writing. 

You’ve already decided you want to start a blog? Have a blog name in mind? See below if your blog name is available.

If you want more help & support. You can join my Facebook group, there we share tips on blogging and income strategies. There is so much more to blogging if you really want to get technical, but this will give blog will you give you a basic understanding of how to start a blog.

Than you so much for reading and if you have any questions, be sure to write them in the comments below.

 

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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