Help, My Child Hates Sand! Helping Them with Sensory Activities

Hello Lovelies,

I’m right there with you! I’ve been attempting lots of different things with my son in regards to his sand aversion.  We are based out of south Florida and staying away from the beach is next to impossible!! But we have managed.  But the wait is over. We need to get him to like sand!! I don’t necessarily know what irks him the most about it, but I do know he doesn’t like walking on it or having it touch his skin. He’ll start wiping it off like it’s dirty. So I decided to try some hands-on sensorial activities with him to get him out of this beach sand funk.

I love going to the beach although after becoming a mom I’ve been a bit apprehensive about it. With all the shark attacks happening all over and rip currents I myself have been hesitant of entering the water.  This is a new kind of fear for me and I really only realized it yesterday while we were at the beach. I did not want to go in the water! I was shocked at myself. This has never happened with me and it caught me a bit off guard. What is happening with me? Anyone of you have had this happen with them after becoming a mom?

Anyways, getting back to my son’s problem with sand.  In the past couple of months I’ve been slowly introducing him to “sand activities“. First we started off in your own backward and digging for sand and putting inside buckets. This one has been easy.  He enjoys this activity and has no problem with it being dirt. He will cringe a bit if any of it falls on him but he’s been slowly getting used it. But he is fine with dirt, beach sand is usually the culprit of his meltdown.

The bigger deal with walking on sand. He will hold on to me for dear life and not let go if we are near sand, especially at the beach. If somehow I manage to get rid of his grip of death and try to put him on the sand standing he coils his legs up in protest. (Notice the sandals).

I found that keeping his mind off the sand works great. This time I began gathering seashells for him to look at that, I was even able to place him directly on the sand, with LOTS of hesitation and whining but once he was down and entertained by the shells he got over it for a brief moment. 
The seashells were a big hit but also remember to exaggerate how AWESOME it is. Make them excited to be playing with so many cool things. 

The other day I laid a towel down and placed him with sandals on it. I again brought out the bucket and shovel and he was playing with the sand without touching it.

In the hopes of getting him to like the beach more, I purchased a beach sand toy set. As soon as I brought that out I began filling the bucket with sea water. He definitely liked that. He loves water (as most kids do) and loved dropping the bucket of water on the sand.

I know eventually this won’t be an issue for him but somehow I feel we’re missing out on a ton of summer activities because of his aversion to sand but I’m glad these sensory activities have been helping him get better.

So how about you? Have anything to add to help kids with aversion to sand get over it? Comment below, I would love more ideas.

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Just an Update

Hey Lovelies,

I haven’t had a whole lot of quiet time since moving in with the in-laws, so writing in-depth posts has been difficult. I can’t focus when there’s lots going on around me and I hardly have “quiet” time.

I do have “quiet” time right at this moment, everyone is out and the kiddo is asleep.  But I’m not feeling truly inspired to write anything new or continue working on older drafts.  I really only write when I’m inspired about something. And right now, the inspiration is DO NOTHING. ūüėČ

I’ve done some laundry, again. I’ve made breakfast for my family and gone on my daily walk with Nico. I’m trying to plan something fun for us to do today but the laziness keeps creeping up on me.
On to a lighter note. I have been working semi-hard on losing weight and toning and I think it’s paying off. I’ve been trying to run/walk at least every other day. I don’t know how long this will last because I do have a bad knee but I’m pushing myself and went as far as 4 miles yesterday. My best distance yet. I’m hoping to regularly do 5 miles but within less time.

I used to be a great runner back in the day, 1 mile within 7 minutes. I’m not even close to that, but it’s something I will keep trying to achieve, maybe not within that time frame but somewhere around 9 minutes a mile.  I see my legs are beginning to tone up well and it motivates me to do more. I’ve been really good about eating salads at home. I still eat bread in the morning and will occasionally eat something I shouldn’t but I think depriving myself of certain foods only help me to not keep going.

So I’ve been eating healthy about 80% of the time and 20% enjoying foods without guilt.  I think that’s a great compromise and it hasn’t been hurting my weight-loss at all. So on-wards we go. I’m at a decent weight but want to lose around 10-15 pounds more. I know those last pounds are the hardest to go but it only works if you work it.

I’ve never been a “working out” girl but I would love my son to see his parents practicing healthy living. We hope this also influences him to follow the same path and lead a healthy life. Our children mirror our actions and I feel this is one of the easier things to check off the WHAT TO DO PARENTING LIST if there is such a thing.

That’s all folks. I’m going to enjoy reading a book during this few minutes of quiet time I have.

Thanks for stopping in and reading. If you’re in need of some encouragement, write in the comments below and I’ll be sure to pour into your heart.‚ô•

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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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Some R&R in Orlando but Not Really


Hello Lovelies, 

Who doesn’t love a vacation? I know I did, or use to. We went to Orlando this past weekend, we spent 4 days there. We rented a lovely house with a pool and lots of space.

Very different from the set up we have now at my in-laws, it was a great change of scenery. I welcomed all the space we had.  We went with a few family members and Nico got to play with all of his little cousins. The kids had a lot of fun.

The adults had a lot of work. As we all know I’m super strict with my son’s sleeping schedule and he was off it for the entire time we were there.
There was a lot of crankiness and restlessness going around.  Having lunch at restaurants and waiting for large parties to be seated and then having to wait for the food to arrive is rough on a parent.

Kids don’t understand the concept very well, and with three kids, 3 and under, SO TOUGH. But we did get to go out at night. We put the kiddo’s to bed and went out just the adults while the grandparents stayed at home with the children.

I do have to admit, that was tough too. As much as I wanted to be out and about, I was so tired. Orlando is a lot of fun (I lived there once after I graduated from high school). There is so much to do and see, and we also had a first timer with us visiting from Brazil.  We wanted to show him as much as possible.

Since my son wakes up around 6:30/7 am, getting home at almost 2 am isn’t what I call fun in the morning. I’m no spring chicken, I need my sleep in order to be a functioning parent. (I sound like a toddler myself) I’m sure you all can agree. Although I do envy the moms & dads who can run full steam with little to no sleep. Kudos to you. I know for a fact I am not one of those parents.

So when do vacations become vacations again after kids? Do they ever? I wish I could offer some advice to parents vacationing with kids. This is more of a plea for help. HOW DO YOU DO IT?

Well, we are back home and we got through it. We’re back to our regularly scheduled naps and happy children. Thank God!

Have those vacationing tips to share?? Write them in the comments below, I would really love to know.

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Mommy & Baby Giveaway Set winner!

Hello Lovelies!
Happy Monday.

I just got back from a mini vacation to Orlando, and I’m beat. I’m just now checking out who the winner was. Thank you all who participated in the Deserving Health Mommy & Baby Giveaway Beauty Set.

Lots of you entered and I wish I could pick all of you. I know how much you moms deserve some pampering.
And the winner is:
Betsy Strauss
Betsy is  actually a fellow blogger, you can find her over at Family Style Schooling Blog, I’m happy she won and will get to enjoy this fabulous gift set. 
Thank you to Deserving Health for providing us with this giveaway and a chance to showcase their amazing products.
Thank you again to all. There’s a new giveaway live, you can check it out and enter for a chance to win another lovely product. This month I’m all about pampering you ladies. Enjoy!
Check back soon for more goodies.

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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY // Spongellé Body Wash Infused Body Buffers

                                                                                     **Spongelle gave me these product to review free of charge. All opinions are my own. 
Hello Lovelies,
I’ve been feeling very zen lately and trying to take care of myself better. Happy Mama, Happy Baby. Being a mom doesn’t really give you much time to visit spas & salons. ¬†So you have to be creative with your at home spa treatments.
I recently tried Spongell√©’s Body Wash Buffer and Pedi Buffers¬†and I’m in LOVE. The packaging itself looks super refined & high end. If you don’t usually have little spa days at home, it’s okay. I really think you’ll appreciate how easy it is to be pampered without doing much work.

The Spongellé Body Wash Buffer is infused with a shower gel containing  skin care ingredients to clean, smooth, exfoliate, stimulate circulation and moisturize skin. Each buffer has its own one-of-a-kind fragrance blend. In addition to body buffers, Spongellé also has pedi buffers to prevent dry, rough feet by buffing away calluses.
These buffers come pre-loaded with shower gel, so there is no work to be done but lather it on.  And lather it on you will, easily. They smell divine and your skin will feel very luscious.
I received the French Lavender scent and it smells so so yummy. I felt so luxurious applying the body wash buffer on myself. It exfoliates on the skin without being abrasive.
I hope you’ll give them a try and enjoy the luxury of having an at home spa day.
Their products are available for purchase directly from the Spongellé website and are also available at Anthropologie, Kitson, and many high-end spas.
 
Special Coupon for Readers!
20% off discount code to spongelle.com -> “BBLOGGER20” — code is valid through Oct 19, 2015
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Thanks for reading!
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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY // Deserving Health Organic Mom & Baby Products

**Deserving Health gave me these product to review free of charge. All opinions are my own. 
 
Hello Lovelies,
I’m so excited to be bringing you beautiful mama’s this giveaway. We have the world’s hardest job and we need a little pampering every now and again.
Today I want to tell you moms & dads about a wonderful company called Deserving Health. As some of you may know I try to be as healthy as possible by limiting my families exposure to unnecessary chemicals.
I’m always on the lookout for great products to share with you guys.
Let me tell you a little bit about them and then we’ll get to the Review and GIVEAWAY! YAY!
“Deserving Health offers the purest botanical extracts, essential oils and naturally-derived ingredients that cleanse, re-hydrate and revitalize the skin naturally, without harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances or color, or synthetic preservatives.”

Their products are not tested on animals and do not contain animal ingredients!

I tried three different products:

Vitalizing Fruit Exfoliating Face Scrub with Apricot Seed &
 Age-Free Rejuvenating Day Cream
 

SCRUB:
Gently exfoliates dry, rough skin to promote a soft, smooth texture. Rich fruit extracts moisturize and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. Suitable for all skin types, is PH balanced, paraben & gluten free.

This feels very good against my skin, the scent alone is amazing. I’ve tried other scrubs that were a little too rough on the skin. But this was very mild and soothing. I mostly use it at night as to not scrub off the good oils from my skin that I need. But a good night cleansing is good to go.

DAY CREAM:
Our unique formula leaves skin feeling extremely soft, firm and radiant. Apply Deserving Health‚ĄĘ Age-Free Rejuvenating Day Cream with green tea extract as a make-up base to enhance a flawless looking complexion.For all skin types, PH balanced, Paraben & Gluten FREE.

Very light and feels great on the skin. Keeps my skin soft throughout the day. I’ve been searching for one of these since now I’m past my thirties I NEED to take better care of my skin so I can age gracefully. Most products have questionable ingredients and this one was exactly what I needed.

Organic Bubble Bath 

Deserving Health‚ĄĘ Baby Bubble Bath naturally scented with the soothing essence of Fruity Mango, these bubbles gently cleanse and condition baby‚Äôs sensitive skin. ¬†Contains Jojoba and Wheat Germ Oil to boorish and moisturize even the most sensitive skin. Our rich, hypoallergenic formula makes bath time a fun time.

My son is a year and half old and I had never put him in a bubble bath till now. He absolutely loved it and I wasn’t worried about what was in the water. ¬†It’s tear free as well. The smell is definitely fruity but mild. ¬†He’s been having bubble bath’s more often now.

I think if you purchase any of these products you’ll be satisfied. They carry a full line of baby products, skin care, homeopathic medicine, & natural treatments. ¬†Visit their website to see all of their amazing products.

Now onto the giveaway!!  

One lucky mama & baby will win this awesome gift set. 
Set includes Organic Bubble Bath, Baby Lotion, Scrub & Day cream. 

There are lots of options to enter. Giveaway will run from 8/3/15 to 8/10/15.  Open to US & Canada residents.

GOOD LUCK LOVELIES!!

ellen

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