Multicultural Crayons

A few weeks ago when Ben drew a picture of himself for my mom, he told me he couldn’t find the right color to color his face.

I handed him the nude color pencil, something I have always used to color faces. He complete the picture and he was happy with it.

Fast forward to this morning, a friend got us this box of @crayola multicultural crayons. I wish you could see his face light up. “Now I can make a picture that looks just like me.”

This is a great gift. This is the perfect gift as we are introducing our children to the differences in human race this week.

Within 10 minutes, he finished this picture and when I asked him what he drew, he said, “It’s Art, mommy.”

He was excited to have new colors crayon but he didn’t see the “colors” the way we adults see it.

And if you asked me last week, I can honestly say why point it out if they don’t see it.

But now, today, I agree 100% that it is our job as parents to teach our children about the differences and to raise awareness of racism in our home.

They might be too young for straight news, but there are so many other ways we, as parents, can help them learn at this young age.

I am willing to make the changes and am learning with them and hope that you are, too ❤️

Top 6 Parks with Large Field for Outdoor Activities and Picnic

When your children want to play soccer but your yard isn’t big enough for their “mighty kicks” or you are tired of watching them circling around the driveway in their bikes, you make a list of metro parks with fields and share with friends who might also be looking 😉

There are many other amazing parks in our area but these are our top 6. They are relatively close to one another. So if one is too crowded for your family, you can get back in the car and drive to another park.


Treaty Line Area

995 Treaty Line Road, Akron, OH 44313

Smaller Soccer field, but we love it. Great for picnic there’s a parcours trail if you feel like hiking. This is actually one of my favorites short hike, when I feel adventurous.

Big Bend Area

1337 Merriman Road, Akron, OH 44313

Large field, train tracks (no trains right now but when they are running again you can catch the CVRS passing by), trails and path for bike.

Lone Spruce Area

1350 Sand Run Parkway, Akron, OH 44313

Great for picnic. It’s smaller but quite private if you get there first to reserve your spot. We did a birthday party there for my daughter and it was pretty awesome!

Copley Community Park

3232 Copley Road, Copley, OH 44321

There are a few larger field at CCP. Great for running around, walking trails, and just to enjoy a picnic with family.

Bath Community Park

1615 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron, OH 44333

Great big fields, trails and path for biking, and picnic.

The Octagon Shelter CVNP

801 Truxell Road, 1.5 miles west of Akron Cleveland Road, Peninsula, OH 44264

Amazing large field to run around. Very close to all other CVNP trails and the ledges. Weekend could be very crowded though.

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Teaching Toddlers to Tell Time

Ben is obsessed with following schedule so he was eager to learn how to read the clock early on. Today we sat down and did a lesson on telling time with him. I used the clock and workbook I got from Target months ago.

I kept the content simple. They were proud to tell the right time. Just had to remember to be patience while they are trying to figure it out on their own ⏰

20 Quarantine Questions – a fun way to check on your quarantine level

Note: these are questions and games as seen on social media during quarantine that I find entertaining. I personally think it makes great journal prompts. Some of these I do not recommend filling out for the public but are awesome to keep for personal memoirs of this strange time we are going through.

For more questions and games like this, look under “QUARANTINE 2020” in categories.


1. Are you an Essential Worker?

2. How many drinks have you had since the quarantine started?

3. If you have kids… Are they driving you nuts?

4. What new hobby have you taken up during this?

5. How many grocery runs have you done?

6. What are you spending you’re trump money on?

7. Do you have any special occasions that you will miss during this quarantine?

8. If a burglar breaks into your house are you prepared to suppress them?

9. What movies have you watched?

11. 9 months from now is there any chance of you having a baby? No thank you.

12. What’s your go to quarantine meal?

13. Is this whole situation making you paranoid?

14. Has your internet gone out on you yet?

15. What month do you predict this all end?

16. First thing you’re gonna do once this is over?

18. What free from quarantine activity are you missing the most?

19. Have you ran out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer?

20. Do you have enough food to last a month on quarantine?

Depending on how long we are staying home, you may revisit these questions and compare them. It would be interesting how your mindset may have changed over the weeks, or days.

Ask Your Kid These 16 Questions

Note: these are questions and games as seen on social media during quarantine that I find entertaining. I personally think it makes great journal prompts. Some of these I do not recommend filling out for the public but are awesome to keep for personal memoirs of this strange time we are going through.

For more questions and games like this, look under “QUARANTINE 2020” in categories.


Name | Age

1. If you won a million dollars, what would you buy?

2. How long does it take to get to the U.K. from here?

3. What does Mom always say to you?

4. What job would you like to do when you are older?

5. What is the capital of America?

6. Where do babies come from?

7. At what age do you become an adult?

8. If you could change one rule your family has, what would it be?

9. If you could be a superhero, what superpower would you have?

10. What would you do to save the planet?

11. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

12. How much does it cost to buy a house?

13. Why do you think we should be nice to each other?

14. What does love mean to you?

15. What are you scared of?

16. What is most important to you?

Tip: If you are keeping a journal like us, I would add their photos or trace their hand on to the page along with the answers.

14 Days Meditation Challenge

I signed up for a 14-day meditation challenge with Strong Mom Strong Fam Group, lead by Lauren Bay Regula of Trak Athletics in Akron, OH. The challenge starts today and I thought I would keep a journal of this challenge as I am hoping to make meditation a new habit.


Day 1 | Friday, March 27

Download Headspace.

10 Minutes, Unguided Meditation

Use this session to wind down at bedtime. Only sat for 10 minutes but think it was a good start.


Day 2 | Saturday, March 28

Start a series, Happiness, Session 1, 15 minutes

“As you go through the day today, notice which experiences leave you with a genuine feeling of contentment.”

We have been quarantined in the house since last Sunday (that we have not left home at all) so my days are filled with kids activities, cooking, cleaning, playing with kids, and making sure both are alive and well. So to be completely honest, a genuine feeling of contentment these days are; when my children say “Thank you Mommy, I love you”, when they finished their plate and told me they loved it, when they care and share with each other. And of course to see a clean kitchen and an organized playroom at the end of the day, because they are the two main space that we spend most of our times during this quarantine.


Day 3 | Sunday, March 29

Happiness, Session 2, 20 minutes

“Take the opportunity to do a small random act of kindness without looking for a reward.”

A friend who is a roof smith sent me her information to help promote her business yesterday right before we got the hail storm. The timing was just perfect so I post her information on my Instagram today hoping that someone with roof damage from the unexpected hail storm will call her!


Day 4 | Monday, March 30

Happiness, Session 3, 20 minutes

“Just pause and speak to yourself kindly rather than critically, noticing the difference in how you feel.”

I did this with my kids instead. Kindly vs. Critically >> Calm vs. Crazy! I actually made a chart today for myself to track how many time I raised my voice. I try to be more calm with them and watch my tone as the day goes on, (and it’s 5 times today for the record). It makes a huge difference at the end of the night. I feel better about myself and kids went to bed happy.


Day 5 | Tuesday, March 31

Happiness, Session 4, 20 minutes

“Turn the mind outward and think about how someone else might be having difficulty with something.”

Not to brag but that’s always been my nature and it has been hard during this Covid-19 to not think about the less fortunate or friends who are on the front lines, and their family. Friends who have loved on on hospital bed, friends whose parents are having health issues, and friends who may be going through financial hardship and they wouldn’t make a peep. Now more than ever I just wanted to scream at the world to BE KIND and also to STAY HOME. It is really not a complicate idea. It actually is an order.


Day 6 | Wednesday, April 1

Happiness, Session 5, 10 minutes

“Notice when you criticize the thoughts in your mind or things you say.”


Day 7 | Thursday, April 2

Happiness, Session 6, 20 minutes

“Remind yourself of that sense of playfulness and enjoyment, it lightens the mind and gives it a spacious quality.”

I think this is exactly what I did yesterday when I wrote down our goals for April. It is what it is, and we are going to embrace the moments and our family time together. Who knows when will be the next time we get to spend 30 days together 24/7 again. Love hard!


Day 8 | Friday, April 3

Happiness, Session 7, 10 minutes

“Do something that makes you smile, laugh and reconnect with the feeling of enjoyment.”


Day 9 | Saturday, April 4

Happiness, Session 8, 20 minutes

“Notice what throws you off balance and takes you away from your innate sense of happiness and contentment.”


Day 10 | Sunday, April 5

Happiness, Session 9, 20 minutes

“Pause to listen to somebody you normally wouldn’t take the time to listen to”

This exercise made me giggle! I find it to be ironically cool because Joanna Gaines likes two of my posts on Instagram today. I am somebody that she normally wouldn’t pay attention to, and also I had never tag her in my 3,589 posts!


Stay Home Order…

I didn’t sleep well last night and woke up with a lot on my mind today. It’s been almost two weeks of keeping busy and adjusting to the new normal and I think the reality is finally setting in.


I sat at my desk to write a VIP to do list and finally broke down.
So many questions ran through my mind. One of my biggest concerns was I have been promoting my friends small businesses while I’m also personally on a hardcore lockdown. We play outside in our backyard but my husband is the only person leaving home for anything since he is still leaving home for work daily.


I started to doubt myself if I was doing them good or am I doing them wrong… by promoting and still having friends leaving their home for different reasons… At the end of the hour (at my desk), I told myself, what we have been telling ourselves since the breaking news, that life must go on.


Everyone is doing everything for their own reasons. As for us, kids and I won’t leave home to go pick up anything (and selfishly praying that my husbands job fell off the essential list even though we do need that income) but I will keep promoting small businesses that are still open and trust that friends who have to leave home are making good judgement. Because we never know how much impact that one order has on them.


Of course the word hypocrite crossed my mind. Yet again, I feel that I am doing my part from home and I sure hope that we will get through this sooner than later with minimum losses.
If you are still reading, thank you. Stay responsible. Stay healthy. And be safe, friends ❤️

Easy Steps to Make A World of Hearts Window Display

We joined the world of hearts movement today to spread the love. Simply cut paper hearts and tape it to your window to let your neighbor and people passing by knows that “we are in this together”.

It took us about about an hour to cut the hearts and tape it to two windows and one wall inside the house.

My tips to you on tape is to use a better tape, just in case it melted to the windows!

Tutorial VDO of how I cut our hearts is at the bottom of this post. Have fun spreading the love!

Blogs and Websites I find Useful (way before this strange time)

March 19, 2020 – First Day of Spring.

Such a strange time we are experiencing as a nation.

I have been sharing a lot of information on my Facebook page and Instagram daily and actually feel a bit overwhelmed by that myself! So I turn on my desktop to find some of my favorite blogs I have bookmarked from before the pandemic and home school madness begun.

I am not a book reader and more often ask for advice from my mom friends and so I find random articles and blogs very useful. Now if you are reading this, you are probably a reader or maybe you are just randomly stumble upon my blog 🙂 If that’s the case, I hope you stay a while.

Below is a list of some of the blogs I find useful in all aspect of life. Hopefully you find something you love and can connect with.

This for sure is one of the hardest time in most everyone’s life but I also believe that it is the time for us to come together, to support each other, and to embrace the time we are “gifted” to be with our loved ones.

Friends or strangers, please feel free to reach out if you may need anything within reason. I am here to listen or lend some eggs and rice if you may need any!

Take care everyone!

xoxo,

Nat


Oh Happy Day

@ohhappyday

A design + lifestyle site that produces & celebrates fun through original design, projects and party ideas. Launched in 2006 by event planner Jordan Ferney, the blog has grown into one of the top craft and celebration resources on the web. Oh Happy Day features influencer ideas, practical party guides, accessible DIY projects, interior design inspiration, trend-making photography and the practical means to make it all happen.

You know all of the things on Pinterest?
We make that stuff.


Enjoying the Small Things

@etst

I got the keys to this blog in 2007, shortly after I became a mom. My ramblings were tired of being cooped up in the small space of my brain, and the blog market had some great interest rates. So I took the leap, set up Enjoying the Small Things, and threw a welcome mat at the door. This blog grew from an itty bitty space to a bigger floor plan in 2010 when I wrote about the birth of our daughter, Nella, who was born with Down syndrome. From there, I wrote a book, Bloom, about our first year with her. Read More…


Brit + Co

@britandco

Brit + Co ignites the creative spark in women.

Brit + Co is a media company that inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit. The “Brit Girl” uses creativity and a do-it-herself attitude in all aspects of her life: To take charge of her career, forge strong friendships and relationships, curate her own style, decorate her home, and entertain a crowd. Through our content, online classes and products, we enable her to use creativity to shape her future. Read more


Mother

@mothermag

MOTHER (mothermag.com) first launched in 2014, providing a much-needed online space for thought-provoking content tailor-made for the modern mother. On a daily basis, our site serves up a host of inspiration and information for women, no matter where they might be in their parenthood journey. 


Self-Sufficient Kids

@selfsufficientkids

Trying to raise independent, self-sufficient kids isn’t always easy! We want to be supportive parents, but not take over their lives. Where’s the balance? I’m still trying to figure it out myself. Read more about why I started Self-Sufficient Kids here.


Oh Joy!

@ohjoy

Launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, Oh Joy! is now a lifestyle brand and design studio that includes various licensed product lines and a daily editorial content with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life. Oh Joy! creates a wide range of licensed products including home décor, kids, pet, and furniture collections with brands such as Target, Band-Aid, Calpak, Petco, and more.

Founder and Creative Director, Joy Cho, has authored three books and consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world. Joy has given keynote speeches on entrepreneurship, leadership, and business at many conferences and companies including Watermark, Alt Summit, Pinterest HQ, Target HQ, and Hallmark HQ. For two years in a row, Joy was named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and has the most followed account on Pinterest with almost 13 million followers.


Rasa Malaysia

@rasamalaysia

Founded in 2006, Rasa Malaysia is a successful recipe blog with over 1,000 easy and delicious recipes for everyday home cooks. I specialize in all kinds of recipes from Asian and American home cooking to baking, sweets and dessert recipes. All recipes on Rasa Malaysia are tried, tested, and work. More importantly, the recipes are really easy with simple ingredients but deliver amazing and flavorful results. That’s the reason why Rasa Malaysia has a loyal and strong social media following of over 4 million fans online and growing. Read More…

How to build your prescholers’s self-esteem | Source: Baby Center | Author: Sarah Henry

CURATED FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB. I DID NOT WRITE THIS ARTICLE.

How to build your preschooler’s self-esteem

happy preschooler girlPhoto credit: Thinkstock

By Sarah Henry

Medically reviewed by KT Park, M.D. ,gastroenterologist

IN THIS ARTICLE

Nurturing your preschooler’s self-esteem might seem like a daunting responsibility. After all, self-esteem fluctuates in even the most confident adults! Because we alternate between feeling good and feeling not so good about ourselves, it’s important to cultivate your child’s resilience as well as a sense of pride, self-respect, and trust in his ability to handle life’s challenges.

Try these suggestions for helping your child develop healthy self-esteem.

Give unconditional love

Lavish him with cuddles, kisses, and pats on the back. Tell him often how much you love him, no matter who he is or what he does. A child’s self-esteem flourishes when you accept him for who he is, regardless of his strengths, difficulties, temperament, or abilities.

When you need to discipline your child, make it clear that it’s his behavior – not him – that’s unacceptable. For instance, instead of saying, “You’re a naughty boy! Why can’t you be good?” say, “Pushing Gabriel isn’t nice. It can hurt. Please don’t push.”

Pay attention

Make time to give your preschooler your undivided attention, without siblings or anyone else around to distract you. Take a walk together or have some one-on-one time during the last half hour before bed. This does wonders for your child’s self-worth because it sends the message that you think she’s important.

And it doesn’t have to be a lot of time. It means taking a moment to stop reading your email when she’s trying to talk with you, or turning off the TV long enough to answer a question. Make eye contact so it’s clear that you’re really listening to what she’s saying.

Set limits

And enforce them. For instance, if you tell your child he has to eat his snack in the kitchen one day, don’t let him wander around the family room with his crackers and fruit the next.

Knowing that certain family rules are set in stone helps him feel more secure. It may take constant repetition on your part, but he’ll start to live by your expectations soon enough. Just be clear and consistent, and show him that you trust him and expect him to do the right thing.

Offer choices

For a 2-year-old, letting her choose between two possibilities is a good rule of thumb. (At this age, too many options can be overwhelming.) For instance, ask her whether she wants to wear her red shirt or the yellow one, or if she wants oatmeal or cold cereal for breakfast.

A 3- or 4-year-old can handle more choices, and letting her know that you trust her judgment boosts her sense of self-worth.

Let mistakes happen

If he puts his plate too close to the edge of the table and it falls, fight the urge to snap at him. Instead, encourage him to think about what he could do differently next time. Help him understand that mistakes happen, and it doesn’t mean he should feel bad about himself.advertisement | page continues below

The same goes for you. If you make a mistake, stay calm and acknowledge it, then move on. This lets your child know that it’s okay to goof up sometimes, and seeing how readily you recover makes it easier for your child to accept his own shortcomings.

Make success a snap

Get a stool so your preschooler can easily wash her hands and brush her teeth at the sink. Find a place for her toys and books that is within her reach. Buy clothes that are easy to put on and take off. By giving your child the resources to take care of her own needs, you’ll foster independence and pride in her ability to do things for herself.

Celebrate the positive

Every day, acknowledge the good things your child does, within his earshot. For instance, tell your partner, “Joshua washed all the vegetables for dinner,” and watch him beam with pride.

Be specific. Instead of saying “Good job” say, “Thank you for waiting so patiently in line.” You’ll enhance his sense of accomplishment by letting him know exactly what he did right.

Accept her emotions

When your toddler throws a colossal tantrum because it’s time to leave the playground, try your best to see it from her point of view. To a toddler, leaving the park may feel like the end of the world.advertisement | page continues below

Help her get comfortable with her emotions by labeling them. Say, “I understand you’re sad because we have to leave the playground.” By accepting her emotions without judgment, you validate her feelings and show that you value what she has to say.

Resist comparisons

Avoid making comments such as, “Why can’t you be nice like Oliver?” These kinds of remarks just make your preschooler feel bad about himself. Even positive comparisons – like telling your child he’s the best at something – are potentially damaging because a child can find it hard to live up to this image.

If you let your child know you appreciate him for the unique individual he is, rather than how he measures up to others, he’ll be more likely to value himself too.

Model your own self-esteem

One of the best ways to build your child’s self-esteem is to demonstrate your own. Express pride in yourself and your efforts, and do your best to avoid saying things like, “I’m so stupid” when you make a mistake.

Be encouraging

Every child needs the kind of support from loved ones that signals, “I believe in you. I see your effort. Keep going!” Encouragement means acknowledging progress, not just rewarding achievement. So if your preschooler is struggling to fasten her snaps, instead of rushing in to do it for her, say, “You’re trying very hard, and you almost have it!” That makes her feel good about herself even if she hasn’t yet mastered the skill.

Swap stories and advice about and building your child’s self-esteem with other parents in the BabyCenter Community.