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Nature Paint Brushes

Nature Paint Brushes

Izzy and I made Nature Paint Brushes and what a blast we had! This activity is a great way to explore the outdoors. During this activity your child is working on gross motor, fine motor, hand eye coordination, and cognitive development. Step 1 Go outside 

3 Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

3 Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

1. About My Dad Video or Paper I love when you can capture kids thoughts in a video or on paper. I made another video this year of Izzy talking about her Daddy. I also asked her the questions on this FREE printable. At the 

Keeping a Clean Home with Kids & Pets

Keeping a Clean Home with Kids & Pets

Keeping a house clean and tidy with kids sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done.

Now I will start off by saying, my home doesn’t always look tidy and I wouldn’t eat off the floors on the daily… although I’m sure my kid has a few times… #momlife

But I wanted to share some tips that have helped me to keep a cleaner and tidier home.

Baskets & Bins

One of the easiest ways to keep a home tidy is to have baskets and bins around the house that give specific items a home when not in use. They can be in a closet or sitting out in a room, but this has made keeping the house tidy, so much easier for me. Not only because I can pick up quicker, but because Izzy can help me clean up too! Listen up parents, we need all the help we can get, plus our kids need to learn how to clean up and help out.

I added an example below. We have a large woven basket in the living room that looks pretty and is filled with tons of our favorite board and card games. This makes for functional decor and helps with easy clean up!

Safely Sanitize

Kids and pets track in a lot of germs and dirt. To keep our floor clean I have shared how much me love this steam mop. I have shared specifics on the steam mop and why are love it, click here to read more.

On top of that we have been loving Force of Nature cleaner for almost 2 years now. I loved the product so much I ended up working with them and sharing a video of the product on my feed. You can watch that here. This is a cleaner, sanitizer & deodorizer! There are no toxic fumes or residue. You know how after you wipe things down with most cleaners there is a toxic residue left behind, so you then need to wash that off? Well, Force of Nature doesn’t leave a toxic residue, so it makes cleaning a lot quicker. Not to mention, it’s so much safer for our family. I love products that are truly child and pet friendly.

Dirt & Mess Clean Up

Keep a vacuum handy for quick clean up. There are spilled snacks, crumbs and more when you have kids and pets. Sometimes I need a quick vaccum near the dog bowls. Certain times of the year I frequently need a quick vacuum of areas with high inside-outside traffic. I’ve been crushing on the Black + Decker Corded Canister Vacuum provides us cleaning convenience for delicate surfaces or big spills. It has a powerful motor & easy maneuvrability.  I LOVE this vacuum for spot jobs around the house because this vacuum has convenient accessories including a small brush and crevice and upholstery tools, plus since it plugs in, it has unlimited run time!

Machine Washable Rugs

We have machine washable rugs in our house! This has always been incredible and a must. Once we got Luna pup, it really came in handy during potty training. The 2 brands we love are Ruggable & Lorena Canals rugs! We also have waterhog mats from L.L. Bean at each door that enters and exits the home. These are not machine washable, but can easily be rinsed off outside!

What helps you keep your house tidy and clean?

XO Eryka

A House for Hermit Crab ~ Activity for Kids

A House for Hermit Crab ~ Activity for Kids

Izzy and I love books and Eric Carle books have alway been a favorites of mine. This morning we read A House for Hermit Crab. Izzy loved the story so much I asked her, “What if I make an activity to go along with the 

Easy Ways to Clean & Sanitize Your Floors This Spring & Summer

Easy Ways to Clean & Sanitize Your Floors This Spring & Summer

Between having dogs and a child the floors can get so dirty. I can only imagine the germs we can’t see! My husband and I have a love/hate with spring. We truly dread the mud and dirt that comes with spring because it means extra 

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter Basket Ideas

This year for Izzy we wanted to have candy mixed with a bunch of activities she could enjoy. We are all about finding indoor and rainy day activities. If you follow us on Facebook or IG then you a likely saw these in our stories.

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Jelly Basket

I love this idea because they can be used all spring and summer outside. They can explore and collect items in them, take them to the beach and more! I linked some from a small shop on Etsy. I have found she has great products and fair pricing. Some people are selling these Jelly bags for almost $40… which is CRAZY!

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Personalized Bunny/ Stuffed Animal

Every year Izzy gets a special stuffed bunny in her basket. Over the years we have loved the soft and personalized Jelly Cat bunnies from Peek-A-Who and the unique bunnies made by Winks + Wildflower. I linked some fun & soft bunny options below for you guys.

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Unique Wooden Puzzles

Izzy LOVES puzzles and that is why we wanted to add some to her basket this year! I love these wooden puzzles because each puzzle piece is a unique shape, unlike other puzzles I’ve seen. Some puzzle pieces are even shaped like animals. They are really fun and Izzy’s been loving the bright colors and cool shapes while putting this brand/style puzzle together.

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STEM Activities

Our busy little girl loves activities. That’s why I included a bunch of goodies from Allessimo puzzles. 15% off ERYKA15 They have cars you build and work on solar power, digging for gems, building dinos, bugs and animals from wood and then painting them or covering them in a special foam clay and more!

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Spirograph

Last Easter Izzy has just turned 5 and the Spirograph was a bit of a struggle and frustrating for her. This year we reintroduced it and she picked up on it very quickly. I’d definitely say the Spirograph is easier for kids 6 and up, but that’s just our experience.

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Kid Nail Polish

We love painting our nails and Piggy Paint is a great non toxic, water based polish for kids! Izzy loves it and that’s why I added some to her basket this year.

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Shoes

This time of the year we are in need of rain boots, sneakers and spring/summer shoes. With little growing feet, I think shoes are a perfect addition to an Easter basket. We love boots from Reima and London Littles and shoes from Pediped. How cute are Izzy’s dinosaur shoes from Pediped footwear?

I hope you loved this year’s Easter Basket Ideas!

XO Eryka

My First Garden & Some Important Things I Learned

My First Garden & Some Important Things I Learned

Those of you that follow us on social media know we moved back to Maine from GA in 2019. That spring we moved into our home, however the yard wasn’t completed until mid July. Basically the builder came back and finished the back patio and 

5 Indoor Rainy Day Activities that are Developmentally Beneficial

5 Indoor Rainy Day Activities that are Developmentally Beneficial

Painting with a Purpose Teach your children about different types of art. Look on the internet or in books & discover different styles of art together. Discuss the artists that created the art. Now ask your child which style of art they want to try. 

Tips for Surviving Daily Life with ADHD

Tips for Surviving Daily Life with ADHD

As most of you know I was diagnosed with adhd later in life. I was 29 & I explain that in detail here. How old were you when you were diagnosed?

Life is tough and everyone has their struggles. It sure is tough to add adhd to the mix. Since I have gotten so many questions from you all, I thought it may be beneficial to share my strategies for surviving daily life with adhd on the blog.

Medication

Although I know this may not be the route for everyone, right now it’s working great for me. I take a daily stimulant which has significantly reduced my anxiety & helps me feel less foggy during the day.

This brings me to my medication case. When you struggle to remember things, you typically struggle to remember to take your medication or if you took it. This is why Joe (my husband) bought me a set of these timer tops. When you open the top, it resets and tells you how long it has been since the top was last opened. So now I know if I took my medication or not. This may seem silly to some, but I think it’s truly genius and life changing to those with adhd.

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Alarms & Calendars

I have a phone calendar & it allows me to share some items with my husband by clicking add to family calendar. This will share some items with him, so he can help me with appointments etc. The rest of my calendar is just for me. Unfortunately adding to my calendar isn’t enough. I also add alerts to my calendar items. I usually add 2 alerts to remind me. One is usually the day before and the other is usually 30 minutes to an 1 hour before the appointment, call or whatever is marked. Depending on what the reminder is for, when it goes off, I’ll set another. To go off when I immediately need to get on a call, get the car etc. You would be shocked how in just a minute I can completely forget about an appointment. One that I needed to leave for soon and was talking about all morning.

Beyond the phone calendar, I also have a planner. This is a little old school and hand written. I just writing out in my planner! Oh and for my planner, I check it that morning and set any reminders to go off on my phone for the day. Which brings me to the smart watch.

Smart Watch

I can’t say enough good things about my smart watch. It helps me to find my phone (which is always on silent) 10 billion times a day! Not to mention I get alerts and notified about texts, emails and calls. Most importantly, I don’t miss any of the reminders & alerts I set on my phone.

Sound Machine

A sound machine is a must for me at night. I truly sleep better through the night with it. I also have our fan going too. Are fans at night a must for you? Here is the sound machine I have. I love it because if you lose power, it still keeps going.

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CBD for Sleep & Anxiety

Betoken has another product I love for sleep support. These CBD nighty night capsules are amazing. I also have their anxiety capsules as well. I have been loving this brand & these capsules for almost 2 years now. Best of all, this company is owned and founded by a Maine mom. I love supporting small businesses in my home state.

Physical Activity

If you love yoga or at home workouts, try the Nike app. It has a ton of free workouts that I have found to be great. If that’s not your thing, try to get a walk in everyday. Honestly nothing feels better than fresh air. Even if it’s freezing out, I bundle up and get out for a walk with Izzy & our dog Luna. Physical activity helps with my brain fog and improves my mood.

I hope this has been helpful to some of you. If you have any strategies that help you with daily adhd life, share in the comments.

XO Eryka

Easy & Delicious Homemade Bread

Easy & Delicious Homemade Bread

I love bread and have been experimenting making homemade bread for the past year. But I was discouraged multiple times, when it just seemed inconsistent and some just too dense. So I’m happy to say, I have mastered an easy recipe that has been consistently