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  • Transitioning to Bottles & Solids

    This post was sponsored by NUK as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own. 

    Feed Your Baby Real Food | MommyWifeLife

    Breastfeeding has been proven to be super beneficial for both mommy and baby, which is why I have breastfed all my children for up to at least their first five months. I breastfed my first child for five months and had to stop because my second child was on her way, causing my milk supply to slowly dwindle. By the time baby number two reached six months old I was (selfishly) over sharing my body with babies. This is when I started supplementing with formula. The thought of transitioning to bottles and solids with baby three came a little later than the first two. This time around I have cherished the infant months a little more so I’ve been in no hurry to rush her along.

  • Eliminate Stress by Putting the Kids to Work

    Eliminate stress by putting the kids to work.

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    Most of the stress I experience comes from necessary day-to-day responsibilities of maintaining our home and my slightly perfectionist ways. Every mom of young children I talk to about cleaning says the same thing–cleaning with children in the home is practically a never ending chore. The trails of toys, mounds of laundry, sink full of dishes and kitchen floor dusted with crumbs for days are just some of the things I see everyday that just about send me over the edge. I am on a quest to eliminate stress and the desire for perfection. Since I love my kiddos dearly, I have decided to keep them around (wink) and put them to them to work.…

  • Learning Black History Does Not End in February

    Learning Black History Does Not End in February | MommyWifeLife

    All kids, no matter their age or ethnicity, can learn and celebrate black history. Although February is the nationally designated month to celebrate the rich history of black americans, the learning of black history can take place 365 days a year.…

  • 10 Parenting Questions I Ask Everyday

    10 Parenting Questions I Ask Everyday | MommyWifeLife

    I enjoy being a mother. Having the opportunity to stay at home with my children is a true blessing. I am also human so I make mistakes, get frustrated and feel a bit looney from time to time. If you’re a parent who doesn’t experience some of the things I just mentioned, then this post is not for you. I have to be honest and let you in on what goes through my mind every single day.…

  • My Children Now Know The Truth About Skin Color

    My Kids Now Know the Truth About Skin Color | MommyWifeLife
     
    I love a child’s ability to walk onto a playground and instantly play with other children. My children, in most cases, do not care about the ages of the other children and certainly do not care about the skin color of their (most times temporary) new friends. During a recent trip to the park, my daughters even played with a child who spoke broken English. They just want to play. Their innocence and purity when it comes to race and gender should be coveted.
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  • STEM Toy for Girls: GoldieBlox Review

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    STEM Toy for Girls: GoldieBlox Review | MommyWifeLife

    The hit movie Hidden Figures reminds the world that women have and still make huge contributions to the world. Katherine Johnson, physicist and mathematician, was one of several women who played integral parts in helping NASA with space missions, including the orbital mission of John Glenn. Hearing her story made me think of my daughters, who could one day make a similar contribution to the world in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related field. The GoldieBlox Craft-Struction Box, a STEM toy, is designed specifically with girls in mind, are preparing my girls for such work.…

  • I Don’t Always Feel Like Doing the Homeschool Thing

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    I Don't Always Feel Like Doing the Homeschool Thing | MommyWifeLife

    I don’t always feel like doing the homeschool thing and if you’re a homeschooler, you don’t either. I sometimes wish my daily responsibilities were lessened and not homeschooling would certainly allow me to have a little more time–time to tackle all the many things we as adults have to tend to. …

  • Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs | Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

    Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs Review | Multicultural Children's Book Day

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. Thoughts expressed are my own.

    There are many celebrations throughout the year, but only one supports and helps children see themselves in literary works–Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This year, Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 is on January 27. It is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Its mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

  • How to Treat Infant Bronchiolitis at Home

    How to Treat Infant Bronchiolitis at Home

    Infant bronchiolitis is, like any other infant sickness, a pain. We recently experienced it with our youngest daughter when she was only 11 weeks old. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection in young children and infants. It causes inflammation and congestion in the small airways (bronchioles) of the lung. Bronchiolitis is almost always caused by a virus. Typically, the peak time for bronchiolitis is during the winter months.” It can last for a few days or up to a month. 

    Complications Due to Bronchiolitis

    (as listed by kidshealth.org)

    • fast, shallow breathing
    • a rapid heartbeat
    • retractions — when the areas below the ribs, between the ribs, and in the neck sink in as a child inhales
    • flaring of the nostrils
    • irritability, with difficulty sleeping and signs of fatigue (tiredness) or lethargy
    • vomiting after coughing
    • poor appetite or not feeding well, causing decreased peeing and fewer wet diapers

    For our daughter, her condition began like a common cold.…

  • Sight Words Fun for Early Readers

    Creative Ideas for Sight Word Fun | MommyWifeLife.com

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    Now that my daughters can read, learning has become so exciting! They are excited to read just about anything–books, signs and building while we are driving and even my text messages while hovering over my shoulder. There are few things children need to learn before becoming great readers. I have used phonics exercises, structured curriculum and sight words to help my daughters learn to read.

    I don’t use many flashcards in my homeschool lessons and chose to limit our flashcard use when learning sight words. Children should have fun while learning and any time I can get a little creative when presenting a subject to my children, I add some fun into the lesson.

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    5 Creative Ways to Teach Sight Words

    I recently wrote 5 Creative Ways to Teach Sight Words for my friends over at Educents. 

    1. Jump and Say Game
    2. Sight Word Puzzles
    3. Word Matching with Popsicle Sicks
    4. Word Towers with Blocks/LEGOs
    5. Shaving Cream Writing

    Click here to read the original post and find out more about these ideas!