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We got our nugget from my parents for Christmas 2019. I had seen one friend mention getting it for her son on Facebook, and I told my mom I thought it would be a fun gift for my boys for Christmas. This was before I really saw all the hype surrounding them and the demand for them skyrocketed. Now there are waitlists, lotteries and backorders…or people selling them in Facebook groups for double the price. When you go to Google and type “nugget,” the first thing that pops up is their website.In case you don’t know what a nugget is, let me explain. According to their own website, the nugget is “the infinitely configurable play couch made up of...
Early 2020: If you were like me, TikTok sounded like a playground for teens and those in their early 20’s. Catchy songs and dances were the last thing on my mind back then. I was more focused on virtual schooling our two children and the financial well-being of our family. Hard pass on the Savage Love. I needed sanity and clarity more than I needed to learn how to dance with my arms like my 12 year old does. Then, for whatever reason mid-year, I downloaded it. Probably out of desperation for a change in scenery. I fully expected to hate it as much as that other social media platform with the ghost as its icon. I literally could not...
Here in the south we all know the drill: watch the forecast, make an evacuation plan, stock up on supplies. We know to put our patio furniture in the garage and pull our potted plants inside. We have estimating how much gas to get for the generator down to a science. Even with all these preparations, one thing remains … what do we do with our bored children? They can’t play outside and many have had more weather related school closures this year than ever before. And scarier than any Halloween spook is the threat of no electricity and (gasp!) no WiFi. So while you’re out and about gathering supplies for this latest storm, here are a few extras you...
I love doing jigsaw puzzles. It’s one of my favorite pastimes, aside from reading. I didn’t really start thinking about why I loved them so much until the “stay-at-home” order was in place and all I wanted to do was a puzzle. Some would maybe argue that completing a jigsaw puzzle is tedious and stressful work, some may be overwhelmed by the idea of connecting lots of little pieces together to make a whole, but then there are people like me, who obsess and thrive off of the benefits that come with completing a puzzle.  So what is it that’s so addicting to us jigsaw puzzle-lovers?  #1 :: It helps you relax and practice mindfulness My favorite thing to do is to...
Local Digital Resources for Kids During COVID-19 While we're all at home practicing social distancing, many resources have become available to keep our families busy. Here are some local resources to add to your list of things to do with your kids! American Family Martial Arts Louisiana :: We began virtual classes for children on the Autism spectrum for ages 7 and up. This internationally acclaimed karate program introduces specialized skill based training for this community. Children on the spectrum sometimes struggle in areas of physical, intellectual, social and emotional abilities. Spectrum Skillz emphasizes building skills in these areas while using contemporary teaching techniques to help them grow at their own pace. This is a virtual martial arts class that balances fundamental skills...
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by C.G.'s Gymnastics. Five Reasons to Enroll Your Child at C.G.’s Gymnastics Are you tired of your child flipping around the house? Do you wonder how to help them release their energy in a beneficial way? Gymnastics is the key and C.G.’s Gymnastics is the place to go!   Fun, fun, and more fun! C.G.’s Gymnastics incorporates fun into everything from warm up games and skill development to strength and flexibility. Students spend time on the trampoline, jumping into the foam pit, and learning skills on the bars, balance beams, rings, and vault! Coaches are friendly, engaging, and creative. C.G.’s Gymnastics aims to send your child back to you with a smile on their face. Energy Release! It...
The day we shut down Chick-fil-A. It’s a day that is permanently singed into my brain. Okay, it was only the play place, but that might as well be all of Chick-fil-A, amiright? The Fateful Day So this fateful day we had traveled to Mom Mecca and I even scored the rare front row seats! (For you newbs, that’s a booth right next to the glass, so those eagle eyes of mine can remind my child that I’m *always watching*!) I’m not a big fan of sending my kids into a play place unattended (personal choice, stand down all you keyboard vigilantes). However, today we were waiting for Dad, Nan, & Pops for a special dinner, and kid 1 & kid...
I'm usually all for getting the kids outside but let’s be real … we live in South Louisiana and it is HOT. As much as I wish that we could have always have outdoor adventures, we’re all like, “Bring on the AC!” by this point in the summer. Here are some activities that can help you survive the long, hot days before school begins. Oobleck Warning: it is messy BUT it is so easy to clean up. Oobleck is, by far, my toddler’s favorite activity. I didn’t make up oobleck so Google away to find a lot of ideas for things to do with this mixture. Oobleck can be made in a big container using cornstarch and water. I usually don’t measure...
Our five year old has finally gotten into board games, and it makes playtime much more fun! I love a good game night and love that I'm sharing it with her. At five, Etta Mae hasn't quite figured out much in the way of strategy, but she has a blast playing. Of course, she hates losing and playing games has given us the opportunity to work on how to lose (and win) gracefully. Board games are a great way to teach kids critical thinking, cooperation and sportsmanship. Here are a few of our family favorites: Hoot Owl Hoot Ages: 4-8 Players: 2-4 We love Peaceable Kingdom games at our house! This is one of their cooperative style games. The players work together to get...

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