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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...

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