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5 Ways to Be More Present With Your Kids

Thank goodness "keeping it real" is a trendy thing these days...our life is FOR REAL and sometimes keeping the balance is hard. Being a wife, mom and small business owner can be rough. Don't forget church, volunteering or kids activities-and perhaps we'd like to have some friends? I'm sure your to-do list is as long as mine, but what can we do to hit the pause button and enjoy some time really with our kids before they are grown? I've come up with 5 ways that work pretty good for us and want to share them with you here:

Kids love creating! 

Kids love creating! 

  1. Hide your phone! (and their ipads/pods/whatevers)- My resolution at the beginning of the year was to have no-tech time from the time I get home until they go to bed. Some days there's work that has to be done, but if it can wait, I see a huge difference in my girls by taking time to give them this attention.

  2. Get active! For us this is often as simple as walking out back and jumping on the trampoline. Or jogging to the mailbox. Other times it's teaching them a new yoga pose or attempting their dance/gymnastic move. Lots of fun and laughs from these experiences-and best of all they are free!

  3. Let them help! I don't know about you, but I need my kids to learn how to do things themselves-and the good part? They really love to help do most things! If play time is short and we need to eat or clean the house (so Mama doesn't lose it), I let them "play chef" or use as many paper towels as needed to clean the mirrors so we can tackle the work-together! 

  4. Read Together! Sometimes homework takes care of this, but when time allows, I love to read a book aloud together. It might be just me, or we take turns doing a page. We are about to start A Wrinkle in Time because I really want to see the movie but want them to read it first (and I can read a liiittle faster than my first grader).

  5. Take a Chill Pill! Oh, you're already cool as a cucumber? (Give me your secrets!) House work will always be there. Maybe even the laundry baskets in my living room...but sometimes ya gotta let it be and accept the mess as beautiful and worth it for the sweet times that are passing faster than most of us would like.

Appetizer created by my First Grader. 

Appetizer created by my First Grader. 

What do you think? Comment below if you try any of these or if you've got more to add. We can all use some good tips!

 

Honorable mention: Chase Chickens! 

Honorable mention: Chase Chickens! 

And if you're looking for something fun for your kiddos this summer, pop over and check out Art Camps! Click here to learn more. 

Love is in the Air...ideas for sweet happies

Ah, sweet Valentine's Day...it really is sweet to take the time to focus on those you love best. I love a good homemade card and bar of dark chocolate! I'm also never disappointed with jewelry! I've put together some of my top recommendations for little love gifts! 

 

Grace Girl Beads Vintage Brooch Necklace and Druzy studs

Grace Girl Beads Vintage Brooch Necklace and Druzy studs

 

Original mixed media pieces by Stacey are sweet little tokens, perfect for little girls or co-workers.

 
Bath salts, lavender pillows and a gorgeously scented candle are all great treats!

Bath salts, lavender pillows and a gorgeously scented candle are all great treats!

Available in store now. Gift wrap is complimentary, and I'd love to help you choose the perfect gift! Most importantly, though, I hope you take a minute to let the ones you love know how special they are to you! I pray love and kindness will cover you all as you spread it out into the world! 

XO,

Stacey