Juggling Being a Mom of Two

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I knew that being a mom of two would have it’s challenges. Don’t get me wrong, things are working out just fine. But, it’s been a juggling act trying to balance my time between two kids. Even though I am on maternity leave, I still have lots of exams to prepare for. So, I’m still hard at work.

Despite having a lot on my plate, it’s still important to squeeze in family time. I decided to simplify our family summer fun series. Since I’m still recovering from the birth of our second child, going far is not an option. I can’t exactly take Baby O to crowded places for a while. But, I don’t want to deprive Princess of some fun outdoor activities.

Princess

I remember playing hopscotch as a kid and thought it would be fun to give it a shot. All we needed was sidewalk chalk and we were good to go.

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My hubby and I took turns watching Baby O. As you can see Princess had a blast, and even taught Daddy how to hopscotch.

hopscotch w/ daddy

When it comes to kids, they don’t need much. It’s all about being creative and making do with what ya got.
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Summer Fun Gardening

I’ve had to keep our Family Summer Fun Series close to home for obvious reasons. I’m due any day now, and still want to enjoy the wonderful outdoor as a family. Having fun is always the goal, but it’s also important for Princess to learn. Recently, she and some classmates planted a seed in this cup.

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Planting Seeds

She wanted to plant it. I’m no garden guru, but I figured why not give it a try? Princess also got a little assistance from Daddy.

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Princess and Daddy

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watering seeds

Princess had fun planting and watering her soon-to-be plant. As you can see, we have a lot of weeding to do. Hey, I never said we were perfect gardeners. I’m just glad that she enjoyed it though.

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A Scavenger Hunt Fit for a Princess

As I mentioned in my previous post, we’ve kicked off our Family Summer Fun Series! I’ve been trying to find creative ways for us to enjoy the outdoors, which can be hard to do nowadays. I’m limited in terms of the amount of travel I can do at the moment. With baby number two set to arrive in less that four weeks, I’ve got to keep things simple. So, I’ve decided to put together a scavenger hunt fit for a Princess.

I’ve gotten tons of ideas on Pinterest for different kinds of scavenger hunts. Since Princess is only two-years-old, I wanted to keep it short and sweet.

1.The first thing I did was think of a theme. She’s always loved Princess,so why not have a scavenger hunt fit for a princess!

2. I created a list of fun things to do, which involved learning and creativity.

3. Using my mediocre photoshop skills, I put together this list of things to do. Her dad can help her read it. You can also draw a map, if you really want to get creative!

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4. I kept everything outdoors. With Daddy’s help she was able to get from point A to point B.

5. This was a solo hunt. But feel free to involve your kiddos friends and siblings. The more the merrier. But, make sure that everyone gets a prize. Everyone deserves to be a winner!

Check out the video to see how Princess did!


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Surviving Tantrums on Road Trips

Summer is almost here! With that said, I’m gearing up for my “Family Summer Fun” series. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably remember last year’s installments.

We’re less than two months away from D-day, and our little girl won’t be the only child much longer. My hubby and I want to make sure we make these last few weeks extra special for her.

It’s gonna be a lot to cram in these next few weeks. I’m gonna try to do as much as I can, while getting as much rest as possible. Is that doable? I promised that I wouldn’t beat myself up about not getting to everything because I have a lot on my plate.

Summer classes begin this week, and we still have some things to do around the house before the baby arrives. So, we’ll take it one day at a time.

For now, here’s a little preview of my next post. We took a trip to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center this past weekend. It was a long trip, so it was important for us to pack some essentials in order to avoid possible meltdowns. Be sure to stop by my BabyCenter blog for more on this topic.

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Our Trip to Adventureland & Six Important Tips

I wanted to wrap up our Family Summer Fun Serieswith a trip to Adventureland.  We thought about visiting theme parks out of state, but decided against it (which was a smart idea).  We ended up spending less time driving, and saved a ton in gas.


Even though we stayed on New York turf, we still had to make sure we had all the important essentials packed.  Here’s a quick checklist along with helpful tips:

1.  Have a stroller handy.  Unfortunately we took my hubby’s vehicle, and forgot Princess’s stroller in my car.  We had to carry her around sometimes.  But, we still managed just fine.

2.  Apply sunscreen before heading out, and keep it handy throughout the day.  The sun was pretty intense.  

3.  Bring snacks and water.  There’s plenty of food at Adventureland.  But, Princess is a very picky eater (like her mama).  Packing her favorite sandwich and/or fruit has bailed us out of cranky situations in the past.  I didn’t want to risk changing the game plan now.



4.  Be sure to pack something in the event of an upset stomach.  Amusement park rides tend to make me nauseous.  Yes, even the kiddie ones.  I brought along Culturelle Kids just in case.  Ever since Princess was an infant, she’s had a sensitive tummy too.  Her pediatrician recommended the powder formula.  Now that she’s older we keep the chewables handy.  It provides ongoing maintenance for a healthy digestive tract.  We haven’t used it in a while.  But since it’s her first time going to a theme park, we’d rather be safe than sorry.


5.  Don’t forget to pack baby essentials like wipes and diapers.  I know it’s sounds elementary.  But you wouldn’t believe the things we sometimes forget (e.i. the stroller).  Princess is almost done potty training.  But, I try to have pampers with me.  Wipes are a must for a quick clean up.

6.  Don’t forget your smart phone.  There were times when we had to wait an eternity to hop on a ride.  It was a meltdown averted when my hubby whipped out his phone with Dora the Explorer cued up.  Also, your smart phone dubs as a great camera for taking awesome pics.



It’s such a bummer that there’s only a few weeks left of summer.  We’ve had so much fun trying knew things and spending some quality time as a family.   Have you had enough of the summer months yet?  How did you spend it?


For more Adventureland photos complete with captions, check out my Google+ page.

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This is a sponsored post.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.


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Sprinkler Time!

Having fun doesn’t have to mean shelling out big bucks.  With the hot temps and increased humidity, turning on the sprinkler could be the perfect way to beat the heat. Princess and I enjoyed some mommy daughter time with an impromptu photo shoot.  She loves the sprinkler!

We’re approaching the fourth heat wave of the season, how do you plan to cool off?

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