Disclaimer: I received the items mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
September 1st marks as Lazy Mom’s Day. A day that is recognized to give Mom a break. As moms, we all know that there are moments we need to be kept sane and organized. Things to make meal times easier without fights. Activities that can keep our kids engaged when we need time to make a phone call. Ways that our kids can be self-sufficient. I’m here to help with 5 things to keep Mom sane.
5 Things to Keep Mom Sane
Engaging Activities When Mom Needs a Moment
I am the mom that likes to engage my kids in fun activities that don’t involve the television or tablet. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve sat my kids in front of electronics when desperate for a quiet moment for a phone call or to simply have a breather. If I can get my hands on something that keeps their attention outside of that, however; I’ll give it a shot.
Learning Resources has the perfect solution for this. Their latest Gears! Gears! Gears!® Motorized On the Move Building Set is pretty awesome. I homechool my kids, so learning toys double as ways to keep them having fun, but also expand their minds. My son and daughter loved creating their own race cars and airplanes with this kit. I thought it was pretty cool that they could either follow the instructions to create something or use their imagination. Both ending in learning of how gears work to make things move. Plus, it kept them entertained for a few hours so I could sit down and write this post.
Easy Snack Access
I am a big advocate for teaching our kids to be self-sufficient. Getting their own snacks is something that can easily be done by simply having the right options available. This is where Precidio Design’s Snack in the Box comes into play.
I’ve mentioned in past posts that having snacks at eye level and already distributed in good portions is a great way to help kids choose healthy snacks. The Snack in the Box is small enough for my young kids to handle, but is large enough to store things like crackers. I like that I can add dried fruits to the Snack in the Box to leave at easy access for when my kids ask for a snack. It is also perfect to throw into a to-go bag and have as a snack for the car ride. It is easy for little fingers to open and helps keep mom sane from big messy spills.
Friendly Meal Times
Speaking of snacks, let’s talk meal time. Does anyone else struggle with keeping their kids attention at the table? I do. Even with the television off and simply focusing on family time at the table, I find myself asking my kids to eat their food and to stay at the table. Not an easy task. I have found Marcus & Marcus’s Amusemat helps with this.
It is such a fun product. I know, kids playing with their food, right? I figure that if it keeps my child’s attention at the table and makes eating fun, I’m okay with it. Plus, it is top dishwasher rack safe. No time scrubbing the corners. The Amusemat lets kids explore their food when you have a picky eater like I do. I think it helps give kids a different outlook on food being colorful and fun instead of having to eat something because “Mom says so”. I don’t have to repeat myself over and over to “eat your food”.
Check out more in my Homeschool Snack Ideas!
Less Stress at Bath Time
Bath time. That can be words of terror in this house. From the “I wan’t to take every toy into the tub” to the “I don’t want to wash my hair”, bath time can be stressful. I like the SoapSox® to help cover this. If you’re a Disney fan, like we are, they even have some of your favorite Disney characters to choose from!
SoapSox® is pretty cool because my kids can use this in and out of the tub. It is okay for them to cuddle with it during the day and bring it into the tub at night. It doubles as a washcloth so kids can help wash themselves. This takes the edge off of having to wash my kid’s hair. They hate that part of bath time. I use Charlotte the Seal to make it more fun. Having a toy my kids trust that isn’t just for bath time helps keep bath time less stressful.
Keep Mom’s Work Organized
Being a work-at-home mom, I’m always trying to keep that part of my life organized. I’ve noticed that if I’m flustered with work, I become flustered with anything else that comes my way. This easily includes my kids. I don’t like it, but it is reality.
I do a lot of my work on-the-go while taking my kids to activities, to the park, to lunch, you name it. Having a sturdy messenger bag is key. I don’t like to juggle my laptop bag with a purse. It is too much. I have found the ZIPIT® Reversible Messenger Bag to be a great help. It has plenty of space to organize the items I might need while out and still holds my laptop and wallet. I also like that is reversible in case I want to change the look.
Have you ever become frustrated with those plastic clips to use the should strap on messenger bags too? That was one of the first things I noticed about the ZIPIT® Reversible Messenger Bag. The clips are easy! They have metal, so they open and close smoothly. The strap also doesn’t become tangled when I need to grab the bag and the kids to get out the door. A great option if you need to bring along your laptop.
These 5 things to keep Mom sane are great options for gifts or to pick up yourself. Plus, they inspire ways to keep things smooth and simple. Having snacks easily ready for kids to get themselves. Make bath time fun with things kids can relate to and have fun with. Have a good bag with you that you can keep organized when on-the-go.
Take a break today, Mom. Enjoy your family by sitting back for a minute. Know that you keep things going. You need that moment to breathe so you can give the very best of you to your family. Keep things simple and keep your sanity.