10 Easy Valentine’s Day Class Party Ideas

So every year there is a sucker and this year that sucker was me. I am of course, speaking of the job of class parent. It’s up to me to throw three holiday (but not holiday specific parties a year.) Each one needs to be amusing enough for twenty kids, not involve anything messy, take less than five minutes to set up, but be thirty minutes long. Yeah.

But my favorite one is coming up, the Valentine’s Party! Not only do I get to involve the actual holiday but it’s also the last one. With two under my belt, I know what works and what doesn’t. So now, I am sharing the best tips with you.

Here’s the top ten for easy Valentine’s Class Party tips!
Valentines Class Parties
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And Then There’s This

The invitation to my friend’s New Year’s Day party said “2015, Be Better.”
I feel you, boy do I feel you.

At the beginning of the December, we found out that daughter one needs two different therapy appointments a week, appointments that aren’t covered by insurance. And then the next day we found out that the school wants to pull assistance.

Then daughter two was diagnosed with ADHD. In the four years we have been in and out of testing this has never been suggested. But it’s not totally shocking because
SQUIRREL

But I digress. I am not sure why ADHD has thrown me for such a loop. In comparison to the other issues she is dealing with, ADHD is relatively mild. There is a lot that can be done for it. It is something that can be managed, something that we can teach her about. There’s so much information out there.

And that’s probably the issue; I am overwhelmed with information. Diet, meds, non meds, essential oils, magnesium, therapy, books, guides, etc. Where to start?

Tomorrow is the real New Year start for me. I always delay until the school start because who can get all resolutionie and productive when the kids are running you ragged at the end of winter break. So Monday morning, I will get back on the horse and make lists and look into oils and find out what therapy is going to cost and so on and so on.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

how to stop fighting kids

This morning I was once again awakened by the gentle, dulcet tones of World War Three, aka a twin fight. These two girls of mine love each other so much but you could never tell it from their almost constant fighting. This morning, I just could not take it anymore and ended up sending them both to their rooms and declaring it a screen free day. But they can’t stay apart forever and let’s face it, mama needs them to have screen time again at some point. So, tell me internets, what can I do?
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Fun Family Games

Whether you are looking for a great gift to give to a family or just something to have fun with during the holidays (or any get togethers,) these five games are fun for the whole family.

Fun Family Games
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5 Tips for Ending the Chore Wars

“I’m tired; I need to lay down.” That’s what we hear every time we ask the girls to make their bed, clean their room, pick up their toys, etc. So I was thrilled when Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com offered to share some chore tips. My husband and I have been talking about trying allowance to chores as their “jobs” so these are perfect for us.
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Adventures : Chucktober

I can see you shaking your head now… “ChuckECheese? Really Kate?” Yes, really. Though I remain annoyed by the weird gambling like ticket dispensing games, I can’t help but love a place that lets my kids make silly picture after silly picture of themselves for a token apiece. So when they sent us a pass to go for ChuckECheese to celebrate Chucktober we gathered up a few friends, donned our costumes and headed over for some dinner fun.

Halloween Chuck E Cheese

The entire month of October is “Chucktober” and kids who visit Chuck E. Cheese’s wearing their Halloween costume will automatically win 50 free tickets. Plus post your pics on Instagram or Twitter to @chuckecheese tagged with #Chucktober2014 for a chance to win awesome prizes including gift cards to Target, Best Buy, and Toys R’ Us!

Read on about our fun at Chuck E Cheese and a way to win a Chucktober prize!
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To All the Unstoppable Women I Know

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Unstoppable Moms

This morning I spent a half hour shifting through the discards of a clothing swap I couldn’t make. There was the thrill of finding hidden treasures but what made it really pleasant was a chance to
I tell all the new parents I know that the most important thing in their new life won’t be anything you can register for. The best resource and tool in parenting is the other parents you know. Like many moms, I would say the one thing that has been the biggest part of my life since having kids are my mom friends.
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Please Join Us for the Miracle Marathon

Why The Miracle Marathon
Rarely have I felt as strongly about a blogging project as I do about the one I am embarking on with the girls next week. Being a lead blogger for the Miracle Marathon isn’t just about numbers or awareness or charity for me. It’s about thanking the people who helped my daughter through surgery and continue to help her. Having a Children’s Hospital in town can make all the difference in not only the experience but also your child’s health.

I firmly believe that the innovations and support system Miracle Network hospitals are able to offer make a huge different in the well being of the children in their community. And the Miracle Marathon is such an appropriate way to raise money because it’s about improving your own health by getting active every day while you raise money for a great cause.

And what does this money go towards? Look at some of the things my daughter experienced while being treated at MU…
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Integrating Technology Into Family Life With the Intel AIO

#spon: I am in a partnership with Intel. Through this partnership I gain access to content, product, or other forms of value.

With the girls starting school this week, we are resetting routines and thinking about how we can have a successful school year. We’ve made the biggest change by switching schools but we also want to make changes at home.

One of these is changing the way we all use tech. There have been too many moments this summer where we have all been in different rooms on different devices. That’s why out kitchen counter now looks like this…

IntelAIO

I can see you thinking, really another screen? But stay with me here.
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Giving Back During Back to School

During back to school, it’s easy to give back. Thank you to Champions for Kids and The Motherhood for involving me in this awesome program!

Yesterday I finally conquered my sudden bout of homebodiness and took the girls to shop for school supplies and then to their back to school night. This translates to I went to the grocery store with the texted list from a friend of what she had bought her child and threw two of everything into a cart while the terror twins careened around the store looking for things to put on their never ending wish list. They have yet to cotton on to the fact that they never get anything from their wish list and yet it stops them from begging for things in the stores. So obviously I consider this one of my biggest parenting wins.

After successfully gathering all needed school supplies, I took the girls up to back to school night. Without telling anyone we totally switched their school. Well we told them obviously, but for everyone else it was a pleasant (I hope) surprise when we showed up at our neighborhood school. I felt like it was a huge success… for me. Everyone hugged me and none of the teachers knew anything about the girls so they actually welcomed in into the classrooms with happy, unknowing smiles.

The girls, on the other hand, were less impressed. They literally RAN AND KID UNDER A TABLE when a kid they knew said hi to them. When I asked why they said they KNEW HIM. The horror. Evidently they thought that by new school we meant we had populated our tiny city with people they had never seen. Which would be some amazing parenting.

So my feelings about the new school year are a mite bit mixed. In a throwback to the childhood I never had (I went to small Catholic schools and knew everyone, even in college, in Austin), I have been having nervous stomachaches all week. But even with the stomachache and hiding under tables, I consider us very lucky.

You know that hashtag #YourPrivilegeIsShowing? I kind of want to print it out and hand it out while back to school shopping. Because so many kids have to worry about things like going to school hungry. This hit home for me when my girls started public preschool at the ripe age of three. AS I chatted with the office one day about my precious darlings and their special snowflake needs, I noticed a pile of backpacks. I found out they were filled with food for kids who might not eat over the weekend.

One of the organizations that seeks to fill the needs of kids like those is Champions for Kids. Champions for Kids makes it simple to give children in local communities the resources they need to thrive. We can’t all make big gestures but helping others does not have to come in large doses. Champions for Kids seeks to help by fostering a ‘habit of giving’ among youth and parents in America.

SIMPLE Giving

Did you know that 16 million kids live in poverty? For kids in need, finding nutritious snacks can be a challenge. Children who eat healthy foods are better equipped to succeed academically. SIMPLE Giving is a Champions for Kids program that makes it simple for you to help kids in your community. To ensure children have access to nutritious snacks, Champions for Kids is teaming up with Dole, Emerald, Kellogg Company and Walmart for a SIMPLE Giving program.

You can participate by simply purchasing and donating snack food items at your local participating Walmart from August 1-18. If your Walmart store is participating, simply purchase breakfast foods and place them in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout. To see a list of participating stores, click here.

All of the donations go to children in the school district where the Walmart store is located! the girls and I will doing this as part of our back to school day Monday. I hope you will join us this weekend by buying a few snacks yourself and donating.