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How to survive winter break with your kiddos:

Let’s keep it real. When winter break arrives, we are SO excited to slow down, enjoy our kids, and create long-lasting memories. Even the sanest parent by day 2 has developed a little twitch from the irrational meltdowns and kids running through the house. Here’s how to enjoy the holidays without feeling like you want to yell, “Bah humbug!”: 

Break up the school break: Alternate the break with chill days at home with scheduled playdates or excursions. 

Ask for help: Schedule time for YOU. No this is not selfish. Reach out to family members, hire a sitter, or if none of those are a reality, do a mom swap. Watch your friend’s kiddos one day, then she can swap and return the favor for you. Check out local parent groups on Facebook, or good old-fashioned word of mouth for sitters.

Be prepared: Set yourself up for success! Allow for TV time but be prepared with supplies and ideas so you can direct your kid’s attention in a positive way. You DO NOT have to be Pinterest mom. Even if you throw a bunch of craft stuff on a table, you’d be surprised at your kid’s creativity.

Start some traditions: Don’t let the break just be a “break.” Think about something you want to incorporate into your family traditions to make it meaningful and memorable. Include your kids in the conversation and start a lifelong tradition in your home.

Make a date: If you’re juggling work with kids while on break, pick one day for a breakfast or lunch date with them. Even just a 30-minute breakfast at a bagel shop or lunch at a fast food joint will make your kids feel special, and help squash your mom guilt.

Hope this helps make your season bright! I know ours will be!

 Hi! My name is Erinn Hartwell.      Welcome to our family page!

By having this page we hope to discover a great ways to share our love for children and their well-being, and a way to be encouraged and get creative with our kiddos!  Here you will find easy, fast and family friendly recipes, projects, etc.  I am a believer that we are our child’s First teacher.  The majority of the dinner recipes and projects featured here can be made in under an hour.  I am a mom to 3 of the cutest kids alive and a wife to my best friend.  I am so grateful that they all encourage and support me!  If you would like to contact us regarding product reviews, giveaways, sponsorships, recipe development or press trips, please email me at  Thank you for stopping by, and I hope we can inspire you and your family!

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