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Hickies Elastic No Tie Shoelaces HICKIES Elastic No Tie Shoelaces, gift ideas for kids, parenting hacks

 My mother inlaw bought my son these for Christmas.  He likes to fidget with his laces at school and then has a hard time getting them tied again, which causes a disruption in class.  She thought these might help him keep his shoes tied.  They were easy to put in, and hook together.  They stretch if needed, to make it easy to slip his foot in. But otherwise keep his shoes on nice and snug.  The real test was if they would stay on or break? They have now been in his shoes for over a month and are working great! They make it easy for him to get his shoes off and on, and no more messing with tying the laces.

Hickies Elastic No Tie Shoelaces 

  • Elastic
  • Made with memory fit material which allows for constant expansion and retraction while maintaining a snug and comfortable fit
  • Slip on; slip off while maintaining a snug & comfortable fit
  • Never tie, fasten, or connect HICKIES after the first time
  • Customize your fit with a variety of lacing techniques – regular, loose, tight or a combination of techniques to pinpoint certain areas of the sneaker to get the perfect fit for your foot
  • Each pack includes 14 units, more than enough for a pair of sneakers. Works on any adult shoe with eyelets or loops.

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How to help a baby blow their nose ~ Baby Nasal Aspirator

Would you suck the boogers and snot out of your babies nose with your mouth? You bet I would as long as I had a baby nasal aspirator… it is so sad when they are tiny and sick.

Baby Nasal Aspirator, how to help a baby blow their nose, parenting tips, hacksSySrion® – Premium Quality & Safety Baby Booger Remover is Recommended by Doctors – Effective Nose Congestion Relief For Your Baby – FDA Approved and BPA Free

Would you suck the boogers and snot out of your babies nose with your mouth? You bet I would as long as I had one of these awesome little gadgets… it is so sad when they are tiny and sick. This is a gentle way to help them feel better.

  • Premium quality and safety baby nasal aspirator recommended by doctors. Keep your baby’s nose clear with the most-effective aspiration method.
  • Help your child to breathe, eat and sleep better – absolutely essential cold relief for infants.
  • Keep that messy little nose from ruining infant and toddler outerwear jackets.
  • Your child stay healthy is very important which is why SySrion only use the highest quality materials and safest. SySrion aspirator’s nose and mouthpiece are made from Biocompatible Medical Grade soft silicone-meaning no more painful poking or irritation to the baby’s nose. FDA Approved and BPA Free.
  • Use your own suction as the most effective method to remove nasal mucus. Unlike traditional baby bulb syringes or electrical aspirator, you can actually see how much mucus was retrieved and the colors

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Nosefrida Baby Nose Aspirator with 4 filters and 20 Additional Filters

  • BPA-Free nasal aspirator
  • Includes 4 replacement hygiene filters, PLUS an additional 20 hygiene filters
  • So easy to use
  • Made In: Sweden. Made Of: BPA & Phthalate Free, Latex-Free Polypropylene

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Teaching Kids About Money and Consequences

I have been at my wits end lately trying to find a punishment that gets my kids’ attention!  It seems like nothing was getting through!  Until I thought of this.

Now the struggle of getting them to mind as well as helping them learn about saving and spending money are being addressed at the same time and it is working out great!

To begin with, lets talk about the consequences side of things.  The way it works in our house is by getting quarters.  At the beginning of the month we add $5 in quarters for my younger two and $10 for my 12 year old.  As the month goes on, anytime they disobey, talk back, hit someone, refuse to do their chore, or anything else that we feel fits loses them a quarter (sometimes more depending on the behavior).  The quarters then get put in a separate jar and the only way to get quarters back is by doing an extra chore or going above and beyond.  This is usually something they don’t know they will be earning money for and isn’t something they expect.

So by the end of the month they could have nothing left, or they could have even more then the $5 they started out with.  I realize this isn’t a ton of money, and may seem super small to you.  If that is the case, by all means increase the amount you are putting in!  It is great for any budget!

We plan on using the quarters month after month and paying them with bills so that they aren’t bogged down with tons of quarters.

Now onto the teaching them about money side of it.  We are trying to teach them the importance of saving for something they want, paying a small 10% portion to our church for tithing, and buying things they want.  It is hard for some of them.  Sometimes they get that money and want to spend it right away and then are disappointed when they could’ve gotten something better if they had saved for a couple of months.  But it is all up to them. With gentle reminders from us when the money is burning a hole in their pocket about something they had mentioned wanting that costs more then they have. (In our case this would be a video game that right now is still $60 and our son isn’t up that far yet!) it is ultimately still their choice if they spend or not.

I feel like allowing them to make a few mistakes and buy something they may regret later it is teaching them a valuable lesson.

I have found that this has also been great on cutting down their asking for everything they see at the store.  They are learning that things cost money and that none of us have an unlimited supply of it.  I used to dread taking them to the store because I always got asked for something and it is frustrating! Now, they see something they want and then notice how much it costs.  They do sometimes still ask for it, but if it isn’t something they need, it is something they will have to spend their own money on it.  They don’t usually like that idea!

This has been great at our house. It has worked wonders on both lessons and has eased up some of the arguing, tension and frustration around our home!

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I saw this little cartoon last week on facebook. It hit me right in the heart.  I always WANT to put my kids first but it seems so many other things can sneak their way in and become more important. SO this week I once again recommitted to try and find at least ONE thing each day to say YES to, and enjoy my kids.  Even if it was only 10 minutes and something silly… it was better than nothing.  It sure felt  great going to bed each night knowing that I was trying just a little harder to put family first.

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A few of the things we did this week…

Made Nobake cookies with the kids then snuggled up on the couch and watch PBR Bull Riding on tv.  My boys love to cheer for the bulls, they  think it is hilarious when the cowboys get flipped off.  My girls on the other hand like to cheer for the cowboys to win.

We also took the time on a rainy afternoon to paint some pictures and listen to songs.

Small and simple, but sure was the bright spot in my week!

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