Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car on Road Trips

We do our fair share of road trips in this family. Not across the country, thankfully, but at least five or six times a year we trek across the desert from Southern California to Arizona, where most of our extended family live.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have very busy kids and even though the drive is only about 5 1/2 -6 hours, it can sometimes feel like torture. I am grateful for a DVD player, because it does help break up some of the trip. But even with a movie playing I still frequently hear phrases like,”How much longer?” or the kids start “touching” each other and fight because they are board. […]

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Fun Games for Kids and Adults

As my daughter’s primary playmate, I am often playing “family,” “store,” “restaurant,” or “ice cream shop” with her. Sometimes, though, I need a change of pace from pretend play. In that case, we often turn to games. We have played our share of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders in the past. Now that she’s older, though, we have found several games that are a little more advanced and enjoyable for her and for me. Sequence for Kids – This game requires some strategy to get four chips in a row. Draw a card and place a chip on the corresponding animal. If you’re lucky enough to get a Unicorn, you can put a chip on any animal. […]

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School Lunchbox Ideas for Picky Eaters

I found this little drawing about a month ago that my 9 nine year made after our conversation about going to In-N-Out Burger after the beach… As you can see, we may have some issues here! If he got things his way, he would skip having his mom make him eat the hamburger and just take the chocolate shake to go. My kids are not big eaters. They never have been. Even as babies they had no interest in what others around them were eating because they would much rather play. But being the kind, caring mother that I am, I do make my kids eat and we have made significant progress in the types […]

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Keeping a Tidy House with Young Kids

A dear friend of mine once told me this quote from Phyllis Diller: “Cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.”  I’m pretty sure every mother can attest to the truth of that statement!  Yet, while it is exceptionally difficult to keep a clean house with young children, having a tidy house can actually be accomplished. Because my level of sanity typically mirrors the appearance of my house, keeping an orderly home ranks high on my priority list. Please take note that this does not mean my house is ready to pass a white glove test.  It is still snowing on my sidewalks. […]

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Citrus and Sandals

Daily life can be tedious, hectic, and make us feel like our efforts are insignificant. However, in each day we can also find moments of happiness, gratitude, and love, often in small, simple things. Citrus and Sandals was created to help us recognize and appreciate those simple joys. We hope our ideas and experiences inspire you to look for and savor those little things and enjoy a simple, happy life.

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