Kids' Activities

Halloween Art for Toddlers- 3 Projects for Spooky Fun

I love some good Halloween crafts as much as the next person, but you know what happens at our house? I spend about an hour prepping materials for the craft, the kids spend about three minutes doing the craft, and then I spend the next twenty minutes cleaning it up. It’s MUCH easier to set up some process-based Halloween Art for Toddlers instead.

Process art varies from regular arts and crafts in that it’s focused on the art creation and not upon the product, or outcome, of the activity. Luckily, the products often come out pretty darn cute, too.

As an added bonus- they usually don’t take much time to set up, which makes you a LOT less cranky if you’re kids aren’t into them. (Sidenote: my kids usually spend MUCH more time on a project if it’s process based, which makes the prep feel SO much more worth it!)

So if you’re looking for some fun Halloween art for toddlers (or your big kids, too!) keep reading for three fun Halloween activities for toddlers you can try today.

Looking for Halloween art for toddlers? We've got three fun process-based art projects to get your littles in on the Halloween fun at TheSaltyMamas.com. #halloween #halloweencrafts #halloweencraftsforkids #halloweenart #halloweenartforkids #toddlers #toddlerart #toddlerartprojects
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Tips & Hacks

Guest Room Touches That WIll Make Company Feel Right at Home

It’s that time of year again. And I’m not talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes, or even holiday cheer. Nope- we are rapidly approaching houseguest season.

Before we know it, my too-small house will be filled to the brim with friends and family members hoping to crash with us for a few days. Sometimes they’re just on their way through, and other times, they settle in for a week or two. Either way, we want to make them feel at home.

So if you find yourself with a few extra guests on your hands, we’ve got some tips to help make get your guest room ready for holiday houseguests.

Expecting houseguests this holiday season? We've got tricks to make your guest room extra comfortable. Check out the full list at TheSaltyMamas.com. #guestroom #holidays #christmas #thanksgiving #houseguests #homedecor #guestroomdecor #guestroomideas Continue reading “Guest Room Touches That WIll Make Company Feel Right at Home”
Tips & Hacks

How to Potty Train a Boy (Without Driving Yourself Crazy)

If you’ve hung out around the site for long, you know that I do NOT believe in gender stereotypes. I want my boy to play with dolls and my girl to play in the dirt, and I want them both to grow up to be whatever they want to be. But sometimes, there are undeniable differences between the sexes. And nowhere are these more obvious than when you’re trying to figure out how to potty train a boy.

My daughter was stubborn as all get out, but potty training a girl seemed to be pretty straightforward. You sit. You pee. You receive your bribe reward. A couple weeks later, you’re walking around in big girl underwear like it’s no big deal.

But with a boy there are certain…physiological differences. Namely, a penis. But you might also find that your son has different interests and energy levels to contend with,  and that presents its own challenges.

So if you find yourself with a kid of potty training age, and that kid happens to have a penis- here’s how to potty training a boy (without going crazy in the process).

Need help potty traiing your little boy? We've got the tips and tricks you need to potty train your toddler quickly at TheSaltyMamas.com. #pottytraining #toddler #pottytrainingaboy #toddlerboy #parenting #kids #potty #adviceformoms

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Mom Humor

The Worst Children’s Books (Like…EVER)

You’re in the home stretch of bedtime. Your kids have been bathed. Their teeth are brushed, their jammies are on, and only a bedtime story stands between you and two hours of sweet freedom. You settle down into your kid’s bed, and ask your child to choose the book they want to read tonight.

And then it happens.

Your child brings you – that book. One of the world’s WORST children’s books.

You beg them to choose another- “what about one of the new ones from the library?” or “I’ll read you a whole chapter of Harry Potter!”- but they simply won’t be swayed. You’re going to have to do it. You’re going to have to read a kids’ book that you HATE.

And the odds are? It’s one of these six. Read on for the worst children’s books- the ones we simply can’t STAND to read.

We're just gonna go ahead and say it...these kids' books suck. Picture books we NEVER want to read again, from TheSaltyMamas.com. #raisingreaders #readaloudbooks #picturebooks #Kidsbooks #loveyouforever #worstbooks #readaloudbooks
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Recipes

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread

Baking in general can be a tricky thing. There’s a science to it- the ratios, temperatures, and type of ingredients you use matter a LOT. Try cooking with a cold egg when you’re supposed to use room temperature sometime, and you’ll see that it can make a big difference.

So think of the technique involved when I was creating my banana bread recipe. I started out with this ultra-moist recipe from All Recipes, and went from there.. After TONS of experimentation, I finally got it just right.

Just in time to get what felt like God-awful news- after some generalized pain, and a lot of stomach issues, I found out that gluten was the culprit. My banana bread baking days were done.

Or so I thought. But just like that first time, I decided that I wouldn’t give up. I set out to modify my banana bread recipe to create a Gluten Free version. And you guys? I NAILED it. Not only is this gluten free banana bread delicious, it’s yummy without disclaimers. Like, not “good for gluten free.” It’s just GOOD.

And- because it’s FALL, y’all- I just had to give it a little pumpkin spice twist. Check out the full details below for my Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread– we promise, you’re gonna love it.

This recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread is so FREAKING good that you don't even need to tell anyone that it's Gluten Free. Seriously. Get the full recipe at TheSaltyMamas.com. #glutenfreerecipes #bananabread #pumpkinspicebananabread #pumpkinspicerecipes #bananabreadrecipe #fallbaking #fallrecipes
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School

How Can You Help a Child that HATES Homework?

So your kid hates homework? Mine too. My daughter fights me about it almost every day. And as a teacher, itsi a little shameful to me. But you know what? We still get it done every.single.day. It takes a little creativity, and a lot of energy, but there are ways to take the battle out of homework time. If you find yourself looking for a way to help a child that hates homework, here are some strategies you can try.

Helping kids with their homework is hard enough- but what if you've got a kid who HATES it? Advice from a teacher and mama who's been there, at TheSaltyMamas.com. #homework #kindergarten #kindergartenhomework #homeworkhelp #homeworkhelp #adviceformoms #kids
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School

Get the Primary Homework Help You Need to GET. IT. DONE.

As a teacher, I hated homework. I hated assigning it, and I felt bad that parents struggled to get kids to complete it. Research doesn’t support it, and, frankly, I’d rather have the kids practice with me at school than muddle through with their parents at home, often picking up misconceptions in the process.

As a parent- well, I just hate homework for the regular reasons. Mostly because my kid doesn’t want to do it, but I’ve got to make her.

If you find yourself in need of primary homework help, know that you’re not alone. Here’s some advice from me, both as a parent and teacher, that can help end your homework battles once and for all.

Need some kindergarten homework help? We've got tips to get you through homework in the early grades at TheSaltyMamas.com. Continue reading “Get the Primary Homework Help You Need to GET. IT. DONE.”
Tips & Hacks

More Than Washing Shoes- The Best Tricks to Make Old Shoes New Again

I don’t know about you all, but this mama is on a BUDGET.  My kids do get the occasional new pair of shoes, and I buy new uniforms for school (only if I can’t find a hand-me-down version). But more often than not, my kids are sporting hand-me-down shoes or clothes I purchased at a consignment shop.

But even though my kids are rocking someone else’s outgrown duds, I don’t want them to LOOK like a dud. And washing shoes in a washing machine is a pretty big risk! So over the years, I’ve found lots of ways to keep their clothes looking fresh, right down to their kicks. Through some trial and error, I’ve finally found the best way to clean kids’ shoes, from Converse to Skechers light up shoes. It’s a bit of a process, but MAN does it make a big difference.

Trying to clean up your kids' shoes? If you've got hand-me-downs- or just dirty shoes!- check out this tutorial to get them looking brand new again, from TheSaltyMamas.com. Continue reading “More Than Washing Shoes- The Best Tricks to Make Old Shoes New Again”
Kids' Activities

Entertain on the Go with Fun & Easy Toddler Busy Bags

Ahhh, toddlers. That beautiful stage full of curiosity, enthusiasm, joy… And tantrums. And opinions. And energy. Allllll the energy.

If you’ve got a toddler, you know that it can be hard to keep them entertained. They want to do everything, but there’s still a lot of limitations to what they can do.  Restaurants, road trips, flights, dinner parties at non-baby-proofed houses- it’s enough to strike fear into any parent’s heart.

But it doesn’t have to be that way (well, not ALL the time at least). We’re bringing you a collection of easy toddler busy bags and busy bags for babies for our Littlest Salties.

10 Amazing, Engaging, NO PREP Busy Bags for Babies and Toddlers, from TheSaltyMamas.com.
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Tips & Hacks

13 Things You Had No Idea Your Amazon Echo Could Do

It’s no secret that we LOVE our Amazon Echos.  Alexa plays a larger role in our lives than we’d care to admit (I mean, she’s basically our coparent).  She’s our kitchen companion, our dance party DJ, and the deliverer of our groceries. So yeah, you could say we’ve formed an intimate relationship with some AI technology. Welcome, to the future, people. As a result of this relationship, however, we’ve discovered several unique Alexa hacks for parents.

When I first got my Alexa, I was super put off by it.  The volume level in my house increased exponentially. I didn’t really know what to do with it beyond playing music (and they wanted to charge me $5 a month to do it!). To top it off, many people told me I had just given the NSA direct access to my home. Let’s just say, I was kind of regretting my purchase.

But as time went on, I discovered that Alexa had a lot more uses.  She could set timers and reminders for me, so when I found my arms full of toddler, I could still keep myself on track. She played ALL of my favorite songs at a moment’s notice. And her Yo Mama jokes are on POINT.

At this point, I’m spending a LOT of time with Alexa, and I’ve gotten to know her pretty well. And that includes figuring out some AMAZING Alexa hacks for moms.  Read on to discover some of our favorites!

Bet you had NO idea Alexa had this many uses! Find out the best parenting hacks for your Amazon Echo in this post from TheSaltyMamas.com. #alexa #amazonecho #echohacks #alexahacks #parenting #momlife #amazon #kids Continue reading “13 Things You Had No Idea Your Amazon Echo Could Do”