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”
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The Unwritten Rules for Parents During Open Gym

We love going to open gym with the kids. We love the energy our kids get our running and jumping and tumbling. We love watching our kids learn balance on the beam and strength on the bars. However, we do not always love that some people take the “open” part of open gym a little too far. With dozens of kids running around, it can turn a little Lord of the Flies real quickly without parents being involved. And while we’re generally team “Let the Kids Explore and be Kids” there are just too many kids at an open tumbling session for us to stick to this. To keep some order, we submit to you the unwritten rules of open gym:

Help make tumbling a whole lot more fun for EVERYONE with these 6 simple rules! #opengym #tumbling #kidsgymnastics #toddlergymnastics #minigymnast #somersaults #summersaults #letsplay #playforkids #toddlerplay #YMCA #YMCAclasses #gymnasticsattheYMCA #itsfuntogototheYMCA
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Mom Humor

Most Hillarious “My Kid is Crying” Tweets

If you have kids, you are NO stranger to all the crazy reasons that they’ll throw a fit. And yet, no matter how many tantrums you’ve witnessed, you’ll never stop being amazed at the things kids can freak out over. So we scoured Twitter for some of the funniest, craziest, most ludicrous reasons kids cry. Then, we asked our followers – Why did your kids cry?

25 of the most ridiculous reasons our kids cried! #momhumor #mommyhumor #mykidiscryingbecause #mytoddleriscryingbecause #reasonskidscry #tantrums #terribletwos #momlife #dadlife #funnytweets #besttweets #funniesttweets #momlifetweets #momtweets #twitter #momtwitter

Here’s what they told us!

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Cleaning

Tips for Getting Your Preschooler to Clean Their Room

One of the most epic battles we wage as parents, is the war against clutter. There’s so. much. stuff. EVERYWHERE. And unfortunately for us, our little ones probably aren’t very good at cleaning it up on their own. But that doesn’t mean hope is lost. There are some great preschool and toddler room cleaning tips that can help you keep your sanity. And keep their rooms clean.

Here are seven of our favorites!

Kids are messy, so here are 7 tips to help them learn how to keep their rooms clean! #cleaningtips #cleaningforkids #kidscleaningtips #toddlercleaningtips #preschoolercleaningtips #cleaningwithkids #kidscleaningtips #kidscleaninghacks #hacksforcleaningwithkids #toddlercleaninghacks #playroomcleaningtips #playroomcleaninghacks #howtogetmykidtoclean #howtogetyourkidtoclean #howtomakecleaningfun

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Mom Humor

20 of the Most Real Back to School Tweets

The kids are going back to school, and we’re having all the feelings about it. But at least we can take to Twitter to know that we are not alone. Check out these sometimes hilarious, sometimes kicks you in the feels, but always keepin’ it real, back to school tweets.

Hilarious and real back to school tweets from Moms and Dads who GET IT! #backtoschool #firstdayofschool #twitterroundup #tweetroundup #mommyhumor #momhumor #traditions #kindergarten #preschool #firstdayofschool2018 #firstdayofpreschool #firstdayofpreschool2018 #firstdayofkindergarten #firstdayofkindergarten2018 #backtoschool2018

Well when you put it that way….

It’s important to know the rules.

Does the playground count?

Back to school Murphy’s Law SUCKS

Teachers are so magical

A different kind of sniffles

Now THAT’S early childhood education

Let the conversations begin!

TRUTH

If thinking this is wrong, I don’t wanna be right….

I just found my spirit animal.

It’s never too early for all the feelings.

May we all be so brave.

Say, “Cheese!”

Back to school shopping just got REAL

Because of course he did…

Got it, got it, got it – DON’T got it!

Hi, my name is what?

Success!

Wait, we have to do this AGAIN?

Hilarious and real back to school tweets from Moms and Dads who GET IT! #backtoschool #firstdayofschool #twitterroundup #tweetroundup #mommyhumor #momhumor #traditions #kindergarten #preschool #firstdayofschool2018 #firstdayofpreschool #firstdayofpreschool2018 #firstdayofkindergarten #firstdayofkindergarten2018 #backtoschool2018
Kids' Activities

Six Things You Should Know About Survival Swim Lessons

If you’re a Mom with a Facebook account, you’ve probably seen the terrifying videos of someone carelessly throwing a baby in footed pajamas into a pool. You’ve probably yelled at your computer screen when the baby seemed to struggle to roll onto his back. You may have even tried to jump into the computer to rescue the baby that’s working way too hard to get back to the side of the pool.

When it was all over, you huffed and said, “Who in their right mind would DO THAT to their baby?” And while I generally don’t insist to people that I’m in my right mind, I will tell you that I’ve done that. Three times. Not to say that it didn’t sometimes have me on the edge of my seat, but now that I’m five years into this survival swimming thing I can definitely help dispel some myths and alleviate some of your fears about infant swim lessons.

Infant swim lessons may look scary, but here are six reasons they're safe - and fun - for your kids! #swimlessons #swimlessonsforinfants #swimlessonsforbabies #swimlessonsfortoddlers #swimlessonsforkids #survivalswim #survivalswimming #survivalswimmingforbabies #survivalswimmingforbabies #survivalswimmingfortoddlers #survivalswimmingforchildren #survivalswimmingforkids #mythsaboutswimelssons #mythsaboutsurvivalswimming #watersafe #watersafeswimschool

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Life Lessons Your Kid Can Learn at Chuck E. Cheese

Before having kids, I was firmly on team “We are NEVER Going to Chuck E. Cheese.” Then we were invited by my #Momsquad and the kids feel deeply in love and I knew my Chuck-Free days were over. We found ways to manage our trips, save some money while we went, and eventually Chuck E. Cheese made it’s way to become a regular activity in our rotation.

So when my husband started saying, “Wow, you go to Chuck E Cheese a LOT these days!,” I found myself trying to justify our outing. At first, I thought I was just trying to make it seem less pathetic that we went there so often, but then I realized that my son really was learning some valuable life skills. So now, I have zero guilt about living at the air-conditioned paradise that is Chuck E Cheese this summer.

And you can too! Just use these little life lessons next time you go with your kiddo and you can mark it down as a practically educational opportunity!

Check out these 5 ways to make Chuck E Cheese more than just a trip to the arcade! #lifelessons #chuckecheese ##lifelessonsdaily #lifelessonsdoneright #lifelessonsforever #chuckecheesetips #chuckecheesehacks #chuckecheeselife #lifelessonsforkids #toddlerlifelessons #howtoteachkidsbudgeting #howtoteachkidstimemanagement #howtodealwithdisappointment #earlybird

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Salty Mama Reviews

Building the Perfect Sandcastle with Create A Castle

There are a few quintessential truths about summer. There will be lots of sticky kids covered in popsicle juice. We will eat our weight in watermelon. And we will spend loads of time at the beach. Having sworn to never take for granted how close we live to the ocean, we often load the car up with all the kids, chairs, snacks, and toys our SUV can hold for a day at the bay.

My kids each have their own favorite beach activities. Izzie loves to stand at the waters edge and jump and splash – before making a mad dash into the water to try to prove that she can swim. Evie is content to lay on her towel, surrounded by snacks enjoying the sun. And Cole? Cole begins each trip to the beach with his never-ending quest to finally build the perfect sandcastle.

Tragically, no matter how many buckets and shovels and sifters we take to the beach, there will be waves of disappointment when my son just. can’t. get it. right. Try as he, and we, might, we just have not figured out how to build the perfect sandcastle.

Which is why we maybe freaked out with excitement when we found Create A Castle.

What is Create a Castle?

Founder Kevin Lane was as frustrated as Cole with the traditional bucket and pail method of building a sandcastle. He decided to figure out a way to make it easier, more successful, and most importantly to us, more kid-friendly. And did he ever! Here’s our review of Create a Castle’s Pro Tower Kit! Continue reading “Building the Perfect Sandcastle with Create A Castle”

Tips & Hacks

6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Going Anywhere with Kids

Before having kids, I was hella spontaneous. Whether it was last minute dinner plans, answering a friends invite of “let’s go out!” or literally leaving brunch to hit the road and go to Vegas, I was up for it all and with very few questions. So you can only imagine the ton of bricks that hit me when I had this tiny little baby. A baby that needed bottles and diapers and wipes and extra outfits and binkys and a suitcase full of miscellaneous items for a quick trip to Target. I mean, how much stuff do I need to run errands with kids?

And it’s not just the stuff – the stuff is manageable, and you can tackle leaving the house with a bunch of kids.  But you have to know where you’re going! And I’m not just talking how to get there fastest. There are a lot of things you never realized you need to consider before picking a location to take your kids. So now, I basically never leave the house without answering these six questions first.

Going to the park? Play place? Amusement park? STOP! Ask these six questions first to have a successful day! #goingplaceswithkids #dayoutwithkids #goingtothepark #goingtotheparkwithkids #amusementparkwithkids #disneylandwithkids #leavingthehousewithkids #checklist #domykidsneedsocks #howmuchdokidscost #momlife #dadlife #momlifehacks #momlifetips #dadlifehacks #dadlifetips #parenting #parentingtips #parentinghacks

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