Earning Kudos // Children

Receiving kudos can be extremely powerful especially when you are a child. 20150118-104928.jpg
Our daughters are five and six, one is in kindergarten and the other in preschool, TK. I was thinking about the value of earning kudos and which quick ways to earn them, are important to teach children. This thought popped into my mind after my five-year-old ran into my bedroom, handed me her bowl of cereal and proceeded to skip to the bathroom. For a second I totally thought that I was getting breakfast in bed. Wishful thinking. 20150118-105116.jpg
Then, I started to think even more about this concept, the concept of giving kudos. Even at preschool age, this list will come in handy. {Not only for the child but for you, the parent, as well.}

Teach your children these five {easy} tasks:
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1. Allow mommy and daddy to sleep in on a weekend day.
We keep very few toys in our daughters’ bedrooms. {We have a playroom downstairs for toys.} At an early age we taught our girls to wake-up-&-play-quietly with the few specialty toys that are kept in their room. The adorable peg dolls shown here can be ordered from: Pegatopia … Be sure to browse the vast array of adorable peg dolls, hand made, for girls & boys — Of every age. {I ordered a Star Wars – Princess Leia one for my friend Liz. Swoon.} 20150119-094741.jpg
2. Bring mommy and daddy breakfast in bed.
This is the perfect opportunity to teach your child how to read a digital clock. After the clock reads 9:00, your little darling can bring up a bowl of dry cereal, banana or an apple. It’s the little things. {See cereal pic above. 😉}

3. Making your bed and tidying up your room without being asked to do so by mommy & daddy.
This task is simple and my girls find it fun. Teach your sweetie to straighten up the comforter and display their decorative pillows to their liking. 20150119-094621.jpg
4. Giving someone a compliment.
I have taught my daughters to use kind words and to complement others. When I hear them demonstrate what I’ve taught them I go out of my way to praise them and give kudos. Something as simple as, “You’re funny.” Or “That’s a beautiful necklace.” A complement can go along way.

5. Getting along with your sister {Or brother in some cases.}
It warms my heart to hear our girls getting along and playing nicely together. Being sisters can be tough sometimes. Being a year apart can be even tougher. When I hear them using kind words and playing gently with one another I am sure to give them kudos.
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Do you have any parenting tips regarding giving kudos?

Please share them in the comments below.
Cheers!
❤ Jen
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2015 // New Year // New Resolutions

Just before the new year I read something about “investing in yourself.” I took this mantra to heart when coming up with my New Year’s resolutions. 20150106-002700-1620912.jpg
Laugh More
Not that I don’t. Laugh, that is. LOL! I just felt like I could spend less time being frustrated with the normal “mom life” things & “busy teacher” things and laugh, more. 20150106-004129-2489974.jpg
Hike
I am literally surrounded by breathtaking valley and mountain views {in every direction} with room to roam. I rarely take advantage of going outside to exercise, for FREE! This year, I vow to take regular hikes with my family. I’m a tad sore from yesterday’s hike… but I feel fantastic! 20150106-005022-3022044.jpg
Organize
I started with my closet, then my daughters’. We’ve already given away the bags of goods. 😊 Next, the girls’ toys. We will donate what’s purged. This works perfectly just after Christmas. I even think they’ve forgotten about some of their “old toys.” Out with the old & in with the new. They are totally fighting over, I mean loving Addison’s Merida Archery Set. 20150106-005656-3416833.jpg
I was laughing {more} when Delaney, 5, asked, “Mommy, who’s A-N-D-Y & why did they write on Jessie‘s boot?!”
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Conquer A Fear
Not sure what this is yet. All I know is that it will have NOTHING to do with snakes or skydiving! Really.

Take An Important Risk
So, I purchased all of the necessary materials to get my real estate license. Why not? I’ll certainly let you know how that risk goes come summer. {I’m excited but need time to focus on this venture.} Heck! People have always told me that I can sell anything. Did you know that I once sold the shirt off my back?

Cheers to 2015 & your Resolutions!
Remember: “Invest in yourself.”
❤️ Jen
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Christmas Countdown Chain // Magazine Craft {for Kids}

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the countdown is on. Our Elf on the Shelf will be flying into our home tonight. We’re busting out the Advent Calendar {There are some super cool ones out there… chocolate, tiny little drawers, scripture printables; the possibilities are endless.} & all of our holiday decor.

I’ve found that the easiest way to get everything out and prepped, for set-up, is to give the kids a simple Christmas craft to do.

All you’ll need for your Christmas Countdown Chain is:
1 Magazine – I am an EveryDay with Rachael Ray subscriber and just happen to have magazines at hand. But you could buy one at the store.
Scissors {for adult use}
Glue Stick – For my girls I prefer the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Dispenser because it is easy to grip and control. Over gluing doesn’t tend to happen.
Stapler – You can use any stapler but I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share my favorite stapler on the market. PaperPro can staple up to 20 sheets by merely pressing one finger to staple! The perfect stocking stuffer. A must have! {Not necessary for this project. LOL!}
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Adult: Cut the magazine lengthwise into 3″ wide strips.
Child: Count out 24 strips. I just love to encourage counting while doing projects.
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Adult: Make the first ring and staple closed, using three staples, for strength. Then, show your child how to loop & glue the second paper-ring. They can then continue to make rings that inter-loop. {This may take little or no assistance from you.} It is important that you encourage them to be creative. This is the moment that you sneak away. IMG_0051.JPG
I heard a few cries for help, once when DEA5 glued her paper chain to the table & once when her sister was putting her paper loops together faster. IMG_0055.JPG
They are so proud of their creation! Hang their completed paper chain out in the open. We are just loving the mix of colors in our’s. IMG_0054.JPG Each night, we will trim a ring from their Christmas Countdown Chain, as we count down the days until Christmas. They are thrilled to get started.
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All-in-all, this project took approximately one and a half hours to complete. I got some Christmas sorting done and feel like I am ready to finish decorating tomorrow. The best part was they were contained in the dining room and out of my hair!

Happy Holiday Crafting!
xoox, Jen

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Children’s Fashion: The Dragon and the Rabbit // Giveaway

As a mother of two young girls, I appreciate fashion forward clothing that is visually pleasing, made well and feels comfortable. The icing on the cake is when my preschool age daughter’s fashion options mimic the style of fashion icons. Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ classic A-line silhouettes, Twiggy’s Peter~Pan Collar and Audrey Hepburn’s tailored breakfast at Tiffany’s style. All of these timeless attributes are featured in adorable pieces made by The Dragon and the Rabbit.

I was first introduced to The Dragon and the Rabbit via a contest that I won on Facebook, I chose the whimsical Tulip Dress for my four-year-old daughter and I became immediately fixated on the feel of the natural cotton fabric and the quality of the design. Swoon.
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Their color pallet represents all seasons and has a array of on trend patterns. Stripes, plaids, florals and polkadots make for the most adorable outfits. This line has items for both boys and girls that coordinate beautifully. My sister, My Strange Family, and my handsome nephew are The Dragon and the Rabbit fans too! I just adore his Long Sleeve Skyline Polo Shirt seen below. IMG_0038.JPG

For the holidays, I decided to dress my family in red and navy blue. During our earliest years I had them in matching outfits… yes, I’m THAT mom. This year, I allowed them to choose their own dresses. (Unbeknownst to them, they will coordinate fabulously in their The Dragon and the Rabbit dresses.) I’m thrilled to pieces. IMG_0035.JPG

Thanks to The Dragon and the Rabbit, getting into the holiday spirit is going to be even more pleasurable. One lucky Dancing in Carseats reader will be able to choose one of the following pieces from their sweet collection: PETER PAN DRESS or BURNT ORANGE PLAID SHIRT
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Cheers to Dancing In Carseats & Happy Holidays!
❤ Jen

Pssst… I was not compensated for this post, just provided with an item to giveaway to one of you. The Dragon and the Rabbit will be responsible for prize fulfillment.

All opinions expressed here are my own.

To enter this quick giveaway, all you need to do is click on… a Rafflecopter giveaway 👈 HERE.

Good luck! 🍀

Sweet Dreams // Bedtime Conversation #7,112,014

Bedtime conversation with my preschooler…

Me: Good night. Sweet dreams. ❤️

DEA4: “But mommy, I will probably have bad wishes, while I sweep, wike last night.” 😕

Me: Dream about happiness, unicorns and princesses… 😊

DEA4: “Hmmm… But, ‘You get what you get and you don’t fro a fit,’ Mommy.”

Me: 💋 Sweet Dreams beautiful girl.
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Matilda Jane Clothing // It’s A Wonderful Parade // Review

If your preschooler is like mine, when it comes to fashion, then you know all about the morning struggle that we deal with daily. Until now… meet Matilda Jane Clothing. {You’ll fall in love with their, “It’s A Wonderful Parade” collection for Spring 2014. With girl’s sizes 3 months to 14.} 20140413-161600.jpg Every piece coordinates beautifully and can easily mix and match with items already in your daughter’s closet. You will be able to allow your wild dresser to be independent. No more hassle and no more cringing when she walks out of her room having dressed herself. 20140413-162049.jpg
Each MJC piece is beautifully tailored, super soft and has sweet as pie patterns. Here, my beauty is wearing MJC’s Love Bug Knot Top and Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings. 20140413-161318.jpg
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The Cloudy Puffer Tee is adorable with this ensemble. It can be layered under anything or worn solo. 20140413-164421.jpg We received compliment after compliment while shopping. 20140413-164545.jpg My girls love the autonomy that comes with Matilda Jane and my dear husband and I appreciate our newfound sanity. 20140413-165251.jpg Join the “club” & dance on over to —> Matilda Jane Clothing to browse their {Spring 2014} “It’s A Wonderful Parade” collection, shop their other lovely free-spirited creations & find a Trunk Keeper near you.

Cheers to being a free spirit!
❤️ Jen

(I was provided with an outfit to review but, did not receive compensation for this post. All statements are my own.)

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Stroller Review // Joovy TooFold Double Stroller // Link to Giveaway

 

Having more than one little darling requires a stroller that can accommodate more than one kid. A double stroller is essential for a growing family. Often double strollers are heavy and cumbersome, taking up a ton of space. I was thrilled when I was “introduced” to the lightweight, all-in-one, all-terrain, Joovy TooFold that can easily be converted into a double stroller. Even though the TooFold is lightweight it is still very functional and fashionable. {Both important factors in my Mommy Manual.❤️} Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a link to a giveaway that Joovy is doing on their blog. 20140330-231641.jpg

Stroller Checklist:

Is the price point under $500?
Not this one folks, the $799.99 price tag on the Joovy TooFold is comparable, but on the lower end of that spectrum, to all of the other high end strollers on the market. The unique, all-in-one, all-terrain abilities of this particular ride is well worth the price. And it’s lightweight frame is perfect for traveling families and those, like mine, always on the go.

Can it be folded with the seat attached?
This stroller can be folded with the main seat attached. However, the seat for the second child must be removed prior to folding.

Does it have a cup holder?
There is 1 cup holder conveniently located on the side of the canopy {My average sized water bottle fit well.} I like that the cupholder is made of material and not hard plastic like on some strollers. I just wish it had one more. The zippered storage pocket perfect for my mommy essentials is a nice bonus.

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Are the tires foam or need air?
Joovy thought of everything this time! The TooFold comes equipped with a tiny stroller pump for the back tires since they may require air. Brilliant! The front tires are foam.

Is the seat forward and rear facing?
Both seats are forward facing.

Is the storage space large enough to hold a bag of groceries?
The under storage has an extended wheel base that is large enough for one bag of groceries. One super cool, extra feature, that the TooFold has is a unique cross-body, XL, zippered backpack that can be carried or attached to the stroller. {On our trip to Disneyland we were able to store all of our snacks, jackets and my purse in this bag.}

Can I fold it with one hand?
The TooFold has a unique, patented, one-hand quick folding frame that even STANDS alone when folded. Impressive! 20140402-232012.jpg

Can I push it with one hand?
Pushing with one hand is no problem when only one child is riding. With two kids on board, it takes a little bit more effort & really requires two hands for the long-haul.

Can it be used from birth?
This stroller can accommodate a baby as small as 3 months old and holds a combined seat weight of 90 lbs. Perfect for a growing family.

Will it fit in the trunk of my car?
With folded dimensions of: 17.5″L x 19″W x 41.25″H it fits nicely into the trunk of an average car.

Bonus Question:
Is it easy enough for my tall husband to push?
The rotating handlebars with quick release handle adjustment & multi-position handles make pushing comfortable for all parents. No hunching over for those over 6 ft. tall. No back pain. It’s perfect for travel and leisure and everyday use as it is incredibly light. FYI: Just last week I had to carry it up four flights of escalator stairs, at Disneyland, while my husband carried our sleeping preschooler. {Everything at the resort was nonoperational after an earthquake.} Let me just say, I felt like Supermom! It didn’t even phase me. 😉 20140330-232556.jpg

Room for improvement?
I love that the TooFold has a built-in stand-on board for older children, but if a kid is standing on the board and there’s nobody in the front seat the stroller tips backwards. This is just something you need to acclimate yourself to and is not a huge issue.

Interested in joining the Joovy Family too? Visit the Joovy website. Plus check out my “Mommy on the Go” post where I style the Joovy TooFold with on trend fashions and accessories.

I was provided with a stroller but, did not receive compensation for this post.

Happy Strolling! ❤️Jen

Excellent news! Do you want to try to win this GREAT stroller? Joovy is sponsoring a #giveaway over on their BLOG! Hurry! Good luck! 😊 {Say Jen @CarseatDancers sent you.}

http://blog.joovy.com/2014/04/time-for-a-serious-all-terrain-stroller-joovy-toofold-joovyrush/

—> You have until Easter Sunday, 11:59 PM CST.

Go! What are you waiting for? – Jen