Newsflash: It’s Easy to Do things as a Family

My family is a real connected family. I have this strong family unity bond that enables me to, without question, put my family before anything else in the whole entire world. I work around my family, it doesn’t work around my work. I always have and always will place my child’s needs before my own. This is why we are such a close knit, happy bunch of people. We all know and feel loved, no matter what.

I am here to share a few simple ways to spend time with your family, without spending any money. These simple things done together, on a daily basis, as a family, will seriously enable you to create a strong bond from now unto forever.

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I work from home, strictly from home and have since 2006. In March 2006 I left an administrative assistant job that I absolutely loved while pregnant with my middle child because I was always sick. I then ventured along the path I am on today, a work at home Mom path. From direct sales to now freelance writing, I support my family on a very small income. This small income is what has allowed me to teach my children that life is all about the simple things that money can’t buy.

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Board Games – We have accumulated a lot of board games in my household, mostly due to the fact that I get a lot of board games from Hasbro for reviews. One way for the average family to stock up on board games is to keep an eye out on yard sales during the warmer seasons, because we have scored deals on various board games at yard sales. Most recently we picked up a Mancala game for $1. Playing board games from an early age and forward helps to establish the life lessons of; good sportsmanship, taking turns, communication and patience.

Reading Together - We have a lot of books in our house and it’s not actually anything we have spent much money on. Over the years we have seen free piles and yard sales that have a lot of books for sale for cheap. Most recently I visited a yard sale that was selling a lot of books at only a quarter a piece. That’s pocket change you can easily find to gather a decent collection of books for your home bookshelf. Reading together from an early age and forward helps to establish the life lessons of; a love of books, ability to read & write on their own at an early age, and a love of adventure with a side of imagination.

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Being Silly Together – We have found that being silly together, creating our own unique pretend game play or just taking silly pictures of us being in our own elements has really been the cheapest version of family fun ever. At times you will find us with music blaring and the not-so-coordinated me dancing alongside my super awesome kids. We laugh, we cheer and we just have fun loving each other for our unique traits. Playing tag, hide n seek, dancing together, dancing while doing chores all teach the life lessons of; responsibility, love for themselves and their family, builds their creative side, and enables a love using their imagination.

From playing board games to being silly while doing chores or just being silly in general is a great way to spend time with your children from birth and up. I firmly believe that if you start young then you will find you have raised tweens and teens that have a bond to their family that is unbreakable during any challenging time of life.

What are some cheap or no cost things you do to keep it simple and enjoy your family?

 

 

{Random Thoughts} They Always Can Make you Smile

Lately it’s been difficult to find the happy when I am trying to keep the peace, learn new parenting techniques to work with my son Aj and keep my youngest entertained when he has about a 15 minute length of attention span. I can’t complain, I do have three amazing children and even now with my boyfriend and I living together, I have added two other children to my crew and it is wonderful. We are a family of seven every other weekend and the rest of the time our family is down to five being here. It’s such a great feeling to have a big family, we all love each other so much and work well together.

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Board games are something we use to connect and pass the time. One thing I missed doing, is dancing, when my three munchkins were smaller we would always be found with music blasting and dancing together around the living room. Recently I decided to bring music and dancing back into our lives, it has proven much success. My son Aj really has even danced with me with a smile upon his face!

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I just love spending time with my children, all five of them, sure some may say since I’m not married to my boyfriend we are not a family or since we are not blood related – we are not a family. That is absurd to me, I was raised with so many non-blood relatives that it comes natural to me that family is people coming together as family with or without blood relation.

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My friend, Sheila likes to joke about needing a family tree when she visits because over at my Dad’s place there are often people there I call Uncle that are not my “relatives” but I consider them family as they do me too.

One thing I am learning as my children get older is this; they can drive you absolutely crazy mad in one moment but the next turn around and make your heart melt. I love that being a parent means that it’s easier to find love, feel love and just be happy. I love being a Mom, it really brings me so much joy and I am blessed to have met such an amazing man who has shared his life with me too.

Today I Turn 32 Years Old

Today is my birthday and I’ll cry if I wanna.

I’ll dance if I wanna.

I’ll embarrass you if I wanna.

I’ll sleep if I wanna.

Today I turn the big ole 32 years of age… and I couldn’t be happier to be another year older

Each year I learn more about who I am, what I love and what it is in this world that makes me “tick”.

I welcome the 32nd year of my life with open arms.

Happy Birthday to ME.

Happy 32 Birthday to Brandy Ellen

Teen Beach Movie

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My daughter was so excited to have Disney Teen Beach Movie arrive on our doorstep for review. She has watched this movie a couple of times now and loves that the DVD came with a free Surfboard zipper pull {which she wore on her backpack to school today}. The thing of the matter is, this review was suppose to be shared a while back, but I am delayed due to the fact that this was delivered to the wrong house. Lovely, right? Joys of moving to new house and having house number not seen by the delivery people some times.

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TO get back on topic, Disney Teen Beach Movie is full of singing and dancing, something Ki and I love watching together. The rating is G, which makes it kid friendly for my whole boot of kidlets and it’s a wonderful family night movie for sure.  Go back to the 60′s with fun singing and dancing in this surftastic movie!

As you can see in the clips above and below… you will laugh and you will sing and maybe even dance along. Check out Teen Beach Movie today, you can get it at your local movie store, check it out on Disney Channel (local listings will tell you when it’s going to be shown again on that channel) or purchase over at Amazon.com.

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Get Moving with Wii – Just Dance 4 from Ubisoft

I am excited to share with you all one of the few ways my kids and I work out, well it’s more like having fun with our Wii. Believe it or not, during our fun sessions on the Wii with Just Dance 4 and the title I previously purchased at a store, Just Dance 2, we work up a sweat! I laugh when my daughter is all like “Man Mama this is a work out” and I have to reply “duh, what do you think moving your arms, legs and body is?” .. then I get the eye roll.

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It’s funny that our Wii has become this little workout machine for the three kids and myself. I love it, but what I love more is music and dancing to our favorite songs such as Disturbia by Rhianna, Good Girl by Carrie Underwood and many others! This is such an upbeat, hip game for every family member. No joke.Just Dance 4 screen shot
It’s fun to dance by yourself to your favorite songs, and if we choose to do our own individual dance, the rest of the family will sit back and cheer on the family member who is taking a turn. We all worked to encourage each other to get the best score ever. One thing I love about this Just Dance 4 is that you can win random items at the end of your dance circuit which is really neat, so we have already unlocked some extra avatars and music for our gaming pleasure.

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Dance together as a group, we have four Wii remotes that do not always have battery life, but when they do, the three kids and I rock it! Oh yeah, it’s fun to get our groove on dancing with four at a time. Small bedroom area to work with, so I would recommend that you all have a huge open space to dance if you are doing more than 1-2 players on Just Dance 4.

Overall we give this Just Dance 4 an A++ because it has allowed my oldest to be more active and will allow us to be more active together during the cold NH Winter months too!

Oh and if you have no rhythm? You can still do this. I have zero rhythm and coordination but am able to follow the on screen commands on how to complete each dance to rock this game with the kids!

Purchase Just Dance 4 on Amazon.com and other local stores that sell video games. Rated E 10+, so this is recommended for ages 10+.

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