Carol Jones

Are your kids prepared in case of a fire ?

Fire prevention week

My six-year-old twins and I recently saw Disney’s Planes, Fire and Rescue, which has prompted an incredible new interest in all things fire related. We’ve had to talk about forest fires, and house fires, and fire helicopters and fire trucks, and on and on and on.

Not only that, one of my six-year-old princesses has now decided she wants to be a fire “person” when she grows up! I used to think it was just little boys that wanted to grow up and be a firefighter, but that myth has been totally debunked! We have created fighter costumes, firehouses, and firetrucks out of any number of toys in their toy box. And let me tell you, that girl absolutely loses her blueberries every time she hears a siren. Anytime she hears one she screams, “Fire!”  We’ve had to have a conversation or two about the dangers of yelling “Fire” in public places.

On the bright side though, her sudden obsession with firefighting opened up a great door for us to have some new fire safety conversations. It’s so important that your kids know what to do in a fire, not just at school, but at home as well.

Here are some great tips for you to use when teaching your children about in-home fire safety.

  1. Develop a Family Escape Plan

In our house, the grown ups sleep downstairs and the children sleep upstairs, so the kids need their own separate escape plan. And just like at school, you need to practice that escape plan at least once a month.

  1. Create a Designated Safe Meeting Place

When you have all escaped the house, you need to have a designated meeting place that is safe for all members of the family to get to. If you have little people, make sure they don’t have to cross the street to get to their safe place. For us, our safe place is our next door neighbor’s front porch.

  1. Equip Your Home with Practical Fire Prevention Equipment
    1. Smoke Detectors outside of every bedroom and in the kitchen and utility rooms
    2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    3. Safety ladders for two-story homes
    4. Fire extinguishers
    5. Fire lock boxes to protect your important papers
  1. Let Kids Learn About Fire Safety in a Fun Way
    One of our favorite websites is http://www.sparky.org. It’s got some great games and activities that teach kids all about the dangers of fire.
  2. Practice Stop Drop And Roll

Seems kind of outdated, but according to many sources we asked, Stop, Drop and Roll is an effective way to teach kids not to panic if they catch on fire. It should be used in conjunction with other firefighting methods to adequately extinguish a fire.

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Deluxe Fire Truck Pedal Car

Take some time this week to talk with your little people about fire safety. Practice your safety routines and even spend some time roll playing what to do in case a fire ever breaks out in your home. Remember, safety first!

#sweetretreatkids #pedalcars #firehouseplayhouse

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Firehouse Playhouse

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Fire Fighter Comet Sedan

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Classic Fire Engine Foot to Floor Racer

How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Active

I’ve mentioned once or twice that we have two sets of kids, the grown up “blue set”, and our twins, “the pink set.” I remember being a little girl, the middle child with a brother on each side of me, and declaring one day, “I WILL NOT have sons, only daughters, because boys are awful!”

Funny that I grew up and gave birth to two boys. But life in the blue world was amazingly fun, always active, and never dull. It was a life filled with pedal cars and trikes and every sort of outdoor toy for kids imaginable. I knew the blue world. I rocked the blue world.

So imagine my surprise when God decided to plop down twin girls into our lives. Initially I thought, “This is going to be great! We can play dolls, and watch Disney princess movies together. It’s going to be amazing.”

And it was. Until I realized I was creating couch potatoes with all that doll playing and Disney movie watching. I needed to get those girls MOVING.

But let’s get real. Wouldn’t it be easy for most of us to let our kids spend their days watching TV and playing video games? If we want our kids to lead active lives, we’ve got to help motive them to be active.

How To Motivate Your Kids to Be Active

Step One: Limit Screen Time

Okay, I know everyone “knows” this, but if you aren’t intentional about it, Screen Time (TV, Video Games, Computers, Notebooks) creeps up on you and takes over your day. Our rules at home are pretty simple.

  • No Screens in the morning, except on Saturday
  • One movie a day (unless someone is sick, including mom, and then all bets are off)
  • Two TV shows a day
  • We don’t do video games or computer games yet b/c I personally think 5 is just too young for that

That’s it! It doesn’t matter what your “rules” are, just set some boundaries and stick to them.

Step Two: Play Outside

It’s crazy that we had to be intentional about “Play Outside” but I guess it’s like anything else in life these days, if you don’t schedule it in, it doesn’t happen. So every day we are intentional about going outside. Of course, the girls would be content to blow bubbles, find bugs (true story) or play with sidewalk chalk, so we take it a step farther and actually have them play with outside toys for kids that make them move. (Think pulling wagons, playing in the sprinkler, hopscotch, you get the idea!)

Step Three: Move Your Legs

Yep, this is an actual goal. We try to do something every day that involves moving our legs. Your legs are the largest muscle on your body, so you want to make them strong ones!

  • Play chase
  • Ride Pedal toys like pedal cars or pedal planes or trikes or bikes
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Swing (yes, that requires your leg muscles)

And on rainy days, we break the rules and play hide-n-seek inside and live life on the crazy edge and run indoors! (Calm down. I do what I want.)

Step Four: Make Exercise Fun

As your kids get older, they won’t really “play” for exercise, and if they are like most adults, they’ll become inactive, stressed out slugs (okay, that’s an overstatement. I’m trying to be dramatic!) My point is teaching them to enjoy exercise at an early age is important.

Here are some great and simple exercises you can do with your kids.

  • Jumping Jacks or Jumping Rope
  • Squats (kids love to do squats!)
  • Running (I’m not talking a 5K here, but running is great for the cardiovascular system)
  • Yoga for Kids
  • Dance
  • Swimming (not just the bounce around in the pool kind)

This list could go on forever. But you get the idea. Help your kids enjoy exercising by setting aside some time each week for it.

Motivating your kids to be active helps them have a positive self-image, aids in brain development, and helps them develop a love for a healthy, active lifestyle.

#sweetretreatkids #pedaltoys #pedalplanes #pedalcars #gettingactive #exercise

Red Barron Pedal Plane

Red Barron Pedal Plane

Deluxe Roadster in Pink

Deluxe Roadster in Pink

 

Fire Truck Comet Pedal Car

Fire Truck Comet Pedal Car

 

Storing your Hair Accessories with Style

Blue Owl Hairbow & Barrette Holder

Blue Owl Hairbow & Barrette Holder

Storing your Hair Accessories with Style

I have never, ever, ever been a girly girl. The gene for “accessorizing” wasn’t on my XX chromosomal structure (that’s science talk for girl dna) so I have always just embraced “simplicity of style.”

So imagine my joy when I gave birth to two sons. No accessorizing necessary. Oh, I occasionally threw a matching baseball hat on their little heads, but that was really all that was required. I loved it. I used to watch as my sister-in-law accessorized her daughter with the craftsmanship of a fashionista. We used to tease her because she even changed her daughter’s hair bows to match her pajamas! (true story)

And then the curtains of heaven parted and bestowed upon us twin girls. Not only twin girls, but twin girls with ethnic hair that required more care than I remotely knew how to give them. So you know what I did? I educated myself. And, I not only learned how to care for their hair, putting in cute little braids and puffs, styles that required anywhere from eight to twelve hair bows in one head of hair, I learned how to accessorize it (holla)! That’s right, I became a hair accessorizing fashionista.

But with my newly acquired accessorizing skill came a whole lot of hair accessories that quickly became a mess in my bathroom. I mean, a mess. I had bows, and beads, and bands, and bands with balls on them, and headbands, and headbands with bows on them, and on and on and on.

If I am nothing else, I am organized. So the clutter of that mess just about made me crazy. Do I organize by style or by color? Do I organize in baskets or bins or with hair bow holders? And don’t even get me started on what to do with all the hair products!

So here’s how I tamed our wild hair accessory mess.

Step One: Get Your Containers

You will need two or three small plastic containers with lids. (You can use the Rubbermaid kind or something cute and decorative.) You will determine the size based on the quantity of rubber bands you have. But it’s nice (in my OCD head, at least) to have them all be the same size so they stack neatly.

You will need at least one, possibly two, plastic fish hook containers (the kind fishermen sort their hooks in).

You will need one, two- three drawer plastic containers. This will be for all your headbands.

You will need a hair bow holder. The kind that hangs on the wall with ribbons on them works best. This allows you to hang your hair bows without squishing them. (It also lets you organize them by color! Oh yeah!)

Step Two: Sort by Type

I tried sorting a number of different ways and discovered this to be what worked the best long term.

Small Plastic Containers

Put all the plain rubber bands in a small plastic container with a lid. This keeps you from getting rubber bands everywhere, and also keeps them at hand when you need them.  I also keep a small pair of scissors in this bucket for tangled rubber band extractions.

Put all the “adorned” rubber bands in a similar container. (These are rubber bands that have beads and bows on them.)

Plastic Fishing Hook Containers

Put all your hard plastic barrettes and decorative bobby pins in one of your fishing hook containers. This way, you can sort these by color and don’t have to waste time sorting through a bucket of them for ones that match!

Because my daughters have ethnic hair, we often adorn their twists and braids with beads, so I use my other fishing hook containers for their beads.

Plastic Drawers

Just a note that these come in many different sizes. Choose according to your needs.

Put all the hard plastic headbands in a plastic drawer-style container. I actually use a stacking one that fits on my shelf.

Put all the soft headbands in another drawer. Pretty simple sorting here folks!

Hair bow Holders

And last but not least, you want hanging hair bow holders. I’ve seen these in very ornate, decorative styles and very simple styles. But whatever you choose, you’ll want enough to hold all your bows, and enough to sort them by color. I even have one I use to sort for specific holidays!

Okay, there you have it! All my wisdom on the best ways to keep your hair accessories well cared for and organized! Now go, accessorize to your heart’s content!

#sweetretreatkids #hairbowholder

Frog Hair Bow & Barrette Holder

Frog Hair Bow & Barrette Holder

Pink Butterfly Hair Bow & Barrette Holder

Pink Butterfly Hair Bow & Barrette Holder

Create a Keepsake Of Your Child’s Growth

kids growth chart

 

Charting their growth is easy and can now be a keepsake you will treasure forever.

You know how cute it is when you measure your kids as they grow older? That thing you do where you have them put their feet up against the wall or the door or some other place in your house and then you mark how tall they are?

We had that place in our house. I’d like to tell you it was a decorative growth chart; something we could place as a keepsake with their other baby items, but nope. It was the doorway of our pantry in our kitchen. Every year on their birthday, or the first day of school, we ceremoniously had them place their heels up against the doorframe, and we measured their height, marking their name and the date next to the line.

One time, when we were having our house painted, the painter came and got me. He opened the pantry door to show me he had painted around the boy’s markings, but had left those years of measurements untouched. It really was such a sweet thing that he realized how important it was not to paint over those marks.

Throughout their childhood and even throughout their teenage years we marked the passing of milestones by measuring their height. And then, as each of them graduated from high school, we measured them that one last time. I still remember how I felt placing that pencil above their head, marking their height and simultaneously marking the end of their childhood in our home.

A year after our youngest son graduated, we moved, leaving behind that sacred place, a hieroglyphics of sorts for the people who would come behind us to live in that home. Of course we knew they would paint over those marks, but short of tearing out the doorframe, there was just no way to take it with us.

So now that we are doing this parenting thing all over again, and we have the girls, we’ve gotten wiser. We do still mark their heights, measuring them on their birthdays and the first day of school, but we do it on a growth chart. It’s a fun (and more keepsake-friendly) way of remembering their happy years of growth in our home.

#sweetretreatkids #growthchart #wallart #cherishedmemories

Magic Garden Growth Chart

Magic Garden Growth Chart

 

Dinosaur Kingdom Growth Chart

Dinosaur Kingdom Growth Chart

 

Jolly Jungle Growth Chart

Jolly Jungle Growth Chart

 

Afternoon Gossip, Pink & Green Growth Chart by Oopsy daisy

Afternoon Gossip, Pink & Green Growth Chart by Oopsy daisy

 

Why Sparking Your Child’s Imagination Is Critical to Their Success

As many of you know, my husband and I have two sets of kids, a set of boys we have raised to adulthood, and a set of girls, twin 5-year-olds we lovingly call the “twinderellas.”  We often refer to our two seasons of parenting as “life in the blue world” and “life in the pink world.”

I loved being the mom of little boys. Life in the blue world may not have been filled with baby dolls and dollhouses, but nevertheless, we spent hours in imaginative play, creating, building, destroying, and dreaming of new ways to create, build and destroy.  (I may or may not have sneaked in a doll or two along the way.)

But life in the pink world is so much more fun!

I confess, I have become slightly addicted to dollhouses (admitting it is the first step, right?).  I have accumulated My girls have accumulated quite an array of dollhouses, nicely complimented by a giant box of dollhouse furniture.  Sometimes we take all their dollhouses and all their baby dolls and all their dollhouse furniture and we build a giant doll village where we spend hours playing.

Okay, who am I kidding? THEY spend hours playing, but I do frequently interject and besides that, my life in the blue world taught me how to build a wicked cool doll village . . . so there.

Why Am I Telling You All This?

Boosting your child’s imagination is critical to their brain development (and you know how I love to talk about brain development!) It helps them

  • Develop social and emotional skills
  • Solve real-life problems through imaginative play
  • Tell you what they are thinking about long before they have those communication skills
  • Learn to care for the needs of others
  • Develop higher order thinking skills
  • Use the creative side of their brain which is critical for spatial and mathematical development

It’s like Mr. Rogers said, Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

So whether it’s with a baby doll or a dump truck, give your children opportunities to use their imaginations every single day. After all, it’s serious learning.

I’d love to hear from you! What are your children’s favorite imaginative toys?

Why Sparking Your Child’s Imagination Is Critical to Their Success

Sophie’s Dollhouse

Potty Training Without Tears (Yours or Theirs)

Potty training.

The very words can strike fear in the heart of even the strongest parent. I know, because I AM a parent, and I have potty-trained four children. When most of us start thinking about potty training, it’s either because we’re ready to stop paying for diapers, we’re tiring of changing dirty ones, or our kid is heading out the door for preschool, and we realize we’re gonna be judged by all the with-it moms who potty-trained their kids in utero.

We tell ourselves, “Get ready girl. It’s gonna be hard, it’s gonna be messy, and it could get ugly in a hurry.” We read books, ask our friends, and sign up for the latest course on potty-training bootcamp. We understand one thing: Go into this thing casually and disaster is sure to befall you.

In the words of little Kevin McAllister on Home Alone, “Don’t get scared now.”

HA! Just kidding.

Trust me, as a mom who potty-trained 2 kids over twenty years ago, and a mom who is doing it all over again, potty training doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, you can actually make potty training fun. And because I am living proof that you will all survive potty-training, I’m giving you my top ten secrets for making potty training fun.

  1. Chill the Heck Out
    For real. Put down the manuals, take a deep breath, and just know that no one leaves for college in a Pull-Up. You’ll be fine. Your kids will be fine. And no one is likely to need therapy when it’s all said and done.
  2. Make Sure They Are Ready
    This post would be way too long for me to write about the readiness signs for potty training. Ask The Google. The Google knows all. But don’t overlook this step. My four kids all potty trained at different ages. They are ready when they’re ready. Don’t rush it. (See #1.)
  3. Buy a Potty Chair
    I did not buy a potty chair with my sons. In my mind, having them go on the big potty was like cutting out the middleman. Big Mistake. With my girls, I bought potty chairs. It was totally worth the money and the extra mess. Potty chairs aren’t scary like that big giant growling porcelain throne in your bathroom. They are child-sized so their feet can touch the ground. Totally worth it.
  4. World’s Most Awesome Underpants Ever
    Along with the potty chair that you are going to buy, you’ll need some underwear. Now we grown-ups act like big boy or big girl underwear is the best thing in the world. We make a big extravagant deal about the purchase of said underpants, but generally speaking, “most kids’” potty training success is not dependent upon this. (I know, your child probably loved it; they’re special, and awesome, and totally not average in any way.) DO take them to buy underwear, and DO let them pick out the ones they want. Just DON’T count on that awesome underwear to be what walks your child into the halls of success.
  5. Give Them A Voice
    Let your littles have a voice (and a hand) in the making of the reward system. If the purpose of the progress chart (sticker chart, whatever you use) is to reward progress, you want the reward to be something the child actually WANTS to earn. I know I’ve been guilty of going out, buying the chart, the stickers and the prizes, and being kind of disappointed that they weren’t overly motivated by my choices. DUH. It’s because they were MY choices. (I also let my girls pick out their potty chairs. The more say they have in the process the better.)
  6. Trading Up
    This is one of the best things I ever did. You know how usually our prizes are little trinkets, pieces of candy, etc.?  Well pretty soon, those little trinkets will lose their luster and their motivational effectiveness. Instead, let your kids earn their little prizes, but save them up to trade up for a bigger prize! Or let them earn tickets instead of trinkets and they can shop at the “prize store” with their tickets.
  7. Have a Peecation
    Okay, worst use of the word vacation ever, but bear with me. When you are ready to potty train, set aside three full days at home where you can be 100% focused on potty training. As much as possible, let your focus be on your child and their pottying. By not going anywhere, your child can walk around in their amazing underpants, not having to worry about getting their clothes off and on, public accidents, etc. And make the atmosphere fun, just like you would on a vacation. Eat fun food, provide fun drinks (believe it or not, you want your child to drink A LOT) play games, watch movies, HAVE FUN!
  8. Awards Ceremony
    Stickers and prizes are great, but during your peecation, go the extra mile and have an Awards Ceremony, complete with a coronation or a trophy. Call the grandparents, take pictures, make a BIG DEAL out of your little one’s success.
  9. Be Okay to Try Again
    You might have asked The Google for readiness signs and been certain your little prince or princess was ready to potty train, but for some reason it’s not going well. Just in case you need permission, I give you permission to try again later. Pack the potty chair away (or leave it out for the days they show interest) wait a couple months, and try again. With one of my girls, I started when they were three, thinking they were ready, but they weren’t actually ready (or successful) until they were almost five. Every child is different. They’re ready when they’re ready. (See #1)
  10. Chill the Heck Out
    You know who’s the most stressed out about potty training? You are. If you’re chilled out about the process, likewise will your little one be. Yelling, threatening, punishing, doesn’t in anyway encourage them to be successful at mastering this very important life skill. It just stresses them out (which by the way makes them even less likely to succeed).

Let’s get real. I don’t know a single parent anywhere who has ever said, “I can’t WAIT until we get to potty train. It’s going to be so much fun.” But I want to encourage you that potty training doesn’t have to be an exercise in your patience, either. It can be both stress-free and fun if you approach it with the proper mindset.

And besides that, just think how awesome it’s going to be on social media when you use the word peecation. 🙂

Potty Training Without Tears (Yours or Theirs)

Ocean Floor Potty Chair

Help your kids feel safe at night

Three Easy Ways to Help Your Little One Feel Safe Sleeping In Their Own Room

We have been the most incredibly blessed parents in the world when it comes to bedtime. I have heard the horror stories of the nightly game of whack-a-mole played by most parents at night, but not us. Nope. Our daughters go to sleep at bedtime, safe and secure sleeping in their own rooms.

Want to know our secret? A regular bedtime routine and nightlights. It really is that simple. I could say it’s just a fluke, that our daughters are just the kind of kids that go to sleep easily, but our sons were the same way.

If you’re ready to end the madness of bedtime and get your kids to feel safe sleeping in their rooms at night, here are three easy tips you can implement right away.

scared of the dark

  1. Establish a Time for Bed: Seems like a no-brainer, but no matter how small your child, whether an infant or a grade-schooler, a regular bedtime is important. If you establish it early on, it creates a bio-rhythm that allows your child to develop their own healthy sleep cycle.
  1. Create a Routine: A normal bedtime routine can go a long way in helping your child feel safe and secure at bedtime. To help create a routine, do the following:
  • Announce that bedtime is near. Even when your child is an infant tell him/her “It’s almost bedtime.”
  • Do the same things in the same order every night. Your routine might be take a warm bath, read a story, play soft music, turn off the lights, pray, and turn on the night light. Or it might look completely different. The point is to have a routine and stick to it.
  1. Get a Nightlight: And speaking of nightlights, get one (or more than one). The dark is a scary, scary place. Even as adults, we sometimes fear the dark. A simple nightlight can be so incredibly reassuring to a child. Allowing your child to help pick out his/her nightlight can even be an important part of the process that helps your little one feel a little more in control about the situation.

Training your children to feel safe sleeping in their own room is something you can easily accomplish. All it takes is nailing down the routine that works best for your child, giving them some control about their environment, and then being consistent with these three great tips.

#sweetretreatkids #nightlights #scaredofthedark

nightlights for kids

Pink Rose Petal Night Light

Vintage Baseball Nightlight

Vintage Baseball Nightlight

Zebra Print Nightlight with Dark Pink Bow Magnet & White Ribbon Rose Magnet

Zebra Print Nightlight with Dark Pink Bow Magnet & White Ribbon Rose Magnet

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Oopsy daisy Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Oopsy daisy Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

In 1969, Eric Carle was working with a simple, handheld hole puncher while organizing his office. Inadvertently, he punched through two pieces of paper at the same time, prompting the brainchild we now know as The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Originally, the caterpillar (and the book) was named Willie the Worm, but Carle’s editor helped him see that a worm wouldn’t be a very lovable protagonist (Thank God for editors.) Although it took him a long time to find a publisher willing to take on such a sizable production, he did eventually find someone who saw the potential in his work and in his unorthodox style.

Here we are, forty-six years later celebrating the anniversary of what is considered to be a classic in children’s literature. It is estimated that there is a copy of this book sold every minute of every day, 365 days a year. Don’t you just know those publishers who initially turned down Carle’s book are kicking themselves now!

Believe it or not, the multitude of publishers who turned him down were concerned that no one would want a book with such irregular pages in them, nor were they sure about the art of collage being a style of illustration children could relate to.

Boy were they wrong.

Not only do the books sell like crazy, but Very Hungry Caterpillar themed products, including children’s furniture and caterpillar clothing are also a part of the charm (and marketing bonanza) that go along with Carle’s book.

Recently, my twin six-year-olds and I used The Very Hungry Caterpillar to talk about healthy eating habits. Think about it, in the story, the caterpillar only eats fruit in the beginning. But then his wayward hunger and desire to binge eat takes over and before you know it, he’s eating everything from chocolate cake and pickles, to lollipops and salami, (boy can I relate to that).

We used the story to discuss how occasionally having a treat is okay, but how if we just eat anything and everything, we feel yucky on the inside and the outside. We also made notice of the fact that in the end, he returned to eating fresh fruits and veggies, took a good long nap, and awakened a beautiful butterfly. As a mom, you should always work in the importance of a good nap. (wink)

So this year, in honor of Eric Carle’s masterpiece anniversary, we are going to read the story, have a healthy picnic and take a good long nap. Who knows, maybe we’ll all wake up as beautiful butterflies too. A girl can hope.

#sweetretreatkids #veryhungrycaterpillar #ericcarle #childrensbook

Very Hungry Caterpillar Furniture Set

Very Hungry Caterpillar Furniture Set

Everyone loves a good fairy tales!

National Fairy Tale Day

You may not be aware, but February 26th, 2015, is National Tell a Fairy Tale day. I have long wondered who makes up these weird holidays and how in the world they arrive at the distinction of being a “national” holiday.

For example, did you know there is a National Dress Up Your Pets Day? And there is a National Streaking Day? Or how about “National Cheesecake Day?” (Okay, that’s a good one, actually.) Some of them I think are just kooky, but I love that with all these wacky national holidays, you can really make life fun if you want to be intentional about celebrating small things.

Because I have two little girls who pretty much live in a land of fairy tales anyway, I thought we would celebrate National Fairy Tale Day in style.

First, let’s be clear about what a fairy tale is. According to Wikipedia: A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves,  trolls, giants, mermaids or gnomes and usually magic or enchantments. The term is also used to describe something blessed with unusual happiness, as in “fairy tale ending” (a happy ending) or “fairy tale romance” (though not all fairy tales end happily). A “fairy tale” or “fairy story” can also mean any far-fetched story or tall tale; it’s used especially of any story that not only isn’t true, but couldn’t possibly be true.”

In our land of make-believe, all good fairy tales must start with “Once upon a time,” and they all end with “and they lived happily ever after.” Our fairy tales come complete with castles adorned with fairy tale art, and bridges adorned with fairy tale trolls. The good guys (girls) always win, and the bad guys always see the error of their ways. And if somehow they can work a kiss into the story, you can bet there will be one!

So for National Fairy Tale Day, we are going to make up an elaborate story, write it down, illustrate it, and then act it out! It’s going to be a fun day. We’d love to hear your made up fairy tales too!

Enjoy 10% off everything fairy tale.  Just click this link and take a look around. www.SweetRetreatKids.com.

#sweetretreatkids #oopsydaisy

 

FairyTale Fleur de Pink

FairyTale Fleur de Pink

Fairy Tale Personalized Once Upon a Time Canvas Artwork

Personalized Once Upon a Time Canvas Artwork

 

Fairy Tale Happily Ever After Personalized Artwork

Happily Ever After Personalized Artwork

 

Kids storage beds RULE

Low loft storage bed by Maxtrix

Maxtrix Kids Low Loft Bed w/ Built In Dresser & Bookcase

I have a serious dilemma these days, and by serious I mean I don’t want to have to do what I’m thinking about doing, but I know I need to, so I am seriously dragging my feet.

(How’s that for a build up?)

I need to put my twin girls in separate bedrooms. There, I said it, so it’s practically already decided . . . mostly.

It’s a serious decision for many reasons. One, they are twins and they have slept together since the womb, literally. So separating them is kind of a big deal. Two, they are six-year-olds, and though I pictured at some point they’d want to have separate rooms, I didn’t think the day would come so soon. And three, our remaining “extra” bedroom is small, and it will require some creative storage options if I am going to make it work.

I know you are asking yourself, “Well, if it is such a big deal to separate them, why are you doing it?” And you would be perfectly justified in your question, so I’ll answer it this way. One of the girls is a, how should I say it . . . a very noisy sleeper, and by very noisy, I want you to imagine someone building furniture in your bedroom, in the middle of the night, every night. And then I want you to picture what it would be like to try to sleep through that.

Not fun.

So, I saw these cool Maxtrix storage beds the other day, the ones with the built in dressers and desks, and I was thinking this might be an option for my space problem. I want to put a bed in the very small room, but the room is definitely NOT big enough for a bed, a dresser, and a book/toy shelf, so I need a way to create space in a small room.

They have a super cute one that has some under-the-bed type storage, which I could totally use as a dresser. They also have one that has a bookshelf at the end of it, which would be great too! I can use it now for toys, and later for books and a great place for homework! (Can you tell I’m trying to talk myself into this?!)

Now that I have my mind wrapped around this, I’m actually kind of excited about it! The girls are going to have so much fun playing in each other’s rooms. I can picture it now, the tea parties, the parades back and forth between rooms, the trail of toys leading from one room to the other . . . wait . . . what am I thinking?!!!

LOL. Oh well, at least their rooms will be organized.

High Storage Bed in Chestnut by Maxtrix Kids

Maxtrix Kids HIGH Loft Bed with Storage Dressers

Mid loft storage bed in natural by Maxtrix Kids

Maxtrix Kids Mid Loft Storage Bed for Boys