Spring is in the Air…Shoes, Exercise, Puzzles, and More

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Spring is in the air and I’ve been busy this month, writing like crazy (yes, I have a life beyond this little blog!). Since I had so many articles published on other sites in April, I thought I’d post a short recap of each of my posts.


PS – every time I get a new post assignment, I think “Someone must really know me!” If I’m not an old pro (like in the case of the grocery shopping with kids post) then I probably need some extra help (like in the case of fitting exercise into your busy schedule post). Don’t they always say that the teacher always learns more than the students?

Below are the teasers…click over to each individual article to read the rest.

Kid-Proof Grocery Shopping: Get In, Get Out and Get On Your Way

Grocery Shopping with Your kids How to Make it Work Shopping with kids doesn’t have to be torture.

Between the middle-of-the-store tantrums, the shouts of “Mom, can we buy that?” and the inconvenient potty breaks, grocery shopping with kids can be taxing. Despite the fact that shopping alone is quicker and easier, needing the kids to tag along every once in a while is inevitable.

Luckily, a few simple steps will ensure that you’re in and out of the store as quickly as possible and arrive home with the food you need and smiles on everyone’s faces.

Have you tried any of these tricks in the grocery store with your kids?

Five Easy Ways to Fit More Exercise in Your Day

how to fit exercise into your busy day Moms these days have a lot on their plates. Between keeping the family fed and the house clean, endless driving to and from practices and events, and overseeing homework, it’s easy to see why many moms have a hard time finding time to exercise more. If you’re anything like me, you check off those to-do list items that involve other people and leave the “me” items unchecked. All too often, exercise becomes one of those perpetually put-off tasks you never get around to.

Finding time to exercise more during the week is easier than you might think, and by following these five simple tips, you can get started today.

Check out my 5 tips for fitting exercise into your day (do you do any of these?)…

Smart Shopping for Spring: Women’s Shoes

women's spring shoes Spring is my favorite time of the year, not only because I enjoy the sun and warm breeze, but because I love spring fashion and women’s spring shoes. Colors are brighter, fabrics are lighter and the shoes are so much fun. (I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves showing off newly-painted toenails!)

Although I would love to buy a wardrobe of new shoes for the season, my pocket book wouldn’t be too happy about that. Luckily, I’ve got a few tips to keep in mind while you’re shopping for shoes this spring that will help you find pairs that will be useful for multiple occasions.

What Spring shoes do you have your eyes on?

Fun and Fashionable Kids’ Shoes: How To Get More Bang For Your Buck When Kids Grow So Fast

spring shoes for kids Recently, I sat down with my kids to assess their shoe status for spring and summer. Their feet grow so fast, it’s hard to keep up with their need for new shoes!

If your boys are anything like mine, they’ll wear their shoes out long before they grow out of them. While my girls may not be as rough on their shoes, I seem to be shopping for them just as often. I suppose my love of shoes has rubbed off on them — they are always on the lookout for the next fashionable pair to add to their collection.

With so many feet to cover, I’ve kept a few tips in mind as I’ve shopped for new shoes. These ideas help moms get plenty of bang for their buck while shopping for kids’ shoes, and their kids can enjoy the latest styles throughout the year.

Take a peek at these adorable kids shoes for Spring…

How to Make Your Own Puzzles

Make Your Own Puzzles Puzzles are a fun activity for children and parents, plus they make an excellent tool for exercising the brain and developing important skills like concentration, spatial thinking, fine motor skills and more. Here are a few DIY puzzles that you can make at home with supplies you probably already have on hand or can easily find at the craft store.

Check out all of the super-cute and easy puzzle ideas here…

Would you like to send out a tweet or two about these articles? (a huge favor to me!) Here are some sample tweets!

Fun & Fashionable Kids’ #Shoes: How To Get More Bang For Your Buck When Kids Grow So Fast http://mvb.me/s/b3fe15 via @1momof5

Do your kids love puzzles? Check out these amazingly simple #DIY puzzles kids can make at home via @1momof5 http://mvb.me/s/73eec4

#Spring is here! Colors are brighter, fabrics are lighter and the #shoes are so much fun: http://mvb.me/s/de2f76 via @1momof5

Grocery #Shopping with kids doesn’t have to be torture. Get In, Get Out & Get On Your Way via @1momof5 http://mvb.me/s/499589

Five Easy Ways to Fit More #Exercise in Your Day (RT if you need this, too! via @1momof5 http://mvb.me/s/9ebc15

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About Lolli

Lolli has written 3128 posts on this blog.

I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between.

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  1. These are all terrific pieces, Lolli! What a way to start the spring!
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  2. The puzzle post is awesome – so simple it’s genius! And I really need more fitness in my life… :) Great posts, I didn’t even realize you wrote on so many great sites! Have a great weekend.
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    Lolli Reply:

    Thanks, Katja! Of course, as I was writing the puzzle post, I was wishing that I had known about it when my kids were younger. I learn too many cool things too late. :)
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    Katja of Skimbaco Reply:

    That’s what I was thinking too :)
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    Jessica @Bkeepsushonest Reply:

    I agree, the puzzle looks awesome. My 4 year old would love it.
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