Two Little Time

A Busy Mom's Take On Life

How Can Parents Prevent “Summer Slide?”

preventing summer slideSummer is at last upon us—summer, glorious summer! Your kids are out of school, and you might be asking yourself, “Now what?” Should you worry about the “summer slide” and their academic skills over the summer? Is it best to fill their schedules with activities, or give them a lazy summer filled with freedom? Should you plan academic activities to hone their skills, or let them veg-out in front of a screen? How do you find balance? These are my suggestions for having a wonderful (and balanced summer). The kind of summer that satisfies the need for free time, creates lasting memories, and leaves kids ready for school in September!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is almost upon us! It is time to find that perfect gift for the special dads in your life. No matter his interest, or how difficult he may be to shop for, there is sure to be at least a few perfect gifts listed below! I have organized the gift suggestions by interest type. Happy shopping!

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Anxiety Coping Strategies for Christian Moms

Worry, fear, anxiety–a choking sense of doom comes out of nowhere and a dark cloud descends on my mind. Anxiety is the icy fingers of dread resting on my shoulder. It is manifested in the way I snap at my loved ones for no apparent reason. It is embodied by the swirling cycle of “what if’s” fueling my insomnia. Anxiety is the physical symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort, sweating, fatigue, and muscle tension. It is a constant thief of joy and destroyer of peace. However, it doesn’t have to be. There is hope. There are many anxiety coping strategies that you can learn.

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10 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

There are certain kitchen gadgets that I absolutely LOVE! Whether you are a working mom, a SAHM mom, or just love to cook, these kitchen gadgets will make it that much easier to prepare your favorite recipes! These are items that I would highly recommend, would give as gifts, and would definitely buy again!

 

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Bringing Back Sunday Dinner

Remember Sunday dinner–gathering with loved ones or friends to share a delicious, home-cooked meal that was savored slowly?

Can you hear the conversations–the puns your grandpa would make, the chatter of aunts and grandmas, the antics of your favorite uncle? How about the smells of real, homemade food–grandma’s fresh bread, homemade apple pie, the family recipe for roasted chicken that had been passed down for generations?

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5 Simple Homemade Bread Making Tips for the Beginner

Close your eyes. Think back to mom or grandma’s kitchen when you were a kid. Imagine the aroma of buttery, sweet, yeasty homemade bread wafting out of the oven and curling towards you.

Picture the soft, fluffy bread–still hot from the oven–with a dollop of sweet cream butter slowly melting into the pillowy bread. Remember the hot, buttery deliciousness of the fresh bread as you took your first bite. Feel all the feels. Now, imagine that this is happening in YOUR kitchen.

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2019 Mother’s Day Gift Guide (by an Actual Mom)

What to get for mother’s day? That is the question so many of us are facing as we look to buy gifts for the special moms in our lives–moms of little ones, moms of teenagers, grandmas,  wives, aunts, friends! This is a list of gifts for a variety of women with different interests (from cooking to gardening and sentimental to functional). The items on this list were carefully chosen and are items that I own, have gifted, or are on my own wish list (wink, wink to my hubby)!

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Seed Starting 101 (A Step by Step Guide for Beginners)

You’ve decided to plant a garden! You have a plan, a vision, goals (if not see my post on starting your first garden)! Now what?! It’s time for starting your seeds! Don’t be intimidated! While starting your plant babies from seeds can be daunting, it is very doable!

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Easy French Toast Muffins (That Your Kid’s Will Love!)

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What is better than warm, cinnamony, syrupy French toast?

Ok, probably not much. Seriously, who doesn’t love French toast? As I am typing this I can almost taste the buttery, mapley, yumminess! Mmmmmmm! My kids LOVE breakfast food too! French toast, pancakes, waffles, you name it! Unfortunately, sometimes there just isn’t time to make it the old-fashioned way.

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Four Simple Tips for Starting Your First Garden

You can have a garden! Yes, you. I don’t care how many plants you have killed, if I can do it, anyone can do it! You just need a few simple garden tips.

For many years I considered myself to be a “black thumb” when it came to gardening. In college, I killed a cactus–yes a cactus. I had never met a healthy green plant that I couldn’t turn into a withered, shriveled, pitiful little heap of twigs. In fact, my house plants closely resembled Ursula’s garden from The Little Mermaid.

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