Have you ever wished you had a treasure trove of great ideas for those days when motherhood feels draining and mundane?
Ever longed for just one tried and true tip that has actually been used successfully by REAL MOMS with REAL KIDS?
That's why I've created Tuesday's Tips- a weekly post designed to reduce frustration and multiply inspiration in the wacky and wearisome trenches of
Of course, a good idea is meant to be shared. So don't keep those jewels for yourself! If you discover something that makes motherhood a little easier, a little more exciting, or a bit more meaningful, please let me know. (Just leave a comment after this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). I'd love to feature your idea on an upcoming Tuesday.
The Ice Cream Cone Garden
Sometimes all a mom needs to break up the daily doldrums is just to do something ordinary in an extraordinary way.
(Do not read- in a big and fancy and expensive way. Just define extraordinary as- in a different way than normal.)
Consider "growing" your snack sometime this week and inviting your kids to pluck their treats from your instant garden.
Josh, Maggie, and I threw together an ice cream cone farm just two minutes before the big yellow bus lumbered up the hill with our school kids.
But our hungry girls responded with so much excitement that you would have thought we'd spent all day planning this grand surprise.
We tossed a brown towel on the ground for "soil." And lined our garden with ice cream cones.
Then Maggie took their ice cream orders from her cardboard box ice cream stand. Vanilla, Rainbow Sherbet or Cookie Dough? (We just offered the flavors we already had stashed in our freezer).
If you don't have a box, you could just use a card table or an upside down laundry basket. This isn't rocket science, just monotony busting!
Once I helped Maggie fill the cones, we all settled under a tree to enjoy our fresh-picked snack. And of course, Farmer Josh made himself available for a second harvest if anyone wanted more.
How about it? What can you grow this week to turn an ordinary moment into an extraordinary memory? Leave a comment with your great ideas so we can all enjoy a harvest of fun!