5.15.2020

How to Create Healthy Media Boundaries with Screen Time Agreements

No parent is a stranger to the challenges that social media and devices cause. The COVID-19 school, sport and social activity closures have only exacerbated the problem causing kids to spend more time indoors and away from friends. Many times the easier thing to do is to let your child plop themselves in front of their gaming console or the TV but as all parents know, this comes at a detrimental cost to your child’s health. As parents, it’s our job to help guide them in a safe direction and to help them understand that there are reasons for screen time limits (it’s not just “because I said so”). 



Consider External Factors 

Help your child understand the health risks associated with too much screen time or dangerous media use (inappropriate chat rooms, non-kid friendly sites, unrealistic body standards, etc.). What you talk about all depends on their age. Of course, teens face way different issues than younger kids. As parents, we also need to work to better understand how they are feeling during this time as media is a huge place holder for socializing, milestones (prom and graduation) and extracurriculars that have been removed from their lives. 

 This also means that media agreements should be adjusted with our current climate in mind. Kids must understand though, that this increase in screen time is dependent on their access to other activities and socialization. Once the world begins to shift closer to what used to be our normal, so too should screen time.

Listen to Each Other 

In order to create a reasonable agreement that kids will actually follow, there needs to be an open discourse. Ask your kids questions and encourage them to share their feelings about spending time online. Some questions to spur the conversation could include: 

- What do you think healthy screen time looks like? 
- How does online school make you feel? What do you like/dislike about it? 
- Do you feel more tired after online school or in-person school? 
- Do you miss going to school? What do you miss most about going to school?   - Have you ever seen someone being bullied online? How did you react? Do you feel comfortable letting us know if someone or yourself is being bullied? 
- What are some screen-free activities that you love? Are there any new hobbies you’d be interested in learning? (Swap out with sports, instruments, etc. based on your kid.) 

 Talking through the various aspects of online time will help you come to a reasonable agreement — reasonable screen time depends on your family’s lifestyle and values but you should note that keeping screen time to a minimum is recommended if possible. Once your family is comfortable with your media plan, you can put it into writing by using a screen time agreement printable (provided below by Panda Security): 


 Use one or more of the agreements depending on your child’s age and interests. Our world is rapidly changing so don’t forget that these should be periodically reevaluated and that media conversations should always be an open topic. You’d rather have your child bring an issue to you than break the agreement behind your back. It also helps instill the importance of positive screen time if you and your partner partake in your own media agreements – not only is it good for you too but it will also set a great example for your kids to follow!

5.05.2020

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Tags

As many of us are spending more time at home, it’s the perfect time for a DIY project. With Mother’s Day approaching, we wanted to share these free and elevated DIY gift tags perfect for wrapping.  

DIY Mother's Day Gift Tags



These free gift tags from our friends at Zola are perfect for other special occasions such
as birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and more. Check out our four unique designs
that you can download and print at home. 

Whether you are gifting something wellness focused or sentimental, these gift tags are
the perfect way to dress up your present. You can download the blank gift tags here


Materials needed:
A printer 
Cardstock
A pair of scissors
Ribbon
A hole puncher 

5.02.2020

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track

Organizing your life can be extremely satisfying and rewarding. There’s nothing that beats showing
up on time and remembering every grocery item on your list. Not to mention, when you log on to
work at the start of the week and you know exactly what you need to tackle during the day. 


For a little while now, there has been a running trend called “bullet journaling.” A bullet journal is
basically an art book for adults. You’re creating every line, margin, and list to help you organize
your life exactly how you want to—and in style. 


Even though sitting down and drawing out a planner sounds like a daunting task, it has shown such
success in areas other than organization. Some people find it therapeutic, as it’s like drawing in a
coloring book—but for adults. You spend time creating the ultimate cleaning list, meal prep, or weekly
layout to achieve your dream life. 


If you’re ready to get started or are to restart during this time spent out home, Mint’s created perfect
printables to help you craft the perfect journal to manage every aspect of your life. 



Tools to Help You Get Started

If you’re on a mission to save during this time, we’ve created a printable ruler and stickers to
decorate your first weekly layout. 

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track



Create Positive and Healthy Habits

When mapping out your goals, you may get excited. Next time you’re mapping out your goals, or
even brainstorming creative ways to stay busy during this time, we’ve created happy day stickers
to do just that. 


Print and cut each sticker out and either glue or tape them to your journal for a little mood boost. 

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track


Don’t Forget Anything

When creating your journal, you may want to add subtle reminders of things you’d like to get done
throughout the week. If you don’t want to add each reminder to your journal, print and cut out our
note stickers. Tape these to your monthly layout so you don’t forget even the littlest of tasks!

Bullet Journal Ideas and Printables to Keep Every Aspect of Your Life on Track



Schedule In Time for Your Family
During this time, it’s important to make time for your loved ones. Whether that may be over the
phone, or planning quality time with each other at home. If you’re able to get out and go to the
movies, have a movie game night with our printable. If you aren’t able to leave, check out our
holiday printables pieces for some other game night ideas for those nights spent at home. 

Family Movie Bingo Printable


Dropbox link with all of our printables: here
Dropbox link with all of our Monthly Review stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Movie Night Bingo mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Customizable Note stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our Happy Day stickers mock-up image: here
Dropbox link with all of our download buttons: here

4.21.2020

Printable Seashell Flashcards & Scavenger Hunt

Summer is rapidly approaching — and with it, the promise of getting outside again to enjoy some salty air and sandy toes. If your family is planning a future beach vacation — whether in Florida, California, or a tropical island somewhere — you’re probably on the lookout for fun and affordable activities that everyone can enjoy. So what better way to spend a beach day than hunting for seashells?

There are hundreds of thousands of sea creatures that make shells, and each one is unique. Learning about seashells is a great way to get kids curious about marine life and basic biology. To make learning fun, try these printable seashell identification flashcards. They’re a great way to practice identifying seashells if you’re not able to get to the beach right away.


Printable Seashell Flashcards - summer activity for kids


Once you’re able to get to the beach, put your kids’ seashell knowledge to the test by going on a seashell scavenger hunt! The first one to check off five from this printable checklist wins.


Printable Seashell Scavenger Hunt - Summer activity for kids


Seashell collecting is a great way to build lasting family memories. Plus, any treasures you find are free souvenirs! Happy treasure hunting!

2.04.2020

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

No matter if your adventures take you to another country, or you never leave your own backyard, one of the best parts will always be who you travel with. Even if the planning and travel can be exhausting, many of us look forward to taking trips with our family for the whole year. So why have a family vacation only once a year? Staycations allow you to relax and do fun activities with your family, all without the expense of travel or booking hotels. No matter where you live, there’s likely someplace you’ve never been locally that would make for an excellent afternoon for the whole gang.

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation - FREE Printables

To help plan and enjoy your stay in town Mint created several useful printables. Their staycation scrapbooking printables make a great closing activity for the whole family to reflect on the time they spent together. There's a planning template to get the most out of your itinerary, and a budgeting sheet to make sure you don’t go too crazy with the splurges. Recreate the luxury of having breakfast in bed with their interactive menu. Just because you aren’t traveling to a new place with unique local food, doesn’t mean you have to eat what you normally eat. 


How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation - FREE Printables

Check out all the printables to get started planning your staycation.

9.03.2019

10 Fun Photo Scavenger Hunts

Looking for ways to get your kids out of the house on the weekends? From long road
trips to adventurous hikes or zoo days, there are many options to get your kids involved
in a photo scavenger hunt! They’ll love a scavenger hunt since it allows them to search,
discover their surroundings and snap photos of what they find. 

10 Adventurous Photo Scavenger Hunt Printables

Before you begin, double check to make sure you have the following supplies:

  • A smartphone or camera 
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scavenger hunt lists 
  • A grand prize for the winner


The rules are simple, but you’re also free to be as creative as you want. For example,
will you set up groups of teams? Will you add on bonus items to your
scavenger hunt list?

Give each person the list before you start so they have an idea of what to look for.
The first person to find all the items and take a photo within the allotted time is the
winner!  

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Printable



Step-by-step:

  1. Select a place and a theme.
  2. Assign a person to be the moderator or judge.  
  3. Decide if you want to separate into teams
  4. Set boundaries within the decided location. 
  5. Set your timer for thirty minutes to an hour.
  6. Award the winner the grand prize!

For scavenger hunt themes, find your favorite printable by Shutterfly below. From the
farmer’s market to the beach or even the airport, there’s an option for everyone. Beat
the boredom with this fun activity. They will love spending time together and at the end
of it, they can even create an adorable photo book to compile your photos, look back
on and remember the fun times! 

10 Adventurous Photo Scavenger Hunt Printables

8.29.2019

56 Money Conversation Starters to Teach Your Kids About Money

Financial literacy is a difficult subject to teach to your kids at any age, but it’s crucial that your kids
understand the basics early on so they can form better habits as they age. For example, budgeting
and saving are concepts that kids typically learn by observing you over time, but you can streamline
the process by discussing these principles with them and actually let them take part in the process! 

56 Money Conversation Starters to Teach Your Kids About Money

However, money is not something most kids want to talk about at all! In fact, most kids don’t really
want to think about earning money until they realize they can buy stuff they want with it. Fortunately,
there are ways you can trigger conversations about money so that your kids are at least thinking and
talking about it early on, such as these money conversation starters

56 Money Conversation Starters to Teach Your Kids About Money

Wikibuy compiled 56 questions covering financial topics for young kids and teens. All you need to do
is print them out! You can pull them out anytime you’re at the table together, or keep handy in the car
to keep your kids occupied while you drive. The choice is yours, but the important part is that you’ll
discuss money together! These can be especially useful when you’re taking care of financial errands.
For example, if you run to the ATM, it’s a great time to explain what an ATM is and segue into why it’s
important to earn money. 

56 Money Conversation Starters to Teach Your Kids About Money

There are plenty of opportunities to start teaching your kids about money, but the important thing is
that you discuss it regularly. This will build a solid financial foundation and help your kids make better,
smarter financial choices when it really matters later in life. You can download the full list
of money conversation starters here. 

8.28.2019

5 Budgeting Printables and Stickers

Though most of us are stressed about our finances, starting a household budget can be a daunting task. Tracking every little expense to see where you can cut back sounds exhausting! 

5 Budgeting Printable and Stickers

However, it's important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to budgeting, and many families to choose to spend and save on different activities. 

5 Budgeting Printable and Stickers

In order to make the budgeting process easy and fun, the finance experts at Credit.com have created these customizable budgeting printables to help get you started. You can download the envelopes, expense trackers, stickers, and more below: