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May 29, 2015

8 Tips for Managing Laundry

8 Tips for Managing Laundry || The Chirping Moms

Laundry.  It seems like a never-ending chore that every parent faces.  But, one says that you should find joy in everything you do & that includes laundry.  I know it's not an easy job but today, we are sharing some simple tips on how to keep laundry under control and try to bring a little joy to the big job of tackling your family's laundry!

8 Tips for Managing Laundry || The Chirping Moms

8 Tips to Tackle Your Family's Laundry

1.  Do at least one load per day, six days of the week.  Some days, I have two large loads but I make sure I throw in a load every day.  Figure out your magic number & do the amount each day.  And you may have noticed, I said six days.  Designate a day to not do laundry.  I refuse to do laundry on Saturdays.  It's my "OFF" day & it makes me look forward to knowing that there is now way I will be doing laundry that day.

2.  Throw a load in first thing in the morning.  While my kids are eating breakfast (or even better before they wake up), I throw a load of laundry in.  Before we head out and about on the go, I move the clothes to the dryer.  It is all washed and dried before noon (and before the heat of the day!).  Then, you can fold when you need a moment of down time.  Flip on the tv or music, fill your basket with dry clothes and fold away for a few peaceful minutes.

3.  Find a laundry detergent you love & use it.  My laundry detergent of choice is method 4x concentrated laundry detergent.  Something about a refreshing laundry detergent smell makes it just a bit easier to tackle the chore of laundry.  I am loving the spring garden scent, but method laundry detergent has something for everyone including fragrances, such as ginger mango, beach sage, fresh clover, and free & clear.  Not only does it smell great, but this naturally derived laundry detergent is tough on dirt and stains.  Products by method are always a favorite in our house, thanks to their great scents, effectiveness, & their simple and bright design.  The fully transparent bottle brings just a little pop of color to my pretty white & sterile laundry room!

4.  Fold and put the laundry away.  This is my biggest struggle.  Thankfully, we are moving in a week and our laundry room will be on the same floor as all the bedrooms so no more hauling up and down the stairs.  But, I do find it easiest to manage the laundry if I just put it away.  So set a goal to do it as much as you can.  (I know, easier said than done!)

5.  Also, wash each kid's clothes in their own load making it easier to put away.  Wash all the baby's clothes in one load.  Then, fold & put away.  The next day, wash another child's laundry.  Then, fold & put away.  The next day, wash your own laundry.  Then, fold & put away.  Everyone has their own separate hamper in their room making it easy to separate and keep organized.

6.  Always keep an empty laundry basket in your laundry room.  Then, you can't use the excuse that you have no laundry basket to load your clothes in to put away.  (Trust me, I have used that excuse a lot.  Enough that my husband bought me another laundry basket!)

7.  Pre-treat stains as soon as possible.  As soon as I notice a stain on my kids' clothes, I pre-treat it.  You can rub a little method 4x concentrated laundry detergent onto the stain, wait five minutes, & wash as usual.  If you aren't planning to do laundry for several hours, throw the item in the washing machine, add some cold water & a scoop of stain remover to the water.  Leave in there until you do your next load.  Before washing, pre-treat the stain as stated above before running your load.

8.  My last tip, is specific to traveling with kids, which happens a lot in the summer.  Designate one suitcase for dirty clothes or pack an extra bag (even a trash bag) for just this reason.  Pop the dirty clothes into one bag while on vacation.  When you return home, just dump the entire contents of the bag into the washing machine while everything left in the other suitcase is still clean and can be put right back into dresser drawers.

8 Tips for Managing Laundry || The Chirping Moms

We hope these tips help you tackle your laundry piles.  And we are excited to share a great deal from our laundry favorite, method.  You may use coupon code THREEFORME for $3 off your online purchase at the online method shop.  Also, method has collaborated with ASOS to create a 10-piece fashion collection that is totally machine washable!  You can view the fun fashion pieces here at the ASOS hub, as well as fashion inspiration & a chance to win $1000 to spend on ASOS!

Here's to finding joy in the never-ending chore of laundry!   

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

May 28, 2015

5 Superhero Crafts for Kids

These two think they are true superheroes...

So one rainy day, we decided it was time to create some fun superhero crafts!  
Below are five fun crafts to do with your little superheroes:
5 Superhero Crafts for Kids || The Chirping Moms

1.  Superhero Shield (This one is well-used & well-loved!)
Directions:  Paint a paper plate black.  Let dry.  Add superhero stickers.  On the back, use packaging tape to glue a paper handle on made out of cardboard.  This shield has lasted for several months!
5 Superhero Crafts for Kids || The Chirping Moms

2.  Superhero Handprints
Directions:  Make Superman with a blue handprint for body & three finger handprint for cape.  Let dry & add head and "S" with construction paper.  Draw on face and S.  Make Batman with a black handprint.  Let dry & add a black and yellow suit and add head.  Draw on face & mask.
5 Superhero Crafts for Kids || The Chirping Moms

3.  Shape Superhero 
Directions:  This is good practice for cutting out shapes.  Have child cut out red triangle, blue rectangle, brown circle, & two yellow squares.  Assemble to create superhero. 5 Superhero Crafts for Kids || The Chirping Moms

4.  Spiderman Web
Directions:  Paint paper plate red & let dry.  Punch holes around edge.  Have child lace with yarn to create a web. Add Spiderman sticker.  
5 Superhero Crafts for Kids || The Chirping Moms

5.  Superhero Puppets
Directions:  We printed out masks and logos for the superheroes.  Paint popsicle sticks color of choice.  Once dry, use a glue gun (with your assistance) to add heads with construction paper, masks, & logos.  Have child cut out capes with construction paper & glue gun on as well.  These were are also a well-loved toy for weeks!
5 Superhero Crafts for Kids || The Chirping Moms

Hope this gives you a few crafts to do with your little "superheroes"!


May 27, 2015

Kicking off our "Hit the Road" Summer Travel Series!

We are excited to be kicking off a new series on the blog for the summer!  We are "hitting the road" with our families & friends to feature some favorite vacation spots for families with children.  Make sure to stay tuned each Where To Wednesday for some great vacation inspiration and travel ideas all summer long.  It's time to buckle up for fun and adventurous summer!

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Enter to Win a Family Trip for Four to Orlando!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Summer is upon us & for many families, that means time to get our bags packed and head out on our big summer vacation!  Today, we are excited to share about an exciting sweepstakes for families on the go.  Atlantic Luggage is currently running an amazing Trip to Orlando Florida Sweepstakes where you have the opportunity to win a family trip for four to Orlando, Florida! The trip includes round-trip airfare for four, 3 nights of hotel stay, four two-day admission passes to 34 of Orlando’s best attractions, $150 spending money and 4 carry-on pieces of Atlantic luggage.  

Here are more details on the sweepstakes and how to enter:
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    • Winner will be chosen within 7-10 days following the close of the sweepstakes.
    • Grand Prize trip must be booked by March 31, 2016 and travel must be completed by June 30, 2016.
  • Prizes:
    • Win a family trip for four to Orlando, courtesy of Atlantic Luggage!
    • The trip includes round-trip airfare for four, 3 nights of hotel stay, four two-day admission passes to 34 of Orlando’s best attractions, $150 spending money and 4 carry-on pieces of Atlantic luggage Total prize value of $4,270.
Atlantic Luggage has been pioneering great luggage since 1919, making family traveling easier with lightweight, versatile, & affordable luggage collections.  With a range of colors, styles, and features, Atlantic Luggage makes packing for family trips easier no matter where you are going.  Since I am packing now for a large family, I need to find suitcases that are lightweight & efficient for our family as we travel.  Atlantic Luggage has a great range of options that are perfect for my family.  The 360 degree 4 wheel spinners allows for easy maneuvering through airports.  The Link2Go™ system allows travelers to connect several pieces of luggage together for one person to roll.  All of these features are important when you are traveling with little kids through the giant airport!
After you got your suitcases packed, make sure to get your carry-on packed as well!

Below are 15 things to pack in your carry-on if you are traveling with kids:
1.  Change of Clothes
2.  Sweatshirt, it doubles as a pillow or keeps your little one warm
3.  A couple books to read
4.  Crayons & coloring book
5.  Stickers
6.  A few small toys
7.  Sippy Cup
8.  A few snacks
9.  Entertainment Device (iPad, LeapPad, Kindle, or another favorite)
10.  Headphones
11.  Hand Sanitizer & Wipes
12.  Lovey or Stuffed Animal
13.  Diapers (if needed)
14.  Pacifier (for young children)
15.  Lightweight Stroller to help navigate the airport

So now that summer is almost here, it's time to get packing & get your summer started with some fun travels.  Make sure to visit Atlantic Luggage for all of their great options for families & take some time to join me & entering the fun sweepstakes for a chance to win an amazing trip to Orlando!
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May 26, 2015

Great Gift Ideas for Dads

It's just under a month until Father's Day and time to think about some great gifts for those special guys. This year, we tried to come up with a couple new and unique gifts for Dads. From electronics to a relaxing day, we've got them covered! 

10 Father's Day Gift Ideas

1. Bathing Suit
June kicks off swim season in many parts of the country and a new suit for Dad is a great gift. Our favorites are the Tom & Teddy line because you can get a matching suit for boys.  Tom & Teddy is an Australian-born brand that launched in the US last year. We both have sets for our husbands/sons and love the prints and quality. They are UV protected with UPF 50+, salt water and chlorine resistant and they;re made of a quick-drying, super soft, microfiber fabric.

2. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker 
The bluetooth speaker I got as a Father's Day gift last year is one of the gifts that has been "most used". For the summer, I thought an even better version is one that's waterproof and can come along to the pool or beach. Altec Lansing makes the "Life Jacket" speaker. We've tried it and it's awesome.  It's a waterproof/shockproof bluetooth speaker that still offers high quality sound. It's protected from  a variety of conditions (water, sand, snow, etc.).  Another plus for bringing it to the pool/beach: it also works as a phone charger.  

The next few gifts are more of an "experience". I think it can be tough to shop for Dads sometimes, so these are some fun alternatives to treat Dad to:
3. Golf Lesson
4. Sports Massage
5. Cooking Class 
6. Wine Tasting 
7. Beer Making Class
8. Date night (gift certificate to movies, restaurant, bar, etc)
9.  A Good Book

The China Mirage:  The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia
by James Bradley
The Churchill Factor:  How One Man Made History 
by Boris Johnson
Wooden on Leadership:  How to Create a Winning Organization
by John Wooden
Killing Patton
by Bill O'Reilly
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
It's A Long Story:  My Life
by Willie Nelson, with David Ritz
Doctor Dealer
by Mark Bowden
Small Mercies
by Eddie Joyce
I, Ripper
by Stephen Hunter
Miracle Man
by William R. Leibowitz

10.  Make a gift! 
We have a few fun posts packed with cute Father's Day gifts to make with the kids:
Dress Like Dad Photo Shoot 

Now it's time to get ready to celebrate Dad!

May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites: FabKids

I'm hesitant to recommend a kids' clothing brand, until I've really used it for a while. I think the most important things with kids clothes: comfortable and high enough quality to withstand a lot of playing and washing. We've been wearing FabKids clothes for over a year now, and it's certainly a brand I would recommend. All of the dresses, shorts and even leggings from last spring/summer just came out of storage and they are all in great condition for another year of play. Maggie's FabKids clothes from last year will be passed along to Alex, and we're excited for some of their new styles this year. 
This year we also tried some of their shoes. My girls spotted the shoes when we were looking at the dresses. Like the clothes, the shoes are really bright and fun! 
My kids love FabKids clothes. They like that they are colorful, pink and often extra twirly. Alex would wear tulle everyday if she could, so this style has been a huge hit! 
I like FabKids because the styles are all bright and cheerful. I also really like that they come with leggings or shorts for under the dresses. The clothes are well made and perfect for lots of playing outdoors. In addition to adorable clothes for girls, there is a whole like for boys too. Right now you can get 50% off your first outfit + free shipping. Happy shopping! 

May 21, 2015

Head Out for Pitch Perfect 2 Sponsored by Schick® Women’s Shave

If I head out for a ladies movie night, I tend to look for a fun, lighthearted flick to enjoy. After a long day with the little ones, I'm rarely looking or a serious, heavy movie that makes me think too much. If you're looking for a fun movie to go to with some fellow moms, head out for the, sure to be hilarious, Pitch Perfect 2. 
The movie takes the Barden Bellas to an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their "status". 
The movie is sponsored by Schick Women’s Shave. You may have noticed that beginning in April, the Schick Hydro Silk Razors, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Intuition®, Schick Quattro For Women® packaging took a fun turn. They are all in Pitch Perfect 2 packaging. 
Movie goers are encouraged to "Rock Your Legs"  You have to check out the music video for the campaign, it's catchy and pretty entertaining. The "i've got thorny thighs" made me laugh! 
Schick is also running a promotion for a FREE movie ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2. Buy any 2 Schick women’s shave items (any 2 products with a minimum $10 value) and you'll receive a print out at the register to redeem a code for your FREE movie ticket.  The promotion will run from 4/26-5/23.  
Have fun watching the movie and singing along! 
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick. The opinions and text are all mine.
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