It's not always easy knowing what to get for the special woman who spends her days organizing, nurturing and loving the whole family. The Creative QT team rounded up all of our favorite gift ideas for Mom this holiday!
I truly do believe that a life well lived is a journey toward selflessness. Please let me explain. When you are an infant it truly is all about you! When you are hungry, thirsty, tired, bored, etc. you expect people to come running. But as you age, you begin to play with others and have to take their feelings into account. Later, you get married and it’s no longer just you, there’s two to consider. When you have kids, the considerations expand. The natural progression of a person is that as we grow, we accept that life is less and less about us.
We've all done it: left things a little last minute and then endured the mass panic of searching for a Halloween costume for our little ones. Well fear not! This year we are here to help! We rounded up the best last minute DIY Halloween costumes for kids on pinterest and compiled them all into one list.
We are so blessed to have an entire apple orchard at our home property in Illinois. This Fall we made 17 gallons of applesauce from our orchard, four of which we turned into apple butter.
Fall has so many amazing flavours to offer. The Hinkle family have their very own apple orchard, hence they are partial to the odd apple or two! Here is a super sugary but super fun way to use up some of those perfectly picked apples.
A question I get a lot is how do you take such great pictures of your kids? Well let me tell you, it’s not always easy and as mine are boys, most of the time they are simply way too busy to stop for a photo. However, I don’t delete those ornery looks or fake smiles, because years from now those will likely be my favorites!
Starting to plan out all those packed lunches for the return to school? We've got a great guest blog post written by Jen Evans of the Instagram account @whatmykideats. Stay at home mom to two little ones, she shares simple and wholesome toddler and kid meal ideas and loves talking family friendly recipes.
Relaxation Tips from the Hinkles: How to switch off and recharge when you are busy parents with busy kids.
As you may imagine, when you have five young kids, it’s easy to get stuck in the role of servant to your kids. There’s little time for parents to be a couple, and for Mom and Dad to simply be normal humans. Contrary to what some may think, it’s important for us parents to be a little bit selfish occasionally, taking time to reflect, regroup, and, yes, be an individual.
Like a lot of families these days, we have to drive16-22 hours straight to visit any extended family. This used to mean DVD after DVD playing in our car until we realized our kids were AWFUL after we shut the movie off. They were irritable, had short attention spans, and picked at each other more. So, we introduced the audio book ... game changer!
Like most parents, we are concerned about the amount of time our kids spend in front of the screen. But, are we taking stock of how much time we ourselves spend staring at phones while our kids are wanting to spend time with us?
Once your child is in their own seat on a flight they are likely ready for some fun and engaging airplane busy bags. This post shows you how easy busy bags are to put together, and gives you some great examples.
I don't think there are many people who genuinely enjoy long-haul flights. Add in the concept of being screen free with a child, well quite frankly it sounds like a nightmare! I have definitely considered putting my son in the overhead compartment!