Activities to Do With Kids While at Home and Giveaway

Friday, April 3, 2020

With school getting cancelled and kids needing to stay at home, some families are panicking and wondering what to do with their kids at home all day. In our household, we only have one car so oftentimes we'll have long stretches of days where were at home. I want to share some of the things that we do to manage our time in the hopes that will give parents ideas:

  • Read Books: We love to read books. My kids like me to read anything from picture books to chapter books. My oldest loves to read on his own as well. It's recommended that children read at least 20 min a day.
  • Art/Craft Projects: There are tons of ideas online or you can create your own project. We love to use paint, stickers, markers, crayons, paper, etc. Even practicing coloring is fun for kids. I usually color with them and it's fun to comment on how nice their picture looks.
  • Play with Play-dough: We like to make play-doh together. One of our favorite play-dough recipes is Kool-Aid Playdough. The recipe can be found here.
  • Create Science Experiments: We also like to create science experiments. This is one of my favorite boredom busters. There are so many fun things that you can do in the kitchen ranging from chemical reactions with baking soda and vinegar to making elephant toothpaste to watching mold grow.
  • Play Games: Card games and board games are really, really good for kids. It's a great way to interact with your kids and teach them patience, taking turns, math skills (counting, colors, etc.), and good sportsmanship. You can also play games like Sardines, Hot and Cold and Hide and Seek Inside. 
  • Homeschool Preschool: We spend half an hour during the week doing homeschool preschool. We use More Than Counting, Learning without Tears, Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons (after learning the alphabet really well and learning how to sound out letters). We also utilize free printables from numerous homeschooling blogs. Sometimes, I even create my own printables to use.
  • Sensory Bins: Sensory bins are a great way to break up the day. I've filled a bin with shaving cream, black beans, rice or even snow. My kids love playing with plastic spoons, cars, or cups in something fun and different.
  • Teach a New Skill:  This summer when we were staying in to avoid the heat, I taught my son how to sew. Kids can learn the beginnings of skills like sewing, baking, cleaning, organizing, hand-knitting, woodwork and more. Just make sure that you are patient and teach them in easy, simple steps.
  • Free Play: If kids are bored, let them be bored and step away from entertaining. Kids will often figure out their own game to play or to play with their siblings. Let them create their own game and use their imagination.
  • Clean together: Most of my time is spent cleaning and re-cleaning. Some of my kids like to help. I like to make sure it's something that's age appropriate and controlled. I've learned that when you have three kids "helping" to scrub the floor things can quickly spiral into chaos, but easily remedied by teaching them to wring out rags and limiting how many times they can dip rags into water. It's also good to use cleaning products that are safe and not harmful. Dusting, floor cleaning and window washing are fun for kids. I use a vinegar/water solution to clean the floor if they're helping.
  • Write Letters To Friends and Extended Family Members: Help your kids develop their writing skills and expand relationships with others.
  • Call Family Members: Have your kids call extended family members, learn to use the phone and how to have a phone conversation.

What are some of your ideas?


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April Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog or social media giveaways I've entered, thought someone else might be interested in entering or that have been submitted to me through bloggers. Check back often throughout the month to see if I have posted more giveaways. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

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Her Motherhood Wish Book Blitz and Giveaway

Thursday, April 2, 2020

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Her Motherhood Wish
(The Parent Portal #3)
By Tara Taylor Quinn
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
April 1st 2020 by Harlequin Special Edition

He was just supposed to be a sperm donor…

What if the father of her child
is the man she’s searched for her whole life?

No Mr. Right? No problem! Attorney Cassie Thompson wants a family of her own—and she doesn’t need a man to get one. But after Cassie discovers that her baby’s health is at risk, she reluctantly contacts the sperm donor—only to find Woodrow Alexander is easily the kindest, most selfless man she’s ever met. He’s just a biological component, she keeps telling herself. He’s not her child’s real father or the husband of her dreams…right?

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Excerpt

“Mr. Alexander? This is Christine Elliott, managing director of the Parent Portal…”

The woman didn’t bother with hello. Had apparently recognized him on her caller ID. He’d had no idea the number she’d left had been to her private phone. He’d been expecting to speak with a receptionist.

“Thank you for calling back so expediently,” she said. “I’ll be as brief as possible.”

She’d said it was important. Figured they were going to honor his brother posthumously for all of the volunteer hours he’d put in, beyond residency requirements, when the clinic had just been getting up and running. He’d let Elaina know and have her call the clinic. It was her the clinic would need to speak with.

The fourth truck pulled in. Two more and he’d be set for the day. He still hadn’t said a word. The woman just continued talking.

“I have a request for contact, and the matter is urgent…”

He’d been watching a couple of workers get out of their trucks…one punched the other on the shoulder and laughed. Brothers. Wood’s gut lurched.

“A request for contact?” He wasn’t sure he’d heard her right.

“From your sperm recipient…”

Turning away so that the parking lot was no longer in view, he shook his head. “What now?”

“Your sperm donation was used four months ago, Mr. Alexander, and fertilization was successful. The recipient is currently four months pregnant and needs to speak with you.”

His sperm. It took a few seconds for him to even figure out what she was talking about. To remember years back—when his brother had first started at the clinic. They’d needed sperm donors, and Peter had hit Wood up. Always willing to help his younger brother, to support him, Wood had been fine with the donation—not so much with the pounds of paperwork he’d had to fill out. Most particularly when it came to education and occupation.

“I quit high school when my mom died so that I could go to work and support my brother,” he said now, as much to himself as to the managing whatever she was. “No one was ever going to choose me as her donor.”

Other Books in the Series

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About the Author


The international author of more than 90 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over seven million copies sold. A five time RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher's Weekly Bestseller list. She is a National Reader’s Choice Award winner and has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.


Blitz Giveaway


One winner will receive ebooks of The Baby Arrangement and Having the Soldier’s Baby by Tara Taylor Quinn (the prequel and book one of the series)
Open internationally
Ends April 5, 2020

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