Beautiful Fall Lantern DIY

Beautiful Fall Lantern DIY
Hey there!!!

I'm so glad you're here!!! I want to share with you a simple DIY fall lantern project that we made!!! It took about an hour to do from start to finish and I absolutely love how they turned out!!!

Here are the supplies you're going to need: (*contains affiliate links)

  1. Mix the glue bottle with water, a half to half ratio is good.
  2. Cut up the tissue paper in strips like shown here.
  3. Blow up your balloon to the size you want.
  4. Layer the first layer with tissue paper only in water, as this will help the balloon come off better later when you pop it.
  5. Start dipping your tissue paper in the glue mixture after that and do one or two layers of the glue mixture.
  6. Add your leaves/fall collection onto the balloon and as you do that, add another layer of glue mixture tissue paper.
  7. Add one layer total over the leaves unless you want a more firm lantern, but one layer was plenty for ours!
  8.  Dry completely. This took about 24-48 hours depending on how wet your lantern is. The lanterns that the kids didnt strip off the glue mixture well, took the full 48 hours with a fan to dry completely.
  9. Once dried you can pop the balloon and cut a small hole to cut out the bottom for a tea light. Or you can cut off the top and set your tea light in the bottom, how ever you want to make it is completely up to you!
This is how ours turned out and I love them! You can pack away for next year and use it again next fall! 

P.S. If you want to make it a little less messy you can use the foam paintbrushes to paint the glue mixture on. You're still going to be touching the balloons to stabilize it, so we didn't even bother with the brushes. 

I also covered the table with cut up garbage bags spread across the table and this worked GREAT for clean up!!! Just roll up and throw away. 

Now go take the kids on an autumn adventure to pick out the leaves, and have fun!!!

I got this idea from Tara over at : https://littlepinelearners.com/

You got this mama!!! 

Much Love,

Kara- The Mom Nurse

P.S. When you are ready, here are a few things that I can help you with:

~Finding Yourself-(A FREE guide to re-defining your inner strengths)

~Join the Facebook Group Here. This is for kind and tender-hearted mama's like yourself, that are needing a little support in your life!

~The Idea Cloud. It's what I created to keep your kids off the screen and busy doing things that I did as a kid! :-)

Have you become someone you don't even know?

Have you become someone you don't even know?
Hey there!

Kara the Mom nurse to five here. I want to address something that has been on my mind for awhile. It feels like some days I have become someone I don't even know, and maybe you feel that way too! 

Does it feel like you are just washing the floor for the 100th time or maybe you just finished the dishes only to turn around and there is still a mess in the living room? Maybe you finally sat down to put your feet up and realized that its now time to start supper. 

The constant commands and duties around the house are wearing on you and you don't even have time to read that book you picked up a few weeks ago?

I've been there. Still am there some days. Finding myself amongst the chaos of five children and a changed life has made me out to be someone i'm not some days. I get angry and frustrated over the littlest things. I sometimes feel like i'm not valued! I'm taken for granted!

Have you ever felt that way? I get it. I have been there too. That is why I created this e-journal guide for you, to find yourself. Get back to your passions and find what makes your heart sing!!! Maybe your passions have changed, but maybe you want to get back to those things that make you feel like YOU. What is it that is holding you back? 

When life presents you with crystal clear signs, and you just can't see through that crystal, it's time to re-define who you are. What makes you passionate about life again? What things do you enjoy? and furthermore, when and where can you make the time for them? This guide will ask you all those questions and more. 

Find yourself and feel the passion for life again. Feel like yourself again! The time is now. Your kids depend on you, and so do you. Be who you are meant to be. Sing in the shower again! Play with the kids, let your inner child come out. Just because we are adults doesn't mean we need to act like adults ALL of the time! Skip downstairs, smile! Be yourself. 

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~Bernard Baruch

You got this mama!!! 

Much Love,

Kara- The Mom Nurse

P.S. When you are ready, here are a few things that I can help you with:

~Nurse Mom Toolbox (What I pack when I've got a diaper bag along!)

~Join the Facebook Group Here. This is for kind and tender-hearted mama's like yourself, that are needing a little support in your life!

~The Idea Cloud. It's what I created to keep your kids off the screen and busy doing things that I did as a kid! :-)


What is Abundance to You?

What is Abundance to You?
Hey There!

I am Kara the Mom Nurse to Five! 

My question for you is, what does abundance mean to you? What kinds of ways do you see abundance in your own life? Can you see it? Ok that was a few more questions than one. :-)

Abundance is defined by this: "an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply." (dictionary.com)

This can mean that you have abundance in friends, or abundance in money, or abundance in relationships, or in your family life, maybe its an abundance of cups in your cupboard!!! Either way, abundance is typically a good thing, and when we focus on the abundance in our lives, it tends to grow bigger!

I want you to comment below with what abundance means for you, and in what ways do you see abundance in your life?

If you would like to join Abundance Week, starting October 12th, click here to join the group!!! If you see this after october 12th, you are still welcome to join in, you will just start from the beginning wherever you're at! 

Anyways, I like to start my mornings out with the gratitude and abundance sayings, of finding the things you are grateful for and what you see in abundance. This is great for starting your day off on the right foot! 

I hope to see you join abundance week, It's going to be so much fun to see you all grow in abundance!

You got this mama!!! 

Much Love,

Kara- The Mom Nurse

P.S. When you are ready, here are a few things that I can help you with:

~Nurse Mom Toolbox (What I pack when I've got a diaper bag along!)

~Join the Facebook Group Here. This is for kind and tender-hearted mama's like yourself, that are needing a little support in your life!

~The Idea Cloud. It's what I created to keep your kids off the screen and busy doing things that I did as a kid! :-)

Why I Quit My Nursing Job to Stay at Home with My Kids

Why I Quit My Nursing Job to Stay at Home with My Kids
Hey there!

I'm Kara the Mom Nurse to Five! 

What I wanted to tell you today was the reason why I quit my nursing job to stay at home with my kids. First things first, it didn't happen overnight, and the decision as a working mom to now stay home with the kids was not taken lightly. 

There were so many things to consider and ponder, and it felt hard to make the decision. I didn't become a nurse to spend holidays, weekends and evenings away from my babies! I didn't realize that becoming a nurse would entail working nights, weekends or evenings.... all of the above at times. I sucked it up and thought, hey-i'm gaining experience and eventually i'll be able to quit or find a job I love. I was SO wrong... I became trapped in the cycle of having to work for insurance and then getting all the guilt calls/texts/emails to pick up more! 

I was getting tapped out emotionally, physically and mentally. Try working evenings on Christmas eve and Christmas day on your DUE DATE with kid #5 while you're missing your family and holiday. I felt better that I was providing wonderful care for people that had to be in the hospital on Christmas... but it didn't take away from the fact that I was miserable and that my family and I were missing each other! Or that I should be in the hospital MYSELF having this baby!!! 

That was my tipping point of my working career in nursing. After baby #5 was born, I went casual at the hospital and only had to work two shifts a month. But guess what. Just because I was casual now meant even MORE emails, calls and texts to pick up shifts. Even MORE guilt as a mom that I should pick up work. I actually never did, but the guilt I felt was REAL.

I worked this way for almost a year until we decided to move out of state. We made a huge life change and I was able to quit my nursing job, and I haven't looked back. Its been a HUGE transition to being with my kids 24/7, and some days are just plain HARD. Nobody said it would be easy to become a stay at home mom, but here I am! I now am so grateful that I made that hard decision, even though it meant that we cut our income in half, I am SO grateful to be home with my kids. 

The reasons why I quit nursing include wanting to be with my kids more often, without guilt of being at work. I wanted to give my children that experience I had of my mom being home to greet me with cookies from school, to tuck me in at night and say our prayers, to playing outside with them. I want to be able to kiss them goodnight and read them books. I didn't want to be so burnt out that I had no energy to give to my kids.

You can make your dreams a reality, but first you must START with the small actionable steps of making the decisions to stay home if that is what you really truly want. What sacrifices will you be making? What is the good that will come out of you being home with the kids? Money isn't everything sometimes. Some mom's find their income actually INCREASES while they stay at home! Don't ask me why... :-D

Don't get me wrong, sometimes I miss being on the floor. I loved my job, and taking care of my patients. I loved every aspect of it, hard and easy. I know I will go back someday. Just not today. 

If you're considering quitting YOUR nursing job to stay home with your kids, I recommend you check this guide out:


Another tip I would recommend is taking out a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle and write PROS on one side and CONS on the other. Write down all the pro's and con's of you staying home with your kids and hash it out. :-) Remember, we have one chance with our kids. Be the best mom you can be, whether you are working or not. 

You got this mama!!! 

Much Love,

Kara- The Nurse Mom

P.S. When you are ready, here are a few things that I can help you with:

~Nurse Mom Toolbox (What I pack when I've got a diaper bag along!)

~Join the Facebook Group Here. This is for kind and tender-hearted mama's like yourself, that are needing a little support in your life!

~The Idea Cloud. It's what I created to keep your kids off the screen and busy doing things that I did as a kid! :-)







Are your kids constantly fighting? Here are a few tips to get your sanity back!

Are your kids constantly fighting? Here are a few tips to get your sanity back!
Hey there!!!

The Mom Nurse to Five here with some help for you and your kids who are.always.squabbling.fighting. They just don't seem to get along these days are you're about to go CRAZY. Just check me right into that mental hospital over there...

Oh you got this momma!!! First things first- check in with yourself. Are you feeling more stressed out lately, and kind of tuning out the kids? How are YOU feeling? They are picking up on your feelings too, so make sure you fill up your cup first!!! Maybe get your work done before they get up so you can focus on their needs and don't feel tapped trying to multi-task all.the.day.long. 

Next, instead of hollering back at them, find out what is truly going on. A lot of times it goes well she said this, he said that, she did this, she did that and you can't ever get a handle on who did what first. Am I right? 

So next step, put both the kids in a giant t-shirt of dad's and make them sit in it until they apologize. HAHA no Just kidding, although I actually have done this with my 4 and 2 year old at the time and they thought it was hilarious. 

For older kids though, they are actually probably looking for attention, and ways to expand their creativity or feel wanted and needed in the home. You can give them this IDEA CLOUD-which is just $7 and you can easily print these off, have them cut them up and have them start drawing a card out of a baggie or box from this. The Idea Cloud has 75 printable cards with activities for them to do without a screen involved and will get them feeling pretty busy!!! (And get your sanity back)

My kids have already spent a whole day making flick books!!! (That is just one of the ideas in the idea cloud).

Some other ideas are to just have them help you with the housework, and make it fun. Have them help you with the cooking! I know the little kids its harder and sometimes makes your brain spin, but they love it and will always have those special memories!!! 

Try to get a rhythm going in your home too. Kids strive on routine and need to know what to expect next. I  am working on this but recently found a great resource about saving your homeschooling day!!! It teaches you about rhythm's and circles and all of that! I would check it out over at Jean Miller's Website HERE

Anyway, I hope these few tips helped to get you moving forward with finding out WHY they are fighting, and keeping them busy and keeping your sanity :-). 

Have a wonderful day!!! 

Kara- The Nurse Mom


Are Essential Oils Safe for Babies?

Are Essential Oils Safe for Babies?
Hey there!

 Are they safe for babies? Yes, with proper use, knowledge on how and what to use and when!

The Nurse Mom to Five here, with some information related to essential oils and babies.  Are they safe for babies? Yes, with proper use, knowledge on how and what to use and when! It's really not as complicated as you think.


I've used essential oils for all five of my babies and had FANTASTIC results!!! Now these doesn't mean you can just willy-nilly slap essential oils on your baby and know they are safe, you should have a general idea of diluting, what to do when they react to an oil (and by react I mean their skin turns red... it actually doesn't mean they are allergic!!!), when to use them and HOW!!! 

You also need to be using the highest and purest quality. You don't buy a knock-off coach purse and expect it to last like a real coach purse do you? You don't buy the cheap coffee and expect it to taste like the high end coffee shops do you? I would not use cheap oils on my babies that's for darn sure.

I have found my babies and kids have QUICK results with inhalation via the diffuser or just holding the bottle nearby with the top off. I have had babies calm down in 20 seconds or less using Peace and Calming near their nose!!! 

I didn't always start out so confident with using essential oils, but I have done a lot of research, gone to many trainings and also have many books I can reference when needed. I have gained years of confidence but I will be teaching that to you in my up and coming "Beginner Essential Oils Course for Babies and Children", that will get you using them confidently and safely within ONE hour! My goal is to get you using those essential oils that may be just sitting in a cupboard somewhere... OR maybe you are curious if these could be beneficial for your family! 

The course would help you with that too! :-D

If you would like to opt in to know when the course will be available, Click here
OR text BABYCOURSE to 651-370-9490.

Otherwise, Have a wonderful day!!! 

Kara- The Nurse Mom



P.S. Here is also another blog post to check out on dilution and safety in children. This has some other helpful info!


When Yelling Doesn't Work...

When Yelling Doesn't Work...
Hey there! 

The mom nurse to five here!!! Have you been yelling at your kids? I know I have from time to time... and I know it doesn't even solve the problems going on but sometimes the kids will stop and realize i'm serious!!! Mom means business!!! 

Have you ever felt a bit out of control while one kid is in the tub because his brother was whacking him in the face with the dirty broom, the older girl says there is poop smeared on the end of her sheet and needs me to check it out, the oldest says she needs a toe-nail clipper, and the other is whining for a snack? All while you're trying to clean up the toilet water mess that the baby made while scooping water from the toilet to the sink? 

Oh man and thats just the small snippet of what was really going on inside my head, and i'm sure yours when you have so many demands at once and your brain is trying to prioritize what is most important. 

Then you start yelling because you start to clean up the poop sheet and realize there is a bigger problem here, you can't even get to the sheets because their room is a bomb dive!

I grab a garbage bag and start hollering "If these toys aren't cleaned up RIGHT NOW I'm going to throw them ALLLLL away!!!" 

The kids grudgingly start cleaning while I'm dealing with the 4 year old who whacked his sister with a metal thing next. Then i'm yelling at the top of my lungs by now about respecting your siblings and cleaning up after yourself and yadda yadda and realize the 4 year old probably needs to use the toilet. (He's still potty training)

At this point he wouldn't budge off the floor and listen to my demands and so I pick him up and put him on the toilet. He still wouldn't budge. 

GAHHHHHH. The yelling isn't working. Does it ever??? No not really... 

Now not every day is like this. I am normally a pretty calm person but when you have so many demands in life all at once it feels like you're blowing a gasket. (although I'm not really sure what that feels like.... other than IT JUST FEELS LIKE YOU ARE EXPLODING) But the yelling isn't working!!! He won't go to the bathroom!!!

BIG DEEP BREATH.

I tell myself to cool it. I took more big deep breaths until I felt in control of my own emotions and then I asked him if he wants me to put a cheerio in the toilet that he could pee on for aim :-). He didn't think that was very funny. :-)

I knew at that point that my emotions were starting to spiral out of control and if I didn't do something NOW I was going to lose it. 

I had to diffuse the situation and turn it around. So I did. 

I told him if he peed on the toilet I would give him some chocolate chips. He peed. I breathed a big fish lip flabbergasted breath. 

Then I walked over to my oil shelf, picked out Inner Child and slathered it all over. I changed the sheets, got the girls tucked in and baby bathed and into bed. Then I wrote this. So you know you're not alone. You're not crazy for feeling overwhelmed at times in your life. You got this! You can TOTALLY get through this. Just learn from the mistakes we make as human beings, and figure out what you can do better next time.

And yelling doesn't work. :-D But sometimes it feels like maybe you're in control a little more if you yell... I'm not sure why we yell, but i'm guilty of it sometimes. 

Ask for forgiveness and then walk through the scenario with your kiddos once they are calmed down too and ask them for feedback and ways they can deal with their own emotions too and use it as a teaching moment later. 

I leave you with much love and support,

Have a wonderful day!!! 

Kara- The Nurse Mom



P.S. Looking for screen-free options for your kids? Here is a free download to my children's bored box



Laundry Without Dryer Sheets?

Laundry Without Dryer Sheets?
Hey there!

Kara the mom nurse here! I have had some people ask me before if I use dryer sheets, and the answer is NO!!! 

I used to use dryer sheets, it would help with the static cling and make the clothes smell nice. It was about 7 years ago when I stopped buying dryer sheets and I won't ever go back to them!!!

The dryer sheets have so many chemicals in them and they aren't even listed on the box. They build up on your removable lint liner, and can cause FIRES. 

Anyways, I don't want a fire in my dryer so I don't use them anymore, and I don't want those nasty chemicals leeching into my skin either so I don't use them.

I have used wool dryer balls with essential oils on them for scent, or you can make a stack of rags soaking in vinegar with essential oils added in for scent. 

For static, you can use a ball of tin-foil about the size of a baseball thrown in. I haven't tried this one before, so let me know what you think if you go ahead and try that one. 

I just deal with the static. I honestly don't even care if the clothes smell good anymore either, as long as they smell clean and not dirty I am SO glad we don't use toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by your biggest organ- SKIN! 

So ditch the nasty dryer sheets and opt for a more gentle approach!!!

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Have a wonderful day!!! 

Kara- The Nurse Mom



P.S. Looking for screen-free options for your kids? Here is a free download to my children's bored box

When Kids Don't Listen

When Kids Don't Listen
Hey there! 

Nurse Mom to five here with a few tips for when your kids aren't listening to you. This one's a bit longer than normal, but I hope you will find this information useful!

I've been there- you ask little four year old Henry to pick up his toys. You leave the room and come back 15 minutes later to find him still playing with his toys. Grrrr. You grit your teeth and through your teeth you say, "Henry, I asked you to clean up your toys. Can you please clean them up?" Henry replies, "NO, i'm playing mom!". 

You clench your jaw. "Henry, I need you to pick up your toys now, we have to leave!" and Henry still protests as your anxiety levels climb because you have to be out the door in 30 minutes and you just want him to follow through with what you asked!!! You give in because you don't want to fight this battle anymore and just need the chore done. It's just easier to do it anyway, you know it will get done the proper way anyway.

Henry goes on his merry way and then you ask him to get his shoes on and jacket so you can leave. Now you have to be out the door in ten minutes and you still haven't showered. Well scrap the shower, spray in the dry shampoo this time. You throw your outfit on and you come back. Henry STILL hasn't put his shoes and jacket on and you're quite fed up with him not listening to your requests. 

You holler from the entry way, HENRY come ON!!! We've got to leave the house in five minutes and you MUST come get your shoes on NOW!!! Henry doesn't appear. You now have to track him down and you are LIVID. You are on a time crunch AND your child isn't listening. GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! 

So you demand he come now, he grudgingly comes to the door. He slowly is putting his shoes on and so you then just grab his jacket and put it on him so you can get out the door. Whew, you made it to the car in the nick of time. Henry is upset because you swooped him up and buckled him up and you're finally on the road. 

This is just one scenario of what happens in my life sometimes, and I have to remember to get on their level. Ask yourself these things when you can go back and hash out why the child wasn't listening to you. 

For the first request, does Henry know how and where all the toys go? Have you shown him where all the toys go? Sometimes kids haven't been shown how to do the task requested of them and don't actually know how to do it, so they chose to ignore the request. Consistency and repetition is key here, because showing them once doesn't necessarily equate to them independently doing the task. My kids can clear their plates from the table now, but it took consistent positive reminders to clear their spot after their meal!

For the second request to get on his shoes and jacket, this is another task that maybe a four year old SHOULD know how to do, but sometimes they cannot get it just right. They may be ignoring you because they want YOU to guide them. My four year old still requires help with his shoes at times and he can get frustrated. Children many times aren't intentionally not listening, but aren't sure of the requested task so they don't complete it. 

I then take the time to go back over the task WITH them, hold their hand consistently through the tasks requested until they can feel confident to do it independently. Kids won't ever learn if we do everything for them. PERIOD. When we take the time to teach them now, it pays off later!!!

 Anger never gets us anywhere, I KNOW THIS first hand as sometimes I yell when I become impatient. There are times when I have lost my cool and blown a gasket, but always remember to go back and make things right. But the anger makes the children want to rebel even more and they respond with anger. It can be a viscious cycle to get out of, but it CAN be done!!!

Kids are very smart and you just have to find what works best for your child. Sometimes they are being defiant, but just know that consistency, follow through and repetition is SO rewarding when you see them doing the chores independently and when they are proud and happy to do them too!!!

Also ask yourself these questions: Are all my child's needs met? Sometimes it can be a matter of their basic needs; hungry, thirsty, have to use the bathroom, tired, or their emotions are off. When you find the root cause of why they aren't listening to you, things can be a LOT easier going forward!!!

Keep your chin up and keep on parenting!!! These are the good years!!! :-)

Have a wonderful day!!! 

Kara- The Nurse Mom



Why Sleep Matters

Why Sleep Matters
Hey there!

Nurse Mom to Five here with why sleep matters.

I woke up groggy like most mornings after being up half the night with the baby. I'm constantly feeling like I'm in a fog and just. so. irritable. My brain struggles to get going like a car motor that doesn't want to start up. The kids all want breakfast and as I'm struggling to stay awake, feed the kids, get the laundry going and get the day started, i'm forgetting to take care of myself.

I know what I need but its so hard to come by to get good sleep! When you don't get good sleep your body is not able to rejuvenate fully and allow you to feel rested and full. Sleep is something my body likes to fight, why do I need sleep??? But I notice when I'm up multiple times during the night that I don't get good sleep and I feel very achy and sore in the morning. 

Good sleep equals: you feel rested upon waking. You awake happy and ready to start the day. You want to eat the healthy foods because you feel more energetic to prepare them. You have more mental alertness, leading to better productivity. Your immune system can function better!

There are many more reasons why sleep is good, but I think another important one is linked to anxiety and depression. These are huge topics and sleep is a broad topic in relation to these health conditions but I would like to highlight here the topic of Post-Partum Depression. 

Many moms experience this and its different for many moms. It also onsets at different times and can also show up as post-partum anxiety. For me I believe I have high-functioning post partum anxiety and have learned how to cope my own ways. This is also a sensitive topic for many and in light of this would like to ask you, how has your journey been? Do you get good sleep? As a nurse and a mom I have had many sleepless nights and I have been there too. I have been in the trenches of having to be up with a baby and go to work day shift the next day. I have had to work overnights and get sporadic sleep during the day. 

What do you do to get through the sleepless nights? Do you nap? Do you find a sitter to help with the extra things that pile up? Are you coping at all? I pray for your sanity, and know you're tough, you can get through this. This too shall pass and remember the stages in life and that it's ok to ask for help. It's ok to feel like you can't manage it all and that feeling of overwhelm??? I've been there. 

Sleep matters because YOU matter. You do what you need to do to get your sleep so you can be the BEST mom, the BEST version of you. Take that nap. Take the offer for a sitter. Swap kids with a friend. Sleep when the baby sleeps. If you need help, get help. 

That's all for today. Sleep well. :-)

Have a wonderful day!!! 

Kara- The Nurse Mom


 
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