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Make moving easier (when you have kids) – because it’s hard enough as it is!

Tips for moving when you have kids - we sure need this with our upcoming move!


Moving can be scary and an unknown territory for kids. My family is currently in the process of moving and I want to share with you some tips that have been working for us!


1) Get the kids involved.
Don’t just send them away to their room or a friend’s house as you pack. Let them help! Turn some tunes on and have some fun. The kids can decorate boxes or pack some of their things (that you will undoubtedly have to re-pack at night, but hey, the kids are keeping happy and busy so it’s a win to me!)


2) Take lots of breaks.
The kids don’t understand why you have to pack, pack, pack, instead of play, play, play. Make sure to dedicate 15 minutes of every hour to the kids, even if they are “helping.”


3) Let the kids “clean” while you pack.
This is definitely a win-win. The kids are happy and busy and they might actually save you a little time. Or maybe not, but it will help them feel needed and it will improve everyone’s attitude. Tip: Have the kids use baby wipes rather than Lysol or Clorox wipes.


4) Get out occasionally.
Everyone needs to re-set. Seeing boxes all day long is exhausting. Get out, go for a walk, go get ice cream cones, or whatever your thing is. Just make sure it’s away from the house!


5) Pick a special surprise for when the move is complete.
Make sure the kids open the surprise gift at the new house. It will serve as a reward for putting up with such a difficult transition.


6) Involve the kids in activities near the new home to give it a positive, exciting vibe.
If the kids are able to make new friends or have any positive feelings towards the new neighborhood or town, it will greatly help with their adjustment.  Join a local club or even visit the local parks to get comfortable with the new neighborhood or town.


How to make moving easier when you have kids - a definite must-pin for when that time comes!

Diabetes in the Classroom: Tips for a Successful School Day

Tips for children with diabetes attending school


Children with diabetes need more care and monitoring than their peers. Communication and training is very important in order to provide appropriate diabetes management. This is especially true for those hours when children are at school. Making sure that school nurses, educators, and support staff are ready to handle the ups and downs of diabetes can allow children to enjoy every school activity with confidence, giving parents peace of mind.

Know your rights and get the proper paperwork in place. Children with diabetes have the same right to education and participation in field trips and sport activities as any other child. By law, schools cannot discriminate against children who have diabetes and are required to provide trained staff to monitor blood sugar levels, give insulin, and administer glucagon injections if needed.

The best way to get this process started is by having a 504 plan or Individualized Education Plan  (IEP) in place.  These plans mean that school staff must provide reasonable modifications to policies and procedures so that children with diabetes have the same opportunity to learn as other children. Work with your school to get this process started. Make sure everyone who cares for your child has a copy to refer to so everyone is on the same page about what to do and when.

Identify caregivers. In most cases, this is your school nurse. If you don’t have a school nurse, ask who will be in charge of caring for your child and what training they have had. You may need to call your superintendent’s office to find the proper resource at your child’s school.

Once caregivers are identified, work with them to make sure they understand your child’s plan of care completely. This includes how to treat hypo- and hyper-glycemia as well as indicate the types of situations in which you should be contacted.  If your child has an insulin pump, make sure that both your child and any caregivers know how to use it. Today’s touch screen insulin pumps are simple to learn, even for people with no previous experience. Touch base with caregivers regularly to see if they have questions or if you identify gaps in your child’s treatment at school.

Teach them the signs.  To give children the best chance to learn, it is important for teachers, aides, and school staff to be familiar with your child’s symptoms of a high or low blood sugar.  If needed, make a list of your child’s most common symptoms. Maybe they become cranky, irritable, or lethargic as blood sugar levels drop. Teach adults to identify these symptoms quickly and check glucose levels as needed. Make sure your team of caregivers is ready to handle any situation including emergencies.

Speak up if you need to. If you feel that something isn’t right with your child’s care, speak up and find the resources to correct the situation. The American Diabetes Association offers Safe at School Advocates who can help you build a better relationship with your school or district, support better communication, and keep your child safer from day to day.


Summer fun in Springfield, Illinois with the kids!


A list of fun things to do in the Capitol City with the kids (Springfield, Illinois)


The Capitol City is known for its abundance of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia and historical buildings.  Unfortunately this has little significance to my kids who are both under 5 years old and I’m sure you can relate. Luckily there is still plenty around to do while the kids are young!  Here is a list off the top of my head of some of our favorite sites to see and places to go in Springfield, Illinois:


Henson-Robinson Zoo (see over 90 species of animals including bears and primates, ride the train!)

Downtown and the Capitol area (beautiful architecture, water fountains, tall buildings, and a taste of “city”)

Ergadoozy Creative Play Center (perfect for a rainy day)

Visit a Park

  • Washington Park (large play ground, feed the ducks, go for a long walk)
  • Lincoln Park (Nelson Center with ice skating and other activities, younger/smaller childrens’ outdoor play area, frisbee golf, go for a hike)
  • Southwind Park (splash pad, two separate playgrounds, fishing pond, 2.5 miles of trails)
  • and many more!

Knights Action Park (water park, outdoor putt-putt range, go-karts, outdoor ferris wheel)

Springfield Library (or one of the surrounding towns – Chatham has an awesome kids’ area!)

Scheels (huge aquarium, $1/person Ferris Wheel, cafeteria area with $1 cups of ice cream, bowling, kid’s play area, animatronic presidents, and the list goes on)

White Oaks Mall (children’s play area, carousel, indoor glow mini-golf)

Springfield Lake (parks, watch the boats, skip rocks)

Lincoln Memorial Gardens (6 miles of trails through wildflowers and wildlife)


There is so much to do in Springfield, IL if you have small kids but sometimes it takes a little inspiration and a list to think of everything!


Still need ideas?

Head inside Barnes and Noble on Veterans Parkway for a LEGO Duplo table, children’s books area, seats for reading, and a stage to perform on.  Down the street towards the interstate, you’ll find a McDonalds with an indoor PlayPlace (and another one on south Sixth Street!)

Lowes has Build & Grow workshops for kids.  You may have to check in store for a schedule.

The Illinois Products Farmer’s Market is Thursday evenings from May 12 – October 13th at the State Fairgrounds.  On Wednesday/Saturday mornings May 13 – October 31, you can visit the Old Capitol Farmer’s Market.  Farmer’s markets can be educational and fun for the kids!

In August the Illinois State Fair will run for two weeks with rides, fun foods, and lots of entertainment.  It’s always a blast for the whole family!  I recommend taking a stroller or a wagon if you have little ones though.  All the walking in a hot day can really wear them out!


Do you have any other ideas?  I’d love to hear about them!  We love trying out new things!!! 


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