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March 31, 2016

Top 5 Spring Activities for Kids of Every Age

Spring is here and that means the flowers are blooming, the air is fresh, and you’ve switched from hot to iced coffee. Here are our top five favorite activities to do with your kids this spring, organized by age.

3 and Under

Spring is often accompanied by many rainy days. Use those days for some fun spring crafts with your kids indoors. We love this Footprint Flower Pot idea from Crafty Morning!

4-6 Years

Make play dough! If your kids are a little too advanced for the craft above, but you still need to entertain them on a rainy day, this is a perfect baking and crafting combo. Let them help you bake the play dough, and they’ll love playing with it even more. Get creative with this homemade play dough recipe from I Heart Nap Time.

7- 10 Years

Pick and press flowers. Take the beauty of nature home with you. Let your kids have fun picking flowers outside, and then go home to press them. Check out this guide to pressing flowers from 5 Minutes for Mom.

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10 and Up

Explore new passions. Photography is a fun way for your kids to experience the outdoors and get artsy at the same time. Phones double as great cameras these days, or you can go old-school and pick up a vintage film camera from a consignment shop. Either way, hand over the reins and let them have fun.

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All Ages

Have a picnic. When the sun does come out, get outside and soak it in! Grab a blanket and some snacks, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Perfect for babies and older children alike. If your kids are school aged or older you may want to bring a ball or frisbee for them to enjoy too.

March 14, 2016

Fitbit Blaze Giveaway with Flayk App, Ends 3/29

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3 Easy Steps to Enter to Win a Fitbit Blaze:

  1. Download the Flayk app on iOS or Android
  2. Create a Flayk Account for your family
  3. Tell Conservamom you’ve entered!

 

Originally published on: Conservamom

Welcome to the Get Organized + Fit with Flayk Giveaway!

Hosted by Conservamom

Being CEO of my house can be hard. With 5 kids keeping up with all their various activities is close to impossible at times. Although I get tons of help from my hubby it can be tough being on the same page all the time between all our schedules and day to day life. Thankfully I discovered Flayk, a free, family/life management app now available for free download in both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. It has become a lifesaver!

Flayk allows families to coordinate activities, assign responsibilities, share to-do and shopping lists and award points for completed actions in a single app that can be used by multiple families and groups. One of the app’s core features is the ability for users toflayk events, which alerts the group in the event of an unexpected conflict – from car trouble to a meeting that runs long –and allows someone else to quickly pick up the task and keep the day moving smoothly.

Flayk family management app

 

As detailed in ADWEEK, Flayk is the perfect solution for families looking to simplify life in 2016 as well as a technology “must have” for the new aged organized family.

Flayk Basic is free, and for a limited time, Flayk Premium, a seamless, ad-free experience with expanded features, is free for the first month. Flayk Premium is regularly priced at $1.99/month or $18.99/year.

Flayk is the only family management app on the market to introduce an innovative rewards system that lets families assign point values to specific activities. Family members can earn points for completing tasks and redeem them for specific rewards of the family’s choosing, for example, a raise in allowance, a curfew extension, dinner at a favorite restaurant or a pass on a chore.

Flayk recognizes that diversity with its customizable, central hub to organize all kinds of families, whether they live under one roof or are in multiple locations.

In spirit of holding on to those 2016 Mom Resolutions and preparing for the spring season ahead, Flayk is offering a chance to win an all new Fitbit Blaze™ – Fitbit’s New Smart Fitness Watch including a breakthrough features such as PurePulse™ Heart Rate Monitor, Connected GPS, On-Screen Workouts and Color Touchscreen.FITBIT-blaze

Make sure to enter by downloading the Flayk app (IOS or Android) and setting up a profile!

Disclosure: All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US residents only , must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted through email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

January 20, 2016

2016 Mom Resolutions

The New Year is a time when people revisit their personal goals, and make vows to be more of the person they want to be. The new calendar gives people the incentive to leave their unmet goals from the previous year behind, and start fresh. Moms are a particular group that are quite hard on themselves, and have a tendency to make lofty goals. Here’s our list of important, yet achievable Mom Resolutions for 2016.

RoutineMake a routine, and stick to it!

Parenting

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Family Dinners

Make more time for family dinners.

Personal Time

Schedule more personal time.

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Plan more family game nights.

Breathe

Breathe.

 

Which Mom Resolution resonates with you the most?

 

October 22, 2015

With More 18-34 Year-Olds Living at Home, are Parents More Connected than Ever Before?

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Written by: Alex Worth

Among all the Millennials and parents I know, I’ve noticed two extremes when it comes to technology. Either families are incredibly tech-connected or kids are trying to bring their parents out of the stone age.

In the first scenario the entire family has the newest tech gear and constantly communicates through trendy apps across multiple devices. In those families, the parents are often the ones sneaking private messages to their social networks at the dinner table instead of the children. we’ll call these families “the Jetsons.”

In the second scenario, it’s a struggle for kids to persuade their parents to even purchase a smartphone, and once they do its an even bigger challenge getting them to use it. In other words, these families are “the Flintstones”

My family falls into Category 2: Stone-Age Parents.

My parents resist technology as much as possible and when they finally get on board, I become their tech support guru.

No more, “Your call is important to us,” after a twenty-five minute hold time for mom and dad. Now they have me; and like 26% of Millennials ages 18-34 years old, I live at home (Pew Research Center).

With a source of knowledge on call for my technically challenged parents, my mom gets novel insights like instructions on how to open multiple tabs in one window. When I showed her the “Cmd + T” shortcut she reacted with shock, “Woah, woah, woah, slow down! How did you do that?” For parents of Millennials, the days of long-distance troubleshooting are a thing of the past.

Hence why I was surprised when my mom agreed to Beta test Flayk for our family. But the app makes sense to her and it helps her simplify family management. Now she can make sure I remember to take out the trash, feed the dog, and water the plants when she and my dad go out of town.

What used to be a note on the counter now comes to me in the form of a notification on my phone. Flayk levels the playing field between the overly connected Jetsons and even Flintstone families like mine.

August 3, 2015

4 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Help out Around the House

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Written by: Flayk Beta Tester

My kids don’t usually need incentives to help out around the house. At 4, 6 and 8 years old they’ve learned that picking up their toys, feeding the dog, and emptying the dishwasher are their responsibilities. Everyone in the house has a job and they typically complete their chores on their own, no nagging required.

I can’t say always because last week Ava had a temper tantrum about cleaning up the Playdough, and Jacob refused to put the dishes away because he was too busy watching the hockey game, which I couldn’t turn off because dad was watching it too. Family management at its finest.

It’s times like these when I wish a magical nanny would fly in on an umbrella. When she doesn’t appear, I turn to these tips for motivating my kids to do their chores

1. Offer something good in return

Promising a reward for good behavior is a surefire way to get your kids moving. If you do “x,” I’ll give you “y” in return. I usually lean towards offering novelties as bonuses, as opposed to activities that are a part of our normal routine. For example, I would present ice cream as a reward, but not reading a book before bed. To me, reading is an important part of my kids’ lives and I wouldn’t want to use activities that encourage learning as bargaining chips.

2. Take away a prized possession

As much as I favor positive reinforcement over punishments, sometimes I simply can’t entice my kids to stay on track with a reward, which is when I suggest presenting a consequence. Perhaps they’ll lose the privilege of dessert, or maybe you can take away the tablet with their favorite games. The consequences don’t have to last forever, or even a day. Depending on their age, your family habits, and the size of the issue at hand, sometimes just an hour of no TV will do.

3. Make it seem like their choice

All you have to do to make this work is frame the proposition the right way: “Either you can pick up the Playdough and go to the park, or you can leave the table a mess and go to your time-out chair. It’s up to you.”  Whether it’s a reward or a consequence, put the decision in their hands.

This method is not only empowering for your child, but also gives them a sense of responsibility over whichever action they choose. You know you have outlined the parameters, but they feel like they have the ability to shape their future.

4. Use Flayk

Flayk’s the best tool I’ve found to put all of these tactics into practice (even in the Beta stage). I previously used sticker charts with all my kids but now I’ve adopted Flayk for my 6 and 8-year olds, and my 4-year old can’t wait until she can use it.

I get to assign point values to each chore, and the kids can win more points for bigger jobs, like vacuuming the house. They know that with 50 points they can watch an extra episode of Sofia the First, or they can save up and redeem 100 points to pick out a new book for our library (what can I say, my kids love to read). It’s still up to them to decide if they want to do the chore or not, but they know if they do they’re one step closer to getting a reward.

With Flayk’s incentives, the odds are high that the kids will do their job, while at the same time I’ve encouraged independence and decision-making!