How Volunteering Can Make Your Family’s Easter Celebration More Meaningful

How Volunteering Can Make Your Family’s Easter Celebration More Meaningful

When your kids talk about Easter, is their focus on egg hunting and eating chocolate? Doing something charitable can bring more meaning to the day. Your whole family can enjoy celebrating Easter in an alternative manner this year and reap the benefits of doing good things.

Why volunteering is good.

Many people recognize the benefits to others when it comes to volunteering. However, doing things outside of yourselves can benefit your whole family. As Create the Good explains, working to help a charity encourages family members to refocus on what is important in life. It brings you together for a common cause and demonstrates to your children what their priorities should be. If your little ones are very young, you might even invite an aging relative to help with childcare, which provides an opportunity for your senior loved one to contribute while enjoying family time. The more, the merrier!

Age appropriate.

Some organizations restrict volunteers by age. For those youngsters who can’t participate in the regular volunteer work, ask if there are other options. If nothing else, they can still do something charitable by donating toys or clothing to an organization. Allow your child to help with the selection and dropping off the items.


When deciding what charity to help and what activity to participate in, talk with your family members to find out what interests everyone. Ask each member what feels worthwhile and choose an activity that fits for you all. GreatSchools recommends discussing whether an outdoor project is preferable, such as cleaning up a nature preserve, or if everyone prefers to stay inside, such as volunteering at a local museum. If there are competing interests, call organizations to explore needs to help in your decision, and whatever is skipped this time is an option for your next volunteer commitment.

Volunteer Hands

Volunteering Ideas!

Here are some suggestions for your charity-oriented, family-friendly Easter celebration.

Animal shelters and rescues.

Many rescues and animal shelters work very hard to try to provide animals with homes and better lives, and oftentimes they need assistance. Many children enjoy interacting with animals, so this type of volunteering is a natural fit. On-site volunteer opportunities at animal shelters are widely varied, from walking pets, to cleaning kennels, to sorting donations. Typically, there are off-site options, too. Some rescue groups and shelters need help with designing promotional materials, organizing events, or just making phone calls. Ask what the opportunities are to find a niche your family can meet.

Nursing homes.

Elderly people love children, and children love grandmas and grandpas, so nursing homes are a natural choice when you’re looking for family-friendly volunteer opportunities. Remember some nursing home residents don’t receive visitors, so it’s a great outreach to seniors in need. Your children can play games with seniors, sing songs, or just enjoy chatting with them.

Food pantries and soup kitchens.

Serving meals to those less fortunate is a terrific reminder to those blessed with an abundance. Smaller children may be better off shopping for donations to a food pantry instead of serving at a soup kitchen, but both options provide plenty of teachable moments. Take opportunities to explain about hunger, homelessness, and doing without. If you don’t know where to find a local food bank, check online or reach out to local authorities.

Local libraries, parks, and museums.

These nonprofit organizations typically have more work than workers, even if they are government funded. Children can stack books in libraries, pick up trash at local parks, or help with behind-the-scenes work for museums such as filing or sorting. Ask at individual organizations for what opportunities are available.

Celebrate Easter together!

Make Easter an event that isn’t just centered around eggs and candy. Look for opportunities to do something together that benefits your community. A charitable act is a terrific alternative

How Volunteering Can Make Your Family’s Easter Celebration More Meaningful

Baby Monthly Stickers – Celebrate Milestones with Photos

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Baby Monthly Stickers – Celebrate Milestones with Photos

Look at that handsome boy, ahhh I could stare at these pictures all day! Today I wanted to share these Baby Monthly Stickers called My First Holiday Belly Milestone Stickers and Month by month stickers I have used for Clay! Each holiday you can showcase the My First Christmas, Halloween, etc. And the monthly ones just have how many months they are that month! My sister in law bought these for me when I was pregnant! I have used them through the whole first year, we have this month and Clay will officially be one on the 20th! WOW how time flies!

I love being able to look at the pictures see the stickers and know exactly what month he was or which holiday we were celebrating! It is great for the baby books you might create, so you will never forget the day!

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Celebrate baby's milestones by taking photos with baby monthly stickers. You can commemorate both each month of age, as well as their first holidays!

As Clay got older, sometimes he didn’t want to have it on his tummy so I would stick it on a stuffed animal, the wall or wherever and it worked fine that way! He always wanted to tear it off when he learned how and eat it! They have so many different designs to choose from when it comes to these stickers, it makes it fit anyones style preference!

Baby Monthly Stickers – Milestone Stickers for Babies 

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I wanted to share some of the ones I thought were fun for both monthly and holidays! They have tons more to choose from, and they are very affordable! As you can see I have used them a lot, and I love to recommend these! They truly do make wonderful gifts for expecting moms and will be welcome at any baby shower!

Celebrate baby's milestones by taking photos with baby monthly stickers. You can commemorate both each month of age, as well as their first holidays!

​4 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Give Back During the Holidays

Christmas Cookies

The holiday season is a wonderful time to teach your kids about giving. There are countless numbers of groups, organizations and people in need and the spirit of giving is quite natural. Kids also take to the idea of giving rather easily and sharing the ideas will only bring you closer together.

Here are four really interesting ways to teach your kids about giving back during the holidays:

Make Baskets for Nursing Homes

You can give out sugar-free cookies and treats or homemade cards and letters. Pretty much anything that shows you care is welcomed by this often overlooked community of people. Seeing the smiles on their faces will change your child’s life.

Make Food Plates for the Homeless

One simple yet powerful thing you can do is to simply gather up a bunch of fruit and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to give out. The need is real and the vast majority of folks really appreciate the gesture. Alternatively, you can give out gloves, coats and shoes if your financial situation warrants.

Have Them Visit the Children’s Hospital in Your Area

Seeing others that are not as well off or that have medical problems can have a lasting impact not only on those being visited, but on your children as well. It is extremely rewarding to bring gifts to these children and spend a bit of time. There is a better than average chance your kid will come out with a new friend or two.

Have Them Volunteer Their Time for a Cause of Their Choosing

Volunteer work is by far the most rewarding thing you can do for others during the holiday season. Kids truly begin to appreciate the difference they are making when they are giving up their own time and energy. Very few parents expose their children to these opportunities but it is a wonderful experience for all.

What other creative ways can you think of to help your kids learn to give back during the holidays or any time of year?

Get Messy With Your Baby in the #MessiestBabyContest + $50 AMEX Giveaway

This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Dreft. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.Clay's First Birthday

Our little guy just turned one on the 20th of October! Time sure does fly, I always heard people say that, but I think until you have your own little sweetie pie, you don’t truly see how fast it really is going by! I remember bringing him home and being scared of what to do, and now he runs all over the house playing! I am very thankful I get to stay at home with him, so I get to take part in each new milestone he reaches! 

Clay Eating

We can’t always sweat the small stuff, a little mess here and there is always a little fun, right?! Rather than sweating the small stuff, parents should rejoice in the fact that a messy baby is a sign of a happy,well-adjusted one and not worry that it may reflect poorly on them as parents. Parents can brush off the spaghetti stains on the party dress and the grass stains on pants and enjoy every moment while Dreft tackles the messDreft has partnered with Dr. Hes, and she shares some great “messy baby” tips! Here are a few of her tips she shares, to make memories with your babies!

Count the fun and use your fingers: Use your little one’s food as a fantastic way to learn how to begin counting. When snacking, start counting with your little one and encourage them to use their fingers. Also, this is a great time to use food to help them learn how to properly grasp things. It will take time and practice so let them get a little dirty with their food and practice, practice, practice!

Load up on bibs: Bibs are a great way to capture those messy food moments. Once your little one is done with meal time, throw the bib in the washer with Dreft Active Baby to easily tackle the mess so you can do it all over again. The mess went way beyond the bib? No problem—throw that outfit in the washer too!

Splish, Splash in the Bath: Bring fun toys and activities into the bath and let your child splash around and have fun. Make sure to use warm water (vs. hot) and use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.

eating cake

I also wanted to share Dreft is excited to launch the Dreft America’s Messiest Baby Contest, inviting families to submit photos of their favorite messy baby moments! You have a chance to win prizes including the cover of May issue of Parents Magazine and more! It is a great way to win prizes but also create fun memories!

How to Enter Contest: 

Parents can enter to win Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby Contest for a chance to have their little one featured on the cover of Parent’s Magazine by submitting a photo of their favorite messy baby moment at or posting their photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #messiestbabycontest. Winners will also receive a supply of Dreft laundry detergent of course!

Dreft hosted an event in New York City on October 25th with Molly Sims! She got a little messy with little ones helping Dreft launch their nationwide search for Dreft’s America’s Messiest Baby, at the Dreft Messy Play Date Party in New York City! Molly Sims has embraced the mess in her life, with two children and one on the way #amazinghood.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Twitter Party with Dreft featuring Molly Sims! The Dreft #MessiestBabyContest Twitter Party will take place on Monday, November 14th from 9PM-10Pm EST. IF you are free make sure to attend for some good conversation and prizes to be won! You can  RSVP here:


If you are looking for a great detergent that can remove baby food stains and more, and is also gentle on the skin, try Dreft today! We have used this with Clay and it is amazing! Works wonders at fighting off those stains, and is great for sensitive baby skin and is hypoallergenic!




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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before My C-Section

Clay Newborn

There are a few things I wish I had known before my c-section! I had always thought in the back of my mind that I might end up having a c-section, I think it was just a lingering fear I had my whole pregnancy. I also thought I would have gestational diabetes, and I passed with flying colors, so I began to think I was just worrying over nothing!

I remember going in to getting induced, we hit a deer on the way up, and I instantly looked at Adam and said this can’t be a good start to the day! I hope I don’t have a c-section was in the back of my mind. I am just extra fearful of surgeries, and labor itself was petrifying me, I didn’t want to add the thought of a c-section and all!

My labor was going amazing, and then things started to slowly go downhill. Clay started showing signs of distress, they put oxygen on for probably 8 hours of my 12 hour labor. When the doctor kept coming in, I would get the doom feeling as something wasn’t going right, and would get more anxious by the minute. Then the moment he said c-section I broke down, I mean tears flooded in. baby clay


  1. When They Touch You, There is Still Sensation: Okay, maybe I should have known this but I didn’t. I assumed when you were numb for surgery you wouldn’t be able to feel below your chest. Well, I was mistaken! They would take a piece of alcohol on a little swab and run it over my legs asking me if I could feel the cold, they said you will feel me rubbing this on your leg but I am wanting to know if you feel the coldness. So when you have your c-section you do feel a lot of what they are doing but it doesn’t hurt.
  2. Shake Uncontrollably: Some women shake a ton during labor. Shortly after my epidural I began to shiver a little. Once I got more medicine and being prepped for my c-section it was like I was afraid  I was going to shake right off the table! I had to get two medicines after it was all over to get my shaking to stop. It was scary but they said that it was totally normal.
  3. Major Surgery: Having a c-section is major surgery and in that means a good amount of recovery. Unfortunately Clay got rushed to the NICU for a week after he was 1 week old, and I walked miles a day going back and forth to see him, meeting with specialist and such. I think in the end that helped me recover more.
  4. Constipation or Diarrhea: Most women get very constipated after having a c-section, while some like me have the opposite effect. My bowels were a bit off for around 7 months, it takes a lot to get your body back to normal. Some women though had no issues except for the first week or two.
  5. Hurts to Walk: The first time I got up after having my c-section, the nurse was cleaning me up, I was so close to passing out and getting sick all at once. The pain was tremendous. I had never felt pain like that with any of my surgeries. You just feel the weight of your belly drop since their is no baby, it was the strangest feeling ever.
  6. Walking Helps: Getting up even and moving around really does help speed up the recovery. It hurts a lot but each time the pain will get less and less.
  7. Stay up on the Medicine: Man I learned this the hard way, we made it home from the hospital and the pharmacy was closed, so all night I had no pain meds. By morning I was in tears and could barely function I hurt so bad. Don’t let your pain get ahead, stay up on your meds for a few days!
  8. Gas Pains: I was having extreme pains up in my shoulder blades, to where I would have to stop what I was doing, and I had asked what that could be and they said it was gas. I was told I could take gas relief medicine after like day 3, that really helped relieve that sharp pain up in my shoulder blades.
  9. Can’t Carry Car Seat: The first few days home, you will want help. It is a longer recovery then a vaginal delivery and you can’t move as freely as you would like. I wasn’t able to carry the car seat, so for the first doctors appointment my husband had to go, so make sure to plan for that.
  10. C-Section or Vaginal It’s Still a Birth: Some women say you get robbed if you have a c-section, I am here to tell you it is just as much work to have c-section or vaginal! You still carry the baby for 9 months, have your child, and then get to take them home! Either way we are rockstars, it is hard work having a baby, and we need to empower each other!Clay and momma

At the end of the day, a c-section is scary, but it is worth it because, you bring your precious baby into the world! I wanted to share these things as some of them I had no idea would be such an issue!

It is hard but you make it through it, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters. Women have multiple c-sections, that shows you right there, they know they can do it, and at the end you have your precious baby!