Sick Day Activities To Do With Your Little Ones

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Cure boredom and blahs, while keeping them happy and occupied!

I was recently reminded how crummy sick days are with your kiddos…especially by day two or day three.  So here are my sick day activities to do with your little ones.

Not only do your babies feel awful, but you’re also quarantined at home. With sick kiddos. Who are cranky, tired, blah…and antsy.

Yes, antsy.  Just last week, my little man was fighting a virus  Day one = sleep and snuggles. Day two and three = antsy, with side of cabin fever.

Too sick to leave home, he was crawling up the walls.  And so was I.

There are hundreds of ideas to entertain your kids during sick days at home…and here are a few of my favorites I keep in my back pocket.

Play Doh

Keep little hands busy with this very chill activity.  I break out every Play Doh tub we have, add in a few of my little guy’s favorite trucks or trains, and we create roads, bridges, animals, shapes, and different colors all over our kitchen table.

We also like to include our cookie cutters from all of our different holiday collections…he gets such a kick out of pushing down and making a cool shape.  Especially a snowman in August.

Catch Up on Your Cards

Instead of the typical coloring book activity, why don’t you catch up on any thank-you notes?  Have your kiddo draw a picture, leaving room for your handwritten note.  If your child is old enough, have them practice writing simple sentences.

Or, have them color or create pictures for future birthday cards or any upcoming holiday cards.  Get as creative as you’d like – stickers, markers, crayons, glitter…whatever you have in your craft/junk drawer.

Then, file them away for when you need them – an easy way to finally get ahead on correspondence. 

Still Feeling Crafty?  Make Your Own Memory Game! 

Help your kiddo pick a category…depending on their age and what they need to work on.  Ideas include shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc.

You can make this as simple or as challenging as you’d like.  For example, I’d have my five-year-old pick out construction paper, practice tracing squares, then cutting the “cards.”  Once you have 20-30 cards (close to the same size, if possible), have them draw their chosen items on one side of the cards, mimicking the traditional “memory” game format (i.e.  two cards with circles, two cards with hearts, two cards with triangles, etc.).

Mix them up, lay them out face-down, and voila!  Your own homemade memory game.  The creative process will keep them busy for a little while…then they actually get to play a game!

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

What about a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt…at home?  My kiddos LOVE finding things…especially when it’s a little competitive.  Make a list of fun things around the house, give them each a bucket or bag, and let your little ones find everything on their list.  Each kid that completes the list gets a small prize. (of mom’s choosing).

Here are some ideas to include:

– Something fuzzy (really anything sensory…hard, soft, bumpy, etc.)
– Something that is a [insert shape, color, etc.]
– A book with an “N” in it’s title (or whatever letter you want)
– Something with their name on it
– Something that smells good
– Something that they would find in a pocket
– Something from under their bed
– Something they’ve made

Really, the sky’s the limit…it also depends on your child’s age.  Make it easy or challenging.  Just have fun with it!

Play with Chop Sticks

This is such a fun idea that I am borrowing from a wonderful friend…who is also a fabulous homeschool teacher and mama of three. She filled a big mixing bowl with small craft “pom poms.”  Then she ordered easy-to-squeeze kid chopsticks from Amazon (see the picture below).

Munchkins can use these chopsticks to pick up the pom poms…an excellent activity to practice fine motor skills for eventually writing!  Both my toddler AND my kindergartener loved this activity.

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What are your sick day go-to’s?  Share below so we can all benefit from each other’s tips!  

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$10 Off Uber Promo Code

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Uber is an app that connects you with a driver at the tap of your screen and is just about the coolest service EVER!  I was super excited to share Uber with you along with a Uber promo code ” dm33t ” for $10 off so you can try it yourself!

I had heard rave reviews about Uber from my hairdresser Tera and had been curious to give it a try. The opportunity came one night when my sister and I decided to do a girls’ night out and see a show at the Irvine Improv.

We were going to meet for dinner before, which would likely include a glass of wine and then were wanting to partake in a few cocktails at the show, so Uber was going to be a must. So not worth it to ever risk having a few drinks and driving.

I am SO in love with the service, I am telling everyone I know.

How Uber Works

1. Download the Uber app through the App Store or through Google Play to your device. It’s free.

2. Enter your info to set up your profile, along with your credit card info.

3. When you need a ride, open the app, and the GPS will find where you are. “Tap” to set the pick up location (or enter a new address), then select the type of car you want from economy to luxury (prices vary by type of car.) UberX is most cost effective and you will select that at the time of pick up location.

4. Within minutes, a driver will be located and you will see the type of car coming for you, the driver’s name, customer star rating and can TRACK his location on your map so you can see where exactly they are!

5. When your car is arriving, Uber will text you a few minutes out to let you know.

6. Once you arrive at the destination, you simply GET OUT of the car and your credit card is billed for the ride including a 20% gratuity, so there is absolutely ZERO CASH exchanged.

7. A receipt will then be emailed to you with all the stats on your ride, mileage fee, MPH, etc. SO COOL.

By the way, there is also a “Share Ride” feature, where you can enter in friends that are sharing a ride and you will all be billed in an equal split. Hello Moms’ Night Out <- some of our favorite local spots!  Uber-App

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Give it a try! We are even going to use it for a ride to LAX for a trip coming up. The rates are reasonable, and I love that we don’t have to worry about having cash. So for your next date night, special occasion, wedding, 40th birthday, moms’ night out, remember Uber!

Use my Uber promo code dm33t for $10 off

And please note, the discount will be taken on your receipt, and won’t be showed at the end of your ride.

Happy Friday mamas!

Any fun plans that might include Uber??

Disclosure: Using my Uber promo code gives you and me both $10, so thanks in advance for helping support some future safe nights out on the town!!

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Throwback Thursday

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fun things to do with kids in Orange County

I thought I would do something fun from time to time and do a Throwback Thursday post where I post an oldie by goodie for those new readers, and today’s post is on fun things to do with kids in Orange County.

29 fun things to be exact.

I compiled this list of 29 fun things to do in Orange County in honor of Leap Day last year, and now looking back, it is a pretty fun list!

You can click here to find my 29 fun things to do.

I heart OC so much. From children’s museums to beaches, jump places to petting zoos, we live in an area where there is so much to do!

Do you have any to add?

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The Scoop on Where Kids Eat Free in OC

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Where Kids Eat Free in the OC 1 Our family loves having meals together…and I especially love when I don’t have to always cook it for them!  Read here for my tips on where kids eat free in Orange County.

Yum!  Check Out these Kid-Friendly Restaurants…

Denny’s Restaurants (Mission Viejo location): Two days of fabulous kid meal deals!  Your kids can eat free every Tuesday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10p.m. at participating Denny’s..I know the location in Mission Viejo honors this promotion…so if there’s a Denny’s closer to you, just call ahead and check first. Up to two kids can eat free per one adult entree purchase – sweet!

Farrell’s (Mission Viejo Mall location)Ice cream sundaes for dessert, anyone?  Pop on over to Farrell’s on Wednesdays…because kids eat free all day off the kid menu (with the purchase of one adult meal and one adult beverage, counted per child). 

Fred’s Mexican Cafe (Laguna Niguel location): Every Sunday evening from 4-9 p.m. your kiddos can eat off the kid’s menu for half price (there are a variety of items).  Valid with one adult meal per child’s meal.

El Torito (Irvine  location, MacArthur Blvd.): Munch on chips, salsa, guacamole…and order some delicious kids meals for your kiddos!  Your children can eat free on Wednesdays, with every regular adult entree purchase. (ages 12 and under).

IHOP Restaurants (Orange location): Select IHOP locations have “Kids Eat Free” afternoons – this one in Orange honors this promotion everyday after 4 p.m., when you buy an adult entree and an adult beverage. Since this great deal is restaurant specific, always make sure to call ahead and confirm if you are visiting another location.

Pasta Pomodoro (Newport Coast location): Feel like some pasta?  Visit Pasta Pomodoro, and your kiddos (12 and under) will receive a free kid’s meal on Tuesdays (all day!) with the purchase of an adult meal.

Ruby’s Diner (most locations – call ahead):  What’s better than red vinyl booths, burgers, fries and shakes?  Kids 12 and under eat free from the kids menu every Tuesday evening after 4 p.m – one free kid’s meal per one adult entree purchased.

Stadium Brewing Company (Aliso Viejo location): Start your week off right…every Monday after 5 p.m., kids 12 and under eat free with each adult entree purchase.

TGI Friday’s (Costa Mesa location) – I’m excited to share that this location offers TWO days of kids eat free!  You kiddos will enjoy a free kid’s meal every Monday and Tuesday (all day!), per purchase of an adult meal.

Z’Tejas (South Coast Plaza location):  If you’re doing a little shopping at South Coast, keep in mind that kids eat free on Sundays from 4 p.m. to closing  (per one adult entrée off of their regular menu).

*Note – Different chain restaurant locations may vary their promotions, so please always call your closest location ahead of time to confirm!

Where do you take your kids to eat?  Any other places that you know of where kiddos eat free in Orange County?

If so, share in the comments below!

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