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"Welcome to Mommy Magic! An interactive community of real moms, founded by a real mom, to give support and tips to make the chaos of motherhood easier and more fun! I am Mary Susan, an author, a columnist, a life coach for moms and a I have Mommy Magic TV segment too! Most importantly, I have three beautiful (and very busy) daughters! I am a real mom managing the daily insanity of motherhood just like you!"

Thursday
Jul012010

Fourth of July Family Fun

Looking for some kid-friendly fun for the Fourth of July? See if your town or neighborhood has an Independence Day Parade. Most communities have them and they are great fun!

The parade in Fishers, IN (near where I live) blocks a portion of the street off and families line up on the curb to watch the parade. Local bands play, floats glide, dance teams perform, and various groups cruise by offering handfuls of candy to the kids. If you go, make sure to bring something for your kids stash their candy in! (Like Dad’s baseball cap or a plastic firefighter’s hat.) Take a cooler packed with popsicles and water and enjoy the hot, but great family fun.

Wednesday
Jun302010

No Drama Mama

I have been a mom for over ten years now. Like anything, once you have been doing it a while you figure out tricks that help you along the way be more effective, happy and like the overall process more. Let’s be honest, motherhood is a process too! Not just a journey of raising our children, but in many ways, evolving and growing ourselves while in the chaos of motherhood.

In fact, I am not at all the same mom that I was when I had my first daughter of ten years ago. Back then, my house was quiet and manageable with just my husband and myself and our sweet one child. I was actually planning play dates to create some stimulation for her during her toddler years. Ten years later, I have had two more daughters since my first, added two dogs to the family and a cat and a handful of fish too. Rarely do I have enough time to manage a play date for my third child and if I did, I might have them help me fold laundry rather than doing an age appropriate game.

Clearly, my role has changed over the last decade, I have changed and motherhood as I knew it is completely different. All of this is to be expected as a family grows and evolves in the process of raising a family. What I didn’t expect was that I would have to be selective and even careful at times with other moms. What I didn’t know then that I have figured out now, is that there are a lot of “Drama Mama’s” in our field of motherhood and we have to be careful not to give what little energy we have left to them and their daily drama.

Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. I was always trying help rescue moms who somehow managed to get them self into some silly drama in their neighborhood, in school, our even with their own husband. What I figured out along the way is that some moms create this drama and actually enjoy staying stuck in this state. What I also realized is that I was wiped out from it and had little energy to put toward the things I actually wanted to accomplish at the end of my day when my kids were settled and in bed. I was exhausted from their drama. How silly is that? I realize that we are all in the journey of motherhood together, but some us go about it differently and want to accomplish various things from the journey. For me, a peaceful home, laughter and honesty were key things I wanted from other mom friends - not gossiping, picking other moms apart and bashing my husband all day long. With that, in the process of motherhood, I had to start being selective and careful who I gave my time and energy to and I learned weeding out the “Drama Mama” was a huge part of regaining my energy back!

There is a great news and it is that we do have a choice in who we spend our energy on as moms. Obviously, our kids and family, but even as we grow and evolve in this journey, be selective who you choose to hang around on a daily basis. I once read that you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with each day. That is a powerful statement and worth taking a moment to ponder if those who you spend the most time with, are helping you grow, inspiring and encouraging you on a daily basis and trying to build you up rather than tear you down. If so, than chances are you are doing the same.

Wednesday
Jun232010

Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

As a kid, summer days seemed endless – filled with hours of running through the sprinkler, riding my bike, and selling lemonade at the street corner. The neighborhood kids gathered around the slip-n-slide in the backyard with popsicles dripping down our chins is a special memory. Looking back, I recall feeling like summer was in fact a “break.” It felt effortless, lazy and fun. Oh, to be a kid again! Now, as a mother of three, I know there is a lot of orchestration involved for those of us “creating” these magical memories.

Add to the equation a little thing called Daylight Savings Time. DST has now truly made summer days endless. With that in mind, I’d like to lighten the burden by sharing some fun and affordable ideas for your family this July.

Start off with a trip to your local Farmer’s Market Saturday morning. It is a great way to get your vegetables and produce for the holiday weekend. Ours, in Fishers, IN is free and very family friendly. They often have live music, local artists and my kids’ favorite – The Honey Stand! Each Saturday they look forward to getting their honey sticks (9 honey sticks for a quarter!) In July, a local farmer fills his pick-up truck to the brim with ears of corn. Kids are encouraged to hop in the back of the truck and pick out their own corn to buy. My kids think this is so fun and the corn is always sweet and delicious! Check into your local Farmer’s Market and make it a family tradition during the summer.

Stay tuned for more family activities - what are your favorite summer activities?

Tuesday
Jun222010

Fun Family Tips for the Fourth of July

Tip #1 - Join your local Forth of July Parade

Go to your local township/city for their Fourth of July Parade. Most towns have them and they are a great free and fun family tradition. Most times they feature local businesses, firefighters and high school bands. A great tip is to bring a hat for your kids to catch all the candy they throw to kids on the curb. Red, white and blue beads and removable tattoos are a fun way to get into the spirit and can be picked up inexpensively at a party store.

Tip #2 - Plan your own local Fourth of July Parade

Plan a neighborhood or street parade. Have the kids decorate wagons, bikes and scooters with streamers & balloons. Make flyers to let your neighbors know. Everyone loves a parade and it is so fun when kids of all ages get involved!Let them decorate and really get into the spirit of celebrating for the Fourth of July!!!

Tip #3 - Make Red, White & Blue Snowcones

Make red, white and blue snow cones!!! Have your kids help shave the ice and let them pour the flavoring! A great treat to beat the heat and if done outside all you have to do is hose off the mess!

Tuesday
May252010

Summer Camp Ideas

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"Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer"

1. Camp. Camps are an amazing way for kids to spend summer! Indy's Child offers an amazing camp directory to help you match your kids to a camp! Check it out on www.indyschild.com.

*Featured camp GIVEAWAY*
A great camp opportunity can be yours! Michele's Studio in Fishers is offering youth drama camps focusing on acting, singing, & dancing with an end of camp performance. They also offer a music themed camp featuring piano, guitar, violin & drumming lessons. Become a fan of Mommy Magic on facebook & be entered to win a Free Week of camp at Michele's Studio this summer! www.micheles-studio.com

2. There are tons of FREE activities to partake in this summer as well! Check out The Old Schoolhouse Store .