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When is quitting a good thing?

Recently I went to one of my favorite sites, Kidley, and I saw that they have have taken a leave from blogging.

Their reason:

we have been struggling as a family to find the right balance of life, work and blogging. Unfortunately life has been suffering more and more

Although we will miss their creative stream of fun activities and information, I want to give a big shout out for quitting for the right reasons.

Although the Diva Spot just an itty bitty blog in the giant blogosphere, we can understand some of the concerns our friends at Kidley had.

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes at an organized blog: planning the posts, finding links, creating images, writing and editing content, managing comments.

As more and more Moms out there turn to blogging we applaud them expressing themselves creatively. Just don’t lose sight of who your real audience is — your family at at home!

Best wishes to everyone at Kidley and we hope to see them again someday 🙂

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Eggshell planting ideas

With all the eggshells left from Easter, here’s something you can do with them. Start your spring garden!

Click here for instructions from Highlights magazine to make the clown egg planter in the photo above.

To make a simple eggshell planter, you’ll need:

    Eggshells
    Potting soil
    Grass seed or bean seeds
    Hot glue sticks and glue gun or white glue
    A small clay saucer

Directions:

  1. Take a large egg and crack the shell about one-fourth of the way from the top by tapping the egg against the edge of the counter or a bowl. Empty the contents of the egg into a bowl. Rinse the eggshell with water and dry it gently with a paper towel.
  2. Glue the eggshell to the clay saucer.
  3. Fill the eggshells a little over halfway with potting soil.
  4. Add many grass seeds or two bean seeds (in case one doesn’t sprout).The grass seed takes a few weeks to grow, but the bean seeds will spring up in just a few days.

How a seed grows by Helene J. Jordan is a great book for younger kids that will be fun to read and goes along with this activity.

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My 5-year old is uncontrolable

Q:How do you control a 5-year old’s behavior? Timeout does not work, he gets up and repeats the bad behavior.

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Adorable humidifiers for kids rooms

While we were away, the following question found its way to our mailbox:

Q: I remember from reading The Diva Spot that you got the Crane humidifier from Target (the penguin one). Our family needs at least one more for our son’s room. How do you like the penguin humidifier?

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