- I will daven extra hard for world peace (and yell at my husband when he leaves his socks on the floor).
- I will not talk about the current presidential elections (trying not to speak lashon hara).
- I will give up ice cream for good (just discovered this amazing Belgian chocolate. Much better!)
- I will not get angry at the guy who blocks my driveway for the third time this week (I will puncture his tire ever so calmly).
- I will work big time on zrizus (so sorry for cutting ahead of you in line. This is a new year’s resolution).
- I will go to sleep early every night (umm… Remind me I said so when I’m yawning at midnight).
- I will try to be a more humorous person in general (LOL, ROTFL, LQTM).
- I will send a cake over to my friend who just moved (and tell whoever I meet of my good deed).
- I will invite my parents in law to our house for yom tov (right after I hear they bought tickets to go to their daughter in Israel).
- I will take care of my health and eat healthy foods (hey! French fries is a vegetable!)
- I will daven with extra kavanah and say each word slowly and carefully when i lead Shachris in shul. Davening will take at least 1.5 hours. (Gotta be mezakeh the rabbim!)
- I will say extra tehillim every day. (Don’t freak out when you see me mumbling on the street. Just assume I’m talking into a Bluetooth).
- I will have one hour technology free each day. No phones, tablets, Ipods or laptops (of course during my work hours. Why? Did you think otherwise?)
- I will do 100 situps a day (staying seated for long stretches at a time is counted as extra credit).
- I will take it in stride when my neighbor comments “so cute! When are you due?” (Nothing doing. That bulge comes from eating too much ice cream).
- I will tell zeidy how sweet he looks in his new suspenders (yellow and black checked. Seriously?)
- I will make 33 batches of kneidel balls so my freezer is well stocked.
- I will not covet my neighbors brand new convertible with surround sound system (hey my 1996 station wagon has its own speaker system. Do you hear that rattling sound?)
- I will shop at EZKosher.com to make my life easier, while saving time and money (you knew that would be coming from an EZKosher.com blog, no?)
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. It is the time when parents breathe a huge sigh of relief as they send their children off to school after keeping them entertained for the past few weeks. It is the time when excited children run off to school happily in their spanking new shoes and trendy briefcases. It is the calm before the storm of homework, tests and endless periods will come and banish the excitement of the new school year.
It is also the time when the lines at the uniform stores extend halfway down the block, and the gaggle of strollers blocking the street make traffic on the Thruway look like child’s play.
Yet that is nothing compared to the shoe store line on the next block.Little children are ‘holding a place’ since the morning, while their mother is running into the hosiery store, the dry goods store, school supplies store, and grocery store.
The frazzled mother leaves her half-full shopping cart in middle of the cereals aisle because she gets a frantic call from her child, “Mommy, only 3 families ahead of us! Come quick or we’ll lose our ‘Next!'”
She runs breathlessly into the shop and sits down gracelessly, as she watches the hapless salesperson trying to fit her 4 kids into both shabbos and weekday shoes. Her antsy kids are difficult to please and she wishes she can just go to sleep and wake up to see her children fully clothed and happy, a few weeks down the line.
When she finally does get home, shlepping all her bags and tired kids, she remembers the grocery cart, abandoned a few hours ago in the midst of the supermarket. Waves of exhaustion hit her and she sighs. She just CANT. She can’t do it all.
But her kids won’t have breakfast or snack for their first day of school.
She still has to make supper, and bathe the kids, and try to make a semblance of order in her house.
Then her daughter asks her “Why don’t you shop on EZKosher?”
That inspiration saves the night. She hurriedly adds all items on her shopping list to the cart, presses submit order, and a few hours later, her order shows up at the door.
At that time, the kids are tucked in, freshly bathed, and mom is relaxing for a few minutes on the couch to rest her aching feet.
If only all problems would be this EZ to solve!
Summer is not officially over, however the streets are filling up as more and more people are waving wistful good-byes to their summer homes and heading back to reality. The splashing sounds of kids frolicking in the pool is fading in the distance, to be replaced with the more mundane: “I’m bored! What can I do?”
We are currently in the twilight zone between camp and school. The uniform and shoe stores are packed with people doing last minute shopping and the school supply stores are full with happy kids choosing their new knapsacks.
However, after all the shopping, there is still no structure for the kids and they’re begging for interesting activities to keep them entertained. When the day just seems to stretch on forever and you feel you are wit’s end, here are some fun activities for your children to enjoy.
The summer’s best memories are yet to be made!
Bubble Wrap Fun: There is nothing like stomping on bubble wrap to let out pent up energy. The large bubbles make an especially satisfying sound! You can do other creative things with bubble wrap too. Make these cool mosaics by making a slit in the back and stuffing the bubble with tissue paper. Or you can make this nifty hopskotch mat that will keep your kid hopping. Buy a roll here or at any office supply store.
A New Twist on Pool Fun: Enjoy watching your kids playing with their old toys with a new enthusiasm! Set up a baby pool in your living room and your kids will have a blast playing with their toys in their cool new playground. Best of all, the mess stays within the pool walls!
Have Your Veggies and Eat it Too!: Let your kids have fun creating all different type of designs with vegetables, and you will be surprised to see your kids happily munching on their masterpieces when they finish. Make sure to take a picture of it first!
Don’t worry about getting the ingredients. Ezkosher.com has got you covered! With a few clicks you will experience the convenience of getting your items to your door.
These are just some ideas to get you started. Send us your kids’ creative ideas, we would love to see them!
Car Wash: Car covered with summer grime? What can be better than keeping your kids gainfully employed while having a blast? Give them a hose, some shmattes, buckets and brushes and soon your car will be as shiny as the smile on your children’s faces! When they’re finished, they can do the bikes and outdoor chairs too.
Scrapbook of Memories: Did your kids go to sleepaway camp this summer? Did they go on a trip with the family? A perfect way to capture the memories is to create a keepsake album, with the highlights of their summer creatively displayed. Set them up with colored paper, scissors, glue, buttons and other embellishments you can find around the house. When they finish, your kids will be proud to display their hard work.
Used any of the ideas above? We would love to hear from you what worked! Have a happy summer!