Category: Feeding Time

Dream Catcher

Posted on September 5th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Nesting Necessities. No Comments

I was giving our boys a bath the other night and our 4 year old said, “Mom, when I was over at Joe’s house he had this thing hanging from his wall with feathers on it and he said that it keeps away all the bad dreams…can I get one of those?”

I knew right away what he was talking about because I remember being young and seeing a dream catcher at a few of my friends’ houses and wanting one for my room too.  I told him that I would be happy to start looking for a dream catcher in the next week or so…but, if you know our 4 year old, you know he is a persistent little sparrow.

Hence my ‘dreaming up’ how to make our own little dream catchers…DIY style!

Do dream catchers really work, you ask?  Well, so far so good over in this dreamland…but you can decide for yourself!

And if you’re a little curious about the meaning behind a dream catcher…here is what I now know about it:

A dream catcher is made up (normally, ha) of a wooden hoop containing a web-like design in the middle.  At the bottom of the hoop it contains 2 or more dangling feathers.  The … Read More »


Posted on August 28th, by Ally in FASHION, Feeding Time, Nesting Necessities. No Comments

I am constantly trying to teach our boys about respect.  Some days I think, ‘Yes, they’re getting it!’  and other days, I think, ‘Whoa…need to work on that one!’   Like most lessons for children to learn, I think it takes a village.  If we don’t teach them about respect, and more importantly, if we don’t model it for them, how are they going to learn?

After almost every play date that our children have at a friend’s house, I like to ask the parent, “How did he do?  Did he use his manners?  Was he respectful?”  It is just a little “check” I like to do to keep me on my toes with the ongoing lesson of teaching respect to our boys.  I hope my friends are being honest with me, but I realize they may not be every time.  I understand it is hard to tell your friend that their child was rude, talking back or not being respectful.   It is a fine line that we have to walk sometimes, as parents with our friends.  But it is so important that we are honest with one another.   We are not helping this village that our children are growing up in, if we aren’t participating and not being honest with … Read More »

Looking for “Happy”

Posted on August 24th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

Where did my happy go?

Our middle son is very good at expressing himself.  Terrible two’s you ask?  Nope, he’s 4 1/2 now…but, I know what ya mean, bean!  If you’re experiencing the terrible 2’s OR the terrible 3’s, hang in there!  It will pass and I actually think you might be able to change the way you look at this interesting little toddler phase!

Our middle son was a feisty 2 AND 3 year old.  I smile looking back at those challenging years, because now that he is coming into his own little personality, it is clear that his 2 & 3 year old feisty behavior was his way of expressing his emotions.    I am sooo thankful for that phase, because I now see that he was learning how to express his feelings at each moment.  Some kids may keep their emotions all inside or others may express them through actions.  Our little dude, simply tells us exactly and I mean, exactly, how he is feeling.

A few weeks ago, he came downstairs to the breakfast table saying this, “Mama, I can’t find my happy.”  Although I loved the way he was explaining this challenge and feeling, my heart ached when I heard this (rather cute) phrase.   No mom … Read More »

Golf Tournament Champion

Posted on August 21st, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

The Power of Intention….is a powerful thing!


My brother recently got married.  He is an avid golfer and his love for the game is rubbing off on my oldest son…even all the way from California!  For his rehearsal dinner, my parents appropriately hosted it at a gorgeous country club overlooking the beautiful scenery Palm Springs provides.  What is a rehearsal dinner at a country club without a mini putt-putt tournament, right?  Our family would have it no other way!

When our oldest son got wind of this mini “golf tournament” as he coined it, he told the entire universe about it!  Every where we went, it didn’t matter if we were in the restroom at Target or having a playdate with our friends, in the grocery store line or music class, everyone was fully informed of our little “golf plans” the weeks leading up to the wedding.  I shouldn’t even say ‘our‘ golf plans…I mean, ‘his’ golf plans.  His teacher knew, our neighbors knew, pre-school parents that I only knew their child’s name, knew.  It didn’t matter who you were, he was going to tell you about it!  Even strangers on the car rental bus on the way to the airport knew:

“Where are you headed, young man?”  These strangers asked … Read More »

Baby’s First Words

Posted on July 25th, by Ally in Feeding Time. No Comments

Our baby-baby, said his first word…gosh I don’t really know when for sure, but I’d say a few months ago and he’s now 16 months old.  What was it, you ask???  Ummmm, it was…let’s see, which word was it…?

Yes, Mom…you can laugh with me now…just like you always told me about the 3rd child of the family… (which I am), things start to get a bit foggy.  Why does it have to be this way?  I’m trying SO hard to keep it all equal for each kid.  I’m not going to lie, it’s hard work! Life gets busier and busier with each new blessing added to the family.  I am working so hard to keep track of all his “firsts.”  Oh and that baby book…yup, just like my mom said…it’s pretty well, skinny.  Not quite as full as the other 2 boy’s baby books…yet.  (I still have high hopes for its future “fullness.”)

Hubby is in the same boat as me.  We both can’t remember for sure what baby-baby’s first word was.  I think it was probably “Daddy.”  I say this because baby-baby has been in a huuuuuge  ‘Daddy stage’  lately.  Side note:  I’m over in love with this stage.  J/K…it’s pretty … Read More »

Basketball camp for kids

Posted on July 12th, by Ally in Feeding Time. No Comments

Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way

I love synchronicity.  I believe everything happens for a reason.  I believe that there are no “coincidences” in life. You will probably see this statement a lot throughout my blog posts.  Here is just 1 of the many examples of why I know this to be true.  Although I have shared some awesome stories about the encouraging outcomes we are receiving from doing these daily affirmations with my kids on my previous blog posts, this one has been my most favorite result so far!

It had been about 6 weeks into my experiment of doing daily affirmations with my 2 oldest boys (see blog about “The Affirmation Can”) when I started working on the back-end of my blog.  I had not even written a single post, nor launched my blog at the time.  Due to the fact that I am not exactly savvy with technical stuff, (although, I am slowly starting to impress myself),  my mom gave me the name of their tech guy who I could call from time to time with a technical question.  We’ll call him Joe.  When I first asked Joe (who is one of the most helpful guys you’ll ever … Read More »

The Affirmation CAN

Posted on June 22nd, by Ally in Feeding Time. 6 comments

What is in the Goodie box today???

Creating an affirmation can for your children, your family or yourself is a fun way to get everyone excited to start doing affirmations each day! Our children love coming down to breakfast every morning to choose their affirmation out of the affirmation can! What will it be today? It is almost like a special surprise that they look forward to every day!

If you are not familiar with doing affirmations, please see my page on “Why Affirmations?” to get more information on the benefits of using affirmations with your children (as well as yourself). Doing affirmations each day is what inspired me to start this entire blog, Feeding Sparrows.

An affirmation “CAN” is just an idea I came up with to introduce doing affirmations daily with my children. It is a can (or you could use a box, jar, basket, bucket, tin can or fun treat bag) that holds affirmations that you can create (or use mine) for your children to choose and say throughout their day.  I love the name we gave it, because it truly helps instill in your children that they CAN do anything they set their mind out to do!

If you want to … Read More »