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SavvyMom's Guide to May

05/14/2012 07:49 EDT | Updated 07/14/2012 05:12 EDT
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May is our month, moms. Own it.

DO

Plan a lovely Mother's Day for yourself

Why? Because who else will? You're the only one who knows what you really want, so start dropping hints.

GET

Some good sunscreen and sunglasses for you and the kids.

Why? Because the sun's rays are stronger than you think, and they are damaging our kids' eyes as well as their skin (you already knew that).

PLAY

Freeze Tag. Start by choosing one person to be 'it.' When they catch someone, that person stays frozen in place and can't move but must stand with their feet apart. They can only become unfrozen if another player saves them by crawling through their legs. The last person to be frozen wins the game and is 'it' for the next game.

Why? Because you need to get out and play with your kids. There is more and more research indicating that our kids are suffering physically and emotionally from spending too much time inside and in front of screens. So are you.

READ

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Why? To see what all the fuss is about. No other reason than that, of course.

GREEN IT

Double check your personal routine with this list of the Mean 15 Chemicals to Avoid

Why? This handy little list can be bookmarked on your phone so you can refer to it when you're shopping.

SURF

ActiveKidsClub.com

Why? Because it's chock full of ideas for getting the kids outside and connecting with nature.

APP IT

Houzz Interior Design Ideas.

Why? Because everyone likes to dream about living in a perfectly designed home. Now you can find inspiration for that on your phone.

MAKE IT

A Vacation Memory Jar by Angie at Echoes of Laughter.

Why? Because it's a unique and creative twist on the forgotten album that gets stacked away when complete. Now you can relive those memories every time you walk past the mantel.