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Surprise Mom with a Mother’s Day Canvas Pop!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to get the perfect gift ordered and shipped so it arrives just in time for mom. Every year my kids make their mom a card. We get out the glue, glitter, construction paper, scissors and more and craft together a beautiful card. This year though we are planning something different. So instead of doing the personalized card we usually do this year we are going for something a little more thoughtful, something a little more sentimental, something different, and something that will last a lifetime, this year we are getting canvas prints!

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This year the kids and I are going to go through hundreds of photos and find the best ones to send over to CanvasPop to print off several beautiful canvas prints! Sorting through wonderful memories that we have all created together is the perfect excuse to print off those precious moments for mom to hang on the wall. With two kids and myself we decided to go with three different canvas prints to surprise mom this year on her special day. Unique and made just for her these prints will look fantastic on our wall and will definitely last a lifetime.

While sifting through thousands of photos we even came across some that would be perfect for those other moms in our life. Aunts, grandmas, and those other motherly figures should get a chance to feel special this Mother’s Day as well. Sending over a few photos to CanvasPop could not be any easier. Just upload and make some selections and there ya go!

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So what are you waiting for? Head on over to CanvasPop and start digging through those selfies and candid photos to find the perfect canvas print to have printed for that special mom in your life. Save yourself the time and headache from getting crafty and making a big mess that either you or mom will have to clean up anyways. Spend that extra time going through those old photos. You may even find something that you totally forgot about like I usually do. My kids love going through pictures of old memories. It is something that we can spend hours doing and really enjoying the time spent together.

Click here and get started today!!!

If you need more inspiration for Mother’s Day, check out this Mother’s Day ideas page at CanvasPop and save with an exclusive Mother’s Day code!

St. Louis Dad partnered with CanvasPop for this post. Check out CanvasPop.com for more awesome canvas prints!

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Getting Kids Interested In Music

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Children are interested in many things right from a young age, but they usually don’t start getting curious about music until they’re a bit older. Or at least, they don’t start to understand music until they’re older. Getting them interested in music from a young age is one of the best things you can do. It helps to give them a purpose in life, and helps to nurture a passion for such a beautiful thing. Music is going to help them through a lot of situations in life, so the sooner they find a love for it the better. Here’s how you can try and help grow that love.

Take Them To See It Live

Taking them to see music live is going to be so much fun for the both of you. It’s obviously better to do something like this when they’re old enough to understand and enjoy. If you take them too early all you’ll have on your hands is a potentially tired and fed up kid, not what you want when you’re trying to enjoy a concert. But when they are old enough, check out websites such as TicketOffices.com and ask them what sort of things they like. It’s important for them to find their own love for music first, whether that be a love of pop music or a love of rock music. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of it, you should still try and go to the concerts to help nurture that love for music from a young age. You could make it a family event and get everyone involved, or you could keep it personal and use it as a way to bond with your child. Some parents love sports and engaging with that, you could be the parent who loves music and helps them to develop that passion. You never know, what you do in the beginning could turn them into the next super star!

School Clubs

School is where they learn the most, from social skills to education, it’s where they learn everything to set them up for the rest of the life. The one thing that is going about schools is the fact they have so many different school clubs to entice all children to join. One of them is always music. Whether it be something like band practice, choir, you name it, they should have it. Not only is it a great way to get them interested in music, but it also gives them the chance to make new friends who have similar likes to them.

Play With Them

If you have that love for music, and if you know how to sing or play an instrument, then you should be looking to do this with them. No one is going to be able to understand how they learn, and have the patience to help them get to a professional standard. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with them and gets you spending some good old quality time with them.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Southeastern Rodeo Association presents the 2nd Annual St. Louis Open Black Rodeo

Southeastern Rodeo Association returns to STL, bringing the 2nd Annual St Louis Open Black Rodeo to Chaifetz Arena.  Phenomenal feats of skill will be on display as cowboys and cowgirls will compete for prize money across various competition categories.

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Cowboys and Cowgirls will be heading to #STL on May 5th for the 2nd Annual STL Open Black Rodeo at Chaifetz Arena!

The Southeastern Rodeo Association Black Rodeo will be in St. Louis at the Chaifetz Arena on May 5th! The Open Black Rodeo’s role is to educate the public on the importance of African-American cowboys’ work in the “Old West”. Professional cowboys and cowgirls will be competing for prize money!

The rodeo showcases professional cowboys and cowgirls in events including bronco riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

Expect a lot of action at the 2nd Annual St. Louis Open Black Rodeo!

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What To Do When You Hear ‘Daddy, I Don’t Feel Well’ On A Workday

Unwell children are a worry for parents at the best of times. It’s never nice to think of your little one suffering. But, things get worse if both you and your partner are in full-time employment.  Given that your little one will want nothing more than to snuggle up safe at home, one of you will inevitably have to take time out of the office.

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In the majority of cases, bosses are understanding about family needs. While they might not be able to give you the time off, the chances are they’ll at least allow you to work remotely. The issue there, of course, is that you’ll have no choice but to juggle a million things at once. As well as providing much-needed care, you’ll have to keep your workday afloat. And, that’s no easy task. Lucky for you, there are a few ways you can ensure you get this right. Let’s look at what they are.

Find a way to keep your child happy

Obviously, you’re going to need to check on your little one through the day. But, you also need to focus on your jobs. So, find a way to keep your child happy (if that’s at all possible) and occupied while you work. This could mean putting on their favorite film or letting them play with your phone. You might even want to buy them a book they can get stuck into. Either way, knowing they’re occupied can go some way towards helping you get your head down.

Make use of tech to stay in touch

Though you’re working from home, it’s essential you stay in touch with the office. This helps you keep on top of incoming tasks, as well as putting your boss’ mind at ease. So, be sure to make yourself available at all times using whichever tech your office relies on. That may mean logging on to programs like Skype or Google hangouts and messaging colleagues often. Or, if your company use landline text messaging services like those offered by Text Better, you’ll need to make use of these. Send email text messages on a regular basis so your boss knows your progress. However you do it, you need to ensure you prove that you’re trustworthy here. Otherwise, you’re sure to struggle next time sickness strikes.

Make a plan to ensure you get everything done

Given that your boss is trusting you to get your work done, it’s essential you’re as productive here as you would be in the office. That’s not easy when you have to stop every hour or so to check your child. But, by making a plan at the start of the day, you should be able to put your time to the best use. When you have a timeline to work towards, you’d be amazed how much more you get done. And, your boss might well be amazed too. At least, that’s the plan. Just like that, the disaster of sickness won’t seem so bad after all.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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