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Painted rocks spread kindness and love—and encourage your child’s creativity too 🎨

Recently, my son and I were playing at the park when he noticed something interesting. There was a cute little painted rock with an uplifting message clearly and quite lovingly written by a kiddo about his age. My son was delighted and wanted to make his own. Suddenly we were hopping on the Kindness Rocks Project bandwagon.


Back at home, my son put the rock in a safe space in his room. Then we got to brainstorming ways to pay it forward by making painted rocks and leaving them in new, creative places. I mean the whole gist of the idea is to spread kindness and love—and I want my boy to be someone who does just that.

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If your kiddo is interested too, here's how you can create your own kindness rocks:

What you need to get started

You will needs rocks, acrylic paint (it withstands the weather the best), paintbrushes, an old t-shirt or art apron and maybe some glitter or sealer if you are feeling up for it! ✨

I've seen the rocks range from small to large in size. Most hobby stores carry rocks or you can search your yard for a few. Just be sure to give them a good cleaning before applying paint!

Design ideas for your painted rocks

Set aside an afternoon, spread some newspaper out on a table and get busy painting! Encourage your little one to get creative with their favorite sayings, characters or designs. This isn't about perfection, but just having fun and creating something that spreads joy.

Some cute rocks I've seen include ones decorated with ladybugs, states (to show how far the rock has traveled), rainbows and even googly eyes. Of course my little guys like to add his own creative touches, but he did paint one that resembled the American flag that was pretty cute! ?

Where to hide painted rocks

When it comes to hiding the rocks, most public spaces are considered fair game—as long as it is in a safe area and not disturbing a business or causing any harm. Avoid grassy areas as well, as rocks could be hard to find or potentially be dangerous to lawn mowers. A few hiding places that have a been a hit in our town are:

  • Parks
  • Schools
  • The Arts Council
  • Outside of family restaurants
  • Outside the library
  • Around the city square
  • Rest stops
  • Farmers market
  • Roadside attractions
  • Grocery store parking areas

Spread the rocks—and the love—around

For painted rocks, the rule of thumb is to keep the first one you find as a keepsake and re-hide the others you come across. If you want to keep a memento of the others, many people take photos and post them to local rock-finding Facebook pages—so be sure to check if your community has one! This is also a fun way to start a little treasure hunt.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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