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I must hear at least once a week…“I don’t know how you do it!” This is in reference to my six kids (7 years old and younger) swarming around me. We added three children to our family in one 14 months time. It’s been a huge change for our family and it seems the world just can’t fathom a mom of a big family. Adoption has been a huge blessing in our families lives. We love our crazy big family. But, well, survival for this momma has been a learning experience!
When you have a big family you have to be on your “A” Game when things get busy or you are on-the-go with kids in tow. You need to anticipate the kids need to feed and to be entertained. I have two 1 year olds and two 3 year olds. They don’t understand the term “almost there” or “in a few minutes.” Nope. They do not understand it at all. So, I arm myself with a simple arsenal of distractions. These tricks work well at home, in the car, at the doctors office, in the grocery store line that is 10 miles long, or anywhere else where a meltdown is 2 seconds away. I promise my secrets are not too profound. But they are oh. so. good. My secrets to Mom Survival is to ALWAYS have a bag full of snacks and my Walmart Family Mobile PLUS phone with 10 GB of data ready for distraction, redirection, and entertaining!
I learned VERY quickly that kids can suck your data dry when you aren’t looking. By the time each child had their turn with the phone, well, there was no data left for mamma and her need to pin more recipes from Pinterest! It became my mission to find an easy and economical solution for this data sucking problem. Walmart to the rescue!
I went to Walmart on a mission to find a solution to my data issue. There was a Walmart Wireless Section at the front of my Walmart store with a very nice man who was more than willing to listen to my data woes. We immediately focused in on the new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS service plan. Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10 GB of 4G LTE. That my friends is a LOT of data. Of course, Walmart prices won’t be beat. All of this for $49.88 per line, per month. That works extremely well for me!!!
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/28aqc or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Oh, and here is the cherry on top… a FREE movie. Yep. The plan includes one free movie on VUDU each month! (New releases too!) Well. That takes care of movie night in our house! We can stream the movie through our Smart TV right in our living room and eat snacks the entire time! WIN! WIN!
There were several SmartPhone options for the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS. We chose the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime. It was a great price at $79.92. It has a large screen (4.5 inches) which makes it easy for my guys to hold it and see the
games, ahem, Educational Games they are playing. It puts speed at the forefront with 4G LTE speeds you can upload high quality videos and video chat with Daddy (who is willing to help even through video chat with the kids! Bless him!) with a clear picture. We can’t forget the camera which everyone loves using! It has a 5 MP camera and records video in 720p. It also has a very long battery life, which frankly is super important, because with everything else I need to remember to bring with me… I don’t want to have to pack a charger too!
The kids LOVE having a phone dedicated to their needs and entertainment. They are OBSESSED with taking pictures! (Maybe because mommy is a blogger and is constantly taking pictures and videos of them???) They love taking turns taking selfies. I must say that I get a really good laugh going back through their pictures… Sometimes I am shocked at the really amazing moments they capture. And other times, I think… Is my house really that messy??? There are a LOT of crumbs on my floor…
Now on to the second half of my small treasure trove of distractions…the SNACKS! (or as my little 19 month olds says, SHHHNWAACKSH!) Gummy snacks are my favorite. Small, portable, easy to distribute and share. Crackers are my second favorite, but not my first favorite. They seem to have a unique way of accumulating more crumbs than the actual size that the cracker originally started out at. (And most of those crumbs are on mommy.) However, despite crackers ability to create an enormous amount of crumbs, they are filling and everyone is a fan. I also like to bring little containers of berries or grapes. My children are rather fruit obsessed. And that is totally okay by me! However, with six hungry bellies, we can polish off a whole pint of berries in one snack time! (HOLY MOLY! What am I going to do when they are teenagers?!?!?!?!)
There you have it. My simple guide for Mom Survival with six kids, snacks and data. Not as overly profound as you may have expected. But with children…I find simple almost always works best.