My last post was in January, back when I made my New Year’s Resolution to post on this blog consistently. Fast forward many months, and here I am on June 1 sitting down to my computer and looking at this site again. I have many, many ideas, wrote them down, and when it came time to draw up the drafts, I froze. Writer’s block? Maybe.
But today I sat down and looked at flying-kites.com and I couldn’t help but smile at some of the content. I love writing this blog. I love figuring out new things to do with my kids and sharing them. I love trying to find rooms that are well-designed but where kids live too. I want to keep this blog going and challenge myself to keep with it.
In three weeks, I am due with my third baby. No pressure to write or anything. But I hope I will keep coming back and using this blog to challenge myself to keep building a relationship with my kids. This time in their lives is so important and this last year has been a whirlwind of change as we not only moved from California to Kansas, but also dealt with a surprise blessing in the form of this soon-to-be new baby. Whew!
Here’s to a summer of making memories and building the relationships with your kids!
Need an easy craft project that only takes about ten minutes to put together? Enter beaded necklaces made from cutesy plastic beads found at the local craft store and nylon string (in a bright color of course!).
Babylit Board Books by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver have become my go-to shower gift for baby girls and boys. I first discovered these adorable books when I was pregnant with my second baby, a little girl.
A couple years ago, I was inspired to create a rocket ship using only a diaper box, some recycling materials, and $5.00-or-less monetary goal. I ended up spending $3.98 and that rocket ship lasted two years until we couldn’t justify moving it cross-country. But winters in Kansas are looonnng and I might have to resurrect this craft for some fun indoor play.
Ever been in the middle of a playdate and the kids just start melting down? It seems to be inevitable. Sometimes, all it takes are the parents to have a chat with the child to get the playdate back on track. But, sometimes, a distraction is needed. This is when I like to have an activity or special snack planned for the playdate just in case. Over the course of this year, I’m going to be sharing ways to “elevate” a playdate. This isn’t a go-all-out party nor is it a way to show up other moms. These ideas are simply distractions to break up those awkward first meetings and bad days for the kids.
the words “dressing room” sound really excessive
Every year, I like to sprinkle some Martha Stewart (magic!!!) glitter on pumpkins and put them around our house, usually the dining table and mantle.That’s usually the extent of my fall decorating. This year, I took a deep breath, let go of my inner perfect Martha, and let the kids help me. Outside of course!
Green Toys is one of my favorite toy companies. We have several toys from them and it is a company I keep coming back to over and over again.
I love trying to squeeze in an informal party during the fall season before the holiday season kicks in. This party is simple and easy to put together and can easily be tacked onto another event, say, during a college football game on TV or after a morning soccer game. Here’s how I threw this party together:
One of my favorite recent memories as a parent happened last spring, when my son and I took tea together.