It is November! Create A Blessings Box and Start Counting Them One by One!

Let’s Give Thanks!

I love the coziness of November! There are so many reasons why this month makes me smile. Let’s see… I love the crispness of the weather, the warm vibrant colors that bursts forth from the trees, everything pumpkin, turkey, Thanksgiving and the list just goes on and one! Although gratitude should be on our minds and in our hearts all year, I do think this month brings gratitude toward the forefront of most people’s minds. So, I want to challenge you to write down something you are grateful for everyday and encourage your family to do the same! When the end of the month comes take some family time and read all your blessings you’ll be incredibly thankful, humbled and feel extremely blessed at how present God is in your life and provides for you on a daily basis.  Last year we made a blessings box. This is just a simple box that my daughter and I put together that was an inexpensive and fun activity! I encourage you to try this with your children and start a new meaningful tradition that keeps your family mindful of the many blessings in your life both big and small.

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Register For The Mom Conference! It’s Free!

Register for the Online Mom Conference

How would like to attend a Conference for moms by moms that is FREE and you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Sounds like a dream right? Well dreams come true because you can register for the FREE Online “Mom Conference, on October 13th, 14th, and 15th! That’s three days filled with 20 speakers, authors and bloggers! (Including Rachel Ramsey Cruze, Crystal Paine and Amy Mccready to name a few)

Visit http://conferenceformoms.com/ to look at the topics, see a complete list of speakers, register and receive 3 fun free gifts! I already registered and wanted to share this cool opportunity!

Conference for Moms

Late Night Summer Fun! Fun Doesn’t Just Happen In The Day Time!

It’s good to step out of routine for both kids and adults and summer time provides that laid back free landscape we need to do just that! What better time to be spontaneous than at night! I’ve tried to teach my daughter that not every minute has to be planned out and going with the flow can produce some of the best memories. If your days are packed with work and the kids are at summer camp trying to doing a few fun things at night with them. Here are a few things we’ve done that I’d recommend trying on one of those summer evenings!

-Find a late night coffee shop, sit outside and have a treat. Anya and I went to a coffee shop by her school around 8:30 in the evening and just enjoyed the night air with a cupcake and some coffee.

-Go to the bookstore! I can literally go to the bookstore anytime. I really like small bookstores, but they rarely stay open late, but Barnes and Nobles is open until 11:00 pm. One night around 9 I told Anya to hop in the car and we browsed the bookstore and hung out reading and purchasing a couple books.

-Hang out at a late night diner. This is the same idea as the coffee shop but hey who doesn’t love breakfast at night! It’s great bonding time too! We did this one night by going to IHOP and having pancakes.

-Catch an outdoor movie. Check you local area to see if they sponsor a screen on the green. These are so much fun and are normally free. If you can’t find one then try to find a drive in and bring a few pillows and a blanket to cozy up. Nothing says summer to me like the drive in.

-Take a ride. I find myself in the car a lot these days and I love the open road. Load into the car, throw in a great CD and just drive and sing as loudly as  you want and just have a good old laugh with your kids!

-Sleep outside. Surprise the kids one night and tell them everyone is sleeping outdoors! If they are younger most likely they will love the adventure of staying outside all night.

-Is there a special place where the stars and moon shine just a little brighter? Go gazing. Find a great parking space, sit on the top of your cars and just enjoy staring up at the sky! Teaching our kids to appreciate natural beauty is underrated.

-Find a summer concert- Many summer concerts are free so hang and listen to music under the twinkling stars!

-Take a walk in your city. If you live close to a major city take some time to walk around at night to admire how different it looks in the night time. I live near DC and viewing it at night is always a different experience.

-Simply sit on the porch- Enjoy some ice cream delight in your evening.

Okay, so are you ready to become a night owl yet? Of course safety is always first and if any of these suggestions would pose a danger to you or your family by all means don’t do them! You may want to have another mom and her kids come along. The more the merrier right? I guess the point is any time that we get to appreciate one another’s company we should do it, whether if it is in the evening or during the crack of dawn, the goal is to log time with our family and cherish the moment!

Late night at the drive in with gram
Late night run to Baskin Robbins!
Star Gazing

10 Ways to Celebrate the Last Day of School!

It's Summer!!!!

It’s Summer!!!!

The end of the school year has arrived! Didn’t I just write a post on how to get prepared for the 1st day of school, sheesh! I’m ready for those lazy days of summer and I know my daughter is counting down the days. The last day of school signifies a sense of victory that should be acknowledged and celebrated! Hey, your kid got through another  year and so did you mom! You made it through the field trips, report cards, the early morning hustle, and the million other little things that take place between those 8-9 months. So yes, the last day of school is reason for a celebration! Here are 10 fun ways you can celebrate the last day of school with your kiddos!

  1. Go Berry Picking! What better way to start the summer with berry picking at a local farm? Make a yummy dessert afterwards. We did this last year and it was fun and delicious!
  2. Plan a Picnic by a Lake: Gather up all your kid’s favorite foods, get a blanket and eat dinner by a lake, a park or even your backyard.
  3. Have a Party! Everyone loves a party! Keep it small and simple. Grill some food, play games and celebrate!
  4. Go Camping-Dust the tent off, pack light and surprise the kids on the last day by going camping for a night and have fun under the starts.
  5. Find a Fun Event to Attend– Look in your local listings and see if there is anything special happening like a concert or festival. This year I’m taking Anya to see Kidz Bop on the last day of school, it’s a surprise shhh :)
  6. Have a Hotel Sleepover– There’s no party like a hotel party especially under strict adult supervision LOL! Okay, so get a few parents that your close to and pitch in for an affordable room at a hotel with a pool and have a fun slumber party!
  7. Go the Drive In– A drive-in screams summer! This is one of my all time favorite things to do when the weather is warm and it’s great bonding time!
  8. Host a Game Night– Invite friends over and have each of them bring their favorite game. There’s nothing like a good old fashion board game to add some fun into the mix.
  9. Go to the Pool– Kids love the water and what a great way to start summer by lying by the pool and playing Marco Polo. Pools are cheap entertainment and they keep you cool!
  10. Let Your Kids Choose! It’s their day! Ask them what they want to do and try to make it happen. You’ll be surprised at what they come up with!

Remember to have a good time and to congratulate them on a job well done! Have some fun because you deserve it to Mom!

Happy Summer!

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Free Community Day at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC on Sunday!

Looking for an indoor activity this weekend that won’t cost a dime in DC? Sunday is free admission at The National Museum of Women in  the Arts. I’ve taken Anya to this gallery before and it really is quite lovely. Currently, they have a special exhibition of ‘Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,‘ and an exhibition of ‘Doris Lee: American Painter and Illustrator,’ along with their extensive collection of impressive art by prominent women artists.

Every 1st Sunday is Community Day and is Free! So Mark it On Your Calendar and soak in some amazing art with the kids!

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Enter The Lottery for the Easter Egg Roll at The White House!

The White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery is Open!

Deadline Thursday, February 26th!

If any of you live in the Washington, DC metro or you wouldn’t mind taking a trip with the Kids to see the Easter Bunny at the White House then try your luck by entering into the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll! The lottery opened on February 23rd and end this Thursday, February 26th at 12:00 pm ET.  Sign up for the Lottery by visiting https://whitehouse.gov1.info/easter-egg-roll/We’ve never been, but I have friends whose kids went and they had a fabulous time!

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Our Blessings Box!

Thanksgiving is only a day away and I’m sure many of us are counting our blessings especially with all the turmoil erupting in the world. I think gratefulness and appreciation of our blessings should be something we think about everyday and encourage our children to do the same. Recently I did a post for Graham Blanchard about a few ways we keep grateful. One of the fun ways we keep track of our blessings is through our Blessings Box! I simply purchased a box from Michaels and we took some time to decorate it. We record our blessings on a slip of paper and put it into our box, then we read them at the end of the month. This is a fun and meaningful activity that you can do throughout the year and not just in the month of November!

This is the outside of the box

This is the outside of the box

My favorite part is what Anya wrote :)

My favorite part is what Anya wrote :)