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– I have not posted in awhile. Life definitely went a little crazy. My debate team won states in April in Lincoln Douglas Debate and the school year ended with a busy bang. I have found myself drowning in mommy duties, wife expectations and work load. This summer, I decided to really focus on rest, my kids and finding ways to make my life a little easier. I am going to try to blog more often now because this journey took me to some very helpful places. We spent three weeks in New York with the kids and family and life’s busy pace slowed down a bit. As I get ready to go back to work I am grateful that I had a chance to find ways to make the transition go a little easier. So in the next few weeks I am going to write about some amazing finds and maybe pay it forward to some other working parents.
My kids range from 22-1 and I want to make sure each of them get the mom they deserve and need. My first obstacle I tackled this summer was working on getting my 3 year old pre-school ready. She misses the pre-school deadline by three weeks which may be a good thing in the long run. Baileigh is behind in verbal skills; puzzles she can do with amazing skill but she rarely speaks. I spent this whole summer trying to help make her ready and I had some success thanks to the following:
– This is the holy grail of activities for young ones. There are different subscription services but they run about 39.00 monthly. We just began our first box “Mouse Paint” and Baileigh is saying all her colors and is even mixing colors and understands what color will appear (red and blue makes purple). An added bonus for me is that my one year old wants to participate so we found different ways to help. Check out the site:
2. Kiwi Crate
This subscription was my original box and what really began my addiction to subscription boxes. As a working parent I found it easy to come home and open the boxes and do a craft or two each night. What little one doesn’t love getting mail. Baileigh’s face just lights up when she sees her boxes. She knows exactly what each box is and immediately wants to start.
3. Kid Stir
Baileigh loves cooking and baking with me each day. I felt like I hit the holy grail with this subscription service. Kidstir teaches children how to make healthy snacks and meals in a fun way. Each child receives their own recipe book that they can build each month and fun tools and recipes in each kit. I really loved that they email you the shopping list ahead of time so that when the kit arrives you can go ahead and dive right in…a three year old always wants to dive right in 😉
Our first box was the Welcome Kit and the Juice Barrista came shortly after. My eight year old and the little ones absolutely loved the Magic Melon-ade and we had about two hours of fun using the melon baller and made this wonderful all natural drink. We didn’t stop there. We made several other items as well. Pictures to come. Until next time 🙂