Sunday, March 30, 2014

Creative Kids Challenge: Easter Eggs - Mess Free Egg Decorating With Kids #creativekidschallenge

The girls and I were so excited when our friends at Tinkerlab challenged us 
to participate in their latest Creative Kids Challenge: Easter Eggs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Fort Building Kit for Kids! Fort Magic Review (and a Giveaway!)

Sponsored Post Disclosure: My family received products from Fort Magic to write this review. 
This post does contain affiliate links that help pay for the free lessons and crafts I provide on this blog. 
As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

When my friends at Fort Magic contacted my family to review one of their super awesome fort building kits, 
I don't know who was more excited, the girls or me! I really do have the best job ever. 
We love to build forts and I am frequently asked to sacrifice kitchen chairs, sofa cushions, hair bands, and clothespins for the tiny architects who live in my house! I'm all for imaginative play but it gets frustrating for me and the girls when they are asking to drag my chairs into the backyard or upstairs to the playroom so they can build their latest fort, castle, storefront, or emergency vet clinic! 
Fort Magic solved this problem for my family by providing my two girls and all of their friends 
with hours of imaginative play, right out of the box! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kitchen Counter Science With Kids: Rainbow Baking Soda Fizzies! #kitchencounterscience

The girls and I decided to preform some kitchen counter science experiments
with simple ingredients from our kitchen pantry. We got out our favorite kitchen science ingredients: 
Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Food Coloring. 
We have been trapped inside with head colds and cold winter weather and needed 
some simple, homemade Rainbow entertainment! This was a fun and colorful boredom buster. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kitchen Counter Science with Kids: Rainbow Celery Experiment #kitchencounterscience

We are back!! With St. Patrick's Day around the corner (also known as Rainbow week at our house!)
the girls and I decided to do some kitchen counter science experiments 
and make Rainbow Celery this past weekend! We love anything "Rainbow" around here and this project was 
as simple as it gets and fun for our whole family to watch. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I Choose Happy...

I know it seems like I fell off the planet, I did in a way. I moved across the United States from the East Coast (Virginia) to the West Coast (Oregon) in October. It happened very quickly for my husband's job - we sold our house in Virginia, found a new house and school in Oregon, packed, and got ourselves, all of our stuff, and our greyhound, Pippi across the United States in 5 weeks. We drove across America in two cars with our dog, our kids, and my in-laws. Along the way, we visited family in Ohio, our family farm in Iowa, ate a lot of really bad gas station food and stayed at a variety of hotels - some great and some that were really, really awful. We met a totally crazy lady and her pet Bobcat on a leash at a hotel - I was afraid she was going to eat my dog or my kids. We changed a blown-out tire, watched sunsets and sunrises, saw breathtaking scenery, and smelled horrible smells by factories and hog farms. We drove through farmland, desserts, across rivers, and through a terrible freezing fog and ice storm in Wyoming. We called our road trip the "Oregon Trail" and we were grateful that no one got Dysentery!

That is why I took a blogging break. But there was more to it than that, and there still is. I was also grieving and broken. I lost one of my very best friends to cancer. Then another good friend and co-worker to cancer. I also lost my grandmother and watched two more of my best friends get diagnosed with cancer, one of them was last week, one of them was two weeks before I moved. It has been a lot to process. Relocating and moving are never easy. Moving across the country to a state you've never been too is also a lot to process. Burying friends and family is hard. Cancer is awful and it's WAY too close to home for me, if you've read this post  about my husband, you know why.

I've been processing.
I've been grieving.
I've been packing and unpacking --  kids, stuff, friendships, and emotional baggage.

I've been organizing. Setting up house. Getting into a new school routine. Finding doctors, a vet, a hairdresser, grocery stores, visiting the DMV, all the fun stuff you have to do when you start your life over again.

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