A Baby Keepsake box. No More Unfinished Baby Books

Remember how I told you that we moved twice this summer? Well as a military family, it feels like we are always getting ready for our next move! So memories have become a precious thing for us. Not just in our minds but also things that we can look at later and remember the moment and how it made us feel. They became a keepsake.  But many of these memories have gotten lost in transition and every time I realize it, it makes me sad and I try to do something about it. but let’s face it, I don’t have time to finish a scrapbook or a baby book for each of the boys or each of the times I want to remember.

Next month is my firstborn’s 10th birthday. Holy smokes! First, I am getting old. Second, this brought me a big desire to have all his baby Keepsakes in one place, and be able to look at his tiny blanket and tiny hand print or foot print and be one of those moms, crying and smiling and being proud of the young man he has become. But to my surprise (not really) His baby book wasn’t finished! and his baby keepsakes were just there in the plastic bin, in the garage. His first Library card, his baby shower invitation, his first birthday one, his first fishing trip, all the things mixed in a messy plastic bin.

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An that is where Savor comes into play. When I first saw their boxes I thought, genius! But I was also hesitant because of the drawers of scrapbook things I have that I never used. But I wanted to give it a go and see.

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When I opened my baby edition Keepsake box I was delighted! First off, it is beautiful! So no need to hide it inside of a bin, in the garage. I am able to have it close and ready for us to look at, whenever we go down memory lane. Another thing I love is that it’s sturdy so when the time comes for us to move again, it will stay together and keep my favorite baby things safe.

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I love to keep cards and notes as a keepsake, as well as photographs. Well inside the baby edition keepsake box, there are several acid free folders! so I can use the clear labels that came in the kit, to create the categories that I need for our unique keepsakes, so no more trying to come up with random things that go in a baby book because it’s already pre-made a certain way. Talk about love at first sight!

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In conclusion, every single keepsake that we have, means the world to my heart. Which is why I am ever so thankful to have found savor. I love every single feature of my baby edition keepsake box and I can hardly wait to try other editions.

Even if you don’t move as often as we do, imagine the beauty of being able to add tangible things to your keepsake box, and one day being able to sit down with your kids and grand kids and talking about the memories that each item contains! I’m tearing up just thinking about it!

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So If you are like me, with all the good intentions, but not enough time, check out these wonderful keepsake boxes! I know you will be in love with them just like me.

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Chores for kids by age

We have 4 kids so we need to be intentional about organizing them with their weekly chores or it will just all pile up and nothing gets done!

With the summer ending, a new house to keep up, and the school year about to begin, we are on full planning mode. I asked the boys to give me their favorite chores to do, so that I can include them on their list.

“My favorite chore is cooking!” -Josiah 5yo

“Ummmm feeding the dogs.” -Ethan 7yo

“making meals!” – Seth 9yo

“nuffin’ my favorite chore is nuffin’!” -Owen 3yo

There you have it folks! looks like we have some coaching to do. Or this house will be an absolute disaster. You see, this summer our family has been through a lot. We moved two times, we traveled overseas and there was also the loss of a loved one. So all of our routines, and usual things are gone, in their place, we have chaos and stress and also never enough hours in a day!

But I know that if we manage our time better and have an actual plan for each day, life will start to flow and somehow feel normal again. The good thing is that kids are flexible and quick to learn.

Will you join us in this journey? Can you also use some deep breaths?

I know that some days, it will feel like your chores are doubled, because you have to get at their side and help them develop that good habit of cleaning or organizing or completing a task. But I can’t encourage you enough to stick with it! what seems now like a messy tiring maybe pointless use of your time, will later show in your child’s character, and it will also feel so good when they can be in auto-pilot and you will have to give minimal instructions.

“if you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” -Colin Powel

Do you often wonder how to get your children going with their chores? Or what chores are appropriate for their ages? I’ve done some research and came up with a list that is pretty general, and also it works for us. So I wanted to share it with you in hopes that it will help make the weekly routine smooth.

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Remember that each child is different, and even though they might be on a particular age group, he or she might not be ready for a chore just yet. But be patient, and be there to teach. You will be amazed at how quickly they will learn.

Keeping Track Of Their Chores

Now another great thing is to have a chores chart! Kids love to keep track of their success! So it makes it exciting to mark a chore as done each day. You can have them put a tiny sticker on it or simply draw a check mark on it.

This is a simple chart that I created for my boys. you can download it and print it for free to use with your own children. just add their name on the dotted line and have fun! Click on the photo to download your chart.

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Let’s stay connected and encourage each other on this! Pin this post and come tell me how things are going!

 

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15 Parenting Quotes to read today

These are some of the encouraging, challenging and funny quotes, about parenting, that I love.

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“When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job, to share our calm, not join their chaos.” – L. R. KNOST

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“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” – ABIGAIL VAN BUREN

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“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – MAYA ANGELOU

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“Being a mom has made me really tired and so happy.” TINA FEY

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

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“The kids who need the most love, will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” – RUSSEL BARKLEY

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“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” -PEGGY O’MARA

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“Having children is like living in a frat house. Nobody sleeps, everything is broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” -RAY ROMANO

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“When all else fails, take a nap.” -WINNIE THE POOH

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“Mothers are all slightly insane” -J. D. SALINGER

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“After all, adults are just obsolete children.” -DR. SEUSS

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“One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.” -JANE GOODALL

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“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” -DALAI LAMA

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“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” -LADY BIRD JOHNSON

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And there has to be  parenting quotes from my parenting life.

“Shout out to my neighbors for pretending they don’t hear my boys demolishing the house.” -ME

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What are you favorite quotes? Do you like these? You can pin them to keep handy!

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5 things to do in Washington DC with Kids

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When we were getting ready to go to Washington DC I thought that it was a shame we were going when the babies were so little, because they would not be able to appreciate or keep up. Well I’m so glad to say that I was very wrong! Washington DC turned out to be a very family friendly place! And it has many things that you can do with kids! and a lot of them for free. I fell like I could have a forever long list, but we will start with this short one, and then share some more in other posts, so that you aren’t overwhelmed.

So here it is! These are the first 5 things that I want to share, that you can do with kids in Washington DC.

1-Walk around the monuments:

Cost: Free

I know this seems obvious but I’ve heard many people say that they will just drive around them, because of the kids. But from experience, kids love to walk and run and see the giant monuments and something that big is very hard to forget! They also will have all the questions, so this is a great opportunity to bond and also learn together. Washington DC is a magical city, and just looking around and knowing all the History that took place in it, is amazing.  Here’s a little insider tip: find a park ranger around! let the kids ask them questions! and ask about the special activity for kids. Did you know that the monuments are considered national parks? yeah I didn’t either.learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerlearning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerlearning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel blogger

2-Visit the Museum of Natural History:

Cost: Free

 

Ok my kids love this place! They get to see all sorts of animals from different habitats and their history! Once you are finished seeing all the ocean creatures, they will be so sad to have to move on, until you reach the next area! then their faces will light up again!learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggercheck out this giant jelly fish! I was standing under it when I took this photo.learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerHippopotamus attack? check!learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerBones and skeletons of all sorts! I love to sit back some times and watch them as they try to make sense of things. Wish I knew what he was thinking here.Also at this museum, they have an amazing area with bugs! where they can touch a giant cockroach, see bees hard at work, and even pretend to be an ant!learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel blogger     learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerHere’s my tiny, crawling out of his ant hill.

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3-Visit the National Arboretum:

Cost: Free

This is such a fun and gorgeous place! It is 446 acres of beautiful plants of all sorts. A center of botanical research, kids can run around and burn some energy as well as learn about anything that grows in the country! From grass to trees! It is truly a magical place. We packed a picnic lunch and ate out in the field. It was a wonderful day for the boys. Here you can also see the old United States Capitol pillars, these giant columns used to actually be inside the Capitol building, and hold the east portico up. How cool is that?learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerLook at how tiny he looks at the base of the columnslearning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerOur lunch spot had a nice view of the pillars.

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4-Visit the air and space museum:

Cost: Free.

The most visited of the DC museums. And with good reasons! It holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Who would want to be in DC and miss out on seeing the first aircraft to ever fly? Yeah me either.learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel blogger And if you have a little space lover, there is so much fun for them too! Everything about space and astronauts and stepping into a real  rocket ship, plus the amazing planetariumlearning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel blogger

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5-Visit the botanical gardens:

Cost: Free.

The oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States, it’s considered to be on the grounds of the capitol and it hosts hundreds of species of plants from the country and all around the world!  They can see edibles, poisonous, and even carnivorous plants. and then you can head outside and take a comfy seat while they get to help plant some flowers and water the children’s garden. And if the temperature is crazy high, like when we went, they also have these misting poles! they are so perfect to cool the kids down after a long day of walking around in the city.learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerHe put the lime in the coconut… are you singing now? you are welcome!learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerlearning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerLearning about where chocolate comes from, which is totally a basic thing that everyone needs to learn.learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerCarefully filling his watering can, so that he can water some plants and dump the rest of the water on his own head.learning early childhood history Montessori education elementary years traveling family mommy blogger dad blog traveling with kids exploring with kids Washington DC 2017 2018 world schooling homeschooling for mommy's dragons wellness healthy mom blog Woodbridge  Virginia boy mom mom of boys travel the world traveling mom travel bloggerCooling down under the mist.

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I can’t encourage you enough to get out and explore this beautiful world with your kids! Everywhere, there’s beauty and knowledge. I hope you follow our traveling posts, and I hope the inspire you to go on adventures!

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Shepherd’s Pie, Crock-pot Edition

Last week we had some stormy days that were cooler than normal, so it got me thinking of fall. I wanted to make some delicious comfort food but also wanted to go tour the capital city with our friends. The struggle is real for my wandering heart friends!

I decided to use my handy dandy slow cooker. It would make our dinner while we went out to explore. Now I know a lot of you don’t like what the slow cooker does to some foods, and trust me we don’t either! So I have gathered a few tips to make things better.

For example: have you noticed how the ground beef usually turns into a gritty mix of not so yummy food? Fear no more!  I discovered that if you mix the meat with a past of milk and bread, then brown it, and then put it in the crockpot, the results are incredibly different! tasty and tender meat that everyone will love. I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! give it a shot!

Well back to our hearty comfort meal! I did the process above with the meat and then chopped up come carrots and cooked them with tomato paste and peas, mixing in some tomato paste, to give it that sweetness that all comfort food needs!

After the veggies were browned, I added some flour and chicken broth so that it becomes thick like my favorite meat pie filling. Both things into the crock-pot and then the secret touch! Added some sour cream and soy sauce! So that our flavors are deep and unique.

And that’s it!  We went out on our adventure while our dinner cooked at home. I just had to make sure to be home on time to make some delicious mashed potatoes to go with it.

I was a huge hit with grown ups and kids! after a long day of walking, exploring and being rained on while ridding a double decker bus. Yes I will share about that another time!

As always, I can’t wait to hear about how dinner went at your house!

Here is the recipe, in case you want to try it out! 🙂 Make sure to tell me all about it please!

Kid Safe Slime Recipe

The other day, we were all excited because the boys had a little friend coming over! A little beautiful lady! But you see, I am only used to entertaining boys, as you all know. We do wrestling matches, slime parties,  and screaming contests for fun.

So we came up with the idea of doing something crafty! Girls love crafts, no? We were on the right track! But then everyone decided that the craft should be slime! Girls outta love slime, momma! Hmmm well ok! Slime it is!

But now we had another issue. All the slime recipes out there are different, and many of  those recipes use things that you don’t just have around the house for fun.

Finally we found one that worked for us and we had to try it a few times before we mastered the perfect, girl impressing slime :).

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First, we mixed 12 Oz. of clear glue with one tiny, and I mean TINY, dot of food coloring. I let them do the mixing and when the color was perfect, we added one tablespoon of baking soda to the colored glue. Again, they loved the mixing part so I gave them time to mix and mix.

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While they mixed, I got some warm water ready, put some salt in it so make it a saline solution and then went around putting 5 tablespoons of the water into each container.

Now for the fun part! They waited patiently and asked a few times, when would be the time to get their hands dirty. But before you do that, if you are following the recipe, take a good look at your antsy and very clean children (and it wouldn’t hurt to clear up any delicate objects that might be in their way). Now, I said, you may all get your hands dirty!

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What happened next was magical and disastrous all at once. Their hands went into the containers and the slime was all they cared about! The room was so quiet and their faces were just beaming with joy. slime recipe slime mommy blogger home school mom learning at home teaching travel home school blog travel blog family blog home school inspiration homeschool ideas activities for kids slime with kids daddy blog wellnessHere is another little tip: at this time, you can quietly pull up a chair, and grab a cup of coffee and just relax. Crazy to think about it! But your kids won’t be caring about anything but slime for a very long time!

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Oh I almost forgot! Our little lady friend was absolutely happy and very involved with the slime! As it turns out, a crazy house of 4 boys can be fun for the girliest of girls! Because learning is fun! And doing things that engage your hands, and brain, can be so rewarding for anyone! No matter what.

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Please tell us if you try this recipe and leave a comment on how you would make it different to fit your child’s likes! we want to keep making it and try all different sorts of things.

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