For Leo's 5th birthday we gathered our closest family and friends and had a mad scientist birthday party. This was a drop off birthday and in true form of Leo having a February 7th birthday there was an big snow storm. It dropped a foot of snow on us the night of his party. Thankfully all his little friends were able to come and we had one heck of a science party. I have planned quite a few parties in my day but this BY FAR was the best party yet! Check it out.
Unplug from social media! Something that sounds so good in theory, but something I have never done. Social media carries a lot of weight and is the cause of many mental health issues. Fact is studies have found a strong link between heavy social media and an increased risk for depression, anxiety, harm, and suicidal thoughts. Social media should be a place that makes you feel happier, healthier, and more positive. I also find that it is a big ole waste of time. In fact, not using social media for a week my phone usage was down 38%. During my week off I read a book, listened to an audio book, was more productive and the biggest thing is my husband and my kids noticed I wasn't tied to my phone. I'm sharing some of my other thoughts and tips for a good social media detox. I will be doing another break from social media in May and I invite everyone to join with me!
Time to embrace that the skinny jeans aren't cool, j/k! I'm NOT ok with that, but I still want to be kind of cool so I ordered 15 pair of straight leg jeans to give a whirl. I spent entirely too much time on Nordstrom finding what I think are the perfect straight leg jeans. So here is a quick round of up my favorite straight leg jeans that will have a similar feel as our beloved skinny jeans.
The "FUN MOM", something I have always strive to be as a Mom. The one that wasn't afraid to get their hair wet in the pool, let their kids paint, or make a mess. I think because I grew up with a fun mom it was just ingrained in me. I often get messages or comments about, wow it's great you let your kids get messy and have so much fun". Or "how do you handle the mess when you do all the activities?" Well I am here to tell you being the "fun mom" doesn't mean your kids and your house are going to be dirty 24/7. Being the fun mom is more of a state of mind. Am I the fun mom every day? Probably not, but I try my hardest to enjoy these years with my kids, and if that means that we get dirty or I get my hair wet in the pool I am here for it. Here are some tips on being more of a "fun mom".
I want to start by saying your early 30's are HARD and in a few short days I turn 35. I mean it isn't as big of a milestone as 30 or 40 but it seems like a big number. Jay and I often reflect on how great, but also how challenging your 30's can be. It is a time you are getting into the swing with your career or for Jay he didn't start his career until he was 31. You are buying homes, starting families, struggling to find a balance between, work, marriage, kids, family, and friends. For some of us, our interests fall to the wayside because weekends are no longer about skiing with your buddies, they are now about taking down Christmas lights and spending time with your family. For a lot of females especially stay at home Moms in your 30's you can kind of lose your identity. Needless to say, I have a lot of feelings about the 30s but I also have some things I ABSOLUTELY love about it.
I am addicted to soaps in the winter, make them for dinner one night and eat them for the next 3 days for lunch. I am a creature of habit when it comes to lunches. I can eat the same lunch 7 days a week. These two soaps have been a fan favorite in my house. The stuffed pepper soap is my take on beanless chili. Jay doesn't like chili and so this is a perfect way to get the same favors without the beans.
Thank goodness it is a new year. Last year I chose a new monthly goal instead of resolutions (check out here) but I found a month wasn't long enough to form a new habit or really get into my goal. So instead this year I am picking 6 goals instead of 12 and really focusing in on them. I found that I really loved this approach vs having one big new year resolution. Each month I would get excited to check out the post and see what goal I had. My goals this years are simple and what work for me in my life. I'm choosing to take on my biggest task in September and October because Leo will be starting full day Kindergarten and I know I will be missing him. So why not be distracted by a big task.
Today I am sharing my educational gift guide for kids. I have items from your tiny builder to your science kid. Mind you these are toys I have had for Leo but I think that some of these toys would be enjoyed up to 9 years old. Especially things like the ant farm or the venus fly trap. Also another educational item WE LOVE the Ranger Rick magazines. My kids look forward to getting theirs every month. So check out my educational picks and also I shared what they both asked for from Santa!
Christmas is here! Although no one will really be able to see my house all dressed in its Christmas best we will be able to enjoy it. 2020 has not been the best at times, but there is one thing that is for sure my house is going to be festive and merry. I am sharing all the places I found all my ornaments and where we found the tree. I Looked at a ton of decorated flocked trees and I decided to go with gold, silver, white, with pops of greens. I love the way it turned out and if in a few years I want to change my "pop" of color it'll be easy to do so since most of the ornaments are neutrals.
So I technically know we aren't supposed to be traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I think if you decided to spend the holidays with your family or not that is a personal choice. We will be seeing my parents and in laws but not our large extended families. That is our comfort level and I understand it isn't for everyone.
With that being said some of you might be traveling so here are my travel items for kids.
We probably spent a good 100 hours in the car road tripping this year. Our longest being 20+ hours that we went from Scottsdale back home to Washington after covid hit. Now that I have put the hours in I figured I'd share all my secrets for entertaining kids in the car.