The kids are home, and as predicted, the house is nowhere near as clean as we had it last week. I’m absolutely okay with this because I missed those kids! They missed us too. We spent this week on our first week of the new homeschooling year, though we homeschool year round so honestly it’s…
There’s just something about our late summer harvest that gets me in the mood to revamp my pantry. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers. Yum! Creating homemade spaghetti sauces, canning tomatoes for soups throughout the year. It’s a wonderful thing and has me ready to toss the pantry and restock with healthier options.
To help give myself some motivation and ideas, and hopefully you as well, I’m sharing a list of healthier options for stocking your pantry and fridge.
It’s been an action packed summer for our family and we’re not ready to let it go just yet. We’ve spent the summer on several 4H activities, we visited Worlds of Fun, had playdates with friends, went swimming, visited family, signed up for Girl Scouts, visited state parks and played outside. A lot. Ice cream cones, milkshakes, watermelon, paint filled water balloons, water filled water balloons, played in the sprinkler, grew our own garden *deep breath* and a whole lot more.
We’re going to be ending our summer with a bang. A big bang of kid celebration at Kidchella! It’s the best way to give our fun filled summer the farewell party it deserves.
Kidchella is a music and arts festival for kids. You’ll find several different villages throughout Stinson Park, including the Earth and Wellness Village, Maker Village, Cinema and Theater, Vendor Village and more! There will be live entertainment continuously throughout the event. Kids will have the opportunity to learn new skills, watch demonstrations, and create fun art projects.
I was thrilled to take my kids to Worlds of Fun for their very first visit. Honestly, I was excited because my husband had never been here either, and I’ve only visited once in my life, over thirty years ago when I was about four years old. Basically, this was a first time visit for everyone since I don’t really have too many memories of Worlds of Fun, plus, over thirty years I’m sure there were a lot of changes.
Since we are from the Omaha area, and I knew this was going to be an all day event I didn’t want us to arrive in Kansas City tired from the drive, so we spent the night at a hotel in the area. Had we prepared ourselves, we could have stayed the night at the park at Worlds of Fun Village! We would have been right next to both Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. By the way, did you know your Worlds of Fun ticket will also get you into Oceans of Fun! I had no idea, but next time we’ll wear our suits so we can hit up both parks.
We arrived at the park right at opening time, ten in the morning. There were lines of cars to get into the park, yet I was impressed at how fast they moved. The Worlds of Fun parking staff was efficient, and extremely friendly too. Questions about where we needed to go and advice on parking were answered clearly and with a smile. Actually, we didn’t meet anyone at the park who wasn’t friendly. I was impressed with everyone there. Smiles, conversational, welcoming, professional, and safe. The staff in all areas was fantastic, and I could tell safety and guest experience were top on their priority lists.
It’s been a great week! The kids have spent it at their grandparents. I’d like to say I got a lot of work done, and while I did get some finished, it wasn’t as much as I would have liked. I did get to go out with my husband for a little out of the…
Have you been mindful of what you are doing today? Paying attention to the task you are doing at each specific moment? Are you living in the moment? Intentionally living and doing things with a purpose and putting the multitude of thoughts on hold can have a major impact on our lives.
Many people often spend much of their time multitasking, worrying about what’s on our to do list, and planning the next task before the first is complete. We spend time with our children, friends and family, but our minds are often in other places. For some it’s a rare occurrence to give anyone or anything one hundred percent of our full attention.
There is a time and place for thoughts of the past or dreams of the future. However, there also needs to be a place for living in the moment and being present mentally.
In a fast paced world it’s not always easy to slow down and appreciate each moment as it passes. I have some tips to help you find more time and space in your life for living in the moment.
Wow! It’s been an amazing week! We took a road trip and visited Worlds of Fun on a sponsored trip. On the way home we visited Indian Caves State Park in southeast Nebraska, just because we wanted too. Throughout the week I managed to post three new blog posts (I hope you’ll check them out)…
Part of being a responsible dog owner is making sure your dog gets enough exercise. With Glory we’re on top of this task. We make sure to keep her busy throughout the day to help her work up a good appetite. I don’t think there’s an activity she doesn’t enjoy, unless it’s a game of frisbee. But, I told you all about that a few months back.
Today I’m sharing with you a variety of activities Glory does enjoy.
My husband and I have learned over the years that we have a lot in common. We also have a lot of interests that aren’t exactly the same, but close enough we can enjoy them together. One of those similar but not quite the same interests is coffee. We both agree coffee is a brilliant way to start the day, get us through our afternoon slump, and even enjoy as an after dinner treat. Ok, really, for us, there isn’t a wrong time of day to enjoy coffee.
The part where we differ in our opinions is the best way to enjoy coffee. He’s all about a hot cup of coffee, even on a scorching summer day. I’m all about the iced coffee. Perfect to cool down on a hot summer day, or to sweeten my middle of winter day.
Our love for coffee could get expensive if we took the time to hit up a coffee shop everyday, multiple times a day. Luckily we don’t have to. My husband is on his own for his hot cuppa joe. He’s okay with that, I’ve made it easy on him. He has a coffee pot, a French Press, and a tea kettle to make instant coffee.
I made things even easier for myself too.
My kids and I have a couple of things in common when it comes to food. We love bright colors and we love sweet & salty mixes. Since the girls have been asking for something new to snack on and we have some road trips on the agenda I thought it was time to create something new. This is how Sweet & Salty Rainbow Snack Mix was created.
Walking around Walmart I was trying to decide what to add in. Rainbow popcorn was a must, as were salty snacks such as pretzels and crackers. Cruising down the cereal aisle, I found exactly what I needed. Fruity Pebbles. Not just any Fruity Pebbles, Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles!