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This Weekend at the Box Office: Jason Bourne

I don’t know about all of you, but I am an absolute sucker for summer action blockbusters. Now, Matt Damon is reprising his role as Jason Bourne (from the Bourne franchise) in the movie by the same name. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky was able to get a sneak peek and gives us the run down. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Jason Bourne

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Jason Bourne

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 123 min
Release date: July 29, 2016 (USA)
Director: Paul Greengrass

 

When I was invited to preview the new Jason Bourne movie I knew had to take the future Mrs. Jason Bourne with me (my Bourne-obsessed sister, Mandy). Yes, I’m a great sister, but I selfishly wanted her on hand to remind me about the storylines of the previous Bourne movies. Believe it or not, the last Matt-Damon Bourne movie was released 9 years ago, so I was definitely fuzzy on details.

 

But … instead of me doing my homework and quizzing her before the movie, we spent our time chatting about everything BUT the series, so I went in basically cold. The good news? It didn’t matter. This movie, while still tied to the others, stands on its own. There is no need to do your homework, you’ll be caught up in the first ten minutes. Although, binge watching the Bourne trilogy doesn’t sound exactly terrible either.

 

Anyway, here’s my scoop on the new one:

 

Jason Bourne is back. Not that imposter Aaron Cross (aka Jeremy Renner), the real-deal, beautiful Matt Damon version. This time he’s living off the grid and trying to survive by keeping a low profile and hiding from the CIA. His old colleague Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) tracks him down and shares files that prove the new head of the CIA (Tommy Lee Jones) has a sinister plan in motion to further corrupt the agency from the inside out. This information is enough to pull Bourne out of his “retirement” and from there the movie immediately shifts into 5th gear and goes full throttle until the very end.

 

If you liked the original Bourne trilogy (by sister bond I’m not allowed to count that last, unnamed fourth one), you won’t be disappointed in this high-energy, fast-paced, stunt-packed new one.

 

In addition to intense (and I have got to imagine extremely expensive) chase scenes via Greek alleyways, the Vegas strip and in a parking garage (that’s a new one), the movie was filled with all kinds software and tracking gadgets that made the U.S. government look like the Jetsons on crack.

 

That said, the quote of the night goes to my sister: “If you think the government can do any of those things they were doing in the movie, just remember they couldn’t even figure out how to hack a 4-digit iPhone passcode.”

 

There’s a rumor going around that Matt Damon made one million dollars for every line in this movie. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t have very many. But I say he was worth every penny. Every summer has its blockbuster and this one is it. I recommend catching the action on the big screen.

 

Becky is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Ice Age : Collision Course

Our favorite prehistoric friends are back at it in Ice Age: Collision Course. The highly successful franchise just released their newest film, and one of our Mom Squad Ambassadors, Erin took her kiddos to check it out, and gives a review of what to expect. Take a look!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Ice Age: Collision Course

This Weekend at the Box Office – Ice Age: Collision Course

Release Date: July 22nd, 2016

Run Time: 100 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG (for mild rude humor and some action/peril)

Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T. Chu

Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo

 

Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth installment of the highly successful Ice Age series of movies. Manny, Diego and Sid are at it again in this cute children’s flick. This time they are trying to save the world from a giant meteorite that could destroy the planet. There are several side stories in the movie, including Manny’s daughter and his future son-in-law. Of course we can’t forget Scrat, that crazy squirrel who’s always trying to protect his acorn.

I thought the movie had some good laughs, keeping my children entertained for most of the movie. It was the first time my 18 month old had been to a 3D movie, and it actually kept his attention for about an hour (the movie is only an 1 hour and 40 minutes so I think that was great!) My daughter laughed and had a good time until she rubbed popcorn salt in her eye. Luckily that was toward the end! I think the movie would be a great one to rent and have a movie night in the comfort of your own home. I give it 7 out of 10, 10 being the best. I think the Ice Age series has probably run it’s course with Collision Course.

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Finding Your Inner Artist at the Bottom of a Wine Glass at Pinot’s Palette

Hello, Kansas City! Several weeks of summer have now passed, and some of us are probably getting a bit stir crazy (or, on the other end of the spectrum, completely exhausted), so our team here at iFamilyKC thinks it’s time to treat yourself to night out! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky got a chance to check out the new Pinot’s Palette in Olathe and shares her experience today on the blog. Pinot’s Palette offers BYOB art classes, so grab a few friends, a bottle of wine, and take a trip to see what it’s all about.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot’s Palette

Last week the ­­­new Pinot’s Palette in Olathe invited me to be part of their very first painting class so I grabbed my mom and a bottle of wine and off we went for a little mother/daughter night out. If you’ve ever been curious about what a BYOB painting class is all about, allow me to …. paint the picture for you.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette

First, let me tell you, this was not a stuffy art class. The painting class at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe had the same vibe as a happy hour — energetic staff, your favorite drinks, fun music and a great time.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette

Here’s our class toasting to the only class rule: Have fun.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette

Can you guess what this painting is going to be?

If you’ve ever wondered whether painting is a talent you’re born with or a skill you can learn, this class proves anyone can paint. We were given simple step-by-step instructions and taught a handful of tricks and techniques from the experts.

Our art teacher made sure we were all having fun and reminded us a few times throughout the evening that painting is not a science, and not to overthink things. Fortunately, the wine helped hammer that rule in for me, allowing me to paint more and more freely as the night went on.

If you’re wondering, YES, you can absolutely do your own thing. In fact, they happily encourage it if you’re up for it. We started with the paint colors needed to match the instructor’s painting but we also had access to all the paint colors and a separate palette for mixing our own colors if we wanted.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette

My mom, who’s known for her creativity, went out on a limb (I’ve officially hit my pun limit, so no more) and gave her tree autumn leaves for a completely different look. The staff not only praised her individuality, they gave her some helpful tips on how to create a more realistic fall look.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette

Another great thing about Pinot’s Palette in Olathe is that true, it’s a party atmosphere but it’s still an art class. You’ll walk away a better, more confident painter and maybe even with a new hobby. The instructor wears a mic so you’ll have no problem hearing instructions while chatting with friends at the same time. Plus, there’s extra staff on hand to assist those like me who need a step (or two) repeated because you are too busy socializing. I mean concentrating.

If you’re thinking this would be a fun activity for a larger group of friends, the folks at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe are way ahead of you. Their private Royal Room, can be reserved for things like bachelorette parties, baby showers and team builders. Plus, they’ll be offering kid classes, too. Perfect for homeschool outings, birthday parties and Girl Scout badges.

A 2-hour class is just $35. Think about that. For the average cost of a bottle of wine at a restaurant, you can BYOB, socialize with friends, find your inner artist AND leave with your very own masterpiece. Bargain!


Pinot Palette in Olathe
officially opens Thursday, July 28. Check out their calendar of upcoming classes here.

How to Find Your Inner Artist at Pinot's Palette

How did I do? Top: Art teacher’s painting. Bottom: My painting

Pro Tips

BYOB: There’s no alcohol sold at the studio, so bring your own. Wine, cocktails, whatever. They have corkscrews, wine glass and a tub of ice to chill your bottle if you need it.

Clothing: Dress up or dress down, whatever you want. The paint is acrylic so it’s not washable (great for your painting, not for your clothes) but aprons are provided.

Seating: They’ll have your seat reserved with your name when you arrive, so if you’re going with friends be sure to let the good folks at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe know when you book your reservation so they’ll seat your group together.

Date Night: Make it a friendly competition. Bring home both paintings and let your kids decide which one wins a place on the wall in your home. Wrap up the other one as a thank you for the grandparents the next time they babysit. We’re never too old to give handmade gifts to our parents, are we?

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

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How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

I can’t believe I’m already saying this — the school year is right around the corner! And while there is a ton to look forward to, there’s also a few things to look out for. Our friends at Combers KC have been kind enough to share some tips to help with lice prevention this upcoming school year. Take a look!


How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

As Kansas City’s #1 head lice treatment and prevention salon, parents, teachers, and nurses are always asking us what they can do to prevent their child from getting head lice. So, as a new school year is getting ready to start, we would like to help families everywhere avoid getting head lice as much as possible. Being aware and proactive on detecting head lice will help. Combers KC is happy to provide the following tips and best practices.

 

  1. Weekly family lice checks: The best preventative method you can have. The most important tool to help with this, is a Terminator Nit Comb. This comb will remove 80-85% of everything in the head. Weekly combing will help in early detection and eradication of head lice. If you find it early, the treatment will always be easier and the risk of spreading to others is significantly lower. If you do not use any other preventative tip, make sure this one makes your weekly to do list.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  2. Wearing your hair up, off the shoulders is another great preventative. Ponytails, buns, and braids are all great looking hair styles that aid in keeping the lice away.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  3. Preventative Shampoos, conditioners, and spray shields also help lice stay away. If used daily, products that contain tea tree, rosemary, lavender, or eucalyptus will keep the Louse from transferring from someone else’s head into your child’s. Lice do not like these scents, so putting just a little on your child’s head will help.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  4. Sleepovers are fun and exciting and shouldn’t be avoided because of the head lice risk. Children should sleep “head to foot”, so that their heads are not laying right next to each other. Also, send your child with their own pillow and blanket. When the sleepover has ended, check your child with Terminator Nit Comb to ensure they didn’t get lice (see #1).How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  5. Do not let children share hats, brushes, helmets, or any other items that could cross contaminate.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

Combers KC offers:

  1. Head lice checks
  2. Head lice treatments
  3. Haircuts (if the child has an active case of lice)
  4. All Natural treatment and preventative products available for purchase.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 913-451-2662 or visit one of our locations: 11972 W. 119th St. Overland Park, KS. 66213 or 218 NE Barry Rd. KC, Mo. 64155.

 

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How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

Hello, Kansas City! Temperatures have been excruciating lately, but summer fun is still around. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie created a bucket list at the beginning of the summer of things she’d like to experience with her family. Sit back, cool down, and check out Stephanie’s adventure to the splash park with the kiddos.

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

At the beginning of summer, I made a list of about 20 things I wanted to do with the kids. Every couple days, I try to complete one of the items on my list. This summer, we’ve been to the library a few times, bowling, played at the park, and yesterday, we finally ventured to the splash park in Independence!

 

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

 

After visiting the library to drop off some library books, we decided to take the kids to cool down at McCoy Park. While this park has the typical swing sets, jungle gym-type stuff–they also have an area with sprinklers and buckets that fill with water and pour down on you. The kids were having such a good time! I definitely recommend taking your kids. The best thing about this splash park is it has something for the really young kids as well as the older kids.

 

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

 

After playing at the splash park, we really worked up an appetite. As usual, we all were craving something different. Chinese, pizza, fried chicken. So, we had to compromise. We decided on Pizza Ranch which has really yummy pizza and amazing friend chicken! Everything but Chinese, so we had to make a promise to do Chinese the next time. 

 

How to Check Off a Fun Family Summer Bucket List

 

After all of our running around, the kids were exhausted. We came home, got the kiddos cleaned up and in bed. After everyone was in bed, my husband and I decided to have a movie night, and talk about plans for the remainder of the week.  

 

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Soaring Into Fun: iFamilyKC Kids Club at Learning 2 Fly!

Good Afternoon, Kansas City!

Of all the things we do here at iFamilyKC, one of the most rewarding is the opportunity to spend time with each of you out in the community for our events each month. Our iFamilyKC Kids Club provides metro area residents, like you, with the chance to experience new and exciting events all across Kansas City. This past weekend’s event gave you the chance to learn all about an incredible, unique fitness opportunity for families in the area. Take a look…

Learning 2 Fly

I Am Learning 2 Fly: An Aerial Experience

As soon as you step through the doors of the uniquely shaped building just off of i-35 in Mission, you feel it. That incredible sense of calm. Learning 2 Fly is the kind of peaceful environment that I’ve come to appreciate more and more as I get older and it’s truly a unique experience for families. Our iFamilyKC Kids Club event gave visitors the opportunity to experience an aerial class that brings fitness to new heights. The class started out on the main floor of their three story facility where the kids experienced the silk ropes that the school is known for. With guidance from the instructor, the group was able to try new moves suspended from the air and it was truly incredible to watch the kids climb up the ropes and perform fun exercises that they could be proud of for accomplishing.

The next part of the event brought us up to the third floor for more aerial work focusing on more in depth moves as well as some relaxing poses. With our group broken in half during this part of the activity, the kids got some really quality individual attention while developing on some of the skills that they’d learned in the first half of the class. The final portion of our event focused on meditation and building healthy habits during an art session which the kids really seemed to enjoy. All three instructors were incredible with the kids. Their patience with each group and their attention to the students really struck me. Learning 2 Fly has truly created an incredible atmosphere for families and our experience at the iFamilyKC Kids Club event there could not have been a more positive one.

Learning 2 Fly offers classes, camps, and parties for children and adults of all ages and skill levels and I’m excited to go back and experience more of what they have to offer. As they say, pictures speak louder than words and video is even louder. Take a peek at our live videos from this event (you can view them here, here, and here) to view some of the fun that we had during the event and be sure sign up for our e-news list so you don’t miss out on these awesome events.

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli & The iFamilyKC Team

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3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year! Fitness & Fun With The Running Well Store

Good Morning, Friends!

The school year is coming in like a freight train sneaking up on us – and the kids will be back in the classroom before we know it. My daughter, Charlotte, is an incoming Kindergartener and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to make the time to be more active this year now that she’s going to be in school. Maybe you’re like me and you haven’t always been the best at self care or maybe you’re just wondering what to do with all your spare time this fall (just kidding, I know you’re busy!) but I want to encourage you to join in this journey with me. I recently had the chance to attend an event at The Running Well Store in Lee’s Summit and they’ve inspired me to write today’s post. Take a look…

The Running Well Store

First things first, I need to get this out of the way: That photo (pictured above, where the woman is obviously excited for her run) is not me. I’m a terrible runner and my face is not nearly as excited when I’m venturing out to put the rubber to the pavement. Think of a cat about to be hosed down with water for a more accurate representation of my pre-run face. That said, however, I have a desire to be a better runner walker jogger and am more motivated now than I’ve ever been before.

My Top 3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year

#1 I Want to Feel Better

Simply put, my energy level is not where it should be and I know it’s because I’m not as active as I should be. Studies show that exercise fights fatigue and I think we can all agree that we FEEL better after a good workout. I attended The Running Well Store’s Run Pop event last week, which was a free community walk/run out in Lee’s Summit. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little intimidated by the runners that were participating but the community that they’ve built there is so welcoming that I fit right in, even as someone who isn’t very fast. The event drew out people of all fitness levels, which I thought was a true testament to what they’re doing with their group activities.

#2 I Want to Set a Good Example

I genuinely believe that people who are active as children have an easier time staying active as adults and knowing that my five year old daughter models her behavior after me gives me the motivation to be more active as she grows. It’s a lot harder to re-learn behaviors than it is to naturally do them and, as a parent, I want to be the kind of person I hope my children become one day – A healthy, happy, active person. Perhaps the thing that impressed me most about the event last week was the amount of parents that came out with their kids – and the kids were AMAZING. It was so motivating to see moms out there strolling along with their kiddos in tow. At this point, I’m pretty sure my five year old could smoke me in a foot race but maybe, hopefully, not for long.

#3 I Want Something That’s For Me

As moms, we really need to make sure that we’re setting aside some time for ME time. I don’t mean the time you spend hiding in the dark closet pretending to play hide and seek, I mean the time you set aside to do something that will benefit you in the long run. Your family needs to see you taking time to DO things that don’t involve changing a diaper, chauffeuring the kids to and from activities, or any of your other regular day to day activities. Being more active is the perfect way to demonstrate how to do something for YOU. I grabbed a friend for the Run Pop event last week and it was so nice having the time to just chat with her as we made our way through the two mile course.

No matter what you decide to do (run/walk, do yoga, swim, etc), it’s important to remember to just stay active – A body in motion stays in motion. I look forward to hearing more about what you guys are doing and what your reasons are to stay active. Join in one the discussion here on the blog and over on our social media channels!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli

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More About The Running Well Store

In addition to their adorable line of workout gear and amazing selection of running shoes, The Running Well Store also offers FREE group runs (/walks, don’t worry) every single month. From their upcoming Yoga Run this weekend to Beer Runs and more – they truly have something for everyone. Check out their online events calendar for more information on fun activities headed your way all across the metro.

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4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Pregnancy can be tough. Your body is thrown into constant crazy changes for 9 months, and while it leads us to the wonderful realm of parenthood, it’s still not all that glamorous. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Emily shares some of her own tips and tricks to take care of yourself during pregnancy. Check it out..

.4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Eight hours a day, on your feet, always seem to drag on. Add being pregnant, and sometimes work can be unbearable. Swollen ankles, tired feet, sore backs, and constantly hoping you won’t have morning sickness at work. I’ve put together a list of ways to help alleviate the occasional discomforts that come with pregnancy.

Morning sickness

Google, Pinterest, and probably your mother in law all have various ideas for dealing with morning sickness while pregnant. Some ideas to help you at work include chewing peppermint gum and using ginger or lemon drops. It is also helpful to keep hydrated and have small snacks throughout the day. I kept a stash of peppermint tea, crackers, nuts, and granola bars close by. Frequent snacking led to less nausea for me. I always craved ice cold water so I bought a new water bottle and kept it cold at all times. Along with morning sickness, I was  (and still am) frequently dizzy or light headed. Make sure you take frequent breaks and inform coworkers that you may need to take a moment to sit down.

Fatigue

This pregnancy has completely drained my energy from the start. I stopped drinking caffeine, so I struggled with that for a while as well. My advice for fatigue is to take multiple short breaks if possible instead of one long break. I would suggest moving around, taking a brief walk, or stretching if you are confined to one area. Talk to your employer to see if it is possible to take a later shift. I always try to go to bed as early as possible and usually you will find me napping as soon as I get home from work. Bonus: chewing peppermint tea will not only help alleviate morning sickness, but it can also perk you up as you work.

4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Tired/Swollen Feet

I’ve found that my feet hurt so much worse now that I’m pregnant and working on my feet. To help combat the pain, it is important to take shorter, frequent breaks. I keep a stool nearby to lift one foot at a time and alleviate the pain. My next step will be purchasing better shoes with supportive soles and using compression hose to prevent swelling. The second I step inside my house, my shoes come off and my feet go up.

Back Ache

As your belly continues to grow, it is important to have proper support. Make sure you avoid lifting anything heavy as advised by your physician and be sure to use proper lifting techniques. Always bend at the knees. Use a maternity belt or wrap to help support your growing stomach in the second and third trimester. I find that swimming usually helps alleviate pain after a few days of work.

 

The most important thing is to listen to your body and accommodate the needs of you and your baby. Discuss other options and ideas with your physician and employer. Let’s hear from you! What are some tips that you have for pregnant women to help handle pregnancy and working at the same time?

From iFamily to Yours,

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How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

Ahh, dinner time. I think we all have images of coming home, preparing a perfect meal, and having our equally perfect children instantly love what we’ve made. Unfortunately, that is rarely, if ever, real life. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky has some great tips for ways to “cheat dinner,” and they are an absolute win! Take a look…

How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

How You Can Cheat Dinner and Win for the Whole Family

When you work full time and your spouse works full time and you’ve got multiple childcare pickups, sometimes things just have to give at the end of the day. In our house, sometimes that “thing” is dinner.

I actually really like to cook and do so regularly, so most days I’m covered. BUT, if I don’t have a real plan of what to make for dinner when we all get home, and the crew turns hangry before I figure it out—IT’S ALL OVER. Like code red, nuclear meltdown, Gizmo to Gremlins, call a priest, OVER.

It sounds so easy (and frankly, wonderful) to hit the drive-thru on these types of nights, but I know it’s not a healthy choice nor a good example to set for my own kids. Therefore, out of pure survival, I’ve come up with these last-minute dinner ideas that continue to save my family time and time again. If you’ve got your own, I beg you to share them.


The Rotisserie Chicken Dinner

How to Cheat Dinner and Win

If you’re only buying Rotisserie chicken the night you need it, you’re doing it all wrong. Buy one and store it in the fridge for later in the week to quickly and easily throw together chicken quesadillas, pulled-chicken sandwiches, chicken and pasta, chicken with rice, or just straight up cold drumsticks.

Pro Tip: Try to use your rotisserie chicken the day before your trash day so you can immediately dispose of the carnage the next morning.


The Picnic Dinner

 How to Cheat Dinner and Win

 

I’m just waiting for the day when my kids call me out for phoning in dinner on this one, but in the meantime they think our “picnic dinners” are so fun. It’s basically a collection of snacks like pretzels, cheese cubes, baby carrots, grapes, salami, crackers and baby dill pickles.

Pro Tip: To help disguise this dinner cheat, eat out on your deck or take the meal to a park.

 

The Build-Your-Own-Pizza Dinner

 How to Cheat Dinner and Win

This sounds like a lot of work but, I promise, the key is start with already-baked flat bread. Add spaghetti sauce (pizza sauce if you’re fancy), shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperonis. My kids love getting to build their own pizza and I love it because they are doing the meal prep for me, while I’m digging through the refrigerator to see if we have any ingredients to throw together a salad.

Pro Tip: Naan bread works great for this, too. I always keep a package in our freezer.

 

The Panini Dinner

How to Cheat Dinner and Win

I might get some grumpy faces if I try and pass off a plain ham and cheese sandwich as dinner, but a hot ham and cheese panini is always a hit. Those toasted panini grooves magically step up a last-minute meal instantly. Grab a variety pack of deli meats and a variety pack of cheese slices, and you’ve got all the combos to please everyone.

Pro Tip:  If you don’t have panini grill, use your waffle maker.

 

The Breakfast-for-Dinner Dinner

How to Cheat Dinner and Win
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. GET. ON. BOARD. There are few things easier to whip up than toast, scrambled eggs and some fruit. You’ll see bacon in the photo, I don’t even know what deep corner of our fridge that came from—we never have bacon. But we usually have slices of ham, which I’ll heat up and serve with the eggs. French toast with sliced bananas and/or strawberries is also a popular dinner menu at our house.

Pro Tip: Smoothies not only help convince your family that you had this meal planned for days, but are also a great way to make use of fruit and veggies before they go bad.
And finally ….

The Chipotle Dinner

 How to Cheat Dinner and Win

 

Yep, that’s right.  Who do you think I am? Super mom? If I am, this one is my secret weapon.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

BECKY_iFamilyKC_Mom_Squad

 

Becky is a creative director and mother of 3. She blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

 

 

 


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Moving with Kids: 12 Tips to Make a Smooth Transition

Hello, Kansas City! Half the summer has already flown by, can you believe it? And not only does that mean we need to get as many BBQs, ball games, and swimming pools in as we can — it also means moving season for a lot of us. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, recently went through a family move and has a few tips to share with you. Take a look…

 

Moving with Kids: 12 Tips to Make a Smooth Transition

 

My husband and I recently bought a new home for our family.  We are finally settled after a few bumps in the road, along the way.  We have two young children and the very thought of moving our family of four, from packing to moving day, was extremely overwhelming!   So I thought I’d share some ideas that helped us make a smooth transition to our new home.

 

Before packing

  • Sort through every room and find things you don’t need, don’t fit, toys your kids have outgrown and donate them. Many thrift stores are happy to accept your gently used stuff and it is tax deductible.
  • If you have time, organize everything specific to that room. I have a happy little toddler that likes to carry things from room to room.  So if you happen to find the hairbrush in the dishwasher or the toilet wand in the living room, return those things to their proper spot before packing up.
  • Gather newspaper, black sharpies, and boxes. You’ll need more of those materials than you think you will.

Moving with Kids: 12 Tips to Make a Smooth Transition

Packing

  • Try your best to pack one room at a time. Leave only the essentials unpacked (Think paper products, bath needs, a few outfits).
  • Label the boxes for which room they belong to.  Involve your kids in the process! After we were done packing my daughter’s room, I had her label every box with her name on it.
  • Pack a suitcase for every member of the family for the first few nights just like you would for a vacation.  Include a favorite lovey or blanket for comforting your kids since they won’t be used to the new house yet.

 

Moving day

  • If you have young children, I would recommend if at all possible to find a babysitter for the day.  It can be a very stressful environment for all involved and you will probably get more done with the kids off to grandma’s house.
  • Involve the older ones in the process.  Allow them to help put things on the truck and make sure they get rest breaks with water and snacks.
  • Plan to have a “campout” in the new house the first night.  Everyone can sleep in the same room and get to know your new home.

Moving with Kids: 12 Tips to Make a Smooth Transition

Other tips

  • Take time to say goodbye to the house you are leaving.  I’m sure your family has had lots of wonderful memories of your current home and it is a bittersweet time, especially for children.  It may be sad for them, but reassure them that it is okay to be sad. Remind them you will be creating some special memories in your new home as well.
  • Try to get the kids’ beds and rooms set up as soon as possible so they can get used to their new rooms.  Having their things available soon will help them feel more comfortable with their new surroundings.
  • After you are all settled, introduce yourselves to your neighbors and if your kids are changing schools, drive by the new school. If the school is open, see if you can take a tour when you enroll. We drove by my daughter’s school and were pleasantly surprised to see swings! Her old school didn’t have that.  So you may find some fun surprises by doing so.

 

Have you moved recently with your family? What things helped your family make an easier transition?  Feel free to comment with your ideas!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

ErinB_iFamilyKC_MomSquad

 

 


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