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Throwing a Fabulous DIY Summer: A How To Guide

Despite unseasonably cooler temperatures this week, summertime is in full swing here in the metro area and we’re excited for all the DIY Summer fun in store for your family this season. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is sharing her ideas for fabulous summer parties today on the blog. Take a look…

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Throwing a Fabulous DIY Summer: A How To Guide

Summer time can mean a lot of things. Swimming pools, drive ins, picnics and more. One of my favorite things to do is throw and attend parties. Just fun, let’s celebrate summer and have a great time party! So why not hit up your local dollar store or Target and put on a great party.

Here are a few ideas you can easily throw together AND entertain a large crowd for the low!

DIY Summer

Build a Hot Dog Bar

Who doesn’t love a good weenie roast?! Hot dogs are a great way to feed a crowd without spending too much. A simple hot dog bar doesn’t require much, grab some ketchup, mustard and all your favorite fixin’s and you are good go to go.

diy summer

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Take your love of ice cream to the next level with insane toppings! Gather all your favorite candies, nuts and sauces and let everyone build their own sundae. Don’t forget the root beer to make sundae floats too!

DIY SUmmer

Movie Party

This is probably the easiest way to entertain a crowd. Pick a cult classic of fave family movie, pop some popcorn, add a variety of pops and salty snacks and you are ready for an evening under the stars or your living room full of people in their pjs!

DIY Summer

Taco Party

Another fun way to feed a crowd is a taco party. Much like the hot dog bar or sundae bar, you and your guests can grab a bag of chips or shells and then add all their favorite toppings. Tacos are always a favorite among most people so this would definitely be a great way to celebrate Taco Tuesday!

DIY Summer

Carnival Party

A friend of mine through a summer carnival party two years ago and it was AMAZING! Popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs and of course carnival games! She even had a face painter or strong man there to entertain! A circus or carnival party can be done in so many ways that everyone will have a great time.

DIY Summer

Camping Party

Camping is one of my favorite past times. Fires at night, s’mores and ghost stories. The summer is the perfect time to have a camping party. Grab some stuff for s’mores and a sleeping bag for a late night.

DIY Summer

Luau Party

Luau parties are always fun too. Bright colors, grass skirts and pineapples! Grab some bright table cloths, throw some Hawaiian dogs on the grill (wrapped with bacon and pineapple) and get ready to dance the night away. You could also throw in some great games like a hula hoop competition or limbo.

DIY Summer

Southern Belle Tea Party

Want a more chic party? Throw a Southern Belle party. Have your guests dress in their Sunday bests, throw on some lace gloves and get ready for a variety of teas. Have your guests bring their favorite tea (preferably already brewed) and sip while eating bonbons or pecan pie.

DIY Summer

Beach Party

What better way to celebrate summer than a beach themed party? Head to the dollar store and grab some floaties, noodles and beach balls. Have everyone pot luck style their favorite food or make a spread of your favorite picnic foods. Don’t forget the pools! Get a blowup pool or have some bring theirs!

I hope these ideas were enough to spark your summer party planning adventures!

From iFamily to yours,

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Four Simple Ways To Enjoy Independence Day

Independence Day is just around the corner and, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably trying to think of simple ways your family can have an enjoyable holiday this year. Look no further! Our very own iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger has put together four ways you can enjoy the fourth this year. Take a look…

4 tips for a fabulous fourth

Four Simple Ways To Enjoy Independence Day

I love the Fourth of July. When I was a kid it meant fireworks and “God Bless the USA” on repeat, hot dogs and apple pie and as I have grown older not much has changed. I now find myself yelling at my kids not to run with the punks and don’t stand over the firework—something I am pretty sure I did more than once including the one year that I got so brave as to launch the bottle rocket from my hand! I really don’t know how I survived!

But if you are anything like my family, your summers are sometimes even busier than during the school year! We have one daughter’s birthday right before and the other daughter shortly after the holiday. Of course birthday’s in my house take precedence over ANYTHING so we always try and make it bit lower key. Here are my four easy steps to a fabulous fourth!

#1 The Food

You gotta eat right? But everyone in the neighborhood is going to have the typical hot dogs and hamburgers, which is just fine but maybe spice them up a little. The fresh meat counter at the grocery store may have something that could help there! Our family LOVES brat burgers (basically the ground up brat formed into a patty) they always have great flavors and you can make some great toppings to go one them. Instead of just a plain mayo, why not make it a spicy mayo or add some chopped up pineapple or mango salsa to really get some good flavors going!

Usually these are just as inexpensive as getting hamburger and you don’t have to make the patties yourself! Chips and dip are table staples at fourth parties, but again take a look around your local grocery and think about an additional out of the box dip. Hummus for instance or create an easy Mexican flair dip with sour cream and taco seasoning, cut up some tortillas and serve with some pico de gallo or salsa. And don’t feel like you have to do everything just because you are hosting; have your friends bring the sides or something for their kids if they have the picky eaters!

#2 The “Frinks” (sorry I couldn’t find an F-word for beverages!)

Obviously the only drink of summer is kool-aid but let’s branch out a little more! I cheated and went on Pinterest and found some really neat red, white and blue drinks one in particular I think I am going to try for the kiddos. You take a clear cup (they used milk bottles) pour in a small amount of Cranberry-apple juice, then load up on the ice pour in a little amount of SoBe Pina Colada drink (no alcohol) and then finish by pouring in a little blue Gatorade.

According to my friend on Pinterest it is supposed to work! Basically you are just stacking the drink by sugar content—more sugar goes toward the bottom. I haven’t tested this but will report back! For the adult drinks, if you are making them alcoholic just make sure they aren’t too strong. We need adults on full alert in order to watch for rogue bottle rockets or a tipped over artillery shell container (I know this from experience—sober you right up!). Beer and a nice summer sangria really hits the spot and you can dial down the hard stuff for this night.

#3 The Fireworks

You have to have them! I realize that a lot of communities around the area don’t allow fireworks for understandable reasons; chances are there is a display just a short drive away. If not a city display ask a local fireworks tent if they are planning on doing anything; a lot of them will shoot off their larger fireworks because they know they won’t sell them for this year and obviously can’t save them for next year.

If you are one of the few that can shoot off fireworks make sure you have a sturdy board or table to shoot them from. I would also recommend rigging some sort of holding device for those artillery shell launchers (see above statement) they aren’t made to really withstand much so they can get really tippy which means they are aimed straight at your guests! Putting the launcher inside the hole of a concrete block would help this tremendously!

#4 The Favors

If you have read any of my posts about parties you know that I love party favors! It’s what makes coming over to my house unique. Now is the time to start looking! Target’s dollar spot has tons of glow sticks, head bands, wands, and necklaces that are very affordable so you can buy one for everyone. Plus it looks really neat to see everyone lit up after dark. I also need to mention that it is a really nice tool to keep an eye on your kids; sometimes you can’t see them in the dark but you can see their glow stick bracelet walking ever closer to the firework launching pad! Favors and life-saving all in one package!

Have fun, be safe, and Happy Independence Day!

From iFamily to Yours,

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12 Dazzling Fireworks Displays in KC You Can’t Miss This Year!

Independence Day is almost here, Kansas City and we are so excited for all the fun in store for your family here in the metro area. If you’re looking for fun fireworks displays around the metro, we’ve compiled a list of 12 spots you don’t want to miss this year. Take a look…

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12 Fireworks Displays in KC You Can’t Miss This Year!

It’s almost the 4th of July and you know what that means.. FIREWORKS! Fireworks are one of the best things about the 4th of July, and if you have a crowd, they can get expensive and the process of finding the perfect spot to show them off can become tedious.  So, why not go and enjoy a show instead! There are so many places around the metro area that put on great shows for the entire family! Check out this list!

#1 River Fest

Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Dr., Kansas City, MO 64101 July 4th. You can find ticket information, directions and more online!

#2 Worlds of Fun

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave July 1-4th

#3 Parkville

July 4th Celebration: English Landing Park – Over the Missouri River
8701 Clark Avein Parkville, Missouri 64152.

#4 Olathe Red, White & Blue

Various addresses July 4th. For information on parking locations visit them online.

#5 Gladstone Independence Day Celebration

Oak Grove Park July 4th. This is a free viewing and you can find more information on parking here.

#6 Red, White and Blue Springs

2000 NW Ashton Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri 64015, July 4th.

#7 Platte City Fireworks Display

High School Pirates Stadium 1501 Branch Street in Platte City, Missouri 64079.

#8 Pleasant Hill Fireworks

Skyline Field – 1301 Myrtle in Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

#9 Salute to the Union Fireworks

Merritt Lake, Grant Ave., Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 July 4th.

#10 OP Fourth of July Celebration

8717 W. 110th St.

Overland Park, KS 66210 July 4th.

#11 Westwood Fireworks Display

St. Agnes Athletic Field MONDAY JULY 3rd.

#12 July 4th Celebration in Gardner, KS 

Live music, food vendors, out of this world bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines, interactive entertainment and one of the best fireworks displays in the area!

Before you head out to view the fireworks, check your destinations site to see if there are any rules and guidelines for pets, chairs and beverages you can bring. Some places are located on school and church campuses so glass and alcohol may be restricted. Also, fireworks have gotten louder over the years, make sure you bring noise reduction headphones or earplugs. Don’t forget the snacks and blankets too! Have a great 4th of July!

From iFamily to yours,

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Eat Your Way Though Independence Day: Quick and Easy Recipes!

Looking for some quick and easy recipes for your fourth of July cookout? Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has compiled a list of her favorite mouth watering summer favorites that your family can make today. Take a look… quick and easy recipes

Eat Your Way Though Independence Day: Quick and Easy Recipes!

Nothing says summer like the 4th of July! Fireworks, swimming pools and everything red, white and blue. When I was younger, I always loved a few things about the 4th of July and that’s the picnics and fireworks. Getting together and spending a day eating summer favorites, popping fireworks and fighting your exhaustion from the day just to see the big ones go off at night made it all worth it.

Now that I am older, and have a family and an obsession with Pinterest, I get more excited to host the picnics and get togethers more than anything. Once the fireworks go off at night, I feel like it is the “ta-da” moment of the day lol.

The 4th of July is such an awesome holiday and it can be the highlight of any summer. But I also know that it can become complicated, overwhelming and just downright tiresome. So this year, have no fear! Here are some of my favorite quick and easy 4th of July recipes!

#1 Red, White, and Blue Salad

When it’s hot, you don’t really want a whole lot of piping hot food. This red, white and blue salad is so easy, light and perfect for summer!

#2 Patriotic Popcorn

I love sweet popcorn and this one is perfect for the 4th of July! Check out this easy recipe for some of the best sweet and salty popcorn yet!

#3 American Pride Ice Cream Sandwiches

I am definitely doing these this year! So quick and easy plus very patriotic! Who knew that 2 simple store bought items could become something so creative! Check out the how to here

#4 Red, White and Blue Strawberries

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES… need I say more lol?? Who doesn’t love chocolate covered strawberries!? Give them a patriotic twist by using a few ingredients! Check out these super cute ones from

#5 Jello Snacks

Jello is one of the easiest snacks to dress up. By adding a few items to it, you can use it for just about every holiday. Try doing this with your kiddos for a quick 4th of July treat!

** pro tip, pre made jello snack cups if you are short on time or simply can’t make jello like me lol**

#6 Firecracker Dogs

Possibly the cutest hot dog you will ever see! These firecracker dogs are sure to please everyone! Check out these simple dogs perfect for the 4th!

#7 Grilled Chicken Berry Salad

One of my FAVORITE salads! I love everything about this salad, the sweetness, the crunch and the fact that it is healthy. Plus it is easy to whip up for a crowd. Check out how easy this amazing and easy this salad is!

#8 Veggie Flag Tray

When it’s summer time and especially when it is a holiday, you can be surrounded by nothing but sweets and treats. So to make sure you get those veggies in check out this super cute and delicious veggie tray idea!

#9 Red, White and Sangria

This is the perfect adult beverage for the 4th of July! Check out how simple and crowd pleasing this is.

#10 Patriotic Punch

And in case you haven’t had enough sugar or cool treats for the 4th, check out this awesome kid friendly patriotic punch! Not only does it look cool, but it screams HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

All of these recipes are super easy and can definitely be modified to your own liking. Enjoy your 4th of July!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe that Memorial Day is already upon us? Here in Kansas City we are so lucky to have the National World War I Museum and they have a ton of great events (good for families!) this upcoming weekend. There’s something for everyone, so definitely check it out!

Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

 

Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

 

As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National World War I Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, the Museum invites the public to “find your World War I connection” and discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and more with a variety of programs throughout the weekend.

Admission to the Museum is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while admission for the general public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 26-29). The Museum offers several events during the course of the weekend for people of all ages and interests, including a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day featuring renowned photographer Michael St Maur Sheil. St Maur Sheil’s exhibitions of contemporary photographs of World War I battlefields have been seen by millions of people across the world and are currently featured in the exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 at the Museum.

 

Free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel is made possible by U.S. Bank. Half-price admission on Friday is courtesy of Sports Radio 810 WHB. Additional support for Memorial Day Weekend activities was provided by Armed Forces Insurance and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo.

 

WORLD WAR I RESEARCH STATIONS

When: All Day, Friday-Sunday, May 26-29

Where: Outside J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

What: Find your connection to World War I during Memorial Day weekend through research stations at the Museum. With access to multiple databases including, Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum’s online collections database, the American Battlefield Monuments Commission and the National Archives, discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and much more. FREE to the public.

 

VIETNAM ERA BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS “HUEY” HELICOPTER DISPLAY

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 29

Where: Rectangular Drive at the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #243 will provide an iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter for display. FREE to the public.

 

 

VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLE DISPLAY

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 27

Where: Southeast Lawn outside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will display nearly 20 vintage military vehicles from World War II, Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. MVPA members will be available to answer questions about their collection. Availability subject to weather. FREE to the public.

 

 

FIELDS OF BATTLE, LANDS OF PEACE TOURS

When: 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28; 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 29

Where: Tours begin at Guest Services inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Join award-winning photojournalist and curator Michael St Maur Sheil on a brief walking tour of the special centennial outdoor exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918. Hear the stories behind the incredible contemporary photographs. Book purchase suggested and reservation required. Limited space available. FREE to the public.

 

 

2017 BATTLEFIELD TOUR: THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

When: Noon, Saturday, May 27

Where: R.A. Long Education Center

What: What’s it like to experience the battlefields of World War I in person? Find out details of the upcoming commemorative journey to breathtaking places in Europe with the National World War I Museum and Memorial and Battlefield Tour guide/photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. Museum staff will be on hand to answer questions. FREE with RSVP.

 

 

HANDS-ON HISTORY

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27

Where: Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.

 

 

35TH INFANTRY DIVISION BAND CONCERT

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27

Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: The Museum proudly welcomes the 35th Infantry Division Band for a rousing concert to commemorate those who have served and perished in our country’s armed forces. Comprised of professional musicians, educators, and college students, the 35th ID Band performs for more than 100,000 citizens annually, sharing the Army’s story with the public through music. FREE to the public.

 

 

BANK OF AMERICA CELEBRATION AT THE STATION

When: 3 p.m., Sunday, May 28 (concert begins at 8 p.m.)

Where: North Lawn outside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Kick off your summer with the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest. The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, performs patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City’s historic Union Station. Celebration at the Station concludes with a fireworks display over the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. FREE to the public.

 

 

FINDING YOUR WWI CONNECTION

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, May 28

Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Many Americans had family members who served overseas during the Great War. Others had family members who were German or Austrian immigrants affected by U.S. immigration policies during wartime. In this introductory session to WWI research, Dr. Mitch Yockelson will offer some hints and tips on how to go about researching relatives that may have served or been affected during the war. Information on how to request copies of military service files via the National Archives will also be available. Presented in partnership with The National Archives at Kansas City. FREE with RSVP.

 

NATIONAL  WWI MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL BENEFIT PANCAKE BREAKFAST

When: 9-11 a.m., Monday, May 29

Where: Over There Café, inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Enjoy some flapjacks (with hashbrowns and sausage/bacon) in a unique setting during a pancake feed with proceeds benefiting the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The meals are $9 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under) and include a beverage.

 

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

When: 10-11 a.m., Monday, May 29

Where: Memorial Courtyard outside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: A formal public program to include remarks from dignitaries, including U.S. Missouri Fifth District Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II, Kansas City and Missouri Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James (a former U.S. Marine), a keynote address Michael St Maur Sheil, musical performances from the Heartland Men’s Chorus and the 1st Infantry Division Wood Wind Quintet and an Honor Guard presentation from Ft. Leavenworth. FREE to the public.

 

 

WALK OF HONOR DEDICATION CEREMONY

When: 2 p.m., Monday, May 29

Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: More than 100 new Walk of Honor granite bricks will be dedicated during a special ceremony. Entertainment includes a performance from the Heartland Men’s Chorus, remarks from archivist, military historian and author Dr. Mitch Yockelson and an Honor Guard presentation from Ft. Leavenworth. The Walk of Honor, now more than 10,000 bricks strong, is divided into three sections: bricks dedicated solely to those who served in World War I; bricks dedicated to veterans of any military service; and bricks that honor civilian friends, family or organizations. Walk of Honor bricks are dedicated twice each year during Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. FREE to the public.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOURS AND PARKING

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday. To accommodate expected high Memorial Day weekend attendance, a parking shuttle service will be available Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. from the West Yards Garage at Union Station and on Monday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

About the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.


Check Out the 14 Hour May Challenge for Moms!

Alright, mamas – this one is for you. Don’t be intimidated by the title. This challenge isn’t a way to add more to the to-do list. Instead, it’s a way to find some time and treat yourself. So, in the month of May, when we’re celebrating motherhood anyway, why not find some time to care for you. Take a look at the 14 hour challenge our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, has up her sleeve.

Check Out the 14 Hour May Challenge for Moms!

Check Out the 14 Hour May Challenge for Moms

 

Hey Mommas! It’s May and Mother’s Day is coming up soon.  As moms our crazy chaotic days start as soon as we crack open our eyes.  Mine usually starts with my 2 year old bouncing on my bed saying “watch TV!” “eat breakfast!” or my very favorite, “I pooped!”  From sun up to sun down, we are working – whether it be inside or outside the home.  There are lunches to pack, dishes to do, mountains of laundry (that I swear breeds overnight!), errands to run, back and forth from sports to dance to music lessons to school activities, homework to check, reading to do, agendas to plan and then there’s dinner and bedtime.

Shhhhew! I’m totally exhausted just thinking about it all!  Moms, we are the glue that holds our family together and I know we are prone to putting ourselves on the back burner, A LOT.  So, this is my challenge to you for the month of May. Do something for YOURSELVES! This is not about your kids, your husband, your mother in law, your grandma, your sister, the neighbor, the kids teacher, or your beloved dog. This is about YOU!  I am going to try my best to do this challenge along with you and I’d love to hear from you in the comments on how you took care of you this month!  Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

Daily Challenge

Plan 15 minutes of your day doing something you like to do.  Write it down in your planner, calendar, phone or wherever you keep track of things just like you would any other planned activity.  Sleep, take a long hot bath or shower, run, read something besides a screen, meditate, watch the sun come up, write in a journal or watch a sitcom (Life in Pieces is on Netflix currently and is hilarious by the way!)

 

Weekly Challenge

Plan 1 hour of time for you. Are you sensing a pattern here? This isn’t about anyone but you. Take a few ideas from the daily challenge and extend those out a bit. Or call your bestie (not text), get a haircut, schedule a massage, get a pedicure, go to the library or bookstore- enjoy the silence, or go on a Target run and splurge on delicious Starbucks while you’re at it.

 

Monthly Challenge

Plan one night (4 hours) of kid-free or maybe even significant other-free time (you decide!) to go out of the house.  Go to a free concert at P&L or pack up some snacks and have an adult picnic or bonfire in the country. Go to a movie or drinks with a friend or significant other. If you can’t get out at night, go to breakfast or brunch and shopping. Try hard to stay out of the kids section!

 

If you start the challenge May 8th, by the end of May you will have given yourself (no one else!) nearly 14 hours of time.  14 hours in 3 weeks.  I think we all deserve that at the very least! Give yourself the perfect gift this Mother’s Day.  The gift of time for you, mom.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother’s Day This Year

Happy Spring, Kansas City! We’re finally moving into the nicer, warmer spring weather which means it’s also time for Mother’s Day. We here at iFamilyKC love our moms, and one of our Mom Squad Ambassadors, gives us all a great list of gift ideas to treat our moms like the queens they are on their special day. Take a look!

30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother's Day This Year 30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother’s Day This Year

Finding a gift for the woman who deserves the world has always been a challenge. What do you get someone who gives her soul so freely to others? How can one gift reflect everything she means to you?

You want to capture her value, how you see her, her beauty, her love, her inner strength, and everything she has taught you. Yet, you have no idea where to start. Well, rest your head, my dear, we are here to help. Most of us know that all moms really wants is to be shown how YOU see them. If you find a gift that reflects the light in her that shines through you… then you’re golden.

My best advice is you simply think the gift through.

What does she truly like? What does she truly LOVE doing?

Give her a gift that reflects what she loves the most. She truly just wants to be seen, understood, and shown that you pay attention to her. Honestly who doesn’t want that? I have included a list of gifts that reflect thought, passion, and love. I hope at least one of these help capture the essence of the wonderful person she is.

Good luck my loves. Channel your love for her, and I promise she will see and feel that, regardless of what the gift maybe.

#1 Help her relive a memory

…from your past that reflected what an amazing mom she is. Find old pictures from a childhood vacation and turn them into a photo album, have a quilt made out of old family photos, make a video for her of your favorite pictures of her, have artwork made out of a picture of the two of you, make a coffee cup of family photos, or simply make her a gift card to take her back to a place the two of you holds a special memory. Let her relive the love you felt in that moment. Trust me …. She will melt! <3

#2 Take her on a picnic

Make a picnic basket that includes her favorite foods, a blanket, a playlist of her favorite songs, and take her to her favorite park or garden. Let her keep the picnic basket and the playlist.

#3 Enroll her in a class

what is something she has always wanted to do? Yoga, paint, bake, dance, sing, sculpt, etc.… find her a gift card to a class, buy her some of the supplies she would need for it, and let her live out her dreams. Think of all the classes she let you be in when you were a kid… it is now her turn!

#4 Coffee & tea

Does she love tea or coffee? Why not update her mugs…. Get her some fancy tea cups with saucers, loose leaf tea, fancy coffee, or gift cards to her favorite coffee house.

#5 Items to entertain

Does she like to entertain others? Why not get her new serving dishes, new place settings, etc.

#6 Cooking utensils for the cooks

Does she like to cook? How about a personalized cutting board, new tea towels, new knifes, cooking classes, etc.

#7 Monthly subscription

Enroll her in a monthly subscription club of something she loves, there truly is a club for everything. They have Cheese Clubs, Wine Clubs, Cookie Clubs, Soap Clubs, Plant Clubs, etc. If you enroll her in a  monthly club she can receive one of her favorite items every single month. You just pay a small monthly fee and in return mom gets a gift once a month.

#8 Jewelry

Does she love jewelry? Well if so there are so many options online… you could get something custom made for her, get her a gift card to her favorite place, or just make her a piece of jewelry.

#9 Baking items

Does she bake…. Get her new pans, measuring cups, new supplies, etc.

#10 A cookbook of her recipes

Turn her recipes into a cook book … literally… or, take family recipes and turn them into a family cook book. There are many options online available.

#11 Yoga items for the yogi mom

If she is a yoga lover get her a new yoga mat, yoga music, a yoga bag to carry her mat, or new yoga clothes.

#12 Workout gear for the gym mom

If she loves going to the gym get her some new workout clothes, a new water bottle, iTunes, headphones, etc.

#13 Tech gadgets for the tech savvy

If she is always on the computer … you could get her a new laptop stand, bag to carry her lap top, speakers, gift card to her favorite online store, etc.

#14 Spa treatment…at home

New soaps, bath products, new robe, new towels, sheets, etc.

#15 Spa Treatment…away

A day out at the spa that includes a massage

#16 Pictures, pictures, pictures

Picture frames filled with your favorite pictures

#17 Family portraits

A family portrait session including the WHOLE family

#18 Take care of her feet

A pair of new shoes and a pedicure

#19 Concert or play tickets

#20 Tickets to a comedy show

#21 Some alone time

A weekend by herself- let her have the gift of solitude.

#22 A clean house

Hire a cleaning crew for three months and let her simply enjoy a clean home without having to be the one to clean it.

#23 Make her favorite meal

A home cooked meal prepared by the family- recreate her favorite meal for her.

#24 A Date night

Get them a gift card for somewhere fancy… maybe get her something to wear too.

#25 Girls Night Out

#26 Plan a family reunion for her

#27 Surprise her with someone who lives far

Fly in someone to visit she has mentioned she has wanted to see for a long time.

#28 Plan a family vacation

#29 Mail her a thank you cards every day for a month

Include everything you have ever wanted to thank her for but haven’t.

#30 Most importantly SPEND TIME WITH HER

After all, that is all she truly wants!

For more inspirational content, connect with Leah directly on Facebook at Living Life With Leah.

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Spring Fun with these FREE Printable Easter Lunch Notes

Can you all believe it, Kansas City? Easter is right around the corner! As the weather finally warms up, and the sun is finally out, we’ve got some fun ideas coming from our Mom Squad. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, has a cute (and free!) Easter themed printable to share with you today. Check it out!

Spring Fun with these FREE Printable Easter Lunch Notes

 

Spring Fun with these FREE Printable Easter Lunch Notes

 

Hi guys! Easter is around the corner so I wanted to find something fun to add to the blog this week for your kiddos to look forward to before Easter break! Lunch time was one of my favorite parts of the day in school! My mom used to pack my lunch a few times a week and I looked forward to the notes she would lovingly create and put in my lunch box.

 

I LOVED seeing the notes when I opened my lunch every day, It was a little way for my mom and I to stay connected when we were apart. So, I wanted my daughter to experience the fun and love of lunch box notes just like I did! Now, I am not an artist and I never claimed to be BUT using a computer, I was able to make some pretty cute little notes and I wanted to share them with you! Print them, cut them out and add them to your child’s lunch! They will love it!

 

From iFamily to Yours,


Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around
Kansas City

 

Easter Sunday is right around the corner on April 16th! There are tons of activities and events around the KC leading up to the Easter holiday! But don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Here are handful of super fun ideas your family is sure to enjoy!

 

Union Station Easter Eggstravaganza

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

 

Science City April 14th at 10am. Price includes all day Science City admission

 

Zona Rosa Easter Parade

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

 April 15th 11am-4pm

Powell Gardens Easter Eggs and the Breakfast Bunny

April 15th 8:45-noon

 

Summit Stables

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

The Stables is having an Easter themed Kids Club event with iFamilyKC on April 8th that will include an egg hunt.

 

Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt Express

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

 April 8th, 9th and 15th. Easter Egg hunt, train ride, photos with the Easter Bunny. Look for the iFamilyKC discount code!

 

Ceramic Cafe 

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Easter Egg Festival March 31-April 2

 

Paradise Park

Ollie’s 10th annual Egg Hunt! April 8th and 15th

 

Independence Square Easter Egg Hunt and Shop Hop

April 15th 10am-6pm. Free Easter basket for the first 200 kids, candy, and an egg hunt.

 

Big Bunny Bash  

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Liberty Hospital April 8th 10-12pm

 

Country Club Plaza Bunnies on display! 

March 20th – April 23rd

Dexter’s Egg-cellent Easter Adventure

At the Legends T-REX cafe  April 15th 8-10am

 

And for all you dog moms and dads, here is a special event happening just for you and your pup:

 

Easter Dog Event

 At Rock & Brews April 9th 1pm-3pm Meet the Easter Bunny and each dog gets a 4×4 paw print tile from Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics

 

From iFamily to Yours,


A Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Shamrock Shakes

Top o’ the morning to ya, Kansas City! One of my favorite spring time treats are milkshakes/smoothies. Truthfully, I can drink them any time of year! With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, has a simple recipe to make Shamrock Shakes at home. Yum! Take a look…

 A Fun St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Shamrock Shakes

A Fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Shamrock Shakes

 

I love Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s! Since they are only offered during early spring, I decided to concoct a recipe so myself and my family could enjoy them all year round! They were super easy, yummy, and were a big hit in my house!

A Fun St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Shamrock Shakes

Ingredients

 

3 scoops mint chocolate chip ice cream

1/4 c. heavy cream

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

4-6 drops green food coloring

Whipped cream, for topping

 

Toppings

Maraschino cherries, sprinkles, chocolate chips

or any other fun green things you can come up with!

 

Decorations

Decorate with plastic rings, fun straws and serve up in a fancy wine or martini glass

 

From iFamily to Yours,