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DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Friends and Family!

Finding the perfect gift can be daunting!  Creating something with your own two hands can be much more meaningful.  Take a look at these DIY Christmas Gifts that Liz has compiled for you!

DIY Christmas gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Friends and Family!

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift idea to knock off that Christmas wish for a loved one?  I have some fun ideas for DIY Christmas gifts and present ideas to make your holiday season easier!  DIY or Do It Yourself gifts are fun to do alone, with your kids or as an entire family. These gifts are inexpensive and because they are homemade are filled with heart and thoughtfulness.

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DIY Kids Ideas: Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments 

Are you overwhelmed with the thought of homemade Christmas gifts from your kids to grandparents and family? If your parents are like mine they are excited about any Christmas gift that is homemade. Each year I feel a little pressure to find new and creative ideas in DIY gift-giving.  Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments are beautifully rustic and simple. They look especially cute dangling from the Christmas tree or from a peppermint cookie in a jar, which you will learn in a bit when you keep scrolling.

Supplies:

  • Straight sticks (6” in length) found outside or use cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbons (cut into 5-6 inch strips) in a variety of Christmas tree greens
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. After gathering supplies, show your child how to tie the scraps of ribbon down the twig or cinnamon stick. Wide ribbons, tied into single loose knots, give the best coverage down the stick
  2. For best results, bunch the ribbons close together. The ribbons will bend and slightly overlap. Gently tug them into place until you are satisfied with their placement. You will probably use between 13-16 strips of ribbon for each ornament.
  3. Use sharp scissors to trim the ribbon scraps into the shape of a Christmas tree. The little fray of the ribbon gives the ornament a rustic look. Get creative and go beyond ribbon and try using cotton and wool fabric scraps, cinnamon sticks and flannel to create your Christmas tree.
  4. Hot glue or tie a loop of twine to the top of the tree. If desired, top the tree with a wooden star, yellow button, or any embellishment your child chooses.

DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Gifts for Family: 

Tied up with red and green plaid ribbon, this DIY Christmas breakfast gift basket is very festive. This is a super simple little hostess, neighbor or family gift. You simply take a few breakfast items and place them all in an inexpensive cute box or breakfast. Ideas are pancake mix, a sweet syrup, jelly, tea bags, coffee, red frying pan, whisk, spatula and festive holiday napkins.

I would use a little brown paper bag tied with some pretty red yarn and a simple tag to put in some pre-made pancake mix. You can add a little instruction or recipe card if you wish.

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DIY Small Gift Idea:  Christmas Cookie in a Jar 

These Christmas cookies in a jar gifts are so cute! Such an easy gift to put together and will be so appreciated and loved by friends and neighbor!

Grab a quart size mason jar and begin layering the following ingredients. Kind of tap the bottom of the jar on the counter as you go to get everything to lay down into the jar nice and flat.

Layer the following in this order:

  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 C flour
  • 2/3 C chocolate chips
  • 2/3 C peppermint or mint chocolate chips

This gift is so cute you don’t even need to wrap it! Just tie a big red ribbon around the lid. Finish off by sticking on a cookie label and also baking instructions. You can write out the directions yourself or use the computer and print off on to stickable paper.  Make a front label that says “CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES”. 

On your back label: List off the ingredients that are already in the jar.

And then write:

  • Now Add: ½ C (one stick) butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • Mix & Roll into 1 Inch Balls & Bake
  • Cook at 375 for 8-10 minutes

Share with those loved ones who love to bake especially during the Christmas season!

Fun Gift Ideas for Friends and Teachers: Fleece Blanket 

I am so excited to give this cool Christmas gift to my close mom friends this season!  You can find festive and inexpensive fleece throws in every store around the holiday season. Simply find your fleece blanket, wrap in large ribbon and finish it off with a tag that says “ Fleece Navidad.  We want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts.” How fun is this gift-idea?!  I know this would also be a great gift for your children’s teachers, neighbors or girlfriends!

Consider jazzing up your gift a bit!  Pair this fleece idea with popcorn, a box of hot chocolate, marshmallows and perhaps a DVD or movie gift card! No matter what DIY gift you choose to give this year, it is sure to be loved by all!  Happy giving and happy holiday season!

From iFamily to Yours,


Finding Your Tribe & Making Mommy Friends

Meeting new people or making mommy friends can be scary as a new mom or even just living in a new neighborhood. Connie, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, shares some ways to find your tribe!  Take a look…

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Finding Your Tribe & Making Mommy Friends

So, I love the movie “I Love You Man”.  Honestly, I love just about anything Paul Rudd does, but that’s beside the point.  I know the movie is meant to be pure entertainment, but there is an underlying truth to it.  Making friends as an adult is not as easy as it was when we were kids.  As a kid, you walk up to someone at the park and say “let’s play!” and boom—a friendship is born.

When I had my son, I became a part of a whole new category of people.  Category: Mom.  I was one of the first among my group of friends to join this whole new scene and I had no idea what I was doing.  I needed to ask questions and vent and get advice from people who knew what they were doing.  But who was I going to ask?  Where do you meet mommy friends?

It’s a little bit of trial and error.

When I had my oldest, I was completely lost and overwhelmed.  I tried going to a breastfeeding support group at the hospital, and while everyone there was very friendly and supportive, it was just not the place for me.  Part of me just wanted to be a recluse-stay at home in my happy little bubble, just me and my boy.  But that got pretty lonely pretty quickly.

I got myself out and just started going places.  Running errands, going for a walk, etc.  Whatever got me out of the house and moving was helpful.  Babies are people magnets, and I found myself chatting with new people all the time. As my kids got a little older, we started heading to parks, and the zoo, and indoor playgrounds.   In the summer we basically lived at the pool.  Those places were crawling with moms and potential play dates.

I found a mommy and me class at the gym.  It was designed to be a baby play time, with the moms there to help with the kids and meet new moms.   I went back to the gym for my own workouts.  I met moms when I was dropping my son off at the daycare there.  When my kids got old enough to start preschool, that’s when I really came into my own and started making real connections with other moms.

Mason struggled with separation anxiety and those first couple weeks of drop offs were awful.  He would cling to my leg and cry and beg me not to leave him.  This always led to me crying the whole way out of the school.  One day another mom whose son was in Mason’s class stopped me and reassured me that she had been through the same thing with her son and that everything was going to be okay.  We have been friends ever since.

My kids started joining activities, and I met tons of parents that way.  Bailey is in dance, and the friends I have made there are some of my closest.  Both of my kids play sports, most of which I coach, and so I have gotten to know lots of parents that way as well.

I mentioned previously that I coach, and I volunteer when I can at my kids school.  PTA is a great way to get involved and to meet other parents in your schools attendance area.  There are lots of local moms groups on Facebook and MOPS groups that meet at churches around town as well.  I looked for events to take my kids to—festivals, kids club events from iFamilyKC, free classes at Gymboree, etc.

It was all about just getting out there.  I was never going to meet anyone sitting at home.  And while it was hard at first, it definitely got easier.  No, I didn’t love every parent I met or every place I went, but I did eventually find my people.  And these are the people I count on to help me get through the tough stuff and laugh through the funny times.  They are the people I can call if I need help getting a kid to a practice or game or dance class.  The people I can text and ask if it’s too early for wine at noon on a Tuesday when it’s been a rough day.  They are the people who understand that parenting is work and while it is the best job we will ever have, it’s also the most frustrating and challenging.

From iFamily to Yours,


30 Days & 30 Ways to Give Back in November in KC

Autumn weather is upon us here in the metro area and the month of November offers the ideal opportunity to jump start a season of giving back to others. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team shares 30 ways to give back in 30 days across Kansas City today on the blog. Take a look…

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30 Days & 30 Ways to Give Back in November in KC

Hey there KC! Can you believe it’s already November? The last week and a half, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some much-needed time away out here in the beautiful Ozarks with my family! The temperature has been consistently cool, the leaves are in a wide variety of colors and Fall is definitely in the air. Pretty soon we will be waking up to bare trees, rainy days, and chilly air every day. I honestly couldn’t be more thankful to have this time with my family!

If you didn’t already know, November is National “Be Thankful” month and, with practically every day in November being centered around Thanksgiving, I can see why it is! So, in honor of this wonderful fall season and the month that celebrates thankfulness, I wanted to share a different way you can participate in a fun and caring way. So here are 30 ways you can give back in 30 days!

Ways to Help Others:

  1. Volunteer at a shelter
  2. Carry someone’s grocery bags for them
  3. Buy the person behind you coffee/ lunch
  4. Pick up trash in your neighborhood
  5. Volunteer at your child’s school
  6. Bring treats for co-workers
  7. Write a handwritten letter to a friend or family member
  8. Run errands for a busy mom/dad
  9. Spend time with those at a nursing home
  10. Give away blankets or jackets to the homeless
  11. Donate clothes to a shelter or Goodwill
  12. Volunteer to read a the library or your kids classroom
  13. Help a new mom or dad with chores around the house
  14. Send get well cards to the hospital for strangers
  15. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  16. Babysit for a night for free
  17. Leave a bigger than usual tip
  18. Organize a can food drive/ donate to one
  19. Pet sit for a friend or family member
  20. Invite someone new from your church/ neighborhood to your home for dinner
  21. Donate toys your kiddo no longer plays with to a family in need
  22. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  23. Say something nice to someone
  24. Tell a manager about the wonderful service you received from their employee
  25. Compliment a stranger
  26. Send someone an anonymous small gift
  27. Give someone a “thank you for all you do” note
  28. Offer a warm meal to someone homeless
  29. Invite someone to Thanksgiving Dinner
  30. Bring a coworker coffee

There are so many different ways to give back to those around you, or even to simply spread kindness. Giving back is not only limited to November, so you can implement these ideas all year long! Whenever you give back, you naturally feel better! It truly does something to us and in return, it encourages others to do the same. I can’t count how many times an act of kindness from myself or my family has inspired someone else to do the same and vice versa! So, the next time you are about to get that much-needed pumpkin spice latte or you see someone down in the dumps… think to yourself, how can I give back to someone and inspire them to do something kind as well.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Spice Up Your Coffee Break With These 5 Tips!

Tis the season for warm drinks!  Treat yourself to a little coffee break fun with these 5 tips from Ruth!

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Spice Up Your Coffee Break With These 5 Tips!

Anyone who knows, understands that coffee is probably one of my best friends. As a full time teacher, parent of three, a puppy and a hubby; coffee seems to be an essential part of my daily routine. If you are a coffee lover like me then you might appreciate this fun list of ideas to spice up your coffee time. Aside from the obvious…flavored coffee and the pumpkin related coffee trend there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your regular cup of brew. The best thing about coffee is that you can take it or get it almost anywhere. The fun part is when you get a little creative about your coffee time.

Drink it at the park

Whether you like the changing leaves, a blanket or a park bench; a cup in the park can make for a relaxing way to enjoy your morning. You may need to get up a little earlier or take the kids with you to a playground. You can even enjoy it alone after you promptly drop them off at school. J

Have a coffee house party

This past school year my kids and I got into the new Gilmore Girls series on Netflix. We decided to watch all of the old episodes and then the new series. When we finished all the episodes we decided to create our own coffee house party at the park. We set up a coffee pot with mugs and table decorations to mirror Luke’s Diner. We even ordered Gilmore Girls coffee off of Boca Java with some accessories. This was a fun party and the kids all enjoyed hot chocolate.  A friend of our brought some pastries to share as well. It was a great time. You could create your own coffee party with your family or friends.

Take a hike

Gather your friends, grab a cup of joe and take a hike on a nearby trail or park. Coffee is always better with friends. There are several nice trails in the area such as Rozarks Nature Trail, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, Cave Spring Park, Overland Park Arboretum and Lowenstein Park to name a few.

Save your coffee grounds

Not that you need an excuse to enjoy coffee, but you can save the used grounds and use them to fertilize your garden. Adding coffee to your compost pile can help your garden prepare for next spring. Other uses for coffee grounds include using it to keep slugs and snails away from plants. Read more at Gardening Know How: Composting With Coffee Grounds.

Have a coffee Halloween fun

Grab those paper to go cups and let your kids decorate them with stickers or draw spooky characters on them. Add in some Halloween themed breakfast items such as ghost bananas, monster breakfast sandwiches and don’t forget the bagels with scream cheese! (Hotel Transylvania) Add simple homemade decorations and you have the perfect recipe for some spooky fun!

Anyway you brew it, you can have a great coffee morning!

From iFamily to Yours,


To the Unknown Mom at Target; You Are Not Alone

We’ve all had that moment in the middle of Target with the child screaming at the top of their lungs.  This goes out to you, the unknown mom at target.

a letter to the unknown mom at target

 

To the Unknown Mom at Target:

I saw you last night, while I was cruising the aisles of my favorite local hangout.  I heard you the first two times you told your toddler that he could not have the candy.  I couldn’t hear you the third time, but I know there was a third time.  I imagine that is what sent your otherwise adorable child into a full-on tantrum.

I saw you trying to reason with him by looking into his eyes and appealing to his sense of logic.  You gently tried to explain that it was dinner time, and that he could have dessert after dinner.  I saw all this from two checkout lanes away.  You nearly had me convinced to put my candy bar back.  Your toddler, who was within an arm’s reach of you, was unfazed as he continued to scream like a banshee.

I watched as your cheeks turned red, and you tried, in vain, to stop that sandy-haired munchkin of yours from embarrassing you further. After just a couple of minutes, I saw you throw up your white flag of surrender and purchase the candy.

Please do not think we are judging you.  There’s not a mom on this side of heaven who hasn’t experienced what you went through last night.  Every single one of us has been publically humiliated by a toddler who sounded as if he was calling down fire from the skies.  We’ve all had to maneuver through the store with a kid who refused to take a nap, or the one so fixated on the toy that she left in the car that you decided it was easier just to go back to the car, causing you to abort your store mission all together.

We know you are embarrassed.  Because we were all embarrassed.   We know that your kid doesn’t always act like that, and we know that you don’t always cave.

But today we are grateful…Grateful that the candy saved our eardrums from any additional pounding.  That dollar was totally worth it. And Grateful that it was your kid today, not one of our own.

Hoping that tomorrow will be a better day for us all.

Sincerely,

Another Mom who has wished to be invisible.

Gabrielle


How to Celebrate Birthdays as an Adult!

We spend an inordinate amount of time each year meticulously planning birthdays for our children.  But what about us?! When it comes to celebrating your special day as an adult, it can be hard to figure out exactly what to do. Gabrielle, from our blogging team here at iFamilyKC, shares four ideas she has for your next birthday adventure. Take a look…

How to Celebrate your Birthday as an Adult!

How to Celebrate Birthdays as an Adult!

October is my birthday month. 

I say that for two reasons:

1) To give you a heads up in case you were wanting to buy me lunch or send me a gift.

2) Because I have had all year to plan, and have absolutely nothing scheduled.

We tend to go all out for our children’s birthday parties, but when it comes time to celebrate our own special day, we tend to settle for dinner at a chain restaurant and a free dessert.  Who doesn’t love a dining room full of strangers staring at you, while bored and/or overzealous wait staff bring you a brownie with a candle sticking out of it?

Surely, adult birthdays are a time to reflect and reevaluate.  But they should also be a time to commemorate and celebrate.   Here are a few ideas I’m kicking around:

Eat free for the month.

Sign up for rewards programs at all of your favorite restaurants.  Most of them will send you at least a buy-one-get-one free coupon.  For the cost of a single meal, you can catch up with a dear friend.  Some restaurants take it a step further, and send you a voucher for a complimentary meal with no purchase required.  Those are my favorite.  Free pumpkin pancakes with apple sausage, and a notebook, so I can write down all of the things I learned since my last birthday.  If you choose enough restaurants, you might not have to buy lunch for the whole month.

Spend a Day at the Spa

Some lucky mamas have standing appointments at their favorite spas.  That is not my current situation.  I try to go once a year, and my birthday is the perfect excuse.  Several local spas have packages that can last from two to five hours that include facials, massages, manicures, pedicures.  Some packages even include hair and make-up services.  Find one that fits your budget and your schedule.

Take a cue from the kids.

A lot of popular birthday party venues offer party packages for adults.  The pricing is generally a little higher than the kids’ party packages, as they incorporate activities that are inappropriate for smaller children.  Why not get a group of your closest friends and race go-karts and play laser tag until your hearts are content?  There are a couple of local bars who offer retro themed video games.  Why not celebrate your birthday by being a kid again, even if it is just for one day.

Cake and Ice Cream

No birthday is complete without cake and ice cream, even if it is just you and your immediate family.  Throw diet plans out the window.  (Or cheat just a little, with a miniature cupcake).  But get yourself a birthday hat, and dig in.  Make them sing to you if you want.  It sounds simple, and it is.  We all long for simpler days, and what better day is there than your birthday, to appreciate the simple things.

Close your eyes and make a wish, but not for too long.  You are a parent, after all.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

 


10 Best KC Date Nights For You To Do This Weekend

Stuck in a rut with the same restaurant and movie date nights?  Liz, from the iFamily Mom and Dad Squad shares some of KC’s best date nights for you and your honey!  Take a look…

KC Date Nights

10 Best KC Date Nights For You To Do This Weekend

Shake things up a bit with these unique and fun date ideas to do around Kansas City with your sweetheart!

  1. Take a Ride

Meet anywhere from the River Market to the Plaza and hop on a B-Cycle, Kansas City’s bike sharing program! Ride around all day for only $7!

  1. Pack a Picnic

Before it gets to chilly outside, take advantage of the beautiful fall air and take your lunch to the park! Try Loose Park or the lawn at the Nelson-Atkins for a picnic date.

  1. Get Your Tokens

Relive the 90s by heading to Tapcade or Up/Down for a night of arcade games and beer! There are a ton of beers on tap between the two locations. The extensive beer menu features a long list of Kansas and Missouri brews.  Once the tokens run out catch a movie in Tapcade’s Screenland Theatre or enjoy the patio at Up/Down.

  1. Get Cooking

Enjoy an interactive and relaxing evening out with a couples cooking class at The Sundry, located in the Crossroads.

  1. Breakout Escape Rooms

Team up with other couples to test your composure at an escape room, like the Exit Room Express at Paradise Park, a live action escape game!

  1. Get Spooky

This Halloween grab your partners hand, have a scary good time and brave Kansas City’s haunted houses! The Edge of Hell and The Beast are located in the West Bottoms.

  1. Restaurant Hop

Why sit down for an entire dinner when you can restaurant hop! Enjoy small bites and drinks at all your favorite local eateries. Some of my personal favorites are Beer Kitchen, McCoy’s Public House, Westport Flea Market and Californos.

  1. Take a Brew Tour

In the heart of Kansas City is the Boulevard Brewing Company! This was my husband and I’s first date and one we will always remember. Mainly because they asked us if we wanted to meet with someone about having our wedding there …remember it was our first date.  You and your partner can also enjoy a FREE 60- minute walking tour of the brewery, which includes samples in the tasting room!

  1. Have a Friendly Competition

Hit up a local spot for a friendly competition verse one another! Char Bar in Westport is a great spot to enjoy the feel of a backyard BBQ with great yard games- corn hole, bocce ball, croquet and ping pong. No other pub in the Power and Light District has an awesome bowling alley, shuffleboard and beer pong! If pool is more your style than hit up Westport Flea Market for pool, skeeball and pinball.

  1. Take a Road Trip

Just a short drive from Kansas City is historic Weston, Missouri. Spend the day touring this fun little town and all it has to offer. Drop into Pirtle Winery located in the Weston Historic District for a tasting and tour. In the backroads of Weston is the Green Dirt Farm featuring cheeses, yogurt and ice cream. Enjoy a cocktail at the McCormick Distilling company on Main Street. Get your barbeque fix at the Tin Kitchen featuring a menu driven by hickory-smoked barbeque meats.

With some much going on daily in Kansas City there is no reason you can’t find the perfect day date or night date for you, have fun!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


This Weekend In The Box Office: Home Again

If you’re planning to get out this weekend for dinner and a movie you won’t want to miss this review!  Megan, from the iFamily Mom & Dad team got a little sneak peek of the movie Home Again, in theaters today!

“Home Again”

 

Release Date:  September 8, 2017

Run Time:  97 minutes

MPAA Rating:  Rated PG-13 (for some thematic and sexual material)

Director:  Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Cast:  Nat Wolff, Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell,

 

A great romantic comedy for anyone looking for a few laughs! This movie is not appropriate for young children, but a great for a date night or GNO!

A newly separated 40 year old (Reese Witherspoon) moves to LA with her 2 young daughters. A typically conservative mom, who goes a little wild on the night of her 40th birthday. She ends up bringing the party, including three 20 something men, back to her place now finds herself in a dilemma when her mother, charmed by the 3 young men, talks her into letting the 3 starving artists stay in the guest house “temporarily”.

The 3 men end up being nothing but amazing, bringing her pre-teen daughter out of her shell, fixing broken cabinets in her home and being completely charming. But once she begins a romantic relationship with one of them she quickly realizes the strings that are attached to “dating/not dating”.  When her ex-husband shows up and gets into a little tiff with one of the guys things get a slight bit complicated!

This is not a movie for someone looking to see an award winning performance, but more so the perfect movie for girls night, a few glasses of wine and some great mindless entertainment.  A great feel good movie I will definitely watch again with a few girlfriends and a few glasses of wine myself!

From iFamily to Yours,

Megan


The Funny Things Kids Say… and The Mom Workout

Kids say the darnedest things, the say… just not always at the right moment!  Ruth, from the iFamily Mom Squad, is here to share with us some of the funny, and embarrassing things that her kids have said and done!

 

The Funny Things Kids Say

Sitting at the table the other day with my kids proved to be a bit humorous. This happens often as I have three at varying ages of 9, 6 and 3.  It just so happened on this day we were splitting a pepperoni pizza for lunch; a staple item in our house but usually not a topic of discussion. Today was different. After a few random topics of discussion, I stumbled upon a rare moment where my son also my oldest decided to educate his sister’s about the origin of pepperoni.

Now before I move ahead…

Let me say that this was funny because my 6 year old daughter seems to think she is a comedian lately and decided to show him up. My son relayed and I quote, “Do you know where pepperoni comes from?” My daughter said no, and he proceeded to tell her in the most serious of voices….”Pepperoni grows on a pepperoni plant. People pick it, cut it and put it on their pizza.” I had stepped out of the room to refill drinks and happened to walk in at this moment. Looking dumbfounded, I asked him, “What? Who told you that?”. To which he replied, “I thought because it had pepper in it, it grows off a pepper plant”.  I proceeded to tell him that pepperoni is a sausage and I threw out there, “Where does sausage come from?” My little comedian chimed in, “Oink, Oink!”

This just happens to be one of those embarrassing moments for my kids that I choose to remember.

It is a funny memory from a couple weeks ago that will be fun to remind him of when he starts dating! I have a special place to store these funny memories and it is known as an app called Little Hoots. This app is a fun discovery that I stumbled upon during the Turn the page KC event last month at The Sprint Center. If you want to know more about that event, be sure to look it up! It was free and the kids had a great time! Anyway, while walking around talking to vendors, I found a table sponsored by Little Hoots. The founder Lacey Ellis created this app as a way to help keep track of all the silly things her kids said. In this app, parents are able to record memories, modify design, font and color and save them on their device. This app became available to others so other families could have a safe way to store memories and connect them to social media as well. If you would like to learn more about Little Hoots, check out the app on your device (free) or check out their Facebook page!

As for me, I am going to go back to storing memories in Little Hoots and stocking up embarrassing moments for when my kids start dating…in hopefully no less than another 20 years! A mom can dream right?

And Then There Was… The Mom Workout

Last week I got this brilliant idea to start working out as part of my daily routine.

I am not talking about chunking out 30 plus minutes of my day to take a class or miserably fail at a yoga DVD, I am talking about building it into what I am already doing at home or out and about in my daily life. I decided that it would be easy and fun to do lunges in the hallway while putting away laundry,  squats while microwaving lunch and crunches during commercials.  This plan seemed fool proof and simple. I am sure I am not the only one to come to this conclusion either. So with an unknown success rate and a bit of motivation I decided to give it a try. Let me tell ya, the motivation DID NOT LAST. However, it did lead to a funny story.

I am sure many of you decided to check out the 59 cent pancake deal at IHOP on July 18th. Well…our family joined the parade, got a big table and started downing pancake meals. Despite taking my youngest to the potty right before dinner, she decided that she needed to go again when I was about 5 bites from finishing my short stack. Being a dedicated Mom, we ran to the bathroom as fast as we could. Thinking that this would be a quick visit, I helped her settle on the potty and then she proclaimed that she needed to pee and poop! In my head I am thinking, “Great…” but I tell her, “Okay honey, go ahead”. It was a small stall and I had nothing better to do for at least the next ten minutes, so I decided that it would be the perfect time for a mini workout.

It was wall push up time!

I straddled my legs, leaned forward and began doing pushups on the wall. It wasn’t the most sanitary of activities, but what was a Mom to do besides smell her daughter’s poo? I tried two handed and single handed. Not too difficult. My daughter, curious as always asked, “What are you doing?” “Exercise, sweetie.”, I said. I explained a bit more while trying to coach her to finish going potty. I did manage to get a bit of an arm workout and then finally she was done! It was my turn to take a tinkle. I sit down and my daughter starts doing her own version of pushups on the wall with her pants still down! Only, they don’t look like pushups. She is bopping her hips back and forth singing, “Poopy town, poopy town, poopy town!”, just as someone else walks in. Meanwhile I am trying to convince her to finish pulling up her pants and shhh so we can leave. She of course being my little stinker thinks that she is hilarious and keeps right on singing. I finish up and yoink her pants up so we can wash our hands. All the while, the mystery person in the bathroom is snickering in the stall next to us. Embarrassed, I hoist her up on the sink to wash her hands and get the heck out of there. The last thing I want is to see this person face to face. Needless to say, I haven’t gone back to that workout routine.

Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment with your kids?

Share it with us!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Dear Hostess with the Mostest

We all know one.  The picture perfect version of what a mom is “supposed to be”.  So, why is it that so many of us have a hard time relating to ‘that’ mom?  Here’s Gabrielle, from the iFamily Mom Squad with the question we all want to ask… “Have you ever made an adult version of that party punch?”

 

Dear Hostess with the Mostest:

Those cupcakes you made for your daughter’s birthday were divine, and you decorated them perfectly.  Who would have ever thought to arrange all the cupcakes in the shape of a tiara?  Everything was picture perfect.  You are so effortlessly creative.  I have no idea how you manage to pull all these ideas together.   I would  ask you what your secret is, but I have a secret of my own.  My secret is that I don’t care.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love attending your parties.  Your “party punch” is legendary .  The food is always delicious, and the decorations make all your guests feel like royalty.  The truth is, I could never be the hostess that you are.  The truth is I would never try.

I have a Pinterest account, but I’ve never attempted a single thing on any of the 5 personalized boards I’ve created.  I have seen pictures of those epic Pinterest fails, and I truly believe I could top every single one of them.   I see a soufflé that didn’t quite rise, and I think, “That’s still  better than the premixed cookie dough that I burned to a crisp last month.”

I did not get the baking gene, or the decorating gene.( I do, however, make a decent party punch.) I am more than happy to have all of my  parties catered by the closest pizza chain.  Our cupcakes come from the bakery at our favorite grocery store and if I buy any decorations at all, they are probably coming from the dollar store around the corner.

Because our kids are the same age, we will probably be touring the birthday circuit together.  I appreciate your attention to detail at your own kid’s party, but please don’t point out that the race car birthday banner doesn’t really match the ninja- themed plates at someone else’s party.  Instead, just try to enjoy your lukewarm pizza served on plain white Styrofoam and the not quite cold soda served in the matching cup.  The birthday parties are for the kids, and if we put enough ketchup on the Styrofoam, they’d eat that and be happy, as long as they are with their friends.

Friends is the operative word here.  We all want to be friends with you…and not just so we can have your award-winning chicken salad at the next party.  There should be more to our relationship than critiquing each other’s party themes and recipe ideas, but there is one recipe all of us have been wanting to ask you about…

Have you ever made an adult version of that party punch?

Sincerely,

Pizza Party Moms everywhere

Gabrielle