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iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Kick It Foos!

Your kids will always remember the fun that they had spending time with family and friends while doing something active. From kids birthday parties to family fun outings, the owners of Kick It Foos in Shawnee, have come up with a unique concept to help your family create lasting memories while you explore good old fashioned fun. We’ve got the scoop for you today on the blog AND a special OFFER that you’re not going to want to miss. Take a look…

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At our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Kick It Foos, attendees got to take part in some of their favorite classic family-fun games that have been transformed into life-sized versions that allow individuals to literally step into the game and test out their athletic skills.

Life-Sized Human Foosball, Connect 4, Kurplunk, Yahtzee, Foot Pool, and Tick-Tac-Toe!

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The kids just LOVED playing game after game of Human Foosball, a fun competitive activity that lets the kids use their own athletic ability to compete with and against friends.

Human Foosball

  • No age restrictions; however, participants must have a minimum shoulder height of 40 inches
  • Each team consists of six players: 1 goalie, 3 defenders and 2 attackers
    • Players face the opposite team’s goal
    • Players must place and keep both hands on their pole
    • Players must only move side to side – no player is allowed to move forward or backward on the court
    • Contact between players is prohibited
  • Play will begin by dropping the ball at mid-court
  • Play continues until a penalty occurs, the ball is out of reach or out of bounds, or a goal is scored
  • A penalty will be called and a goal awarded to the non-offending team if any of the following occur…
    • A player touches the ball with their arms or hands while the ball is in play
    • The ball is played above the foosball poles at any time
    • Any player jumps, leans or climbs over the foosball poles
  • When the ball goes out of bounds, the ball will be returned to the place it left the court and rolled towards the non-offending team
  • The winning team will be the team that scores the most goals when time is called
    • Each goal is worth 1 point
    • When a goal is scored, the game is restarted by dropping the ball at mid-court towards the non-scoring team

Participants also enjoyed playing games of foot pool, where they used their feet in lieu of pool cues to play the game!

Foot Pool

  • Break – Starting the Game
    • the first player places the white ball wherever they like behind the starting line to break
    • a break is valid when the #1 ball is hit first
  • When the first ball is pocketed, the player who pocketed it chooses a group of balls
  • A player’s turn lasts as long as they keep legally pocketing balls, until they miss a shot, commit a foul, or win the game
  • The game is won when:
    • a player legally pockets all of the balls from their group and, in the next shot, pockets the 8 ball
  • The game is lost when:
    • the 8 ball is pocketed in the middle of the game
    • the 8 ball leaves the table
    • the white ball is pocketed or leaves the table in the same shot the 8 ball is pocketed
  • Fouls – when a player commits any of the following fouls, the opponent can place the white ball wherever they want, although they only get one shot
    • pocketing the white ball
    • hitting any ball off the table

More About Kick It Foos!

Is there an age requirement?

  • No. However, for safety reasons, there is a HEIGHT (40″ shoulder height) requirement to play Human Foosball. This allows the players to be able to reach the poles and still be able to see the field in order to play the game. This requirement is typically met by 8-9 years old. Smaller children are more than welcome to play the other life-size games if accompanied by an adult when the use is included in the purchased package.

Do people that are not playing have to pay?

  • Yes and No. For any event that does NOT include private facility rental (Amateur, Rookie, and Semi-Pro), all non-paying spectators will be asked to remain in the spectators waiting area at the front of the facility to minimize congestion and increase safety for all the participants. If it is an ALL youth party, then they will allow 1 adult for every 6 children in for free as chaperones.  However, if chaperones decide to play, they must pay.

  • Events that include a private facility rental include access to all games for the entire duration of the event. So, any guest of a private facility rental event who is old enough to walk must pay when they are a part of a group participating.

Do they have staff that watch the kids during parties?

  • Having fun is their #1 priority at Kick It Foos. With that being said, they must make sure they provide a safe environment for everyone to have fun in. We provide a game facilitator / referee during rentals. They are there to enforce rules. However, please keep in mind that they are NOT there to watch your children.

Is there anything to do besides Human Foosball?

  • ABSOULTEY! They currently have Foot Pool, life-size Connect 4, Kurplunk, Tick-Tac-Toe, and Yahtzee.

Can we bring outside food or drink?

  • Some of their rental packages allow you to bring outside food and non-alcoholic drinks. This is clearly labeled on the description of each package. If this is something you’d like to do, please be sure to select one of those packages when booking.

You can book your kids birthday party, neighborhood “block party”, scout or church group, or friend group at Kick It Foos and save 25% when you mention iFamilyKC (making a 2-hour party rental just $225!). For more information, Visit them online at KickItFoos.com and be sure to sign up for our FREE eNews list so you don’t miss out on fun iFamilyKC Kids Club events just like this one every month!
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iFamilyKC Kids Club Re-Cap: The Language and Music House

Music is a universal language spoken all throughout the world and studies show that exposure to foreign languages during childhood makes it easier to learn a new language as an adult. What better way to give your child exposure to both than with the Language and Music House in Westport.

We recently had the chance to check it out with some of you at our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event with them (and be sure to get on our FREE eNews list so you don’t miss out on future invitations), and have a recap for you today on the blog. Take a look…

iFamilyKC Kids Club Re-Cap: The Language and Music House

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The Best Time to Introduce Kids to Language & Music is when they are still very young.

In case you missed it, we had a wonderful iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Language and Music House.  The kids got to try an instrument petting zoo, meet a real author and learn about multiple languages.  iFamilyKC readers get 50% OFF registration when you mention iFamilyKC.  Learning a language or instrument is a wonderful way to grow your child’s mind.

The best time to introduce kids to music and language is while they are still very young;. By the time they reach their teen years, many people have lost the ability to hear specific tones or accents. The mission of Language and Music House is to grow minds through music and language.  They offer kids classes in German, French, Spanish and Japanese, plus piano lessons for kids, voice, flute, violin, oboe, recorder and clarinet lessons too.
They also provide specialty help for Dyslexic minds as well, which are powerful but need to be taught reading and languages in a different way.  Language and Music House successfully tailors each class for the individual, whether they are a child or an adult.  Weekly kids classes are available as well as Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Camps for expanded learning.  Call LeighAnn at 913-707-3134 to learn more about all that she and her team offer for students of all ages.

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Surprise! Enter2WIN Your Very Own Copy of “Cars 3”!

Happy WINsday, Kansas City! We’ve got a FUN giveaway for “Cars 3” which made a pit-stop on DVD this past week! We are SO excited to be giving away digital download copies of the DVD just in time for the holidays. A digital copy of the movie will make PERFECT stocking stuffer idea for your little auto enthusiast! Grab details and enter to WIN below – But HURRY, the giveaway won’t last long (winners will be drawn on Sunday, November 12th).

Surprise! Enter2WIN Your Very Own Copy of “Cars 3”!

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“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!” Written by Pixar

Get your own copy of the film by entering our FLASH giveaway RIGHT HERE!

Did you know that, in addition to this fun giveaway, we’ve got enter to win opportunities available to you through our website, at iFamilyKC.com, on our social media pages (find the iFamilyKC Facebook page here and be sure to follow us on our iFamilyKC Instagram page as well) every single week?! Join us and help spread the word – – and the fun! Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways INCLUDING an enter2win opportunity for circus tickets, advanced screening passes, and so much more!

From iFamily to Yours,

The iFamilyKC Team

 

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Halloween Candy Buy Back Kansas City

Halloween is almost upon us here in the metro area and we’re excited to see all the adorable kiddos dressed up around town next week. Like many of you, I try to limit the amount of sugary treats my daughter consumes on a daily basis and, despite our system for dolling out candy, we always seem to find ourselves with an over abundance of treats after Halloween.

Did you know that there are places that will buy (yes, BUY) your child’s Halloween candy from them after the trick-or-treating is over?! We’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to, and have found spots all around Kansas City that are offering some pretty great incentives to get rid of your stash this year. Take a look…

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween Candy Buy Back Kansas City

#1 Enhance Dental Care

What to bring:

Bring bagged candy, up to 10 pounds.

What you’ll get:

$1 per pound (up to 10 lbs.) and a gift with coupons in addition to the money.

Dates:

November 1st, 2nd, and 6th

Location: 

3514 Clinton Pkwy G
Lawrence, KS, 66047

What they’ll do with it:

Donating candy to the troops through Operation Gratitude. 

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (785) 832-2882
Email: patrickm@enhancedentalcare.net

#2 The Learning Tree

What to bring:

At least one pound of candy in zip lock bags.

What you’ll get:

$5 off coupon for a regular priced item, one per family.

Dates:

After Halloween

Location: 

4004 West 83rd St
Prairie Village, KS, 66208

What they’ll do with it:

They’ll be donating the candy to veterans.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: 913 385-1234
Email: janegirson@the-learning-tree.com

#3 Blue Springs Dentistry

What to bring:

Candy

What you’ll get:

Discounted services for the office, $50 off coupon.

Dates:

First week of November

Location: 

1205 NE Coronado
Blue Springs, MO, 64014

What they’ll do with it:

Donate it to troops.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (816) 228-4090
Email: saltkovskag@pacden.com

#4 My Kids Dentist

What to bring:

Candy

What you’ll get:

Discounted services for the office, $50 off coupon.

Dates:

First week of November

Location: 

1205 NE Coronado
Blue Springs, MO, 64014

What they’ll do with it:

Donate it to troops.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (816) 228-4090
Email: saltkovskag@pacden.com

 

#5 Foster Dental Care

What to bring:

Bagged candy, up to five pounds.

What you’ll get:

$1 for every pound of candy, up to five pounds.

Dates:

November 1st and 2nd 8am to 5pm daily.

Location: 

2150 NW South Outer Road
Blue Springs, MO, 64015

What they’ll do with it:

They’ll be sending candy to Operation Gratitude. You can also include cards and items to send to the troops.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (816) 228-6988
Email: rebeca@fosterdentalcare.com

In our search for places that will buy back your Halloween candy in Kansas City, we found a few additional spots that have offered it in the past that you can check out on your own:

The Temple Congregation, B’nai Jehudah
12320 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS, 66209
Phone: 816-506-6430

Adjusted For Life Family Chiropractic
105 S. Jefferson, Suite B3
Kearney, MO, 64060
Phone: 816.281.8300
Email: drzoeshelden@gmail.com

Options for Donating Your Candy: 

Soldier’s Angels 

Operation Gratitude

Operation Shoebox

Ronald McDonald House 

Call our local Kansas City Ronald McDonald location for rules for donating candy before heading in.

Operation Stars and Stripes

Any Soldier

Or, help out local Kansas City families by donating it to Harvesters!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Who’s Ready For An Autumn Giveaway?!

Autumn is in full swing here in the metro area and we’re so excited for all of the wonderful family fun in store for you in and around Kansas City this fall. To celebrate the season, we’ve got a FUN giveaway valued at OVER $150 RIGHT here on the iFamilyKC blog! Entering is simple, just click on the button in the middle of the page to get in on the action, it’s THAT easy. Want to know what’s in store for you if you win!?

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Big, Autumn Giveaway!

4-Tickets to Science City

Let curiosity be your guide as you explore this dynamic, hands-on science center! Kids of all ages will experience the amazing world of science first-hand through fun and engaging exhibits and programs. Start your lifelong love of science, learning and discovery at Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City!

Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the don’t touch mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination.

Its magic starts with its location. An architectural and historic marvel, Union Station provides a venue unlike any other science center in the nation. From the moment you pass under the clock tower to your first step inside the cityscape of Science City, the experience sets the stage for making memories.

$25 Gift Card to Rock N’ Brews

While they welcome rockers of all ages, they are doing our part to help foster the next generation of rockers at Rock & Brews.  Their li’l rockers are in the spotlight and enjoy a special children’s menu featuring kid favorites such as Hamburgers, Pizza, Grilled Chicken Kabobs, and Grilled Cheese. They also get swag…in the form of rock-themed coloring templates and other fun activities.

4-Tickets to the Planetarium

Combining interactive astronomy education with spectacular public shows and night sky viewing opportunities, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium continues to be one of Kansas City’s greatest connections to the night sky.

Built as part of Union Station’s renovations in the late 1990s, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium’s 60-foot dome and recently upgraded state-of-the-art projection system makes it one of the largest and highest resolution planetariums in the Midwest.

$25 Gift Card to Scheels

Located off of 135th Street between Metcalf and Nall, Scheels is a sporting goods store that offers clothing, sports apparel and gear, home goods, pet goods, camping and fishing gear, and SO much more. Their expansive two story building features an aquarium, indoor ferris wheel, restaurant, mini-bowling alley, playground for the kids, and more.

We’ll wrap up our big Autumn giveaway just in time for the holidays – and we’re excited that one of you will enjoy a family gift from our team here at iFamilyKC!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Football Season Party Dip Recipe

Football season is upon us here in Kansas City and with that, comes the need to know some new recipes to wow your fellow tailgaters. You don’t want to take that same tired dish that you bring every time. Food is meant to be enjoyed…not to be a reputation!  Max, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares one of his favs with us!

Football Season Party Dip Recipe

Just like the pros use the pre-season to work out the kinks and see what will work, I use the pre-season tailgates to test out some new recipes. My wife and I enjoy taking our girls to the Chiefs pre-season games because they are a bit more low-key, but we get to start the indoctrination process early.

Pre-season brings some unique difficulties to the tailgating process. First, these games are typically on weeknights meaning that most people that are at the tailgate not only have to work the next day but they also likely just came from work as well. This makes it more difficult to have an impressive spread and means that someone else will inevitably swing through their local Hy-Vee to get some roll-ups and a couple bags of chips. While this is certainly the easier route to take, I’d like to think that there is a compromise to be had between store bought snacks and a full-on BBQ spread.

That compromise comes in the form of DIPS. Who doesn’t love a good dip?! For this pre-season tailgate, I made an Enchilada Dip from our leftover ingredients earlier that week. I was in a bit of a bind because I didn’t have the time to go to the store and we had already promised to bring something to the tailgate. The following is the recipe that I can up with and I highly encourage you to use this more as a guide so that you can change it to your specific preference. Like I said, I used ingredients that I already had on hand to make this.

Football Dip Recipe

-1lb browned hamburger meat

-1cup enchilada sauce

-1cup shredded cheese

-1/2cup rice

-1 can black beans

-3tblspn taco seasoning

-salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown and season the meat with taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. You will need to cook your rice while you’re browning the meat. Once both are cooked, simply dump the ingredients into an oven safe bowl. Pop it into the oven until it’s warm. I heated it in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  If needed you can turn up the heat if you need it to be done sooner.

This pre-season dish is perfect for the regular season, too, or any other entertaining that you have to o throughout the year. It’s a perfect complement to your homemade guac and salsa for taco night, too!

From iFamily to Yours,


Keep Your Family Healthy & Happy With These 5 Simple Tips

Keeping your family happy and healthy can sometimes be a challenge with all the chaos going on in your life.  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad gives us 5 simple tips to help you keep your family happy and healthy!

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Keep Your Family Healthy & Happy With These Simple Tips

If you have multiple children, you may struggle with this even more while shifting from activity to activity in addition to the hustle and bustle of school and work.  So what can you do to help relieve the daily stresses? Here are some tips to get you started.

Self-Care Is Necessary

Remember that it IS OKAY to take a little time for yourself every now and then. That may be a 30-minute bath/shower without while your significant other helps supervise the kids or it could be a weekly hobby that you enjoy or just time to focus on something you care about. The point is that even parents deserve a break sometimes!

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Share the load at home. Household chores can’t be covered all by one person when both parents are working and even if only one parent works, it can be stressful to do alone. Splitting child rearing responsibilities is key to a successful family. I am sure you have heard that it takes a village, right? When you share the home responsibilities it helps to prevent some stresses and burn out.

Flexibility is a Good Thing

Kids thrive on routine and families need some for stability. However, your family deserves a little flexibility too! Remember that routines are good as long as they are not so rigid that you miss out on life. It is okay to change things up now and then. You nor your child will be harmed by staying up a little later to read …one…more…story…past their bed time or by eating dessert first! Memories are too precious to waste.

Things Are Better When You’re Together

Get outside and explore or go on an adventure. Do something regularly as a family. Choose something that you all will enjoy. It should be an activity to encourage family bonding with only parents and kids. You can have other activities later that include friends and other relatives. As a family, it is important to share some memories alone. It can be something simple like a picnic and playtime at the park or a family vacation. Just spend time together, doing something that makes everyone happy!

Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them

Pick your battles, change your plan and reduce the stress. Some things are worth worrying about and others are not. If you are chronically struggling with something at home, find a new approach. Avoid fighting the same battle over and over again. Change your routine if you’re always running late.  If your child can’t seem to remember their spelling words, try having them sing and spell. If you have tried one strategy over and over…it’s time to move on.

It takes team work to build a family and a team to keep it going! It only takes one unhappy person to rock the boat. Remember work together, stay together and be happy together!

From iFamily to Yours,


From Freezer to Crock Pot!

With the business of back to school, thinking about dinner is sometimes the last thing on your mind!  These freezer to crock pot meals from Liz, with our iFamily Mom Squad, will help make dinners easy and delicious!

Crock Pot Meals

FROM FREEZER TO CROCK POT!

This whole straight from the freezer to crockpot situation is A-MAZING.
Moms- this is a game-changer. As a mom of a small family of 4 who doesn’t care much for cooking, freezer meals make me feel like a super hero. Why spend more time in the kitchen when you can throw food in the crock pot and it smells like you have been slaving in the kitchen all day?

1- All you do is prep your food.
2- Throw contents in a 1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. Label your bag with the name of meal, cooking instructions and “use by date”. Standard is 3 months from prep date. Remove as much air from bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer.
3- Freeze.
4-The night before cooking, move it to the refrigerator to thaw.
5- Dump it into your crock pot and wait.

These meals taste amazing and work great for leftovers! I finally gave into trying this when I was 38 weeks pregnant earlier this year and now freezer meals are my life. And so far they have all been toddler approved.

Here are some of my favorites! Enjoy!

Cheesy Tortellini with Ground Beef (serve with steamed broccoli)

Yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small yellow onion, diced (one cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (19-ounce) package frozen cheese tortellini *not needed until day of cooking
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (one cup) *not needed until day of cooking
2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (1/2 cup) *not needed until day of cooking

PREP:
1. Add all ingredients to freezer bag except tortellini and cheeses.

COOK:
1.On “low” setting for 8 hours or until beef is cooked through.
2. Break apart beef and stir.
3. Add tortellini and top with cheeses. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.

Serve with steamed broccoli.

Note: You can also freeze shredded cheese in a separate freezer bag. Thaw it overnight and store in the refrigerator until it’s time to add it to the crockpot.

Honey Dijon Pork Chops with Green Beans (serve with brown rice)

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 pound boneless pork chops
1 pound frozen green beans
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 cup water* not needed until day of cooking

PREP
1. Add all ingredients to your freezer bag (except water).

COOK
1. Add contents and water.
2. Cook on “low” setting for 4-6 hours or until pork is cooked through.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken (serve with brown rice and green beans)

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 small onion, diced
14oz can whole cranberry sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

PREP:
1. Add chicken to the freezer bag last so it’s the first ingredient poured into your crockpot.

COOK:
1. Cook on “low” setting for 4-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and diced (4 large)
1 cup celery, diced (2 large ribs or 4 small ribs)
1 small yellow onion, diced (one cup)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 oz. wide egg noodles *not needed until day of cooking
8 cups fat-free low sodium chicken broth *not needed until day of cooking

PREP:
1. Add all ingredients except noodles and broth.

COOK:
1. Add contents to crockpot with 8 cups of chicken broth.
2. Cook for 6-8 hours on “low” setting or until carrots are soft.
3. Add pasta and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
4. Remove bay leaf.

Enjoy!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


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.

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From iFamily to Yours,

 


Popcorn And Other Fun Things To Do In The Car

Gabrielle, from the iFamily Mom Squad, shares some great tips for fun car games that will encourage communication with your kiddos!  Take a look…

 

Popcorn and Other Fun Things to Do in the Car

“How was your day?” I’d ask from behind the steering wheel.

My daughter would always have a story about something  that happened that day, but I noticed that my son tended  to be a bit less talkative than his sister.  I found an article that said in order to encourage communication, that I should stop asking that question, as it generally elicits a one or two word response.  The article suggested asking questions that would require a different answer every day.

“What did you have for lunch?”

“What was the best (or worst) thing that happened at school today?

I took those ideas and ran with them.  We made up games to play in the car that required better communication skills.  Here are a few you might want to play with your family.

Popcorn

In elementary school, we used to play this game during read aloud time.  We’d all sit in a circle with the same book.  The teacher would call on someone to read. At any given moment that student could stop reading, say “Popcorn” and call on another student to continue the story.  It was a good way to see who was actually paying attention.

We modify the game by making up the story as we go along, and once a person says popcorn, they give up their rights to the story.  The best thing about this game is that it requires everyone to listen first, and speak second.

Besties

This game is one of my favorites.  In this game, we ask the rest of our family to answer questions about ourselves. We ask things like “What’s my favorite color?”  or “What’s my favorite restaurant?” Sometimes the answers are downright comical.  Other times, you’ll be surprised at the accuracy of the answers you get.  Your children are watching more closely than you think.   It’s also a great way to  figure out what makes your kids tick, without having to ask directly. A word of caution.  Do not ask your kids when your birthday is.  Depending on how old they are, they may not get it right.   A mad mommy pretty much sucks all the fun out of that game.

Would You Rather

This game teaches children to compare and contrast.  It also teaches them decision-making.    One person asks everyone else in the car would they rather do one thing or the other.  The rest of us make our choices and sometimes we debate the merits of those choices.  For instance, a common question is:  “Would you rather have chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream?”  The questions can get repetitive.  My toddler says the same thing every time she gets to pose a question.  But every now and then, the kids are hit with a creative burst, and all of us are caught off guard.

My son is no longer the quietest person in the car.  In fact, he’s usually the one asking to play one of the games.  The games created a fun and safe way for him to express himself.  They teach him skills he will use the rest of his life. They have also provided the rest of us with hours of family entertainment.  I hope they will do the same for you.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle