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A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

January 1, 2017 at 8:53 AM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

Well, it is finally here, Kansas City! 2017 has shown up at our doorstep. We here at iFamilyKC are so excited for a new year and grateful for all of you that continue to support us year after year. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, reflects on the challenges that 2016 brought and the goals she and her family have going forward. Check it out (and Happy New Year!)

A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

 

A New Year is here and I, for one, am very ready for the calendar to change. Much like my type A brain relishes a clean new notebook, an empty drawer or an organized email inbox, a New Year feels like a clean slate. I like to empty my mind and heart of old sorrows and recalibrate.

2016 was a year of immense change for me, and while most of those changes have been for the better- stress is stress. My oldest started Kindergarten, we moved in with my sister’s family while we were between houses, my husband switched jobs, I began working again, we got a new cat, a new fish, two chickens and a tractor! Our new home is incredibly unique and brings all sorts of challenges. I’m exhausted just thinking about it all! Which is exactly why I am happy to let go of the anxiety change can bring and adjust to the way things are now.

2017, for me, is going to be about living in my new normal. Renovating our house, building up a farm and seeing my youngest off to Kindergarten are all on my new agenda. Family time is going to be my biggest priority. With everything going on last year, my children were often handed iPads or crayons and told to entertain themselves while my husband and I talked and planned and worked. This year I want us to be working on things together. Part of the reason we wanted to get some land was to give our daughters the opportunity to explore and play and appreciate nature. All of us seem so much happier when we spend more time outdoors. So, while plenty of time will be spent riding bikes and having picnics, some of the time will also be spent building chicken coops and planting gardens as a family.

Along a similar vein, I asked my kids and husband if this year we could make a family resolution. We all agreed to spend less on ‘things’ and more on ‘experiences.’ This means everyone is taking a break from buying clothes unless necessary (I’ll miss you Madewell!) and toys (only one toy per kid for birthdays and holidays). The money we save can be put towards family outings and hopefully a vacation too! I eyeballed the children while giving my cutting back speech, but I actually think it will be the toughest for me. My husband had a pretty sweet holiday haul so he seems happy. Hopefully this will help make family time a bit easier and more fun.

All in all, I am pretty darn excited about 2017! I hope you all feel the same. Happy New Year!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2

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10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

December 26, 2016 at 6:11 PM • Posted in Mom ResourcesComments Off on 10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

Hello, Kansas City! We’re now less than a week away from the new year, and many of us are ready to tackle a new year, or perhaps make a few changes. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has an awesome list of 10 ways to kick your new year off on the right foot. Check it out!

10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

 

10 Ways to Start Your New Year Off Right

 

The new year can be something that you either look forward to or not. You can be over stressed, over worked, and completely out of order. So why not take the remaining few weeks of the year to plan out how you will attack the upcoming year!

Here are 10 tips that are sure to get you focused, organized and ready to start a new chapter in your life!

#1 Clean

A lot of people do their annual deep cleaning in spring, but what about all the stuff that gets accumulated during the summer and fall? New school clothes, summer camp and family vacation souvenirs have filled your home and now it’s time to break out the winter coats and make room for all the upcoming holidays, birthdays and new family pictures! Doing a deep clean in the winter not only makes your spring cleaning easier but it will get you ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

#2 Organize your house

Along with cleaning, organizing your house takes away so much stress! You can what you have too much of, need more of and it gets your new year started off in an organized way instead of total chaos!

#3 Finish projects

Another thing that goes along with cleaning and organizing, finishing projects! Take a week or weekend to finish up all your Pinterest projects!

#4 Set new goals

This speaks for itself! Create a brand new bucket list, weight loss/gain plan or whatever task you have been putting off. Make a plan to get it done before the new year or if it’s a really big one, set a date in the new year and start a countdown.

#5 Organize your life

One thing people forget to do outside their home, is to organize their life! Weather it’s setting up a bill paying schedule, a family menu or even planning a family calendar. Organize all those small things in your life to keep it as organized as possible.

#6 Get rid of negativity

This can be people, a job or habit. Get rid of it! If someone in your life is always negative, a lot of times it’s necessary to remove them. Job causing unnecessary stress or negativity in your life, look for a new one or change your career path. Have a bad habit? Use the remaining time of this year to get ready and kick it. Don’t go into the new year with a habit that causes you stress, creates negative emotions or so on in your life.

#7 Start a vacation fund

Saving for a whole year can really pay off! So why not start a vacation fund and take a winter vacation or visit distant family.

#8 Pick up a new hobby

Unless it is a true passion, drop the old and pick up a new hobby! There are so many things out there that you could experience why only stick to one?!

#9 Start a journal

This is something that I love to do! Journaling is very freeing and relaxing! Having a journal where you can pour all of your emotions, thoughts and goals into is a great feeling. Try challenging yourself by writing in it every day for the year and see how you have changed at the end!

#10 Create a vision board

This is my favorite! I am a pretty artsy person so vision boards are definitely one way I can get myself focused on starting off on the right foot. You can make one about anything or as many as you want! Keep it somewhere where you will have to see it every day!

I hope you found some inspiration from these tips on how you can start your new year off right!

From iFamily to Yours,
brigettev8

 

 

 

 

 

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Best of Book Night: January

January 8, 2014 at 11:35 PM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, Family Health & Wellness, Organizing Family Chaos, UncategorizedComments Off on Best of Book Night: January

Book night is a new idea for the New Year! Simply skip television one evening and replace it with a “read aloud” book night for a fun family time.

I recommend checking out all of these books and having each family member read one or two aloud.  The great illustrations and funny humor will make for enjoyable family entertainment and great bonding time.

Attention babysitters, these easy to read and colorful books would be fun to check out and take with you to that next babysitting job!  Great for any age and the parents will love you!

“The Three Little Pigs”

different versions of:

These five stories I have chosen are hilarious takes on the classic Three Little Pigs.  They will have the middle school student laughing out loud as well as the kindergartener!

For the technology fans, I have added a couple links at the end of the story list for free “Three Little Pig” apps.  These are great apps for even the preschooler.  Have the older sibling read and record the classic version using the zoodles app below!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith.  This is a story told by Alexander T. Wolf himself and he insist that the pigs were causing all the trouble and that he was framed!

The Three Little Pigs New Edition

Funny take on the Classic!

The Fourth Little Pig

The Fourth Little Pig by Teresa Celsi (1992) this is a great follow up to the classic story!  So the well-traveled fourth sister shows up to help her three traumatized brothers get out into the world and not be afraid of that wolf.

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig By Eugene Trivizas, great twist on the classic.  The wolves’ work very hard, the pig is meaner than the wolf ever was and the ending has an unexpected and funny surprise!

The Three Little Javelinas

The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell, is the southwest version of the three little pigs, but a clever coyote is after these siblings.

Free “apps” links below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/three-little-pigs-free-interactive/id532476807?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Zoodles

http://nypl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/17906826052907_the_true_story_of_the_three_little_pigs

By Shari Jacobs, iFamilyKC Mom Squad