Thursday, May 21, 2015

summer bucket list.



These two are all mine for the next 80+ days.(I'm so happy!) So it only seemed fitting that we make a summer bucket list.

go to a different state // jump off the high dive in plattsburg // jefferson city // see abe lincolns house // cheer at the cardinal game (go cards!) // swim // stay up late // see mt. rushmore // tents on the porch // pjs all day // pizza with cousins // let's all go to the movies! // swim in the ocean // feed baby goats // gather some blue ribbons and trophies // home runs // branson // catch fireflies // read the secret garden // eat ice cream // swim some more // eat more ice cream // get baptized // bowling and skating // water balloon fights and a goonies party // hike in the woods // watkins mills // and swim a little bit more //

Here's to a great summer!

What are your plans this summer? 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

10 free things to do in Kansas City. (with kids)


1 // Deanna Rose Farm // FREE Monday - Thursday. Enjoy the grounds, the animals, a one room school house, tepees, parks, gardens, and more. You can spend a small fee ($1) and feed baby goats!! They offer other activities, for low prices, like pony rides ($3) rock mining ($3) ice cream ($1.75) and fishing ($3). 

2 // Crown Center // Crown Center offers different exhibits a few times a year. It's always fun to window shop, play, and explore. 

3 // Kaleidoscope // Kaleidoscope allows a fun hands on way for kids to get creative. Kids can make, create, and explore. Take home your art work and the best part???...you don't have to clean up the mess. For bigger groups be sure to call and set up a scheduled time. 

4 // Geocaching // Download a free app and see where the day takes you! Some are tiny, some are hard to find, and some offer prizes. 

5 // Union Station // Union Station offers shows and exhibits that cost money, but why not save the cash and visit the history Union Station has to offer. See the bullet holes, the clock, the trains, and the train museum at no cost. 

6 //  Penguin Park // Most likely if you grew up in Kansas City, Penguin Park, is part of your childhood memories. 

7 //  Nelson Atkins // Visit the museum, engage in the art, and relax on the beautiful grounds. 

8 // Shoal Creek Living History Farm // This farm has so much to offer. Walking trails, houses, churches, animals, and more. It is free everyday during the week. The buildings are open with live reenactments every first Saturday June through September at no cost. Be sure to check the website on other weekends, sometimes special events are happening that require admission cost. 

9 // Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City // Free tours and you can leave with a bag of shredded cash! MUST have photo ID if 18 years of age. 

10 // Kidscape // Let the imagination run loose! kids can use the bookstore, park, City Hall, hospital, fashion boutique, theater, and post office. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

bona, wood floors, and allergies.




Did you know that May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month? Bona has teamed up with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American to bring you Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner. This new cleaner is  certified and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Did you know that harsh cleaning products can actually trigger asthma attacks by more than 50%?

Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner is hypoallergenic, free of dyes and scents, and safe for wood floors. This is perfect for any allergy sufferers. 

I have recently been filtering out harsh cleaning products from my home. Last on the list was floor cleaners. I have used Vinegar from time to time but it seems leave my floors dull and lacking luster. Bona products was suggested to me, and upon further investigation I found that "Bona® floor cleaners have passed the more stringent GREENGUARD Children & School’s program for indoor air quality criteria and are non-toxic to ensure you have the best for your floors, family and the environment." (source Bona website) It is so nice, for the clean freak that I am, that  I can have a nice clean looking floor with out harsh chemicals. 

The Bona price tag can be a little shocking at first, but whole main level of my house is all wood floors and I have used a medium bottle of Bona three times and still have some left over. The spray for quick cleans has lasted even longer. A little bit goes a long way with this stuff. Bone is also offering a $3.00 off coupon! 








Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bowling with pez.


About a year or so ago I banned my children from saying, "I'm bored." Now occasionally Jude will say something along the lines of, "Oh hey mom, you know that thing I'm not allowed to say? Well...I'm that." ... which of course makes me laugh.

Often times they just need a jump start on something to do... an idea ... a step in the right direction...and then bam! a fun filled afternoon. A few weeks ago they came up with a game bowling with pez. It was a hit. I love to see their little imaginations at play. 

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." // Albert Einstein 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

armor.




News flash...I have four children...and sometimes we don't make it to church...whether the cause be because of sickness, or travel, or sickness...ok mostly sickness...I still attempt to teach a lesson on the Sundays we miss. 

I saw this great idea floating around Pinterest to use oranges to illustrate the importance of the armor of God. So, I thought we'd give it a try. It was a hit. The idea is so simple even those who don't consider themselves a teacher could tackle this lesson. 

Basically you gather up some children, some oranges, a bowl of water, and a bible. Read about the armor of God (2 Corinthians 11) and then discuss how the orange peel works as the orange's armor...the observations and connections are endless. Remove the orange from the water and as you talk about each piece of the armor peel a piece off until all the peel has been removed. Finally place the orange back in the water to see what happens when all the armor has been removed, an discuss the connections. My favorite part about this lesson was seeing all the ideas and thoughts my children came up with all on their own. So there you have it simple and applicable, enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

no bake granola.







No bake granola. People, I promise you it doesn't get any easier than this recipe!

step one: // as always, feeling convicted about your eating habits is always helpful ... i like scare tactics like food documentaries.  // step two: vow to eat healthier // step three: gather ingredients: oats (i like organic) , peanut butter (i like organic) , honey (again in its purest form) ,  a very small amount of goodies ( i like raw pumpkin seeds, banana chips, chia seeds, quinoa, pretty much whatever you fancy, and chocolate chips (hey, everything in moderation...besides without chocolate chips i wouldn't be able to convince my children it's sort of like a cookie) // step four: purchase a small amount of pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, banana chips, and then watch the cashier look up every item while feeling the glares from the people in line wondering why on earth would you purchase only 5 banana chips? good times, good times. // step five: recruit some small children to help. // step six: explain why the pumpkin seeds are green and inform small children that while yes, they are green they are not at all like green beans. // step seven: regret step five. // step eight: heat up 1/4 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of honey for 15 seconds in the microwave. // step nine: mix any goodies plus 1 1/2 cups of oats into a bowl. // step ten: add melted honey and peanut butter to oat mixture. // step eleven: smash into a dish and refrigerate for at least one hour, cut into bars or crumble into snack form. // step twelve: marvel at your domesticated awesomeness and enjoy your healthy homemade granola.



Friday, May 8, 2015

sometimes.


sometimes i think if i do nothing else with my life, being their mom will be more than enough. sometimes i sneak outside for just 5 mins of silence. sometimes after  2  mins of sneaking off someone always finds me. sometimes they want to snuggle and i scoop them up because i know they won't need me forever. sometimes i feed them organic milk, and organic fruit, and force them to eat organic veggies. sometimes i wonder if maybe i could get away without feeding them dinner at all. sometimes i feed them cereal instead of a meal, and sometimes i let them have dairy queen for supper, because dairy queen doesn't require clean up. sometimes i build massive tents in the hallway, equipped with christmas lights, and popcorn. sometimes i threaten to throw all their toys away if they don't get picked up. sometimes i spend hours reading to them on the porch. sometimes i skip pages because some of them can't read and they will never know the difference. sometimes i count down the minutes until bedtime. sometimes i miss them terribly the second they fall asleep. sometimes i just want 10 minutes out of the day where someone doesn't need something from me. sometimes  little moments steal my heart in ways i could  never have imagine. sometimes i just stare at their little faces soaking up all their features instead of listening  to a word they say. sometimes i go all day with out turning on the tv, and other days i let them watch it for hours. sometimes i iron their clothes and fix their hair. sometimes  they stay in their pjs all day long. sometimes we go on road trips and sometimes we play in the back yard. sometimes i lose my patience and go to bed feeling guilty. sometimes i make homemade cookies, and go all out for holidays, and try my best to make birthdays special. sometimes the days are long but the years are short.  sometimes i wish i could freeze time and keep them little forever, because time is a chump. sometimes i feel like i will blink and they will be gone. sometimes i spend hours praying over their lives, and dreams, and for god's plans to be evident to them. sometimes i feel so much love for them i literally think my heart might burst. sometimes i feel so incredibly blessed to them mine. sometimes i love that i'm lucky enough to have them call me mom.