April 24, 2013
A little after the fact, but Happy Earth Day! We’ve been enjoying our cooler-than-usual spring and feeling the sun our skin as we’ve finally retired our winter coats and are spending more and more time outdoors.
During spring break a couple weeks ago, we did a fun little exercise on the layers of the Earth using play dough, and on Earth Day, I let the kids have a run on my cardboard and container stash — or trash, as Dax put it!
This Mother Earth of ours has been sustaining life for millennia but we’re learning more and more of its vulnerabilities. Being just a cog in an impossibly complex system of consumerism, capitalism and unsustainable practices, I wonder if the small (and rather passive) “eco-conscious” habits we’ve employed (bringing bags to stores, unplugging unused electronics, limiting beef consumption, etc.) really even matter. Especially when I live in a region where a car is a must and I *ahem* shop at Walmart occasionally. But collectively, we’ve made this planet what it is presently and perhaps collectively we can reverse, or in the very least, slow down the negative trend and damage done to our home. Awareness is a good start, and I hope I’m successfully passing that on to my children so they can pass it on to theirs!
April 15, 2013
I recently shared this quick kid’s DIY at Less Than Perfect Parents!
April 4, 2013
April 3, 2013
The boys and I recently had the privilege of sampling a craft kit sent by the folks at Kiwi Crate. The boys are always impressed by packages addressed directly to them, and were even more impressed at the two colorful wind-powered projects inside! There were a few “ooohs!” and “whoas!” as spontaneously captured:
Each Kiwi Crate comes with all the supplies you need for a particular project. I had pulled out my tape and scissors from my own craft supplies, but there was no need because even those are included in each kit! The best part is, we were sent a sibling crate which has plenty of materials for each child. Because the boys had their own sets, there was no fighting, no squabbling, no whining-and-dining (as my mom likes to put it). This may very well have been one of the least stressful craft sessions we’ve ever done!
My five-year-old needed assistance, oh, maybe 50% of the time. But my 7-year-old was able to accomplish the projects mostly on his own. The materials are colorful, neatly packaged, and kid-friendly. Each project occupied the kids for about 25 minutes and they were completely engaged the entire time! Here are the finished wind cars:
Working on the wind sock:
Subscribers benefit from free shipping and recieve never before released crates. Single crates would be great for birthday gifts, rainy days, or nice to test run if you’re not ready to commit to a subscription.
We had such a great experience with our kit, I am thrilled that Kiwi Crate has offered to send a crate to one of my readers! To enter, please leave a comment mentioning which single crate you’d be interested in. Giveaway ends next Thursday, April 11 at midnight, and I will contact the winner directly.
Kiwi Crate also has a giveaway going on right now where you can win every item in their DIY Materials Pop-up Shop along with a table from Pottery Barn.
March 31, 2013
Can’t possibly be any happier to find Easter eggs filled with candy and money.
Can’t possibly be any more thrilled to stop for a photo.
As Kai would put it, Easter weekend was epic (his word du jour). Grandma Kirk visited from California earlier this week, followed by a visit from Lola and Lolo who went all out with eggs and Easter baskets for the kids…leaving meeeee off the hook this year – sigh of relief! We’re dealing with some fallout though between the boys, one of which was not on board with splitting the money finds 50/50, but such is life and its tough (tough!) lessons.
We’re starting our full week of spring break tomorrow, kicking it off by going hog wild at a playdate, then running errands at Target, and possibly finishing it up with a chocolate milk bender.