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3 Myths Dispelled When Crafting with Kids

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Feb 7, 2020 1:12:02 PM

Valentine's Day is upon us and it is one of the holidays where crafting with children is a must, exciting to plan, and helpless as to hohttps://pin.it/6jyip6dok5xjecw it will really turn out.

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10 steps to sharing memories

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jun 28, 2019 5:27:00 AM

I'm sure this isn't original but now that I'm a grown adult, and looking back on some of the things my mom kept from my younger years I wish I had more. This got me thinking about time capsules, and creating family time capsules that families can do together.  

Time capsules have been made fun of but we are always keeping family memories so why not streamline our memories, and get the whole family involved? I know if my sister and I had made time capsules we would have saved Christmas cassette tapes we made every year with us singing Christmas Carols, and recording our yearly changes in our lives. We did this tradition from when I was in 6th grade until a freshman in college. My sister was 11 years older then I and she had children in those years. It is such a sad thing to report we no longer have those tapes. Tapes with laughter, creativity, swearing due to mess ups, and sheer honesty and love shared between sisters gone. I remember and cherish those times with my sister, and it is sad we no longer have access to those recordings.

Family traditions are important to build bonds between siblings and parents, and it doesn't need to be time consuming. A time capsule is simply a way to keep memories that are important to you. Once a year you can simply take all of the photos, and refrigerator crafts, write the wonderful things your family did the past year and put it in a time capsule. Of course edit some what you put in it, and put in the pictures, crafts and memories that are important. This should be a family decision not just a one parent or both parents; the children should be involved once they are old enough to participate. 

Easy Time Capsule Creations: 

  1. Decide how often you want to create a time capsule i.e. yearly, every two years, every 5 years
  2. When will you open the time capsules?
  3. Choose containers that will hold the belongings easily, and that are airtight
  4. Choose a storage spot; will you bury them, will you store them in the attic, backyard, safe, any place that an be secured from prying eyes
  5. Make simple guidelines of what should be kept and what notes and letters will be included in the capsule
  6. If you start with your first child begin your time capsule with their birth, and include your feelings about the birth. Once your first born is old enough around age 3-5 years old you can begin asking them what should be included in the time capsule. 
  7. I suggest you don't establish this tradition around the holidays. Holidays are already crazy busy. Maybe on one of those delightful family holidays like Mother's Day or Father's Day to spend time either opening or creating the new capsule as a family.
  8. My ideal would be every 5 years, start one, open it after 5 years, and create a new one the same time.
  9. Decide what you would like to keep in the next time capsule, and if there are any carry overs from the previous capsule.
  10. Don't make this a trudge. This activity should be a delightful full of love, and not really super organized. Make it time for sharing memories together. Eat some snacks, laugh, love,  and know you are a family that is creating beautiful memories that are sacred and precious.
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Spring Break

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Mar 15, 2019 6:08:00 AM

I'm an old fuddy duddy because when I was growing up spring break applied to college students, not me when I was in  elementary school. Now kids of all school ages have spring break and I really don't know how parents do it. I mean don't parents still have to work all year round? What do you do with the kids? Do you go on a vacation? Do you arrange childcare? Does one parent take off of work? Being a parent is so much more complicated then it used to be.

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Fashion sense... do you let your children tell you what to wear?

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jan 18, 2019 5:39:00 AM

Once upon a time when I was working retail and selling women's clothing I heard them say more times then I can count that they couldn't possibly wear what they had on even though they liked it because their children would make fun of them and tell them that they couldn't wear it OR their husbands would tell them the same. Should your style be dictated by your children and a man that normally wears jeans and t-shirts? My answer is a simple; no. 

 These are your fashion consultants? REALLY? I think women and moms need to own their own style, and if it isn't acceptable to your family then boo to them!

I think women need to find security with their own selves. What do your clothes say about you? What happened to the woman who took risks in her style? Did she die when she got married, had children, got older? It probably did; but does your style still reflect you? If you've always been a yoga pant, jean, and t-shirt gal then you will always be that, OR did you start dressing that way because it was easier and more acceptable to people around you?

As an older woman I struggle with my style all of the time. Body changes and age makes it difficult for me to find things I feel good in. In the same token I don't let others: children, men, etc tell me what is good for me to wear. It all depends on how I feel in it. Of course, I have the sense to know that running around in a tight low-cut shirt and tight jeans at 57 is probably not a good look for me (it might be for others but not for me). I, frankly, am not a jeans lover. I wear them because they are readily accessible but today I only have one pair in my drawers. Reaction from others to what I do wear is that think I'm dressing up or my style is unusual; I have more than one item from this website, and no, I'm not promoting it I just want you to see my style. It suits me because I find it comfortable, stylish, and a lot of fun.

So now that you are thinking about it look on the web and find your style. There are lots of quizzes out there, Etsy also has so many fun vendors. I also recommend that you don't listen to the "experts" because they will vary and normally your perception of yourself and body type probably is tainted. 

So have fun, and let your style shine.

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7 Ways Parents Can Take Time for Self care

Posted by Jenny Wise on Dec 7, 2018 5:02:00 AM

 

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How to Help Your Child Start a Hobby Without Busting Your Budget

Posted by Jenny Wise on Oct 5, 2018 5:59:00 AM

 

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