Great.ly | The Kids Are Alright

September 17th, 2014 | Posted in Toys Worth Buying

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The holidays are too far off for this to be a holiday post, so instead, it’s a stock update. I’ve just loaded the Classic Play Great.ly shop with some new stuff, including a new section called Happy Kids’ Rooms. I love everything in it, especially the sun and moon clouds. How fun are they? And I’m super excited to stock the story rocks from Crafting Connections. They are the coolest ones I’ve seen.

So head on over and take a peek at all the goodness. Oh and while you’re there, check out my fall picks too. So cozy!

Pictured above clockwise from top left: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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The Tween Years | Maidentrip Documentary

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Movies Worth Watching, The Tween Years

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Last night, Dave and I watched a documentary about Laura Dekker, a 14 year old who sailed around the world BY HERSELF. While that’s wildly impressive, what really got me was that she took two years to do it. Dekker said she wanted to experience the cultures of the different countries she’d visit during her voyage. She wanted to see the world, not just sail it.
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Home | Four on the Floor

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in home

1 - Kate Spade vinyl tape floor via Rebecca June

There are many ways to transform your home with a lot of labor and a little bit of money. Floors are no exception. If you’ve got an ugly or boring floor problem, I’ve got four ideas for fixing them up: Continue Reading...

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Work It | Rejection

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in Work It

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Well, I wish I had a different response to my inaugural post about my job search. Continue Reading...

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Our California RV Trip | Solvang + Santa Barbara

September 15th, 2014 | Posted in Traveling With Kids

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This summer, our family rented an RV and set off on a tour of California to see Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara and LA. We were looking for an adventure we’d never forget, and we got it. This is part three of our trip… Continue Reading...

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Friday Happy Hour | Finding Your Happy Place

September 12th, 2014 | Posted in Friday Happy Hour

Yeah! Poster by etsy seller edubarba

Well how was your week? Someone told me it was a full moon. Might explain why mine was so bizarre. We had hospital stuffs, dental emergency stuffs, losing car keys and getting stranded at the grocery store stuffs. Frankly, it was a bit too much.

But then there were some highlights too—new foods, a lip syncing contest, a pulsating face, and a girls’ afternoon out that included shopping at local shops. So I’m going to try to focus on those things. Because they were very very good.

In an effort to keep things moving in the good direction, I’d love to know what activities make you happy? Banishing everyone from the house and reading a great book? A date night with your lovey? Coffee with a friend? I even want to hear if it involves exercise, which may not be for me, but hear it’s lovely for others. ;)

So tell me… How do you find your happy place?

And here’s to a happy happy weekend! I think we could all use one. xo

ps. Really digging the YEAH! poster. You can order one here.

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Craft | Kids Weekday Calendar

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Kids DIY, Play + Learn

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Executive Functioning is defined as a set of processes that allow us to manage ourselves to achieve a goal. When it comes to kids, it’s an important skill. Heck, when it comes to any of us, it’s an important skill.

This week on Adventures in Learning I talk about Executive Functioning and offer a project to help kids strengthen those skills with a weekday calendar for the fridge. I love the project because it’s kid focused, fosters independence, AND is completely adaptable to your family’s needs.

Click here for the details. See you there!

psst…
-love this morning schedule from Art Bar
-organizing tips for kids’ schoolwork
-family owl cork board
-read up on executive functioning

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Work It | First Interview

September 10th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Work It

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For years now, I’ve been living the very glamorous life of a freelancer. I’ve been a writer, designer and illustrator. There was even a period where I did “social media consulting.”

Freelance has been great. And yes, the stories are true; there are many perks. There’s flexibility! I’m (kinda) my own boss! I get to work in my PJs!

There are also many pitfalls. Slow months… Requesting checks… Waiting for checks… The grind of constantly rallying… The grind of being your own cheerleader… Slow months… Never having ‘off’ hours… Worrying that you’ve gone feral… Maintaining your sanity… Continue Reading...

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