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Ultimate Packing Guide for Trips with Little Ones

Posted by on Oct 23rd, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Organizing, Parenting, Saving on Trips and Outtings | 0 comments

We just got back from a couple days in San Diego.  My husband ended up having an unexpected week off before he starts his new job on Monday, so we decided to fill our week with some “staycation” activities.

Even though we were just going away for one night, packing to go on a trip with little ones in tow means packing about 1,000 things.  At least it feels that way.  Can any other mamas relate?

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So the night before we were set to leave, I made to sure to get really organized and made a packing list on my phone.

The only problem is, I was so busy the half hour or so before we left–getting kids to go potty, cleaning the last of the dishes (so that not one speck of food might attract ANTS when we were gone), finding shoes, bringing bags to the car, strapping kids into car seats–that I actually never looked at my list.

I didn’t look at it until we were well on our way and I discovered the first thing I forgot–sippy cups.  (And just now as I type I realize that I actually had a couple spares in our trunk bin–good thing I didn’t remember that or I would not have been inspired to write this post!).

That’s when I thought to myself that there was a slight possibly I might have forgotten more things.  So I checked my list.  Once we were already at our destination.  Phone notes are great and useful, but only if you have time and actually remember to use them!

I think there is room for improvement in my really (un)organized packing system. (more…)

Ants, Dirty Floors, and Learning to Crawl

Posted by on Oct 14th, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Cleaning, Encouragement, Parenting, Sweet Moments | 0 comments

Last week I had an epiphany: this is not the season of life to have clean floors.

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Ever since we moved here last year, I’ve really struggled with keeping our hardwood floors clean.  I’ve never lived in a place where there was no carpet.

On the one hand it’s kind of nice when it comes to spills and other such liquid accidents, but man oh man THE DUST.  Our feet get so dirty from just walking barefoot in our home!

I implemented a One Thing a Day cleaning method that has helped me with overall house cleaning, but still–the floors–I just can’t seem to keep up.

And we live in a city that can also be referred to as a giant ant hill.  The summer is notoriously bad when it comes to ant invasions (and we had many visits this summer), but we were visited again over the weekend even though it has been cooling off lately and even though it’s October.

Seriously, they were everywhere.  Not just in one room or two rooms, but covering our entire downstairs.  Yuck!

You can see evidence below of my attempts to contain the invasion…our house smelled of the strange combination of windex and cinnamon.  Then my oldest son thought it would be fun to drive his matchbox cars through the baking soda and leave tracks.  Fun stuff!

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All of this–the ants, floors that I cannot for the life of me keep clean–and I got a little stressed out, to say the least.  Now I know where my kids get their tendency to have meltdowns because I definitely had one!

It wouldn’t be so bad normally.  But my little girl decided that this would be a good weekend (more…)

10 Best Non-Meal Freezer Foods

Posted by on Oct 9th, 2014 in Freezer cooking, Freezer Recipes, Kitchen Tips, Quick and Easy, Recipes, Saving on Food | 0 comments

I must still be suffering from baby brain because I really thought I already wrote this post.  Usually I pin my posts to a Pinterest board called “A Time to Freeze-blog posts” right after publishing them, and that’s sort of how I keep track of them.  Well, I kept searching and searching for this post, but I just couldn’t find it.  That’s because I never actually wrote it.  Baby brain for sure.

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The reason why I was searching for this post: my freezer is bare so I started working on a list of stuff I want to make to fill it.  After coming up with meals, I wanted to find this “list” to remind myself of all the other things I needed to/should make.   Since no such lists exists (apparently), I thought I should probably make one!

Whether it’s homemade baby food, a big batch of pancakes, or some un-processed, low-sugar granola bars for a healthier snack, these non-meal items really help out beyond just at dinner time.  These recipes can be made any time, for those of you who don’t really like devoting a whole day or two to freezer cooking.  It’s just a matter of getting into the habit of making homemade and freezing rather than buying from the store.

Now don’t get me wrong–I still buy plenty from the store that I wish I made homemade.  Like a giant box (more…)

How to Start Freezer Cooking in Just 4 Steps

Posted by on Oct 6th, 2014 in Freezer cooking, Freezer Recipes, Homemaking, Meal Planning, Newborn Stage, Saving on Food | 0 comments

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I’ve been at this freezer cooking thing for about 2 1/2 years now.  I started back when I was very pregnant with baby boy #2 and knew that getting dinner on the table with 2 under 2 was probably going to be more than I could handle.

Turns out I was right!  Especially during those early months, I often felt completely overwhelmed and very outnumbered.  That freezer full of meals was a life saver.  And anther thing happened in the process: I became absolutely hooked on freezer cooking.

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Now just a few years later, I really can’t imagine doing it any other way.  Making dinner at dinner time every single night?  How is that possible??  How do other mothers do that?  Freezer cooking has helped me more than I can say.

But I’m the first to admit, freezer cooking can feel a little overwhelming.  I’m gearing up to fill my freezer again in the next week or so, and I was feeling pretty overwhelmed as I started to think about all the work involved (what with my 3 kids 3 and under and our new adventure of homeschool preschool keeping us plenty busy).

The thing is, though, it is worth the work. And…it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  I’m telling myself the same thing right now as I gear up to do (more…)

A Month in Pictures {September}

Posted by on Oct 3rd, 2014 in Baby/Toddler Stage, Homemaking, Homeschool, Preschool | 2 comments

How was your September?  Ours was HOT!  September is usually pretty hot where I live (So Cal), but we had a couple unusually crazy heat waves this month so I am so very ready for Fall.

This month I finally mustered up the courage to take all three kids to the pool by myself for the first time.  Our boys love the water and I like this 1 ft. deep pool in our neighborhood.  It’s basically like a really big bath tub.  It would have been nice if I had figured out how to successfully do the pool thing earlier in the summer, but I’m sure we still have plenty of hot weeks ahead–even though it’s now October.

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The other huge thing this month for us is PRESCHOOL!  What a huge undertaking this is turning out to be–but in a good way.  I love having structured fun and learning time, and the boys (especially our 3.5 year old) is really enjoying it.

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I’ve been a little slow to get organized and figure out the best rhythm for planning ahead and that sort of thing.  But we’re a few weeks into it now and it’s starting to go a lot more smoothly.  I spend about an hour or so over the weekend planning for the week ahead, make sure I have all the supplies we’ll need, and check out or request books from the library for the upcoming weeks.

I’m gearing it toward our 3.5 year old, but as you can see in the photo below, our 2 year old is every bit as involved as his big brother. :) (more…)

2 Responses to “Home”

  1. Tynisia Garcia says:

    Love, love, love your blog Kimberly! All of this imformation will be so helpful to me and others. Looking forward to more posts!

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