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Kelsey
raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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Hi Kelley, thank you for sharing your perspective. Being a one car family is something that we’ve found works really well for us but I definitely agree with you that it is not something everyone is able to do or would want to do depending on circumstances. I'm so sorry you are facing these challenges being a one car family and the obstacles you mention do sound really frustrating.
Thanks so much for these kind words. I really like thinking and talking about this topic but I don't want to come across as judgmental so I appreciate you saying that. Those ages are especially tough because they are so demanding! On one hand if allowing short stints of screen time gives you sanity, doesn't have a negative behavior impact on your kids, and is working for you then I think that's fine! If you are interesting in less screen time one thing that seems to work fairly well for us are audio books. I've bought several through Amazon/Audible (they are usually less than $5) and sometimes - not all the time - that will help calm their mood and they will kind of listen and play quietly. Setting my 2 year old up to play at the kitchen sink has been another thing that will entertain him and keep him contained and then my older son will usually be able to play pretty quietly. My boys are the same age so I totally get home much they need organized activities, and how quickly an activity can divulge into chaos - and I don't have a baby to care for as well! It sounds like you are doing a great job balancing everyone's needs - including your own!
Toggle Commented May 17, 2017 on How we're handling screen time at RISING*SHINING
Oh that is a tough spot. Well, you modeling reading and engaging in non-screen activities might end up having more influence than you expect, perhaps to be expressed at a later time.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2017 on How we're handling screen time at RISING*SHINING
Oh that's really interesting! I'll check out that book, I really love knowing the scientific reason/data behind a phenomenon.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2017 on How we're handling screen time at RISING*SHINING
Haha, high five weird TV people!
Toggle Commented May 17, 2017 on How we're handling screen time at RISING*SHINING
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I had strong thoughts about how we'd handle screen time with our kids even before I was pregnant. I'd love to share an update on how we're handling screen time with the boys. In short, they get very limited screen time and our approach is essentially as I imagined it would be. Among my in-person and online friend circles my sense is that our family is among those that have the most restrictive screen time rules with their kids. I wanted to share our approach to screen time not to make anyone feel guilty about the screen time their kids... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
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I'm overdue for a roundup of things I want to remember about the boys. Right now my boys are 4 years old and 2 years old and this is what I want to remember: The way Cedric always has a song in his heart. He'll be chattering along and then burst into song as if it was the natural next part of the conversation. In current rotation: "Finkle, finkle little tar," "Hello, how do you do?" "Baby shark, do doo, do doo doo," and "Five little ducks went out one day..." I've often told him that he has a song... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
So glad you related to this! You might really like the book MWF Seeks BFF, I felt like it really encouraged me to reach out to women if I was interested in being their friend. Friendships definitely take time, I know you'll find some great ones.
I love the idea of a special dinner for babysitters. I am definitely cluing in that little novelties can go a long way!
Toggle Commented May 10, 2017 on A date night trick at RISING*SHINING
Oh yay, I hope it works for you, too! It's fun to shop for special treats for their snack packs :) Now get a date night on the calendar!
Toggle Commented May 10, 2017 on A date night trick at RISING*SHINING
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When Chris and I have a date night planned I find the time leading up to the date night a tiny bit stressful. We're trying to get the house tidy, prep the boys' dinner, get pajamas out, and get ready ourselves. On top of that the boys started getting clingy and emotional when we would leave them with a babysitter. A crying child is not the ideal way to start a fun and relaxing date night. Enter: the snack pack. Based on the logic that a little treat can go a long way with toddlers and preschoolers, we started putting... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Happy May to you as well!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2017 on Goals - May 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Haha! That cup of coffee lends a lot of courage for the day!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2017 on What I spent: April 2017 at RISING*SHINING
The embroidery is quite relaxing! When it's done I'll trim all the excess fabric but keep it in the hoop and it'll be a wall hanging! Ugh, yes all the ramifications of our consumer and disposable culture and depressing. Something Chris has been thinking more about recently actually, especially as he gets into his own sewing.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2017 on What I spent: April 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you for these insider Costco tips! Now I'm SUPER excited for our recon trip ;) We will report back! We will definitely enjoy our summer break, thank you!
Toggle Commented May 3, 2017 on episode 45. Summer simplicity at Matrimoney
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Tracking our spending assiduously, including my own personal allowance spending, continues to be so satisfying. I'm finding it easy in some ways to stick (pretty much) to my budget of $100 of personal allowance spending per month, but hard in other ways. There are SO! MANY! things I want to buy during the month. By sharing my purchases at the end of the month I might make it look easy to stick to a personal allowance budget but please know that it is not without plenty of restraint! I've noticed that I'm especially bombarded with "wants" scrolling through Instagram or... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
In this somewhat belated episode, we talk about simplifying, saving money, hitting our healthy stride, and sewing. We also drop some important news. Are you ready dear listeners? OK... We'll be taking a summer break to refocus, retool the show, and come back this fall with a new and improved... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Matrimoney
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I love noting the four seasons throughout the year, and perhaps even more so as I get older. And while technically the first day of summer comes to Arizona on the same day it does to the rest of the northern hemisphere it always seems to be very summery by late June. Which all means that May is when I need to start gearing up for the HEAT and SUN of summer. Last summer was my most enjoyable Arizona summer yet. I think I'm finally figuring out how to embrace the summer heat. Frose helps. As does remembering that it... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
$100 adds up scary fast! It is making me so aware of my spending. It kind of feels like I'm constantly fighting the urge to buy something but maybe that gets better over time. Haha, found money = YES! Go wild with that $0.11!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on What I spent: March 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Isn't it lovely? The Etsy seller is no longer in business which is a bummer, I'd love to get the Arizona one.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on What I spent: March 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you for sharing Jill. Oh wow, that is a big exciting change for you and I can tell you are being so intentional. That sounds like it will be a great change for you and your family. I'll be excited to follow along on Instagram!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on April catch up at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Lauren!
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2017 on April catch up at RISING*SHINING
Hi Joanna, We love Islabikes (the one we have, the Cnoc, is for Dash and is a pedal bike). The push bike we have and really like is the KaZAM: https://www.kazambikes.com/.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2017 on episode 44. Much ado about health at Matrimoney
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Although I'm a little behind on this update, staying accountable is helping me to stick to my monthly personal allowance budget. So, here's what I spent in March: $6.46 - Trolls soundtrack for the boys. Sadly, they weren't as into this as I had hoped so it didn't feel like money well spent. $9.65 - Treated a visiting friend to lunch at Uprooted Kitchen with the help of a gift card. $17.05 - Girls' night out with friends. Although I'm frustrated with myself because I realized after we had left that I was over-charged by about $5. I meant to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Amanda! What a sweet thing to say. I appreciate it. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2017 on April catch up at RISING*SHINING