Family Recipe Book

Something must be in the water people.... EVERYONE IS PREGNANT!!! It is amazing!  Must be this season in my life that all of my friends new or old seem to be having a spring baby. With that comes the inevitable meal train. I love doing this for friends and love it even more when a new fun twist is added!  What is this new fun twist I am referring to?

A Family (and friend) Recipe Book!

How does this work?  The idea is that everyone that is giving a meal or has a recipe that is perfect for a new or growing family sends a recipe card to be included in the Family Recipe Book.  

The first person who drops a meal off to the family also drops off the cookbook.  A fun and unique gift for the family with no pressure to cook anything. All the new family's meals will still be provided but now at least the recipients have the recipe for the meal that their friend or family member sent! If the card does not get included in the book the giver of the meal just attaches the card to the food when they drop it off!  As my daughter says... easy peezy Lemon Squeezy!

Can I tell you how unoriginal I felt when I had my first two kids? I could never decide on anything that would be fun and easy to feed my family when I was running after one toddler, feeding a baby, and really not sleeping. My family recipe book was a savior. I was able to open it up and use other people's brains for a bit!

Here's to helping!

Until Next Time,

I'm Enough

You would think that after almost 6 years of parenting I would realize that you are going to have a few rough days but apparently this was news to me yesterday. Thus particular day seemed to come out of the blue and smack me between the eyes. Just when you think you have it all together... your routine is established, kids are behaving, you volunteer where you are needed, after school activities are signed up for, story-times are attended, soccer schedule is properly planned out.... this is when these days will hit.

One if not both of my kids seemingly get a giant memo that says Mom thinks she has her stuff together time to flip this script.  My littlest (who rarely gets into trouble) went into timeout after arguing with her preschool friend  about a toy at school and my son decided he wants to play during learning time in Kindergarten and got a note home from his teacher.  Both minor offenses,  but when that is coupled with lack of listening and disrespect at home oh boy do you add up to a frustrating day for this mom.   Due to the fact that I stay home with my kids  I usually take their bad behavior to be a direct reflection of the job that I am doing as  mother.  While I can say that I completely understand how irrational that is as I am not 100 % responsible for every choice made by these little hooligans I can't seem to get my emotions to react in a logical way.  Thus, yesterday I was sad. Sad that my kids were struggling, and sad that they were not acting in a manner matching their potential.

 I was sad and I felt like a bad mom.

I don't think that we talk about these days as moms. I think we talk about how tired we are, and then we gloss over the rough days with happy facebook pictures and instagram shots of our amazingly awesome fall-craft-making-kids.

Don't get me wrong... I can pump out an amazing fall craft and let my kids cover themselves with glitter and leaves but we also need to talk about the flip side of life!

We need to support each other and reassure our mom friends that we are enough. That we are beautiful human beings trying to do the best job we can. Kids are going  to give us a few challenges, or million challenges and it is not always going to be sunshine and rainbows. The kicker is that you will get  a few days of just sunshine and those will make the clouds worth it.

Basically I just wanted to write this so that I reassure myself that I am enough and I am just what my children need.

Done and Done

You need more evidence that we all struggle?  Check this out. I saw this yesterday night and knew instantly that I needed to see this. Maybe you need to see it too =)

Until Next Time,
Here is to seeing some rainbows =)

Post 300 & Our Family Fun Jar

I can't believe that we made it to our 300th post on our blog!!  Yay!  I know for some of you bloggers out there it may not seem like a lot, but for me this is huge.  Every little milestone leads us to the bigger milestones and that is how we move forward.  Baby steps...

These past two weeks I am sure that you have noticed that we have been little sparse in our posts.  We have always made it known that before anything else, our families come first.   Even before business.  Because of that we have not been as engaged on facebook, blog, twitter etc.  But we just wanted to let you know that we still love ya'll and really appreciate your support.  I'm not gunna lie, some days I feel like I am going to spin out of control and other days I feel like I am conquering the world!  So we just take it one day at a time.  I like to think of it as an ebb and flow relationship.  But through it all, we manage; and we are happy.

I wanted to re-connect with my kids and actually have fun with them.  Give them something to look forward to each day where they would have my full undivided attention for 30-60 minutes.  I was searching pinterest and of course I found all kinds of really cool things that I could do with them.  But after about 45 minutes of searching and pinning and getting really excited, I realized that it doesn't have to be this perfect, pulled together, blow your socks off kind of fun.  It can just be the regular simple things that make a difference.

I love pinterest for all the ideas, and I will still be pinning all day long, but I just decided to do the best I could with what I had, and make memories my way.


I got an old Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate can.  (Yes, I do drink hot chocolate in the 90 degree heat in the summer...I know I'm weird.  But there is just something about drinking hot chocolate that makes me happy.  So I do.  Even in the summer.)  Ok, I digress...

I covered the Swiss Miss can with purple construction paper and wrote on the can "Family Fun Jar."  (I know it's a can, but jar sounded jar it is.)

The I proceeded to write down 31 fun things that I could do with my kids.  Not on cute little Popsicle sticks, or pretty paper or anything cutesy.  I chose bright neon orange and green index cards.  (because that is what I had on hand to work with.)  And no, I did not type it up.  Each index card was handwritten, bad handwriting in all it's glory.

You know, when it comes right down to it, my kids won't care if I spent 5 hours or 5 minutes making our "Family Fun Jar."  What matters to them, is each day we will be able to  pick out one of our special bright orange or green index cards, read the horrible handwriting and then make precious memories together.  They will remember the time spent together, not how cute the jar was.  So if you have 5 hours, go for it!  But for me a "Family Fun Jar" made in 5 minutes is just as special.

Here are the 31 things I put in our jar.  But you can customize them to fit your family however you like.

1.  Visit the park
2.  Dance party!
3.  Make your own home videos, and then watch them together
4.  Draw a picture or write a letter and send it to a friend of family member.
5.  Spa day (hair, make-up, painting nails)
6.  FREE CARD (the person whose turn it is, gets to decide what we are doing.)
7.  Make a craft
8.  Make your own fashion show
9.  Play with play-dough (or make your own)
10.  Treasure hunt
11.  Go on a nature walk
12.  Sensory activity (water table, rice bins, sandbox, bubbles etc.)
13.  Cleaning helper (pick a job and you all work on it together)
14.  Build a fort
15.  Cook something together
16.  Read a book
17.  Play a board game
18.  Create and color your own book
 19.  Paint
20.  Library
21.  Go for a photo walk (take your camera with you and take pictures of things you see)
22.  Do puzzles together
23.  Go to the zoo
24.  Play date with siblings or friends
25.  De-clutter a room in your house and donate what you don't need anymore
26.  Visit the pet store
27.  Do a science experiment
28.  Mini movie marathon
29.  Make an obstacle course
30.  Put on a puppet show (even if it is just with some old socks)
31.  Play restaurant 

So here is to putting family first and to being able to juggle it all and be happy in the process!

Until next time!

Our KICKSTARTER Project Debut!

I know that we have been a little MIA lately.  Well now we can tell you why!  We have been hard at work and today is a big day!  

We are excited to announce that we have just launched our first Kickstarter Project!  I'm sure many of you have heard of Kickstarter before and for those of you who haven't, let me tell you what it is all about.  

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 7 million people have pledged $1 billion, funding 69,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.
2. Each project is independently created.
The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.
3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.
Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

4. Creators keep 100% ownership of their work.
Backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not to profit financially. Instead, project creators offer rewards to thank backers for their support. Backers of an effort to make a book or film, for example, often get a copy of the finished work. A bigger pledge to a film project might get you into the premiere — or a private screening for you and your friends. One artist raised funds to create a wall installation, then gave pieces of it to her backers when the exhibit ended.
5. Creative works were funded this way for centuries.
Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways — not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work. Kickstarter is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the web.

6. Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.
It’s supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world. People rally around their friends’ projects, fans support people they admire, and others simply come to Kickstarter to be inspired by new ideas. Some projects take longer than anticipated, but creators who are transparent about issues and delays usually find their backers to be understanding.
7. Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life.
We’re an independent company of 90 people based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We spend our time making Kickstarter a little bit better every day, answering questions from backers and creators, and finding new projects to share. If a project is successfully funded, we apply a 5% fee to the funds collected.
We believe that creative projects make for a better world, and we’re thrilled to help support new ones. Building a community of backers around an idea is an amazing way to make something new.
Now that you know a little bit about KICKSTARTER and what it's goal is, we would love share with our Project.  

The time has come...we are wanting to expand Kinder KeepsakesLLC, and we need your help! We are wanting to design our own animals for our Luvi Blankets! We have started a kickstarter project in hopes of getting pledges to be able to earn the money to design, manufacture and mass produce these plushies. Please help either by pledging or sharing! We have 29 days left to earn the full amount or we get nothing. Also, for every pledge you give you will receive a reward as a token of our appreciation. 

So again, thanks for your support! Whether you pledge or just share this with everyone you know, we are forever grateful! Help us be able to bring this dream of designing our own high quality animals from a dream to a reality! So check out the video! Enjoy!


Kinder Keepsakes LLC has teamed up with JANE to create an awesome sale.  We are offering select Luvi Blankets for only $29.99 a piece!!  That is the lowest cost we have ever offered!

Check it out quickly before this deal is over!

 Just Click the Adorable Blue Doggy below!

Until Next Time,

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