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.

Making my FAMILY FUN JAR

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 better...so 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!




HUGE BLOWOUT LUVI SALE!

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,


Moms are Funny

So this week has been CRAAAAAAAZZZYY!  I have been just running around doing errand after errand, getting kids ready for school, having them  start school, start soccer, start more new things,  and then back to doing more errands.  The crazy part is that we have not even made it to Friday yet!

 Oh, and on Friday we have a 12 hour car ride in front of us.  So in light of our crazy week I figured it was the perfect opportunity to share some funny mom moments. I mean when you watch this you will know that you have said, or probably will say these things.... and maybe even say them as fast as she does...


Happy Thursday folks... and remember... it is ALMOST FRIDAY!



Until Next Time,



I Knew You Could

This is the week when my son starts Kindergarten! Woohooo!

We are all excited but this mom is a little nervous about being in the right place at the right time. I just think that we will figure it all out together! In order to celebrate the beginning of the school year we read a great book that I highly recommend to all young parents with kids starting new phases of life.

The book is  I Knew You Could!  and we received this little treasure originally from my son's favorite preschool teachers. I am forever grateful for this simple gift!



This is a wonderful book that gives encouragement and support for your little ones in an easy to read, rhyming, rythm. The description from scholastic reads 


This is So True! It is a wonderful way to acknowledge a transition, and celebrate it at the same time!

Here is an excerpt.


 So here is to tackling these new challenges and to starting our new adventures this week!

Until Next Time,






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