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The Sweet Side of Life

3 Reasons Why You Need to Print your Instagram Pictures | Photography.com

Reasons why you should print your Instagram Pictures. Moms of Instagram. Print your pictures on Wood. Mother's Day Gift Ideas. Picture Gifts. Wood Plank Pictures. Pictures on Wood. Where to print Pictures. Instagram Photography, Instagram Advice, Instagram Guides, Canvas Artwork, Photography.com, Instagram Pictures. Instagram Themes

Reasons why you should print your Instagram Pictures. Moms of Instagram. Print your pictures on Wood. Mother's Day Gift Ideas. Picture Gifts. Wood Plank Pictures. Pictures on Wood. Where to print Pictures. Instagram Photography, Instagram Advice, Instagram Guides, Canvas Artwork, Photography.com, Instagram Pictures. Instagram Themes It is officially a goal of mine to print and hang more of my Instagram pictures this year. It’s funny how we can so easily get lost in our online world and essentially “live” through our adorable, well edited and often breathtaking little squares on Instagram. I look up from my phone though, and I see blank walls around my house {not actually true according to my husband} It’s almost as if I look up and I’m in a completely different lifetime, an outdated one at that.

3 Reasons you need to be printing your Instagram pictures

It is no surprise to me that all of my absolute best pictures are my Instagram pictures. I work there. The pictures are a big part of that. But, for me to access them and relive all the love and compassion that went into the moment that picture was taken, I have to jump back on my phone… which shouldn’t be the case.

1- Live in the Now

Walking around my house, you will see plenty of pictures on the walls, it’s true. But guess what, they’re all from 3 years ago before I was on Instagram. They’re all Maternity pictures. There are very few pictures of the boys at their current ages. Nothing about my house, walking around and looking at the memories of our lives are from the now, and they should be. We have some pretty awesome now that I want my kids to see on the wall as trophies from the summer. I want them to see their history beyond their newborn pictures.

This image, for example, is an all-time favorite of mine from last summer and one of my most liked Instagram pictures by fans. I even used it on our Christmas card. But did I have any intention of printing it and hanging it on a wall? No. Not until I found a way to do that which went beyond the glass and frame.

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I love this picture so much. It really captures my boys at these ages, 3 and 4. It is rugged but also so heartwarming. As soon as I saw that I could have it printed onto wood planks I had to have it! Enter Photography.com who can print your pictures on just about anything at a price I could not pass up!


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What’s more is they already believe Family is Everything!

Reasons why you should print your Instagram Pictures. Moms of Instagram. Print your pictures on Wood. Mother's Day Gift Ideas. Picture Gifts. Wood Plank Pictures. Pictures on Wood. Where to print Pictures. Instagram Photography, Instagram Advice, Instagram Guides, Canvas Artwork, Photography.com, Instagram Pictures. Instagram Themes2- Pictures can be so much more than frames

If you’re tired of printing pictures on paper and having to frame them yourself, I get it. Me too. There is only so much decorating you can do with a framed picture behind glass. Anything more versatile, I LOVE, especially when decorating seasonally. I stopped buying Christmas decorations actually. I definitely decorate for Christmas, but now I do it with seasonal pictures I’ve had made into solid decorations. The wrapped canvas is my go-to. These are perfect because they can stand up on shelves or hang. Obviously, my Instagram goes seasonal too around the holidays {not just Christmas but July 4th, Easter, etc.} and all of those candid moments are caught on my phone then put to Instagram. If not for printing them on the canvas, those memories would quickly fleet away into the oblivion of our history. Relive! Bring those back every year without having to scroll down your Insta feed!

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3- Pictures make the best Gifts

This one sort of piggybacks off number two, but seriously, you know that your best pictures make the best gifts. After receiving my first wood plank picture of the boys I took them back out into that field with my camera and did a whole “for a plank wood print” photo shoot so that I could have a whole wall of it. I think #shiplap every time I say that… {#jojoaddict}

 

Even more seriously, when you’re looking for Mother’s Day, birthday or Holiday gifts for grandmas {and even myself} a high quality, gorgeous photo, presented as a piece of artwork on wood, metal or canvas is a winning every time #momwinning.
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The Sticky Side of Life

Dear Moms, You don’t have to do “All the Things”

Dear Moms, You don't have to do all the THings. Mom Struggles. Real Mom Confessions. Mom Bloggers. Mom Truths. Mom Tribes. Mom Inspirations. Mom Winning. As I sit here, looking {way too} forward to school starting again, I’m reflecting on all the things we didn’t do this summer. It turns out I’m okay with that. I’m okay with doing all the things on my list, and not necessarily all the things the world thinks I’m supposed to be doing.

All the Things

Today, on Instagram {where else?} Jessica wrote a comment on this post saying, “Jeez girl, I need some of that hustle juice you’ve got going on!” which, from her perspective was totally accurate because I did just post back to back posts of my present hustles. But, it occurred to me that some people seeing my posts might think I’m doing all those ambitious things on top of all the things most moms are doing or have to do. When the reality is I’m not.

Top 10 List

It’s true, Moms must do “all the things” daily, and I know I’ve most definitely been impressed by another mom working really hard on all her “things” she loves. {Here are a few: Kelsea Joann Photography, Pink Pinecone Studio, Canyon Craft Company} Or, I’ve been extra impressed when she was doing that “eleventh” thing. I’ve determined that Moms {because we’re super heroes} can go above and beyond and do “all the things” to an extraneous list of about 10 things. I did reusable diapers, a compost bin, and some other very crunchy, super-awesome Mom things.

But 10 is my limit

So, when you’re sitting there reading my posts and thinking that I’m doing “all the things” on top of all the other things everyone else is doing too, I’m not. I only have room for my 10 because I choose not to do many of the super-awesome things many other moms do. I want to be very clear to the world that I am not doing 20 of “all the things” and that’s okay. I’ve chosen my list very carefully, so I stay sane. It may come as a shock to you, but when you see me posting about my 4 little businesses, all my crafting, and the massive Wedding Planning Event Adventures, I can only do those things because I’ve made room for them on my list of “all the things” I’m willing to juggle. Some major items had to leave my list for me to succeed.

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5 things not on my List

I don’t do laundry

{It’s true. I don’t. I know #jawdrop} Every other mom out there is always climbing her mountain of laundry and we all celebrate her for conquering one of her things. She’s an amazing mom because it’s a major stress and then accomplishment every week, or even day that she wins. She deserves a medal she really does.  I admire her. On her list of all the things, laundry is a big one. But that’s a battle I choose not to do. Who does our laundry? My husband does. He always has. I do my one load of laundry once a week. He does the rest.

I don’t sew

There are some epic moms out there who knock sewing out of the park on their list of all the things. From handmade dresses to elaborate Halloween costumes, these moms are the best of the moms. But not me. I own a sewing machine, but you will never see me make a piece of clothing with it.

I don’t pack school lunches

I will be a hot lunch queen. Why on earth would I take the time to make my kids a lunch when there is someone there to make it for them. Take my money. That is not on my list of all the things. I admire the moms who make faces and artistic scenes out of broccoli, which their kids love to eat. Mine will have to learn to live without that. Does that make me a worse mom? Nope, it’s just not on my list of “all the things” I do. I will happily wave that ship goodbye as it sails away from me.

I don’t cook

I am a crock pot champion though! High Five to all those moms out there surviving their day and then cooking a dinner. You’re truly amazing. I wish {so does my husband} that cooking was on my list of all the things, but it just doesn’t fit.

I don’t do parks

Not unless I want to have a stroke anyway. Parks and jungle gyms are not my things and you will never catch me having a play date there. Seriously, never. When my children climb a ladder or sit on a swing I only envision instant death. #anxiousmomsyndrome. This mom will leave that trip on dads list of all the things. He’s much better at that!

The Main Point

Dear Moms, you don’t have to do all the things the other moms are doing. You’re still a great mom. After all I’ve listed above, does not doing it make me a crappy mom? Nope. I’m still pretty awesome and still doing all the things I want to be doing. If there is something my kids need that isn’t on my list, I’m sure I can find a Mom who has it on hers. {I taught my 3 neighbor kids about Composting yesterday}

One mom making little robots out of juice boxes as Valentines doesn’t mean we all should. {That’s also not on my list by the way} It also doesn’t make her an over achieving mom. I guarantee her list of “all the things” is still only 10 things long too. But, if she wants heartfelt, uber crafty things on it, she can have that one and I’ll teach her kids how to Compost. #connectingmoms

Know your limits and your priorities. None of us, including and especially me are doing “all the things” all the time. You don’t have to either. Find your 10 and own them. You’re #momwinning every day you conquer your own list. You’ve got this.


The Sticky Side of Motherhood

This post comes to you from The Sticky Side of my Sweet & Sticky Stories on Motherhood. It is so easy for us moms to fall into the trap of self-doubt. We often see other moms and either feel guilty, jealous, or worse, depressed thinking that we aren’t doing enough to keep up. That my friends, is the worst thing and we should all stop right now. Do only the things that you love and that you value, nobody needs to do “all the things” I’m doing and I’m certainly not going to attempt all of your things. That’s not on my list.

Comment what isn’t in your Top 10 when it comes to “All the Things” moms are doing.


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Mom Life Organizing

How to Plan Ahead Blogger Mom Snacks

How to plan ahead Mom Snacks. Mom Lunch Routines. Routines for Blogger Moms. Mom Life Hacks. Meal Planning for Moms. Mom doesn't eat solutions. Meal Prep Lunches. Plan ahead Lunch Ideas. WAHM Mom HacksI think we’ve all been there. We hustle through our morning, reheat that coffee and then make lunch for the kids before shipping them off to naptime. We don’t sit down until we’re finally at the computer ready to start blogging, except you realize that you haven’t eaten anything all day except the 3-heat coffee. Now that you can finally focus on your work, you can’t actually focus because your body is crashing. You need some Mom Snacks.

How to Plan Ahead Mom Snacks

This actually happens to me all the time, I forget to eat. I know what you’re thinking, how is that possible when your kids are asking to eat every 10 minutes? I will tell you. I don’t eat when they are eating because they are distracted. When they’re at the counter eating I go switch the laundry, go to the bathroom all by myself and do another little chore without their little hands imposing. Emptying the dishwasher knife basket is a big one.

The Problem

This is common practice in my house actually, I do not take the time to eat because I have so many other things to do while they’re eating or not paying attention to me. I’m not going to waste a precious alone moment on eating.

Ideally, I’d be able to eat while we were reading or playing on The Mess Mat. But then, I’m showing them that it’s okay to walk around the house chewing, which it’s not. {at least we’d like to teach them it isn’t} Sometimes I pop an Aussie Bite {Costco awesomeness} while Wyatt has me anchored to the couch, but then he wants one too and all the sudden I have a trail of crumbs stretching 10 feet. So I avoid eating in front of them to prevent them asking for my food or role modeling scarf attacks. It’s a vicious cycle… you’d think I’d be thinner… {See how I Cheat Fitness at Home}

How to plan ahead Mom Snacks. Mom Lunch Routines. Routines for Blogger Moms. Mom Life Hacks. Meal Planning for Moms. Mom doesn't eat solutions. Meal Prep Lunches. Plan ahead Lunch Ideas. WAHM Mom HacksThe Solution

Plan Ahead Meal Prep is a fantastic Mom Saver. I do Crock Pot Meal Planning which is a true savior for me on a weekly basis. I buy dinner groceries and then spend an evening filling freezer bags while dad watches the kids. Why should Mom’s lunch be any different? I now take that same hour after grocery shopping and Plan Ahead 5 Mom Snacks/Lunches.

Now back to that time-saving thing above about how I’m not wasting my precious kid-free moments on eating. The same concept applies here. I’m not going to consume a big lunch type meal and take up 20 minutes of naptime feeding myself. I’m just not. If you’re a Mom Blogger you know that your fingers need to be typing every second those baby eyes are closed, not holding a sandwich. So Mom Snacks are the way to go for me. I choose healthy, energy and protein-packed snacks that wake me up. But the best part, I can eat them with one hand!

How to plan ahead Mom Snacks. Mom Lunch Routines. Routines for Blogger Moms. Mom Life Hacks. Meal Planning for Moms. Mom doesn't eat solutions. Meal Prep Lunches. Plan ahead Lunch Ideas. WAHM Mom HacksMom Snacks

Weren’t kid’s Lunchables a brilliant idea? They sure were when it comes to efficiency anyway. The same idea works for me when building my Mom Snacks. I use a Reusable, 3 Compartment container from California Home Goods. These are truly a brilliant product. They are slim, seal tight and are microwaveable, plus dishwasher safe!

I choose to fill mine with a variety of snack type food but you can easily fill them with salads, pasta and so much more. Did you know they sell cheese already cubes? They do. #MomWinning If I don’t have time to eat I certainly don’t have time to cube cheese.

I also recently discovered these amazing new crackers called Good Thins. You must try the Sweet Potato kind! I’m sort of a crunchy, salty person though, so whatever floats your boat.

Multiple Uses

These containers are perfect for kid’s lunches too. They are slim enough to fit in a backpack and take to school, or they’re also the perfect size for a toddler lap. I may even take them with me to family Holidays now just so I can be sure to bring home my own leftovers 😉 You can also slip them into your purse or diaper bag to take to restaurants for leftover storage.

How to plan ahead Mom Snacks. Mom Lunch Routines. Routines for Blogger Moms. Mom Life Hacks. Meal Planning for Moms. Mom doesn't eat solutions. Meal Prep Lunches. Plan ahead Lunch Ideas. WAHM Mom HacksThe Bottom Line

I think we can all agree that Mom needs to eat during the day. But we can all also understand they sometimes she forgets. Obviously, the best option would be for her, and me to eat a full, healthy meal with my kids and not have to worry about multitasking. I’d be the most nutritious mom on Earth if I could pull that off, but I can’t. That’s the reality. At least I’m one step closer to success by even identifying this problem and making steps to solve it. I know my body needs more food than this, which I give it at dinner. But for now, this is the absolute best way I can pull together this #MomWin. I’m eating more now at lunch time with these Plan Ahead Mom Snacks than I have since I had Wyatt, which is a huge win for me. These little power boosts get me through to dinner time and I still feel like I didn’t waste a bunch of precious work time.

All Moms, and really all Bloggers, can benefit from these easy to carry, convenient snack containers. Plan ahead, box them up and bring them with you to your #naptimehustle computer work. You won’t regret it!


*This post is not sponsored by California Home Goods. They have no idea I’m writing it or that I even exist. I found these on my own and genuinely enjoy using them. I have included my affiliate link through Amazon.

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Wife, WAHM and mother to 2 Hooligan boys, sharing my Sweet & Sticky Story of Motherhood.
Life changes after 2 Toddlers {obviously} so now I’m sharing how I turn those every day #MomProblems into a Story of #MomWinning by building new Small Systems, Organizing Mom Routines and Making Mommy Money Online by Blogging.




Toddler School

Why we Love Kiwi Crate & Why You will too | Farm Life

Why we love Kiwi Crate and why you will too. Subscription Box for Kids. Creative Activities for Toddlers. Koala CrateToday was another Kiwi Crate Day in our house! The UPS Man came and dropped the Crate off on our doorstep, which the boys quickly noticed and started shouting, “Our Crate, our Crate!” as they barreled to the door like puppies at chow time. This Crate was all about The Farm, which is perfect and just in time for Spring because it just so happened to teach about gardening. It’s like they read my mind, and Kiwi Crate does not disappoint.

Why we LOVE Kiwi Crate…

The age level that I Subscribe to is actually called Koala Crate, which is a joyous extension of the Kiwi Crate Family Brands. These Crates are a creative activity Subscription Box for kids. Koala Crate is the younger addition which meets the ages of my Hooligans.
Koala Crate: Ages 3-4
Kiwi Crate: Ages 5-8

The creator, Sandra, mom of 2 kids designed the Subscription as a means for creative materials to find their way to kids for easy, inspired discovery play right at their doorstep.

There are many reasons I love them which extends from the excitement my boys get when it arrives {I imagine it’s like for them what it is for me when my FabFitFun arrives, so who doesn’t deserve that?} to the pre-planned, educational lessons and extension activities it plans for me. Each box is full of age appropriate craft supplies and 3-4 Lesson plans that you go through with your child or children.

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Why we love Kiwi Crate and why you will too!

Kiwi Characters

Each box contains a pretty awesome and well-planned Imagine booklet that kids read through with the Kiwi Crate Characters. Ella Alligator, Peter Parrot, and Kellan Koala have a problem or a question that the lessons in the Crate help them solve. I love this part too. For this Farm themed Crate, the Characters wanted to know why the watermelons needed water to grow. We also learned what baby animals are called and about the jobs, each farm animal has, such as cows give the milk and cats chase the mice.

 


The Farm Crate

This Crate, which again could not have arrived at a better time {it’s like they know what they’re doing over there ;)} started with a lesson on Vegetables and planting them in a garden. We made finger puppets of farm animals, learned why barns are red {you’ll have to get your own Crate to find out} and trotted around our play barnyard.

The Veggie Garden

We used beads and pipe cleaners to make carrots, turnips, onions and radishes. Fine motor skills at work! We then got to “plant” them and play a matching game by pulling them out of the soil. Cash may have cheated… twice. They also got stickers to decorate the garden box for even more fine motor practice. This was Wyatt’s favorite part.

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The Farm Animals

I got a little more involved than I should have by doing all the noses and tails. I did let them go crazy with the eyes though. We talked about animals only having two eyes, and then Cash proceeded to put 6 on the pig. #thestruggleisreal. They loved the eyes and we got pretty crazy, but they had a ridiculous amount of fun. They made their puppets trot around the barnyard cut out and roll in the mud. The Chicken Finger Puppet got to sleep in the hay and the Horse raced all around every field. They play all day long.

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Why you’ll love it too…

If you’re a busy Mom looking for an already planned, educational activity set for your kids, Kiwi Crate is for you. I already do a lot with my kids but as we all know, I run short on time to prepare and my brain gets tired of being “on” all the time. I am thankful to have the Kiwi Characters take a shift once a month. Not only is the Crate’s arrival day a big day, but the activities keep going for days after. Not only am I always impressed by the content they cover in each box, but the excitement on my boys’ faces when it arrives is worth it enough for me. They LOVE it! They look forward to it, and your kids will too. 😉

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Hi There! I’m Kandice
Wife, WAHM and mother to 2 Hooligan boys, sharing my Sweet & Sticky Story of Motherhood and taking my Boys through Toddler School. We love to learn with Sensory Play, Discovery Learning and our favorite Subscription Box, Kiwi Crate! Join us for the fun!

 



Mom Life Organizing

How to Build a Mom Block Command Center

How to Build a Mom Block Command Center. Mom Organizing Strategies. Built of the Block Schedule SystemWouldn’t you like to see every Mom’s Command Center? I know I would. In an earlier post, I talked about Building a Mom Block Schedule through my Block Schedule System. During my Mom Block, I have specific tasks I focus on so that during the set time I am most productive. On Sundays, I plan the grocery shopping trip with my coupons. On Thursdays, I pay all the bills and do what I call the Red Tape Mini Block. The Mom Block is really the time I set aside to accomplish all the little Mom jobs that can build up if they are not checked off your list daily.

Building a Mom Block Command Center

So now let’s talk about the coordinating Command Center. You can see my whole Bookshelf Block Wall System HERE, but for this post, we’re focusing on the Mom Block. My Command Center is where I keep everything I need to accomplish my Mom Block tasks. Having it all in one place, easy to grab, make me more efficient and productive. I never have to look for something before I start working on it. I know exactly where it is at all time.

A major time-sucker is looking for what you’re supposed to be working on, or the materials to do it. 

How I Organize my Command Center

How to Build a Mom Block Command Center

Side Hustles

Top-Top: Like every other work from home parent I’ve constantly got a few things listed on online sale sites like Amazon, Ebay, Craigslist, etc. These items are mostly textbooks or small things. I keep them above the Mom Block because they contribute to my Mommy Money side hustles… which isn’t actually a business…. it’s a mom thing. We all do it.

Here is where I also store, within quick reach my favorite Room Spray from Millie’s Ole Farmhouse Mercantile, because who doesn’t love to work in a yummy smelling office!

Thank You Cards

On the top shelf of the bookshelf, I keep all of my gift tags and small gift bags for those last minute exchanges or thank you presents. Front and center I have my Thank You Card stash. Yep, I’ve got a thing for sending thank you cards. I have my 2 jars for repurposed items like twist ties, command hooks, fasteners and things that are just too valuable to toss just yet since I might need them again. Then I have rubber bands.

Label Maker

Next shelf I have my label maker. My sister and I once joked that “My label maker is to me as her camera is to her“…. we just don’t feel complete without it by our side! Next to it I have my Ongoing TO DO Box where I keep my tablet of progress on bigger projects. Right now I’m making plans to landscape the front entry to our new house so I’m charting bloom times of my favorite plants. It’s a project that has no solid end date or pressure, so it lives here as sort of a ‘fun’ thing to look forward to when the time suits.

Binders & Drawer Organizer

This next shelf we have all of my boys’ binders including their Medical Binder and their Supervisor Binders which I run Toddler School with.  I also use their Supervisor Binders to leave with whoever is watching my kids while I’m at work. I’ve listed their schedules, their behaviors and what my parental expectations are along with house rules. Full post in the works.

I also have a binder full of my PE lessons back from my Kindergarten teaching days. I reference it when I need a Gross Motor Game at the end of the day. Glad I kept it! I also have a binder for all of the mailers I get from the Growing Child Program. When I was pregnant with Cash one of my mom friends subscribed me as her gift and they’re still coming even 2 years later! They are very helpful and hilariously spot on with what we’re going through! I can now even go back and revisit them for Wyatt! Perhaps I’ll pass them along when my next niece or nephew arrives 😉 No pressure…

To the right, I keep a Drawer Organizer with pull outs
  • Gift Certificates that we receive…. looking for date night? Go here! Need some retail therapy? Go here!  I don’t like to keep them in my wallet in case it get’s lost and I do like having them all in one spot so I know what we have!
  • Coupon Storage and I’ll write an entire post about that system {LATER}
  • Photo Garage: Now I think this is a drawer or box that EVERYONE should have in their home…. This is where I keep all those pictures I cannot bare to throw away. Our house was decked out in newborn Cash pictures and then Wyatt came so I switched out Cash for Wyatt, then they grew up so I switched out newborn Wyatt… but I can’t possibly put pictures of my babies in the trash! Can you?! Never! So they get parked in the garage. and when I do another cycle of re-framing I’ll cycle them through again. OR, when the grandparents come over they might LOVE to take this 8 x 10 off my hands! Glad that I can readily find it for them to send it to a new home! I don’t really do photo albums since I’m so addicted to Shutterfly and can produce the same photo album for all grandparents efficiently.

Red Tape & Catch All

Next shelf down is a basket for all of my Red Tape To DO, two little CATCH ALL baskets for things that break and need to be fixed, buttons to be sewn back on, toy pieces, etc. and a tray of stickers {cut off return address labels-FREE} that we use for Cash’s sticker charts.

Toddler School Supply Tubs

The tubs on the bottom of the bookshelf are mainly supplies that I like to have on hand. To the left I have a tub for Kid Stuff which just makes its way into the house either as a little gift or freebie from the bank, etc. I use these are incentive or gifts later on when needed. You never know when something might go perfectly with a monthly lesson theme! Which takes me to the right tub and our Monthly Theme for Toddler School. Pictured I have it full of Dinosaur Month stuff which is just waiting to come out for their lessons throughout the month. I get most of my Monthly Theme supplies from the DollarTree!

Below I have a tub for Felt Pieces {totally use these a ton with Wyatt on textures and for several other things…. welp looks like I need to write a FELT Activities post! Then I have a large tub that is a catch all for Toddler School with things that I see in stores or upcycle craft items I think I can use later. Sometimes I just look and see what I have a ton of already before deciding a theme for the month. That is exactly how why I did Pirate Month! I had a ton of great things already and didn’t have to buy much!

Then finally on the bottom I have a few tubs dedicated to the last minute… I know, I know, I have prepared to forget…. so be it, I’m a worst case planner! I’ve got a whole tub for Emergency Gifts because, well, you know, you forget. I also have a tub full of goodies, which, if not eaten by me also makes great gifts! I then again have a Kid’s Education tub for overflow stuff that doesn’t really qualify as a manipulative but can be used some how educationally, like filler for sensory bags!

Kids Parties wraps it all up for this Block and here is where I store stuff I’ve found on sale and couldn’t refuse. I’m also a party planner, so I’m constantly thinking about my boys’ birthdays. Cash is in July and Wyatt is in January, but sometimes what I need for Cash’s party goes on sale in December! So I store it here until party time. You can see there is already a theme hiding in there… shhh no peeking!

You need this too…

I am pretty confident that this Mom Block or Parent Block Command Center could be useful in your home even if it is the only one. Everyone needs to Pay Bills, Attend Birthdays, send Thank You Cards, so try it. I know mine is intense, it always will be. That’s how I like it! Good Luck!


Hi There! I’m Kandice
Wife, WAHM and mother to 2 Hooligan boys making the most out of my Sweet & Sticky {not sure who is who yet… they change daily}
Life is what you make it and when you accept your Sweet & Sticky you can regain control of your chaotic #MomLife.
Before Motherhood I was never late, preached efficiency and even color coded my closet. Life changes after 2 Toddlers {obviously} so now I’m building new Small Systems, Organizing Mom Routines and Charting Schedules that keep our Team productive.
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