Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Facebook and Instagram Don't Always Lie

Today I took my kids to the beach. Its a 10 minute drive to one of the most crystal clear most magnificent beaches on the planet which we feel very blessed to be able to see from our kitchen window.

In the car on the way down, the kids fought like cats and dogs. I actually pulled over and threatened to turn around if the fighting didn't stop. Yes, I'm THAT mom. And lets just say they were silent for the rest of the ride.

We got to the beach, the kids took their tubes, boats, floats, shovels etc. and raced into the water and had a ball for the next hour. 

Now, during that hour there were a few fights over who was using the pink tube or the blue pale. One of the kids blow up tubes went flying down the beach only to be caught by a surfer guy who brought it back to me while making sure to give me a full on lecture on how bad these toys are for the ocean if they get blown far into the water or blow down the beach and never retrieved all while I was making sure to keep an eye on every one of my children frolicking in the ocean or burying each other in sand.

We headed back to the car and as much as I rinsed the kids off, the car somehow was full of sand when we got home so I had to shake out all the carseats and carpets while the kids took the hose and hosed down all the beach toys and goggles and shoes. They then all ran to the shower fighting over who was going in first followed by me making lunch for the starving crew.

While on the beach, I snapped a few photos of the kids in their element, floating in the crystal clear water, building sand castles and looking all adorable. I posted them on Instagram only to get tons of likes and positive comments, especially ones like 'you're so lucky you live there!' 'such happy cute kids!'


My first thought was, 'wow, this is really is false advertising! No one knows about the fights  and the annoying surfer dude who also lives here, the car full of sand and how exhausted I was when I got home!'

And it made me think of all those times we see eachothers photos on Facebook or Instagram thinking how everyone else's life is so perfect or at least close.

But then I realized, those moments of my kids in the water, building their sand castles- those were truly perfect moments and I am so glad I captured them. My entire morning was so far from perfect but I wanted to remember the perfect moments. And I wanted to share them.

So don't feel bad capturing and sharing your perfect moments- because thats all they are: moments. And make those special moments your memories, not the fights and what not.

Wishing you a summer filled with lots of special moments and may you capture and appreciate them all!

Always,

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fabulous Book Review- Adina: My Design Sketchbook

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to review a copy of Adina: My Design Sketchbook by Yocheved Nadell.




Well, it wasn't exactly me who reviewed it, it was my 7 year old daughter and her BFF who was begging me to make her copies of the pages so she could make her own designs. Lets just say her mom purchased a copy on Amazon that day.

 
Here are some details about this Book:

* Design using 60+ stickers and 80+ starter sketches for your endless ideas.
* 14+ color fashion illustrations for inspiration!
* 14+ coloring figures for all levels to enjoy.
* 40+ color tutorial pages with easy to follow instructions.
* 110+ pages for hours of creativity and fun!

Fashion designers of all ages will love creating with Adina’s Design Sketchbook. The younger ones will find hours of fun in coloring the pages and decorating with the stickers. The older ones will be thrilled with the results they achieve using the design and illustration skills they will learn in the easy to follow tutorials!

There are different Models, each with a Jewish name which is really refreshing. My daughter absolutely LOVES this book, she can spend hours just coloring, designing, learning how to make designs and using the stickers.


Between you and I, I would totally enjoy it too. I think it says its for ages 8-100. I wish I had such a book as a kid as I spent hours designing outfits and here is your very own Design Sketchbook WITH different tutorials on denim, fabrics, accessories, hair styles, skin tones and so much more.


So now that you know what a fabulous book this is, go ahead and enter the GIVEAWAY- Yup, I said Giveaway!!! to win a copy of Adina: My Design Sketchbook for the sweetie in your life.
Good Luck!


And if you just can't wait to get a copy, do yourself and your daughter, niece, cousin or neighbor a favor and Click Here to order a bunch of copies of Adina: My Design Sketchbook---
Absolutely worth every penny.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!
Always,




Friday, June 19, 2015

It's been a while!

Hey! So yes, it has been a while since my last blog post-
Between broken lap tops, broken keyboards, hubby going out of town, mom exhausted, the blogging just was not happening.

But-

I just received my brand new Macbook today, a gift from the hubs, and I am just so excited to get back into the blogosphere!

Over the past few months I recently reconnected with a dear friend from High School. Although we weren't very close, we always had a really nice relationship and always got along well.

After high school, we lost touch, but fast forward 18 years, throw in a husband for each of us and a bunch of adorable kids, and here we find ourselves both living in very remote places and homeschooling our kids.

I always knew she was a jolly and positive person, always smiling. What I did not know was how wise she was. How practical she was. How organized she was. I mean, she has this time management, home organization, homeschooling, family dynamic thing down! What a wealth of information and resources. I told her she needs to write a blog. She owes it to the world, in my humble opinion. When someone is so good at something, they need to share the wealth, right?

But she is a busy mom so I told her I would be her portal to the world through my blog.

So wonderful readers, I'd like to introduce to you Baila. My very dear and special friend who I now find myself chatting to almost every day discussing everything.

I plan to post a lot of her wisdom, ideas, charts, advice and more on my blog and I know you will love it!

Interestingly enough, the 3rd of Tammuz is this Shabbos. It will be the 21st Yahrzeit of the Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The Rebbe was all about doing and making the absolute most of our lives. Doing as much good as we could possibly do, squeeze in as much productivity into our day that we possibly could. Even after he passed away, his followers did not go into a state of despair. They went into a state of 'what more can we do now?' 'What mitzvah campaigns can we start?' The Rebbe was all about inspiring others TO inspire others!

Baila has truly inspired me to be the best homemaker and wife I can possibly be. Her homemaking and organizational tips have changed my life- I am not kidding.

So on this Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, I say L'chaim to a new month, may we be able see the good in all situations, may we be blessed with people in our lives to help us see the good, may we be blessed to have good friends and the ability to see that all the important things in our lives are actually okay and the rest will ultimately all work out.

I'm back, it feels great and theres lots more to come!

Good Shabbos,
Always,

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pressing the "Reset" Button

It was a full month before Pesach, cleaning, cooking, organizing and preparing.

It was a full week of Pesach, the Seders, hosting, cooking, entertaining and family trips.

Suddenly it all ends, and we need to get things back to normal, put away our dishes, get back into routine, back to life.

I am not sure why I have had such a hard time getting back into the swing of things. I felt like the second Pesach was over I was just running, with no direction, not stopping to catch my breathe, just going, going, going.


I didn't have time to plan my homeschool week so I was just winging it. All the kids have had different types of appointments making me feel so guilty when I leave them with the babysitter. I haven't planned my meals, or my days and I feel like I'm just going through the motions with no rhyme or reason.


But just like anything, when it just goes without stopping, its bound to either stop on its own or break. I figured that before I break, I better stop.


I learned from one of my organizing and time management Gurus Rivkah Caroline that sometimes you need to 'Take time to Make time'.

And so yesterday morning, I turned my phone off, sat down with my coffee. And I stopped.



I hit the reset button.

I refuse to continue like this. I just can't.

I realized its better to let the kids just play and do their thing for the morning so I can get my ducks in a row and head back on my shoulders then giving them a workbook so I feel good about myself that they did some 'work'.

It is all still a work in progress...

 



But I am feeling a lot better since I hit the breaks.

Everyone tells me that I'll blink and my kids will have grown up.
I feel that happened over the past 2 months.
I feel that my babies now want to join the big kids in their school work.
My kids are growing up and the dynamics are changing. 
So too, I need to change with them, and change is okay.


When we homeschool, the only rules we need to follow are the ones we impose on ourselves.
And sometimes we need to change those rules or make new ones.


So here is to new beginnings.


Lechaim, and Good Shabbos~

Always,

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Super Cute Homeschool Cart

Hey! I hope you guys are all enjoying your Pesach experience, wherever it may find you.

Things have been so busy here, as I am sure with you, but I finally got around to writing this post that I have been meaning to write for a while.

Target just opened up in my town {insert Happy Dance here} and I literally ran there the moment I could as its one of my most favorite stores (next to Ikea and Trader Joes, can you tell I'm a mom?).

While I wasn't really looking for anything specific I came across this absolutely adorable Toy Cart-

I thought to myself, how many times do we move around the house doing our school work? On a nice day we lay on the floor in the living room with the sun streaming on us. Some days we stay in our PJs at the kitchen table, or we sit in the dining room. And I am constantly moving the books and supplies around the house and it gets very annoying trying to remember where we left the crayons or the pencils last.

But after coming across this cart, I suddenly had a great idea...
I would put all the kids school stuff in this cart and we can wheel it from room to room.

How cute is this?



On the top shelf we keep our Tzedakah Box, Siddurs and current books we are using:

All English books in one Magazine folder (also from Target), all Hebrew in one and all Current workbooks or projects in another:

Supplies go on the bottom shelf, I used a cleaning supply caddy with Mason jars filled with pencils, pens, sharpies, scissors, glue sticks, sharpener and stapler with extra staples. We also have crayons and colored pencils on the bottom shelf.

Check out the wheels on the bottom, making it super easy to roll from room to room:

I stuck our daily (tentative) schedule on the side of the cart:

And there we have it!

Enjoy the rest of your Pesach Vacay and Good Luck getting back into the school zone!

Always,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fabulous Reading APP


I'm excited to share with you that CAP IT! Learning has just announced the release of their new app that teaches struggling students to read English. Many of you have already heard about their Hebrew program, which is used by schools around the world, and has been solving reading disabilities for over 5 years. They used a similar method to develop their English reading system. One main difference is that this time it's in an app. They are now looking for beta testers and it's FREE. If you or somebody you know can benefit from this, please check out their site and request your invite to become a beta tester. Limited invites are available. http://ow.ly/Kvusl

Have fun reading!
Always,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pesach Resources

An Absoluely Gorgeous Pesach Pillow Case for your Seder 


You can bring order and elegance to your Seder table with these gorgeous and practical Pesach pillowcases. These Pesach pillow covers will really make your family and guests feel like the chosen people. Pillowcases are a cotton/poly blend with embroidery and rhinestones, and fit standard-sized bed pillows. Free Shipping on every order!

A Pesach Workbook for Preschoolers
Good Luck with all the Pesach Preps and remember:
Play happy music, be joyful, spread the good mood 
and everyone will feel it!
Shabbat Shalom,
Always,
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