Kiwi Crate: Free Trial Just Pay Shipping

Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It is a monthly subscription service for kids. Each month your child will receive a fun box filled with projects/crafts for your child centered around a specific theme.

If you have trouble coming up with fun craft ideas for your kids and you don’t have hours to search Pinterest for inspiration this is the perfect solution.

I think the subscriptions make great gifts for kids that don’t need one more toy.

When you sign up for the free trial you will be enrolled in the subscription service, but if you aren’t sure if you want to continue just set a calendar reminder to cancel before the next crate ships.

Crates start at $16.95 a month and shipping is always free. You can also “add on” sibling sets for a fee.

This free trial is a great way to get a crate and see if your kids enjoy it and see if you think it is worth the money.

You can sign up for your free starlight latern kit here.

  

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Kiwi Crate: Free Trial Just Pay Shipping

Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It is a monthly subscription service for kids. Each month your child will receive a fun box filled with projects/crafts for your child centered around a specific theme.

If you have trouble coming up with fun craft ideas for your kids and you don’t have hours to search Pinterest for inspiration this is the perfect solution.

I think the subscriptions make great gifts for kids that don’t need one more toy.

When you sign up for the free trial you will be enrolled in the subscription service, but if you aren’t sure if you want to continue just set a calendar reminder to cancel before the next crate ships.

Crates start at $16.95 a month and shipping is always free. You can also “add on” sibling sets for a fee.

This free trial is a great way to get a crate and see if your kids enjoy it and see if you think it is worth the money.

You can sign up for your free starlight latern kit here.

  

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Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom

By contributing writer Colleen

As we dive into fall, many of the homeschool moms I talk to, especially those homeschooling for the first time, start admitting that the initial excitement they once felt has worn off, and they’re left feeling tired and overwhelmed.

Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. Here’s some encouragement for you.

Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom at The Happy Housewife

The newness of the curriculum and plans has gone away, and the battles have begun. Let’s face it, fighting over homework gives way to fighting over all work once you begin homeschooling. Very few children adore being told what they need to do and when they need to do it.

Homeschooling can be hard.

I want to encourage you that you’re doing a great thing. Even if it’s one of those days when you peek through the curtains and stare wistfully at that big, yellow bus full of kids and wish that your kids were getting on it too.

We all have those days.

Surprise Rides

When those feelings hit you, it’s time to step back and remember why you are homeschooling in the first place. Call for an impromptu day off, pile the kids in the car, and head to a park or museum, taking advantage of having the venue mostly to yourself. We call these “surprise rides,” and I don’t tell the kids where we’re going. I just tell them to get in the van because we’re going on a surprise ride.

Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom at The Happy Housewife

Instantly, moods change, and the atmosphere turns collaborative as they take turns guessing until we pull into wherever it is that we’re headed. Hearts change, and we enjoy each other once more.

During these breaks, try really hard to put aside work and school thoughts in your mind. The goal is to put everything else away and just be there for your kids. Play, explore, and enjoy each other.

On the way home, you’ll all feel refreshed and blessed. It’s a time to remember that those reasons you homeschool (whatever they are) all boil down to the sweet faces you live with and love. Taking advantage of the flexibility to step back when you all need a break is one of those often forgotten blessings of homeschooling.

Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Homeschool Mom at The Happy Housewife

Shed Your Expectations

Perhaps fall is the perfect metaphor for homeschooling. It’s a time to shed all the old expectations and behaviors that weigh you down, relax, and pull back to be with your family. A hibernation of sorts.

Regardless of how you regroup, remember that you’re homeschooling for the best of all reasons. You’re doing what you feel is best for those precious children. Always keep them in the front of your mind, and you won’t go wrong.

Take heart, mama. That yellow bus will continue to pass you by, while you sometimes stare longingly at it, but those kiddos in your kitchen are going to be there for you and for each other. You’re building a legacy of love. Keep up the great work.

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Day 16 & 17 Renovation Adventures: Family is Back Together!

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Something awesome happened yesterday!

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These two crazy kids moved to Florida! Unlike her parents they found a cute apartment that is ready to move in tomorrow. No remodeling for them, they are going to be sleeping in their own bed tomorrow night! I raised a smart one for sure. :-)

I’m also excited that their apartment is right around the corner from our house. We timed it this afternoon and it was less than two minutes from parking space to driveway. Hopefully my son-in-law is as excited about this as I am. :-)

I’m very excited that our daughter and son-in-law have moved to Florida too. When we decided to move to Florida I wasn’t expecting them to move.. Our son-in-law has lived in the same area his whole life so this is a huge sacrifice for him and his family.

I have not-so-secret plans to get his whole family down here permanently in the next few years so everyone can be together.

In other less exciting news our dumpster is gone!

I’m a little sad since it was nice to have a gigantic garbage can in the front yard. However, I’m sure the neighbors are happy to see it go.

The good thing about the dumpster being removed is that it means most of our demo is finished and we are getting closer to putting the house back together.

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I also realized that our 18 year old had never seen our house without the dumpster!

Yesterday our good friend and amazing electrician came down from Jacksonville to help wire the kitchen.

Remember the ridiculous bundle of wires that was hidden by the soffit? Well my dad wasn’t sure we were going to be able to get those tucked away and still be up to code. In fact, he sat me down and told me that he might have to put in another soffit.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I knew Russ from Impulse Electric could figure it out so I told my dad we would wait and see what he said.

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Yay!!!! Tucked away and legit!

I have to recommend Russ at Impulse Electric to anyone in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra Beach or St. Augustine who needs electric work done. He knows his stuff and is a honest guy. You won’t be disappointed!

What I cannot recommend is sanding walls unless you have no other option. The mess was RIDICULOUS. I spent most of Monday cleaning up the mess from the sanding.

Now if you are going to sand, close off the room and get a respirator, but seriously think twice before doing it.

This was after the first sweep. This photo isn’t blurry- that is all the dust swirling around our house!

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Cora thought vacuuming was fun so I was more than happy to give her a turn. She chose sunglasses over googles.

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Since the walls and everything else were covered with dust I used an oxtail brush to clean them off. Well at least that’s what my dad called it. I searched the internet to give you all a link and all I could find was paint brushes and pasta recipes.

I’ll try to find out more tomorrow.

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We removed the light fixture in the kitchen and the ceiling will need to be cut out. The light had melted the paint. Definitely not good.

We have our holes drilled and wired for our can lights and I’m ordering LED bulbs for them since the lights I purchased have halogen bulbs and those things are ridiculously hot.

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Today we worked more on the walls and had a friend from Vintage Decor come over to get some advice on our wallpaper walls. He recommended either knock down or orange peel.

Knock down is crazy messy and we would need to do the whole house since the current walls have an orange peel texture.

The nice thing about the knock down texture is that it covers everything. We have a dry wall guy coming tomorrow to let us know what he recommends. I actually like the knock down look, but I don’t want to spend money doing the whole house if I can get away with something else.

Another thing our friend mentioned was to paint our ceilings a color other than white. He suggested “mushroom” which helps a house look less broken up by a white ceiling and colored walls.

I’m going to research this more tonight.

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I was really glad our friend could stop by because he has spent his entire career helping people decorate and remodel their homes. He loved our house and he said our backyard was amazing. I thought it was a little overgrown but he told us to get the amount of plants we have in our yard put into a yard it would easily be $60-70k!

I about choked when he said that! But it is always good to hear that we are investing in a good house and that all our blood, sweat, and tears will pay off in the end.

I actually love our backyard and am only planning on trimming back some of the plants that are really close to the pool. We have plans to resurface the pool and the deck next year. I try not to get ahead of myself, but I LOVE our yard and it will be exciting to tackle that project next year.

I got all our appliances ordered so I’ll share those with you all tomorrow.

It’s exciting to see everything coming together, but it is also so much work trying to coordinate it all. You definitely save a lot of money being your own contractor, but you need to have time to do it all.

I’ve been saving receipts so hopefully I can post a budget update soon.

Until tomorrow…

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This is part of our ongoing renovation project for our new home in Florida.  Our goal is to be done by Thanksgiving or else.  Follow the daily accounts of our real life during this DIY renovation process here.

   

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