Walking Challenge: a Walk A Day In May

Who knew that a simple walking challenge would bring so much positivity and beauty into my days? I didn’t expect it, since all I wanted was to get outside and get some fresh air. But that’s exactly what happened!

And it all started with just one photo…

walking challenge

One day last month, I went on a walk. It had finally warmed up, and all of the people started coming out of the long winter hibernation. I was one of them. I had spent a lot of time in the last year or so staying home and not venturing out much. I had become somewhat depressed and partially lost, and maybe a little broken inside, too. But that’s a story for another post, perhaps. What my soul craved for was renewal, inspiration, fresh air, and more movement. And so I semi-eagerly obliged.

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SUMMER TRAVEL WITH KIDS MADE EASY

Summer travel is a great opportunity to visit family, to explore a historical town, to visit a state park you always dreamed of. Or it can be simply an opportunity to get out of the house! Whatever your agenda, it can and should be fun. It is true though that traveling can cost a pretty penny. But that does not mean that you have to stay home and pout.

summer travel

There are ways to do travel on the cheap and have a great time. Set your expectation right, find some cool destinations, and get going!

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What to do with Kids in Summer

What will I do with my kids in summer??? THat’s the questions most moms are asking themselves at the end of school year.

When summer rolls in, what do you think about? Do you absolutely dread it or do you welcome it with open arms like your long-lost friend? I have to admit that I can honestly identify with either of these reactions. When the school year comes to an end, I often feel intimidated by the unknown of summer. How will we spend our days? Will I manage all-day-long bickering with grace? When will I get all my housework done??

I have realized though that it’s not the thought of my children spending summer at home that flusters me. Simply put, it’s just the thought of a change. I struggle with the change of routine, be it my route to the grocery store or the way I put my make up on. Knowing and ultimately accepting this about myself has actually helped me in many areas of my life in the recent years. Even though predictability is my jam, I had to learn to adapt! Because what is life but an unpredictable chain of events, right?

kids in summer

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4 Helpful Tips on How to Handle a Shy Cat

Bonding with a shy cat can be a challenge. You want to dote on your kitty and give her all your love! But instead she runs away from you and hides. It can be downright frustrating! But have no fear, there are several ways to help you bond with your shy cat. Keep reading to find out 4 helpful shy cat tips.

shy cat

Our cat, for example, is not the most sociable cat in the world. She sure is sweet, but she does tend to have a very timid personality. A lot of it probably has to do with her past. When we adopted her, there was very little information available about her past. We suspect that she was living on the street when her foster family rescued her. It’s no wonder she was a very cautious cat at first!

It took a while for our cat to trust us and become comfortable enough be around her new humans. She has come a long way! Our little shy kitty lets us pat her and rub her belly. She comes to snuggle with us in bed or keeps us company on the couch, but this didn’t happen right way. We had to be patient and understanding that we can’t force our affections on her. Our lady cat has yet to come on our laps. And as much as I desire that, I am also very aware that it may never happen either. We will love our cat regardless!

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Mother’s Day Crepes Recipe

What comes to mind when you think of a Mother’s Day meal? To me, all my mom’s famous dishes immediately pop into my head as a reminder of her love for cooking and baking. Borsch, Apple Pie, Lemon Pie, Jams…Mmmm. But one dish stands out above the rest. It’s what my mom is known for, and it’s what I think of first when I think of my Mama. It’s my Mom’s Infamous Crepes. She makes them plain, stuffed with berries, stuffed with farmer’s cottage cheese, and stuffed with meat. All of the variations she makes are absolutely delicious. The good news is, crepes are not that hard to make! Once you get the hang of it, possibilities of serving them are aplenty. Today I’ll share with you my Crepes Recipe that you can make for your mom (or with your Mom) as well.

crepes recipe

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Mother’s Day DIY Fingerprint Jar Vase

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time of year to celebrate the mothers in your life. But what I love in particular is coming up with fun crafts that the kids can do by themselves for their Grandma. A few years back, we had made a beautiful vase for her, all decorated with kids’ fingerprints . We also made paper flowers, all of which had sweet sentiments written on them to put inside. The idea was for my Mom-in-Law to use the jar as a vase for her bouquets all year round. But instead, she has kept it as is and proudly displays it on her shelf to this day. Whatever a special mom in your life decides to use it for, I think our Mother’s Day DIY Fingerprint Jar Vase will be a very special gift indeed!

Mother's Day DIY Fingerprint Jar Vase

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Tote

As you may know, Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us, and many parents are scrambling to come up with a thoughtful gift. Well, look no further because I’ve got an awesome idea for you—a Teacher Appreciation Gift Tote!

teacher appreciation gift tote

A few years ago, when my son was graduation pre-school, we wanted to do something grand and personal for his teachers. I looked through ideas on the internet and have come up with an idea of a gift basket. Instead of trying to come up with one perfect gift, we decided to put several small but cool things in one basket.

The only thing was that I did not quite like the idea of a basket. I really wanted to use something more useful in everyday life. Then, I saw an idea of a beach tote on Pinterest. It was stuffed with lots of goodies as a “basket” alternative, and I knew it was just what I had in mind also!

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TEACHER APPRECIATION SIMPLE HANDPRINT CARD

The National Teacher Appreciation Week is almost here! Today I’ll share with you a super easy and personal craft for your teacher, which you can do it with your kids in 1 hour. It’s Teacher Appreciation Simple Handprint Card!

teacher appreciation simple handprint card

Every year I get excited to come up with fun and unique ways to say “thank you” to our educators. I would go as far as say that we should show love and appreciation for our teachers every day of the year.  But having an official designated week of appreciation is certainly a wonderful reason to shower our hard-working teachers with a little extra attention. It’s also a great excuse to get creative and make some fun crafts with the kids!

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CAT SAFETY: 10 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

When bringing home a new cat, we tend to focus on all the wonderful cuddle time and play time we will have with him or her. What we don’t often think about is that we need to make sure our house is actually safe for the cat! When it comes to cat safety, some things are obvious, an some things are bewildering and eye-opening. Nonetheless, in order to keep your cat safe in your home, you need to make sure your house is ready.Cat safety plants

cat safety check #1: Poisonous Plants

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FIRST DAYS WITH YOUR NEW CAT

First days with your new cat are going to be chaotic. Embrace it, it won’t last long. You simply need to prepare yourself for some adjustments. If you know what to expect, getting settled with your new cat should be a breeze! Every cat is different, so not every cat will react to his new environment the same way. Below are some common ways that cats act when they arrive to their new house, and hopefully it’ll give you an idea of what to expect.

A fair warning:

GET READY TO BE SLIGHTLY ANNOYED FOR A FEW DAYS

grey kitten first days with your new cat

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