Finding Whimsy in Work

Finding Whimsy in Work
My First Whimsy in Work feature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love reflecting on crafts, traditions, and recipes that bring me joy. It has been really easy to find joy and whimsy in everyday life when I am focused on my boys. Children are natural whimsy seekers, I think it is much harder as adults to find whimsy and joy every day, especially when day to day life, being an adult and work takes center stage. Because work plays such a major role in adult life, and I believe we could all use more joy and whimsy in all areas of life. Each month, I will feature a person who is pursuing their dream or passion. I hope this feature will be inspiring and encouraging and give people ideas of ways to find whimsy in the working world.

Being an adult is a constant juggling act, I wrote a whole post about the parental juggling act, but as adults we are all juggling roles and obligations to our partners, families, friends, and employers, our homes, the list can go on and on. Many of us are seeking balance or trying to find joy in our work.

Whimsy in Work
My first Whimsy in Work Featuring Kristin of New Life Carving.

My First Whimsy in Work Feature

I am so excited that my first feature is my lovely sister, Kristin. Two years ago she and her husband quit their day-to-day grind jobs, sold their house and moved to Montana in favor of more time to do the things they love. They started a business New Life Carving and have made time to camp, fish, hunt and enjoy the wilds of Montana. Her dream is to find balance in work and life. Kristin wanted to enjoy more of life and not to live only for work.

            “I moved to Montana two years ago for many reasons. The main reason for me was that the career I had carefully chosen and at one time loved, became something that drained me instead of creating happiness and satisfaction. Once my husband and I took the plunge to quit our jobs, get our house ready to list, and sold our home in three days; we found ourselves with more open doors than we knew what to do with…My husband really wanted to start our own business…I realized how little I knew about running a business, but we dove in and went for it, creating a custom wood art and sign business called New Life Carving.”

You can check out Kristin and her husband, Mike’s amazing work at the New Life Carving website and on their Facebook page and their Etsy Shop. You can get to know them better by following Kristin on Instagram.

New Life Carving Products
Some of Kristin and Mike’s wonderful work from newlifecarving.com

Their decision to change their environment and occupations came after attending a consulting firm’s seminar on the idea of retiring as you go. This seminar pushed to the forefront a feeling Kristin had been battling with for a while. “It became clear that I needed to leave the career that I thought I would have for the rest of my life.” The seminar gave Kristin the push she needed to pursue her dream. Her dream has not come without challenges or doubts.

Doubt creeps in…

Sometimes when we make a big decision and take a risk, people will doubt you.” When I gave my notice, my boss asked me what I was going to do. I told him I was going to start by being a full time dog mom and go on all the hunting trips my husband and I wanted to go on. He laughed and said I could have my job back anytime I wanted.” Doubt will come from others, but Kristin found it also came from herself. “A challenging aspect of creating balance in my life would have to be the doubt that sometimes creeps up. Doubt always wants to remind me of how little I know, how I have failed to create that million dollar product that makes and sells itself, how silly I was for thinking I could do anything else…That is when I have to remind myself of how uncomfortable my old comfort zone was…. I was living only for the weekend and vacations.”

To help overcome the doubt that can creep in, Kristin found that taking time to reflect on her experiences and reminding herself that she is giving it her best effort to live her dream. She has control over her time and day-to-day activities. She has discovered many rewards in her experience. “Most rewarding of all, I have found my identity in hobbies and work instead of just the paycheck… I laugh more at myself than I ever have before. This is a big deal for me as I have a tendency to be a very serious person.”

There have been ups and downs and her journey has not been perfect. But if you can learn something, even from what is deemed a mistake or failure, then there is value in the experience.

Kristin and Mike of New Life Carving
Making more time to enjoy the things they love to do.

Here are Kristin’s 6 take-aways from her experience to live a more balanced and more joyful life.

  1. Whatever you say yes to means you are automatically saying no to something or someone else.
  2. You can take as long as you want to get somewhere or to create something.
  3. Write down your goals along with a timeline and then imagine how you will make that happen.
  4. Get used to saying you failed and made mistakes.
  5. Don’t let those mistakes and missteps stop your dreams, let them guide you back to the drawing board and reevaluate.
  6. Realize that you don’t have to achieve all your dreams. I know this sounds weird but life is in progress and as a result, your ambitions and goals will continue to change. That is what makes the process so exciting. 

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my sister finding balance in her life in attempt to bring whimsy to her world of work. I am looking forward to bringing you a whimsy in work feature each month.

If you have a story about finding whimsy in work you would like to share with me and my readers, feel free to send me an e-mail at discoveringwhimsy@gmail.com with the subject line Whimsy in Work.


Cheers,

Amy

Fantastic Fall Round Up

Fun Fall Round Up
Lots lots of fun ideas and activities for fall.

I am part of a wonderful group on Facebook, the Mom Bloggers Tribe.  A few us in the group are obsessed with fall so we thought we would share some of our favorite fall posts.  All of the posts featured in this Fall Round Up are from the bloggers in the Mom Bloggers Tribe. Each of our blogs are very different, but we support each other, hope for each other to succeed and all love fall. In the spirit of community over competition, here is a round-up of the Mom Bloggers Tribe’s favorite fall posts.

In this post, you will find cute crafts, fun bucket lists over flowing with  ideas for all ages, ideas for Halloween and delicious recipes to help you have a wonderful fall season.

Pin  this, so  you have this list of posts at your finger tips.

Fall Round Up
Round up featuring blog posts from the Mom Bloggers Tribe

Fall Lists to keep you entertained all season long

If you are sad to see summer go, here is a great post about why fall is wonderful.   Here is a post to make you feel alive with fall energy!

Want more ideas for fall activities,  I have a list featuring 30 activities to try over the next 3 months. Looking for activities that won’t break the bank, check out this post on Frugal Fall ideas. Here is one more fall list, with a printable too! While this post features fall activities to do on Long Island, it is a great list of things to look for in your own area.

Fall Ideas for Toddlers

I have a toddler and a preschooler so here are some great ideas just for your tiny fall lovers. Here some great printables to create a fun fall schedule for you and your littles. I love this fall tree activity,  it looks easy and fun to make.  Complete this fun fall checklist just for your littles  for a memorable fall. We adore reading at our house and really enjoy themed book lists. This list has 22 fall themed books to check out.

If you want to make any of these lists into an interactive bucket list, you can get my free printable cards and use one of the list above to add a bunch of fun things to do this fall.  Pull an activity card every few days and enjoy the whole season.

Are you looking for some new fall recipes; look no further.

I can’t wait to try these yummy, fall apple dumplings.

I love anything pumpkin, so I am really excited to try this delicious looking  pumpkin dip.

Thanksgiving turkey is delicious, but waiting for it to cook all day is a bummer, check out how to make turkey breast in a slow cooker.

Need an update for your apple pie recipe, check this recipe out.

I love a  cookie for breakfast, this oatmeal carrot cake cookie sounds delicious, add a pumpkin spice latte or chai and what a way to enjoy a fall morning.

Check out these Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes!!

Halloween

Halloween will be here before we know it . Here is a great list of adorable costumes for infants and toddlers. Do you like to have costumes that coordinate with the whole family, check out this post. If you are planning to DIY your costumes, then this post has you covered with some great DIY ideas.

Safety is always important for our kids, this post serves as a good reminder for safety when it comes to trick-or-treating.

I love these next Halloween posts. Make your own awesome spiderweb wreath! Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt with printable, watch fun and not too scary Halloween shows and ideas for Halloween with a healthy side.

I hope this post has given you lots ideas to make the most of this fall. Maybe some of these ideas will even become a part of your family traditions.

Happy Fall !!!!

Cheers,

Amy

30 Fun Activities To Try This Fall

30 Activities to Enjoy this Fall
Need ideas for your Fall Bucket List, here are 30

This year fall begins on September 22nd , but I prefer to start my fall celebrating on Sept. 1st. If you read my last post, you know now that fall is by far is my favorite season and I am starting a new family tradition this year. Yes, it’s still August, but I am so excited to have a fun filled fall with Big and Little.  Keeping reading for my list of fall themed fun activities!

I have seen Fall Bucket Lists online boasting  50 to 100 activities, which is great, but that stresses me out a little bit.  So I am going to stick to 30 activities. There are 91 days between September 1st and December 1st (the day I get my Christmas decorations out), I think 30 activities seem reasonable and achievable for us.

Some of my activities will be better suited for a specific month, so I will break the list down that way, but you can do them in any order you like. You could also create an interactive bucket list. Get my Fall Family Fun cards and the list of 30 fall activities, write the activities on the cards and place in your bucket to pull out when you need a fun fall activity, voilà, interactive bucket list.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Write your activities on your cards, put in your container and get ready for fun starting on 9.1.17

For those us who need some accountability to actually do the items on the list ( I include myself in this group),  I thought it would be fun for us to do it together.

Here is how you take part in my Fall Family Fun Bucket List:

Follow me on my Facebook page or on Instagram,

I will draw a few cards each week on Sunday and post them to IG and Facebook. If it is a recipe or craft, I will share the wonderful links . Post your pictures or share your progress in the comment section of my Facebook page or Instagram.

30 Fall Activities
30 Fun Activities to try this fall

There are so many things that make me smile when I think of fall… crunching leaves as we walk, the smell of baked goods and pumpkins.  I adore baking apple and pumpkin breads, muffins, cakes and cookies. I love watching the leaves change from green to red, orange and gold hues. My favorite fall day is when the sun is shining, but it is cool and crisp; perfect for doing a fun fall activity. Here are the activities we will be completing this coming fall.

30 Ideas for the Fall Family Fun Bucket List

September Fun Activities

  • Go apple picking; I have never done this and living in the beautiful state of Washington, it seems a little sacrilegious.
  • Create a new fall decoration
  • Take a nature walk to collect leaves
  • Try a fall kids’ craft featuring leaves
  • Make a new dessert featuring apples
  • Try a savory recipe featuring apples
  • Make homemade applesauce
  • Drink apple cider
  • Make caramel apples
  • Make an apple pie
  • Paint kindness rocks and leave them around

October Fun Activities

  • Make a new Halloween or Harvest decoration
  • Make Halloween or Harvest cards to mail to friends and family
  • Make pumpkin bread
  • Visit a pumpkin patch and take pictures
  • Try a new dessert featuring pumpkin
  • Make Halloween treat bags for the neighbor kids
  • Make popcorn balls
  • Do a kids’ craft with pumpkins
  • Watch a favorite Halloween movie I love watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with my kids. Ghostbusters and Hocus Pocus are my personal favorites.
  • Read Halloween themed books
  • Make chocolate chip pumpkin bars, this is one of my favorite desserts. Thank you, Martha!!!
  • Make roasted pumpkin seeds

November Fun Activities

  • Create a Gratitude Jar
  • Make a new Thanksgiving decoration
  • Try a new dessert recipe with cranberries
  • Have a family movie night
  • Have a pajama day
  • Test a new Thanksgiving side recipe
  • Try a savory recipe featuring pumpkin
30 Fall Bucket List Ideas
30 Fall Bucket List Ideas

Need more ideas check out my Fall Board

I think this is going to be really fun and I hope you join me!

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Cheers, Amy

Our New Fall Tradition: Fall Family Fun Bucket List

Make your own Fall Family Fun Bucket List
New Tradition: Fall Family Fun Bucket List: Make your own!

Creating traditions and making memories is one of the things I looked forward to most when I dreamed about becoming a parent. I had such fond memories of my childhood of the fun things we did every year. When thinking about traditions, I decided I would let my favorite season guide my new tradition. Fall, hands down, is my favorite season!!! (check out my fall themed mugs in my shop 😊)  I have tried to think of ways to share my love of fall with my boys, Big and Little. They are 3.5 and 18.5 months. I went to my go-to inspiration spot on the web, Pinterest. Scrolling through the fall themed pins, one pin jumped out at me and inspired me make my Fall Bucket List.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List

The Fall Bucket List on Pinterest that I found was literally a little bucket filled with different color Popsicle sticks. Each stick had a different activity written on it. I love this idea. It could make an amazing gift for a teacher or friend. It is so cute and looks like fun to make. I just have one problem, ok two, but they are so sweet and I love them to bits.

Since my kids are of the toddler and preschool age, doing this project is not in the cards for me at this moment. I have tried to do painting crafts and get Big involved, but it spirals into a mess and he is only interested in it for maybe 15 minutes and then would rather go outside. So I pinned the literal bucket list to my Fall Activities, Crafts and Recipes board on Pinterest, to save for a later day when the boys are a bit older.

Follow me on Pinterest to keep up with all the fun fall ideas I will be pinning and trying.

Looking at this bucket list and others I have seen on Pinterest, got my creative juices flowing, I could make my own “Bucket List”.  Writing down my favorite fall activities and having the boys select one is a fun way to share all the things I love about fall with Big and Little. I am really looking forward to starting my Fall Family Fun Bucket List tradition. I wanted to make my bucket list easy to create; hopefully most people already have these items at home or at work.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Use any container you have on hand and print my cute cards to make your own fall family fun bucket list.

Here is what you will need to make my Fall Family Fun Bucket List

Computer and printer with color ink
Printer paper and/or card stock
My cute Fall Family Fun PDF (sign up here to get your FREE printable) *If you already subscribe to my blog, your PDF is in your e-mail now! * There are 8 cards to a sheet, so print as many as you think you would like. I want 30 tags, so I printed 4 sheets.
-Scissors
-Glue and Tape: only needed if you are gluing printer paper to card stock and decorating your container
-Pen
-Some kind of container (I am using an empty Costco nut jar), but a cup, basket or bowl would work well too. If you want to decorate your container, using washi tape or scrapbook paper could also be cute, but if you don’t have time for that this season, use a cup or bowl or basket.

Fall Family Fun Bucket List Supplies
You probably already have many of the supplies needed to make my Fall Family Fun Bucket List.

How I made my Fall Family Fun cards and “bucket”

1. Sign-up to get my Fall Family Fun cards,  print and cut them out.  I glued mine to some shiny copper brown card stock to give the printer paper more stability.  Then I cut them out with a thin border. Cards are done, easy right? Now, if you print onto white card stock, you could skip the gluing step. Print and cut, you are done with your cards.
2. If you are using a container you want to decorate, then decorate however you please, or select your cup, bowl, or basket that you will be using to hold your cards.
3. Write one fun fall activity you would like to do on each of your cards and then add to your container. If you need activity ideas, stay tuned, that is my next blog post and I will share 30 fun fall ideas with you!!!!

Fall Family Fun Bucket List
Write your activities on your cards, put in your container and get ready for fun starting on September 1st

Now you are ready to start celebrating all the fun things fall has to offer. Starting September 1st, Big and Little each pull out a card and we will then complete the activities sometime that week. I will post the crafts and recipes we plan to make to my Facebook page and post our progress to my Instagram.

If you do not have time to make the cards this season, you can follow along and take part in my Fall Family Fun Bucket list activities.

Participate with me in my Fall Family Fun Bucket List activities

Follow me on my Facebook page  or on Instagram
Post your pictures and share your progress in the comment section of my Facebook page or share on Instagram using #discoveringwhimsyfallfun

Hope you join me in this new fall tradition!!!

Fall Interactive Bucket List
Choose your own fall adventure; make your own interactive bucket list

Cheers,
Amy

7 Ways to Save on Birthday gifts

Too many Kid Parties, Ways to Save
7 ways I am saving money during Birthday Party Season.

Kids’ birthday parties are so fun… who doesn’t love cake, party decorations, and having fun with friends? Since Big has been attending preschool a few times a week, we have been invited to more birthday parties, which Big loves! But going to all these parties is really starting to add up.

Since June, we have been invited to at least 5 parties for friends we have met within the last few years, we also have family and family friend parties coming up too. I know this doesn’t seem like a lot, but I have seen the future of birthday parties to come. One of my best friends, Lisa, has two boys a few years older than Big and a tween daughter, I remember her telling me all about  the kid’s parties she has been attending almost every weekend, since the kids started school.

The biggest thing is to set a budget whatever you are comfortable with. I decided to set a limit of $20.00 all in, for the present, card, and gift wrap (sales tax included in my limit). So with 5 parties coming up that is already $100.00. How do you attend all of these parties, still give nice gifts, and not go broke? Here are some things I am trying to keep birthday gift spending in check.

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7 Ways to Save on Kids’ Birthday Gifts

7 Ways to Save Money on Kids’ Birthday Gifts

No Gift: Easiest way to save money is not to bring a gift. If someone lists “No Gifts Please” on their invitation, listen and do not bring a gift. We will still make a card at home. Big has fun decorating cards for his friends. I am a rule follower at heart, so if you say no gift, no gift it is.  I do not feel bad about not bringing one, if that is what is listed on the invite and neither should you. Or if it is not in your budget to get a gift and that is fine too, make a card and invite your friend for a later play-date.

Reuse and Recycle

I know I am not the only one that saves gift bags, tissue paper and sometimes even wrapping paper. As long as the bag or wrapping paper are in good condition after the first opening, we keep it.  This can be a difficult task with a preschooler and toddler. I don’t stop them from ripping packages open with glee, but sometimes they surprise me and are gentle and I can still use the tissue and wrapping paper. I like reusing, it keeps these items out of the landfill for a little longer and saves me some money. So it is a win-win. I still have gift bags from my baby shower for Big, he is now 3.5 years old.

DIY Gift Wrap

Decorate your own gift bag
Big and Little had fun sticking the different colored dots on to the bag.

If you are like me you have a ton of scrapbook paper, stamps, punches, and other embellishments laying around. I don’t have a lot of time to scrapbook now-a-days, but the paper and stamps have come in handy to decorate bags I found at the dollar store. Lately, the dollar store in my area has two bags for a $1.00 so that is a pretty good deal. Or you can check out this great deal on plain gift bags. I have also made some gift tags that I will be using on all kid presents from now on.

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Stock up on Add-Ons

Target Dollar Spot
Fun and Educational Gift Add-Ons

Stock up on fun little things that can be great gift add-ons. Target’s Dollar Spot is my favorite place to look for these items. You can get a lot of bang for your buck. I also think these items have a good cost to quality.  I also love that lately these items are education or art related.  These items can be used on trips and in restaurants to keep the kiddos busy too.

Sales

If you know you have birthdays coming up and you find some great items on sale, it’s a good idea to stock up, if you can. Since Big has a December birthday and Little’s birthday is in January, I find that it is easier for me to shop for some of their birthday presents during the summer and early fall.  I can usually find some great deals. I have a box in our guest room that I save items for my boys and others we can give throughout the year to friends. If you have favorite stores to buy kid gifts, sign up for their e-mail lists so you can get extra coupons. I need to have my friend Lisa, write a guest post for me on how she finds deals, she is my go-to-gal when I have a question about coupons and deals.

Break Up Multiple Items

3 workbooks and 3 sets of crayons total $18.69/3= $6.23 per gift. I still have $13.77 to spend on another part of the gift and wrapping. I would probably see if I could find a Star Wars Shirt or socks and use a bag I decorated or one I already had.

Buying items that can be split up is one of my favorite ways to save some money. I have found some awesome book sets that was able to turn into 3 different gifts.  For example, I bought a box of 6 books, I think I paid $24.99+ tax for the box set at Costco.  Let’s say I paid $28.00 total split 3 ways that is $9.33 per gift, so I would still have some room in the budget to add something else. Recently, Big went to a party for twins, so the budget for this party was $40.00. I bought a pack of two water blasters for $9.99, two super hero big coloring books for $4.99 each, and I needed gift wrap $3.99, normally I would not buy gift wrap, but I was crunched for time. My total came to $26.35 (tax included) for gifts for two friends; I was under budget by $13.65, not too bad.

Re-gift

This one is kind of a dirty little secret. I think more people do it and do not admit it. So here I am laying it out there, judge if you want, you know you will probably do it someday too.  If we receive a duplicate gift, sometimes I will give it as a new gift. Many might think of this as a faux pas, but I figure if the item is still in the new packaging, the boys haven’t dented it and I make sure I am not giving it back to the person who gave it to us; I think it is ok.  Sometimes, I will return the duplicate gift and get a gift card to use for a later gift purchases.

Maybe you will try one of these tips or you might try them all,  hopefully they will help you save some money during the birthday party seasons.

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Cheers,

Amy

5 Favorite Summer Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

5 Fun Summer Activities for your Toddler and Preschooler

Longer days, BBQs and better weather. Summer is such a fun time, and there are so many activities for kids to do.  I have fond memories of running around outside, eating Otter pops and playing with my brother and sister. Now I have two busy little boys. Big is 3.5 years old and Little is 17 months old. Little has been walking since 11 months old, so he is trying really hard to keep up with Big, especially when we are outside. Now that summer is here, we get outside multiple times a day. Since we are getting outside so much,  I need to have lots of fun activities to keep these little guys busy. Here are the 5 activities that both boys gravitate to again and again and these things keep them entertained for 30 minutes to an hour. That is an eternity in toddler/preschooler time!!

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5 of our Favorite Summer Activities

1. Water Play

We love the water and sand table, my mom and dad bought Big two years ago. It perfect height for preschoolers and toddlers, and my boys are on the taller side. It comes with an umbrella, two little boats, pots and bridges. We even used the table in garage for Big’s construction theme birthday filled with trucks and homemade moon sand. Here is the one we have, but I think a plastic bin could work perfectly too.

My mom also bought them some foam water blasters. They love these things!  They water flowers, squirt each other and me and have the best time counting down to blast off. Here is an option for a water blaster, but I also found some at Target and a craft store, so they are pretty easy to find.

The last water activity is one on our Summer Bucket List, Water Beads. I had never heard of  Water Beads, until I read a post written by one of the Mom bloggers I follow. On her site, Little Bit of Learning, Laura wrote a post about Amazing Sensory Activities Using Water Beads and I was hooked. They look like so much fun. We will be getting some beads for this summer. She also has a great post about Top 5  Water and Sensory Tables, if you are trying to decide which on might be a good fit for your kiddos.

Fun with our water table and water blasters

2. Push and Pull toys

They love anything you can push or pull around. Little loves to drag around a broom. Big did the same when he was Little’s age. I found the broom at Target.  I’ve also had great luck finding gently used outdoor toys on OfferUp. I bought a gently used John Deere Dump Truck and a Bubble Mower. Here are some similar ones,  dump truck comes with blocks and a driver  and Bubble Mower.

John Deere Truck and Bubble Mower

3. Bubbles

My boys love bubbles, we have quite a few bubble wands. The bubble wands are cheap and easy to find. The Bubble Mower is the best of both worlds! They both really love chasing the bubbles around. Really, what is more whimsical than a child chasing bubbles?

4. Chalk

I love sidewalk chalk since it is reasonably priced, you can find it pretty much anywhere and both boys love using it.  For Little, it helps with his fine motor skills.  For Big,  we are using it to teach letters, numbers and get some wiggles out. Check out My Summer Activities board, I have pinned some amazing chalk drawings examples.

 

 

5. Nature or Neighborhood Walk

We love going on walks and seeing what the boys notice. The other day Big was noticing all the numbers on the mail boxes. Big can make it on a 40-60 minute walk, but Little can’t make it that long. We have a wagon that we love for our neighborhood walks. I found a great wagon on OfferUp. It has cup holders and an umbrella. The wagon was a life-saver at the zoo! Here is a wagon, like the one we have.

For the nature walks, we use a baby pack, the wagon would not work very well on the bark trails in our neighborhood. The baby pack we have is made for hiking, it is really light weight, has tons of storage, and a  sunshade. It is on the expensive side, but it has been worth every penny. This is the newer model of the pack we have.

Walks made easy with a wagon or pack.

These are our basic summer activities, but if you are looking for activities for preschool to elementary ages  check out my blogger friend Amanda’s post on the Essentials for Summer Fun on her website, JasperandWillow .  She lists her favorite summer toys for the preschool to elementary aged kids. My favorite items on her list is the trampoline water park toy and the eco water balloons which she makes herself, so cool! She also has an awesome post about a  summer bucket list  with the whole family in mind.

Hopefully my list and the ideas of my blogging friends will give you some ideas fun activities to try this summer!

Cheers,

Amy