Raising Memories: February 2015
  

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kiwi Crate & Tinker Crate (Unboxing)

Last week we shared a couple of little unboxing videos and this week we're back with more! Today I'm sharing unboxing videos for kiwi crate and tinker crate.  I had heard about this monthly subscription box called Kiwi Crate quite a while ago, so I was excited to check it out!

Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate is an open-ended learning crate for ages 4-8.  It comes with 2-3 creative & educational products, a magazine, and step-by-step instructions for the activities.  We made a little video of Katrina unboxing the Kiwi Crate so that you could see what kinds of things come in each box:




Katrina LOVES art, so this crate was right up her alley.  She had a great time designing her little snowman blocks and coming up with funny ways to mix & match the sides- she even made a dog head for one of her "snowmen". :)  I was really happy that the box came with more than one activity too, because that meant that it wasn't just a one-time thing.  This gave her enough to do on more than one occasion- and the snowman craft/game took longer than one sitting to complete, so all in all, this crate provided days of after-school fun for her!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Thoughts: Working at Happiness

I was recently asked to share my favourite scripture.  I don't think I really have one specific scripture that I would choose, but on that occasion, the one that came to mind is from the Book of Mormon and the reference is 2 Nephi 2:25 which says, "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."  It's a short verse that I memorized in high school for Seminary (an early morning gospel study class that I would attend every morning before school).  We memorized quite a few scripture references, but that one really stuck (because it was short and easy to remember ;).

It also stuck because of the message. This life is full of challenges and difficult situations. I think it has to be that way. We learn and grow through those experiences and so much of who we are becoming is because of how we deal with the difficult things in our lives and what we manage to learn from them. So I find it comforting that although we are meant to go through "trials" in this life, we are also meant to have joy.

I've written about happiness on the blog before- in terms of being happy "now" and not waiting for good things to happen in the future to make us happy.  The same goes for waiting for material items to make us happy.



I have been reading a new book by Jeffrey R. Holland called To My Friends; Messages of Counsel and Comfort (published by Deseret Book).  Chapter 18 is called: "To my friends who seek happiness".  He quotes Aristotle as having said, "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."  Then he focuses the rest of the chapter on how we can "pursue" happiness.

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Make an Olaf Cake for a Frozen Birthday Party

Disney came out with a new movie just over a year go that you may have heard of called Frozen... ;)  My daughters both wanted to have Frozen-themed birthday parties this time around, so I have several Frozen birthday party idea posts coming up for you.  Today we'll start with an Olaf cake tutorial.  I know that "drawing" something onto a cake with icing can be a bit daunting, so I thought I'd take step-by-step photos of how I created this one for you so that it will be easier for you to attempt if you want to recreate it. :)




I started with a white cake mix (made with egg whites- no yolk).  I made one purple round cake and one blue round cake.  I also made a basic buttercream frosting recipe. I guessed on the amounts that I would need for frosting the cake and decorating the cake.

To Assemble the Cake:

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February 2015 Sharing Time - Week 4

Welcome to February's Sharing Time Linky!

Before we get to the party, here's a quick recap of the week:


At the beginning of the week a shared a HUGE list of St. Patrick's Day Fun Ideas!.
You can visit that post to add YOUR OWN St. Patrick's Day posts to the list!



The winner was chosen for the Lightscoop Deluxe Giveaway, but the people at Lightscoop have extended the coupon code for you until February 27th! You can get 15% off of any purchase on their site with the code RAISING15!


I posted about Kitchen Closet Organization earlier this week as well.


I also shared our Valentine's Day.


...and a fun unboxing video of Nerd Block Jr. for girls :)


Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)


Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
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If you're participating, please share the button on your blog & "hop over" to at least one other blog post that's been linked up- let's support each other!









Below is a link to a Link Party Dedicated just to St. Patrick's Day Ideas!
(Can't wait to see your green, rainbow, shamrock, & leprechaun related ideas!)








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Friday, February 20, 2015

Nerd Block Junior for Girls (Unboxing)

Are you aware of the youtube trend of unboxing?  People post videos of themselves opening things? Well, when Nerd Block Junior sent us a couple of their monthly subscription boxes for kids, we thought it would be the perfect thing to make an unboxing video of ;)

This subscription box is for kids aged 6-11 (there's a girl version and a boy version).  You can buy a subscription for 3, 6, or 12 months (cost ranges from $11.19 to $12.59) or you can buy individual boxes for $13.99 each plus shipping.

I looked up some of the items in the January box and they are worth more than the cost of the box, so the box is "worth it" in that way. When I peeked at the box contents before giving them to the girls, I wasn't sure how I felt about it- I questioned whether I would want to order a box of random toys and trinkets (after all, don't we have enough of those things?)  But after watching the girls open the boxes and hearing their reactions, I can definitely see the appeal for kids (if not for their parents ;).

Here's a video of the girls opening January's box:



This is what was in the box:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our Valentine's Day

This year for Valentine's Day, both of my girls chose some free printable Valentines to make for their classes. Katrina made these bookmark valentines (with my help) which we found here. She also made handmade Valentines from construction paper with little drawings and notes for each classmate and teacher (I so wish I had taken a picture of them because they were so cute!)


Talia decided that she wanted to make bracelets for each of her classmates (Katrina & I ended up helping her out as we got closer to the day and the bracelet count wasn't high enough ;) We found these free printable valentines for her to use.


In the morning while we were getting ready for school I remembered that I had saved some Valentines that were leftover from another year, so I snuck away and put together a couple of little Valentines to put in the girls' lunches from me with a bit of candy :)


While the girls were at school, I made Rice Krispie Hershey Kisses.  I used a funnel (greased with butter) to shape them, wrapped them in tin foil, and made little tags from waxed paper with "I (heart) Talia" and "I (heart) Katrina" written on them.  That was their after school treat. :)


That's how we celebrated our Valentine's Day this year :)  I'm so happy to have these two little Valentines in my life! :)  (Ken & I are waiting until later to celebrate our Valentine's Day this year- we are both getting over sicknesses right now and he is busy finishing up his thesis.  Hopefully soon he can get it handed in officially and we can breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate! :)

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day this year?


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Organize Kitchen Cupboards & Leftovers

I have been on a continual journey to figure out how to best organize my kitchen ever since we moved into our little town house. It is a small kitchen so I have had to get creative about how to store things and be careful about not storing things that we don't use very often. (Things we don't use very frequently tend to end up either donated or down in the basement- and that is a problem for another blog post!)

Today I'm sharing how I organize our container cupboard. It has taken a lot of thought and reorganization to find a system that works, but I'm happy to say I have found a great way to organize it (and I even know where to put (& find) each lid!)  You can see in the photo below that all of my lids aren't together, but they are all in a place that makes sense to me!

- Some lids stack with their containers
- Some lids fit on their side, beside their containers
- Some lids fit in a lid rack on the cupboard door
- Some lids fit best on their container
(in the case of the pitchers & the glass containers on the bottom shelf)


I'm pretty happy with the collection of bowls and other containers that I have gathered over the last decade, but the one problem I have been trying to solve is finding storage containers that I can use for leftovers.  I have tried a few different types and they have all fallen short for different reasons. Through trial and error, I have determined the following wishlist for food storage containers:

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Ultimate List of 100+ Fun St. Patrick's Day Ideas!

Do you love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with fun green and rainbow activities and treats?
Do you set leprechaun traps or decorate or give little gifts?


This collection of 100+ St. Patrick's Day Crafts & Activities, Leprechaun Trap Ideas, Free Printables, Recipes, and other Food Ideas will have you covered!


(And if you have other ideas to add, you can do so at the bottom of the post!)





Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 2015 Sharing Time - Week 3 plus A Special St. Patrick's Day Link Party!

Welcome to February's Sharing Time Linky!

Before we get to the party, here's a quick recap of the week:


I shared photos from a little 1st Birthday & Cake Smash photoshoot
that I did with my sisters' girls:



There is a Giveaway this week, for a copy of 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family!



I also shared a recipe for a great Valentine's Breakfast/Brunch of Lunch! This is a simple but delicious Strawberry Crepe Recipe!



This week there are two parties- the first is our regular February Link Party & the button below that is just for St. Patrick's Day Ideas!

Now, on to the link party- I can't wait to see what you share! :)


Please join the Raising Memories Sharing Time & add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts
about activities to do with your children or fun projects that you have done!
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If you're participating, please share the button on your blog & "hop over" to at least one other blog post that's been linked up- let's support each other!









Below is a link to a Link Party Dedicated just to St. Patrick's Day Ideas!
(Can't wait to see your green, rainbow, shamrock, & leprechaun related ideas!)








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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cake Smash with Two Babies

Last week, my sister came to visit from the U.S. It was so good to spend time with her and her three girls! Her youngest daughter turns one year old this month (and so does my other sister's daughter), so we decided to take advantage of everyone being together and do a little cake smash photoshoot. I'm so glad we made this happen- it was so fun and I love the photos that we got from it!

We started out with a few individual shots of the girls.  This is Tori with her little stuffed bunny:


Poor little Alexis was sick and kind of miserable when we started, but you would never know it from this photo! I'm so happy we managed to capture it!


Here's another of cute little Tori before we put the fluffy rug down:


It was so much fun to take these photos with my sisters.  They had prepared the day before by creating the little bunting on the wall and getting the cute outfits for the girls. I knew they would have something cute prepared- all I had to do was show up with my camera and enjoy it!

During the moment shown below, I was sitting on the floor with my camera while my sisters were behind me talking enthusiastically to the girls and trying to make them smile. How I wish I could've seen what was going on behind me- it was hilarious just to hear them and to see the girls' faces! :)


The girls' cute outfits and head bands came from a store called The Quilted Bear in Utah.


After we grabbed a few photos on the carpet, we rolled it back for the cake smash.  My sisters made these cute cakes the night before.  I'm pretty sure I need to give that rose icing a try sometime soon- I love the effect of it!


Watching the girls' different approaches to the cakes was fun.  Little Alexis (in pink) dug right in while Tori (in blue) spent more of her time just checking the cake out or watching her cousin eat. :)



Alexis was pretty serious about her cake eating experience- but dedicated nonetheless! :)



It was when Alexis started touching Tori with her cake-y hands that things started to come to an end.


Tori did NOT like it!


I don't think Alexis could figure out what the problem was- but it didn't stop her from sampling some more cake! ;)


The photoshoot ended and it was time for a cousin bath and then playtime.  I'm so happy we made the time to make this happen- it was so fun for my sisters and I, and I love that these girls will have photos to show them the whole experience in the future when they're older! :)

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