Next month marks our 1 year anniversary moving to Colorado. We get asked all the time if we regret it and the answer is no. We honestly wish we had taken the plunge sooner but it is what it is and we are thankful that we moved when we did.
Packing up your entire life and moving out of state is a huge decision. We weighed out all the pros and cons and knew our ultimate goal was a better life for our boys. And you know what? We are living life to the fullest out here.
One our favorite things about our house here is the open space behind our house. Everyday we can watch deer, squirrels, bunnies and different birds make it their home. It's like our own little sanctuary. I started taking 1 picture for each season to show how it changes. Here is winter to spring.
Isn't it beautiful? I can't wait to show you summer and fall!
"You can never have too many photos with your mom", is something I tell my boys all the time. I can scroll through my phone and see my boys changing and growing. I can see their happy and sometimes sad faces and I can be transported back to that moment. I mentally try to remind myself that I need to be in the pictures with them since sometimes I can go for weeks staying behind the camera only (oops!).
Thanks to Huggies, I am reminding myself to get back in front of the camera for a great cause. From now until June 25th, you can upload a selfie of you and your baby to Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #UltraHug. Make sure to also include a nomination for a community project that is close to your heart. On July 6th, 20 finalists will be voted on to find 10 winners who will receive a $2,000 grant for the community project of their choice! Go here for more info.
We haven't lived in Colorado a year yet but one organization that we have been able to help twice now is the Parker Task Force/Food Bank. They provide individuals and families in my community with food, limited financial assistance and other support to get them back on their feet. My family and I would love to be able to donate $2,000 to them.
Since becoming a mom about 7.5 years ago, diapers have been pretty much part of my daily routine (we did have a few glorious diaper-free months between Parker and Gavin). We've tried many brands throughout the years and I always tend to come back to Huggies. And now with Gavin, we have been really impressed with their Snug and Dry Ultra diapers. They offer long-lasting leak protection so your little one will stay dry throughout the day.
Are there any community projects that you like to help?
*Edited: There was a giveaway for this post but has since been taken down. So sorry!
Today I thought I would share 5 easy things you can do with your kids to help them take care of our planet.
1. Plant flowers and trees. My kids love to get involved with gardening if I make it fun and exciting for them. They helped me plant some new succulents like the picture above for inside our house. Succulents are easy to take care of, just water them 1 to 2 times a week and give them a little bit of sun. Plants are a great way to naturally help purify the air in your home. Another great thing to plant are some herbs. You don't need a lot of room. Plant a few herbs in some mason jars and keep it on a window sill. They aren't just pretty but the kids will get a kick out of using them in their food.
2. Teach them to recycle. Buy a few cheap plastic bins to keep in the garage and label them with words paper, plastic and glass. If they aren't old enough to read, print out a few pictures. Teach them where they go and why we recycle. You can even take the plastic and glass to a local recycle center and earn some money for their piggy banks!
3. Pick up trash. Give them a small bag and some plastic gloves and let them pick up trash around your neighborhood, school, nature trails or the beach. They will love the pride they get from not only cleaning up the environment but knowing they are helping keep their community.
4. Save water. Something as simple as turning off the water while you brush your teach can save gallons of water. Using your own water bottle to fill up instead of buying water bottles at the store not only saves water and money but reduces the amount of plastic we use.
5. Go on a nature walk. You can bring a printable of things to look for, some binoculars, a blanket to sit on, a journal and markers to draw what they see and let them explore the world around them. Have them be quiet and listen to different sounds they might hear and guess what it is. Just have fun!
Are your kids doing anything special for Earth Day?
The weekend is always better when family is in town. Sean's dad came to visit and we went to the Red Rocks Amphitheater and explored a little bit of Evergreen. The boys had a great time with their Papa. I love learning about the new state we live in and and we found so many cool places that we would like to visit this summer!
Now that spring is here and the weather is nice, the boys and I are exploring the open space behind our home more and more. We go out looking for treasures, see what they can climb and what adventures we can go on. It also means that allergy season is upon us and kids will be kids no matter what is in the air.
We gather sticks and rocks that catch our eye, we jump over streams, hop over deer poop (yes, they like to point that out) and avoid the cacti at all costs. My boys are always up to play outside and go on adventures. They often play out there on their own, within our boundaries, but I like to think when I join in on the fun, it's a bit more magical for them. They like to teach me about their surroundings and what they have found. I listen and try to remember their stories and love how their imaginations work.
Often times, ok pretty much every time, when they go on their little adventures, they come back filthy. It just goes hand in hand with having boys who love to learn on their own. I've learned to let go and not freak out when their jeans are covered in mud because it can all be washed. I want them to live free.
Speaking about washing, I've been using all free clear laundry detergent for my family lately and I've been so happy with it. Not only does it get out all the stains they may get but it helps simplify my laundry routine and I don't have to worry about any skin issues because it is 100% hypoallergenic! I want their memories in their mind, not on their clothes.
As a mom of 3 active boys, I love that I can use just one laundry detergent that is #1 recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians. Other detergents just don't measure measure up to all free clear!
If you want a laundry detergent that is tough on stains but gentle on your kids' skin, then I highly recommend all free clear. Go here and see all the all free clear products to buy on your next grocery trip. Let your kids be kids and allow them to be #FreeToBe!