Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Epic Road Trip

Hi! It's Jilly. We just for back from an epic road trip! My uncle passed away, and we decided to drive from New York to New Mexico to attend his memorial service. Then, the kids and I took our time on the way home, stopping at national parks, museums, and other fun places along the way.

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be taking you along on our crazy journey.

Where did we stop?

1) St. Louis

2) Farmington, New Mexico

3) Ft. Collins, Colorado

4) Cheyenne, Wyoming

5) Scottsbluff, Nebraska

6) Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota

7) Sioux Falls, South Dakota

8) Cedar Falls, Iowa

9) Chicago, Illinois

10) Cleveland, Ohio

Phew, right?! It was a long trip, but we had a lot of fun. One of the benefits of homeschool...you can see America, rather than just read about it. I hope the kids remember this trip for a long time.

 Make sure you're following along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram to see our whole journey!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Home Decor

Hi! It's Jilly. For over a week my daughter Katelynn was begging and begging me to get our Halloween decorations up. She was afraid we would be the last ones with our decorations up. Ha ha! #bloggerkidproblems
Halloween Home Display...by my nine-year old! See her creative genius! #halloween #homedecor #decorations

So, I got out our box of "Fall" decor and let her have at it. She did a great job. I only helped a little bit! Not too shabby for a nine-year old!

She added our DIY Sorting Hat from the kids' Harry Potter birthday party to the display.
Halloween Home Display...by my nine-year old! See her creative genius! #halloween #homedecor #decorations
The kids had fun drawing silly stuff on our family picture with dry erase markers.
Halloween Home Display...by my nine-year old! See her creative genius! #halloween #homedecor #decorations

She put one of the magic wands from the party in the skeleton's hand. I thought that was hilarious!
Halloween Home Display...by my nine-year old! See her creative genius! #halloween #homedecor #decorations
It's helpful being married to a podiatrist when decorating for Halloween. Lots of bone models to be had. Ha ha!
Halloween Home Display...by my nine-year old! See her creative genius! #halloween #homedecor #decorations
The framed burlap pumpkin we made last year ended up on top of the piano.
Halloween Home Display...by my nine-year old! See her creative genius! #halloween #homedecor #decorations

I'm glad Katelynn pushed me to get the Halloween decorations out. The house looks so much more festive now!

Click below to check out how we switched last year from Halloween to Thanksgiving decorations, including a free Thanksgiving printable!
Halloween to Thanksgiving Decor Switch-A-Roo and a FREE printable! From Hi! It's Jilly

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yarn Craft Round-Up

Hi! It's Jilly. A few months ago I was able to participate in my friend Kim from Bugaboo, Mini, Mr, and Me's "Yarn It All" series. My contribution was this round-up of 15 crafts you can do with yarn. I thought it would be nice to share it here with you guys.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Orange Rhino's "Yell Less, Love More" Book Review and Giveaway

Hi! It's Jilly...and I'm a yeller. *Gulp* I hate to even say that, but it's true. I come from a long line of yellers. My parents were yellers (Sorry, Mom). Their parents were yellers. I don't know about their parents, but I have a good guess.

When I was younger I swore I would never yell at my kids. I hated it and didn't want that for my kids. Yet, here I am...nine years into the parenting gig and what do I do? Yell.
Review of the new book "Yell Less, Love More" by Sheila McCraith #parenting #book #OrangeRhino

And, just like their mother before them, my kids hate it. They say I'm mean. They ask me why I am yelling at them. They yell back. That is NOT the spirit I want in my home. I want our home to be a place filled with peace, love, and joy. A refuge from the storms of life, not a stormy, non-peaceful place itself.

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