Jump Start the Holidays with Kiwi Crate {& Discount Code!}

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I’m starting to think about Christmas gifts. I mean – I adore Thanksgiving. I want to enjoy it before we do Christmas stuff.

Although two years ago we put up our tree November 1st with the thought of “Christmas for 2 months YAY!” but by December 15th I was ready to light that sucker on fire and throw it out in the yard.

SO.MANY.NEEDLES.

Anyway.

This week is a fun one because all the sales start. I’m usually the person who thinks, “I’ve got tons of time to buy gifts.” Then one day I realize that all of my stuff will have to make the 2 day shipping deadline on Amazon to get to everyone by Christmas. So this year I’m determined to get things here and wrapped and shipped before Dec. 22nd.

You all know we love Kiwi Crate. I’ve written posts for both here and Babble singing their praises over the past two and a half years. This holiday season they’ve got all kinds of fun stuff happening:

Use the code MERRYSUB for 60% off!

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First Day

I dropped Bella off at her first day at one of the on post childcare centers. We started out small – just two and a half hours because honestly – I don’t need a lot of care for her. A few hours for work, and several for therapy.

More than anything, I want this to be for her. I truly thought at her age we’d have 2 or 3 more kids running around, and it never crossed my mind that she’d be alone at almost 5. And yet, this is where we are. So I have to adjust my thinking for both of us, and by the look on her face this morning she’s liking it.

Bella First Day

I mean. Really. She’s just my whole heart. (Her dress and shoes are Tea Collection, book bag is by the über talented Mommy Moxie.)

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Little Changes

Lately I’ve been in a real funk. Besides all the horrible anniversaries next month, there has also been massive guilt about Bella. To put it bluntly – she’s been really hard to deal with lately. On top of that, I’ve been hard to deal with too, and Sam’s been working either the longest days or gone for a week at a time. We’ve all been stressed out and on edge.

Yesterday I was at my wits end. I just could not figure out whether I should continue with my desire to homeschool Bella, or if I was being selfish and it would be better if she was in a school this year.

On top of that, with our friends having moved, we don’t know any families with kids here, and it’s so hot out that meeting people at a park or something is out of the question.

I laid on my bed yesterday and bawled. I felt like on top of everything else, I’d pretty much failed as a mom this past year. I didn’t want to keep Bella away from peers, but with our story it was like facing a shooting squad to “join a mom’s group!” or “go to a Bible study!”

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Summer Adventures with Kiwi Crate

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Once a month, a little green box comes in the mail that makes Bella squeal and me sigh with relief. My uncrafty mom-guilt at this moment is squelched, because we have a Kiwi Crate.

Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together. See sample crates here ››

Kiwi Crate Summer Edition & Discounts

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One Wipe Wonder for the Mess-Makers

This post is sponsored by Huggies but all opinions and messes are my own. Huggies just makes the mess part easier to clean up.

Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean

Lately we’ve taken all kinds of trips with Bella – short and much longer. We are headed out next week to California for my grandma’s 90th birthday – just Bella and I. On these trips, I have become pretty packing savvy. I know what we need on hand, what we can pack away, and what Bella can help carry in her suitcase and backpack.

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