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How To Accept Your Role As A Step-Parent, My Journey

How To Accept Your Role As A Step-Parent, My Journey

I can’t be a parent, and I certainly can’t be a step-parent.

That was without a doubt my fear when walking into my relationship with my now husband. His son L was nearing his first birthday when we first got together. B, being the fantastic father that he is, kept us separate for a while. Wanting to make sure it was a sure thing before I was really part of L’s life.  He had 50/50 custody and I was living in another city at the time so it was relatively simple at first. It became obvious quickly that B and I were both “all in” and that L and I were going to need to meet on more than a passing basis.

I have known a few people who had a step-parent over the years. Most have relationships filled with animosity. People trying to replace their parents. people pretending they don’t exist. So I came up with some “ground rules.” I didn’t share them with anyone but myself but I had them there. – Keeping in mind I was 21 with not even a lot of babysitting experience. I have no idea what kids wanted or needed from a parent. –

  1. L was NEVER going to call me mom
  2. I was not going to take the role of the “active” parent

L had his own mom. He would call me Jenn. I also figured that by not being the “active parent”; I could rule out the resentment that I was sure would come into play later in life.

Things Changed

The first time I spent the night with B while L was there was interesting, for both of us. I woke up with L in the morning and let B sleep – come to think of it this is probably why B still doesn’t wake up to anything in the morning. – We approached the morning, and each other, cautiously. Ate some breakfast and watched some TV. We managed just fine if I do say so myself. We managed to carry on that type of relationship until December. That is when I moved into the step-parent role. 

Just 4 months after we got together, I had moved to town to be with B,  and we were technically living together, although we shared a house with his parents. I say technically because I was sort of in denial about the whole thing. December is when things started to change. The mother of all stomach flu hit the house. Somehow L and I were the only ones who weren’t sick!

This, of course, left me to take care of him while avoiding the vomity sickness. We bonded over cheese strings and Elmo.  Of course, everyone started to feel better and then L and I were sick, but if it wasn’t for that one awful flu L and I might have a very different relationship now.

Where we are now

I got pregnant with Big H a few weeks later and that quickly changed my outlook on being the active parent. How can I parent one child and not the other?  I still have my ground rules, but they’ve shifted a little with my perspective. 

L can call me whatever he wants. He chooses to call me Jenn. Occasionally he slips and calls me mom. That’s okay, sometimes he calls me Madame Mazur – his teacher – and I don’t read into that. I’m not trying to replace his mom, but it’s nice to know he is comfortable enough with me to acknowledge me as a mother figure. Step-parent is still a parent and he recognizes that.

L and I choose to love each other. That is love I will never have with Big or Litte H. I tell him that my love for them grew in my tummy, but my love for him grew in my heart. He is my Levi, and I am his Jenn.  Nothing is ever going to change that.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from my family to yours. I’ll be back mid-January with fresh content.

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Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

 

All links have been shared with permission from the authors.


UPDATE: Great news! I’ve updated this post with new links for the 2018 Gift Guide Season!

If you’re anything like me, you just realized Christmas is less than a week away. I feel like it really snuck up on me this year. Maybe it is because school goes right until the 22nd, maybe because of the complete lack of snow. Maybe, I’m just not really feeling it this year. Regardless of the reason I, or even you, seemed to let the month of December slip right past you don’t worry; I am here to help. I have compiled a list of some of the best Gift Guide to help you with any last minute gift shopping that you have to do. Find some incredible gift ideas, and show some love to some fellow Canadian Bloggers.

While you’re here looking for gift suggestions, check out my review of the¬†Jord Watch.

FAMILIES

Practical by Default – Gift Guide For Teens

Jessica Foley – Gift Guide For Dancers

Legalee Blonde – GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS TO INSPIRE YOUNG GIRLS

Mayahood Blog – 2018 Holiday Family Gift Guide & Giveaway

FOR HIM/HER

Love Sawyer – ULTIMATE GIRL BOSS GIFT GUIDE

Completely Chelsea – Gift Ideas for the Beauty Guru

There’s A Shoe For That – Gift Ideas for Mom To Be

Raising Royalty – Gift Guide For Moms

Practical by Default – Gift Guide for the Working At Home Homeschool Mom

Between Fox and Hare – HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE LADIES

Between Fox and Hare – HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE GUYS

MORE SPECIFIC

Mom In The Six – Toddler Stocking Stuffers

Cheese Web – 60+ BEST TRAVEL GIFTS & GIFTS FOR FOODIES 2018

Lizzie Lau – Your Travel Lover Gift Guide ‚Äď Uncommon Christmas Gifts

Delightful Adventures – Gift Ideas for Vegan Foodies

Travel Yourself – ULTIMATE LIST OF TRAVEL GIFTS MADE BY TRAVEL BLOGGERS

A Virtual Vegan – Amazing Gifts for Vegans

EVERYONE ELSE

Powered by Mom – 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Suburban Tourist – She has a bunch of gift guides here

Mommy Gearest – Best 2018 Gift Guide

Maybe This Way РTHE ZERO WASTE GIFT GUIDE YOU’LL WANT TO GIFT EVERYONE

Whispered Inspirations – Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Round Up

Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

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The Ultimate Christmas Movie 25 day Advent Calendar

The Ultimate Christmas Movie 25 day Advent Calendar

Christmas is right around the corner. Somehow the year has come and gone and we’re back in the most wonderful time. Christmas. With Christmas comes Christmas traditions. One of my FAVORITE Christmas traditions is watching Christmas Movies.

With 25 days in the official “Christmas Season,” the time for Christmas movies is limited. So I have compiled a list of some of the best. But don’t think that means just 24 movies. Oh no. I have bonus movies for the weekends, and a couple extra for after the kids go to bed.

25 Days of Christmas Movies

December 1

The Polar Express (2004, G)

 Die Hard  (1988, R)

December 2

The Santa Clause (1994, PG)

The Santa Clause 2 (2002, G)

December 3

Christmas with the Kranks (2004, PG)

December 4 

Eight Crazy Nights (2002, PG)

December 5 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994, PG)

December 6 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, PG)

December 7 

Jack Frost (1998, PG)

Jack Frost (1997, R)

December 8 

Home Alone (1990, PG)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992, PG)

December 9

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, not rated)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, PG)

December 10

Elf (2003, PG)

December 11 

The Holiday (2006, PG)

December 12

Arthur Christmas (2011, PG)

December 13

Four Christmases (2008, PG)

December 14

I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998, PG)

Love Actually (2003, R)

December 15

Santa Claws (2014, PG)

Krampus (2014, PG)

December 16

 A Christmas Carol (2009, PG)

A Muppets Christmas Carol (1992, G)

December 17

Jingle All The Way (1996, PG)

December 18

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)

December 19

Scrooged (1988, PG)

December 20

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989, PG)

December 21

A Christmas Story (1983, PG)

Bad Santa (2003, R)

December 22

Mickeys Once Upon a Christmas (1999, Not Rated)

Mickeys Twice Upon a Christmas (2004, G)

December 23

Frosty The Snow Man (1969, G)

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964, G)

December 24

Fred Clause (2007, PG)

December 25

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965, G)

So, that’s it. My ultimate list of 25 Christmas Movies. Of course,¬†you can add, remove and change the order of the movies. Do what works¬†best for you.

What is your favourite Christmas Movie?

The Ultimate Christmas Movie 25 day Advent Calendar
The Ultimate Christmas Movie 25 day Advent Calendar
The Ultimate Christmas Movie 25 day Advent Calendar
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My Miscarriage; The Story Of The Loss Of My Baby

My Miscarriage; The Story Of The Loss Of My Baby

 

This post may be hard to read for some people.

I knew the moment I lost that baby…

Near the end of January 2015, B and I started talking about having another baby. Well, actually I had been thinking about it for months and wasn’t sure how to bring it up. Then he made a joke about it and I asked if it would really be that bad. We agreed¬†it was time to start trying. But it didn’t happen. For 6 months, each time I was sure I was pregnant, then my period came and went. I couldn’t understand it. With Big H, I had been on birth control when I got pregnant surely getting pregnant without it would be simple. But each month, no baby.

We were getting ready for our August long weekend camping trip when I thought I had better take a test just in case. I wasn’t technically late yet but I didn’t want to spend the weekend drinking only to find out I was pregnant later on. So I took a pregnancy¬†test. I remember asking B, “what if it’s negative?” “Well, then we keep trying.” “But what if it’s positive?!” He laughed and said, “isn’t that what we’re hoping for?” When the test came up positive I remember how excited I was, I couldn’t wait to share the news and took a picture of the test and texted to my best friends immediately.

Oh, what a mistake that was. The first couple weeks were fine. I was extremely nauseous but I didn’t experience any vomiting, so I could at least count my blessings. I was counting down the weeks. Then after a particularly stressful day at work, I woke up bleeding.

The Beginning

I was convinced there was nothing to worry about, I bled with Big H multiple times. But I had better go to the ER just in case. I called my boss and I quickly explained, dropped my kids off at daycare and headed to the Emergency Room.

They got me in right away and did an exam. My cervix was closed. Fantastic news, that is a great sign, but they wanted an ultrasound right away, just to be safe. At this point, I started to relax. I’ve been through this before no big deal, the ultrasound will show everything was fine. So I waited and off to get the ultrasound I went.

I don’t know if they send ultrasound technicians to a class about how to keep a straight¬†face or what but they should be playing poker professionally, their talents are clearly wasted. At the end of my scan, she tells me she can’t see a heartbeat. But not to worry too much because I’m measuring at 6 weeks instead of 10, and that is a tad early to see the heartbeat. She will send it off to the radiologist¬†for his opinion. So back to the waiting room I go.

I wait there for a few hours, during which they give me some blood tests and I kill the battery on my phone. Finally, the report is back, it isn’t good news. They tell me while not yet definitive the chances are not great.

I was going to lose this baby.

I left the hospital, in shock but in tears. B was still at work and he tried everything to reassure me, finally, I went home and had a nap and prayed for good things.¬†At this point, I found a website about¬†misdiagnosed miscarriages, while in my case it wasn’t misdiagnosed it still gave me the hope I needed to get through.

B and I went on our scheduled holiday. We had already purchased travel insurance and he knew I needed to get my mind off of things. We drove to Seattle and back and it was a pretty uneventful trip. I’m glad we went, it was the only thing that kept me sane I’m sure. When we got home I went back to work. I worked a day and a half, at some point during the second day I told my boss I had to go. I just wasn’t feeling too great. At this point, it had been nearly a week of heavy spotting, but with little to no clots so I was still hopeful.

The Miscarriage

That night we went to a community event, and while standing talking to a friend I felt it happen.

I knew the moment I lost that baby. I just looked at her and said: “Go tell B I need to go to the hospital.” She knew. she had been in my shoes before. We left H with my uncle who was there as well and went to the hospital, they confirmed and we went home.

The next day the bleeding only got worse. I was soaking through everything in minutes. At one point I was walking to the bathroom and said: “we’re going to need to go to the hospital when I’m out of the bathroom.” I went to the washroom and everything started spinning, I called for B. He walked into the bathroom to see me in the midst of a seizure.

I had two more while waiting for the ambulance. Another while they were getting me into it, and then twice more at the hospital. I had lost way to much blood.  4 nights and 2 blood transfusions later I was able to go home.

A week later I had an ultrasound to confirm a¬†complete miscarriage and that a D&C wasn’t necessary. Thankfully it wasn’t. Physically I was healed within two weeks. Emotionally I still don’t think I am. Actually, I know I am not. I don’t know if I ever will be. That isn’t something I would wish upon my very worse enemy.

Conceiving after Miscarriage

The only thing I do know is I had to try again, I needed to know that it wasn’t something that I did but something unavoidable. Conceiving Little H took only 3 months. While his pregnancy wasn’t without its own problems he was carried to term.

My story is my own experience and no two people will experience the same. 15-25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please talk to someone. 

My Miscarriage; The Story Of The Loss Of My Baby
My Miscarriage; The Story Of The Loss Of My Baby
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Period Underwear, Why It Has To Be In Your Daughters Wardrobe.

Period Underwear, Why It Has To Be In Your Daughters Wardrobe.

**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Knixteen. All opinions, however, are mine and uninfluenced.**

I remember being in Junior High and living in fear and excitement for my first period. Most of my friends had gotten it already, and I was anxious to join the “woman” club. But, I was also terrified that I would get my period and be completely unprepared. Fast forward to High School, after I had already accepted my period as my least favourite part of being a female.¬†When my biggest fear was that I would get it unannounced. Even now, as an adult, of often deal with situations where the possibility¬†of leakage¬†is high.

Enter Period underwear.

What Are Period Underwear?

Period underwear has been taking the feminine hygiene market by storm. Essentially it is underwear, with a built-in panty liner. It can save you all the embarrassment of a leak or a sudden period. Without the uncomfortableness of wearing a pantyliner all the time. As an adult, with more experience with these problems than I care to admit. Remembering dealing with these when I was a teen is humiliating.

Thanks to period underwear, this problem is estimated. Thanks to Knixteen Boyshorts it is no longer an issue for your teen. No more sitting in class or in the days before getting surprised. Never again worry about a leak while waiting desperately for the bell to ring, and any after the fact spotting in gym class, never an issue.

Knixteen’s Boyshort

Knixteen’s Boyshorts were created so that your period never has to stop you from doing things again. They offer back up protection against leaks, odour, and moisture, so you don’t ever have to worry again. They are made out of moisture-wicking¬†material, which helps keep you¬†dry and fresh. much like your¬†activewear underwear.¬†Their underwear is specifically designed with the teen in mind, in junior sizing – but don’t worry they have adult Knix as well.

As much as their product is perfect for teens, their “share bag” feature is something that I think all sites should utilize. It is boasted as a way to share your cart with your parents, as most teens do not have access to a credit card to place an order, but it can just as easily work both ways.

Period talk was, and still is, so uncomfortable for me; and the last person I would want to talk to is my parents. If my mother would even dare to bring up the word I would turn bright red and stutter and stammer while walking out of the room. Рnot much has changed, to be honest. РBut, by being able to share this through email you potentially remove the awkwardness and puts it into a setting where teens are much more comfortable talking. They have glued to the phones anyways, utilize it to get around any potentially awkward conversations.

Parent or child, teen or adult, period underwear is something that can and should be a staple in every girl’s underwear drawer.

Have you ever tried period underwear? What did you love about them?

 

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Feeling Nostalgic in the 90’s with Aqua

Feeling Nostalgic in the 90’s with Aqua

When Aqua announced their 90s Rewind tour my friend, C, and I immediately knew we wanted to go. We were unable to secure presale tickets so we online trying to buy tickets the second they came available. No luck. So we stalked the buy and sell pages and resale sites, desperately hoping to scoop up a pair. We checked all the surrounding area concerts as well.

With a mere two week left before the concert, out chances were looking meek. Then, while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed one day I say SWOOP airlines was advertising flights to Abbotsford. We knew from our search for tickets that they also had an Abbotsford tour stop. After figuring out the logistics we booked the flights.

SWOOP

From Edmonton(YEG) to Abbotsford(YXX) the flights were approximately $48 CAD return. This price included all taxes. That being said, having only launched 6 months ago, SWOOP is a new discount airline. Included in the $48 is nothing. No snacks. No checked bag. No seat selection. And most importantly no carry-on. You are allowed a small personal item provided it fits under the seat in front of you. We opted to not bring any luggage with us and took our chances on the seat selection.

24 hours before our flight we checked in online and took the seats assigned to us. Total flight time was under 1 1/2 each way. This was the first time I had ever flown with a budget airline and I was impressed that low budget didn’t mean sub-par. The plane (I believe it was the same each way) was clean and in great condition. I have paid much more, for much much worse.

 

Feeling Nostalgic In The 90's with Aqua
Feeling Nostalgic in the 90's with Aqua

Abbotsford

We spent the afternoon exploring the city of Abbotsford. Mostly we drove around, it was raining, but the charm was evident. The craft breweries and wineries we around every corner. Downtown is full of historic buildings, – they were even filming a Hallmark Christmas movie while we were there – and the markets with fresh vegetables we plentiful. The surrounding mountains would provide an abundance of hiking, provided I was with different company.

AQUA

This was the entire reason for this trip. The Aqua 90s rewind concert. The opening acts were Whigfield and Prozzäk. I only knew one song for Whigfield she sang it like it was 1998 and it was incredible. Prozzäk, who I was almost as excited for as Aqua, was disappointing. Their microphones seemed almost too loud and it was hard to understand them. We actually stepped outside during the performance and you could hear them more clearly from outside the building.

Between each act, they had a Much Music Video Dance. Man did that bring back memories. The throwback music had the whole crowd dancing all night. There wasn’t a single song that we went singing along with.

Finally, the moment we were waiting for. Aqua. Their concert offered everything we were hoping for. A night back in the 90s. We sing and dance to all the hits. From Barbie girl to Candy Man. Towards the end of the show, they started to perform their remixes, which was not something usually I usually enjoy, but the energy of the band and the crowd was something you couldn’t help but enjoy.

Time to go home

Alas, it was time to go home. With only 24 hours in the town of Abbotsford, we didn’t get a lot of time to explore. I did, however, have time to compile a list of things I would like to do on my return. I am already looking at SWOOP for flights and planning the return trip.

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3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Childs Halloween Birthday

3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Childs Halloween Birthday

When that I remember the day I was told my due day with Big H. October 20, a friend of ours was quick to make a joke that he would share a birthday with him, Halloween. I swore up and down that this baby would not be 11 days late. Well, like all babies, they have a schedule of their own and on October 31 we were blessed with a baby with a Halloween birthday.

You might not think it but having a Halloween Birthday presents some challenges. Not the same as Christmas birthday by any means, but still challenges. The older a child gets the easier it becomes, but when they are young you have to look outside of a “Halloween Birthday” Parents want to spend Halloween with their children, and so a birthday party is never actually on the birthday. You always end up having a party really late, or really early. Plus, Halloween is never just Halloween anymore. It is always so-and-so birthday.

That might be the worst part. You would think that having your birthday on Halloween would be really cool. But, Halloween is for everyone, and its no longer just “your day” like most people get on their birthday. your birthday tends to get pushed the wayside.

That being said it does open up a whole world of Halloween Birthday Party themes and activities. If you’re looking to stick with a Halloween themed party decorations are easy, everywhere seems to sell Halloween decorations these days. But when you’re looking for activities these are three I am saving for Big H decides he wants to have a Halloween Themed Party for his Halloween Birthday. 

Carve Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is a time honoured Halloween tradition. Turning it into a Halloween Birthday Party is super easy.  Aside from the cleanup. This does involve knives so may be best with plenty of adults on hand or waiting until the kids are old enough to do it themselves safely. 

  1. Buy some pumpkins
  2. Cut off the tops
  3. Empty the guts – this is easily the worst part but you can make pumpkin seeds as a party snack as well 
  4. Print off some jack-o-lantern stencils
  5. Carve the pumpkins

Trick-or-Treating

I think there comes a point in every parent’s life when they are over trick or treating and they are ready for someone else to take over the responsibility.  Turning the activity of Trick-Or-Treating into a party is simple. It is also a perfect way to celebrate a Halloween Birthday on Halloween. 

  1. Order some pizza (or some other quick and delicious party meal)
  2. Have your cake and presents 
  3. Take a hoard of children Trick-Or-Treating
  4. Return the sugar-filled children back to their parents. – You are still, however, responsible for your own. 

Costume Party

One of the worst things about Halloween is that you’re lucky if your kid wears the costume more than once. A costume party is one of the easiest ways to celebrate a Halloween Birthday

  1. Throw birthday party
  2. Invite guests to wear their costumes

See easy peasy. 

Do you or someone you know have a Halloween Birthday to celebrate? What do you think would be a good way to party?

3 Ways You Can Celebrate Your Childs Halloween Birthday
3 ideas to celebrate a Halloween birthday
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My Top 30 Things to Complete Before 30

My Top 30 Things to Complete Before 30

I have always had this weird, irrational fear of getting older. I had anxiety about my 20th birthday. Like I said weird. I have not been looking forward to turning¬†30 for as long as I can remember. I don’t know what it is about 30 that gives me so much anxiety. I’m already married, and a mother of 3. The BIG things in my life have already happened. I’m sure when I’m past it, it won’t seem so bad. I will probably even look back and laugh at my fear. But until then, here we are.

In January 2020 I’ll be turning 30 years old. The list of things I want to accomplish between then and now is long. I have managed to taper it down to 30, in the hope I will be actually able to achieve some of them. Thus, 30 before 30 was born. Hopefully, by crossing items off my list I will be distracted from the actual ageing part and I will be able to fly past my 30th birthday and focus on my next list.

Work In Progress

  1. Visit Cuba
  2. Visit a Winery
  3. Go Skinny Dipping
  4. Go Zip Lining
  5. Go Rock Climbing
  6. Go Snorkelling
  7. Go Whitewater Rafting
  8. Go Jetskiing
  9. Take A Photography Class
  10. Take A Make-Up Class
  11. Host a Dinner Party
  12. Watch a Meteor Shower
  13. Volunteer For A Cause
  14. Donate Blood
  15. Go Back To School
  16. Go To a Drive-in Movie
  17. Reach a Weight I am Comfortable With
  18. Run a 5 K Marathon
  19. Run a 10 K Marathon
  20. Climb 5 Mountains
  21. Learn to Kayak
  22. Learn to Paddle Board
  23. Get Rid of my Graduated Drivers Licence
  24. Get a New Tattoo

Completed

  1. Visit Mexico
  2. Take An Art Class
  3. Take A Cooking Class
  4. Shoot A Gun
  5. Take a Fitness Class
  6. Start Writing a 40 Before 40 List

A dream wrote down becomes a goal. Many of these have been dreams for a while,  Now these are goals, and I hope to cross them all off the list. As I progress through it I will update the list; many of them will have their own posts to go with them so stay tuned for those as well.

So check this post often and see what I have completed.

Do you have a 30-before-30, or any other bucket list?

My Top 30 Things to Complete Before 30
TOP 30 THINGS TO COMPLETE TO COMPLETE BEFORE TURNING 30
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How To Use Giving Artfully Kids to Inspire Compassion

How To Use Giving Artfully Kids to Inspire Compassion

While our children are young, we teach them. Some lessons, like first words, seem rather simple. Others, like potty training, are more difficult. Some are less obvious but are still very important. Things like giving, being kind, and helping others. We, of course, teach them through our own actions and through encouragement. Giving Artfully Kids makes these lessons teach kindness through the power of craft.

**Disclaimer: I received a trial subscription for free from Giving Artfully Kids in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, however, are mine and uninfluenced.**

Giving Artfully Kids has a program for everyone.  From the parent to the teacher, their programs are designed and developed with everyone in mind. They can be done one on one with a child or through a group.  The projects can be done by everyone, regardless of skill and age. Plus, they do all the hard work for you. The planning and the research. They provide high-quality lesson plans to help empower and teach our children to make a difference in the world; all while being both fun and creative.

Giving Artfully Kids offers two different packages so there is a package for everyone.

The Basic Membership

The basic membership is designed for anyone who only wants to complete one project a month. Each week a new portion of the lesson is released so it is manageable and not at all overwhelming.

  • Each month, you will receive:
    • Week 1: One crafting-based service learning project for children ages 3-12
    • Week 2: Pillar of Giving Activity
    • Week 3: Article of Video to encourage and engage kids in kindness and giving activities

The Premium Membership

The premium membership, unlike the basic, is perfect for schools, after-school programs, churches or even a family.

  • Month 1 you will receive 8 crafting-based service learning project
  • Every subsequent month, 2 new projects will be released

Both

Regardless of which package you feel works best for you get

  • Instructions for crafting based projects (video instructions for more difficult crafts)
  • Downloadable links for a crafting-based service learning project
  • PDF Downloads and Worksheets to help organize you Giving Artfully Kids programs
  • Giving Artfully Kids Support for questions
  • Age group specific lessons
  • Monthly or yearly subscriptions available.

During our trial, we tried the premium, and we did a variety of activities.  – I am a bad blog mom and I didn’t take any photos. – My kids loved knowing that their crafts were going to help someone or something and both favoured making things for the local animal shelter.

In today’s day of subscription box services, where you get a ton of knick-knack items, this is an incredible alternative. The subscription is all online, and while you have to purchase the supplies needed separately, you only get what you need. Most items can be found at your local dollar store. We completed multiple projects and never spent more than $5 CAD on any, occasionally doing more than one within the same price point.
Whether you are a teacher, a mom, or anything in between, Giving Artfully Kids has a package for you.
How To Use Giving Artfully Kids to Inspire Compassion
How To Use Giving Artfully Kids to Inspire Compassion In Your Kids
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