A Very Special Announcement!

Well, folks, today we have a very special announcement: exactly one week ago (and a good deal EARLY) our family doubled from 2 to 4! Baby G and Baby M joined us on Friday, August 12, when a routine doctor’s appointment turned very non-routine very quickly! 

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We are thrilled and thankful and overwhelmed and very very happy! The girls are still in the NICU, but they are doing incredibly well. As you can imagine, you may not see me around the blog for a little bit, but no worries! I’ll be back soon enough – with tons more stories than usual, for sure!

Thank you so much for all your thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this time!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Why Sewing is Great for Your Brain!

As if I don’t have enough to do these days (HA!) I’ve been thinking about taking up sewing. Maybe making all the twins outfits. Maybe opening an Etsy shop. Maybe making some cute treasures for friends and family. 

I talked myself out of that because I thought it might be too stressful, right? But then Louis from Terry’s Fabrics contacted me with this cool info graphic about why sewing is great for your BRAIN! What?! Check it out!!!

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Health Benefits of Sewing by Terrys Fabrics.

So what do YOU think? Do you think YOUR brain would be helped by some sewing?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Van’s Back to School Giveaway – with Joy Bauer!

Please Note: This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods. I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples and all opinions are my own.

Well, are you back to school yet? About half of us around here went back to school earlier this week, and the rest will hit the books bright and early Monday morning! Woot woot! And along those lines, I am SO excited to partner with Van’s to celebrate modern moms and help make their lives a little easier, just in time for back-to-school!

And what is one of the most important keys to a successful back to school routine? Breakfast!

But breakfast doesn’t have to be stressful. Quick, wholesome options like Van’s waffles offer protein and whole grains that are so delicious moms feel great about serving them and kids love eating them!

For instance, check out this recipe for Banana & Honey Minis!

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Van’s conducted a survey of 1,000 moms and asked them to describe their mornings.

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JORD and You – Unique Gifts for Your Special Someone!

You may remember back at the end of May that one of the ways we celebrated Father’s Day was with a JORD Wooden Watch for my hubby!

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(If you missed that post, CLICK HERE!)

Watch fiend that he is, he still wears this piece often, and always gets lots of compliments on it! So…I may have gotten just a little bit jealous. 

Now, let me lead in by saying that I’ve never been much of a watch person, myself. It’s not that I dislike them or anything of the sort – I just never developed any kind of an affinity towards them.

But JORD has changed my mind about watches, I must say. And, I’ve gotta say: whatever the occasion, watches are a great way to reward and remind someone of all the hard work and time they’ve put into accomplishing something. Like a graduation gift. Or a back to school gift. Or a just because gift! 

Sooo…I decided to test out a JORD wooden watch for myself – one of their women’s watches, of course! Check out this pretty one that arrived in the mail for me:

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You’ll just have to ignore the puffy preggo hands and fingers, folks! This is the Cora series, the Purpleheart & Mother of Pearl option! Is it not GORGEOUS?!

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DIY Projects and Chores Kids Can Do Themselves

We’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school around here – how about you? There’s a few more days for free time and fun, and then we’ll get down to business and keep most of the “play” to the weekends. Even though kids will get busier when school begins again, they still need to stay active around the house with things like chores and special projects. After all, they need to know that they bring something to the table and are a contributing member of the household as well, right?

So when retired DIY expert David Glenn contacted me with the idea for this post on projects and chores that the kiddos can do on their own, well, I thought it was fantastic! See how it speaks to YOUR kids!

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Young children are often eager to help their parents with various projects and chores, but many parents are hesitant out of fear of their children getting in the way. However, children as young as three years old can do basic chores and projects, learning responsibility and independence at a young age.

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