Monday, December 11, 2017

Read, Want, Need, Wear Gift Guide - The 4 and 6 Year Old Edition


When Molly was born, I quickly realized that stuff was going to get out of control unless we were mindful about gifts. Molly was born on Thanksgiving Day so that first Christmas was an abundant crazy gift time. We were excited to have her and wanted to pile on the presents! Her second year I heard about the Read, Want, Need, Wear gifting idea. Basically you give a gift in each category so more thoughtful gifts are given. I will admit that sometimes (OK A LOT) we have troubles just giving one gift in each category. Here is the ReeBecki Supergirl gift guide to help you give great gifts for everyone in your family!



This is possibly my favorite category and the one where I end up buying WAY more than one book. I can't help myself. I do not believe that children can have too many books.

Last Stop on Market Street was our elementary school book of the month for November. The girls LOVE it so I made sure to get a copy for ourselves. The book tells the story of a boy and his Grandmother taking the bus after church to the Last Stop on Market Street.

We found Cookiesaurus Rex at the library and have been renewing it for weeks. Maggie insists on having us read it to her at least twice a day. It is an adorable book and I've gotten Maggie a copy for her birthday.

Molly's school had a book fair recently and I picked up a copy of Night Animals which I am so excited about. It's about animals who live in the night and has amazing pictures.

I'm also continuing our book subscription to Bookroo! Along with their board book and picture book offerings, they are now testing a junior box for 7-10 year olds. I ordered one for Molly to check out because she is really into chapter books. She's not quite reading them yet but always asks for them and then will spend hours with them. I figure that is a win! The girls get so excited when our monthly book box comes. Sign up with Bookroo using my link -



Maggie has been asking for a Waterpark for Christmas. I showed her the Lego & Friends Heartlake Summer Pool and her eyes lit up. She claims this is what she means as a waterpark. She has also been asking for a real RV or Minivan but she is so not getting one of those. I mean, she can't even drive. 

We are HUGE Picasso Tile fans in this house and love building things. The Picasso Tiles are way cheaper than the more popular Magna-tiles so my kids get more tiles to play with which is a big win in their eyes. 

Molly could spend her days drawing and then dressing up in new outfits. These Fashion Plates are sure to be a hit! I'm hoping they keep her quietly occupied. 

I'm not even quite sure what these are but Fingerlings are the hottest toy this year and I was lucky enough to snag two for each of the girls. 

Maggie asked for a Ferry Boat so I got her one from Green Toys. I love how sturdy these toys are and I especially love how they are made from recycled materials. 

Molly keeps telling people that we are getting a dog once it is winter so I decided to get her a robot dog. She is not going to be happy that we are not getting a real dog this year but hopefully will love her new robotic dog



I realized the other day that Molly doesn't know how to tie her shoes because I have yet to buy her shoes with laces. I bought her a gift card to Nordstrom so we can go and pick out shoes with laces for her and then I can teach her how to tie her shoes. This is a necessary skills.

Maggie's rain boots are falling apart so Scott found some awesome Mermaid Boots for her. Hopefully these will keep her feet nice and dry in the rain puddles.

Maggie is working to learn her ABCs so I found this fun flashcard set on a ring for her.  I love that one side has a picture and the letter while the other side just has a letter.

We love doing puzzles in our house and need to learn our states better so I ordered a Map of the USA puzzle for everyone to do together.


The girls start ski lessons in January so we got them some new winter coats from Lands End. Hopefully they will keep them warm as they learn how to ski!

These Unicorn Socks are going in their stockings along with some new underwear.

I also knit them sweaters each year for their birthdays and I'm almost done with Molly's. I'm only a few weeks late with it but she has been patient and is excited for her new sweater.
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week in Review 12.10.17


This week was mainly spent writing. I wrote and turned in 9 articles. My usual workload is about 2 stories in a week. BUT now I'm done with work for the rest of the year. I have a week before Molly is out for Winter Break and I plan to use it well. Then Molly is off for two weeks. Maggie has two more weeks of school and then is off. Scott is going to take off between Christmas and New Year's so we're planning some relaxing family fun. 


I got in 3 
workouts this week-  two boot camp classes and a barre3 class. I really just did not want to work out this past week. I had so much work to do that working out felt like a chore. I'm ready to get back to it this week.   



I realized this week that I've made our meals and everything else too complicated. I love cooking but honestly do not have an hour and a half to make meals. Also because they are complicated, I'm spending more than we need to on food. This is changing now! I'm taking an inventory of the freezer and we're eating down the pantry. Then we're simplifying. I used to do this and it was great so it will be great again! 


The Girls

The girls are doing great! Molly took her reading MAP test on Monday and I went into help set up the computers. She had her first Daisy Scout badge ceremony and LOVED it. Maggie is becoming a rockstar swimmer like her sister. She's also a rock star trouble maker. 



Other Goings On

Maggie's preschool classroom got mice. One of them had babies so the two original mice were separated. This weekend we took home the Dad mouse. Of course, as we left the preschool, I broke the cage and had to go to Petco to buy a new one. Because I love spending money on animals that don't live with me. Lewis has been so enamored with the mouse and thinks we brought him a snack. The things I do to make Maggie happy. She has been thrilled to have her preschool pet in her home. 


Saturday, December 02, 2017

Week in Review 12.2.17


I spent this week getting a lot of work done and slowly returning the house to normal. I still have a lot of cleaning and picking up to do but my work is almost complete. I may have taken on a bit more work than normal which is fine but requires dedicated time. I'm planning to take a few weeks off around Christmas so sometimes you have to work now to play later. 



I got in 5 
workouts this week-  three boot camp classes, a barre3 class and one really hard, I thought I was going to die Studio 45 Megaformer class. I took the Studio 45 class on Wednesday and was still in so much pain when I hit up boot camp on Friday. I also hit my 217th workout on Friday, thus completing one of my 2017 goals!  I plan to keep up my workouts but I like knowing that I've safely completed my goal.  


I have practically nothing to say about food this week. We finished up the Thanksgiving leftovers. I froze most of the turkey meat. I didn't go grocery shopping yet our fridge is packed. We ate food. It was good. I continued to make lunches for Molly. 


The Girls

Molly had her well-check on Wednesday and our doctor talked to her about eating vegetables. It was fantastic because she is now trying vegetables again. They talked about eating hummus so we are going to make some this weekend for her school lunches. Then she can dip her vegetables in the hummus for extra yum! 


We did a lot of Advent Activities this week and had fun exploring. We hit up Swanson's to check out the train and reindeers. We ran into a school friend of Molly's which was so much fun! I tried to snap a few fun photos but as you can see above, that did not work out. Ha!


Other Goings On

I got a new warm coat this week from Lands' End and I love it! Scott keeps asking me if I'm going to Hoth but I'm ignoring him because I am so WARM! 

Otherwise, it has been a busy, quiet, normal week around here. I'm looking forward to getting the last of my articles written for the year next week and getting into the holiday spirit!


Stories Published

Seattle Refined: Rocket Crossfit is not your average Cross fit gym

Seattle's Child December Issue is out! I wrote both the SHOP and ROMP columns this month. 

Friday, December 01, 2017

Monthly Goal Check-In (November)


I always forget how busy this time of year gets with birthday celebrations, holiday traditions and all the fun that comes with the jolly season. I'm already looking forward to some quiet in the new year and new goals! 

2017 Goals

1. Workout 217 times in 2017 - I worked out 17 times in November. I'm at 216 workouts with 1 more workout to complete this year. I'm pretty confident that I'll get this done. 

2. Participate in the Year of Creativity -  We worked on gratitude this month which is always such a nice theme. I'll admit to must being too busy for much gratitude though. It's always hard for me in November to slow down right when the celebrating is just getting started, though I do enjoy the reminder. We have one more month left in the YOC! 

3. Shoot one roll of film a month - Not done. I'm ok with that. I think the whole getting the film processed as a HUGE stumbling block for me. 

4. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I slowed down on my swatching as I needed to work on the girl's birthday sweaters. I'm still working on this though. 

5. Finish my Miter Square Blanket - Let's just not talk about this, ok?

6. Read 52 books. - I read 4 books this month. This means I have 4 books to read this year and 47 under my belt. I never got around to recapping my books from October so look for a dual October/November book post soon. 

7. Finish up various House Projects - I finally painted the kitchen this month! FINALLY! It felt good to get that done. I think I'll claim this goal as complete for 2017. There are always more house projects to do and next year, my goals on this will be more specific. 

8. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - I am so far behind on this. GAH! This will be a repeat goal next year. 

9. Become more politically active and work to be the change in my community. - I'm also counting this as done. I've been more politically active even if I haven't been as much as I would like to be. 

10. Learn how to make a really good stock 

Bonus Goal: Grow two new crops in my garden and add some chickens to my flock. 
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