I’m partnering with Clever Fox to give one lucky reader their very own Clever Fox Weekly Planner. I recently posted that this planner has been the single thing keeping me organized and meeting goals while working from home. Not only do I use it for my appointments but I also use it to keep me on track for my workout goals, meal planning and as a gratitude journal.
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My boys could easily read the same book over and over again…and that’s what we do for each season. We have our ‘go-to’ books for each season and month and it helps my boys get excited for what’s to come! Here are our 3 favorite Halloween books that we go back to year after year!
“Boo!” by Leslie Patricelli is my favorite to read in funny voices. And it also taught Max (and is now teaching Xavier) what Trick or Treating is all about! It’s perfect, quick, fun story for my 3 year old and now my 6 year old is practicing sounding out words to read to it to his brother. It goes through picking out and carving the perfect pumpkin and creating a costume for Trick or Treating.
We’re big fans of “Don’t Push the Button” books by Bill Cotter. Larry is our buddy! The seasonal ones are just as cute as the originals. “Don’t Push the Button – A Halloween Treat” is so fun to read, it calls for audience participation and the kids love it. There’s lots of ‘boos!’ and clapping coming from this board book.
I love a good Michigan-centric book. “The Spooky Express Michigan” by Eric James has fun illustrations and shout-outs to Michigan cities which makes it fun for us adults to read, too. The kids on the spooky express have a wild adventure all written in rhyme.
Working from home, with kids, has both it’s ups and downs. The up side is, I get to see my kids more! One of the downs, is that I’m having trouble staying organized. There was something about going to the office each day for meetings and desk time that helped keep me productive and organized. Being at home every day has me feeling unorganized, probably because all of the days are blending together.
To get more organized and productive, I’ve been starting to use my Clever Fox planner for all aspects of life. I use it to plan both my work and personal weekly to do lists, weekly meal and dinner plans, and set weekly health and fitness goals for myself. I’m not sure if I could have designed it any better myself. I do loads of research before buying a new planner, and I’ve never found one that I like so much that I buy the same year over year…until this one.
I’ve gone through a lot of planners in my days, and this is hands down my favorite so far. Here’s what I love about it:
You fill in your own dates, so you have flexibility of when you can start using it. Most planners either start Jan 1 or July 1. This one is blank and you can start whenever. Yes, it takes about 10 minutes to fill all the days in, however, I did not find it to be too tedious. In fact, my inner nerd had fun coordinating the pen color to the month (orange for October, red for December, etc.).
I love the weekly Habits/Skills daily to do list spot. I use this to track my water intake, healthy meals and fitness goals.
Blank notes section each week is the perfect amount of room for meal planning and a grocery list.
There’s a reflection portion for this weeks wins and a spot where you can input goals for the next week.
You can also use this as a gratitude journal – there’s space in the beginning of the planner for self reflection and setting daily rituals for yourself.
Several blank pages in the back for random note taking and list making. I used 2 pages for a packing list that I referenced for 3 road trips this summer.
There’s not 1, not 2, but 3 ribbon bookmarks and an elastic band to help keep it closed.
Each planner comes with a few sticker sheets to add some color to your weekly plans!
The only thing I would change is the binding. Although it’s extremely well made, I’m a sucker for a spiral binding.
Here’s a peak inside…
I love that it has a ‘Goal’ section – Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if it’s written down*? I definitely find this to be true for myself.
I love having multiple bookmarks. One for my notes section and one for the week! Some people may like to color coordinate their pens to their planner (heard from a friend:)
Here’s a blank weekly view.
Blank monthly view you can fill in yourself. I actually don’t use this view.
If I’m trying to achieve something, I love having milestone goals set for myself to stay on track.
Gratitude and daily rituals. When work from home started I tried intermittent fasting and love it – I wrote my plan down in my daily rituals section to hold myself accountable.
I had way too much fun with our first ever butterfly kit. I was like a crazy butterfly lady! We purchased this butterfly kit by Insect Lore about a month ago and we just let the butterflies out last week. It was so much fun for everyone!
The kit comes with 5 baby caterpillars, a butterfly habitat and ingredients to make nectar. We didn’t use the nectar, we gave them fresh fruit every day – only the best for my baby butterflies (crazy butterfly lady here!). It took about a week for the caterpillars to cocoon, and then another few days for them to hatch into beautiful butterflies (our transitioned very fast, instructions said at least a week, but ours did within several days). Pro tip: not all transition at the same time. Our last one took 2 additional days, so don’t give up too soon!
Once they form their cocoons you can easily transfer them to the Butterfly Garden (or habitat). This kit makes it easy, and fun, to watch this wonderful transition. Although it was kind of sad, letting them go was the cherry on top. It’s like they didn’t know to use fully use their wings so they just hung out on the boys for awhile. It was so sweet!
I also purchased the below books to help educate us on the process. We incorporated these into our bedtime reading routine and it helped us to know what stages our butterflies were in. I highly recommend supporting a local book store to shop these books! I purchased mine from 2 Dandelions Bookshop in Brighton, Michigan.
If you’ve done this before, I’d love to hear about your experience! The boys are still talking about it and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year!
Did you read my review of Care skincare? If you did and I peaked your interest, here’s a great opportunity to win a full size Deep Moisture Fix to try for yourself!
Here are the rules: Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Must be 18+ in US to enter. Once I reach out to the winner, they will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If I don’t hear back within 48 hours, I’ll have to select a new winner. Good luck!
We’ve had a fairly mild winter so far in Michigan, but it’s still cold (20s!) and taking a major toll on my skin. It got to the point that I was so dry I couldn’t even wear my foundation with loads of moisturizer underneath. I was flaking like crazy!
I have sensitive skin so I sometimes shy away from trying new skincare products, but Care beauty came along and caught my eye with ‘clean beauty’ messaging. The verdict: I love this line of skincare products. Here’s what I’ve tried so far:
I started to test with this product since ‘deep moisture’ was exactly what my face needed. At first glance, this pink, fluffy gel-cream did not look like it was going to do the trick. It has a light feeling to the touch and I thought there was no way it was going to clear up my dry skin. But I was wrong. After 3 days of using this morning and night my skin was back to normal, I could wear my foundation without looking scaly, and even without makeup my skin looked refreshed. This gel is so hydrating! As soon as I put it on my face I could tell my skin was drinking up it’s moisture. This gel has Vitamins C & E that protect and nourish skin, while the caffeine helps firm and brighten (I drink loads of caffeine each day, why not also use it topically?).
This cream is thick and rich and feels so good around my eyes! It includes Hyaluronic acid which is super hydrating and also contains caffeine, like the Hydrating Moisture Cream, to help rid your under-eyes from puffiness and dark circles (I’m a mom – I NEED this!). I’ve been putting this around my eye area and lip area (not on my lips, but around them) which has been so dry with this weather. I usually worry about putting stuff around my lips because of past acne breakouts in this area, but this cream hasn’t caused me any issues. The texture is a thick, fluffy cream, very much opposite of the Hydrating Moisture Cream.
This is my first time using a toner consistently in my skincare routine. I had no idea how important it is – even after washing my face, I had so much dirt still left on my skin. I always feared toner would dry my skin out, but this did the opposite. My skin felt super clean and soft after using this. I now use this toner every night after washing my face, and before applying my night time moisturizer.
I love the background for this brand – it’s a husband and wife startup! The husband, Ricardo, wrapped up a successful career as a Clinique executive. His wife, Pilar, found skincare to be over complicated, overpriced and full of ingredients that didn’t’ have a purpose or could cause more harm than good. So together they created Care. All products are straight-forward with no hidden ingredients and they also never test on animals. I’m totally digging this backstory and brand!
If you’ve tried this line I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
*I received press samples, but all opinions are my own
Today we made our second trip the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit had a blast. We went last year when Xavier was 1.5 years old and had fun, but the year definitely made a big difference for what Xavier could do on his own here (which was pretty much everything).
The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is located along the Detroit Riverfront. It’s a beautiful indoor destination that features all things Michigan outdoors. From huge climbing trees, faux campfires and tents, to snowmobiles and 4 wheelers ride simulators, there is something for all ages. I’d say the key age range for this is walking age through 12 years old. Although with close supervision, a crawling baby could have fun here too.
A few highlights…
The huge climbing tree! There is a HUGH hollow tree that has a mini slide perfect for toddlers. Older kids (Xavier at 2.5 could make it up with minor help from his brother) can climb to the second level bridge through the tree. From there they can cross the suspension bridge to the other side of the second floor. Xavier was afraid to cross the bridge at first, and then by the end of the day he was running back and forth.
The simulation rides and games are fun for the older kids. Snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, bike races, fishing and kayaking are all available and are free. There is usually a small wait for each one, about 3-5 minutes.
There is a mini waterfall that pours into a trout lake. There are stepping stones that go across that kids can walk across, but one small slip and they end up in 2 inch water, soaking wet. I saw a little girl drenched! I let Max do this with supervision but Xavier we tried to hold off. He loved looking at the trout in the lake!
There’s a toddler activity room that has a ton of books, puzzles and toys little ones can play with if they need a rest from running. There’s also life size play kitchen and bathroom that teaches how kitchen waste and rainwater contribute to a healthier backyard environment.
Overall Outdoor Center gives kids a ton of room to roam, run and be hands on with everything relating to Michigan Outdoors.
Tips for visiting:
Pack a lunch or snacks! There’s a designated eating area but they only have a vending machine with snacks.
Kids don’t have to remove shoes to play, but the floor can get slipper near the waterfall. I would recommend athletic/running shoes.
Xavier was drawn to the waterfall, and is so use to going to hands on museums with water tables, that he thought he could splash around in it. He didn’t get too wet this time around, but the first time we went he was soaking. I saw other kids who were drenched as well…bring a change of clothes!
Do breakfast before or lunch after! There are so many new, great restaurants in Detroit, take advantage of being in the city and check out a new location for food. I recommend the Dime Store (if you can get there early) or Hudson Cafe for breakfast, and Townhouse for brunch or lunch.
If you plan on visiting during a snow date, make sure to check Detroit Public Schools website for closures. If Detroit schools are closed, the DNR Adventure Center is closed.
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday – Noon – 5 p.m.
Adults (age 13-61) – $5
Seniors (age 62 and older) – $3
Children (ages 2-12) – $3
Children under age 2 – Free
Annual family membership – $50
Directions & Parking:
Outdoor Adventure Center, 1801 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207
Parking is FREE on the east side of the OAC. Visitors can get into the main parking lot from Atwater Street and a smaller lot from St. Aubin Street.
We recommend going to the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center from Chene Street. Then head west on Atwater. The Outdoor Adventure Center entrance is off Atwater, on the east side of the building (where the bright green DNR logo is visible).
If you know me personally or read my blog, you know I LOVE to talk about and share products that add value to my life, save time, or just overall are a game changer. The Travel Scarf from Waypoint Goods is just that. I love the functionality AND look of this scarf.
The Travel Scarf has a hidden zipper pocket to keep your travel essentials close by. Personally, I found it most helpful to have my ID and chap stick tucked away safely in the pouch, while still being easy and fast to get to. I’ll also stick my earbuds in the pocket so I don’t have to dig through my bag, mid flight, to find them. I received the Waypoint Travel Scarf in black (which is always my go to) but I have my eye on a few lighter color ones to travel with in the Spring/Summer months.
It’s called the Travel Scarf, but it should really be called the ‘everyday’ scarf because it’s cute and functional. It’s a mom’s best friend. It can hold tissues, hand sanitizer, a granola bar, money, credit cards and more. I will probably wear this well into the Spring time just because it’s so functional.
Want to check it out for yourself? Waypoint Goods was nice enough to offer up a free scarf to a lucky reader! Please enter below!
The giveaway will end on January 18th. Once I reach out to the winner via email, they will have 48 hours to respond with their contact info. If I don’t hear back within 48 hours, I’ll select a new winner. Must be 18+ to enter. Good luck!
My 5 year old likes books. My 2 year old LOVES books. He will sit on my lap and let me read him 10 books in a row. Or he’ll sit on the couch and flip through several by himself. It’s just the sweetest thing.
One of our favorite series of books is by Stella Blackstone. When Max was young someone gifted us ‘Bear on a Bike’ and we’ve been hooked ever since. The Blackstone writes these books is in rhyme, and I’m not sure how, but my husband and I usually read them as a ‘rap,’ which gets the boys really into the stories! Here are our favorites: