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Free Easter Coupon Book Printable!

CaptureAre you like me and scrambling for Easter basket ideas?

Are you like me and putting in a Target pickup order online in between meetings to try to get this candy-filled madness to happen?

Are you like me and are broke like crazy because in addition to all the regular things, we’re also paying a massive amount monthly for graduate school? (it’s okay if you’re not like me in this.)

Then this free printable for you! And every other person out there who wants it.

This is a Coupon Book(please excuse the strange orange line that I couldn’t get rid of, and you know, Easter is coming up and I needed to finish this) so feel free to print it out, cut out a coupon book for your kiddos, and put in their Easter Basket.

There are some blank pages at the bottom for you to create your own coupons, so feel free!

Happy Friday!

xo – Kris

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Monopoly Morning

If you came to the Harmony 2.0 event earlier this month, you will have heard me talk about Laura Vanderkam and the idea of 168 Hours in a week. You would have also heard me talk about what a nerd I am that I listen to audiobooks on repeat in the car and at work. (I used to listen to NPR but let’s face it. There’s only so much politics you can take daily.)

My point is, I’m a true, nerdy believer in the 168 hours. In my re-listening of one of her books, specifically the “What the most successful people do before breakfast” (I warned you extensively that I’m a total nerd, so…), she talks about intentional time spent with the kids before breakfast. I don’t know about you, but my mornings with my boys look like this:

7:00am: The boys have climbed into our bed for the morning snooze. We hit snooze on the alarm clock.

7:10am: The real alarm goes off and the real frenetic time starts. I jump out of bed, run to the bathroom, and brush my teeth. My husband is in charge of getting the kids to the dining table by 7:25-ish, and I (still in my jammies) rush to the kitchen to make coffee, makes lunches for the boys, and make breakfast. THIS is when I listen to NPR.

7:30am: The boys are at the dining table and I RUSH to wash face/makeup/get dressed in 10 min. My husband rushes to pour the coffee and hustle the kids through breakfast.

7:45am: The yelling starts about how everyone is going to be late and no one can find socks.

7:55am: Their schools are half a mile away; we all leave the house and my oldest is already late for school (7:55am start). My youngest, oddly, since they’re both in public elementary schools, has a late bell that rings at 8:00am. I’ll take it, cause I take our youngest and I’m hardly ever late enough that he’s marked tardy.

Yes, I know that we should get up earlier, but my husband doesn’t get home until 1am usually, so that won’t happen. Yes, I know we should have a more relaxed morning, but honestly I’m just not organized enough to get everything done the night before. And yes, we should probably get to school on time.

But really, I’d like to focus on the 7:30am-7:40am time frame. I asked my husband, after Laura Vanderkam told me to have intentional time with my kids during the morning rush, to have intentional time while I got dressed. He fought me for a second, worried that I would get pissed if he was sitting with a cup of coffee with I was still rushing around, but then agreed. And I remembered:

One morning, 2 years ago, when my oldest son was in Kindergarten and he didn’t have to go to school until 9:45am (WTF really. Insane.). When one morning my husband couldn’t take him to school, so I took a late start at work to hang out with my oldest until school began. That morning I opened Monopoly for the first time, and my little 5 year old fell in love with it. He was late to school that morning, not because we were rushing, but because we were UN-rushing. We were just enjoying the time, playing this board game that takes literally years to finish, during a beautiful spring morning while the sun streamed into the house. He was late, intentionally, because we were happy being together.

This is what I remembered.

There’s no point to this, no real light bulb moment of how to make our mornings better. But there is a motivation, now that I remember that Monopoly morning, to make things intentional. Intentionally give them a big hug and a big kiss before rushing off to change my clothes. Intentionally being together, talking, and enjoying. Even if it’s just for 10 min, being intentional about it.

We can’t play Monopoly in the mornings now, but we can be intentional about giving them love. And in my opinion, it’s worth it if they’re a couple min late to school, if they feel a little extra loved.

xo – Kris

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Fantastic Friday Finds

Kris’s list:

  1. I have to apologize friends. I’m in finals week, and slammed at work. I attended a mindfulness seminar last week and learned all about the benefits of brain dumping…but now I just have a dozen brain dump lists of things I need to do. I did check out the Happify app though, which just makes me…happy. I recommend!
  2. There are so many people and female-driven companies that we would have loved to have had at Harmony 2.0. One of them is a female co-working space on Capitol Hill called The Riveter. Check out their events!!

Things Liana found this week:

  1. If you are not already following Systems by Susie on Instagram, you should be. Just learned this week a great new mama tip from her, using 3 words “try that again”. What a great tip to use on my 5-year-old to give both him and I an opportunity to do it over and say it better.Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 4.05.29 PM
  2. Learned some great organizing tips from Kammie at The Organizing Experts. Do NOT start with paperwork. You can literally do that all day. DO start with the floor and getting everything up and off the floor as your first step. If you ever get a chance to hear her talk or better yet look out for her book to come out this summer!!!
  3. I am loving this new bookThis is How it Always Is” by Laurie Frankel. She is a local Seattle Mom so it feels extra special to be reading it. Going to do a blog post on some of the books I’ve read recently so keep an eye out.
  4. This weekend I am looking forward to new craft projects and making some dream catchers with my kids. We already have string and beads and maybe a few other items we can use. Thinking we can find sticks outside and make part of the craft event a treasure hunt for sticks and feathers to use.

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Fantastic Friday Finds

Liana’s Fantastic Friday Finds:

  1. Better Together: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits offers a rare and startling look at the business world through the lens of an expert looking in and plots out how ALL types of businesses can gain a competitive advantage and excel past competitors by simply nurturing an equal blend of men and women on leadership teams and staff.  I had the pleasure of hearing Jonathan Sposato talk about his life and experience that shaped this book.
  2. Looking for something fun to do in Seattle? Why not check out Dino Days at The Burke Museum?
  3. Saw this in my office bathroom and I love how women are supporting women!!! 28576099_10155595700287683_7452938280665874432_oWhat are other ways we can have each others back and be there for one another?
  4. Tea Collection is one of our favorites. Stylish and good quality garments. They are also a super cool company that does an annual school fundraising event. Click the link here at use our unique promo code: SDS18VICTORY in order to participate. Once the code is applied, we will receive 15% back of the final order total before tax and shipping, for each purchase using this code. 20180124_SITE_SchoolDays_NONPROFITS_FB_1.png

Kris’s Fantastic Friday Finds:

  1. I saw Black Panther yesterday, and it is simply astounding. I’ll leave everyone to make their own decisions about the movie, and to feel their own feels, but we’re (probably) mostly all parents on this site so I wanted to link to this article about Shuri – probably one of the best, most amazing role models that girls and boys can have. Having such a strong, brilliant, ethnic, and brave female character is the role model our girls need – AND our boys. As a mom of boys, showing them that  smart, strong, and amazing girls are the norm will destroy gender inequality as we know it.
  2. My husband and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary! We have been together almost 17 years, a feat that I never would have believed when I met him at 19. I feel a lot like Elizabeth Banks does in this article.  We’re going to this new-ish Speakeasy-ish bar called Pennyroyal. And it sounds amazing.
  3. To wear, I wanted the BCBGeneration dress I found through Le Tote to arrive, but it didn’t make it in time. Bummed.