I like the idea of a minimalistic approach to “things” and “stuff” in life. This is why I visit this guy’s website occasionally and try to declutter regularly. I think there is a real value in exercising such approach when it comes to clothing. Most of our closets are overstuffed, yet we often think “we do not have anything to wear”. Well, I stumbled across an article about “capsule wardrobe.”
Over the Memorial Day weekend, we headed out-of-town to explore Frederick, Maryland. This charming town, just an hour drive from DC, boasts old colonial architecture where many new, hip small stores and top-notch restaurants and cafes are now housed.
We visited Lisbon couple of years ago, around Christmas. What a gem of a city! Ornamental, relaxed, colorful, charming in that somewhat-run-down way. We made our four-day visit kid friendly, so we explored museums, Aquarium, the ZOO and had some great food. Here are some of our favorites. Continue reading
What to do with leftover grilled chicken? Make a quick and easy mac and cheese that my kids wolfed down. It took altogether less than 30 minutes to prepare this yummy dinner, once you make sure you got all the ingredients. Here we go:
We love meatloaf. Kids love meatloaf. They are yummy and quick dinner and the leftovers are great for next day school lunches. Our older son made this one last night and it was delicious. It is very simple, only six ingredients, so it is a keeper. Here we go:
That rain I wrote about has still been going strong in our part of the world. Considering that kids’s baseball and soccer games got canceled we decided to make the most of the day (and after all, it was a Saturday, weekend, yeah!) , as it was and head to DC to see the National Museum of the American Indian. What a treat it was! Great place for kids to explore. The Inka trail was particularly interesting. For me, it was wonderful to admire the architectural design of the place and then of course the exhibits. Vivid colors of hats, national costumes and many interactive features, knowledge quizzes and a great play area for kids.
So once a child is born, lot of parents keep a baby book with mementos of the first baby years. As kids grow (and once they are out of the first three years, I feel like they start to grow at a faster pace!), and memories and keepsakes multiply, it is sometimes a challenge to find ways to capture the moments, keep some of the precious reminders of the childhood and declutter at the same time. About what we do with the best drawing we decide to keep, I wrote here. For other keepsakes and memories, here are a couple of ideas:
- MEMORY BOXES
I bought a couple of transparent 13x7x16inch plastic boxes and labeled them with my sons’ names. Now once a “life” of a “really cute 2nd grade art project or a medal” displayed in their rooms is “over”, it goes into the box. Also medals from skiing competitions, special cards, bday crowns, farewell notes from class mates, team photos, letters and such. I hope these will make them laugh or remember more vividly special childhood moments.
- BIRTHDAY BOOKS
So when my older son was about three years old, I came up with the idea to make a special birthday album with few pictures from each of the birthday celebrations. I thought it would be fun, especially since he has been celebrating his birthdays in different countries, often with new friends. So we bought a scrap-book and started filling each page with few photos, decorations, noting places and friends. When my second son arrived, we got another book for him. They love going through their books from time to time, and I keep thinking and hoping they will get a kick out of it showing it to their families and loved once sometime in the future.
The other night, we had a small family gathering at our house. We grilled and even ended up eating outside since we were lucky to have had a small break from all the rain we have been having lately. My husband (the master griller!) attended to meat, while I prepared side dishes. At our cousin’s suggestion, we grilled some pineapple and added some to the lettuce salad as well as served it as a side dish to the grilled meats. It was delicious.
Here is another one of our easy and yummy family favorites. This is a mild, kid-friendly version of the dish which we cook regularly. Here we go: