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31 Days To Write The Story Of Your Family

Monday, September 30, 2013

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Each October, The Nester hosts a humungous link up known as 31 Days. I first heard of the 31 Days idea last year, but I couldn’t think of a topic to write about for 31 days. Last year, 1200 bloggers posted on a huge variety of topics, each writing a series about their topic for the month of October. This year, The Nester decided to break the link up into categories, and somehow the Family Life category gave me the idea for my series. Each afternoon or evening this month, I will be sharing a prompt meant to inspire readers to journal, blog, or otherwise record the story of their family.

Each of my posts will contain a prompt or prompts having to do with the story of your family, from the roots through the future. If you want to write down your family’s story, you can do so along with me this month (or sometime in the future) by following my prompts, and by the end of 31 days you will have a full journal, blog category, or computer folder containing the story of your family.

I will still be blogging as I regularly do during this month, but you can expect to see these prompt posts in addition to my regular posts. I do have some blanks on my calendar when it comes to prompt ideas – what ideas do you have?

Tell Your Story

Day 1: Share A Family Photo
Day 2: The Roots Of Your Tree
Day 3: What’s In A Name?
Day 4: Family Beginnings
Day 5: Let’s Talk About Babies
Day 6: There’s No Place Like Home
Day 7: Religion and Culture
Day 8: Customs and Traditions
Day 9: Those We Miss
Day 10: Family Treasures
Day 11: Legends and Lore
Day 12: Looks and Personalities
Day 13: The Things You Do Together
Day 14: Spring and Summer Time
Day 15: Fall and Winter
Day 16: Family Vacations
Day 17: Family Parties
Day 18: Family Foods
Day 19: Siblings
Day 20: Extended Family
Day 21: Family Superlatives
Day 22: Famous Family Members
Day 23: School Days
Day 24: Family Careers
Day 25: Family Pets
Day 26: Family Friends
Day 27: You Choose
Day 28: The Future of Your Family
Day 29: Hopes and Dreams
Day 30: Ask For Contributions
Day 31: The End


Emily’s Book Of Me
From The Bumpy Road
Joy In The Morning

Other 31 Days Series I Am Following

September In Review

September is over already? It definitely went by quickly for me! Whenever we have a lot of holidays, that happens. Here are some of the highlights.

Family Activities:

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  • We went to Ciderfest and the small pumpkin patch like we do every year.


Around The House:

  • I made some easy dinner recipes.
  • We started potty training Simon (yes he does have a wet spot on his pants in the picture above!)


Later tonight I will be introducing my October blog project, which I’m calling “31 Days To Write The Story of Your Family.” It is a part of #31DaysinOctober with The Nester. Happy October Everyone!

Skirtember Week 4 and September Craft Challenge–Paper

It’s the last week of Skirtember. I think I did pretty well on the challenge! Here’s what I wore this week:

September 24.

September 25.

I took these next 3 pictures ahead of time…

September 26.

September 27.

September 28. I actually wore rain boots instead of these! It rained and I was afraid to ruin them.

What do you think of my outfits?

Moving on, September’s Craft Challenge was to make something with Paper. First up, I am overdue on sharing my Project Life pages. I’m also way behind on updating them, but here are the ones I’ve finished:

Mother’s Day

Gabbie’s Dance Recital

End of School

Disney Day 1

Disney Day 2.

Secondly, I actually did craft something out of paper – my favorite medium after yarn! I used this cardboard container:


And covered it with paper secured with mod podge.


Then I used washi tape around the edges.


I used it to hold plastic utensils, napkins, and cups to bring out to the Sukkah!

Super easy, but what do you think?

KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Coupon

Sunday, September 29, 2013


The KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is open for the season! (September 28 – October 31). As Kansas City’s Family Fun Farm, the slogan “We grow memories!” sounds right to me.  The KC Pumpkin Patch wants you to “leave your electronics behind and have some old fashioned fun” with KC’s Best Value “HAYCATION.” There are over 60 activities to choose from including the custom-designed corn maze that is included with admission! This year’s design honors military service members.

Here is some information from the KC Pumpkin Patch:


  • Monday - Thursday: 9am to 3pm
  • Friday: 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday: Noon to 6pm


29755 W. 191st Street
Gardner, KS 66030

(913) 484-6251

Conveniently located 7 miles south of Olathe, Kansas on I-35, at Exit 207.


* Weekends $10 per person at gate
* Pumpkins - additional charge
* Military: HALF Price  -  $5
* Weekdays: $8 per person, not all areas open, pumpkins additional charge
* Credit Cards accepted, ATM available

You can save $1 Off at the KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze this fall with this coupon.

Don’t live in Kansas? Check out the list of other participating Pumpkin Patch and Corn Mazes here.

Thanks to the KC Pumpkin Patch and USFG, I will be visiting the KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze this season! No other compensation for this post has been provided.

September Instagram Wrap Up

Time for another Instagram wrap up post. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen these pictures already, but I like to post them here because they are the quick snap shots of my life! (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can, here.)

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1. My car told me it was 105 degrees out. 2. I was preparing for the Consignment Sale. 3. Giraffes. 4. Kangaroo and baby.

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1. Giraffes. 2. Kangaroos. 3. Dave and a giraffe. 4. Camels.

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1. My favorite kangaroo. 2. & 3. My favorite giraffe. (More about these animal pictures here). 4. Kansas scenery.

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1. & 2. Kansas. 3. This was captioned “Yes you can have any Lego set you want. When you are potty trained.” 4. Outfit of the day.

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1. Rudy sleeping with Curious George. 2. The yarn I used to make a scarf. 3. & 4. Simon with a mini bowling pin behind his ear. Why? I don’t know.

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1. Simon sound asleep on the floor. Dave was trying to wake him up but he wouldn’t! 2. My nails – white with sparkles. 3. Zachary and Simon outside Target. 4. Rudy waiting for the kids to come from school.

That’s it for now!