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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Today I’m sharing an awesome giveaway from Raising Regan that I am co-hosting! Please enter – I’d love for one of my friends to win!

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Sara | Confessions of a Redheaded Mama ♥ Angel | Sew Crafty Angel
Sarah | Life in a Break Down ♥ Krystal | My Life of Travels and Adventures
Dara | Not in Jersey ♥ Anna | Cuddlebug Cuties
Alex | Munchkins and the Military ♥ Rebecca | A Day in the Life of Calleigh Emma
Josi | That Suburban Momma ♥ Dawn | Dawn's Disaster
Kera | Nugget on a Budget ♥ Debra | Deliciously Inspired
Janine | Confessions of a Mommyaholic ♥ Cathy | A Peek into My Paradise

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Our amazing participants:

Holly | Back Home Again Blog ♥ Rachel | Sultry Indulgences ♥ Sandy | Mother of Imperfection ♥ Katie | He Calls Me Grace ♥ Anyonita | Anyonita Nibbles ♥ Tiffani | Tiffani Goff at Home ♥ Natasha | Serenity You ♥ Natalie | At Home with the Hinkleys ♥ Renee | Getting Fit Fab ♥ Noel | High Heeled Mama ♥ Alison | NYC Recessionista ♥ {Enjoy the View} ♥ Brittnei | Homemaking with Style2 Crochet Hooks ♥ Jamie | Handling with Grace ♥ Leslie | Violet Imperfection ♥ Jamie | Love Bakes Good Cakes ♥ Lisa | Chronically Content ♥ Jenn | Bad Luck Jenn ♥ Jodi | The Noise of Boys ♥ Monica | Redefining Mom ♥ Ann Marie | Growing Up Madison ♥ Michelle | A Little Moore From My Kitchen ♥ Wanda Ann | Memories By the Mile ♥ Angie | God's Growing Garden ♥ Nichi | The Mandatory Mooch ♥ Deb | Kneaded Creations ♥ Jeanie |Create and Babble ♥ Kristin | Dizzy Busy and Hungry ♥ Tina | Classic Children's BooksWest Street Story ♥ Betty | Losing My Gut and Gaining My Insanity ♥ Natasha | Lovely You Blog ♥ Evelyn | My Turn for Us ♥ Laura | The Rookie CookParenting With Parents ♥ Beth | The First Year Blog ♥ Ida | Second Chances Girl ♥ Glenneth | Let's Talk and Walk ♥ Katy |Experienced Bad Mom ♥ Melissa | Dreams and ColoursLearn Like a Mom ♥ Sarah | Girlfriends Are Like Shoes ♥ Andi | The Weary Chef ♥ Tamara | Tamara (Like) Camera ♥ Melissa | Deliciously Savvy ♥ Brooke | Wide Open Spaces ♥ Barb | Second Chance to Dream ♥ Koren | My Full Time Fit LifeSpit and Sparkles ♥ Tiffany | Daydreaming Realist ♥ April | 100lb Countdown ♥ Monica | Happy and Blessed HomeReagan's Toy Chest

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The End #31Days

Today is the conclusion of this 31 Days Series. I can hardly believe it! I hope that you have enjoyed my ideas for getting down your family’s story, be it on your blog, in a journal, or otherwise. I was thrilled that many people participated regularly and I’ve enjoyed reading your family stories, so I certainly hope you enjoyed writing them! For those who have not started the project but still may be interested in doing so, you can always find the links to all the prompts here.  I will always be happy to read your posts on the subject, so if you are finding this later, just comment!

My favorite prompts for this series came at the beginning, when we talked about our family history. I see that this is something that interests me and maybe I should do more research into my own family genealogy. I also still feel that it is important to save a record of things for my children and for future generations, so I’m glad this got me started on it.

Which prompts were the most interesting or fun for you to answer as participants?

October In Review

October was a busy month here on the blog, with my participating in the 31 Days Series making me double post on most days! I will be recapping my series later on today. However, here are some of the highlights of October!

Family Activities:

  • We went to the Jewish Arts Festival

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  • The kids and I celebrated my Hebrew birthday with our friends and I tried to get a group picture of 8 total kids.

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  • We went to the Pumpkin Patch.
  • We visited the penguins at the zoo – blog post to come soon!

Around The House:


November is one of my favorite months – it includes my birthday and of course Thanksgiving, plus Hanukkah is starting on November 27th this year! Happy November to all!

Ask For Contributions #31Days

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Today will be our last scheduled prompt in our quest to write our family stories. Tomorrow is Day 31 and will just be a wrap up post! So for today, I’m suggesting an assignment. Make a list of the things you might not know about your family. What do you still want to find out? Now, ask for contributions to your project from another family member, be it your parents, grandparents, spouse, children, or whomever you choose. Ask that person the things that you still want to know about your family. If you want, you could choose one question, such as “what is your favorite thing about our family?” and ask it to each family member available to you.

Feel free to share your family member’s contributions in the comments or by leaving a link to your post!

Behind on the series? Catch up here!

October 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 new bag. I got it at If you want an invite for that site, let me know! 2. Simon lining up the dominoes. 3. & 4. We had a bbq at a friends’ house and this hot air balloon went right over us.

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1. Scarf color 1. 2. Simon playing with a hat in his eyes. 3. Simon and his bff reading a book. 4. Scarf color 2.

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1. Scarf color 3. 2. Zachary on the school playground. 3. Eating lunch with Gabbie at school. 4. The MetLife Blimp.

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1. Scarf color 4 (green). 2. Scarf color 5 (blue). 3. Simon and friend playing. 4. Simon sound asleep on the floor. (Again).

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1. My other knit scarf. 2. Scarf colors 6 & 7. 3. Cool dude Simon. 4. Simon and friend looking outside.

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1. Simon and Mommy. 2. Finished scarf. 3. Started sweater. 4. Merry-Go-Round at the zoo.

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1. Trees slowly changing. 2. Parrots at the zoo. 3. Prairie Dogs (or something) at the zoo. 4. Flamingoes at the zoo.

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1. Influenster Vox Box. 2. Gabbie’s story about “pinquns.” 3. How dark it was outside when the kids left for school yesterday!

Hope you enjoyed this month’s wrap up – which I like to call “Instawrap” in my head!