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#LIGHTtheWORLD Kids Activity Calendar

I shared over on the Live to be Inspired Facebook page a couple days ago about some Advent/Countdown to Christmas ideas that I’d seen going around online for kids and I mentioned that we’ve never done a countdown other than the chocolate countdown calendars my dad sends every year for all of my kids. A definite favorite, because well, chocolate is involved! 🙂

I’ve been wanting to do something a little more this year though but found that I was feeling my anxiety levels rise as I looked at some of ideas out there. They included crafts, story time with specific books, a  themed treat, etc. for EVERY DAY and the moms all started prepping for them weeks ago, some even before Thanksgiving.

Um, nope. Can’t do that, At least not this year. As much as I’d LOVE to do something like that and think it would be amazing (and give major props to the mammas who are doing it!), that is just not the season we are in at our house. 🙂  (Slowly learning how to manage my time and expectations better so I can be a happy mom more and avoid becoming a full blown Grinch mom! And when you have two, two and under, you homeschool your 8 year old, and you have your own college finals coming up – you don’t start a project that will require hours of additional work during an already BUSY month! It will not end well for anyone!) 😉

So I gave up my search and decided our chocolate countdown would have be enough.

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The next morning though the above Advent from A Year of FHE popped up in my Facebook feed and after reading, “Each day has a very simple task that can be done with little or no help from adults.” on their site. I knew I had found our winner for this year. This is PERFECT for the time and season we are in and I LOVE the concept of doing simple, daily tasks to help add more light and good in the world.

I also love that this countdown requires very little prep, focuses on the real reason(s) for the season and is mostly things my 8 year old can do on his own (and my 2 year old can do with just a little help)!

To get a FREE copy of this countdown that starts today, December 1st, just hop on over to the A  Year of FHE site and you can easily download and print it off from there. And, if you want to watch the video that goes along with it, you can visit here. (Starting later in the month? No worries! Just jump in on whatever day it is!) 🙂

I’m off to put our copy on our fridge (and possibly in my son’s room) and then to watch the video that inspired this countdown with my  kids for our Countdown Kickoff! If you decide to do this with your kids this holiday, please make sure to come back and leave a comment letting me know! 🙂

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Introduction

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Hello! Welcome to Live to be Inspired! I hope you’ll grab a drink (my preferred drink choice is always a fountain Diet Coke) and stay awhile!

These about posts are usually where everyone lists their accolades, degrees, places they’ve been featured and everything that deems them qualified to speak on a certain subject.
I don’t have any of those to share (at least none that are relevant). Why? Because I’m a mom! And, like a most moms out there, my hobbies and talents consist of all the usual mom things like trying to open chocolate without making any noise so I don’t have to share, remembering a time when I could go to the bathroom without an audience, moving sleeping children from the car seats to their cribs in ninja stealth mode, and trying to parent out of inspiration versus frustration.

So that’s my qualification. I’m right there in the trenches with you experiencing this crazy thing called motherhood at the same time you are!

I can tell you a little bit about me though so you can see if I’m the type of mom you would click with on the playground and want to talk some more with.

I am a wife to a doctor who works crazy hours and has to travel A LOT for his job. Since there are times we have to be apart for extended periods of time, we decided to have three kids that all look just like him and reminded me of him every minute of the day. Seriously! They all look just like their daddy! I maybe contributed to their pinkie toes! If I didn’t have them myself, I’d wonder if I even contributed. 😉

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Speaking of those little’s, we have two sons Titan (7 years old) and Kellen (9 months old) and one daughter, Chayse (2 years old). I am in awe of them every day. Sometimes in an “Awe…I created you and you’re so amazing” way and sometimes in an, “I seriously created you? Did some genes mutate?” kind of way. (And yes, all of their age gaps (or the lack there of) were planned! We’re kind of wild and crazy like that!)

My time is spent homeschooling our seven year old, making sure everyone is fed, changing diapers, working at a snail’s pace toward my degree in Healthcare Administration, changing more diapers, attempting to tackle the mountains of laundry a family of five creates…and that’s about it! (Now you know why I don’t have any fancy qualifications or awards!)

When I do get a spare second, I LOVE to connect with other moms through posts here on the Live to be Inspired blog, on my Instagram account @live2binspired or on the Live to be Inspired Facebook Page. Those places are where I share details about our life and all my thoughts on living a more inspired life, parenting, homeschooling, our vacations, and really anything else related to the home and family! Having an outlet and someplace where I feel like I am actually communicating with other adults helps keep me sane. 🙂

I hope when you visit this site you are able to laugh, breath and walk away knowing you aren’t alone. Us, moms have to stick together! 

Xoxo Cambria

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Follow Along | A Complete List Of Where Else You Can Find Live to be Inspired

I know there are quite a few of you who are somewhat new to the site! Welcome and thank you for stopping by!

For all of you new readers, I thought I would do a quick post letting you know all the places you can keep up with Live to be Inspired. The following are the social media accounts linked to Live to be Inspired and why you might want to follow them as well! 🙂
 
This is by far the place I post the most. It’s just SO easy! Instagram is basically a photo journal of what’s going on with our family. I post pictures of places we are visiting, school projects we are working on, deals I come across when I am out shopping in stores, kid updates, etc. So if you want daily updates on our family life and what we are up to, be sure to follow along at @Live2bInspired! 
 
 
 
 
I pin A LOT! I love that it’s like an online filing cabinet that is super easy to keep neat and organized. (Unlike my paper filing system that I can never seem to get under control!) 😉 No longer do I have to print out things I come across and then try to remember where I put them or attempt to save and bookmark magazine pages, I just need Pinterest. I pin recipes, I pin homeschooling ideas, I pin money saving tips, I pin decor ideas…basically you name it…I’ve probably got a board for it. 🙂 So I would LOVE you to follow me and join in on the fun! Make sure to let me know when you do follow so I can follow you back and start pinning things from you boards. 
 
 
 
Confession, I am REALLY new to Twitter in that I just started regularly using it again. I actually started my Twitter account almost 5 years ago but then kind of thought it was going to die off and never really posted there. Little did I know what I was missing out on. I’ve started to interact on Twitter a lot more though (almost daily in fact) the last month or so and it’s AWESOME! So for all you tweeters out there, find me at @Live2bInspired! Twitter is where I re-post articles I come across, random thoughts I have, uplifting messages I hear and want to write down really fast, etc.
Facebook is probably the second most frequent place I post. It’s a great place for me to post reminders, links to articles I like, deals I find online that I want to share, etc. It’s also probably the easiest place for me to interact with all of you. (Although I am getting better at Twitter like I said above!) A quick tip, if you liked the Live to be Inspired Facebook page a while ago, you may want to unlike it and then like it again right after. The reason for this is that if you don’t interact with a page within 30 days of “liking” it, it will stop showing up in your Facebook feed! So you won’t get the updates and notifications. And this is true for all pages you like. So if you notice a page isn’t showing up as often as you want, try that little tip and then make sure to interact with the page at least once or twice within the first month! You can interact by commenting, sharing a post or even just liking one of the comments or posts! Super easy! 
As you can see, there are definitely a number of ways you can keep up with the site! Select them all, or just choose one or two. To make sure you are seeing everything that gets posted though, I’d definitely recommend liking them all. 🙂 Not everything I post on the Instagram makes it onto the blog and vice versa. And it’s the same for Twitter and Facebook. So by liking all of options, you will get the most out of the site. 🙂