10,000 Steps | FitBit | Kimberly Kalil Creative

Back in May, I set a goal. I wanted to rack up 10,000 steps for 30 consecutive days. I’ve been getting at least 10,000 steps most days, but I’d miss a day here or there, so I haven’t had a solid 30 day stretch of 10,000 for months. For me, I feel so much better — physically and emotionally — when I get some exercise each day. But for me, it’s even simpler than that: I like getting the little star on my FitBit when I hit 10,000 steps and I like to have lots of stars.

Yesterday, I realized I had made it to 60 days: 60 consecutive days of getting 10,000 (or more) steps each day. No matter what, even when I’ve been traveling I’ve managed to get 10,000 steps in each day. Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it’s not. But it’s become a habit. It’s just something I do, even if that means doing laps in my family room at 11 p.m. or running the stairs in my hotel just before midnight.

Now that I’m at 60 days, my goal is of course 90 day (and then it will be 120, and then 150 … and so on). I think it would be cool to go a whole year. But I’m going to focus on the next 90 days for now.

This time last year, I was barely getting around. I was recovering from my second surgery in less than a month. MY body was adjusting to surgical menopause. I was a mess. It’s amazing to me how our bodies can heal when we show them love and compassion. Moving, even if it’s just a slow walk around the neighborhood, has been an key part of my healing process. I feel much more like myself than I did this time last year. And for that I’m grateful … and will commit to another 30 days of 10,000 steps.

Check back next week for some of my favorite tools that help me meet my daily step goals. 

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I have a new article up over at Care.com with some great crafting ideas to help you and your kiddos get through the long (and some times tedious) summer months.

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Need some craft inspiration? Here are 52 craft ideas to do with your kids.

Looking for new ways to add some creativity to your child’s life? Consider incorporating craft ideas for kids into your weekly routine. Help your little ones use their imaginations and create some artsy goodness. Crafting can take children away from the ever-present screens, but what parents might not realize are all the other benefits that come with crafting.

“I think the most important benefit is helping your child build their creative intuition,” says Doña Bumgarner, a writer, artist, mama and creator of Nurtured Mama. “Even if they don’t become an artist in any formal way, having experience with creative pursuits will give them a way of thinking and problem-solving that will help them stand out and succeed in any field.”

You can also strengthen your relationship with your child thanks to crafting. “Lots of bonding [happens],” says Angie Ramirez, the blogger behind Little Inspiration. “I love when my girl helps and love hearing her say she loves crafting with me.”

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Good morning! Happy July to you. This year and this summer is screaming by. I can’t believe that it’s already July and my kiddos go back to school the first week of August. There isn’t much summer left for us!

In June we set out on a road trip to attend the first ever Camp DeMucha. My Dad and my Step-mom hosted a family reunion for all of my Dad’s kids, their spouses and all the grandkids. There were 31 of us one HUGE cabin.

It was beyond awesome. I had spent months working with my step-mom to plan everything and to see it come together without any problems was just so amazing. I haven’t been in the same place with all my siblings in at least 15 years, though I think it’s actually longer than that. It was such a treat to just hang out with them, their spouses and all the kiddos. The cousins hit the ground running and were playing together like best friends as soon as they got to the camp. It reminded me of all the vacations I took as a kid and the time I spent with my cousins.

These are the memories I want to create. These are the memories I want to capture and savor in the years to come.

I took a ton of pictures on this trip. My plan is to make a simple photo book, which I can also share it with my parents and siblings. But I did want to make a layout that sort of summed up the whole experience. When I looked through my photos and saw this one of me with my five siblings, I knew it was the “one” that could tell the whole story. I used a template from the Simple Scrapper July 2015 Premium Collection and Storyteller Kit from Just Jaimee.

 

Love You To Pieces | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

 

Journaling reads:

6: There are six of us kids. Six siblings. The children of John & Linda. The six of us haven’t all been in the same place, at the same time for many, many years … Like 15 or even 20 years. This is why we had to plan a reunion.

4: Four nights of togetherness were planned at Harriman State Park in Island Park, Idaho … just west of Yellowstone. So much planning: dinner menus, shopping + packing lists, sleeping arrangements …

31: All my siblings, their spouses, 16 grandkids, my dad and step-mom and Uncle Mike made the trek to reconnect. There were 31 of us DeMuchas, all in one big cabin. It was awesome.

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Screen Time for Kids |  Care.com | Kimberly Kalil Creative

I have a new article up over at Care.com, all about something modern parents are constantly dealing with: screen time.

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There are a lot of screens in your kid’s life. Here are some tips for teaching him how to have a healthy relationship with his devices.

These days, screen time for kids involves more than just TV — it includes, computers, tablets and phones, too. With so many options available to your little ones, it can be hard to track just how much time they’re playing games, messaging friends, browsing their favorite sites or watching videos on devices.

One way to keep track of screen time is to add screen time to your list of daily events, just like you do with meals, homework and bath time, suggests David Bickham, an instructor of pediatrics in the division of adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a research scientist at the Center on Media and Child Health. “Schedule screen time, just like you do with everything else,” Bikham explains. “It’s not an option any other time of the day.” This saves you from having to keep track of how much time your kids are spending with screens, and it also establishes clear rules about when your children can expect to have access to gadgets.

Here’s what you need to know about screen time for kids and how to set limits for your family.

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