Hello! Happy Wednesday. I have a new layout to share. I’m pretty sure this is the first time in months I’ve managed to pull together two complete layouts. Three cheers for me! I used one of August Story Starters from Simple Scrapper to get my journaling juices flowing and I’m pretty sure without this story prompt I never would have documented these photos and how grateful I am to have some of the most amazing, life-long friendships. Sometimes all you need is a little push. Yeah for a kick in the pants.

Forever and Always | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

If you told me when I was 10 or 13 I’d have the same friends when I was in my 40s, I’d say you were nuts. But here I am and here they are. I have no trouble making acquaintances, but making friend like these just isn’t so easy. They know every detail of my life. They’ve walked every path with me. They have a piece of my heart.

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Positive Discipline | Care.com | Kimberly Kalil CreativeInterested in implementing some more positive discipline strategies? Check out my latest article over at Care.com that shares 9 tips to practice more positive parenting.

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Are you tired of constantly yelling at your kids? Have you been vowing to use more positive discipline in your household, but don’t know where to start? Parenting “positive is about helping our kids learn what to do rather than what not to do,” says Andy Smithson, a social worker and developer of the TRU Parenting program. “It’s about helping them solve problems rather than punishing them for having problems.”

Here are nine tips to help you as you transform your parenting style and implement positive discipline in your home:

Control Your Temper

Disciplining your child in anger rarely has a positive outcome. “It doesn’t take a child long to focus on the anger and not the mistake they’ve made,” says Jim Fay, a founder of the Love and Logic parenting approach. “We need to train parents to react to their kids differently.” Learning to manage your emotions and reactions is the most important skill for effective positive discipline, Smithson adds. “Learn to be aware, to be able to sit with your emotional reactions and then to make positive, kind and empathetic responses.”

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The year I was turning 40, I made a list of things I wanted to do before that “big” birthday. I didn’t manage to cross everything off my list before I turned 40, but I decided to keep working on the list even after my birthday. Eventually, I’ll cross everything off. On the list was to take a girls trip with Shelby. Earlier this month, we did just that. We took a road trip to San Diego to meet up with my  best friend and her girls so we could see One Direction in concert.

When Jennie asked us to come to the concert way back January, I immediately said yes. Saying yes to more adventures has been a goal of mine. I’ve known Jennie since I was 13 and was in the delivery room when her oldest daughter was born. She was there when Shelby was born. We’ve been friends forever, but because we lives so far away from each other and have extremely full lives, we don’t spend as much time together as I’d like. When I said yes to this adventure it was also because I wanted to make sure I was still nourishing this extra special friendship. I’m so glad I said yes. I’m so glad we drove more than 800 miles roundtrip to play with people we love dearly. I’m so glad my daughter is connected to people who’ve known me forever and has her own dear friendships with Jennie’s girl. Simply put, it’s amazing and magical.

I created a scapbooking page to honor this special adventure. I used a Simple Scrapper premium template from the August 2015 Collection, as well as Just Jaimee’s Hadley Storyteller Kit.

Road Trip | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

 

Journaling reads:

One girls’ road trip. 824 miles driven (round trip).Four life-long friends. Two hotel rooms. 195 dollars for each ticket. Six preteen/teen girls and a boy. Five $5 water bottles Eight ice-cold beers. Four sets of ear plugs. One dreamy boy band. Zillions of screaming girls. Countless selfies. One band member falling on stage. One security guard run in. Four band t-shirts and one band hat purchased. Two hours stuck in the parking lot leaving the concert. Three dashes to the port-a-potty. 542+ times concert videos replayed. One Denny’s meal at 2 a.m. Saying yes to an adventure + making priceless, life-long memories.

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Save Energy as a Family | Care.com | Kimberly Kalil CreativeAlways wondered how to teach your child to love our planet and save energy along the way? Check out my latest article over at Care.com that shares 9 energy-saving ideas.

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Whether you want to slash your energy usage to save the planet’s resources, or you’re just looking for ways to bring down your monthly bills, you’ll want to check out these energy-saving tips to get you moving toward that goal. Conserving energy and energy efficiency enable us “to do more with less energy,” says Chase Ezell, managing editor of Earth911. “Energy efficiency saves you money, improves the economy, is good for the environment … and enhances quality of life.”

Teaching kids early to take care of the planet and use less energy can create behaviors that last a lifetime. “If you adopt environmentally responsible practices in your home, your kids will absorb that information without much effort,” says Erin Pruss, a senior marketing vice president at Recyclebank. “They hear it, they see it in use, they ask questions and they learn it.”

Here are nine energy-saving tips every family should practice. These ways to save energy not only help the planet, but they may also put a little cash back into your family’s pocket.

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