25 Get to know me questions!

1. Do you have a middle name?
Renee!

2. What was your favorite subject in school?

English and photography. They are still my two favorite things. I am a photographer and a blogger!

3. What’s your favorite drink?
Coffee! I am a total coffee junky. I absolutely cannot function without coffee!

4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Well, I’m a mom so I mainly only get to listen to Disney radio on Sirius. I love Taylor Swift, Wildest Dreams!

5. What would you name your children?
I’m not having anymore kids, so I’ll tell you my kids current names. My 9.5 year old is Alana. My almost 6 year old is Vincent. My 13 month old is Noah! 

6. Do you participate in any sports?
No, but I’m a soccer mom!

7. What’s your favorite book? 

I do not have time to read, but the last book I purchased on my Kindle was 50 Shades of Grey…one of these days I will actually read it!

8. What’s your favorite colour?
I love purple, but wear black because it’s most flattering!

9. What’s your favorite animal?
Cats! I have 2 myself.

10. What’s your favorite perfume?
I love Clinique Happy.

11. What’s your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

12. Have you graduated from High School?
Yes.

13. Have you been out of the country?
Only to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls! Lol.

14. Do you speak any other languages?
Nope.

15. Do you have any siblings?
Yes. My sister Carie is 5 years older than me. My brother Mike was 2.5 years older than me, and tragically he passed away nearly 6 years ago in an car accident. Would be 37. I have 2 very little sisters. Samantha is 15 and MacKenzie is turning 13 this month. 

16. What’s your favorite store?

Target!

17. What’s your favorite restaurant?
It must be Olive Garden because we go there any time we go out to dinner. 

 
18. Do you like school? 

I love learning, but I must admit…I didn’t care too much for school!

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
I love the Daily Bumps, Shaytards, and itsjudyslife to name a few.

20. What’s your favorite movie? 
The Other Woman! I just adore that movie!

21. What are some of your favorite TV shows?
The Voice and Grey’s Anatomy is about all I have time for these days.

22. PC or Mac?

Mac!

23. What phone do you have?
I have the Samsung Galaxy S5.

24. How tall are you?
I’m 5’4″.

25. Any pets? 

We have 2 cats.

Crazy Photo of the Week (Sunday)!

IMG_38821I officially nominate this photo to be my craziest photo of the week! This was last night when we came home after trick-or-treating for 4.5 miles. My almost 6 year old son, Vincie, sat down to drink his homemade hot cocoa with homemade whipped cream and it was still too hot  (despite the ice cube being in it) and the look on his face as the photo was taken was just priceless! I actually think my friend Sarah’s mom, Donna, is the one who took this one! It looks like a “Got Milk?” ad lol. He was Batman for Halloween and his dad put makeup around his eyes for the cool superhero effect, and his makeup was a hot mess by this time! LOL! I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I do!

3 sick kids for Halloween?

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Being home with 3 sicks kids all day certainly keeps you on your toes all day! Strep throat has made its way through 4/5 members of my family. I appear to be the only one spared…finally, something good comes out of getting a tonsillectomy at the age of 30! When I had my tonsillectomy I was cursing my doctor for suggesting I need to have it done, and I was questioning WHY would a person ever get their tonsils removed as an adult, for the love of god! However, today was the first time in 4 years that I was glad I did. While it’s not impossible to get strep throat, it is certainly more difficult…I’ve been in closed quarters all week exposed to strep and never got it. Yay me! My poor family though! Even the baby has strep! My other two didn’t get it until they were 5. My 9 year old daughter has had a fever of 103 and the lowest its gone down to after ibuprofen was 100.5. So my husband and my 2 boys are on amoxicillin 3 times a day, and my daughter (who is allergic to amoxicillin like I am) is on essentially the liquid equivalent of the Z pack. She had a double dose tonight. Other than that I have made some preparations for our halloween party tomorrow. I made rice crispy treats and homemade spiced whipped cream for the homemade slow cooker hot cocoa i am making tomorrow for trick-or-treat. It will take more than a fever and a strep diagnosis to keepbmy kids from trick-or-treating. Although they will no longer be contagious, I hope they are feeling up to it. In order to submit this blog on time (before midnight) I will end this here. Until tomorrow…

Can You Discipline a 1 Year Old?!

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I have been raising kids for nearly a decade now, and I can honestly say with confidence that I have great kids. They respect me and their father, and they respect their elders and/or anyone of authority. They are smart, well rounded, and kind/considerate of others. So I feel like I must be doing something right!

My first child was a really good baby! I rarely had to correct her behavior, but when I did, she was a stubborn one. She reminds me so much of myself. So with baby number one I quickly learned the art of distraction with her around the age of 1. Even at that age,she would nonverbally argue with me and fight hard to keep doing whatever it was that I didn’t want her to be doing. I discovered very early on in motherhood a few things that have worked and now, going through the toddler age for the third time, I’ve got it pretty nailed down.

Redirection- 1 year olds simply do not have the cognitive ability to understand why they are being disciplined. They know that you don’t want them to, but there is simply no reasoning with a child this age. I like to conjure up my most positive, excited voice and say something like, “Guess what mommy wants to show you!?”. In my experience, that’s all it takes, followed by taking them by the hand, leading them away, and getting them involved in another activity.

Limit your use of the word NO- I learned quickly that if you say the word “no” a lot, it is no longer useful. And there are times where it simply MUST be useful! For example, when your new walker tries to run into the street, or something where time is of the essence. Overusing the word NO takes away the effectiveness of it. In those situations, you must be able to get their attention and you will be thankful for it.

Praise/Reward the good behavior- One last piece of advice I have from my personal experience is praise! Praise is important at all ages, but when praising a toddler I like to overdo it a bit. Their little faces light up when they see how HAPPY you are with them, and I love to give my 1 year old a great big, over-the-top round of applause when he does something praiseworthy, like puts his blocks away whem hes finished with them, or when he uses ‘nice touches’ (no hitting), or even when he says a new word or reaches a new milestone. I think it’s so important to make them feel good about themselves so they actually have a strong desire to continue the good behavior.

I honestly think at this age it is more preventative than anything. And always be consistent in your actions so they can build their confidence. This is such a FUN age, but it is also when you are building that foundation and setting those boundaries!

The Halloween Countdown is on!

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3 days until Halloween and the Kieffer house is full of excitement. It brings back so many memories of my childhood; picking out my costume, planning my trick-or-treat route, choosing which friends I’ll go around with, etc. As soon as I picked up the kids at the bus stop the excitement was just oozing from their pores. They were talking so fast it made my head spin. Their positivity is contagious so I decided to take them for a walk. We walked down our cul-de-sac, stopped home to grab a snack, and then headed out. We made it about 15 minutes walking through the ‘hood before it started raining.

Noah, my 13 month old, is dressing up as a panda this year. Last Friday I put him in his Panda costume and let him run to the bus stop to pick up his his siblings. It was the most adorable thing I’ve ever witnessed. A cherubic little toddler, toothy grin from ear to ear, running as fast as his wee little legs could run, his wobbly gait, arms flailing…I was beaming with pride as my adorable little man made his rounds, flirtatiously saying “hiiiii” to the other moms at the bus stop. I so look forward to seeing that again on Saturday!

Week 1 Photo of the Week

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Each Sunday I will upload a photo of the week (POTW). This is my first POTW, so naturally it should be a family portrait. I am in need of a new family portrait because this one was taken exactly a year ago! Noah (the baby) is huge now! So I nominate this photo as my POTW winner! And hopefully it will motivate me to get it together & get a new portrait…maybe my POTW for week 2 will be our new portrait?? We shall see!!

-Kelly-

About Me

My name is Kelly, and I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 adorable children! Alana (born in March of 2006) is 9, Vincent, or Vincie, (born in December of 2009), is almost 6, and my little Noah (born September 2014), is just over a year old! My husband Vince and I have been happily married for 10 years!

I am also a photographer, specializing in family portraits. I love to take my own family portraits and my children’s portraits and have always had a passion for it. I have found that with raising 3 kids it has become increasingly difficult to find the time; however, I have recently rediscovered my passion for photography!

On top of being a wife, a mother, and a photographer, another passion of mine is writing! That is another thing that has become a seemingly impossible task while raising children. Not long after my youngest was born I had an epiphany. I realized that by starting a blog, I could revitalize everything I am passionate about.

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It means so much to me that you stopped by!

-Kelly-