August 5, 2014

5 things people might not know about me

So I was challenged to share little know facts about me. Here we go.

1.  I play the violin. For over 20 years.
2.  I want to go back to school or take classes of some sort.
3.  I know how to make lard, cheese, soap, pickles, jam, jelly, bread, flour, butter, and many other almost lost skills
4.  I was a cheerleader.  Yep seriously.
5.  The color orange actually makes me angry. I dont know why but it does.

I dare you to share things about you!

July 4, 2014

100 Kid Approved Summer Activities

1. Start a water balloon fight!
3. Have fun in the dark with this DIY glow in the dark ringtoss!
4. Make your own sandbox so you can build sandcastles right in your backyard!
8. Three words: water balloon pinatas!
9. Have a firework display in your backyard after the sun goes down.
12. Go for ice cream.
15. Roast marshmallows.
16. Make these toilet roll binoculars and go for a nature walk!
17. Put the kids in their PJs and take them to see a movie at the drive-in.
18. Build sand castles.
19. Make your own kites and then take them to the park to test them out!
20. Have a skip-rope contest.
21. Organize some old fashioned backyard games.
22. Go strawberry picking and then make homemade strawberry jam.
23. Go for a bike ride.
25. Make a lemonade stand.
26. Play hopscotch.
28. Have a picnic lunch with your favorite foods!
30. Get out the sidewalk chalk.
31. Enjoy a nice, fattening, cold ice cream from the back of an ice cream truck.
33. Jump into the pool and try out these awesome pool games!
34. If it’s raining outside, put on your rain boots and splash around in the puddles.
35. Spend the day at your local splash pad.
37. Create this AWESOME alphabet sounds fishing and matching game!
39. Make a bonfire in the backyard and tell scary stories.
41. Visit an amusement park or a local fair.
43. If it’s too hot or rainy, build a fort.
46. Collect rocks and paint them.
47. Go to the movies!
49. Visit local tourist attractions in your city.
50. Have a family water gun fight!
55. Let your kids go wild and decorate their own bikes!
57. Have a hula-hooping contest to see who can keep their hoop going the longest!
60. Grab your gardening gloves and watering cans and try some of these gardening activities for kids!
61. Play dress-up.
62. Teach your kids how to knit with their fingers. It’s so easy – even I can do it!
63. Get out the spray paint and have fun with this DIY lawn twister game!
64. Make your own toy boats for hours of fun water play.
66. Spend the afternoon painting with edible paint.
67. Let your kids go wild with some of these fun (and messy!) activities for kids to play in the dirt.
70. Enroll your kids in swimming lessons.
72. Put together an alphabet scavenger hunt in your backyard.
75. Delight your kids with these exploding paint bombs!
76. Go on a bug hunt and store what you find in one of these cute DIY lightning bug jars.
77. Spend the day at the zoo.
79. Crank the tunes and DANCE!
80. Play sponge bullseye on your driveway.
82. Paint a tree (with washable paint)!
83. Wash the car!
85. Do some spray bottle painting!
86. Make one of these fun waterfalls!
87. Lie in the backyard after the sun goes down and count all of the constellations you can see.
88. Go to your local pet store and learn about the different animals.
89. Make these adorable labels for your vegetable garden!
90. Go to 7-eleven for a slurpee.
91. Get your kids excited about chemistry with this fizzing good tea party.
93. Organize an overnight “camping trip” in your backyard or living room.
95. Feed the ducks at your local pond.
97. Let your kids get creative and paint your windows. Don’t worry – it washes off!
98. Play a good ‘ole game of tag.
99. Roll down a hill. I’d forgotten how much fun this is!
100. Take all of these ideas and create a summer activity bucket!
If you have anything to add to the list, please leave a comment below! Links to other activities are welcome!

April 1, 2014

Teaching the Virtues of a Daughter of God to my Daughters {Gratitude}

I am constantly amazed that I have been blessed to be the mother of 5 wonderful children.  Two are little mommies-in-training.  Lately I have come to comprehend that my girlies are kind of my apprentices. Which if you watch your kids they imitate you anyways, why not make what they are imitating intentional.