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Pin the Kiss on Cupid

I was sooooo excited to create this little game from Tricia’s way cute Cupid.  I think your children will love being able to put the Kiss on Cupid.  Play it the same way you would any game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  Have fun this week and enjoy your children. Extra Hugs and Kisses makes a world of difference, even if they act like they don’t want them. 😉

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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Two years ago, we published some really great ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  This year we want to do something a little different.

What, if any, celebration traditions do you do with your family, friends, classrooms, etc?

For everyone who leaves a comment on something they LOVE to do, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Mother’s Day Coupon book.  You can choose from the youth, teenager, spouse, or friend series.

Just think, you could be preparing WAAAAAAAYYYY in advance, if you won!

Here is a link to our past post on ideas: Lucky Leprechaun Strikes Again

On the left of this blog there is a link for March.  Click that and you will see all our past ideas and even some freebies in there too.

THANK YOU Jessica for your wonderful comment. You inspired me to create a small thing for everyone.  So, as following Jessica’s explanation, here is a Lucky the Leprechaun for you to use.  (This is the Lucky that Tricia originally created.)  There are two different sizes to choose from.  Print it out and laminate, then hide Lucky somewhere kooky in your house.  Whoever happens to find him gets to choose where he hides next.  I am sure your family will come up with some pretty weird places to hide him! 🙂

Find Lucky Game Pieces

Create A Masterpiece!

My youngest child just graduated from her preschool last night!  It was so much fun and I have LOVED her teacher.  She did simply amazing things with these preschoolers.  She taught these 3 and 4 year olds all about art.  They learned about 13 different artists.  The kids can tell you the name of over 30 art pieces, the artist’s name, and whether the art piece is a portrait, landscape, still life or sculpture.  WoW!  It really made me want to be more educated about the field of arts.

With a little preparation on your part, you can bring more culture and refinement into your own home and have fun in the process.  You may also be amazed with the masterpieces produced and surprised at the talents you didn’t even know you had!

Click here for fun art ideas to do as a family:

Art for the Family!

St. Patrick's Day Game . . . Don't Eat Lucky!

Need a fun and easy game for St. Patrick’s Day?

“Don’t Eat Lucky” can be played in school groups or as a family!

 

You will need:

1 Bag of Candy and the Printed Game Cards

Instructions to play the game are included in the packet.

 Don’t Eat Lucky Game Packet

Have FUN and ENJOY spending TIME with YOUR FAMILY!

Project Wednesday!

Check-out www.preparednotscared.blogspot.com for Two Fun Projects!

A Temple Memory Game and How to Make Your Own Portable Washer!

Snuggle Time!

 

One of my favorite activities that everyone loves in the family is “snuggle time” before bed.   I remember as a child and even as a teenager, my mom coming into my bedroom at night and sitting on the side of my bed to just talk about whatever was on my mind.  I loved and cherished this one-on-one time with my mom. 

Now that I am a mom, I marvel at how she had the energy and patience at the end of the long day, to make time to talk to each one of us.  I wish I could say that I’m doing just as good of a  job as my mom.  But, I’m trying.  As a mother of 4, I find it really hard to spend time with each one of my children every night.  So, we have a set schedule.  I’ve assigned each child two nights a week that is just for them to be snuggled. (My two youngest share one of the days, if you are trying to figure out the math!)  I set aside time each night to chat about their day, read books, or have their back tickled.  My kids love knowing it’s their special time with mom and it let’s me know that they really look forward to being with me.  Of course, I never forget to give them hugs, kisses and tell them how much I love them!   

Evening Routines . . . My Get Ready Shelf!

Valerie talked about getting back into a routine after school begins.  Sometimes that can be a challenge.  I believe routines really work but it may take some time to figure out what works best for you!  Don’t be afraid to keep working on it until you find what works for your family.  We all have different kids, different activities and different priorities.  You need to find what works with you and go with it!

Morning, evening and weekly routines can really help your family know what to expect.  Evening routines become even more important during the school year.  Your evening routine now includes bath time, homework time, reading time,  family time, and possibly time for a chore or two!  Kid’s will resist less if they know what is coming next.  We all have busy lives and some consistency is important with your kids.  Decide now when homework will be completed, where they will do it and where they will keep their supplies.  Make sure they understand what is expected and when.  Sit down and discuss what will work with your schedule.  If they know that right after dinner they need to start homework, then baths, then reading time, family prayer and lights out, your job will be a lot easier!

There are a few things that you can do before you go to bed to make your life a little easier in the morning.  To start with, do a quick clean in the evening.  Have your family get in on the action too!  Set a timer and pick up for 10 minutes each night.  If you need to, you can use the clutter bug once this time is up.  The clutter bug eats all the clutter that remains after 10 minutes and your kids will have to do chores in order to get their clutter back.  A few nights of the clutter bug coming out and your kids will be sure to make their 10 minutes of pick up count every night! 🙂  The next thing you can do is prepare for the morning by packing back packs, checking the lunch calendar so you are prepared to either make a lunch or send money, check the calendar so you know what is happening the next day.  A get ready shelf, basket or bin of some kind can also be helpful here.  Everything you need for the morning can be put on this shelf so that it is ready to go out the door when you do!  For some reason time seems to run out quickly in the morning.  A little preparation the night before can make things go a little smoother, not to mention a little happier! 🙂

Welcome Back to School!!

Are you exited your child or children are back in school?  Or is it a stressful time for you?  Do you find that you don’t quite have it together yet and are wondering when you will?  I wanted to give everyone a few reminders that we have talked about in the past that are very relevant to this time of year.  Remember that as your children’s schedules change, so does yours.  Routines are a vital part of having your household running smooth and stress free.  However, many people forget to adjust their routine as a new part of life happens.  Whether that’s because of school time, having a baby, a new job, a new place to live, or a combination of all of them,  you are always having to look at your routine and decided if it is still effective.  You may have to change your routine all together, or maybe you might have to just tweak it a little.  Remembering to address this can take a lot of stress out of your life and your children’s lives too.

 

My oldest son is in Jr. High now and has a hard time adjusting when it comes to time management.  With more homework loaded on, practice time with his instrument, and his chores at home, it has been a struggle this last week.  He did not realize that his play time has been significantly reduced if he leaves all of this to do after school.  By adjusting what he does in the morning, he can then produce more free time for himself later on.  This is not something that most children think about all on their own.

 

Challenge:  Take some one on one time to sit down with your child and talk about their daily routine.  Let them write down what they do everyday.  Help them to see where they can move items around to produce more free time for themselves.  Ultimately, this is what every child wants more of, yet has a hard time figuring out how to do it without their grades suffering in the process.

 

Most of all remember to have fun, at least once a day, with your child.  School time doesn’t have to be crazy and out of control.  You can do it and have fun in the process!

Gardening Made EASY!

I finally finished planting the last of my garden!  I’m a little late on some of my plants but I’m hoping for the “better late than never” plan!  This years garden includes:  Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Beans, Tomatoes, Corn, Bush Pickles, Raspberries, Strawberries, Lettuce (three kinds), Brussel Sprouts, Onions (4 kinds), Cucumbers, Watermellons, Cantalope, Peppers (4 kinds), Pumpkins (4 kinds), Gooseberries, Beets, Yellow Squash, Zuchinni, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach, Broccoli, and Cauliflower.  I decided it would be better to fill the garden with plants that I want instead of weeds that I don’t!  Oh, the joy of weeding!  My garden plan is pretty simple:  I use the “TOPS & BOTTOMS” System.  Some things grow up above the ground, while others grow below the ground.  Check the companion garden page to see what plants grow well together.  I planted my lettuce and my beets in the same row . . . lettuce grows on the top, the beets grow below so they count as the bottoms.  This makes the best use of the space and cuts down on the weeds.  Remember to include the family.  Make it fun with contests and incentives.  Each of my boys is assigned a section of the garden to weed and care for.  It really is true that “Many hands make light work ” and being in the garden with the family gives opportunity for great conversation!  Happy Planting!

A Tribute to All Mothers!

With Mother’s Day coming up, I searched the internet a few days ago for an idea that would make a great gift for the primary children in my ward to give to their mothers.  I came across this darling story that ended up putting tears in my eyes.  I have a toddler that is trying my patience right now and we had a very bad day together when I found this story.  It was the perfect way to make me laugh, cry, and remember how great it is to be a mother.  It’s my wish for all women to feel loved and appreciated this mother’s day.  We are simply amazing!

                Mothers Day Story.pdf