Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIY Baby Wipe Solution

If you're new to my blog, you may not know that I cloth diaper. Not "exclusively" but ALMOST. I typically use a disposable for babysitters, when the kids have a rash, or when I know we'll be out ALL day (its easier to carry 5 disposable diapers, rather than 10 cloth diapers). So, with #1 and #2 I bought wipe solution, because it was "easy".

I've been wanting to make my own wipe solution, to cut one more thing out of the budget...but in all honestly I wanted to make my own, because then I know whats in it. I love that cloth diapering is "green", but that's not the #1 reason why I made the switch. It was initially because both #1 and #2 were in diapers at the SAME TIME and it was ridiculously expensive!

So, with #3 I'm trying out my own wipe solution, and I LOVE IT.I got this recipe from a friend who is also cloth diapering her little one.

Here's what you need:
Baby wash (we use Johnson and Johnson because my kids have very sensitive skin)
Baby Oil (again, name brand)
A gallon jug (or something to pour your mixed solution into).
Water
Funnel

Now I made a whole gallon of the solution, so I wouldn't have to make it again and again. The following is about 2 cups worth of a wipe solution. To make a gallon, multiple it by 4.

1/2 cup baby wash
1/2 cup baby oil
2 cups water

Mix together in jug (I shook mine, worked well).

Now, if you don't cloth diaper, but you want to make your own wipe solution you can. I use some little kid wash clothes and cut up t-shirts as the "wipes". You can simply use the wipes, then add them to your regular wash. One less thing you'll have to buy, and most of the stuff you should have on hand! Why not give it a try?


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Listen and Look for Jesus



Theme:  Listen to Jesus; Look to Jesus.  He helps us in the mountains and the valleys, everywhere that we go!

Lesson
Read Mark 1:36-37

Activities
Next, have kids take turns (maybe in partners) building a mountain with blocks wearing sunglasses covered in Vaseline. See who can build the biggest mountain before it falls over. 

Say: It's hard to do what we are supposed to (or face challenges) when we can't see!

Get in circle and play telephone (you might need to explain it to the littler ones).  The message to say is "Look to Jesus, Listen to Jesus.  He loves us wherever we go!"  

After you play the game tell them. We have to know how to listen to God.  We do this by knowing what is in the Bible!

If they want to play another round of telephone, you can.

Craft:
There are TWO crafts. They can do both, or choose one.

Big Heart: the kids can choose a big heart and draw ears, eyes, and a cross. Tell them: This is to remind us to listen and look for God. Look for Jesus! Listen to His Word! 




Little Hearts: The kids can choose die cut hearts and glue them “upside down” onto the white paper. To make a “mountain” shape. If they still want to draw eyes, ears, and a cross on the paper, that’s fine.

Then they can glue on a verse. 1 John 4:19 onto their paper – This is done for EITHER craft.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

God is Everywhere You Are

This past weekend we "unplugged" and spent quiet time in the Sawtooth mountains, with the whole family. Pastor had a board retreat (meaning a meeting for him, which he did "plug in" during the meeting) on Saturday but we were able to spend time as a family, and with other families Friday night, Saturday night, and worship together on Sunday. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

#1 did have a fever during the whole weekend, was a bit more cuddly, but it was probably because he had his kindergarten shots on Thursday. We got to go tubing on their nice snow tube run, we took some nice quiet walks in the DEEP snow, and enjoyed the kids playing games together. It was so nice. While on a walk back to the retreat center, #2, #3 and I were walking through the woods and I stopped to look up. THIS is what I saw.
Now isn't that just beautiful? There is a bit of snow on the trees, but it was pretty windy so the wind had blew off all the snow. Now, I asked Pastor what he saw when I showed him this picture and he laughed and said "trees". Ok, that's not what I see. I see God's beautiful wonderful design, and a CROSS. Maybe I'm crazy? I see the trees opening up to form a cross in the sky. Even my 2 year old little girl saw it. She looked up and said "mommy, mommy a cross". I wasn't sure what she was talking about, I honestly didn't see it until AFTER I snapped the picture.

This just proves God is everywhere. He is with you wherever you go, in whatever you do, in the hard times or the easy times. God is there. Talk to HIM today.



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EASY Fudge

I LOVE Chocolate. Like really really LOVE it. I could eat a whole pound of fudge, if I didn't have a conscience. HOWEVER, I've learned through nursing #3 that she's very, I mean VERY sensitive to chocolate. REALLY God? Why!? I tried just ONE piece of my most delicious fudge, and she was throwing up for 15 minutes, straight. I could pump and dump, and I may have to go that route, but is it really worth it? I'm not sure. Why don't you try my fudge recipe and let me know!

EASY Fudge
You'll Need:
1 1/2 c White Sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-50z can of Evaporated Milke
1 1/2 cup mini marshmellows
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use semi sweet)


Steps:
1. Pour milk and sugar into medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Stir constantly.
2. Boil for 5 minutes, continue stirring.
3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.
4. Stir until smooth.
5. Pour into a 8x8 square pan (greased)
6. Let set, and ENJOY (a piece for you and a piece for ME).

Meal Plan Monday

Monday again. Which means the meal plan. Last week, when I took a WEEK OFF of cooking, it was so nice. Ahh, back to the real life. Today, an awesome member from our congregation is watching my littles while I go grocery shopping. Going grocery shopping alone is like a SPA day...well, not really, but its right up there! Here's what I'll be getting groceries for this week. ALL of these meals are emeal recipes. Remember, to simplify life, I'm only planning SUPPER, breakfast and lunch is "fly by the seat of your pants" planning.





Make Time For Family - eMeals BlogMonday:  Eat at church.
Tuesday: Sesame Shrimp over Rice
Wednesday: Creamy Herb Pork Chops
Thursday: Taco Calzones
Friday: Cheez-it Chicken 


Friday, February 22, 2013

Five Minute Friday: What My Mamma Did...

Today, I'm linking up with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. This is such a great way to write freely. It's really simple. You have one topic, from Lisa, then you write for 5 minutes unedited, pure, just you and the keyboard. Why don't you try it?

Go.
I was really excited to see this topic, its an easy one for me. My momma is and was amazing. She was our rock as a family. She went through a divorce when I was 8. It would've crushed me if I was her, but she stood strong.

She showed me and my little sis about the TRUE meaning of family time. She strived to make sure she spent enough time with both my sister and I. She developed loving relationships that I can say just gets stronger and stronger every time I talk to her. She illustrated how its the love of family that keeps you together, not tangible things, trips, or money. Pure love. Love.

My momma is was also very genuine. She taught me how to appreciate something in everyone, even if its really hard. She has the best spirit. I just love my momma. I'm blessed to still have my momma with me. So, what have I taken into my littles life like my momma?

The pure love. The love she showed me as a child was better then any toy she could've ever bought me. So I, in turn am working to show my littles a similar love. Show my kids that family time (especially game night, oh man, I have a lot of fond memories playing family games, with my momma) is important.

So what my momma did was instill an awesome LOVE, and unconditional LOVE for me and my little sis (and step bro and step sis too). I love you mom.

STOP.

A picture taken 5 or so year's ago. Me, my sister, and my loving momma.

Weekly Wrap Up - Letter E

This week we talked about the letter e. It was a short week for many reasons. We didn't do school on Monday, because Pastor was home and we spent the day as a family playing games and having fun. We haven't seen him a lot because he's been so busy with everything. Tuesday was a normal day, the only one this week. Wednesday we had a playdate at McDs. I used to think that we needed to "stay home" and get school "DONE", but then I realized that McDs is school too, because it's socialization for #1 and #2 and ME! Thursday we had a playdate with a friend, who we haven't had a really "play date" with since before #3 was born, which is almost 3 months now! Friday we have an appointment in the morning and then we're taking off for the MOUNTAINS! Woohoo! We're getting out of town. Pastor has a retreat for work, so we're going with. YAHOO!

Here's a peak into our not so productive week. I've backed off on the picture taking and actually been helping #1 more, because I'm pushing through the 4s curriculum with him and he needs more help, so I can't take a picture and help him at the same time. Here's what I do have.

Preschool 4s










What do you do when you have 20 LEFT OVER balloons from a birthday party? You use a white board marker and play "find that letter!". 
 
 





Playschool 2s


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a keeper

Do you keep your kids work? I don't keep a lot of stuff, just because it takes up a LOT of space, but this is one thing I'll keep forever. May frame it too.

#1 made this in Sunday school last week. I'm not sure if they coached him as to what to say to the question 'Jesus came for....' but either way its special to me. In the picture above the words is a picture of Jesus. Below the words is a picture of a whale from Jonah and the whale. Such a special memory. I'm glad Jesus came for me. This is on our fridge and is a reminder for me!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY Quiet Fine Motor Activity

 I made these pipe cleaner color sorters a while back. #1 and #2 LOVED them when I made them...then they lost interest. So I put them away, then yesterday I pulled them back out...and it was like Christmas all over again...makes me wonder if I should put more toys away and bring them out later!

This is a very SIMPLE and easy activity. You can make it with almost any plastic container you have at home. I have 2. This one is from a peanut butter jar. I used this jar because it's clear and then you can also put a magnet up to the jar and "catch" the pipe cleaners. It's pretty neat. The other container I used was an old puffs container.

You'll need:
Nail
Hammer
Pipe Cleaners
Colored Markers
Hole Reinforcements (white)

To Do:
1. Use a nail and hammer it in to make your holes (on the peanut butter jar Pastor had to use a drill, the lid was so durable.
2. Place your hole reinforcements over the holes, color them.
3. Cut up your pipe cleaners (I cut mine in thirds)
4. Put your little one to work, color sorting.

Not only are the kids working on color sorting, but also on fine motor skills. We've brought this in our church bags a few times. Keeps the kids entertained and quiet during church!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Jesus' Experiences - Kid Korner Ideas

Pastor has started a Monday night worship service at our church. This is a very SIMPLE worship service. If a person hasn't been to church in a while, they don't need to fear they won't know what's going on. Pastor guides and instruction as the service goes along, and its simple and to the point. We sing some songs, he talks about our forgiveness, he leads us in a reading-which he uses as his sermon, we sing another song, do an offering to the Lord, have some prayers, and a blessing. Simple.

Within this service is also Kids Korner for the kids. I help plan the events for Kids Korner with #2 Godmother. She's an amazing teacher and I'm so privileged to get to work with her. The last Monday in January we talked about Luke 4:16-21. We focused on the experiences Jesus had. Specifically verse 18, which says:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,


So, here is what we did for Kids Korner relating to these verses. Now I apologize there are no pictures, #3 was cranky and I had to step out and feed her. 



Read the italicized words: In Luke 4 it talks about Jesus experiences. Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue (which is like a church), as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he read: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Tonight we are going to go through some similar experiences like what Jesus did.
The first thing we are going to do is proclaim freedom. We are going to pretend that we are prisoners with our coats on backwards and we’re going to try and get FREE. 

Have the kids put their coat on backwards, zip it up. See if they can “get free” from their coat. If kids do not have their coats, you could use the ribbon and tie it around their feet to see if they could get free. 


Next, we are going to give sight to the blind. 

Have kids put on the blind folds. Ask them what it feels like to not see. Is it scary? Can you walk without the help of someone guiding you? 

Finally, we are going to “carry a burden”. A burden is something that is really heavy. 

Have kids take turns carrying the box of heavy books. When the kids need help, take the box for them. (This is like when Jesus freed the oppressed. He took all the peoples burdens and set them free.)
           This is kind of like what it was like when Jesus set the oppressed free. He TOOK the peoples burdens and set them free. We cannot do these things without Jesus

We then had the kids do a coloring sheet. It was a well liked activity and I think they understood the concept a little better! 



**Note these pictures were taken from images from a google search**

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day Chex Mix



I made this awesome chex mix for our MOPS meeting last week and it was a hit. I can't take credit for the recipe. It's from the Betty Crocker website. You'll have to check it out!

Week off from cooking

I'm taking the week off from cooking. We have a ton of left overs that we can heat up, otherwise we're eating at church for the Monday night worship service or for the lenten worship service. If we end up having to cook, its going to be Pastor. I'm taking the week off. So, I can't tell you what we'll be eating, because I'm destressing and taking this one load off. I'll be back next week cooking, hopefully.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Praying for ...


Have you ever prayed for things to happen, and then God show you that's not his plan? Or lead you another way?

It's happened to me. More than once. Happened this month actually. I was praying for something to happen, but my motives were all personal, not focused on what God wanted, but rather all focused on ME.

It really hit me in Children's Ministry today because we were talking about the beatitudes. The leader contrasted them with the "meatitudes". That's totally what I was doing, focusing on the ME, rather than what was best in God's Eyes.

Today, I've realized I need to pray that God guide me in the path where we are at and pray he guides me in the coming days. Even though it's hard to accept God's plan sometimes when we live in such a "my" world. We all want things OUR way. In OUR time. Well, it never happens that way, and if it does, it is all God, not us.

God, please help me realize that you know what's best. Help me not to dwell on things that are out of my control. I know that you will guide our steps. Please grant me peace in realizing this more and more each day. Amen.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Five Minute Friday: beloved

I'm starting a new routine on Fridays. I am Linking up with Lisa Jo  this week to participate in Five Minute Friday. This is a commitment of five minutes of unedited writing. It's a fun series. Join in!

Beloved.

Go.
Many things come to my mind when I hear this word. I am HIS beloved. I'm precious to HIM. But moreso when I hear this word I think of my three little babies. They are MY beloved.

How appropriate this comes the day before #1st fourth birthday. I'm so blessed to have such an awesome little man. I cherish the time we have together, even though some days it rather challenging.

I think of the awesome love that Jesus has for us, as we are HIS beloved children and I try day on and day out to have a similar love for my children.

Remember, you are HIS beloved.

Stop.


Unglued

Unglued. That's what I've become, or what I'm working towards. I've been horrible about keeping my "me, morning" time. This devotional helped me do just that.

I had heard about Lysa Terkeurst from many other women. In fact they just finished her bible study at church (but since I lead Children's Ministry I'm unable to attend).

I can see why people were talking about her and her bible study. This devotional was simple but yet just what I was looking for. It spoke words of wisdom and helped me positively think about some things that are going on right now. It's a nice 60 day devotional (however I read more than one a day some days).

Included in the devotional is a bible verse, a thought for the day (which I LOVED), the devotion itself, and then a closing prayer.

This devotion isn't a "touchy feely" Jesus Loves You devotional, rather its a devotional to help you focus on the positive and realize that we are imperfect, and THAT'S OK!


{I was given this book for my honest review from Blogging for Books.}

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pronouns

Have you every been in the grocery store, alone (not alone as in the only one in the store, as in no kids or husband with you). No Kids. Peace. You can quietly roam the aisles at your own leisure?

I have.

 A few times.

I can probably count them on ONE hand. I'm usually toting around one, if not 3 kids. But hey, that's ok. It's my life, and I love my kiddos...but I do really enjoy grocery shopping alone. I've found that I spend less money (typically) and am more focused. Duh.

Anyway, the other day I was shopping, alone. A rarity. I was enjoying myself. I was in the produce section of the grocery store and I was trying to get around someone.

So I say, "excuse US". The person moved over and continued looking for ripe bananas. I stood there for a second and realize.

Hmm, Us. It's only me. There is no US, just ME.

I find myself a lot of the time saying "us" and "we're" ALL. THE. TIME. No matter if I'm alone or with my kids or anyone else.

I think this is a mommy trait. Anyone else?

I also refer to myself a lot of the time as "mommy". For example while talking with #2 this morning (whom I dictate our complete DAY to, usually) I said, "Mommy needs to brush her hair, because it's messy".

I rarely every say I. Weird. I'll use the pronoun US, but not I. Hmm.

I became more aware of this when I heard #2 saying "__________ needs to go potty" using her real name, instead of I.

I laughed. On the Inside.

I know this is a common trait of toddlers, just made me become more aware of what I say. Funny isn't it?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lego Patterning


Last week I brought you Lego Addition (Lego Subtraction, coming next week!). Today I'm going to share with you 10 Lego Patterns you can bring and have your child recreate with Duplo Legos. We use these as a "quiet" activity after rest time. It's nice because the kids LOVE the Legos and they are using their brains to create a specific picture.


Please share this with your friends, I do ask that you do NOT host this on your blog, rather provide a link back to my site. These are all my own creations so I ask that you please not alter, copy, or sell any of this. I want to provide it free to you!

I hope you and your little one enjoy these as much as my kids do!

Blessings!






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