Dec 8, 2017

Quotes About Kindness and Friendliness and Love

Quotes About Kindness and Friendliness and Love
These two quotes are some of my absolute favorite.  Maybe it is because quotes that have love in them just naturally make sense to have the words kindness and friendliness in them as well.  Needless to say it was easy for me to find quotes about kindness and friendliness.  However, it wasn't easy to cut it down to only two!  

The quote above is such a perfect reminder of the wonderful world we live in.  YES there are terrible things in this world.  Some of them are caused by other human beings, but some of them are caused by natural things.  Kindness is always a great way to help others feel loved, but also to help extinguish fear.  I plan to help those around me by being just a little more kind. 

Quotes About Kindness and Friendliness and Love

This one is the best.  Seriously though...how many of you have friends that have seen you at your worst?  I do!  I was actually just texting a friend the other day and she text back that she loved me.  I remember when this friend came into my life.  It was during my life's darkest days (at least to date).  Yet even with a "baby" friendship she has stuck by me and grew that "baby" friendship into something amazing.  I actually have so many friends that came into my life during this time and because of how they stuck by me through thick and thin our friendships are ones that I will cherish a lifetime.

Quotes About Kindness and Friendliness and Love

More posts about the values kindness and friendliness:
-Family Home Evening Lessons on Kindness and Friendliness

More posts with FREE quote printables:
-Love and Self-Reliance/Potential
-Love & Self-Discipline/Moderation
-Love & Fidelity/Chastity
-Love & Loyalty
-Love and respect
-Love quotes
-Love and Sensitivity/Unselfishness

This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Once again, my basis for choosing values each month comes from the book, Teaching Your Children Values.  (This link is an affiliate link which means that if you purchase something after clicking on this link I will be paid a very small commission.  However, my love for this book started way before this post was written.) 

Dec 7, 2017

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness
This month came at such a great time.  My girls have been at odds lately.  It seems there is always something to fight about.  I read over 40 books in search of the best picture books about kindness and friendliness.  

Now I must warn you.  I read over 40, but I only was able to cut it down to 20.  This list is long, but it is full of amazing books.  I love them all.  I have this post broken down into kindness books, friendliness books, my favorite books in both categories, and two books that are just in time for the Christmas season!  Enjoy! 
This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 
Friendliness Books

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book would best be read over various days.  It is great because it tells a lot about different parts of friendship, such as how not to be a friend, and how to be a great friend.  It can be a little long for one sitting though.  

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book has a little about peer pressure too.  Sometimes our friends want us to do things that really aren't "like" us.  However, you can still be friends with your friends and also be obedient to your teacher and parents.  

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book is like many books on my list.  It's about two best friends that do everything together and then a new "person" moves into town.  This disrupts their dynamic, but in the end they realize they are still best friends. 

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book is so good for kids my daughter's age (Kindergartener).  I don't know if any of you parents have kids that have a hard time grasping the fact that you can be friends with multiple people at the exact same time.  My daughter gets that she has different friends, but needing to play with them all at the same time is hard for her to understand.  This book showed this beautifully. 

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book shows that sometimes our friends change.  However, that doesn't mean they aren't our friends any more or more importantly that you can't be kind to each other. 

Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book reminded me a lot of Fish is Fish.  It is about two friends that go separate ways, but how they stay friends and how they are both valuable to this world. 


Picture Books About Kindness & Friendliness

This book is so simple.  Its a very quick read.  And it is actually called a Friendship primer.  So I had to include it.  If you know me and have been following along then you know I LOVE BabyLit books.  Any time I can include one I will.  Sadly this is the only one that has made it on my value list of books.

Dec 1, 2017

2 Gift Ideas That Can Be For a Man or Woman (Plus a bonus one that is geared towards mainly women)

2 Gift Ideas That Can Be For a Man or Woman (Plus a bonus one that is geared towards mainly women)
Do you draw names for family members?  Do you play a game where everyone will walk away with a gift, but there are both women and men playing?  These can be tricky things to buy gifts for because you want everyone to be glad they got YOUR gift.

I usually tend to buy gift cards for situations like this, but those can seem so boring.  I have two great gift ideas that can be for a man or a woman.  These products I have used personally and I love them all.  But I didn't stop there.  I talked to so many others that have used them.  I have both male and female friends and family that have used them.  The conclusion was unanimous too.  Everyone LOVED them. 

I was provided product from Tiffany in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

2 Gift Ideas That Can Be For a Man or Woman (Plus a bonus one that is geared towards mainly women)
The first one that I will share is mainly geared towards women.  The reason why is because it is for hair.  Most guys cut their hair so often they don't need to worry about split ends or even having smooth hair.  However, if you know a guy that is looking for that then this is your product.

This one is great when someone needs to be pampered and they have beautiful hair that they treasure.  This mask helps prevent split ends and breakage.  It makes the hair more smooth, shiny, and manageable.  It can last 7 days.

The price for this beauty is $30.  You apply it once a week to your hair after shampooing it.  Leave it on your hair for 5-10 minutes depending on how much conditioning it needs.  Then rinse it.  Super simple for great looking hair.


2 Gift Ideas That Can Be For a Man or Woman (Plus a bonus one that is geared towards mainly women)
The next item is so great for a gift to anyone who needs to pamper their feet.  This is a GREAT gift to give in the Summer when our feet get seen the most and start looking kind of yucky.  However, it is a great gift after flip flop season is over to help repair those feet.  You will notice relief in the first few weeks of using it.

This isn't just a moisturizer and that is why it works.  It has crushed allspice berry (Pimenta dioica) in it to relieve persistent dry, cracked, and red skin on heels, toes, and sides of the feet.  So give it to someone that needs it and then buy one for yourself.  Then find a night to binge watch Netflix shows and pamper yourself while hanging out with someone special to you.

The price for this product is $30.  You will apply this morning and night or just as needed.  I focus on only the rough or dry parts of my feet.  Do not rinse it off once applied.  You will see the best results after about 6-8 weeks, but I noticed a difference within a week and for sure after 2 weeks.


2 Gift Ideas That Can Be For a Man or Woman (Plus a bonus one that is geared towards mainly women)
The last item I am going to share is the most popular product of the three.  So of course I saved it for last.  This one has people freaking out at the results.  It actually surprised me when I decided to actually try it for myself.

The great thing about this product is that people with sensitive teeth can use it and not notice any pain.  They can brighten and whiten their teeth without having to deal with side effects of bleaching them.  It helps to remove stains.

The price of this amazing product is $20. For this product you will use it just like a toothpaste.  I started seeing great results in 2 weeks.  My teeth were pretty white to begin, but as I talked to others I heard the same results.  Fast results and everyone was impressed.  It is a great product to use that is simple and something you do everyday anyways.

2 Gift Ideas That Can Be For a Man or Woman (Plus a bonus one that is geared towards mainly women)

Which product peeked your interest the most?  Seriously, you would make someone very happy by giving them this gift.  You might even want to get them for yourself.  Self care IS important!

Nov 28, 2017

Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun

Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun
Christmas is going to be here before we know it.  And what comes before Christmas is the first of December!?  We are so close to the full blown Christmas season.  I like to do Christmas countdowns.  I love the fun and excitement of them.  However, I am also more busy than I have ever been in my life.  So I have been struggling with what I wanted to do.  I knew I needed a Christmas countdown idea that is simple and fun. 

I usually buy an advent calendar every other year.  Last year I bought the Little People Advent Calendar, but on the off years that I don't buy I like to make one and personalize it a bit.  I honestly have been thinking about this for months and have come up with some great ideas.  However, most of them were pretty grand and needed a lot of time to put them together.  

That is when I came up with this idea.  It is so simple that I feel like I am cheating.  However, it will not lack the excitement factor.  The girls will get to open something every day and the best part is I have made it so there are 4 different type of things they will be opening.  
  1. Activities
  2. Crafts
  3. Toys, books, jewelry, or games
  4. Candy
I am going to share with you how I put this together.  Again, it is so simple you might blink and it will be over.  Then I will share with you the items that I included in the countdown, but again you can customize everything to fit your child's likes and interests. 

I was provided product from Oriental Trading in exchange for a blog post.  No other type of compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

Are you ready for the steps? 
  1. Gather all your items together.  You will need 24 items.  If you are doing "activities" like I decided to do then print the activites off on pieces of paper and include them in the 24. Most of my items are from Oriental TradingThey have a one stop shop for Christmas items that are PERFECT for advent calendars.  Also, at this time decide the order you want the "presents" to come.  I liked to spread my 4 different types of things up.  That way they don't get 6 candies in a row.   
    Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun
     
  2. Collect all items needed to wrap presents.  (You might want to add little envelopes as well-for the "activities" to go in)  I am talking tape, scissors, envelopes (if wanting to use them) and wrapping paper.  I do want to add that if you want to use stickers or something like that to label each gift with a number then gather those as well.  You could easily write a number on each package.  OR I made some printables that you can print and cut out if you would like.
    Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun
  3. Wrap all the "presents".
    Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun
  4. I attached the numbers as I went so I wouldn't get confused as to what "present" was wrapped up.  I actually made the list of all the items and then decided what order I wanted them in before I started wrapping as well. 
  5. I knew I wanted these displayed in my home and I love this ladder that I use for so many different things.  However, if you don't have a ladder you could put them in a decorative box.  You could also set them out on the table every morning.  If you have an Elf on the Shelf you could have her/him bring the surprise each day.  You could also put it in the slots of an over the door shoe organizer.  There are so many ways to present this.  If you are tying them to something (like the ladder idea) then you will also need bakers twine or jute or something to tie the surprises to the ladder.  Then start assembling it.  
    Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun
  6. If you are displaying it in a box then put them all in the box/bin/container of your choosing.  If you are having your elf bring them then just make sure they are put somewhere where the curious eyes of the kids don't see them and decide to open each of them all right away.  
Then you are done!  My girls are so excited to start this.  Just remember that the spirit of the season is giving and love.  So don't make it harder than it needs to be.  If you have more time another year then do something a little more intense.  However, doing a countdown doesn't have to be hard and you can have a lot of fun and make memories by doing it with your kids (family). 
Christmas Countdown Idea that is Simple & Fun

Now I will share with you the items that I wrapped.  I will also share it with you in the order that I used.
  1. Sucker (got all of these at Oriental Trading)
  2. Breakfast with Santa (activity)
  3. Color your own gift bags (got at Oriental Trading)
  4. Bell necklace (got at Oriental Trading)
  5. Sucker
  6. Book from the dollar store
  7. Cocoa ornament craft (got at Oriental Trading)
  8. Sucker
  9. Photo ornament (got at Oriental Trading)
  10. Snow measuring craft (got at Oriental Trading)
  11. Sucker
  12. Gingerbread sticker scene (got at Oriental Trading)
  13. Book from the dollar store
  14. Sucker
  15. Matthews Christmas party (activity)
  16. Barn Christmas party (activity)
  17. Sucker
  18. The Great Christmas Adventure (activity)
  19. Build a snowman game (got at Oriental Trading)
  20. Make a gingerbread village (activity)
  21. Nativity nesting dolls (got at Oriental Trading)
  22. Nativity bracelet craft (got at Oriental Trading)
  23. Anderson Christmas party (activity)
  24. Nativity sticker scene (got at Oriental Trading)

Nov 17, 2017

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness
This is the second to last month of finding movies that relate to the values I am teaching in my home.  It has been hard to find ones that do not overlap.  Although, that is not a terrible issue to have I also wanted to find ones that have not been used for other values.  

After really thinking about and reviewing 6-10 movies I am happy to say that I found a good list of movies about kindness and friendliness.  They all bring something different to the table and some of them might be a blast from the past for the adults.  Let's dive into them.  

This post contains some affiliate links.  This means if you purchase something after you click on the link I will receive a small commission, but I love and believe in these products regardless of the commission. 

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness

Let's start with the reason I picked the pictures I did for this post.  The movie UP is one of my favorites.  I absolutely love it for so many reasons, but I picked it particularly for this topic because Russell was able to teach Carl (a grouchy, mean old man) how to love and be friendly.  It changed Carl's whole life.

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness

This movie brings up so many fond memories.  There isn't a deep way to talk about why I picked this movie other than these boys are such great friends.  Friends that in my mind lasted a lifetime.

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness

The next movie is actually two movies.  Monsters Inc. is so CUTE!  I love this movie again for many, many reasons.  I picked it because not only are Mike and Sulley great friends but they become great friends with Boo and really care for her.  Then in Monsters University Mike and Sulley build on their friendship.  Again, a movie I love so much. 

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness

I had to put this one in here because it's perfect for this time of year!  I love how a small little girl can teach THE GRINCH about love and friendship.  

Movies About Kindness and Friendliness

More posts about the values kindness and friendliness:
-Kindness and Friendliness Quotes
-Picture Books on Kindness and Friendliness

Nov 8, 2017

Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Kindness and Friendliness

Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Kindness and Friendliness
I had so much fun finding Family Home Evening lesson ideas about kindness and friendliness.  This topic is such a fun one to teach kids and there are so many directions you can go with it.  I chose to do 4 very different topics just so we could hit all areas of these values.

Both of my girls are animal lovers and so the be kind to animals lesson will be fun.  Then I did a good manners one because we sometimes don't think of manners falling under kindness and friendliness, but it does.  The our words are powerful and true friendship ones are spot on what I am teaching them this month.

I hope every single day that my girls will always choose kindness over meanness and be friends with everyone.  I never really had to worry about it until my daughter started school.  Now we talk about it all the time.  Thankfully my oldest notices other's feelings very easily, but it is always good to review and it's never too early to start talking about it with my youngest.  
Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Kindness and Friendliness





More posts about the values kindness and friendliness:
-Kindness and Friendliness Quotes
-Picture Books on Kindness and Friendliness

Check out more ideas for Family Home Evening:
This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Once again, my basis for choosing values each month comes from the book, Teaching Your Children Values.  (This link is an affiliate link which means that if you purchase something after clicking on this link I will be paid a very small commission.  However, my love for this book started way before this post was written.) 


Oct 28, 2017

Quotes About Sensitivity and Love (and Add Unselfishness Too)

Quotes About Sensitivity and Love (and Add Unselfishness Too)
I kind of like this quote about sensitivity and love.  The one about unselfishness and love is just as beautiful in my book.  I actually had a hard time deciding which two to pick this month so I had a friend help me. 

Quotes About Sensitivity and Love (and Add Unselfishness Too)
I am a very sensitive person.  VERY.  My husband says it is a gift the way I can feel for people.  When they hurt it is almost like my heart is breaking with them.  I can see it being a gift, but at times it is almost unbearable.  With all the ugly things happening in the world I have a hard time sleeping.  My heart is breaking for the victims of the earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, shootings, terrorist attacks, and the list goes on and on.  When I see the pain on their faces I lose my breath because I feel so terrible for them.  However, I find so much in the world to love at the same time.  Like my husband said that is where the gift part comes in.  I can always find a reason to love someone or something.  My dreams are so grand and I have so many.  So this quote spoke to me personally, because these things in my life. 

Quotes About Sensitivity and Love (and Add Unselfishness Too)
Now isn't this quote the truth.  I love seeing unselfish acts of love.  I especially love seeing it in my family.  When my girls do something for each other just because they love each other it makes my heart melt.  Real true love starts in the home.  I hope to be able to share this quote with my family often this month and show them how it really is true.


More posts with FREE quote printables:
-Love and Self-Reliance/Potential
-Love & Self-Discipline/Moderation
-Love & Fidelity/Chastity
-Love & Loyalty
-Love and respect
-Love quotes

This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Once again, my basis for choosing values each month comes from the book, Teaching Your Children Values.  (This link is an affiliate link which means that if you purchase something after clicking on this link I will be paid a very small commission.  However, my love for this book started way before this post was written.) 

Oct 24, 2017

Kid Movies that Teach Life Lessons - Unselfishness & Sensitivity

Kid Movies that Teach Life Lessons - Unselfishness & Sensitivity
If you are a parent then you understand that finding a movie that your kids like and that isn't a complete waste can be hard.  I love watching kid movies that teach life lessons with my girls.  This month I wanted to focus on unselfishness and sensitivity since those are the values we are focusing on in the month of October.

However, I had a hard time finding some movies that fit those values.  Sad...I know.  I found some, but they aren't entirely attention grabbing movies for little kids.  There is one that is great for kids and the other two might be better for older kids.  Each of them are fantastic movies though.

Kid Movies that Teach Life Lessons - Unselfishness & Sensitivity

This post contains some affiliate links.  This means if you purchase something after you click on the link I will receive a small commission, but I love and believe in these products regardless of the commission. 

Kid Movies that Teach Life Lessons - Unselfishness & Sensitivity

This one is the great one of younger kids.  We all know the story of Dumbo.  Poor Dumbo was laughed at and made fun of so often.  This is a great way to talk about Dumbo's feelings and how the animals weren't being sensitive to him.

Kid Movies that Teach Life Lessons - Unselfishness & Sensitivity
I had not heard of this movie until one of my friends suggested I watch it when I told her about my quest of finding a good movie that fit these two values.  It is such a great movie about sensitivity.  This movie shows how wonderful this world would be if we could all just be a little more sensitive to each other.

Kid Movies that Teach Life Lessons - Unselfishness & Sensitivity

I remember watching this movie in high school.  It was so powerful to me back then.  I wanted to do something like this when I was in school.  Now a days I always look for ways to "pay it forward" to others around me.  I love when I hear stories about people paying it forward.  Once again if we were all a little less selfish we would have a much happier world to live in!

Are there any others you would add to the list?


More posts about the values sensitivity and unselfishness:
-Sensitivity and Unselfishness Quotes

Other posts about movies that teach different values:

Oct 20, 2017

Picture Books That Teach Unselfishness and Sensitivity

Picture Books That Teach Unselfishness and Sensitivity
It was really hard finding Family Home Evening Ideas on these values, but it wasn't hard at all to find picture books that fit these values.  Actually my hardest thing was not picking too many.  I picked a lot that I will share with you in this post, but I love them all.  

Each of these picture books that teach unselfishness and sensitivity have great lessons to learn.  We had so much fun reading these together and learning from them.  I hope you find that you love them too.     


This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Picture Books That Teach Unselfishness and Sensitivity

This book is great for younger kids.  My two year old liked how quick it was and the pictures were really good for her age.  We still able to talk about what the book was about after we read it because it was a fast read.  It was a little too simple for my five year old, but it was perfect for my two year old.  

Picture Books That Teach Unselfishness and Sensitivity

This book was perfect for my two year old.  She could TOTALLY relate to the little sister in this book.  But I loved how at the end even the little sister could share. 

Picture Books That Teach Unselfishness and Sensitivity

This book shows how much fun you can have with your friends if you are unselfish.  By sharing you actually have MORE fun, not less.  It was fast so my two year old and I were able to talk about what was going on in the pictures.  

Picture Books That Teach Unselfishness and Sensitivity

This book is a very quick read.  It is also great to show that sometimes we aren't trying to be mean, but we need to think about what we do and say and how it affects those around us.  I'm not sure my two year old got it entirely.  She liked the book, but she didn't get it completely, but my five year old did and she loved it as well.  


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