May 26, 2017

Free Printable Quote About Love & Moderation & Self-Discipline

Free Printable Quote About Love & Moderation & Self-Discipline
There is one thing about me that I swear is a problem.  That is that I love quotes.  I love them so much I can't ever get enough of them.  I want them all over my house.  Oh wait...I HAVE them all over my house. 

This year I want to come up with two quotes a month that have both my "word of the year" this year (which is love) and the value we are focusing on for the month (this month there is two, Self-Discipline & Moderation).  I haven't had too big of a problem finding quotes to contain both of my words that I want in the quotes.  However, this month seemed impossible.  Thankfully I found something.  
Free Printable Quote About Love & Moderation & Self-Discipline
I came up with a free printable quote about love & moderation & self-discipline and I will also be sharing my quote I have on my chalkboard.  The free quote printable is a bit of a stretch to meet both of my words, BUT I love it none the less.  I love how it mentions so many different values.  I hope you can display it in your home to help you and your family remember all of these important values.  
Free Printable Quote About Love & Moderation & Self-Discipline
I do have to say I love, love, love the quote I did on my chalkboard in the kitchen.  I am a big supporter of moderation, but I love how this quote reminds me everyday to NOT have moderation in the world's most important value (at least in my opinion) and that is love.
Free Printable Quote About Love & Moderation & Self-Discipline

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May 23, 2017

Picture Books That Teach Self Discipline & Moderation

Picture books that teach self discipline and moderation
I have said this before, but finding good resources to teach both self-discipline AND/OR moderation has been hard.  There are some pretty good ones about self-discipline, but moderation has been the toughest one.  It is sad, because the truth is that our society in general doesn’t believe in moderation.

We can see it in all we do and say.  We don't buy one shirt.  We buy one of every color.  We don't just get a main course; we eat it all.  We tend to be on our phones to much,  TV's too much, social media too much.  I am guilty of it.  It is sad that there are little resources when it comes to picture books that teach kids about these values.  

However, I have found some good picture books that teach self discipline and moderation.  It took some digging, but I found them.  I am happy with them and I am excited to share them with you.  Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as me. 
Picture Books that teach self discipline and moderation



Self-Discipline

Picture Books That Teach Self Discipline & Moderation

This book was cute and I would have to say my daughter's favorite.  She said she liked them all and I believe she did, BUT this one kept her eyes glued the whole time.  It is a great book to show kids what the consequences are if you don't have enough self-discipline.  It shows the main character, Lilly, not have self-discipline two times.  One time the teacher gives the consequence and the second time is more of an internal consequence.  I really liked this one. 


Picture Books That Teach Self Discipline & Moderation

I almost didn't include this one in the the list, but I decided it was a good book to help kids understand that self-discipline can help you reach goals far into the future.  That is hard for kids to understand and this book does a great job of showing it. 


Picture Books That Teach Self Discipline & Moderation

Oh you guys, this one is so good if you have a child that has a hard time having self-discipline over their actions when they get mad.  It shows one way the child can react and it shows another more healthy way to react.  Although, I don't love that the little girl runs to help her feel better (I don't want my daughters doing that), I still had a fantastic talk with my daughters about things they could do instead.  It was great!

Picture Books That Teach Self Discipline & Moderation

This is a good one.  I was actually surprised to see how scared my daughter was.  She said at the end, "THAT IS WHY YOU LISTEN TO YOUR MOM!"  I wanted to give Beatrix Potter a high five for writing this book at that very moment.  It's so true.  Poor Peter Rabbit didn't have the self-discipline to listen to his mom as soon as she was out of sight.  I wonder if he does from that moment on!? 


Moderation

Picture Books That Teach Self Discipline & Moderation

This one was so good for my little family.  We aren't a huge junk food family, but we can do better FOR SURE!  So it came at a good time to explain the reasons why we don't eat junk food.  Or at least we need to monitor the amount of junk food we do eat.  I thought it explained it really well and showed things that happen when you eat to much junk food and things that happen when you don't eat junk food.  




More posts about the values Self-Discipline & Moderation:
-Self-Discipline & Moderation Quotes
-Family Home Evening ideas on Self Discipline & Moderation
-Movies that teach kids about Self-Discipline & Moderation

Check out other posts about books that teach kids different values:
-Courage books
-Honesty books
-Peace books
-Self-Reliance & Potential
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May 20, 2017

Reading Aloud as a Family: 6 Benefits to Reading Aloud

Reading Aloud as a Family
I am so excited to share a guest post with you about reading aloud as a family! This post is written by Melissa Turney and we go WAY back. Like back to 4th grade. We had so many different clubs under the stairs of my parents house. We were obsessed with American Girl dolls, Phantom of the Opera, and the list goes on. I am so excited about the topic she is writing about because I think it is important and I think she is a rock star at it!
It started with Charlotte’s Web. My four-year-old daughter had just started pre-k and I decided it was time to begin reading chapter books together. After all, we’d been reading picture books and poetry her whole life, and while that was wonderful I’d been not-so-patiently waiting for her to become old enough to enjoy longer, more complex stories. I’d grown up in a home with a mother who took me to the library weekly, and who designated daily reading time, and a father who read aloud to me clear until I moved away to attend an out-of-state university. It was only natural that I’d continue the tradition of reading with my own children. As someone who’d been read aloud to as a child, I anticipated my daughter would experience the same sense of magic, security, and love that I did growing up. What I didn’t anticipate was the pure elation that I would experience as well. We laughed as poor na├»ve Wilbur bumbled through his first live experiences. We cringed when the egg Templeton was stashing broke and penetrated the farm with its rancid smell. My daughter wiped my tears as I read passages like, “Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. ‘I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” The experience was incredible from the first page to the last.
Since that moment we’ve read countless stories together from classics like Pippi Longstocking to modern favorites like A Series of Unfortunate Events. Our small book club has extended to every member of our family as they grow old enough to listen. My husband and I take turns picking and reading books. Each of us has a different style and taste so it brings diversity to our book club. Recently, we’ve stopped using our DVD player in the car and opt instead for audiobooks on long road trips. Even our three-year-old will laugh out loud listening to stories like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Capitan Underpants.
For many families, reading aloud together is a treasured experience. For my family, we’ve forged a bond over reading that seeps into our everyday conversations and has cultivated our family dynamic. We’ve found immense joy through reading aloud.

Reading Aloud as a Family
The benefits of reading aloud have long been researched. Some of my favorite benefits include:
Reading aloud enriches vocabulary: Much of our current society is lacking in sophistication in regards to language. A limited language database could be the culprit. According to a study done by the University of Michigan, on average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console. Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. What a HUGE influence that must have on their language. How do we even attempt to amend that? Reading quality literature in large quantities.
Reading aloud enhances communication skills: Whether they are for information or entertainment, books are all about communicating ideas from the author to the reader. The more exposure children have to receiving and interpreting communication the better they are to communicate clearly in the real world. Dialogue heavy books allow both children and adults to experience interaction from an outside perspective and internalize it so it can be utilized in their own lives.
Reading aloud increases understanding: The more we are exposed to books, the clearer the world will seem. Even as an adult, my understanding of text is increased when I listen to audiobooks along with, or in lieu of reading in my head. Sometimes something as simple as an inflection in a voice, or a pause in the passage will help the story make sense.
Reading aloud creates a unique space to teach morals: I can’t count the number of times we’ve stopped in the middle of a chapter to discuss the implications of a character’s actions, or to ponder a character’s motives. Through reading, I’m able to expose my children to situations they might come across with their peers or choices they might have to make in the future, and we can talk about it in an environment safe from the direct consequences.  
Reading aloud cultivates empathy: Okay, this one isn’t exclusive to reading aloud but it is one of my favorite benefits of reading. Reading allows us to get inside people’s experiences and crawl around in their brains in a unique way. It expands our knowledge of people’s lives and help us realize our similarity to them. Reading allows us to destroy stereotypes. Stories change us. They have the power to expand our very soul, and reading aloud as a family helps to create the habit of becoming lifelong readers.
Reading aloud creates family bonds: Carol Joy Seid said, "When you read out loud as a family, you don’t leave your living room, but you’re in Switzerland with Heidi and you’re in Africa with Patricia St. John. Your experiencing, and you’re making friends that the whole family knows and you’re creating a shared vocabulary and you know how to play Pooh sticks and you know how to drive like Toad. So it’s the shared bonding experiences without ever leaving your home for the price of a free library card that makes your family cohesive and gives you a secret vocabulary and private jokes that make you one and make you close. And with adoptive children and high need children that are having a harder time attaching as a family, these are the ways where you cry together, you laugh together, you travel together on the pages of books and makes you one like the mortar between bricks." This is the experience we’ve had together. My favorite memories with my family are long road trips laughing at an audiobook, or the image of my children sprawled out on the floor under a blanket fort listening to my husband stumble through the BFG’s awkward dialect. It’s the widening of their eyes and an audible gasp when a plot twist is revealed, or my son quoting Count Olaf, or the sound of my girls begging for one more chapter.

The best part is that reading aloud to your child requires only a book (free, with a library card) and your willingness. The sacrifices are few (though it isn’t always easy), the benefits are many. More than the long-term educational benefits, you get the pleasure of spending time together and enjoying a good book.
Reading Aloud as a Family



May 11, 2017

Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan

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Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan
Do you want to know a secret?  It's something I have been working on for a long time and I don't love it about myself.  It has two parts.

First, exercise is not something that comes very easily to me.  I always overwhelmed with my "to do" list that I usually let exercise slip away.  In the past I wouldn't make it a priority.  Second, drinking enough water a day is SO HARD FOR ME.  I am not a huge drinker of anything really.  Not milk, not soda, not juice, and unfortunately not water. 

I want to share with you some tips to drink more water AND I want to share with you a busy mom workout plan. This workout plan is something I turn to when I'm feeling overwhelmed and don't have a lot of time on my hands.  Unfortunately, this feels like all the time.  Before I go to the tips and workout I want to explain myself a bit. 

I actually love exercising.  I love the energy I get when I make it a priority and I love how I feel on the days that I exercise.  However, I HAVE to schedule it in or else it will not happen.  I have found that doing it in the morning after I meditate, read my affirmations, and look at my vision board is the best time for me.  

I do it before my girls are awake and then I will not be disturbed.  I started doing this about 2 months ago and I love it.  Before then I did it in the late morning or early afternoon and it would get skipped way to often.  I make it a priority now.  

Now to the water problem.  I know that it is important to drink water.  I know I feel better when I drink enough AND I get a lot less migraines when I drink my water each day.  At the same time that I started changing my workout time I also changed my priorities when it came to drinking water.   

Here are some simple and easy tips for getting enough water in each day:
  1. I love this tip because it really has helped me increase my water intake drastically.  I put a bottle of water by my nightstand at night.  Then the first thing in the morning I drink at least 8 fluid ounces.  I also brush my teeth right after waking up and then I like to drink a little after that.  I have found that drinking water and brushing my teeth in the morning really helps wake me up and it hydrates me first thing. I have been doing this for a couple of months and I love how it gets me started first thing on my water intake. 
    Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan
  2. Another tip that I heard on a TV program awhile ago is to always have a bottle of water with you in the car.  If it is there you are more likely to drink it.  I have got a lot of water intake done while driving in the car. 
    Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan
  3. This one seems to come naturally to me and I think it might to many of you, but always remember to have a bottle of water while you are exercising.  It is really important to stay hydrated while your body is doing a lot of work.  
    Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan
  4. I also have started a rule for myself that I can't drink anything other than water for lunch or dinner unless I have had my water allotment for the day.  It really helps motivate me to get in my water before dinner so I can maybe have juice or a soda.  Sometimes I only want water though.  
    Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan
  5. Lastly, I like to put all my bottles of water in the fridge, because to me there is nothing better than cold water.  This is more of a personal opinion because I know many people that would rather have it room temperature.  So my advice here is to make sure it is the temperature you like, because if it isn't then it makes it that much harder to drink. 
    Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan
I like to get smartwater® from Target.  I love how pure and crisp smartwater is.  I also love how I can feel the hydration when I drink it.  smartwater is a great way to stay hydrated and get your daily amount of water in.  You can find it in a special Spring display or in the aisle that has bottled water in it.  I love using water bottles because it makes my life a little more simple and easy.  With how busy I am I need convenience. 

Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan

Now I want to share with you a quick workout routine.  This routine is perfect for any women that is busy.  It can be lengthened and shortened depending on the time frame you have each day.  It is important to get exercise in everyday.  The time might vary, but some exercise is always necessary. 

Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan


Busy Women Workout

It is always good to start with the first 3 exercises.  Let's get started.  

Step #1: Hold a plank for as long as you can.  This will show you the time frame that you need to do daily.  Once you do that then you know that from this day forward you need to hold a plank for AS LONG as that time frame.  (Ideally you will be adding time each week or so.)

Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan

Step #2: Hold a fire hydrant pose on each leg for 2 minutes.  This one took me awhile to work up to 2 minutes on each leg.  By awhile I mean a month of doing this daily.  It is not easy!  Note: Make sure your back is flat and your leg is bent at a 90 degree angle.  Also, make sure your leg is parallel to the floor.  If it starts dropping then stop the timer.  DO NOT GO TO STEP 3 UNTIL YOU CAN HOLD THIS FOR 2 MINUTES ON EACH SIDE.

Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan

Step #3: Wall Sit for 2 minutes.  This is another one that you will have to build up to.  Note: When you do the wall sits you want to do some with your feet straight forward, some with your feet turned out like a ballerina, and some with your toes pointed in (kind of pigeon toed.)  I do straight one day, out the next day, and in the next day after that.  Then I start over again.  

Tips to Drink More Water PLUS: Busy Mom Workout Plan

Step #4: At the same time that you start the wall sits you will want to start a walking program (if you are not a runner.  If you are a runner then start a running program following the same guidelines that I will list).  You will want to walk (or run) at a pace that you are quite comfortable at.  You want it to be slight heavy breathing, but not so much that you are actually out of breath.  You will do this for 30 minutes a day.  Note: I get that some days are more crazy then others.  So on those crazy days always remember to do steps 1-3 and then for step 4 decide how long you can do.  

If you do this at least 5 times a week then you will notice a difference in your energy level.  You will be less tired and you will feel better all around.  If you can't do 30 minutes a day of walking (or running) then do what you can, but try to get in 30 minutes a day as often as you can.  

I really hope all these tips and the workout can help you feeling fantastic with an energy that make you want to conquer anything you set your heart to.  I know these things have transformed me.  Be sure to pick up some smartwater from Target and start seeing your energy rise.

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May 10, 2017

Easy Family Home Evening Ideas on Self-Discipline & Moderation

Teaching my girls how to have self-discipline and to have moderation in all things is next to impossible?  Kids want it all and they want it right now.  At least that is how my girls are.  I hope I'm not entirely alone.  

Even though these are some of the hardest values to teach my girls, at least that is how I'm currently feeling, I still wanted to make sure my Monday nights were geared towards teaching these two values.  I started looking for easy family home evening ideas on self-discipline and moderation.

This was not easy..  I honestly couldn't believe how hard it was to find some ideas that I could use.  I want to share with you my findings.  However, I don't want you to be too critical.  You will have to think differently to make these work.  

Not just that, but some of these links I am sharing won't be an actual lesson plans, but will be great things to teach your kids.  You might want to prepare a bit beforehand to see what exactly you want to teach and how you want to go about doing that.  Think about what your family needs to hear right now and make a lesson plan around that.


Hard Work

Like I mentioned above, have an open mind.  Also, the "Teaching Kids Money Sense" is the one that you will want to look through the post and see what things you want to teach your kids beforehand.  They are all wonderful ideas, but tailor it to your family's needs.  

Coming Soon!  More posts about the values Self-Discipline & Moderation:
-Self-Discipline & Moderation Quotes
-Picture Books on Self-Discipline & Moderation
-Movies that teach kids about Self-Discipline & Moderation

Check out more ideas for Family Home Evening:
-Courage
-Peace
-Self-Reliance & Potential


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.) 
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May 2, 2017

Books on Self Reliance & Potential

Books on Self Reliance & Potential
Finding books on self reliance and potential was much harder than I thought it would be.  I kept reading book after book and none of them seemed to fit quite right.  So I kept reading in search for at least a few.  

I found a few that work pretty well.  I am happy to share them with you and I hope you can start teaching your kids some amazing lessons like I have been with my girls this last month.  

Randy Riley's Really Big Hit

I love how Randy took the responsibility of his whole town by doing what he did best.  He knew what his potential was and he had enough self reliance to take matters into his own hands.

Stellaluna

This one made the list because Stellaluna had enough self reliance to do what it took to survive.  She didn't give up even when things seemed impossible and scary.

Not Your Typical Dragon

This book is all about a dragon trying to find his potential.  It takes a long time (the whole length of the book), but the young dragon figures out that it's ok to be different.

Spoon

This book is all about showing how the journey is in finding your potential.  This book is actually one of my favorites.  It is so darn cute.  

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

This cute book is about Molly Lou Melon and the fantastic part of this book is that she sees her potential throughout the whole book even when everyone else didn't see it.  She stuck with it using self reliance because she only had herself. 

Books on Self Reliance & Potential

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Apr 18, 2017

Free Quote Printable: Quotes about Self Reliance & Potential

Free Quote Printable: Quotes about Self Reliance & Potential
I have one daughter that wants to do everything herself, but the bad thing is that she can't physically do it all.  Then my other daughter has the ability, but she wants me to do it all for her.  Why can't I just blend their personalities.  I'm joking.

Seriously though, self reliance is something that we struggle with.  Now I get they are four and one.  So I can't expect everything, but I want to see progress.  I think the big thing is having them see their potential.  That will help them have the drive to have self reliance. 

I love posting quotes in my home so I have provided a free quote printable and I am sharing my chalkboard art that is also a fantastic quote. I love quotes and I love having others enjoy them when they come into my home. 
Your life only gets better when you do.  Work on yourself and the rest will follow.
The first quote is on my chalkboard.  It is so good!  I'm glad I found this quote.  In the book, The Miracle Morning (aff link), the main reason Hal started the miracle morning is because, he realized that if he didn't invest in himself then he wouldn't be able to truly succeed in all the areas he wanted to succeed in.  I've said it so many times, but you NEED that book. 

I have been focusing on the idea behind this quote for about 2 months now and my thought processing has changed and is continuing to change and be solidified into something that I am so happy with.  

No one is you and that is your power
Now the free quote printable is just as amazing.  It is much shorter, but I love the power behind it.  I hope that my daughters can realize that there is only one of them and there is a reason for that.  They have a power that no one else has.  I am still working on reminding myself of this daily.  I am making steps each day to remind myself of this.  To get the free printable you can click the picture above to download your own copy.

Free Quote Printable: Quotes about Self Reliance & Potential


More posts with FREE quote printables:
-Love and Honesty
-Love and Courage
-Love and Peace

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.) 


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Apr 11, 2017

Movies that Teach Lessons: 4 Movies that teach kids about potential and self reliance

Movies that Teach Lessons
Kids can learn some terrible things from TV and movies.  It is scary the things they learn from them and some times I don't even realize that a movie is as bad as it is.  Is that bad to admit?  Please don't judge me.

Thankfully I have been lucky with the shows that I watch and my daughter is pretty nervous when it comes to movies or TV shows.  There have still been some that I have had to filter, but there are plenty that I have found that work for both of us.

With that said, I wanted to find some movies that teach lessons on potential and self reliance.  I searched for some good ones.  There are quite a few, but I narrowed it down to 4 really good ones.


Movies that Teach Lessons
I LOVE this movie.  This year for the Young Women's group that I am a leader in we did the kickoff event (New Beginnings) with an UP theme.  There are so many awesome lessons to be learned from this movie!  I seriously love it.  The reason why I picked this one is because it doesn't matter how old you are, what is stopping you, or whatever other reason you give yourself....you can always realize a dream! 


Movies that Teach Lessons
This movie and book are my FAVORITE.  Well at least one of my favorites.  I love how Charlotte shows Wilbur just how amazing he truly is.  One of my favorite quotes is "No, my webs were no miracle, Wilber.  I was only describing what I saw.  The miracle was you."  This is the type of potential I want my daughters to see in themselves.  Every child deserves to know that they are miracles and have such amazing potential. 


Movies that Teach Lessons
This movie might make the kids laugh, but there are some great lessons in this movie.  One of the best is that everyone has talents and nobody is ordinary.  We are all unique and we all need to work hard to enhance our talents.  That encompasses both self reliance and potential.  The big thing is believing in ourselves and doing the work it takes to become the people we are meant to be.

Movies that Teach Lessons
This movie is so perfect to teach both values!  She is a daughter of a king!  She just needs to realize it!  Also, she is very self reliant when she leaves the tower.  She finds her courage and utilizes all her resources to get to where she wants to go!

I hope you can help teach your kids the importance of having self reliance and try to constantly reach their true potential.

Movies that Teach Lessons


Other posts about movies that teach different values:

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.) 

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