Apr 16, 2015

3 Date Night Ideas For After the Kids are in Bed plus a bonus!

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As you probably already know I love The Dating Divas.  They come up with the most amazing dates and even ideas on how to make your spouse feel special.  Since this month we are talking all about kids I thought it would be fun to add some dates to our calendars that we can do if we have kids (great ideas even if you don't have kids).  I also have included a very fun idea to do if you are able to get a babysitter and go out.  The kids will love it! 

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Change it up a bit

We like movies around here, but seem to be going nonstop that we never watch them.  So this Double Feature Date Night is a great way to watch a movie(s), but change it up a bit.  You will have to run to the store to stock up for the "movie theater", but other than that all you need is a printer.  Make sure you have the movies on hand, put the kids to bed, and the date night starts!

Bring on the romance

I love romance in marriages.  This is something that tends to die after the honeymoon stage is over.  "We are too busy", but really we need to make sure to keep the romance up.  This Loveseat Lounge date is a perfect romantic date.  It is so simple it even involves take out!  What gets more simple than that!  So feed the kids, get them to bed, and have a date night with your sweetie!  

A Sexy Date Idea

This Deal or No Deal date seems so fun.  I don't know about you, but I loved this show when it first came on TV.  I am not a gambler so it would have give me a heart attack to actually play, but I liked watching other people play.  My husband on the other hand is a risk taker.  So this game is right up his alley.  That is why I am adding it to my to do date list.  As usual the Divas don't disappoint and they have all the printables you need for this date.  All you have to do is print it off so you have it ready and start playing once you put the kids to bed.  

Bonus: Babysitter in a Bag

This has actually been on my to-do list for quite some time!  It is about time I actually did it.  You do need a babysitter though to do this Babysitter in a Bag idea.  This idea is so genius because it gives the kids something to look forward to when you leave.  Many times kids are so upset that you are leaving them that the parents tend to stress about them the whole time.  So this helps eliminate them being upset with you leaving.  Print out the printables and find a babysitter!  You deserve a night out with your spouse.  Check out my date night jar post or 4 new date night ideas post for inspiration on what to do when you can go out next.  

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Apr 15, 2015

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Book Review

This book is amazing.  I think as Hannelore gets older it will apply more to us, but I have taken stuff from it and will really start using all the information when she can talk a little more clearly.  However, do you want to know a secret?  There are FANTASTIC ideas on how to get your husband to talk or listen.  Seriously, if you need to crack open your husband this is the book for you (kids work too).  Shhh don't tell my husband. 

Each chapter covers a different "topic".  The other thing that I love about this book is that it is very hands on.  This is a type of book that you want to take one chapter and work on that one chapter for at least a week.  

At the end of every chapter there is an assignment, a chapter review (it is called "A Quick Reminder" in the book), questions and answers, parent's personal stories, and cautions.  There are a TON of comic strip type pictures that role play many different scenarios throughout the book (although there will be that one issue that you have that will not be in there, that always happens to me). 

Here are some examples of what you will find in the book:

Sample assignment- "Think of a problem that comes up regularly in your home that might be eased by the problem-solving approach (explained in book).  Find a time that is good for both of you, a place where you won't be interrupted, and problem-solve with your child." 

Sample question: "What's wrong with saying 'please' to a child if you want him to do something?"  Don't you want to know the answer to that question!  The questions are asked by parents like you and I who are trying to apply the principles in this book.  

Sample Caution- "Children usually object when their exact words are repeated back."  Isn't that the truth?  However, you want them to know that you heard them.  So what do you do.  The book gives great advice. 

I think this book is great for parents with children of all ages, but like I said above, if your child can't fully communicate with you then you won't be able to apply everything in this book right now.  However, there are great habits to be setting right now!

This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you purchase the items using some of the links then I will be paid a small commission.  However, every item I talk about in this post I truly love and use often. 

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Apr 14, 2015

Budget Friendly Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

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Do you remember my post about the Kitchen/Recipe themed bridal shower?  These are two great gift ideas for a kitchen themed shower or any bridal shower for that matter.  

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The first one is for a recipe gift.  I gave the bride-to-be the recipe for Taco Soup.  Then I gave her all the ingredients that she would need for it.  Since I did not want to include the ground beef because I did not want it to go bad I included a gift card so she could go buy anything that would go bad at a later time.  

To make the presentation more fun and cute I put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and added tissue paper in and around the ingredients.  For the card I used a Project Life card.  Those make perfect cards for any occasion! 

You could give this gift and include any recipe that is your favorite.  I like to give gifts like this to stock up the couple's pantry and kitchen with food.  Also, to provide them with a recipe so they can have food and ideas on what to make for dinner as soon as they get back from their honeymoon.  

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The second idea is a fun way to present everyday kitchen items.  Before you think it is too hard let me tell you this took me less than 15 minutes to put together.  Let me break it down for you and you will see how simple it is!

1.  Gather your items. 
2.  I started first with wrapping the kitchen towels around a full toilet paper roll.  You can wrap anywhere from 2-3 kitchen towels around it.  (You will need to fold the towel to be close to the width of the toilet paper roll before wrapping).  This will be your bottom layer.  

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3.  To hold it together you will tie a bow around it with the tulle.  

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4.  Next you will do the exact same thing but with the kitchen dish clothes.  This time you will want to do it with the toilet paper roll only about half full.  I used 3 kitchen dish clothes on this layer.  Again, tie it together with tulle.  

5.  After you have the two rolls done then you can assemble the "cake". 

6.  Place the bowl upside down on a large cutting board.  Next place a medium sized cutting board on top of the upside down bowl.  Then place your "kitchen towel roll" on the cutting board.  Right on top of that layer you will place the "kitchen dish cloth roll".  

7.  Lastly, embellish the cake.   Start by putting cookie cutters under the tulle on the "kitchen towel layer".  Stick some of the kitchen utensils between where the kitchen towels are wrapped around the whole roll.  To top it off stick some more kitchen utensils through the toilet paper rolls on top.  Also stick tulle in the top of it to help cover up the toilet paper rolls.  Then your done!  

These are both budget friendly.  You can embellish less/more on the "cake" to stay within your budget.  Another idea with the cake is to take out the bowl completely and only use one cutting board.  You can change what recipe you give to the bride-to-be to stay within your budget as well.  

What are some of your favorite gifts to give at bridal showers? 

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Apr 11, 2015

Stay Sane Cleaning Series Step 8: Paper Clutter

We have started on the weekly tasks that are in the Stay Sane Cleaning Series.  I will be spreading the next steps out more.  You will only see one post in the series every month.  I did this so you could as least do each of the "weekly" steps 4 times before I add another step.

Apr 8, 2015

Recipe and Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

A few weekends ago I, along with my mom and sister, threw a shower for my soon to be sister-in-law.  We did a recipe themed shower.  By that I mean we asked the guests to bring a recipe card (sent with the invite) filled out with their favorite recipe.  They also brought any ingredients needed to make that recipe.  

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I made this invitation, but my inspiration came from this pin.  It is no longer available in the Etsy shop so I decided to try and create my own.  I think the original is phenomenal, but I was happy with what I produced. 

Apr 7, 2015

Easter Festivities

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How was your Easter?  We had such a fun Easter this year.  Hannelore is at such a fun age.  I love it.  Every single holiday is an adventure for her.  It makes it so much fun.  

Apr 6, 2015

Healthy Meal Ideas for Kids

simple, food groups, kidsThis post is written by Melissa from On the Go Healthy Moms, health/fitness contributor. 

Who get's in the rut of what to put on the table for your kids and wanting them to actually eat it?
Well you are doing a great job if you expect them to try a different food, but understanding that kids don't always like a new food. 

I have found it best to tell them they have to at least try it.

Apr 3, 2015

Family Home Evening: April 2015

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Once again, here is my disclaimer.

Disclaimer: This post is about my faith.  If that makes you uncomfortable then please stop reading.  It is not my intention to make my readers feel awkward in any way.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am very proud of that part of me and I love the church with all my heart.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the family is key.  Every Monday night is devoted toward "Family Home Evening".  It is a time to spend time with the family so individuals can grow together as a family as well as closer to our Savior.  I try and do something spiritual every week, although, some weeks it will be spent with the family in a more casual setting.

Apr 2, 2015

Energy and motherhood quote - April 2015

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If you missed the post yesterday it was all about my goals for the month of April.  All my goals are centered around strengthening my bond with my daughter.  There is a fantastic giveaway going with this month's challenge.  The challenge will help all the mothers out there wanting to help the mommy guilt go down.  

Apr 1, 2015

Quest for More Happiness-April 2015-Strengthening bonds with children

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My goals for April

Remember my basis of my monthly goals is from the AMAZING BOOK, The Happiness Project.  This month all my goals are centered around building a stronger relationship with my daughter.  Motherhood is such a tough thing and I am so excited to be focusing all month on feeling better about the mother that I am.
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