Jun 16, 2017

Animal Birthday Party

Animal Birthday Party
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Animal birthday party?  Yeah it seems a bit broad to me too, but it was fun.  Check out the details below on how this whole thing came about.  

I am a huge birthday fan and I am a huge party fan.  So I love throwing big birthday parties.  However, this year we gave my daughter a trip to Disneyland for your birthday.  I knew I wouldn't have a ton of time or budget to throw together one of my "normal" birthday parties.  

Leading up to my daughter's birthday she would talk about what party she wanted.  When I told her that we were not going to do a friend birthday party this year she almost passed out.  I get it.  She expected what she has gotten since her first birthday.  I kept telling her that we were giving her a present "bigger than our house".  

She still was disappointed.  So I decided to compromise and I said when we do the family "party" (more like casual gathering) that we could spruce it up a bit.  I had to go simple and easy.  I also let her pick the theme wholeheartedly, because once again I didn't have the time or energy to fight her to put too much effort into it. 

When she said she wanted an animal birthday party I asked her if she meant woodland animals, sea animals, zoo animals, etc, etc.  She said, "Nope.  Like all the animals in the world."  I laughed and kindly asked her to pick 5 that I could work with.  I chose 5 because that is how old she was turning.  She was fine with that. 

So we went with the animal theme, but narrowed it down to 5 animals.  Those animals were: kitty, dog, bunny, dolphin, and fox.  VERY random and VERY hard to pick a color pallet when you want to go simple.  

I get that I could have designed a bunch of printables and had everything match, but again I told myself that I would put together this party in a simple way, but still make it fun for her.  So I did just that.  I got ALL the supplies from Oriental Trading and it was so very simple.  

Everyone had fun with this theme, even the grownups.  Check out the small and simple ways that I threw together this party using Oriental Trading products.

Animal Birthday Party
  

I made this invitation and of course told all the guest they had to dress up.  I was actually impressed with all the participation.  

Animal Birthday Party

These kitty gummy candies worked great to spread around the table like confetti.

Animal Birthday Party


Animal Birthday Party

We picked dolphin and fox plates for the desserts.  Again, I only did dessert so that it would be simple for me.

Animal Birthday Party

I think the fox decorations were so cute.  We got a table cloth and the cute banner that is in the back

Animal Birthday Party


Animal Birthday Party

Animal Birthday Party

We got these puppets so the kids would have an activity for the party.  I usually do much more activities for my parties, but again I promised myself to keep it simple.  

Animal Birthday Party

We provided these masks for any of the guests that didn't dress up.  Hannelore wanted everyone to be dressed up.  Also, we placed the dog lanterns around the room.  I thought they were too cute! 

Animal Birthday Party

Animal Birthday Party

Animal Birthday Party

It was fun being able to throw together something and watching my daughter be beyond excited and knowing that I put VERY LITTLE time into it.  

Animal Birthday Party

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Jun 12, 2017

Family Home Evening Lessons on Fidelity & Chastity

Family Home Evening Lessons on Fidelity & Chastity
Once again finding lessons on fidelity and chastity was a little hard.  These values are tough to find good resources for.  For some reason I thought it was going to be a bit easier for me to find Family Home Evening Ideas on these values then on books, but it really wasn't much easier, sadly. 

I found four Family Home Evening Lessons on Fidelity & Chastity...well actually on sacred bodies and modesty.  However, those go hand in hand with fidelity and chastity so I thought they would work great.  Some of the lessons that I picked were designed for Sharing Time, but it can certainly be used for Family Home Evening. 
Family Home Evening Lessons on Fidelity & Chastity




Making Sense of Modesty

I was actually glad that I found these because they are great for all ages.  You can simplify them for younger ages and go in more detail for older kids.  I don't plan on having the "bird and the bees" talk with my girls until they are at least 8, but this gives them great starting points on bodies in general.  

More posts about the values Fidelity & Chastity:
-Picture books on Fidelity & Chastity
-Quotes on Fidelity & Chastity

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

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.) 

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Jun 8, 2017

Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity

Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity
This isn't an easy topic to teach kids even as they get older.  It is a subject that most parents really don't love talking about.  However, it is such an important topic to teach children about.  

In today's world I get that I am putting my neck out there to say that I believe that chastity is important.  Many people feel it is old fashioned.  I feel otherwise, but I also DO NOT judge others.  I DO want to teach my kids the values of chastity though.  

Fidelity is a little more accepted, but there is a HUGE problem with people having affairs in today's world.   Again I went to picture books, but seriously there are not ANY picture books that teach fidelity and chastity exactly.  
Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity

I am going to teach my girls body parts and how boys differ from girls.  I also want to teach them modesty and what is considered a "private" body part.  So those are the books I found to teach these values.

I will say that each of these books raised questions with my five year old.  However, that is a good thing.  We kind of live in a crazy world and I feel these things need to be talked about.

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 Fidelity & Chastity

This was the first book that we read and my daughter said, "I didn't really like that book."  But in the end she said she wanted to include it in the list.  I like how it simplifies what is considered a "private part".  That is where the questions began.  Honestly, I think this wasn't her favorite at first because it really didn't have a story line.  

Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity

The only reason why my daughter didn't like this book was because the pictures were only yellow and black.  She's all about the details.  This one is great because it goes into a little more detail, but at the same time it is simplified.  There is a bit more of a story line and so she liked that. 

Picture Books That Teach Fidelity & Chastity

This one has the most story line and the best pictures.  So it captivated my daughter the most.  However, it doesn't go into a lot of detail.  I do like how it teaches that you are in charge of your body and you can say no, even if it is someone you love.  If they love you they won't be mad.

More posts about the values Fidelity & Chastity:
-Family Home Evening ideas on Fidelity & Chastity
-Quotes on Fidelity & Chastity

Check out other posts about books that teach kids different values:
-Self-Discipline & Moderation

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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Jun 5, 2017

Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

If I am only going to have 14 shirts in my closet then I want there to be variety.  I want the colors to be different.  I also wanted each of the piece in my wardrobe to have meaning.  I need to make a statement about who I am with each of the pieces in my wardrobe. 

Graphic tees are very popular right now.  I don't think they have ever gone away, but I feel like they have changed.  I feel like they have meaning now, especially graphic tees for women.  I love the different inspiring quotes and thoughts that come on all different graphic tees.  

I have already done a few posts about graphic tees.  I am going to share with you the two that are in my closet.  I love graphic tees because they are great to wear with nearly everything.


How to wear graphic tees

There are so many ways you can wear graphic tees.  I have provided two close ups of my graphic tees.  One is a v-neck and the other is round on the neck.  So here are all the ways I have worn mine.
Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
  1. Plain by itself with black skinny jeans with boots
    1. I've also worn it with my cardigan over top
    2. I've also worn it with my chambray button up shirt over top
    3. I've also worn it with my blazer over top
    4. I've also worn it with my pea coat over top
  2. Plain by itself with cuffed denim jeans with booties
    1. I've also worn it with my cardigan over top
    2. I've also worn it with my blazer over top
    3. I've also worn it with my pea coat over top
    4. I've also worn it with my military jacket over top
  3. Plain by itself with leather jeans with booties, boots, and sneakers 
    1. I've also worn it with my cardigan over top
    2. I've also worn it with my chambray button up shirt over top
    3. I've also worn it with my blazer over top
    4. I've also worn it with my pea coat over top
  4. Plain by itself with a pencil skirt
    1. I've also worn it with my cardigan over top
    2. I've also worn it with my chambray button up shirt over top
    3. I've also worn it with my blazer over top
    4. I've also worn it with my pea coat over top
  5. Plain by itself with either a a flouncy or pleated skirt
    1. I've also worn it with my cardigan over top
    2. I've also worn it with my chambray button up shirt over top
    3. I've also worn it with my blazer over top
    4. I've also worn it with my pea coat over top
I get that this list might be a little much.  However, I wanted to show you all the possibilities.  Depending on what color your skirts are you might be able to wear your military jacket with them as well.  It just depends on the color and the style.  

Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)


Places to purchase graphic tees:
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Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)


Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Honestly if you are looking for a good deal then this is a great place to start and search for "graphic" in the search bar to see if anything comes up.

Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I check out Jane and Groopdealz at the same time.  I love both of them!

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Graphic Tees for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

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Jun 2, 2017

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation
It's Summer break for the kids so that means SUMMER VACATION!  When I think about Summer vacation I think about a million questions that come to my mind.  Where should we go?  How long do we want the vacation to be?  When should we go?  How many activities should I plan?  Do we have the funds for a full blown trip or should we do a staycation? 

There are so many options when it comes to vacationing.  Which is fantastic, but it can be very daunting.  I tend to get anxious when I think about all the options.  I like 3 or less options and then I feel like I can research from there.  Call me crazy, but that is what I like. 

So guess what?!  I did just that for you!  I came up with 3 different types of vacations that can work for families.  With each of the types of vacations I have disadvantages to that type of vacation and tips on how to make it successful.  

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation
Weekend Getaway
Greatest disadvantage: You try to accomplish way too much when you don't have a lot of time. 

Tips on how to make it a success: 
  1. Don't go too far away.  I read in a magazine once about this tip.  I liked how it was put, "If you have to eat two fast food meals to get there then it's too far." 
  2. Leave Friday night after dinner.  Let the kids fall asleep in the car.  If you leave in the afternoon you will just be spending that "extra" time in traffic. 
  3. Choose only ONE activity per day.  If you do more than that then it won't be a nice vacation.  It will just be a stressful event. 

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation
Cultural Trip
Greatest disadvantage: Trying to make your kids love "weird" foods or planning too "grown up" of activities.  Also, we can't forget about jet lag.

Tips on how to make it a success:
  1. When it comes to your hotel choice make sure to work around your kids.  Make sure there is room for them to unwind and room for you and your husband to bond after they go to sleep.  Also, make sure to request an early check in so you don't have jet lag and then don't have a place to relax after your flight. 
  2. If your vacation is a week or less then stay in one location.  Adding more locations is just exhausting. 
  3. Each day you are on vacation let a different family member pick the events and destinations for that day. 
  4. Make sure that each person has a camera.  It is fun to have memories that come from the point of view of each of the family's members. 
  5. At museums go to the gift shop first and find things that you want to find in the museum from the gift shop.  It makes the activity much more "hands on". 

The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation
Staycation
Greatest disadvantage: Sticking with your normal routine and not really having a "vacation".

Tips on how to make it a success:
  1. Actually stay in a hotel for at least one of the nights. 
  2. Still buy souvenirs from your "vacation". 
The Secrets of a Successful Family Summer Vacation

If you are like me then I hope this list took part of the questioning out and helped you think of things that you might not have already thought of.  I hope you can now research based off of this simplified list and have a wonderfully happy vacation with your family! 

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May 31, 2017

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation
Finding books that teach my kids about self-discipline and moderation was hard, but seriously finding movies that teach kids about self-discipline and moderation was VERY hard.  These are some values that I am learning are not really taught to kids.  It is sad, but true.  That might be part of the reason the world is in the state it is in.  

I ended up showing my girls two different movies and they are movies that have been used in previous months this year, but they work and we were able to elaborate on each of them after we watched them.  That is the best way to watch movies when trying to teach your kids.  Discussions can help them see what the movie is really about.

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. 

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation

Mulan is such a strong Disney character.  I love all the amazing female characters that Disney come up with, but Mulan is exceptional.  This movie is mentioned in my post about courage.  She did have immense courage, but her self-discipline can not be beat in this movie.  She had to have self-discipline to do ALL of the things she did in this movie.  

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation

Pinocchio showed up in my post about honesty.  Really when I think about honesty Pinocchio is one of the many characters that I think of.  However, this movie shows self-discipline AND moderation.  The scene of Pleasure Island shows what happens when there is a lack of self-discipline and moderation.  Although it sounds fantastic to be able to do whatever you want as a kid, many of the boys quickly learn that your choices come with consequences.

Please share any other movies that you know of that would fit this month's values.  I need to add more to my list.

Movies That Teach Kids About Self-Discipline & Moderation

More posts about the values Self-Discipline & Moderation:
-Picture books on Self-Discipline & Moderation
-Family Home Evening ideas on Self Discipline & Moderation
-Quotes on love and moderation

Other posts about movies that teach different values:
-Honesty movies
-Courage movies
-Peace Movies
-Self-Reliance & Potential movies

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 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

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. 

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
-Fidelity & Chastity
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