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.     


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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.  


Oct 14, 2017

Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Sensitivity and Unselfishness

Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Sensitivity and Unselfishness
This makes me sad to even write, but it was VERY hard to find Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Sensitivity and Unselfishness.  Our world is FILLED with people that do not care about the feelings of others and sadly we have become a pretty self-centered people.  If there are things that need to be taught in the home these would be two great values to start with. 

Do you want to hear another sad truth?  My girls struggle with this so much.  Just today I talked to Hannelore about how she isn't being very sensitive to her sister's feelings.  I know she is only five, but in the same breath I say SHE IS FIVE.  She needs to START trying a little harder.  I'm not saying she will be perfect. 

Actually studies have shown that under age 8 it is actually not 100% possible for kids to develop sensitivity.  I try to be a little understanding in her lack of ability (not always successful), but that doesn't mean I don't try and role play and talk about different things to make baby steps.

So maybe one day...when life slows down I will make up some great FHE lessons on these two topics, but this year I have just been curating great lesson ideas not creating them.  For this month I had to think a little bit outside of the box.  I think they fit will, but when you teach them just try and adjust the lessons where needed to really teach the values of sensitivity and unselfishness. 
Family Home Evening Lesson Ideas about Sensitivity and Unselfishness






More posts about the values sensitivity and unselfishness:
-Sensitivity and Unselfishness Quotes
-Picture Books on Sensitivity and Unselfishness
-Movies about Sensitivity and Unselfishness

Check out more ideas for Family Home Evening:
-Courage
-Peace
-Self-Reliance & Potential
-Self-Discipline & Moderation
-Chastity & Fidelity
-Loyalty & Dependability
-Respect
-Love

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.) 

Sep 30, 2017

Printable Love Quote

Printable Love Quote
When you think of quotes, what do you think of?  Advice? Inspiration? Love?  My view of this has changed, but I will say that I always first thought about love.  

Now I think more inspiration in general.  This whole year I have been sharing quotes that have the value I am teaching my girls for that month in it along with my word of the year...love.  However, this month is extra awesome because the value I am teaching my girls is love and that is also my word of the year.  

I had a ton of fun finding these quotes.  Like a TON OF FUN.  I picked my favorite two and turned one into a chalkboard art piece and the other one I made into a printable love quote.  It is so fun to have them in my home to remind me of what I have been focusing on all year! 

Printable Love Quote
This world is filled with so much hatred.  It actually hits more closer to home that that.  There is so much hatred in the United States.  Go even closer than that, there is hatred found within states, cities, neighborhoods, and even homes.  How sad!  I have lost sleep over this and felt so upset and completely defeated because how in the world do I help this hatred go away. 

Well sadly even Mother Teresa herself didn't eliminate all the hatred in the world.  However, I plan to  love my family so much that they have so much extra love.  Then they can carry the extra love out into the world.  To their dance classes, to their church classes, to their school classes and so on.  

No I won't change the world, but I hope to change my world around me.  That is what impacts me and my family the most so why not make it the best environment to be around? 

Printable Love Quote

What a beautiful quote this is?  I couldn't agree more.  I don't consider myself the most artistic person, but I will work on this part of my artistic abilities.  Get your own printable of this quote by clicking on the picture above. 

Printable Love Quote

More posts about the value love:
-Family Home Evening lesson on Love

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

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.) 

Sep 23, 2017

Picture Books that Teach Love

Picture Books that Teach Love
Do you have a book buying problem?  If you aren't a reader then you might not have the same problem I have.  However, I know lots of people that don't really love reading, but absolutely love children's books.  Well I like all books.  I want a huge library like Beauty and the Beast and I would be in heaven if I had it.

However, that just isn't possible right this second.  I have to be selective on the books I have in my house.  I do rotate books especially if they are hammered, but I like to have books with a purpose too.  
These picture books that teach love are seriously some of my favorites ever.  We own quite a few of them and the ones we don't own might just have to be added soon.  Check the recommendations I have listed below.  Let me know your thoughts.  Would you add any to the list? 

Picture Books that Teach Love
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 Love

This book is perfect for my girls.  The great thing is this book can come with the option of having the back side of the book be titled "What Brothers Do Best".  It is so simple and sweet and really breaks down all the ways siblings show love to each other.  It doesn't have to be big and that doesn't make the love any less special.  

Picture Books that Teach Love

This book brings a lot of feelings to me.  I grew up with a mom that LOVED this book.  She loves it so much that we have puppets for Max and the Wild Things.  I love how in the end Max just really wants to go back and be where he is loved...HOME.  That is exactly how I want my girls to feel.  

My 2 Year Old Daughter's Favorite goes to...
Picture Books that Teach Love

This book was so good for my toddler.  It is so simple.  It is repetitive and that is just want toddlers need.  My older daughter loves it too.  

My 5 Year Old Daughter's Favorite goes to...
Picture Books that Teach Love

I don't know what it is but my girls LOVE Todd Parr books.  It is probably the bright colors, but this one was good because it again was simplified for them.  It goes through so many reasons why someone would love someone else.  It was fantastic for my girls. 

Picture Books that Teach Love
Mama, Do You Love Me?

Funny story...my daughter looked at me after reading this book and said there were some weird words in that book.  That is exactly why I like reading books with different cultures in them.  So we can talk about them.  So this book was multi-functional.  We had more than one discussion from it.  I LOVED this book because it shows how a mama's love is unconditional.  The mom talks about times that the little girl might do something to upset her, but she won't stop loving her.  She might be sorry, angry, sad, and surprised, but it will never change the fact that she loves her so very much. Seriously, I loved this book!   

Picture Books that Teach Love

This book is one of my girls favorites.  They love doing everything Little Nutbrown Hare does in the book.  Again it is so simple and so sweet to show just how much little kids (or hares) are loved.  This has a lot of repetition too.  However, I think young kids need to have repetition with it comes to how much they are loved. 

Mama's Favorite Goes too...
Picture Books that Teach Love

This book!  I mean, am I right?  If you haven't read it then it is a MUST read.  Personally I think it is a must OWN. It gets me every single time I read it.  I love it.  I loved it when I was a kid and I love it now and my girls love it too.

More posts about the value love:
-Love Quotes

Check out other posts about books that teach kids different values:
-Self-Discipline & Moderation
-Fidelity & Chastity
-Loyalty & Dependability
-Respect

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.) 

Sep 13, 2017

Movies That Teach Kids About Love

Movies That Teach Kids About Love
Do your kids like to sit down and watch movies?  Here is my problem with movies and my girls.  My oldest gets scared so EASY!  I'm talking about Finding Nemo scares her.  Then my youngest has the attention span of, well a two year old, so she doesn't stick around long unless it is really engaging or the music is good.  

I found two movies that teach kids about love that were really good for both my girls.  One involves animals and both of my girls are currently OBSESSED with animals.  The other one has such good songs that both my girls love it.  I'm sure you won't know the songs from one of these movies (BIG WINK). 
Movies That Teach Kids About Love

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Movies That Teach Kids About Love

This one brings back so many memories from my childhood.  I love it not just for the love scene that involved the spaghetti noodle, but I also love how Tramp at the first really doesn't have a purpose in life.  He just goes day by day with no purpose.  Then when he meets Lady he becomes more fulfilled.  He, in a way, reaches his highest potential.  That is what love does.  It doesn't have to be romantic love, but really any kind of love.  We want to be a better person for the person we love and the person we love should constantly help us to be a better person too.  

Movies That Teach Kids About Love

Of course this one made my list because lets be honest...I had to, because this movie shows that the love between sisters is magic.  I have two girls so it just seemed fitting.  This movie shows that a bond between sisters in unconditional.  No matter what Elsa does to Anna (shut her out, freeze her heart, etc) Anna NEVER gives up on her.  She always loves her.  In the end their love for each other is what heals a frozen heart.  I must add that the line where Olaf tells Anna, "Some people are worth melting for" is also a display of love.  So there isn't just a sisterly love.  Again, this can be used on so many levels, but for my little family it was the perfect fit.

More posts about the value love:
-Love Quotes
-Family Home Evening lesson on Love

Other posts about movies that teach different values:

Sep 8, 2017

Family Home Evening Lessons on Love

Family Home Evening Lessons on Love
My girls have been arguing and fighting so much.  Isla (my youngest) is pulling CHUCKS out of Hannelore's (my oldest) hair!  She also likes to scratch people when she gets really mad.  I am trying to help her stop and not having any luck with any tactic.  If you have any tips for me I AM ALL EARS! 

The key right now is to keep me sane and remember that I need to love her even when she is being so mean.  I also need to teach Hannelore that she needs to be nice even when her sister is mean.  Funny story, the other day Isla ruined a picture Hannelore drew.  Immediately, Hannelore yelled, "I hate you!  But I still love you".  I must be doing something right.

These Family Home Evening lessons on love are so fun and I hope they can bring the spirit of love into our home this month.  I am especially excited for the value we are teaching this year because it is the same word as my word of the year! Love is such a power thing and I really hope to have it in my home this month.  Actually always, but especially this month.

Family Home Evening Lessons on Love

Lesson Ideas



More posts about the value love:
-Love Quotes

Check out more ideas for Family Home Evening:
-Courage
-Peace
-Self-Reliance & Potential
-Self-Discipline & Moderation
-Chastity & Fidelity
-Loyalty & Dependability
-Respect

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.) 

Aug 28, 2017

Quotes about Respect and Love

Quotes about Respect and Love
I have a quote problem.  Maybe it is a just a word problem.  I have a love for books.  So I try to keep my book count to a minimum so we aren't swimming in books, but at the same time still have enough to make my heart happy.  I recently got a letter board for my birthday.  It will have words on it.  Then I have my light box.  Once again...words.  I have quotes throughout my house in frames and my chalkboard usually has quotes on it.  

Yes.  I see I have a problem, BUT it makes me happy.  So that's all the matters right?  I found some AWESOME quotes about respect and love and can't wait to share my favorite two with you.  One of them will be in picture form of my chalkboard and the other is a printable you can print for your own home!

Quotes about Respect and Love

This one just makes my heart swell.  Respect is NEEDED in any relationship.  If you want to keep a relationship strong then each person in the relationship has to show great respect for the other.

Quotes about Respect and Love
Click on picture above to get your FREE PRINTABLE!

I love this reminder.  Honestly, this is a perfect way to explain love, but I especially love that respect is first.  Without respect you can't even move to the next 4 characteristics.  It all begins with respect.  Then the other characteristics come into play and love can flourish.

Quotes about Respect and Love

More posts about the value respect:
-Movies that teach kids about respect

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

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.) 

Aug 25, 2017

Flip Flops for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Flip Flops for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Summer can be a hard season for me to have a 36 piece wardrobe when it comes to shoes.  I want a million pairs of sandals and flip flops.  However, when I used to have a lot I would always pick the same one or two pairs.

Honestly, that is how all my clothes were.  I always liked a certain shirt or pants.  That is why this isn't as terrible as you'd expect.  You just narrow it down to your favorites.  No matter what day it is you are wearing a favorite.

I have wanted to get this post up for about a month and a half, but between my family being all across the state and school starting it just didn't happen.  So before it gets freezing cold on us let's talk about flip flops for women.  

Flip flops are a must in the Summer months.  I tend to get a little more of a heavy duty (or fancy or whatever you would call it) flip flop, because in this wardrobe (if you remember) those 36 pieces don't include swim wear.  So I have a pool side flip flop with my swim suit.

Flip Flops for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

Ways to wear flip flops

I went with a Birkenstock style flip flop for my one pair of flip flops.  I can almost wear them with anything, but my favorite things to wear them with are cuffed jeans and really any shirt.  However, I am currently loving a lightweight plaid shirt.  I also like to wear them with my jean shorts and once again you can really wear any top, but I am loving my graphic tees.  Then my last option that I love to wear my flip flops with are my new colored shorts.  Yes they are yellow and bright and I like that about them.  With them being yellow I have to choose what top I will wear, but my current favorite with those shorts is a new button up shirt I got.

Although I listed my favorites above I have also worn these with dresses and skirts and a cropped trouser.  They are versatile.  Just make sure you pick flip flops that can be versatile.

Places to purchase flip flops:

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Famous Footwear
Flip Flops for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)


Flip Flops for Women (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
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.

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

Posts about the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe: 

Aug 21, 2017

Picture Books That Teach Respect

Picture Books That Teach Respect
There are so many picture books out there in the world.  Does it ever overwhelm any of you?  Sometimes I wonder if I haven't found the most amazing book still.

I like to try ones that I have never heard of to see if they are "flying under the radar".  If you've been following along this year then you know that I have been teaching my girls about values.  This month we are learning about the value of respect.

I have had so much fun reviewing book after book with my girls and seeing what all of us love while learning about values in the meantime.  I have found some pretty amazing books in the process.

This month I have found some fun picture books that teach respect.  We have had many discussions this month about respect and what we need to do to be respectful.  I can't wait to share them with you!
Picture Books That Teach Respect

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 Respect

This book is so, so, so, so (I could add a million so's in) good for young kids that don't like to be told no.  I try to stay away from the word NO completely.  I try to say, "Yes, but not right now" or something like that.  However, that is even hard to hear as a child.  This book shares EXACTLY how to handle the word no in a respectful way.  We loved it and Hannelore has already tried the ideas in the book without me even asking!

Picture Books That Teach Respect

This book doesn't outwardly talk about respect, but it names every way under the sun that we could be different.  (Okay not every way, but you get the idea)  So from there I talked to my girls about how we all have feelings and how we are all different in our different ways.  We need to be respectful of the way that everyone is different.  

Picture Books That Teach Respect

This book is perfect to teach kids to respect the desires of other's thoughts and feelings.  When I talked about it with my girls they were spot on about how this book was about respect.  It was a fast and easy book to get through. 


This book goes through every aspect of respect and it is fun and funny at the same time.  It kept the attention of my girls and taught them so many great lessons.  

Picture Books That Teach Respect

This book isn't specifically about respect...although there is a page on respect in it.  This book is good for a book about all the great ways we can act.  If you are looking for a good all around book then this is a good one.  However, I almost left it off the list because it isn't about respect only.  

Picture Books That Teach Respect

More posts about the value respect:

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

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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