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
-Picture Books on Love
-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
-Picture Books on Love

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


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

Aug 11, 2017

3 Fantastic Children's Movies about Respect

3 Fantastic Children's Movies about Respect
Just before I sat down to write this blog post my daughter was ignoring me and saying, "No.  I don't want to."  It is VERY recent that this attitude has started happening.  It breaks my heart because she has always been very respectful.  

She could be way worse.  I know that and I am grateful for that, but it is still very hard for me.  Since this is recent I am also grateful that this month we are talking about the value respect.  It came at such a perfect time for me.  

Respect is one of those things that needs to constantly be talked about.  I love teaching through movies and so I found 3 fantastic children's movies about respect.  These are great for younger kids and can be great movies to start wonderful discussions as a family.
3 Fantastic Children's Movies about Respect

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3 Fantastic Children's Movies about Respect

Who doesn't love this popular nanny?  She is so fun to be around, BUT she also teaches the Banks kids some very important life lessons.  She is so good at teaching them respect.  Their rooms were clean after Mary Poppins came around and they were all around more respectful to others as well. 

3 Fantastic Children's Movies about Respect

We recently went to the county fair and saw baby pigs.  Is there anything more cute?!  I don't think so.  Maybe the baby goats can compare, but oh my word!  Too cute!  Anyways, back to the topic at hand.  This movie is so cute.  Babe learns how to gain respect by showing respect.  He was respectful to his fellow farm animal friends.  He used the words "Please" and "Thank you" often.  

3 Fantastic Children's Movies about Respect

This movie is so fun to watch, but at the same time you can turn it into a learning experience as well.  Sid gets teased often, but he still is respectful to his friends.  That is so important to teach kids.  That even though others aren't being respectful that you should still be respectful.

More posts about the value respect:

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.  

Aug 10, 2017

Family Home Evening Ideas About Respect

My oldest daughter is sadly getting to that phase in life were she talks back.  It could be way worse.  She really isn't that bad, but it does break my mama heart when she does it.  

I was grateful that we are talking about respect this month.  My daughter starts Kindergarten this year and showing her teacher and peers respect is so important.  Respect is a pretty broad topic, but it is such a great one to teach kids.  Sadly I am seeing more and more kids/teenagers have less and less respect for their parents, teachers, peers, and even themselves. 

I went searching for Family Home Evening ideas about respect and found some and then one that has to do with the family.  I couldn't find a ton of ideas on this topic sadly, but the family is the first place to start when it comes to respect so I thought it fit perfectly.  


For the Building a Happy Family lesson you could just focus on the respect part of that lesson.  There are many great ideas, but just focusing on that one section would be fantastic for teaching the value respect.  Then for the "My Family" lesson you could really talk about how respect of family members is so important.  It talks about it a little in the lesson, but feel free to elaborate on that part.

More posts about the value respect:

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

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 1, 2017

The Best Movie About Loyalty

The Best Movie About Loyalty
Loyalty and dependability are fun values to teach kids.  I think I really liked this because kids are quite loyal.  So these values come pretty easily to them.  It was fun to talk to my girls about it because it just seems like second nature to them. 

However, I still wanted to spend a month on it because sadly as kids grow up the black and white lines start to become blurred.  If it isn't taught then they can easily question if they are doing something that is disloyal.  
The Best Movie About Loyalty

There is one movie that sticks out to me more than any other when it comes to loyalty and dependability.  So before I tell you do you have a guess?  The best movie about loyalty and dependability is CHARLOTTE'S WEB.  

My girls got this movie for Christmas this past year and I was so happy about that because it is a great movie that teaches a lot of things.  However, there is one lesson that sticks out to me the very most and that is that Wilbur can depend on Charlotte no matter what. 

Charlotte is a loyal friend through and through.  She never gave up on Wilbur.  She always was one step ahead of everyone else.  Even when things were going great for him she was thinking about the next thing she could do to keep him safe.

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. 
The Best Movie About Loyalty


More posts about the values loyalty & dependability:
-Picture Books about Loyalty and Dependability


Once again, my basis for choosing values each month comes from the book, Teaching Your Children Values.  

Jul 31, 2017

Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer

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Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer
Summer can be really hard on our hair.  The chlorine from the pool and the sun can really take a toll on our hair.  As I have gotten older I have been more aware of things like this and I want to continue to take care of my hair during the Summer.  

Also, who has a ton of time to do hairstyles that take longer than 5 minutes?  Not me.  With the kids being restless or even being on vacation during the Summer I need to have fast and easy.  I also like to pull it back out of my face or even off my neck without it looking too boring.  

I want to share with you some of my Summer hair care tips, but first of all I want to share three quick ways to do your hair this Summer.   First off, I do want to give you one tip to begin.  That is to go as long as you can between "hair washings".  I can go 4 days between my "hair washings".  I had to build up to that slowly though.  It is so much better for your hair if you can spread them out.  I will also say that usually the first day I wear my hair straight (some days I might pull it up wet in a bun, but usually I wear it straight).  Then usually on the third day I curl my hair just to give it a different look. 

Braid Crown
Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer

I usually do this on day four.  I like to do this style with curly/wavy hair.  This style gets many compliments EVERY SINGLE TIME I wear it.  I am NOT good at braids so I promise this is simple. 
  1. Gather 1-2 inches along the hair line on one side of your part.  Gather more if you want a thicker braid or less if you want thinner.  
  2. Braid that section.  Not a french braid, just a plain old braid. 
  3. Tug and pull strands to loosen the braid then put an elastic in to hold it. 
  4. Do the same thing on the other side of your part.  So you should have 2 braids (one on each side of your face).  
  5. Bring back one braid around the crown of your head and pin the braid to the crown of your head.  
  6. Bring the other braid back and lay above the first braid, make sure to hide the "tails" of the braids.  Secure with bobby pins. 
Side Twist Ponytail
Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer

This hairstyle is so easy and I like how it looks different from just a regular low side ponytail.  
  1. Grab about a 2 in x 2 in square on the top part of one side of your part.  I usually do the side where their is less hair (so the side where my part is). 
  2. Separate that chunk of hair in two sections. 
  3. Twist the bottom section over the top section.
  4. Add more hair to each section and twist the bottom section over the top section. 
  5. Continue twisting around head.
  6. Once the twist reaches the other side then secure it with an elastic. 
  7. Just above the elastic split the hair and flip the tail through the hole.  Kind of like you do with a topsy tail. 
Double Wrapped Ponytail
Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer

Give this one at least 2-3 tries, even if you don't like the way it turned out the first time.  Of all of them I feel this one has the greatest learning curve, but I can whip this out fast and I like how "different" it looks.  I swear every time I do it I get faster and it gets easier and more secure.  
  1. Pull hair half up and secure with small elastic. 
  2. Take a section of hair from below the elastic.  (I take it slightly from the left of the elastic.)  Wrap it around the elastic.  
  3. Bobby pin to head. 
  4. Gather the rest of hair into a low ponytail.  HOWEVER, MAKE SURE TO LEAVE A THIN LAYER OUT OF THE PONYTAIL NEAR THE NAPE OF THE NECK.
  5. Split the layer that was left out into two sections.  Then wrap around the elastic.  
  6. Secure with bobby pins.  Also, you should be able to take the bobby pins out from the first wrap, but if you can't see them I say just leave them in. 
Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer
I hope you give each of these hairstyles a shot.  When I say that I am not good with hair I am serious!  It is not a talent I was given.  However, I take pride in making it look a little better than just straight or curly.  So please believe me when I say they are simple.

Now quickly before you leave this page to go on with your busy life I want to share my thoughts about why it is extra important to take care of your hair in the Summer.  I also have some great tips to help you as well.  
Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer

General tips that you should be doing year round
  1. Try to go as long as you can between washings.  Also, pick a shampoo and conditioner that is geared to what YOUR HAIR needs.  That is why I like Schwarzkopf Gliss™ products.  They have the following sub-lines: Ultimate Repair (this is for really damaged hair), Ultimate Moisture (for dry hair), Oil Nutritive (for split ends), Extra Volume (for added volume), and Color Guard (for protecting hair).  I like it because there is a shampoo, conditioner, and one treatment for each of the sub-lines.  That way I know that I can get everything all together that work towards treating the same thing.  
  2. Be care when you comb your hair wet.  Make sure you either comb with a wide toothed comb or a brush that is designed to comb wet hair. 
    Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer
  3. I am not for weighing hair down with a ton of products, but there is always something that you are looking to do with your hair.  Again that is what is great with Schwarzkopf Gliss™ products because the guess work is taken out of what to get.  Go with the treatment that comes in the sub-line and use it.  
Reasons to take extra care of your hair during the Summer
  • Chlorine from pools can damage your hair and make your strands become brittle.  The chlorine can also remove the natural oil that covers hair shafts, this makes your hair more susceptible to breakage. 
    • One simple way to keep the damage under control is to wet your hair with tap water before getting into the pool.  If you are going to be swimming a lot then think about wearing a swim cap.  Also, make sure you wash your hair immediately after swimming.  Do not allow the pool water to dry on your hair.  Once again using the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ products that will cater to your needs directly following getting out of the pool will help prevent a ton of damage. 
      Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer
  • The sun damages your hair, just like it damages your skin. Your hair can become dehydrated, and cause split ends.
    • Covering your head with a hat or a scarf helps keep this damage under control as well. 
Like I said earlier I am excited that we now have the option to get Gliss™ Hair Repair products.  They are new to the US market and I love all the options they have to make it more simple to take care of my hair.  I picked up Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo, Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Oil Nutritive Conditioner, and also Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Oil Nutritive Split-End Serum.  I got them at Walmart.  It was by the hair care section and at the Walmart by me it was near the scalp care section of hair care.  (You can see the sign in the picture below.)  I wanted to share a coupon with you so you can go get these products for yourself!  This coupon will give you $5.00 off TWO (2)  Schwarzkopf® GLISS™ Shampoo or Conditioner or Treatment products!
Here's 3 Quick Ways to do Your Hair This Summer: Plus Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During the Summer


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