Picking up used books at tag sales, our local library, and thrift stores is an affordable way to be able to keep some quality reads around the house! Our library usually has a shelf of books for sale and they are about 3 for $1.
I have always found that Klutz Kits really know how to motivate kids! I don't mind paying full price for them but finding them used is even better! This one is like those social media quizzes, ex. What kind of cookie are you?
I think this book will be great for summer since it has a lot of hands on activities that promote keeping the Earth beautiful! Leave books out on end tables or coffee tables instead of on shelves, they will likely get more use that way.
Usborne Books are another great book publishing company. They are well planned out and this one even has internet related links for further learning resources.
Reproductibles are a quick and easy way to print up some fun monthly themed activities for the kids when the kids are bored.
Keeping books in the home encourages self-directed learning and helps kids develop a love for reading as well. Books don't have to be expensive there are many ways to obtain them cheaper than retail price. Try all different types of titles and subjects to see your child's interest grow!
We have a winner in the Summer Salad on My Mind Giveaway and it is Joseph Coleman!!
My very own husband won because he is the only entrant in the contest. I have been writing this blog for a while now and I get very minimal traffic and no comments. I tried to do and promote this giveaway but it didn't get me the results I wanted, so I thought.
When checking to see if I had any comments for the giveaway, I got excited when I realized that i actually did have one! After reading it i realized it was from my husband. I got so mad and even cried because he had interfered with the contest.
After my self-pity party and some prayer, I realized that what he had done was a very special act of love. He wanted to support me and show me he cared! How truly blessed I am that he took the time for this small but hugely loving act.
I realized I do not have to look any further than my own home to see how much value my life has. I don't have to blog for comments or fans because all of my love is fulfilled in my faith and my family, my blog is complete in them!
Keeping the Kids off of the electronics in the summer can be a challenge, so coming up with a fool proof plan is the key!
I like to challenge them to a good old fashion contest! This year it will be called, The Summer Bucket List Contest.
Each child should come up with at least 10 things they want to do for the summer as a start.
If they do the activity they can write it on a strip up paper and attach it to their bucket
They can also come up with other non-electronic activities and do the same , filling out the paper and attaching it
read a book
an art project
take a bike ride
keep a journal ( each entry counts as 1 activity)
write a letter to friend or relative
bake a dessert( s'mores, cookies, strawberry shortcake)
cook a dinner
plan a local trip or picnic( library, park, trails)
puzzles ( fish, beach, ice cream, ocean themes)
build a fort
soccer The prize is usually a $20 or $25 gift card to a local store. This year we decided on Family Dollar. That will go a long way in this five and dime type store!
Summer is a great time for being creative and making memories! There is nothing wrong with allowing time for the computer or movies but keeping the mind fresh and awake is the best way to pass the time away!
Kids love to participate in these type of contests and it is always very easy to accomplish the goal of minimum media time because of it. They actually have fun coming up with their own ideas so they can be the winner!
(I give small consolation prizes to the others) maybe $5 a piece for participating but I do not tell them until the contest is over because they will settle for the smaller prizes.
I have found over the years that the size and shape of a purse do matter in keeping a neat and orderly purse does make a difference.
I find that a medium purse is best because too much room causes things to be loose and move around creating a messy purse. If it is too small obviously it's functionality is lost.
#2- Shape - Make sure the purse is not too deep as well, Bucket shapes can be frustrating because items tend to sink too far to the bottom. Close easy access is important to be able to access your things quickly.
#3- Compartments -No more than 3 sections or pockets. A cell phone pocket is a must and maybe 1 or 2 zipper pockets for keys or checkbook. too many sections can lead to unnecessary searching and rummaging needlessly.
#4- A wallet with a good amount of slots to keep bank cards, license, insurance cards, and cash etc. I also like to use my wallet slot for receipts. When I get home I like to put them in an envelope marked with the month.
#5- An extra case or pouch for overflow cards: library, gift, or reward cards.
#6- Make Up case-A small case for minimal make-up and a few hair accessories for those quick touch ups.
#7- Eye Glasses Case- I prefer the hard cases to protect glasses from getting broken and they are easier to see and grab as well.
Having a clutter free purse can a very simple process that takes away a lot of stress in your life. Organizing and categorizing items makes it easier to find the everyday things we as women need. I hope this advice makes it easier for you to have a neat and orderly purse.
I am doing my very first giveaway and I am so excited! I think it is a great time of year to eat healthier foods because they are so much more available. In a few weeks many people will have veggies growing right in their own back yard or frequenting there towns farmer's markets!
Fresh salads are easy to toss together and can be filled with wonderful ingredients grown locally or picked straight off the plant or vine!
There are so many different ways to make salads and this great book by William Sonoma has some great ideas! Not only does it have the salad recipes but it also has recipes for dressings, too!
Sharing recipes can be a great gift idea for a family member or friend. I like to write my favorites ones on some pretty stationery and give together with a few of the yummy ingredients in a pretty bowl or basket.
Salads are a great way to bring friends together on a sunny summer afternoon! A few simple festive flags as to decorate the middle of the table in the dining room, on the front porch or the back patio. I want to spend some time catching up and sharing my blessed life with some of the women I don't get to see during the busy home school year.
Two of my favorite colors during the summer are navy blue and kelly green. They make me think of sailing and a life at the beach! I love watching sailboats when we go to Mystic Rhode Island for a few days each summer.
I hope this summer brings with it many opportunities to gather my thoughts and some friends to share my home and some fresh delicious food! I want to give away these items to help another to do the same:
Food Made Fast, Salad by William Sonoma
a galvanized hanging chalkboard ( write a welcome greeting for family & friends)
an adorable salad bowl or strainer ( Kelly green)
a coupon/receipt organizer ( navy blue)
a notepad to jot down ideas
a pack of note cards and envelopes (can be used as recipes card or invitations)
5 festive flags
All of these a ideas are just suggestions of course, this giveaway is a gift just for you to make and create your own special summer memories!
I will run this giveaway until Wednesday of next week, and the names will be folded and put in the salad bowl and randomly picked by my daughter.
I will announce the winner Thursday, June 11, 2015. I will mail it off to the winner that afternoon.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Salad and your favorite summer colors and why these colors are your favorite.
I have learned over the years and I am still learning, that home management isn't something that comes easy for me. I am good at organizing but when it comes to making lists and keeping home management notebooks I struggle.
I have however, figure out that using a calendar style planner is a must. There is just no way I could ever remember all of the day to day appointments and activities. I have used this type of planner for about 3 years now and it has worked well for me.
I have kept it pretty simple using a different color highlighter for each child which helps me easily identify whose appointment is on a particular day.
I am not really a creature of habit and I enjoy change, so I am going to try a new planner system. It is from Michael's, the Recollection Collection. I have seen a couple of Youtube videos on these products and I liked what I saw.
There are several different books that can be added to a small three- ring binder. The titles include: calendar, to do, budget, fitness, meals and travel. I got two of them, the calendar and the to do.
I like the fact that all of the supplies can be kept together in the binder with the planner itself.
Washi tape will be a new addition for me for planner use. I have used it in scrap booking but not in planning.
These are the mini sticky notes and they are a great size, they work well for putting reminders or phone #'s in notes section. I will post some more pics of the planner accessories in the next post.
Planners are going to a whole new level with many styles and embellishments it can be personalized and fun to do!
Lately, I have been able to find joy in the "mundane" chores in my life. I remember reading a blog several years ago and the author saying that very same statement but at the time i just couldn't wrap my head around it.
I guess that is a growing process that comes with being more content with my state of life. Folding some fresh smelling laundry can be a meditative, calming activity these days!
I like to think of my children, my home and my husband and how blessed I am having my faith as well! Each piece of cloth, each towel or napkin becomes a prayer or an offering to God for the gratitude I have in my heart !
Neatness and order are important in our home especially with our large family. Everything has a specific place so the clutter is kept to a minimum.
I love wonderful scents for our home, and I am sort of a soap and candle addict. I shop at Marshall's for the higher quality hand soaps. They have wonderful decorative bars and hand pump soaps and they are always very reasonably priced.
Making loveliness out of the mundane is a gift from above. I am glad God has given me eyes to see that now! I hope that you enjoy your laundry today and if not today maybe tomorrow or in a few years from now!
I hope you enjoy spending some time here! if you did please leave a comment because I love to meet new people! I would enjoy reading your blogs as well! Have a wonderful day and may you know the love of God in your life!
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