Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine Wreath

Hi Friends-
Here's a quick wreath you can make for a friend. Use it as decoration at your Valentines Party with your kids (teaching them that 1. God Loves them and 2. God wants them to Love Others. - Then Give it AWAY! :)
I got my inspiration for a Wreath Here.

This is simple cheap and easy to make.

1. Wrap Fabric that you have laying around the house around a wreath. Cut fabric in 2 inch strips.
Hot glue as you wrap.

2. Use Leftover Decomesh from your Christmas Projects to wrap around

3. Purchase a Cheap Decoration from Walmart or Dollar General to hot glue on. (Got mine at Walmart for ($1.97) 

4. Who doesn't Love Burlap? Cut out some heart shapes and glue them on.

This did not take me long at all. It was cheap and easy. Why not make it for a friend?? 
What a sweet gesture. Let them know that you appreciate them as a friend. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

How to have a Valentines Party with your Kids

Happy Valentines Month!

I love a reason to celebrate and be festive! It doesn't take much for me to get excited and want to theme everything :) My personal philosophy is that Life is a Precious Gift and should be Celebrated! 

How are you going to celebrate this Valentines Day with your kids?

Why not have a party with just your family? 

I want my children to know that
  •  God loves them
  •  Mommy and Daddy love them
  •  God wants them to love others

So we are going to have a Party to learn all about it

How to Have a Valentines Tea Party with your Kids

1. Prepare for the Party/Set the Scene 

  • Make Homemade Cards with your toddlers (We did this a few days before our party) (They have short attention spans so you don't want to overwhelm them)
  • Buy a bouquet of flowers from your local grocery store (Attach Heart Doilies to be festive) 

Keep it Simple:

Don't worry about making the cards look like they should go in a Home Interior magazine. You are not being judged on "how cute" they are. You are just CELEBRATING LIFE with your kids.

 Let your children have fun! Purchase some Valentine stickers ($1) and Heart Doilies ($1) and let them have a blast! I let mine add Glitter and Paint Markers. (They thought I was super mom... and yes the glitter did get spilled and I am still finding it everywhere!)

2. Make your menu

  • Homemade Sugar Cookies   (Make the morning of the party) Recipe Here
  • Heart Shaped Sandwiches
  • Carrots
  • Apples
TIPS: Have fun with your kids while making the cookies. Let them do it! Again.... You are not being judged on how perfect they are. These are not to sell at an upscale bakery. Their purpose is to CELEBRATE LIFE with your children.

Let them have some dough just to play with... Who needs the extra cookies anyway?

Keep it Simple: Don't worry about making them exquisitely beautiful. Adjust to the age of your kids. Mine are 1 and 3..... Sprinkles and Icing are exciting to them! 

3. Time to Start the Party
  • Set the Table    
Use your homemade cards and bouquet that you made earlier in the week to make a festive setting

We did this on Saturday afternoon
 during our normal lunch time. 

3. Engage your Kids- While you Eat 
  • Q. What is Valentines Day all about?   A. Valentines Day is about Love
  • Q. Did you know that God Loves You Very Much?
  • What is something that you love?
4. Devotional Time

We wanted our kids to know 3 things for this party:
  • God Loves them
  • Mommy and Daddy Love them
  • God wants us to love others
Talk about each one of these points with your children. Read John 13:34 out of the bible several times during your devotional time. 

5. Application- Talk to your kids
  • How can we love others? What are ways we can show love?

6. Story Time
  • Read a book to your children over your Valentines Lunch. Read either a Valentine Story or a book about God and his love. If you don't have one already your local library is a great resource. 
7. Recap
  • Refresh your kids on the 3 main points 
1. God Loves them 2. Mommy/Daddy Love them. 3. God wants us to love others
  • Talk about who you can give your homemade cards to in order to show them love
8. Pray
  • Dear Jesus- Thank you for loving us and please help us to show love to others. Amen

9. Pack Leftover Cookies and Cards after Party
  • Have your children deliver the homemade cards/cookies to someone
  • Only pack a couple of cookies in each bag..... Honestly we all don't really NEED a whole batch of sugar cookies to eat. Packing less will allow you to give to more people.
  • We had our party on Saturday for a couple of reasons
    • So Daddy could be home and participate
    • So the cookies would be fresh when we delivered them. My kids are going to take them to a few people at church. 

Mine are still little 1 1/2, 3, and soon to be here!. So honestly..... it doesn't take a whole lot to impress them and make them feel loved and celebrated  So what  did we do this year? Yep.... that's right. We did the  cliche' homemade cards and sugar cookies.... That NEVER gets old.... (if you like cookie dough as much as my family does)

Don't stress over making it perfect. Remember your goals

To Celebrate Life with your children
To Love your children
To teach them that God loves them
To teach them that God wants us to love others

Have Fun!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Desperate- BOOK TOUR

Have you guys heard about Sally Clarkson's new book Desperate?
Resolution - desperatemoms.com

I came across Sally Clarkson's writing in 2010. My first daughter was not even a year old. (and now we are almost to #3!)

Her books completely changed my perspective on Motherhood.
I first read Mission of Motherhood and next I read Ministry of Motherhood. I absolutely loved them!

Since then I've read them both twice....... plus I read her blog ITakeJoy.

From her books and writings- I have been encouraged, challenged, and inspired.
I would love to sit here and write every way I have changed from reading these books.... but that would take too long!......... So I just want to leave it at this but emphasized....

I am so thankful to have these books in my "mom library".....

I have a whole journal filled up from my thoughts, plans, ponderings, prayers, and actions from these two books.

Here are some great quotes from Sally Clarkson that are in the book Desperate and on her blog:

“One of the beautiful graces of a strong woman is the ability to see the true value of her own life and the lives of her children, and to celebrate them every day, as Jesus did.”  (What a great reminder that we all need!) 

“One of the marks of a godly woman is that she takes responsibility for her soul’s need for joy and delight.”  (I read this in my free  "Taking Joy to Heart" devotional this morning from subscribing to her website...... It is so good!) 

“A wise woman is one who copies wise women.” 
“I believe that if moms understood how strategic their roles were in this battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation, they would grow in excitement about this great job God created them to fulfill.” (You are important! You're a mom.. You're kinda a big deal! :)
“Nothing excellent is ever accomplished by being lazy or selfish.”  (Pin this quote up where you can see it everyday) 
I'm kinda a quote junkie and can get motivated or "fired up" with the slightest quotes...... Here is an updated picture from my Quote Board... It has gotten quite full over the year. I'm constantly adding and taking away from it. 

I would love for every mom to get a hold of her writings...... and then we can just sit and chat about them together~! You can get your copy of Desperate Here. ENJOY!!!!!

ps... (I don't receive any financial compensation for promoting these books... I just really and truly believe that they are AWESOME!!!!!!)

Desperate Book Tour - desperatemoms.com

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