What I Love About You!

As a wife I have been blessed with a wonderful hubby. He amazing but not really a talker. Its just not his thing. Sometimes that drives me crazy but its who he is.

A few years ago I was in a rough spot. You know, the one where your not sure how awesome you are or you can’t think of anything about yourself except the negative things that continuously pop into your mind. I was wallowing a bit. Stuck in self pity and a bad case of the bla’s. I was telling my husband all of the negative things about myself and he was so kind and honestly told me that I was lying to myself. That I was better than my mind was telling me. That I am loved. I didn’t have to be perfect to be loved and that I can be awesome without being perfect.

The next day during his lunch break he texted me a simple and sweet message. I don’t remember the exact message but it went like this. I love your _____. After I received the message I thought about thanking him for his kind words but instead I texted him back something that I loved about him.

Three years later and every lunch break I still get a message to pick me up and remind me that I am loved. It has made a huge difference for me. Now imagine how this would effect a child. Your child.

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The Intentional Bookshelf Review

In our home we love to read. We read in the kitchen during breakfast. We read in the living room snuggled up by the fireplace. We read in our beds. We read under tents. We read just about everywhere.

We love reading!

Before my first was born I knew that I wanted a home filled with books that inspired, transported and transformed my kids. What I didn’t know was what books I should add to my shelves. There are so many great options and alot of not so great ones. Starting from square I found myself completely overwhelmed. Have you been there too?

I wish I would have read “The Intentional Bookshelf” in the beginning. It would have helped me to get started off on the right foot.

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Arctic Book List for your Little Readers

Baby, it is cold outside!

We are under lots of snow which was perfect for our week long study of the Arctic! We gathered up lots of great books and cuddled under a pile of blankets. Reading and snuggling is one of my favorite activities to do with my little’s.

Good books open up the doors of curiosity and exploration. Here are the books that we used during our Arctic study.

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Cara’s Kindness Book Review

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As a parent I have sat down with my husband and discussed what our goals were for parenthood. What we wanted to unsure our kids understood and what kind of people we wanted to raise. When it came down to it our main goal was to raise kind individuals.

People that think of others needs and go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Kindness makes a huge difference in day to day life and has the potential to transform various situations.

In Cara’s Kindness, Kristi Yamaguchi strives to show kids the importance of being kind. Kindness comes in many different forms and I love the variety that she wrote It can be as simple as sharing your snack, teaching someone a skill, helping someone when they are unable to help themselves or simply becoming a friend.

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Bible Origami Book Review

Growing up I watched my parents introduce us again and again to the scriptures and their stories. For the most part I think they did a great job but sometimes we, the kids, were just down right bored and didn’t want to internalize the important messages that the stories taught. Talk about a tough crowd.

Over the last few years I have poured myself into researching the different learning styles that children resonate best with. I believe that the best way to teach is the best way that each individual learns. Every child is different but there are some patterns when it comes to effectively teaching them.

In my home, hands on learning, aka kinesthetic learning, is huge. We like to wiggle, kick, jump, fiddle and climb. Pretty much all day long. Yes, this even includes when we are trying to be reverent. I am working on it but its not as easy as it sounds.

Bible Origami is going to be perfect for our family! The kids (and I) will have the perfect resource to help us keep our fingers busy while listening to the scriptures. The origami featured compliments many of the classic bible stories. While learning about the faith of Daniel you can assemble your own lion. Build your own tablets during lessons regarding the Ten Commandments.

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Moving at Christmas!

December is generally a crazy time of year for people around the world. In our house we decided to make this year a little extra crazy. You know, for fun!

We moved!

That’s right. During our holidays we are packing up, moving, unpacking, celebrating Christmas and finishing renovations at our current place to get it ready for new renters. To say we are a bit crazy is an understatement.

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In the end I am sure everything will turn out just fabulously. That is if I have any hair left!

Have you moved with little’s in tow? What were your secrets for success? You must have secrets.

Below are my top moving tips. I saved them just for you!

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STEAM Christmas Observation

As soon as December comes I immediately want to get out the Christmas decorations and explore all of the treasures that I have collected over the years. My decorations have become memories in a box and I love it.

This year we are right in the middle of packing up to move which unfortunately means that we barely brought out any of our decorations. I am still sad about it but I did get somethings to make the holidays special for the kids.

One of our Christmas festivities was all about observing and handling various objects that remind me of Christmas. We made hypothesis’s and tested them for close to an hour. Yes an hour and this was without most of my fun festive supplies. The sky is the limit. Seriously.

Now, usually I share all of my wonderful ideas here but this time I wrote a guest post for Amanda from Sicily’s Heart and Home.

You will find everything that you need for my awesome STEAM activity here. Check it out, your going to love it.

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I know, you want more. More STEAM activities. Lucky for you. I know just the place. You need STEAM Kids Christmas!! I didn’t know I would need it at the beginning of the holiday season but it has been so helpful for me. There is no way that I could think of all of these awesome ideas all by myself.

If your feeling like you might have missed the timing for a Christmas book then look no further. You need the regular edition, STEAM Kids. It would even make an excellent gift.

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Growing Up with Conference Review

There are some things in life that I absolutely adore. Things that are so important to me that I try very hard to pass their value onto my little’s. Now if you have kids you know that just because it is important to you that doesn’t mean that they will think the same as you. I wish it was easy but that is just not the way the cookie crumbles.

Two of my treasured times of the year are when General Conference is broadcasted. As a Christian, of the LDS denomination, April and October are extra special. During these conferences leaders of our church both male and female share words of wisdom to uplift and inspire us. I love it!!

Every six months I NEED an extra lift. I need to know that I’m not a complete failure. I need to know that God loves me. I need to feel the Holy Ghost. To know I am enough for my kids. I need help! I need help to be the Mom that my kids individually need. I need help to be a better wife for my husband. I need help to improve myself.  I need my kids to see that I am not perfect and that I am constantly striving to become better.

My home needs general conference!

This past October I tried a little extra hard to teach my kids about the apostles so that they would value their messages. Let me tell you. It worked!!

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Our Family Halloween 2016

When I was in College I got a job at our local Value Village. It was the perfect job for a student. It was close to my house and I was able to get great clothes for an awesome deal. The position that I started at was a Costumologist!!

What is a Costumologist, you ask? Why, its the greatest thing ever. For two months I was able to dress up daily and help people assemble fabulous costumes. Many people like purchasing costumes ready to go which is fine but I love the challenge of creating costumes. I love hunting for the perfect pieces to create a one of a kind costume. Its a blast and saves quite a bit of cash.

Over the years I have come up with some pretty great costumes and I wish I would have taken pictures of all of my fun creations.

Since I have been married we have always dressed up together and now we involve our kids. It can be quite a challenge to come up with a family costume but it is completely worth it. I’m not sure how long my kids will cooperate with our Halloween fun. I hope it lasts forever but I know our time is ticking so we have to make the most of it every year.

Both my husband and I love Disney so our costumes generally are Disney movie themed. This year we choose the classic tale of “Peter Pan.” We dressed the kids as Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Smee. Obviously we had to go as Peter Pan and Wendy.

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Don’t we look great!

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STEAM Kids Halloween Crystals

My son has developed a love my spiders. I love that I do not share at all. I am not terrified of them but I cringe every time I spot one. Even spiders in books give me the creeps. Just writing this has given me goosebumps. I hate spiders….

I want to be the Mum that follows my kids interests but I honestly didn’t know how I was going to follow Bee this time.

That was until I found my answer in the Halloween STEAM Edition  Ebook.

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