Friday, December 13, 2013

Cute Pregnancy Announcement

I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to recreate it.  I didn't even have to pinch the little guy to get him to cry.  He did it as soon as I put him in his crib.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Anger Family Home Evening (FHE)

My little guy is a typical toddler boy. He lashes out whenever he gets angry. So, we are going to have Family Home Evening about anger. I created this packet from a lot of different resources I found online.

Anger FHE Outline

Monday, March 25, 2013

Jesus is Our Savior FHE Packet

I really have loved having Family Home Evening recently.  We have been trying to do it every week for the past few months and our son is a completely different child!  I've been using a lot of FHE packets that I've found online and they have been so awesome!  But, this Sunday as I was teaching Sharing Time, I realized that all this time I have had FHE packets at my fingertips with the Sharing Time lessons.  So, I made a packet based on the lesson I did this past week.  It is about Jesus Christ being our Savior.  Hope it helps you and your family as much as it has helped ours!

Jesus Christ is Our Savior

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Another Reverence FHE

So, if you couldn't tell from this post and the previous post, I am really concerned about my son's reverence in church.  So, I made another FHE packet to use.  Enjoy.

Click here for the reverence FHE lesson

FHE Packet- Reverence

I have to admit something, I have a 3-year-old and I know that we should do Family Home Evening.  But...we rarely do.  It's just so hard to think of things that will interest him and prepare.  I know it shouldn't be that difficult, I mean, I teach Sharing Time all the time, but for some reason I just can't seem to do it at home.

Then I discovered this novel idea of an FHE packet.  I'm sure this isn't a new idea to most of you, but I love the idea of putting everything together in a gallon ziploc bag or file folder and just pulling it out on FHE night.

I have another confession, my toddler is kinda awful in Primary.  He is the youngest child in there and sometimes he just doesn't know how to act.  I really wanted to do an FHE about reverence because we REALLY need it.

Anyway, enough rambling.  So, I made an FHE packet all about reverence.  It's obviously geared toward a 2-5 year old.  Hope you can use it in your family also!

Follow this link to download it for yourself:

Friday, January 18, 2013

A New Take on the Freezer Meal Group

For over a year now, my friends and I have been talking about starting a freezer meal group/swap, but I just couldn't figure out how to do it.  I read in many places how others do it.  I read on this blog about ways she suggested doing a group.  They included
1. Having each person make meals at home and then bring them to swap already assembled or
2. Having 1 person shop for everything needed to assemble a specific meal and everyone gets together to assemble.
I had issues with each of these for different reasons.
1. I didn't like the idea of sitting at home by myself making meals for everyone.  It seemed so boring!  Also, what if someone didn't like mushrooms and would prefer I didn't put them in?  What if I had a friend who had a very small family and wanted to split the meals into 2 smaller meals?
2. This is just way too daunting.  1 person shopping for 25+ meals is just way too much work.  Also, what if I like generic brands but the person shopping buys name brands?  What if I already have half the ingredients at home so shopping for them is just spending unneeded money?

So, my friends and I brainstormed and came up with a better idea.  This is how we do our swap.

We try to have 6 participants every month.  Every month each person is asked to come up with 1 meal they would like to share.  We then ask each person to bring ingredients to make 6 of their meal.  They do any serious prep at home (anything that needs to be cooked ahead, etc) but most prep can be done at the swap. Then, we get together and each person stakes a piece of countertop.  We each do any chopping or other prep.  This is great because we can chat while we're working.

Each person brings their own pans or bags that suit the size of their family.  When all the prep is done, we all go to one space and assemble that meal for our family.  This way, people can tailor them to their family's tastes.  Each meal has a copy of the recipe and cooking instructions for people to take home.  In the end, each person leaves with 6 different meals.  It usually takes us about 1 1/2 hours total.

I love this idea because each person has control over buying the ingredients for their meal but also over how their other meals are put together.

Many people suggested not letting kids be around during the swap because it's too crazy.  We have found that the opposite is true.  The kids love getting together and they stay out of our hair while we go about our business.  The only suggestion I have is to bring snacks for the kids.  With all the food around, they will decide they are hungry.  We make sure to pick a house where the kids can have lots of room to play.

So far, we've loved doing the swap this way!  We love having time together as friends and leaving with 6 new freezer meals.  Please let me know if you have any questions about how to do this kind of group successfully.  Here is our welcome sheet that I send to everyone who wants to join.
This is what I took home today!