Monthly Archives: November 2010

Activity Advent Calendar

I was reading my friend’s blog when I came across a very heartfelt post all about Parenting with Purpose.  Boy, did it hit home!  Lately I’ve been feeling so….I don’t know, “disconnected” from everything.  I’m going through the motions, but there isn’t a lot of meaning behind it.  I’ve been pondering what the problem is and while I haven’t figured out the answer, I do know that I want my time with my kids to be more meaningful.  They’re growing so flippin’ fast, and I feel like I’m missing it.  This (below) is what I want:
I decided that I want to work extra hard to be more involved with my children this December…what better time than NOW?
A little while later, I came across another blog  that discussed doing an advent calendar for her kidlets.  And so I decided to use her idea to create a month of more purposeful parenting by creating an Activity Advent Calendar for the family.
This will be a work in progress, but in the meantime, I really truly hope to create some amazing memories while creating a stronger bond with my two angels.
Here’s the planned schedule for the month:
December:
  1. Put together birthday party goody bags (with both kids’ birthdays in December, this’ll probably be an annual thing).
  2. Address and mail out Christmas letters; wrap presents.
  3. Movie night (this year it’ll be the Walmart family movie)
  4. Go to church Christmas dinner and take the “Journey through Bethlehem” while there.
  5. Take a family drive to Christmas Street. (It’s at the end of our neighborhood, so it’s nice and close!)
  6. Make homemade luminaries.
  7. Make sugar cookies
  8. Candy sleighs
  9. Christmas cookie ornaments (made out of paper)
  10. Hot cocoa and movie night/Footprint and handprint reindeer art..
  11. Go through closets/pantry and find stuff to donate.
  12. 3D snowflakes
  13. Christmas storytime (we’ll read all the Christmas-y childrens books we have!)
  14. Christmas tree sizing activity
  15. Make neighbor gifts
  16. Go to Christmas street.
  17. Movie night – Polar Express maybe?
  18. Gingerbread houses
  19. Deliver gifts to neighbors
  20. Make chocolate chip cookies
  21. Christmas coloring pages
  22. Christmas symbols “education”
  23. A Night of Service (for Dad)
  24. Read the real Christmas story from the bible, family time.
Now, as you can see, I haven’t completed my list.  Do you have any great ideas?  I’d sure be grateful to accept any you may have.

Here’s to more powerful and purposeful parenting…and to a very Merry Christmas season.

How Ironic…

that after I post about my gratitude of electricity, I LOSE my electricity!  Ah well, it made for a good adventure with the kids, and it was only out for 4 hours, so not too bad.  We built a fire and lit candles and had a good wintry day together.  And now it’s not lame for me to say that I really am grateful for electricity.:-)

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Monday’s Freebies

So I decided to do some snow shoveling this morning, to the tune of a couple of feet worth of snow.  I did my driveway and the sidewalks without my husband coming out to help, which made me quite proud of myself.  I then pulled my daughter to school on a sled (because there was THAT MUCH snow!), and thought I’d die, but once again, was proud of the effort I’d exerted.  At the school I noticed that they had not cleared the walks behind the school (which is the way we go), and so I hoofed it back home, grabbed my shovel, and headed back to the school to do a good deed.  90 minutes later, I threw up and hobbled back home.  I’m so out of shape, and I overdid it, what can I say?  Now I’m sitting here with a warmed up rice bag on my back, and enjoying the blessing of electricity and heat.  Life is good:-)

Let’s make life even better for a second, shall we?  Enjoy the freebies!

Get a free sample of Revvida Energy Drink.

Go HERE and sign up for receive a free Pretty Elizabeth Arden 1-oz Eau de Parfum spray.

Free Kindle book:  Fireflies in December.  (Thanks, Gina)

You can request a 2-oz bottle of Head and Shoulders HERE.  Note that this requires downloading a coupon toolbar.

5 Things Challenge 11/28/10

Have you joined in on the 5 things challenge yet?  
Here’s my list from last week:
  1. Decorate house for Christmas – YES
  2. Compile that Relief Society list I didn’t do last week. – YES
  3. Volunteer at Buddy Boy’s school. – YES
  4. Do one last batch of ebay, file a few non-paid reports too:-) – YES, but it won’t be the last batch…I found more stuff to list.
  5. Find 50 things to get rid of – NO.  I found 34 things to get rid of, but didn’t quite make the 50.

I gotta be honest, I’m not feeling real motivated right now.  My list probably won’t be too impressive, but that’s life, eh?

  1. Get everything ready for Munchkin’s birthday party on Saturday.
  2. DO the party on Saturday and survive.:-)
  3. Go to my ward’s Christmas dinner and open house on Saturday (right after the party!)
  4. Put away all Christmas bins and boxes.
  5. Catch up on cutting out coupons.

I hope y’all have a productive week!

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I found a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent from a magazine (I’m so sorry, I don’t remember which one…).  I haven’t yet tried it, but thought I would post it for you if you’re interested.  I’ll be trying it as soon as I get to the store to get the stuff, and I’ll share my thoughts.
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup kosher salt
Mix all together and use instead of your regular dishwasher detergent.

*I personally will be adding vinegar to the rinse cycle when I try this, just to help avoid water spots and all that jazz.

Book Review: A Year With God

A Year With God
By R.P. Nettelhorst
Published by Thomas Nelson
Book Description:
A 365-day devotional featuring the actual spoken words of God as presented in the Bible.
Too many times the impact and grandness of the actual words God spoke, as recorded in the Bible, are lost in the telling of the story. In A Year with God, the primary focus is to allow the scriptures that contain God’s dialogue and the revelations of himself to uniquely speak to the reader. The author follows each reading with insights and applications to help explain the context and nuances of the text. The unique titling of each meditation and the nontraditional themes and organization help bring God to our daily lives. Topics include:
Hope and Fear Love and Hate Perseverance and Quitting Faith and Doubt Loyalty and Betrayal Companionship and Isolation Mercy and Judgment Forgiveness and Anger Joy and Sadness Peace and Conflict.
My Review:
I read this book for 3 weeks for the purpose of the review.  I enjoyed the book, and appreciated having a different thought, or topic, with which to begin my day.  The book was organized by topic rather than chronologically, which I liked and enjoyed.  It proved some days to be quite uplifting, and other days to simply be a nice thought to focus on for a moment.  Each “day” is only one page long, which makes it a quick and easy read.
The only thing about the book that I didn’t like was that there were so many different versions of the bible included in reference that there were times I struggled grasping or even accepting a specific example within a concept.  I would look the scripture up, and there were times when I interpreted the meaning differently than the meaning that the book provided.  I would have preferred it if the actual scripture reference had been quoted exactly, with a thought underneath.  
Other than that small issue, I thought the book was great!  I’m  giving it 3 stars:  I liked it.

*I received this book free of charge from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.  I received no monetary compensation.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.:-)

Friday Freebies

I hope everyone had a nice, safe, and happy holiday yesterday!  Enjoy your freebies for the day; this is the best kind of Black Friday shopping, in my opinion!

Give your dog relief from joint pain with a free sample of K9 FullFlex.

Go HERE for a free sample of Attends for a loved one.

Sign up here to get a free sample of baby formula from Member’s Mark.

“Like” Splurpee on Facebook and you can print a coupon for a free slurpee good today, November 26.

11/25 Thoughtful Thursday – Family

“Why should it surprise us, by the way, the life’s most demanding tests as well as most significant opportunities for growth in life usually occur within marriage and the family?  How can resolving poor relationships, by contrast, be as real a test of our capacity to love?  Is being courteous, one time, to the stranger on the bus as difficult as being courteous to a family member who is competing for the bathroom each morning?  Does fleeting disappointment with a fellow office worker compare to the betrayal of a spouse?  Does a raise in pay even approach the lift we receive from rich family life?”
~Neal A. Maxwell

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HAPPY Thanksgiving!



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Shortly after the pilgrims settled in this land they planted their crops.  Work was extremely hard.  The winter would be long and cold.  Seeds held their hope for the future.  So when the harvest was finally in and the seeds for spring stored away, they surveyeed their surplus.  How much was left?  Not bushels, not baskets, not piles or pounds.  Only…seven kernels each.  This was their bounty and for this our Pilgrim fathers gave thanks.  Before we fill our plates with the bounties of the harvest, turkey and dressing and potatoes and  yams, let us all pause and remember seven blessings for which we are thankful as we take each dry, hard kernel from our plate.

(This story would make a wonderful place setting along with seven corn kernels!)

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All About Me in 30 Days: A Dream for the Future Beyond the Next Year – Day 30

Wow, I can’t believe the 30 days are already over!  I think I’ve discovered a new way to make time fly even faster than usual…

So, to finish off, I get to share my dreams for the future.  What could be better?  Here goes:

- I want to change the lives of children around the world….and I want to do it on a personal level.  I want to provide clothing, food, health care, and school supplies to children.  I want to help make dreams come true, no matter what the situation of the child.

- I want to become a nurse.

- I want to live in a house with a big yard where I can have a big garden, an orchard, chickens, and all that good stuff. Also some fun things for the kids.:-)

- I want to live a self-reliant and eco-friendly life.  I want to have a year’s worth of food storage; to have and use a solar oven on a regular basis; to have fully stocked emergency kits for every member of the family; to know how to sew really well; to make ALL my cleaners myself,  and to walk to the store, school, etc, and when I need to drive to use something incredibly efficient, like an electric car or something. 

- I want my children to grow up as happy, healthy individuals who have the courage to follow their dreams and the fortitude to stick with it.

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this.  I’ve had a blast sharing bits and pieces of myself with you all, and I appreciate all the kind words and comments that kept me going along the way.

(Photo from sxc.hu.  Used with permission)