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Friday, July 25, 2014

Guest Blogger: Mary-Kate from Christianity Cove


Made Ya Laugh! Game

It’s said that laughter is the best medicine, and also that laughter is contagious.   It is believed that when people laugh, they release many great bodily enzymes and chemicals that can do everything from bring feelings joy, to actually bring good news, to heal diseases! As Christians, we have so much to be joyful about. Laughing and smiling should be part of the Christian lifestyle, so let’s celebrate with a laughing game.

Materials:

Enough pieces of candy for each child in the group

Object:

Children will test their skills as comedians and bores to see who can get the most
people on their team.

Instructions:

1. If possible, divide the group into two even teams.

2. Have teams sit on opposite sides of the room.

3. Address one team and quietly tell them that they will be the Gigglers.

4. Tell them that in order to get the prize they have to make all members on
the opposing team laugh.

5. They may do anything do make them laugh (ex: silly faces, jokes) EXCEPT
touching them.

6. Go address the other team and quietly tell them that they will be the Stone
Faces.

7. Tell them that the only way they can get the prize is if the members on their
team keep a straight face.

8. Have the students line up single file, keeping the Gigglers on one side and
the Stone Faces on the other.

9. When you say “Go!”, the two students in the middle, one Giggler and one
Stone Face, will turn to face each other.

10.The Stone Face will have to look at the Giggler for thirty seconds without
laughing or smiling.

11.The Giggler will have to try to make the Stone Face laugh.

12.If the Stone Face goes thirty seconds without laughing or smiling, then they
and their Giggler will go sit at the back of the Stone Face line.

13.If the Stone Face laughs or smiles, they will go sit with the Giggler at the
end of the Giggler line.

14.Repeat each round until all pairs have gone.

15.Whichever side has more children at the end of the round wins the candy!


Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove ( http://www.christianitycove.com/).  You can often find her writing about Christian Parenting, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God.  Follow her at @SundaySchoolGal  Facebook  Google+ Pinterest

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Beginning of My Journey to Save Money and Eat Healthier: Spring Rolls



I am on a mission. First I want to save money, but I also want to eat healthier. I'm trying to cut back on our grocery bill or at least stay within budget (we've always gone over) and I thought it would also be a great time to try and eat healthier because meat is such an expensive item for us. We are actually already over budget for this month on our groceries, so my husband and I decided we would really try to use up what is in our cupboards and try making some vegetarian meals as well.

Now, if you don't know, my husband is a Chef, even though he doesn't like to admit it, he's a great chef. He is the genius behind these delicious spring rolls or rather burritos as that is what mine looks like! But, because he is such a genius and works so quickly and is so familiar with the ingredients he can just throw stuff together and it turns out tasting great. I on the other hand need everything written out to the last little teaspoon of salt. I can have some freedom with very familiar meals such as pasta, but for the most part I need a recipe. In conclusion I had to have my husband write down the exact ingredients and amounts for these spring rolls, so please enjoy!

Spring Rolls 

4 servings

Filling

1 Finely Sliced Carrot
1/2 Bunch of Chopped Cilantro
1/2 cup Cashews
1 Diced Mango
1/3 cup sliced Cucumber
2 cups Lettuce

Dressing

1 Tbs Honey
juice from1/2 of one Lime
1 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 tsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbs Seracha
2 Tbs Sesame oil

Additional 

Slices of avocado
Spring Roll Wraps

Directions

Mix together the filling in one bowl and mix together the dressing in another. Slice up your avacado and set aside. Get a large bowl of cold water and pull out how many spring rolls you want, I think we used about 4-5. Run a few paper towels under cold water, wring and lay flat on the counter. Put a spring roll wrap in the bowl of water and let sit for a second before flipping and doing the other side. Remove  the spring roll wrap and lay out on the damp paper towel. The wrap should be ready in just seconds you will know when it is floppy and sticky. Lightly dress your filling and place as much of the filling as you want in the middle of the wrap, place a few slices of avocado on top and roll up your wrap. The paper will stick to each other and contain the filling.

This was my first time using spring roll wraps, they were really fun and surprisingly very easy to use. I highly recommend using them yourself if your looking for a healthy alternative to bread or wraps. Also, I couldn't believe how filling they were!

Have you ever used spring roll wraps before? If you have would you share your favorite fillings and dressings with me? I'm looking for other ways to use them since I'm just starting out. Thanks!  


Friday, July 18, 2014

I'm Back!

Hello! I'm back from my sabbatical! And I'm filled with ideas and excitement for this little blog and you! My wonderful followers who have stuck with me through this lull.


My hopes for the future of this blog are really to continue where I left off, with toiletry detoxing recipes, organizational post's, my favorite things and hopefully some recipes! The change I want to make is to be more real and open with you, to share more about my life and what I'm going through. I really want to start conversations where we can help and encourage one another. After all this life isn't easy, but there are some really beautiful things to share with each other. For example these last two days my husband has been out of town and I really don't do well with that, I get scared and have a hard time sleeping, bottom line I hate when he's not here.  At the same time I'm dog sitting and my daughter is in the terrible two's so there is a melt down literally five times a day, my nerves are on their last string. Then this morning my daughter peed all over my favorite recliner, but to make up for it she has been doing the three kisses with me over and over again:

1.) Butterfly kisses (you hold your eyes up to each other and flutter your eyelashes) 
2.) Eskimo kisses (you rub your noses together)
3.) Kisses on the lips.

 It has been the sweetest thing and just fills me with so much joy and love for her and makes up for all of the big awful messes she makes.

I want to leave you with one last thing, I will be doing a guest post over at A Peek Into My Paradise on Wednesday July 30th it will be on how to make the transition from vacation to home stress free! Please feel free to check it out!

Also I would love to know what you would like to see on this blog, more crafting, diy, inspiration? Let me know below in the comment section. Thanks for visiting today!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Taking a Break

I'm so sorry to have to leave you in this way, but I'm going to take a short break from my blog. I'm currently just uninspired as far as trying to put what I'm doing on my blog. We're trying to get a lot of things done over the spring/summer to improve our home and my mind and time is just really wrapped up in that right now. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day, I know I did! My husband made me garden boxes and bought me a bunch of herbs and strawberries!

I'm going to continue to make and experiment with my lotions and balms so if your interested in anything, please e-mail me.

Also, I'm game for any guest post's in the meantime! 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Homemade Gift Baskets



I've been having a lot of fun putting together these pretty little gift baskets full of homemade bath and beauty products. You can actually find some of the products on my Etsy shop on the right hand sidebar of my blog.


I used this basket as a wedding shower gift. I filled it with lip products, foot products and a lotion bar. I got most of my packing from the second hand store for about $.25-$.50 each. The ingredients I already had and the foot scrub and foot soak were mostly made of epsom salt, kosher salt and baking soda very inexpensive products. 


So not only was this basket really fun to make, but cheap too! It did take some time, but it was worth it!


This gift basket is for my niece who will be turning four. I filled it with kid friendly bath and beauty products that won't cause any harm.


This perfume is just witch hazel with a little drop of perfumed oil (not essential oil, which would also work though).


This Garden Fairy Bath is just dry milk, grated soap, and dried herbs/flowers.


This lip gloss is was made with my homemade version of natural vaseline with a little bit of flavored oils (you can find these at your local grocery store or craft store). 

So simple, yet looks kind of complicated : )


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mirror Makeover



I don't have anything really exciting to share with you today. It has been another crazy week that has gotten away from, especially with the holiday, but it time well spent with my family.

This mirror I got for $7 at the thrift store and after I bought the dresser (you can see the post on that makeover here) I thought that this mirror would match nicely. I used the same chalk paint that I used on the dresser Annie Sloan's Old White. I loved the way it turned out, but I was a little worried about the before color showing through the chalk paint since it was this crazy blue green color.


I kind of liked the before color, but not for our bedroom, for a teenage girl maybe, but not for an adult bedroom. I wanted more subtle, soothing colors. So, I sanded the mirror down as hard as I could to get as much of the turquoise color off hoping it wouldn't show through when I went to sand down the chalk paint. Well, that obviously didn't happen.


But, the color is so gentle that it totally works! It even kind of matches the green hue of the glass top on the dresser. And you really don't notice it unless you look closely. I love the way it turned out, so yet another success using the chalk paint! I have some coffee tables I want to tackle next with this awesome paint!


Thanks for visiting today, any comments would be appreciated and read thoughtfully by me!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Felt Car Air Freshener


I'm so sorry I didn't post this Tuesday, this week has totally gotten away from me. But, I wanted to get on here anyway and wish you all a Happy Easter! I'm really excited to get a little extra time with my husband and possibly do a little yard work!

Also, I thought I'd share this little craft that I just finished today. I'm very happy with the way it turned out even if it's not as fancy as the one where I got the idea from, you can check out the entire tutorial at Design Sponge.

But, I'm really happy I made them (one for my car, one for my husband's) because its something that you can keep using by just putting a few drops of essential oil on the felt. I filled mine with the suggested lavender flowers and then I put about six drops of lavender essential oil in each just to make it extra strong smelling.

I was originally going to make a flower for myself, but then I saw these on Pinterest and thought what a nice alternative because it would be something my husband wouldn't be embarrassed to hang in his car!

I hope you give them a try!


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