9.15.2014

New Family Study

 
Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am sharing with you my absolute FAVORITE room in our new home.  There are a few reasons I love this room, and one of them is that is actually turned out better than my Pinterest board...how often can you say that?! ;)
 
When we started looking for plans for our new home I knew I wanted a floor plan with a formal living room.  I also knew I would be taking that formal living room, and turning it into a family study :)  I envisioned a room where the kids could keep their homework organized, where I could do the bills while they played with Lego's or loom bands, and where we could do crafts and read stories together centered on our weekly themes.  I give you, our Family Study!
 

 
The best parts of this room are the built-ins we had added in by our amazing cabinet guy.  I especially love the countertop we used for our homework station, it wipes off like a dream so I don't have to worry if the kids get marker or crayon everywhere.  I also like that we were able to do a desk and shelving where the closet would have been, it freed up a lot of space while still giving me the perfect area for all my "paper".

 
To get the most out of this room we put a bookshelf on its side underneath the big windows, and filled the cubbies with all of our childrens books.  I also pretty much bought out all of Ikea, and I LOVE the Fintorp organization system for all of our supplies like pencils, markers and crayons.  Its great to have them right at the kids eye levels so they can grab whatever they need, and its super simple to for them to keep clean and organized too :)  I placed three magazine holders on the counter for each child to keep their homework and important papers in as well.  And that huge map on the wall...isn't it awesome?!  I was so lucky to find someone that made that beauty on a Facebook yard sale page...it the perfect statement piece for our study.

 
I knew I wanted part of the décor in our room to remind the kids of all the things we want to strive for in our family, so I whipped up this printable for FREE on Picmonkey and then I simply had Walmart print it out as an 16x20 poster.  All together the whole thing was about $15...not too shabby!

 
This part of the room has more Ikea furniture :)  I love all the drawers and FINALLY having space for all our craft supplies.  My vision was a room where the supplies were accessible for the kids so they could use their creativity...but not SO accessible that my baby destroyed everything constantly ;)  So far it has been the perfect mix!  Oh....and do you see that chair?  I bought it 10 years ago for my first babies nursery, and it was an ugly light, sage green color.  I mean, it was super cute 10 years ago, but now...not so much!  My crazy talented sis-in-law and her friend discovered THE coolest trick.  You simply mix 4 capfuls of Rit fabric dye with 3 cups of hot water and use a spray bottle to completely soak your chair.  Then let it dry out in the sun and you have a completely new chair!  It's a great way to re-purpose an old piece, especially if it has great function but just not so cute anymore.

 
Finally we have the other side of the room!  In the closet we have that awesome built in, and that is where I keep all my bills, important paper, and a family calendar.  I love having my own space that the kids don't mess with, but that is still right there with them.  MORE Ikea storage for our Lego's...we just used chalkboard labels to label each bin and its been a great way to keep this little expensive things organized ;)  Finally, I got a $10 corkboard at Walmart and painted a few stripes on it just to add a little more color to the room.  We hang up papers from school or crafts that we have been working on that week for all to see and enjoy!
 
So there you have it, our Family Study!  Everything else in the house still feels like a work in progress, but it sure is a lot of fun making it feel like home.  Thanks so much for checking out our post and have a fantastic Monday!

9.14.2014

Word of Wisdom Family Home Evening

 
Hello friends!  This week we are taking a break for our Book of Mormon lessons to talk a little bit about the Word of Wisdom.  My 5 year old has been asking a lot of questions about this topic lately, and I think FHE is the perfect place to tackle those questions as a family!
 
To get started, I made this printable of the beautiful promise we are given in D&C if we will follow the Word of Wisdom.  It was a great reminder to me to read through all that we have been promised if we will take care of these wonderful bodies that we have been given by Heavenly Father.
 
 
We spent a few minutes talking about how the revelation came about, and how at that time, people had no idea of the harmful effects of tobacco and other things.  After we read through a few verses we did a fun little activity the kids liked that was great for my 5-year old little guy that has a really hard time sitting still for a WHOLE family home evening lesson ;)
 
First I made up these signs to tape up on the wall
 


 
 
 
Then I printed off this list and cut each item out and put them in a little bucket.

 
Then the kids took turns picking out a paper from the bucket.  When we read it aloud the kids would have to run and tag the sign depending on how often we should have or do that thing...always, sometimes or never!
 


Such a simple activity, but a fun way for the kids to be involved!  The thing we focused on most with our kids was making the decision NOW to obey the Word of Wisdom.  That way when they are confronted later with those hard choices they will be able to go back to the commitment they had made to themselves years before and stay strong to what they believe.
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have had a beautiful Sabbath with those that you love!
 
 
 
 

9.11.2014

Baked Apple Chips with Apple Pie Spice {Apple Week}

 
Today we are sharing a delicious, SIMPLE treat your kids can practically make themselves for apple week...as long as you help out with the oven part ;)
 
These baked apple chips are delicious, healthy and easy-peasy...the perfect snack for fall!


 
To get started you really just need these bad boys...

 
a little sprinkling of this...
 

 
and an awesome apple peeler/corer/slicer thing WITH a cute little helper :)
 
 
Now if you want your chips a little bit crispier you would want to slice them really thin, we like them a tad on the chewy side and I wanted my kids to be able to help out so we used this awesome contraption my mom got me for Christmas a few years ago...it is one of their favorite things to do!
 
Once we had our slices ready to go we laid them out on the cookie sheet, let the kids sprinkle them with Apple Pie Spice, and baked for 3 hours at 200 degrees.

 
I'm happy to say they were gobbled up immediately when the kids got home from school and my house smelled quite divine :) Thanks so much for stopping by today!
 



9.10.2014

Wormy Apple Craft! {Apple Week}

  Hello everyone!  We are finally getting into the swing of things with the kids going back to school, and I am LOVING the structure and schedule that comes with that.  I have been excited to get back to our weekly themes, its a great way to ensure I do a few fun things with the kids during the week, and hopefully they learn a little something too ;)
 
We love apple week, and today we kicked it off by doing our very own Wormy Apple Craft!
 

 
This was a super easy, and super fun craft the kids really enjoyed.  All you need to get started are some foam sheets cut out in the shapes of apples and some red and green sequins!  I also used a pipe cleaner to make the stem and scissors to cut out the wormhole ;)
 
 
Once you have your apples ready to go, let your kids go crazy with those glue sticks and sequins!


 
Once the apples are covered in sequins use a black sharpie to draw a cute little face on your little ones finger...then watch them giggle as they discover their apple has a cute little worm :)
 

 
I hope you enjoyed our little Wormy Apple Craft, feel free to check out some of our other favorite apple-themed activities too!
 
 
 

9.03.2014

Scripture Reading Chart {Free Printable!}


 
Hello friends!  Can you believe all this blogging I'm doing?! ;)
 
Today I wanted to share a really simple printable to help your family get excited about reading the scriptures EVERY single day.  As I've been praying for inspiration on how to have more love and peace in our home, I just keep coming back to the basics...weekly family home evening, family prayer, and family scripture study.
 
With technology at our fingertips constantly, I have decided there is just NO reason for us to ever miss a day of family scripture study!  No matter where we are, one of us always has our phone and we both have the Gospel Library on them, so we are committing to reading with our kids every, single day. 
 
This printable is as easy as it gets...every circle represents a day, and if you read your scriptures that day you get to put an X on the circle.  If you make it to the heart without missing a day you get something special.  For our kids, its going to be staying up 30 minutes later, getting an ice cream cone or something like that.  Now, what if you miss a day??  Well...you just throw out that printable, print off a new one, and start ALL over again!  Our initial goal is to read our scriptures for 500 days in a row, so I will have to make more printables as we go, but this one has a place for 150 days, which is an awesome start!
 
 
Just right click, save and print away!  We put this next to our scriptures so every night we just cross it off as soon as we are finished :) 
 
We have made it a whopping FIVE days without missing, and I am already starting to see little changes in our home.  Kids being a little more kind, me having a little more patience, and just an all-around better spirit...imagine where we will be in 500 days!! :)
 



9.02.2014

Singing Time Review Matching Game

  Today I wanted to share a simple Singing Time I did on Sunday that went over really well with the kids and was a great way to review the songs we are doing for our program.  I wanted to have them sing through all our program songs so I could clearly see what songs were sounding good and which ones needed some more work, so I just made up a matching game with the titles of each of our program songs.

 
I simply printed out 2 copies of each of these songs and put them up on the chalkboard.  Then the kids would try and find the matches, and when they did we would sing the song...SO easy, right?!  It kept the kids entertained for 30+ minutes and gave me a great overview of where we are at and where we need to be by November! :)
 
Here are each of the songs we are doing, just right click to save and then print two copies of each.  I made them in a 5x7 so they will probably print out best in that size.
 








 
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and please share if any of YOU are primary choristers...what are some fun ways you are reviewing the songs with your kids this year?!



8.27.2014

Love {Printable}

  As some of you may know, we built a house recently and finally moved in the beginning of June.  We have LOVED our home, and I have had a lot of fun decorating and designing different parts, room by room.  The littlest things seem to take me the longest though...I have two ladder shelves that have sat in my living room, EMPTY, for almost 3 months now :)
 
I couldn't take it anymore, and finally threw up some décor on these cute little shelves.  My favorite thing to decorate with are pictures of my family, but since we aren't doing new family pics til next month I figured I could fill some of my frames with some printables.  I particularly loved this one, so I thought I would share!
 
My big thing right now is trying to promote love and peace in our home...I think we ALL could probably use some more of that ;)  When I was little every time my little brother and I would fight my mom would start singing Love is Spoken Here, a beautiful primary song.  It didn't always stop the fighting, and it inevitably annoyed both of us...but the message did finally sink in.  I want our home to be a place where words are spoken with LOVE, and you can feel that love when you walk into our home.
 
If any of you have that same desire, feel free to right click on the pictures, save, and then print away!

 
I made this as a 5x7, so it will probably work best in that size :)
 
Here are the finished results...not too shabby!!
 
 
Now I only have about 1,429 more projects to do before the house is done! ;) 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you all have a fantastic day!!