Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Plannin’ Monday 6.15.14

Monday – Papa Murphy’s

Tuesday – Chicken & Gravy

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy

Wednesday – Chicken Parmesan & Broccoli

Chicken parmesan, broccoli and spaghetti

Thursday – Chicken & Spinach Salad

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Friday – In-n-Out

(I know…2 “eat out” meals in one week! I’m traveling and super busy. Don’t judge! Winking smile Oh, and sorry to all you non-Californians)

Saturday & Sunday – Whatevs….at my mom’s with the kids. Woot!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Faves–Apps

In sitting down to type up today’s blog post, I quickly scanned through my local drafts to see if I had started anything in the past I could finish up and post. And I’m glad I did! I found the start of #1 below (dated from April…2013, eek!), and came across two similarly adorable apps by the same maker that I had yet to download, “Endless Reader” and “Endless Numbers”. So, enjoy if you haven’t already downloaded these (for kids, obviously). And BONUS…they’re ALL free!!

(for Endless Numbers, I think only #1-5 come with it, you have to purchase the remaining #’s, but you can check it out for free)

#1. Endless alphabet

Endless ABC

For starters, this gem of an app is FREE, and essentially teaches your kids letter sounds, spelling of words AND their definitions!

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It shows a word, like above, and you drag the letters to where they belong. As you drag the letters, it repeats the letter sound over and over in a cute, fun voice! Then it says the word, followed with a short little skit depicting the definition, and then the word and definition are read one last time to wrap it all up.

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Belch is ONE of my kids favorites, go fig!

#2. Endless reader

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Seriously can’t wait for my soon to be kindergartner to dive into this one! Same idea, except AFTER you put the letters together for the word, a sentence pops up and you drag the words into place as they are said aloud.

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Then, another cute skit to act out the sentence, and the sentence is read aloud, reinforcing reading skills.

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#3. Endless numbers

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While my son will likely get bored quickly with this one, I’m thinking it might be a huge help for my daughter. But, it does touch on addition, which might be helpful for my son, too.

Hope you enjoy these! At the very least, it makes me feel better when I let my kids have “screen time”. At least they’re actually learning something! Winking smile

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday–Don’t Overthink

Family Prayer Jar - cut out photos of family members, tape to popsicle sticks, put in jar and have your child choose one or two each night at prayer time! This is ADORABLE!

I saw this ADORABLE idea over at Happy Home Fairy to create a visual prayer aid for my kiddos. I’ve been meaning to create one for months!

Today during lunch, I grabbed a pad of paper and a pen and said to my kids, “God tells us in the Bible that we ought to be praying ALWAYS. And that we should pray for our friends and family. So, who do you guys think we should pray for?”

My intent was to get a list of whose pictures I needed to print out to slap on a popsicle stick. But instead, this happened…

My son said, “Oh! For that boy that cut his chin!”

Our neighbor’s nephew cut his chin earlier this week and my amazing hubby utilized his medical training to help them out (so madly in love with him – side note). And my kiddo remembered, and thought to pray for him!

MIND BLOWN.

Here I am trying to overthink prayer for my kids, when in reality, prayer can come very naturally.

We continued with our list, and I would still like to carry out the “family prayer jar” to help in consistency, but my son’s response today was such an amazing reminder that with a technology-filled, Pinterest loving world and about a million amazing ideas flooding our brains daily, sometimes, doing something in its most simplest of manners might be best.

I want to cut off the piece of my brain that is doing all this overthinking

So as you REALLY delve into your summers (i.e. spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no break from your kids), feel free to ignore those blog-perfect pictures and just BE with your kids. Don’t overthink the activities you do with them. They’ll love you for it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday–Embracing “Imperfection”

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What is perfection anyway, right?

My daughter potty trained in the last few months and seeing those adorable little undies on her bum makes me ridiculously happy. It also made me realize that she has my exact body type!

STRONG, muscular legs. There was a time in my life (if I’m honest, I still occasionally struggle) when I yearned for the “model-like” thin figure. But, the older I get, the more I realize I need to be not just content, but HAPPY with my body type! God gave me a very strong, muscular build. And it’s GORGEOUS!

Looking through my pics from today was a good reminder to embrace that gift God has given me.

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Shirt – Chelsea & Theodore (Sam’s Club, new)

Shorts – Banana Republic (old)

Tank top – Mossimo long & lean (Target – 3 for $24 right now)

Shoes – Merona (Target, they were on sale in store)

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My second pair of “grown up” sandals.

And I love the little detail on the shirt…

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So how about it? Can you work towards embracing the body God has given you? Do it! There won’t be any regrets!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Trick of the Trade–Keep Your Fonts Straight

First world problem here.

I have an unhealthy love of fonts.

So much so, that when I’m putting something together and am pondering which font to use, I can’t even grasp my favorites because I have so many.

Here’s my solution…

WORD FILE WITH FAVORITE FONTS

I keep a word file with an alphabetical list of my favorite fonts IN the font so I can readily see it. This way I don’t have to sort through my other fonts I use seldomly in the font drop down. I just open the word document and quickly scroll through to spot the perfect font for said project.

Here are my non-script faves…

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And my script favorites…

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Menu Plannin’ Monday 6.9.14

Monday – Sesame Chicken Stir Fry Salad

Tuesday – Taco Chicken Bowls

pinned it...slow cooker taco chicken bowls...made it...the family loved it, and used it for leftover burritos the next night.

Wednesday – Spicy Thai Chicken Wraps

Spicy Thai Chicken Wraps

Thursday – Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Friday – Turkey & Pesto Paninis

Saturday – Southwestern Chopped Salad

Southwestern Chopped Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing. Yum.

Sunday – Warm Goat Cheese Salad

In an attempt to keep the blog rollin’, I’m going with imperfection. Sorry, no recipes for some, just couldn’t find them. But drool over the others, ready….go! =)

Menu Plan Monday for the week of June 9/14