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Frozen Fever Birthday Party

June 6, 2016

Frozen Fever Birthday Party

We love Frozen Fever at our house! My daughter turning five wanted a Frozen Fever Party!  It sounded easy enough, and so much fun.

#1 – The Goodie Bags & Activities

Activity #1: One of the activities was making Snowgies from pom-poms.  It was really easy and the girls loved it.  They each got to make 2, and once they were dried, we put them in their goodie bags.

Activity #2: Bingo.  We used candy hearts and I just found a general Frozen Fever Bingo board on Pinterest

Activity #3:  We used blue and yellow beads, and some snowflake beads and created necklaces.  All the girls really loved this activity.  It was a little time consuming (since they all had their own patterns in mind) but it was so fun to see what they created.

Activity #4: Snow ball toss.  I got 5 buckets (like pictured) lined up in a row and yarn snowballs and each bucket was worth various amounts.  The girls took turns throwing from the first bucket to the last bucket.  

Goodie bags: I included a packet of Sunflower Seeds, a Elsa lollipop, some sparkly gum balls I found at the craft store, a sunflower chocolate, and then the necklace they made, and the snowgies they made.

Frozen Fever Party Ideas

Click next to see the Happy Birthday Sign, table ideas, and the CAKE!

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4 Activities to do WITH your Kids

April 27, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #allEssentials #CollectiveBias

Earlier this week I decided I need to let the laundry be.  I needed to let the dishes be.  I needed to BE with my kids. Four activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I probably have a GIGANTIC pile of laundry in front of the laundry room.  Somedays I feel like laundry, dishes, and general tidying keep me busy all day long.  

Do you know what I’m talking about?  Do you ever feel like there are days were all you do is house work?  Then no one even notices?!?

You guys, this is what the entry to my tiny laundry room looks like right now.all laundry detergent by simplistically sassy

Don’t be fooled.  ALL those clothes are totally clean and in piles for each of the rooms the kids are in (some share).  I’ve just been a little behind, so I haven’t had them take them yet to take care of until all the clothes are out of the washer and dryer.  

I better just let them grab them and put them away huh?  I’m always behind on laundry.

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Since we’re talking about laundry (literally though, we’re not going to get into anyones dirty laundry), I have always LOVED all® fragrance free dry free detergent.  My oldest daughter has eczema pretty badly, and I found when she was tiny that if I got all® fragrance free dry free detergent it made a huge difference. I found this new product called all® fresh clean Essentials™ you can buy on Amazon (anyone else LOVE Amazon?!?) and it’s also Sulfate Free and preserves the colors in your clothes!  They made it even better you guys!  It makes me love it even more.  Make sure to always follow directions exactly when using this product.

Sometimes stepping away from the laundry, the dishes, the tidying can be HARD!  There is always a to-do list.  Spending time with my kids is HARD but I’ve learned I am more productive when I step away and DO something WITH them. 

Here are Four FUN activities to do WITH you kids.

Disclaimer – these are activities that will bring you back to childhood and make you have fun with your kids.  They may be messy and you may have to do more laundry, and more sweeping, but I promise you’ll have a blast and you’ll be okay doing more laundry and more sweeping.  

#1 – Finger Painting

Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically SassyA while ago I wrote about how much I hate glitter.  Finger painting is a close second.  However, when I told my kids what we were doing … the joy that filled their eyes was amazing.  I loved it.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

The next morning they were begging me to hang up their pictures.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy
Helpful hint #1

Grab a garbage bag, and then cut one long side, and the short side of it.  Use tape and tape the bag down onto the table your kids will be painting on.  Super easy clean up, and you don’t have to worry about the mess on the table.  You’re still winning because you’re letting kids be kids, and make a huge mess and they’ll love every moment of it.Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy
Helpful hint #2:
Grab a napkin or paper towel for your kids so they don’t start wiping their finger paint on their clothes between colors instead of something normal, like a napkin or something similar.  Luckily for me, I love my all® Fresh Clean Essentials™.  For the record – the all® Fresh Clean Essentials got this stain out after it sat overnight without any scrubbing or pre-treatment at all.  I love that it’s a powerful clean without harshness. Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

#2 Play Dough

I had a friend that convinced me that play dough wasn’t the worst thing to let kids play with.  I had a hard time with it when I had little little ones that weren’t old enough to play with it, but old enough to know they were missing out.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Play dough really can provide HOURS of fun.  Just know you’ll need to sweep.  It’s so inexpensive, don’t be afraid to just ditch it after your kids are done with it, or when you’re done with it.  My oldest was the one that was excited to do the play dough first.  He loved creating his favorite ships and showing me how great they looked. Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I love seeing the creative spark that arrises in kids as they just see what their minds and hands can create together. 

Helpful hint #1

Be prepared for color mixing to happen if you have little kids.  This is the work of my youngest. Some of my older kids were a little upset about it.  Just roll with things.  It’ll be okay.

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Helpful Hint #2

Not only will this activity result in hours of fun, your kids may end up preparing a dinner party for you that you didn’t know would be happening.  My daughter was obviously fine with the color changes she made, and excited to host a dinner party and prepare for it for me tonight.  Anyone want to join us?Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

#3 Tic-Tac-Toe

Not just your normal tic-tac-toe.  Grab some masking tape and make a HUGE tic-tac-toe on your floor.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Next, find two things that you can use for each player.  My son decided to do big cars/trucks, and little cars.  It worked great.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I loved that my littles could play this, and my older kids, and I could play with them.  It’s been so fun to have.  Since it doesn’t leave a big mess, it’s fun to leave for a while and when the kids are board, they’ll find it and play for a while.

#4 Hop Scotch

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Again, I just used some masking tape (I love all the fun colors that it comes in now) and created a hop scotch pattern in our entry way.  I think all of us walk down that hall and just have to do it as we pass by.  Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

I love watching my little kids try to do it.  It’s tricky for the littler ones, but so fun for everyone.  Such concentration to land just right.Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy

Activities to do with your kids by Simplistically Sassy 

My biggest tip of the day:

Put down your phone.  Put it away where you can’t hear all the buzzes and the dings and the notifications.  Don’t fuss about the mess that has been created by kids, dishes, or laundry.  Let the kids play, really, really play, and play WITH them.  They’ll feel so loved by you in those moments.  They will cherish those undistracted moment with you.  Let them be who they are and love them for that, and for the mess they make, and MAKE THE MESS WITH THEM!

How will you spend less time on your laundry and more time letting your kids be kids?

3 Family Easter Traditions

March 8, 2016

Do you have some favorite Easter Traditions?  3 Family Easter Traditions

Are there certain family Easter traditions you and your kids look forward to every year?  As time goes on, I find myself and my husband making more of an effort to bring Christ into Easter.  

I’m so excited to share this amazing #hallelujah video.

We make more of an effort to make sure the Easter Bunny isn’t the focus.  The Easter Bunny actually comes on Saturday at our house.  The gifts left in the basket do have lots of fun candy – but the gift is always pointing to Christ.

I am so excited to share 3 Family Easter Traditions you can start this year that help bring your family closer to Christ.

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How Can My Home Can Be a Holy Place?

March 3, 2016

Organize yourselves; prepared every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God. – Doctrine & Covenants 88:119

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Is your house anything like mine?  

The door open and closes (or stays open) off and on all afternoon as kids come in and out, and back in.  Feet running by me taking them to their destination with big plans in mind.  Laughter filling the air as siblings play, or yelling as they fight.  

How can my home be a holy place when there is a varying within families of relationships?

 There is a varying of attitudes, experiences, and personalities.  There always seems to be the underlying gift of love though.  No matter what happens, the love is there.  The desire to protect and watch over each other.  Sometimes that good desired is out weighted by the unrighteous desires of our hearts though.

What can we are parents do to bring that good in?  How can my home be a holy place when somedays there is so much contention?  We have to set that example, and we have to be acting the way we want to see our kids acting.  We should strive to be their best example.  

I recently read  book entitled My Home Can Be a Holy Place, by Kristen M. Oaks.How Can My Home Be a Holy Place? By Simplistically Sassy

I loved it!  It was such an easy reminder of the small things that can make a difference.  It was a perfect book to enjoy for a Family Home Evening lesson with the kids.  We took this to heart, and included the points talked about in the book, and used them in Family Counsel to create a Family Mission Statement.

The best part of creating a Family Mission statement was that the kids were SO involved in it all.  

We wanted them to have input, after all, they’re a huge part of this family too.  Part of our mission statement implements the ideas from My Home Can Be a Holy Place.  So, how can my home be a holy place?  Love.  Teach.  Be patient.  Listen.

I wanted to share what we created with you.  So, if you have hard times in your family getting along, finding peace, or remembering the Savior, you can hang this in your home as a reminder of how you’d like your house to be. 

What do you create a holy home?

How to Resist Snacking

February 23, 2016

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Hey friends! Are you ready to learn how to resist snacking?

How to resist Snacking

I find that resisting snacking is SO HARD!  The kids seem to always want a snack, and even if I’m not hungry, I’m looking.  Or the kids are finally all in bed, and all I want to do is watch TV and have a snack.  Just some peace and quiet and some good food that the kids don’t even know exists in the house.  We all have that stash right?

Today I’ve got a 3 tips that will help you resist snacking, and help in your weight loss.  

#1: CHEW GUM!  Seriously you guys!  This WORKS!  The kids and I went to Target the other day (I don’t live super close to my Target, so when I go it’s like a dream of perfection.  Don’t you just love Target?  So much perfection in one little red store.) and as I was checking out I found this (plus here is an awesome coupon through Target Cartwheel for the new Extra® 35-stick pack):  Extra Gum

Do you SEE THAT?  No?  Let me get closer. Extra Gum

Now do you see why I’m so excited?  Friends, I go through 4-6 sticks of gum in ONE DAY sometimes.  Those times when I’m not actually hungry, but when I’m board and my mouth just thinks it needs to chew on something, I grab a stick of gum.  Extra® Gum Spearmint has THIRTY-FIVE sticks of gum. This makes my heart (and my mouth ) crazy happy.  Most gum packs come with far less than that.  

I have to share one other things I’m loving about this gum.  Extra gum in the car

It doesn’t just come in a cardboard package.  It has this durable recycled plastic that holds the gum.  Hooray!!!

I throw my gum in my purse, and keep it in the car, and in the pantry.  Seriously, I honestly do.  It’s everywhere (clearly I’m always munchy).  The thing I HATE is pulling my gum out only to find that cracker crumbs have make their way into the wrapper of my gum, which was laying around in my bag because having 6 kids means that they are always grabbing and searching for the gum too.  Or whatever else they can find.  I hate when my gum package is open, and spilling.  THIS IS AWESOME!  It clicks closed, and I know my gum is safe and sound, and crumb free.

PS – There is so much of this gum, it’s easy to give a little.  Sometimes I hate sharing those last few pieces, but when there are SO many pieces it’s easy to share for sure.

#2: DRINK WATER FIRST:  Alright, so when you’ve recently eaten, and you’re feeling munchy, or you feel like you’re hungry, make sure to drink a big glass of water.  Wait about 15 minutes to see if you’re ready hungry, or just feeling like you want to chew on something.  

Drink water

If you’re not really feeling that hungry, and still want something to do with your mouth, just grab a stick of gum.  I leave a package always in my pantry so when I’m grazing, I can see it easily, and just be reminded that I may not need food.  Loving that this Extra® Gum Spearmint 35-stick package just stands up nicely.

Extra Gum

#3: WHEN YOU EAT, EAT CLEAN!  If you’re going to eat something then make sure it’s good for you.  Good snacks always involve protein and can have a carb or a fat too.  It’s something that will fill you up and something that will get you to the next meal without having an in-between meal or something that you’ll regret eating.

Simple Snack

What do you think of the new Extra® 35-stick pack?  Are you excited to try it out?Extra-Spearmint-Gum

How to Lose Weight Forever

February 20, 2016

Hey Friends!  Are you ready for this?!

In February of 2014, my youngest was 18 months old, and she was sleeping through the night.  I had no excuses any more.  

I was done.  I was DONE!!  

I was done feeling tired, and weak, and I was DONE feeling blah all the time.  I wanted to look in the mirror and see how I KNEW I actually was.  I wanted to be proud of myself.  I wanted to love what and who I saw.  

Simplistically Sassy Before and After

 

I knew that I had to find myself.  I knew that if I could be who I wanted to be on the outside, I would be able to be the true me on the outside.  I KNEW that.

I could FEEL that in myself.  

I saw my friends blog post about how she’d lost weight over the last year learning various habits, and eating REAL normal food that was at the grocery store.  That was a HUGE thing for me.  If I was going to go through a program, I NEEDED to shop at the grocery store.  I didn’t want to order food from the company, and I didn’t want to have that be an extra cost.  I have SEVEN other people to feed.  I wasn’t just going to change my lifestyle, it was going to be a family affair, at least to an extent.

When I first signed up to work with John through his Bod-E-Volv program, I was stoked.  One of the best lessons I learned from John was that it was going to take dedication, work, and it was NOT going to just be a downward slope on the scale.  

You guys, it was HARD.  It was SO HARD!!

It still is hard!  But it’s been 1000% worth every moment, every up and down, and every new habit I’ve had to learn.  I still have a little ways to go, but that’s totally okay.  Know why?  Because I”m still trying.

Here are the 5 things that I did for over a year to lose body FAT (not just weight, but get rid of FAT), and to keep it off.  Anyone can do these things.  Any mother, wife, women, man, husband – we can all do these things!  Just remember that it’s HARD though.  

You have to DEDICATE yourself to YOU.  

You have to be willing to make time for yourself, and it’s hard.  It’s so so so worth it though.

Click here to get my 5 tips to losing weight forever!