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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?

Spring Break Giveaway!

April 5, 2016

When do your kids have Spring Break?  

My kids get to have this entire week off, and in celebration we are having a  Spring Break GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited you guys.  Have you heard of Catching Fireflies?  They are such a fun store full of things that will make you smile, make you laugh, make you want to try new things!  I just love them.  Here are a few things you can find on their website.

Catching Fireflies is offering all of YOU an amazing discount!  Use the code SASSY to get 20% off!!

They have some adorable uncommon gifts.

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

Here are com funny magnets that they have.  I love these.

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

Here is what you get in your package!  So much love.  Treats are always welcome in any package I get, lol.  It also came with an adorable magnet and a cute little card with a discount code on the back for my next purchase.  

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

Here are all the things I couldn’t not buy!  You guys!  Do you see that BROWNIE chap stick!  I was so excited.

The kids have no idea about the Spirograph yet.  I’ll be busting it out this week for Spring break!  I love all these things.  

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Easy weeknight dinner

March 21, 2016

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

Do you have a specific day that drive you insane?!?  That one day in the week that is so busy you have to prep yourself the night before for all that is coming.  STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

You know you’ve got to get dinner on the table at some point, and you don’t have a lot of time to make something, but you still want your family to eat a good meal.

You guys, Wednesday are my CRAZY day.  My husband is going to grad school right now, and he leave for work at 7:30 AM and is back at 11:00 PM.  That’s a REALLY long day with 6 kids.  Plus my kids have early out day that day, and it’s our church activity night for my 2 oldest, and I have church meetings every other Wednesday evening after my kids are in bed – so I feel obligated to clean my house.  It’s a little stressful, and sometimes dinner is lacking in a MAJOR way.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

While I was doing my regular shopping at Walmart I decided to grab some STOUFFER’S® Mac & Cheese (LOVED seeing that it has no preservatives and REAL cheddar!).  With 8 people (well, 7 on Wednesday nights), I had to get the family size.  We love STOUFFER’S® but hadn’t tried the Mac & Cheese before.  I knew I wanted to combine it with my sister-in-laws incredibly easy Mini Meatloaves.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Next time you’re having a crazy night run to Walmart (I know you’ve got one close by), and pick up some STOUFFER’S® Mac & Cheese (this is a great deal to buy two family size or bigger 28 oz., earn $2.00), one pound ground beef, and dry stuffing mix, and you’ll be set for a crazy easy dinner!STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Mini Meatloaf
Serves 7
Easy weeknight dinner, and perfect for little hands, and little mouths. Pair with STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese.
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Ground Beef
  2. 1 bag dried stuffing mix
  3. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined completely.
  4. Divide evenly into sprayed muffin tin.
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.
  6. Serve with desired toppings.
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I love that this is made with love just like you’d make it.  My kids gobbled this right up (in fact my youngest was asking to eat while I was taking pictures.).STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Dinner time is one of the most important times of the day our house.  It’s so nice to gather around the goodness of STOUFFER’S® – I always know we’re in a win win situation with STOUFFER’S®.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Take your busiest weeknight this week, and enjoy a simple weeknight meal with STOUFFER’S®!

How to Resist Snacking

February 23, 2016

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

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

Just Let Go

January 30, 2016

Just Let Go Movie Review

A few years ago, I was so touched as I watched a Mormon Message about forgiveness.  I was moved to tears as I watched the absolute gut wrenching situation this family was put through.  Then, more tears and I watched as this man, who had so much taken from him, FORGAVE!  Go. Watch.  You’ll understand.  I watch that and I’m left with absolute desire to be better – in any and every way.  

“Just Let Go” is a new movie that has come out that depicts the specific real events of Chris Williams and his family.

Henry Ian Cusick, Emmy Nominee, as Chris Williams in the true story “Just Let Go”. After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to ‘just let go’ and forgive the young man who caused it. 

This movie was put together so beautifully.  It brought tears to my eyes.  It brought so much admiration to my heart as Chris is trying to do what is best for him, and for his boys.  It shows the heartache those boys went through as they lost their mother, and siblings.  It shows the anger that happens.  Healing is hard.  Healing is painful.  Healing is anguish.  Chris looked to his Savior through all of that healing.  He was able to just let go of it all because he was able to give it to his Savior.  

As we begin the New Year, this message of forgiveness is an important reminder, that forgiveness can bring peace to your soul. “It has allowed a terrible tragedy … to be turned into, in many aspects, a tremendous blessing. That has been one of the most fascinating things to experience,” Williams said in a interview with the Deseret News. “To see the lives blessed since the crash, it has been overwhelming how many positive things have come from it.”

 

This year I hope that we can all take this amazing example of all the lives involved.  It’s HARD to let go of hard things.  We can all Just Let Go of hurtful, and painful things.  The ONLY way to truly do it is to let the Savior work through us.  To live so that His Spirit can be with us, and then let that Spirit lead and guide our lives.  I know that as we do that, our lives will be strengthened.  Our lives will be blessed.  Our burdens will be lighter.  Life will be hard, and trials will still come to us.  However, He will be there by our side to lead and guide.  He always is, and always will be.  He loves us. #justletgo

Miracles are Real

October 13, 2015

Miracles are real.  Miracles happen, EVERY day.  I have written a post about my 10 day old baby boy had a stroke, was life flighted, and had brain surgery all within 12 hours.  He recovered in just over a week, and was back home, and is almost 6 years old.  SIX!  He’s perfect.  He’s reading, and writing, and walking and talking, and laughing and crazy.  He is nothing short of a miracle in my life.  

I believe in miracles.  I know they are real.  I know that God is watching over us, and hears our prayers.  Sometimes we get miracles.  Sometimes we get heartache.  Sometimes we get trials.  We have to remember though … sometimes we get miracles.  We have to believe it’s possible.  We need to help each other believe it’s possible.

Have you heard about The Cokeville Miracle?  Before this movie came out I hadn’t ever heard this story.  Ever.  It was amazing to hear about though.  Check out the trailer here if you haven’t heard of this movie before.

Cokeville Miracle DVD_entrapment

My husband and I decided to watch this for a stay at home date night.  Those are the best kinds.  😉  This movie goes through a story about a man and his wife who take a school hostage.  They have all the kids and teachers in a room in the school and the man has a bomb that he is threatening to go off.  Then the bomb does go off.  The man and the women die.  Every single child, and teacher and person besides those two in the school come out alive.  Some are hurt, but no one died.  Then eventually it comes out, then kids are talking about the angles that were in the room.  The angles that guided them out of the school.  The protection.  The prayer that was given before the bomb went off.  It’s incredible.  The pieces of the puzzle all come full circle and it’s so heart warming to see the protection they were all given that day.

 I have four kids in elementary school right now, and I just couldn’t help but think about what it would be like to get a call telling me that my kids were being threatened with their lives.  What would it really be like to get a phone call like that?!?  I can’t even imagine.  

As we watched this movie I loved hearing the accounts of the children.  I loved seeing the change in the father.  I loved remembering the importance of miracles in our lives.  It’s important to be able to rely on God and know that He has the power to help and guide us when we need that in our lives.  He will give us strength and peace.  It’s amazing to see the love that God has for us in our lives.  We can see that every single day if we take the time to find it.